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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. Use the buttons below to find out about other activities and facilities in and around the village:

General Information

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 Alerts

27th May: SMS Phishing Fraud 24th May: Action Fraud has received the first reports of scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack.  Click Neighbourhood Alerts above for more detail. 5th May:  Tourists targeted by fake police officers 4th April:  Phishing E-mails re compromised personal data 26th February:  Call Protect - information on how to help to stop scam telephone calls

News from The Gaggle of Geese Public House

We are in the final stages of purchasing of The Gaggle of Geese pub and hope to

complete mid to late May. For the last four years we have been operating a community

focussed pub in Brighton. Since having had a little boy, we have been looking to move

to a more rural lifestyle and love the Buckland Newton area and the local school. We

have already been made to feel very welcome by the School staff team, Parish Council

and those villagers that we have chatted to. It is very encouraging to hear how much

the Gaggle has been missed!

We wanted to offer reassurance that it is our intention to refurbish and re-open the

Gaggle as a community and family-friendly pub. The Gaggle is in poor repair and will

take several months of work before it is ready to open. New to the area, we welcome

contacts and recommendations for tradesmen etc that may be able to help with

undertaking elements of the refurbishment.

Whilst work is underway on the pub we are considering holding a Summer garden party

as a means to introduce ourselves. We will circulate further details once we are clearer

on timescales and dates. Look out for updates and in the meantime, if you have any

queries or think you could help in some way then feel free to email us via


Best wishes,

Sarah, Simon, Noah & Aggie (pub dog!) 

Pop-up Pub

Following the success of the Buckland Newton Village Pub Nights we plan to hold

further evenings.  Details in Dates for your Diary. 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

The Fish and Chip Van

As there is still a problem with one of their vans, the Fish & Chip van will be here on

Tuesday 23rd May, at the usual time, not

Wednesday 31st.  The Fish and Chip van visits

Buckland Newton, LAST WEDNESDAY of each

month, parking at the old bus shelter opposite

Buckland Newton School.  See dates below.  If

you want to read about the van and see the

menu go to: www.mobilefishnchipsdorset.co.uk 

Just a thought - if you have a neighbour who

might enjoy a meal from the van, but who would

find it difficult to get there and back, with their

food still hot and crispy, perhaps you could offer

a home delivery service.  I hope you enjoy the van’s visits and to see you there.  Jane

Willis wildasbar@tiscali.co.uk


There are several plots available which have been under cultivation for several years.

The ground is nice to dig and well manured. If anyone would like to take a plot 8 x 8 or

8 x 16 sq. metres, please contact John Simpson 01300 345401.

Flower Festival

Photographs of the Flower Festival in June 2016.  Click here to see them.

Neighbourhood Plan Update

The Parish Council has just received the good news that our Neighbourhood Plan has

met all the legal and procedural requirements of Stage 1 of a 2 stage process. As a

result it will now proceed to the Second Stage of examination prior to it being put to a

parish referendum. If we, as residents, give it approval at the referendum, the plan will

give us the teeth to have a real say in how our village develops over the next 13 years.

The recently appointed examiner made an unannounced and unaccompanied visit to

the parish in April. Following this visit and his examination of our plan, his report states

that “he considers the public consultation and community engagement work under-

taken in the preparation of the plan was open and transparent and to a very thorough

and comprehensive level”               BN Parish Council

Water Supply Improvement Work, Henley

The water main that runs within the field and road along Hilling Lane and the B3143 is

being replaced. Work will commence on Monday 3 April and is expected to last 17

weeks. Hilling Lane will be closed for 5 weeks from Monday 8 May 2017. Alternative

routes will be signposted.

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 (June 2017) 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:

July 2016 August 2016 September 2016 October 2016 November 2016 December 2016 January 2017 February 2017 March 2017 April 2017 May 2017 June 2017

Weather Forecast

The nearest Met Office Weather Forecast location is Minterne Gardens.  (The

observation station for this forecast is RNAS Yeovilton); click for a 7-day weather


Superfast Fibre Broadband now available in Henley

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

available to more residents in Buckland Newton, including Henley.  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.gov.uk/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 including 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.

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 (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 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.  £1.20 buys you cake and coffee/tea.  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 ‘Dates for your Diary’ below or the church services


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.

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.

Dates for your Diary

Tuesday 23rd May, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School.  Fish & Chip Van.  Please note this is a change from the advertised date of Wednesday 31st May as there is still a problem with one of their vans. Saturday 27th May, 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm.  Alton Pancras Village Fete. Sunday 28th May.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer, traditional language). Tuesday 30th May, 6.00 pm, Giant Inn Cerne Abbas.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema AGM.  Finger food will be provided and we hope you will come along to help us take CAVC forward. We want to garner your views on the type of films you would like to see in future and how best these films can be chosen. If you have a view on this and are unable to attend, please contact Julia, CAVC Secretary 01300 345632. Tuesday 30th May, doors open 7.00 pm, Village Hall.  A Psychic Evening with Mark Rylands and Guest Medium.  Tickets are £10 and can be purchased on the door.  This is a platform event delivering messages to a seated audience.  "Do you dare to be amazed?"  For legal reasons this event is advertised for entertainment purposes, however you can come to your own conclusions. Click on graphic at left for details or visit  www.thepeoplespsychic.co.uk/ Wednesday 31st May, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School.  Fish & Chip Van.  Please note change of date to Tuesday 23rd May. Friday 2nd June, from 6.00 pm, Village Hall.  Oliver Letwin Surgery and Q and A.  The Buckland Newton Branch of the West Dorset Conservative Association wish to let you know that Oliver Letwin will hold a surgery, question & answer session in Buckland village hall on Friday, 2nd June 2017 from 6:00pm. The surgery will be followed by the Buckland Newton Branch’s Annual General Meeting. All are welcome. Friday 2nd June, 6.00 pm, Village Hall.  West Dorset Conservative Association AGM. Sunday 4th June.  No service at Holy Rood church, but Pentecost will be celebrated by a pilgrimage to Hilfield Priory.  2.00 pm meet outside St Mary's Church Cerne Abbas  and walk to Hilfield over the hills - aproximately 3 miles, or simply come by car in time for afternoon tea at 4.15 pm.  5.15pm  Evensong in the Chapel.  Dogs on leads and children welcome; some walkers would appreciate a lift home.  Contributions for the tea to be delivered to Hilfield at 2.00 pm ; thank you. Thursday 8th June.  General Election. Friday 9th June, 12.15 pm, White Stag Bishops Caundle.  Second Friday Lunch Club.  Please ring Jan (345356) or Susan (345760) to put your name down. Saturday 10th June, 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm, Church Farm, DT9 5QE.  Glanvilles Wootton Village Fete.  Flower Festival and Photography Competition in the Church Barbeque, Pimms Tent and Teas, games for all, fun dog show steel band and lots of stalls.  For more information please look on our website https://glanvilleswootton.org/church/fete/  or contact Annie on 01300 345450 or Georgina on 01963 210857 Sunday 11th June.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, modern language). Tuesday 13th June, 5.30 pm, Magnolia House.  Parochial Church Council Meeting. Tuesday 13th June, 7.30 pm, Parish Room.  Parish Council Meeting, preceded by Democratic Half Hour.  All are welcome to attend.  Wednesday 14th June, 10.30 am, Milton Abbas.  Lydden Ladies Treasure Hunt and Pub Lunch.  Self-guided Murder Mystery themed Treasure Hunt, exploring Milton Abbas and the Abbey. The circular trail leads you around the countryside surrounding the famous Milton Abbas school, on to the Abbey and into the beautiful village of Milton Abbas. The circular loop trail is approximately 2.8 miles long and takes 2.5 hours to complete and one trail booklet is enough for a team of 4 – 5 people. We will then have lunch at The Hambro Arms. This is open to anyone who would like to join us. Contact Amanda McKenna at 01300 345367 or amandat62@outlook.com Saturday 17th June, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Weatherbury Singers - Take a Chance on Me.  A concert of light hearted music which everyone will know, with opportunities for some audience participation.  Music Includes: Singing in the Rain: If I fell: Mama Mia highlights: Wherever You Are: Amarillo: The Windmill of Your Mind; Sound of Music Medley; and much more. There will be a licensed bar and raffle.  Tickets: Adults £8.00, U16s free: to include canapés.  For tickets and further information please call: Bill 01305 262575, Diana 01300 345434, Nicki 01305 848383 or e-mail weatherburysingers@gmail.com Sunday 18th June.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  9.30 am Fathers’ Day service suitable for all ages. Children, bring your Dads for games, stories, songs, activities, and maybe a gift. Refreshments served after this service. Thursday 22nd June10.00 am to 12.30 pm, Whitcombe Manor (by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Alec Walters).  Dorchester Barnardo’s Helper Group invites you to our Coffee MorningTo be held at Whitcombe Manor.   Admission: £3.00, to include coffee and homemade biscuits.  Click on graphic at left for more details. Saturday 24th June, 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm, Holnest Church.  Friends of Holnest Church Midsummer Concert.  To celebrate the first anniversary of the formation of the Friends of Holnest Church, folk musician Damian Clarke will perform an acoustic concert on the rare but beautiful hammer dulcimer and hurdy gurdy.  Damian is best known for his performances with the influential rock-folk band, Pressgang, which he founded in 1986. Since then he has toured in over 12 countries, made 8 albums, and played everywhere from television to theatres and festivals to street fairs. He will also display examples of his artwork. Strawberries and fizz will be served to mark the occasion. This is a free event but donations welcome and booking essential. To reserve a place please email us at friendsofholnest@gmail.com or telephone Sandra on 01963 210635. Sunday 25th June.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer, traditional language). Tuesday 27th June, 7.45 pm for 8.00 pm, Rose Villa.  Wayfarers Meeting - How do we define community? Please come, bring your friends. Share, listen and discuss thoughts, experiences, feelings, beliefs and research on this question. Free, but feel free to bring nibbles or a drink to share.  Contact Helen Simpson on 01300 345401. Wednesday 28th June, 2.15 pm.    Lydden Vale Gardening Club visit to “Laughing Water”, Weir Lane, Yeovilton BA22 8EU, followed by tea & cake at Lytes Cary Manor, near Somerton, TA11 7HU.  Joyce Warne was one of our founder members until 2011 when she and husband Peter moved to “Laughing Water” which is now opened as part of the National Garden Scheme, but we’ll have exclusive access on 28th June at 2.15pm.  She had a beautiful garden in Buckland Newton and I’m sure Laughing Water will be just as delightful.  We’ll then head on to nearby Lytes Cary Manor, one of the National Trust’s more intimate manor houses, where you will of course find a fine garden and an equally fine tea room.  Entrance to Joyce’s garden is £3.50.  Lytes Cary is free to National Trust members, otherwise about £9.00. Wednesday 28th June, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School.  Fish & Chip Van. Friday 30th June, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  June’s cafe will be, as usual, the last Friday in the month from 10:30am to noonish at Buckland Newton Village Hall. We may even be able to sit outside!  For those who may not know about our cafe - it is run by ourselves for ourselves. Cake and Coffee/tea etc for £1.20. A very easy going, friendly atmosphere where no one will ask you to do anything, join anything or buy a raffle ticket. Just come along and join in with the locals. So if you are in the village for whatever reason - holiday, visiting or just arrived it’s a lovely way to spend an hour.  For more information please contact Fizz Lewis 01300 345521. Saturday 1st July, from 1.00 pm, The Old Rectory (by kind permission of Nick & Gilly Elliott).  Pulham Village Fete.  Live Music, Stalls, Bar, BBQ, Skittles, Woodland Rides, CFomic Dog Show, Auction, Children’s Fun Races, Plants, Bric a Brac, Tombola, Delicious Teas, Coconut Shy.  Information: 01258 817254. Sunday 2nd July, 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm, Manor House.  Buckland Newton Church Summer BBQ will be held in the gardens of the Manor House, Buckland Newton. Sunday 2nd July.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  6.00 pm Evensong, taken by Rev Jonathan Still. Saturday 15th July, 7.00 pm, Village Hall.  The Piddle Valley Players are having a ‘Talent Night’ evening as a fundraiser for their next show in February 2018. Members will be performing songs, sketches and comedy … and it is open to the public to join us. If you would like to show off your talent, please contact our director, Holly Royle, on 07775 436075.  Click on graphic opposite for details. Tickets are available NOW from Old Chapel Stores in Buckland Newton … £5, including a light buffet, (£3 for performers). Wednesday 26th July, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School.  Fish & Chip Van. Monday 28th August (Bank Holiday Monday), 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm Parish Field.  Buckland Newton Village Fete.  Planning has started for the fête so please put the date in your diary and tell all your family and friends. We aim to make it another real village event and fun for everyone.  Only 3 months to go and lots to do so if you would like to help, in any way, or have any new ideas please contact Mandy Jarvis on mandyjarvis78@yahoo.co.uk or call 01300 345264.  More news nearer the time or see Village Fete page. Saturday 9th September.  Dorset Historic Churches Trust “Ride & Stride”.  More details nearer the time. Sunday 17th September.  The IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth Event advance information.  IMWEY Bike Overview, IMWEY Resident Leaflet South West, IMWEY Resident Leaflet South East, IMWEY Resident Leaflet North.
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THE PIDDLE VALLEY PLAYERS PRESENT  SATURDAY 15TH JULY 2017 - 7PM  BUCKLAND NEWTON VILLAGE  HALL  'There's talent in the valley'  An evening of song, music and other spectacular talent!!  Tickets £5 including a light buffet, £3 for performers, available from bn village shop, cash  bar operating through the evening  Any talent wanting to  perform,  please  contact  Holly on 07775436075 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, Tessa Russell, Jane Sutton, Jane Yates, Penny Wykes-Sneyd,   COFFEE MORNING  To be held at WHITCOMBE MANOR     By kind permission of Mr and Mrs Alec Walters THURSDAY, 22nd JUNE 2017     10.00 a.m until 12.30 p.m Admission: £3.00   To include coffee and homemade biscuits WHITCOMBE, DORCHESTER  Dorchester Barnardo’s Helper Group  invites you to our  If you are unable to come to our coffee morning but would like to make a donation, it will be gratefully received. Please send your cheque, payable to Barnardo’S, to                      Mrs Penny Wykes-Sneyd                                                                                                                   Garden Cottage                                                                                                                 West Compton                                                                                                                  Dorchester  DT2 0EY  WHITCOMBE MANOR  WHITCOMBE  DORCHESTER  DT2 8NY  Take the A352 from the Dorchester bypass towards Wareham. Whitcombe Manor is on the left after 1.4miles  The way in will be signed to avoid too many steps. Dorset Perennials:- Unusual cottage garden plants.sales@dorsetperennials.co.uk  At Last:- Boutique style clothes, boots,bags and scarves. mail@atlastandover.co.uk  Pene Dene:- Designer range of silk flowers, orchids, plants and ar rangements. www.penedeneflowers.co.uk Elaine Marks:- Willow sculptures.   elainemarks@icloud.com  The Chesil Smokery:- A range of the finest award winning British fish and meat, gently smoked over oak and peat.  Marcus Dancer:- Specialist nursery producing clematis and other climbing plants, choice shrubs and perennials. www.clematisplants.co.uk   Harriet Whinney:- Cultured and fresh water pearl jewellery www.harrietwhinney.com  Teresa Woodward:- Hand painted small furniture and gifts 01305 853949  Caroline Dawe:- Shirts, gilets, jackets and accessories. 01722 741539  Tropic Skincare:- Natural, cruelty free, vegan, skincare and makeup. rebecca.oxenford@orange.net   Phoenix Cards:- Cards for all eventualities. lucymclaurin@hotmail.com  BARNARDO’S CAKE AND HOME PRODUCE STALL             Please bring your cheque book as not all stallholders have the facility to accept credit/debit cards Barnardo’s adheres to the Fundraising Promise and Fundraising Standards Board Guidelines  Barnardo’s registered charity numbers 216250 & SCo57605  !