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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

30th September: Scam Phone Calls - Security 13th September: E-mail phishing Fraud 8th September: Cycle Thefts 5th August: Scam HMRC Phone Call

Pop-up Pub

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

hold another evening in November. Details of the event will follow shortly. 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

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.

Flower Festival June 2016

Photographs of the Flower Festival are now on this website.  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 also an online version; current (November 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: December 2015 January 2016 February 2016 March 2016 April 2016 May 2016  June 2016 July 2016 August 2016 September 2016 October 2016 November 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.  Please note however that those

houses served by Cabinet 2 (by the church) still cannot get fibre.  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.  You can now register to be advised

if and when fibre broadband is available for your address.  Go to


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 Monday 8.45 am to 3.15 pm, Tuesday,

Wednesday & Thursday 8.45 am to 12.45 pm, Friday 8.45 am to 3.15 pm.  Breakfast

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

caters for children aged from 2 years 9 months until 5 years.  If you use your Early

Years Funding Vouchers, there is no additional cost.  Non-funded hours are charged at

£4 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

Tuesday 25th October, 8.00 pm,  Rose Villa, Buckland Newton.  Wayfarers - "Should the marriage contract be replaced with a parenting contract?"  Please come, bring your friends. Share, listen and discuss thoughts, experiences, feelings, beliefs and research on this question.  Contact Helen Simpson 01300 345401. Thursday 27th October, 9.30 am to 4.00 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall.  Flu Clinic.  Our flu clinic at Cerne Abbas Village Hall will also include a health and wellbeing event. The surgery team will be joined by other organisations who will be at the event to share information and advice. Thursday 27th October, 7.00 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Ladies.  A talk by Journalist Kate Adie. She was the BBC’s Chief News Correspondent from 1989 - 2002 and now presents From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4.   A fascinating insight into her life reporting from all around the world with the oppor-tunity to ask questions afterwards.  Doors open at 6.45 pm.  Refreshments - Bar - Grand Raffle.  All proceeds to go to the Dorchester based Charity ‘The Footprints Project’.  Tickets £5 available from Amanda (345367), Maree (345349) and The Old Chapel Stores. Friday 29th October, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  A 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!). I do a rota every year of people willing to make a cake, pick a few of their garden flowers for little vases on pretty tablecloths, serve coffee and Chat for this very relaxed and popular cafe. 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. I am always short of just a few people to fill in the gaps of providing two hosting to make and serve the coffee and two people to provide a cake. Please ring me if you would be willing to have a go!  Contact Fizz Lewis on 01300 345521. Sunday 30th October.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Benefice Service,  which will include a commemoration for all saints and loved ones now departed.  A candle will be lit for each name remembered.  A book of remembrance will be placed on the small altar in the South aisle for names of dear departed ones to be commemorated.  This service will be led by Jonathan.  Refreshments will be served after this service. Monday 31st October, 2.30 pm, Holy Rood Church.  Thanksgiving Service for the life of Eileen Foot. Tuesday 1st November, 10.00 am to 12.30 pm, Holyleas House.  Christmas Coffee Morning in aid of Barnardos.  Click on image at left for more information. Tuesday 1st November, 5.30 pm, Magnolia House.  Parochial Church Council (PCC) Meeting. Wednesday 2nd November, 7.00 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale News Annual Open Meeting to discuss the Lydden Vale News. Do come along, we are always looking for views on the magazine, for new ideas and there may well be refreshments on offer. Come along even if you only want to volunteer to be the next editor! Sunday 6th November.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Matins (Book of Common Prayer, traditional language) led by Allen Knott. Tuesday 8th November, 7.30 pm, Parish Room.  Parish Council Meeting, preceded by Democratic Half Hour.  All welcome. Wednesday 9th November, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Ladies.  Talk “Endangered Species” by Dawn Lawrence.  Dawn Lawrence, author and illustrator, speaks on behalf of wildlife trusts but especially the Born Free Foundation (international charity to stop animal suffering and protect life in the wild), the founder of which is the actress, author and wildlife campaigner, Virginia McKenna. Her subject is the world's endangered species highlighted in her book 2 Steps Behind! (i.e. two steps behind the dinosaur). Her book will be available to purchase on the night. Everyone welcome. Entry is free and there will be refreshments available after the talk.  Contact Amanda McKenna 345367. Friday 11th November, Village Hall, 12.30 pm.  Second Friday Lunch Club.  Friday 11th November, 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm, Village Hall.  The Fish and Chip van will be at Buckland Newton Village Hall between 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm for anyone who wishes to purchase freshly cooked fish, chicken or sausage and chips. This is the same people who were at the Village Fete, so anyone who bought from them then will no doubt remember how tasty they were. The van will be there earlier as the 2nd Friday Lunch Club are having a fish and chip lunch, but they will not be serving villagers until the Lunch Club members have been served. There will be a few tables in the hall for anyone who does not want to take their meal home. Hope to see you all on the 11th. Sunday 13th November, 10.50 am, Holy Rood Church.  Remembrance Day Service, led by Rev’d Alan Woods. N.B. note early start time. Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November, 10.00 am to 2.00 pm, Revels Fishing Lakes.  Garage/House Clearance Table Top Sale.  We are having a large two-day clearout, all undercover in the Barn at Revels Fishing Lakes.  Furniture, Bric a Brac, Tools, Toys, Clothes, everything including the Kitchen Sink.  Space available for other LOCAL sellers only. Details 01300 345301. Sunday 20th November.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  9.30am Family Service. A short, informal service for all ages, with songs, stories and activities. Refreshments served after this service. Monday 21st November, 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall.  Moviola presents “Absolutely Fabulous - The Movie” starring the glorious and glamorous pairing of Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley. We hope this will be a timely showing to lighten the dark November evenings as the pair go ‘on the run’ to the French Riviera where they hatch a plot to stay south forever. We can all dream ….! Tickets from Marion in Cerne (01300 341375), Yvonne in Godmanstone (01300 341421), Heather in Minterne (01300 341711) or the shop in Buckland Newton. Finally, a new member is sought to join the committee. We show six films a year so can guarantee a low workload and high level of fun! If you are interested, please ring Julia on 01300 345632 for an informal chat. Wednesday 23rd November, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  “The Wild Garden” by Colin Varndell.  Colin Varndell is a Dorset based photographer whose work centres on natural history and horticulture.  His presentation is based on his own garden and shows the variety and breadth of wildlife that can be attracted to a garden that is planned specifically with that in mind.  It promises to be a great evening, come and join us!  Viviane (345111) vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Friday 25th November, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  A 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!). I do a rota every year of people willing to make a cake, pick a few of their garden flowers for little vases on pretty tablecloths, serve coffee and Chat for this very relaxed and popular cafe. 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. Friday 25th November, 7.15 pm to 9.30 pm, Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL.  Piddle Valley Barn Dance, with Reel Good (formerly O’Daliaigh’s Ceilidh Band),  Caller Helen Woodall.  Cost is £6.00, accompanied under 16s free.  All welcome.  Contact 01300 348250. Saturday 26th November, 7.00 pm (Eyes Down 7.30 pm), Pulham Village Hall DT2 7DZ.  Christmas Family Bingo.  Great Prizes - all proceeds to Pulham Village Hall.  Contact Sharon on 01258 817528 or e-mail pulhamvillagehall@hotmail.com Sunday 27th November.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00am Advent Sunday. As we prepare for the celebrations of Christmas, do join us for the singing of the lovely advent hymns. Service will be taken by Rev. Jonathan Still. Tuesday 29th November, 8.00 pm, Rose Villa, Buckland Newton.  Wayfarers Meeting: “Does charitable giving absolve responsibility?”  Please feel welcome to join this discussion. For more details contact Helen Simpson on 01300 345401. Saturday 3rd December, 12.00 noon to 2.00 p.m, Village Hall.  Christmas Bazaar. Home made soup, coffee, mince pies, stalls, raffle and more!! Saturday 3rd December, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Artsreach presents John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe.  Tickets £9, £7 under 18s. Call 01300 345455 for information. 14th to 18th February 2017.  Piddle Valley Players present “Guys & Dolls” at Buckland Newton Village Hall.  Tickets from Old Chapel Stores.
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Dorchester Barnardo s Helper Group  invites you to our  CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING  to be held at  HOLYLEAS HOUSE       BUCKLAND NEWTON, DT2 7DP  by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Julian Bunkall  TUESDAY, 1st NOVEMBER 2016  10.00a.m. until 12.30p.m.  Coffee and Homemade Biscuits   Harriet Sandys: Jewellery from Central Asia and India.  Glassware, candles and decorative items from Afghanistan and Pakistan.  BARNARDOS CHRISTMAS CARDS BARNARDOS HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS FAYRE  BOOK STALL       Dorchester Barnardo’s Helper Group thank you for your support  Linda Bowditch, Tia Bunkall, Charlotte Chichester, Louise Clarke,   Julie Gibbs, Judy Hammick, Susie Harland, Pomme Lowis,   Beth King, Tessa Russell, Jane Sutton, Jane Yates,   Penny Wykes-Sneyd, Barnardo’s registered Charity Numbers: 216250 & SCo 57605   Barnardo’s adheres to the Fundraising Promise and Fundraising Standards board Guidelines