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Around the Village

There’s plenty to do around the village, from clubs and groups, regular and one-off events to Keep Fit and Pilates classes and scheduled walks.  Whatever your interest, you are almost certain to find activities or groups to suit.  We have a fine Village Hall, a well-stocked village shop (The Old Chapel Stores), Primary School, Pre-school and Toddler group and an historic parish church. On the right, you will see details of a number of the ‘regular’ events that take place in the village, followed by details of events over the next few weeks, including any contact details. Use the buttons below to find out about other activities and facilities in and around the village:

What’s happening - Dates for your diary...

Below is a list of regular events and events taking place over the next few weeks.  If you want your local event publicised here, please e-mail Webmaster

Latest Neighbourhood Watch Alerts

24th November: HSBC Scam Text 16th November: HMRC and Talk Talk Telephone scams 10th November: Metropolitan Police Telephone Bank Telephone Scam 30th September: Scam Phone Calls - Security 13th September: E-mail phishing Fraud

Pop-up Pub

Following the success of the October Buckland Newton Village Pub Night we plan to

hold another evening on 9th December. Details below in Upcoming Events. If you are

not already receiving emails about the Pub Nights and would like to be kept up to date

please email andy@andywaring.com to be included on the distribution list. Andy Waring

345111, Nick Baker 345386

Fish and Chip Van

The Fish and Chip van, which provided the

delicious food at the Fête in August and at the

November Lunch Club, might be able to come

to the village once a month – would you be

interested?  If so, please drop me an email,

with your preferred evening (not Friday) and

venue, so that I can see if it is a goer.  Jane

Willis wildasbar@tiscali.co.uk

Buckland Newton Community Property Trust

2 Bed Cottage for Rent at Lydden Meadow, Buckland Newton.  EPC rating band B

Available 1st January 2017 Weekly rent £122.45.  Applicants must have a local

connection to Buckland Newton or the immediately surrounding villages via family, work

or school and not be in a position to afford open market rent.  Please see website

www.lyddenmeadow.co.uk for further information on eligibility criteria and how to apply. 

Deadline for submitting application: 23rd December 2016.  Ater the Deadline the

Trust will contact all applicants who meet the eligibility criteria shown on the website. As

well as a local connection, it is mandatory that applicants are also be registered on

WDDC’s Housing List. This is a simple process, open to all, with a link on the website

for registration. Please note that priority is given to applicants with a connection to

Buckland Newton over those from surrounding villages.

2016 Village Fete Financial Results

We have now completed the Fête accounts and would like to share the results with you.

Thanks to the efforts of everyone involved and the beautiful weather, we’re delighted to

report the results below. In summary: Takings were £4726, an increase of £1532 (48%)

over 2015 (£3194); Expenses were £1122, a reduction of £759 (40%) against 2015

(£1881)* and Profit was £3604, an increase of £2291 (174%) over last year.  The full

Financial Report from the Fete can be viewed here.

Christmas Bin Collections

Maybe a little early to be thinking about it, but the timetable for altered collection dates

over Christmas and the New Year is now available.  Click here for details.

Cerne Abbas Surgery Christmas and New Year Surgery and

Prescription Arrangements

Please see the Cerne Abbas Surgery page.


Please see updated information (December 2016) on the Defibrillator page

Flower Festival June 2016

Photographs of the Flower Festival.  Clicks here to see them.

Neighbourhood Plan Update

Frustratingly there have been some developments with our Neighbourhood Plan which

have meant that its progress has temporarily come to a halt.  West Dorset District

Council (WDDC) and the Parish Council appointed Ms Ann Skippers as Independent

Examiner in March this year, and at the time she indicated that her diary was free.

However it turned out that in reality she was tied up examining other plans.  Finally, at

the very end of June she sent us a list of questions concerning our plan which we

quickly replied to.  There is now another twist to the story in that Ann Skippers has now

resigned due to close family bereavements. This means that we will have to start out

again and appoint another Examiner. She is unwilling to release her findings to date as

she does not want to influence the new Independent Examiner when appointed.

The Parish Council is liaising with WDDC, and it may withdraw the plan to allow

amendments to be made to the supporting documentation to clarify things. Additionally

this would allow the Parish Council to also amend the submitted plan by taking out the

Brockhampton Dairy Farm site which was allocated for affordable housing in the plan,

but has since gained planning permission for open market homes. We can then

immediately resubmit the plan.  This should not delay the plan too much more, as the

new Independent Examiner selection and appointment can be made during this time.

The Parish Council hopes to have further news and details for the December edition of

the Lydden Vale News. We will also update the website www.bncommunityplan.co.uk 

when there is anything appropriate to report.               Buckland Newton Parish Council

Gaggle of Geese Public House

The Gaggle of Geese is currently closed.  If further information comes to hand, we will

publish it here.

Lydden Vale News The local printed Newsletter, the Lydden Vale News, is delivered free to every household in the village.  There is a online version; current (December 2016) issue now available, click on Lydden Vale News.  There is also a rolling 12-month archive, so that you can refer back to earlier issues; click on the month to access: January 2016 February 2016 March 2016 April 2016 May 2016 June 2016 July 2016  August 2016 September 2016 October 2016 November 2016 December 2016

Weather Forecast

The nearest Met Office Weather Forecast location is Minterne Gardens.  Click for a 7-

day weather forecast.

Superfast Fibre Broadband

Following further work by the Superfast Dorset project, faster broadband is now

available to more residents in Buckland Newton.  You will need to contact your

broadband supplier (ISP) to change over to fibre; this is not automatic and will usually

cost more than a non-fibre connection.  Please note however that those houses served

by Cabinet 2 (by the church) still cannot get fibre and there do not appear to be any

current plans by Superfast Dorset or BT Openreach to change this situation.  You can

now register to be advised if and when fibre broadband is available for your address. 

Go to https://www.dorsetforyou.com/broadband/registration

Old Chapel Stores

Sue, Pete and their family welcome you to their village shop.  Opening Hours:  Monday

to Saturday 7.00 am to 6.00 pm, Sunday 8.00 am to 12.00 noon.  Facebook page at


The Buckland Gallery, at the Old Chapel Stores.  A new venture providing an eclectic

mix of crafts and art designed and made by local artisans inclusing Crafts by Hare

Styles, Jewellery by Liz Whittingham, Art by Carole Barnett.  Wednesdays and

Saturdays, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.  Tel 07870 642443.

Mobile Library

The Dorchester Mobile Library visits the village fortnightly on Wednesdays/Thursdays,

depending on where you live.  Please note new times:  Wednesday, 9.30 am - 9.45 am 

Henley - Cottages; 9.55 am - 10.15 am  Alton Pancras - Holcombe Mead.  Thursday, 

3.15 pm to 3.40 pm  just below the Parish Room alongside the playing field.  The new

van, and it does look state of the art compared to the old one, comes from Sturminster

and has a completely different set of books for young and old AND a selection of

jigsaws. The joy of using the mobile service is no fines and no charge for ordering

books. But consultations are underway and the county council is obviously looking to

axe this service, so use it or lose it!. The Library service was keen to keep the venue

near the school and chose the time to hopefully encourage parents and children to use

the mobile library. Ideally it had been hoped to park nearer Cranes Meadow but at

3.15pm, with all the traffic and parking problems as School finishes, a compromise had

to be reached.

 For dates, see Upcoming Events below and more information at


Outreach Post Office

The outreach Post Office is open in the Village Hall on Mondays, Tuesdays and

Fridays from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon. 

War Memorial

The War Memorial in Buckland Newton Churchyard commemorates those villagers who

lost their lives in the two World Wars.  Recent research has filled in some of the details

of those named and this information can be viewed here.

Flood Warden

The village Flood Warden is Doug Morse (tel: 01300 345707) or e-mail

floodwarden@sky.com    In case of flooding, the village now has a supply of sandbags.

If you are unlucky enough to require use of these at some time in the future please

contact Doug Morse on 01300 345707 or Rodney Cuff on 01300 345309 to find out how

to obtain sandbags.

Travel Information

See under Parish / District Council tab at left.

Village Hall

Postcode DT2 7BZ.  The Village Hall is located on the B3143 approximately 150 yards

south (towards Dorchester) of the recreation ground / primary school crossroads, and

300 yards north (towards Pulham and Sturminster Newton) of the Old Chapel Stores.

Tennis court - Glanvilles Wootton

Glanvilles Wootton Tennis Court is open to all who live in the Lydden Vale every day of

the week at any time except when there is occasional Saturday morning tennis

coaching.  Bookings can be made at the court.  Playing fees are as follows: Children up

to 14 years old £1 for the court per hour; Young people 15 to 19 £1 per person per hour;

Adults £1.50 per person per hour; or Annual Membership £40 per year, accompanied

guests free.  Children’s Tennis Coaching takes place every other Saturday in early

summer for 7 to 18 year olds. Please contact Michael Anderson on 01300 345375 for

details.  Any other queries please contact Sarah Wade on 01963 210607

Regular Events

Buckland Newton Pre-School.  This operates 8.45 am to 3.15 pm, Monday,

Wednesday and Friday, 8.45 am to 12.45 pm Tuesday and Thursday.  Breakfast Club

available from  8.00 am.  All at Buckland Newton School during term time.  It caters for

children aged from 2 years, if space available.  If you use your Early Years Funding

Vouchers, there is no additional cost.  Non-funded hours are charged at £4.25 per hour. 

For any further information, please contact Emma or Elaine in the school office on

(01300) 345393 during school hours or e-mail the School Office. 

Little Goslings.  Bumps, Babies and Toddlers, every Wednesday 9.30 am - 11.30 am,

Buckland Newton Village Hall.  £2.00 per session; drop in for coffee and a chat.

Lunch Club.  A 2-course meal with tea/coffee on the second Friday of each month, at

Buckland Newton Village Hall or a Pub. Over 90 or 80? Maybe in your seventies? 

Living alone and no longer driving, except to potter around the village?  You have a

disability or long-term health problem, and would love to get out to meet old friends or

make new ones?  If so, we would be delighted to see you.

Village Cafe.  10.30 am to 12.00 noon, every last Friday in the month (except August

and December) in Buckland Newton Village Hall.  A great opportunity to meet people in

the village if you are new to the area or just meet your friends for an hour to catch up

with them.  £1.00 buys you cake and coffee/tea.  I will be doing the new Rota for

starting in September again so please let me know if you would like to volunteer taking

a turn either ‘hosting’ on the morning or baking a cake for it. I will be very pleased to

hear from you.  More details from Fizz Lewis 345521.

Church Services.  Please see ‘What’s On’ below or the church page

Keep Fit Association 'Youth Moves'.   Pulham Village Hall 5.00 pm - 6.00 pm; ages

11 and over.  Contact Sarah Mitchell on 01258 81728

Yoga.  Buckland Newton Village Hall.  Mondays (term time only), 2.00 pm - over 60’s;

5.45 pm - mixed ability; 7.30 pm - mixed ability.  Contact Suzanne Stringer (British

Wheel of Yoga trained, with over 20 years’ experience) 01935 873594.

Pilates.  Buckland Newton Village Hall. I now teach Pilates 9.30 am and 10.30 am on a

Thursday, term time only. Classes are £8.00 from September, with discount for block

bookings.  E-mail info@4everpilates.co.uk or call 07807 090 013.

Thursday evenings from 22 September, 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm, Buckland Newton Village Hall.  Fitsteps  the UK’s newest dance fitness programme created by Strictly Come Dancing stars Natalie Lowe, Ian Waite and former contestant and world champion swimmer Mark Foster.  £5 per class; pay for 10 classes up front (£50) and get 1 free.  Wear cool, comfy fitness style clothing, trainer style shoes and bring drinking water.  Call Georgina on 07582 634911 to register your interest and for any further details.

Art Class.  Expert watercolour tuition on Wednesday afternoons from 1.30-4.00pm in

the Village Hall during term time, this is a very friendly, relaxed and popular class for all

levels.  Please ring 01305 871178 for more details.

Upcoming Events

Friday 9th December, 6.30 pm to 11.00 pm, Village Hall.  Pub Night.  Another evening with the atmosphere of a local Pub for Local People.  Everyone in Buckland Newton and surrounding hamlets welcome.  Mine Hosts - Nick Baker & Andy Waring.  Please put the date in your diary and support us. We hope to make it a regular village fixture if it proves as popular as our last one.  At the bar... Beer, Lager and Cider; selection of red and white wine; Soft Drinks: Coke, Lemonade.  Crisps, nuts etc. Food available from 6:30pm... Freshly made wood fired pizza - £5 - £8 NEW!!  A range of delicious Desserts will be available Come for the whole evening or just pop in early for a pizza and a drink. Saturday 10th December, from 9.30am  Holy Rood Church.  Church Clean for Christmas.  Please can you spare an hour to help with sprucing up the church for Christmas. Coffee and mince pies will be served to sustain you! Sunday 11th December.  Services at Holy Rood Church, Buckland Newton.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship - modern language). Tuesday 13th December, 7.30 pm, Parish Room.  Parish Council Meeting preceded by Democratic Half Hour at which all are welcome. Sunday 18th December.  Services at Holy Rood Church, Buckland Newton.  9.30am Christmas themed Family Service, songs stories and activities for all ages. Refreshments served after this service. Sunday 18th December, 6.30 pm, Holnest Parish Church.  Candlelit Carol Service, followed by mince pies and mulled wine. Friday 23rd December, from 10.00 am, Holy Rood Church.   All helpers please for decorating the church for Christmas. Seasonal refreshments will be served to aid your labours. Saturday 24th December (Christmas Eve), 4.30 pm, Carol Service with Christingle at Holy Rood Church, Buckland Newton.  This is a real family and community service, involving children dramatising the story of the Nativity, and will include well known carols for all to sing.  Mulled wine and mince pies will be served after this service. Saturday 24th December (Christmas Eve), 11.30 pm, Holnest Parish Church.  Candlelit Midnight Mass with carols. Sunday 25th December (Christmas Day).  Services at Holy Rood Church, Buckland Newton.  11.00 am Holy Communion, taken by Rev Jonathan Still. Friday 30th December.  No Village Cafe this month - back in 2017. Sunday 1st January.  No Service at Holy Rood, Buckland Newton but Benefice Communion at 11.00 am at Godmanstone Church. Sunday 8th January.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship - modern language). Sunday 15th January.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  9.30am All-Age Family Service, songs stories and activities for all ages. Refreshments served after this service. Friday 20th January, Village Hall.  Quiz Night.  January sees the return of Quiz Nights in Buckland Newton Village Hall. More details next month but this one is in aid of Dorchester based Riding for the Disabled Group. Contact Stuart and Carol 345119. Sunday 22nd January.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer - traditional language). Friday 27th January, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  Village CafeA cafe run by us for us; a mere £1.00 for coffee and a piece (or two) of homemade cake.  (‘Us’ being the locals and anyone else who is staying locally on that day!).  We drop in and we drop out - it’s a nice way to catch up with people you don’t know very well or don’t see often. Saturday 28th January, 10.30 am, Village Hall.  Defibrillator Training for All.  There is a Training Session at the Village Hall with Kate Fisher from SWAST. She will talk for around an hour on how to use the Defibrillator etc and then there will be an opportunity for anyone who would like to practise on her mannequin. She will welcome questions and answers. This is a very good introduction for people who are recently arrived in the village and for those like me who need a refresher! It is the sort of general knowledge that everyone should have these days.  Cost is £5.00 on the door (all income to go towards cost of replacement needed in 2020).  Please ring or email to book a place. Fizz Lewis 345521 froglewis@hotmail.com Sunday 29th January.  No Service at Holy Rood, Buckland Newton but Benefice Communion at 11.00 am at Minterne Church. Sunday 5th February.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Matins. 14th to 18th February.  Piddle Valley Players present “Guys & Dolls” at Buckland Newton Village Hall.  Tickets £10.00 including refreshments from Old Chapel Stores, Buckland Newton and Piddletrenthide Post Office from January.
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