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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.  The Gaggle of Geese pub will re-open in due course - check here for progress. 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

Parish Council Vacancy

A casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for Buckland Newton Parish

Council following the resignation of Cllr R Cuff.

Rule 8 (1) of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (Amendment) Rules 1986

provides that if by Monday 9, October 2017 (14 working days from the date of this

notice), a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning

Officer at the address given on the link below by TEN electors for the Parish, an

election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-


If an election is called, it will take place not later than Friday 8 December 2017.  Please

click here for the full details.

2017 Buckland Newton Fete Report

Steve Workman’s report on the August Bank Holiday Village Fete, including the

financial results, is now available to read here.  Congratulations to all involved for

another great day and excellent financial results!

Neighbourhood Alerts 17th November:  BT / Openreach Internet Scam 15th November:  Suspicious Vehicles 2001 Grey Ford Transit S*51 *KN; 2000 Green Mitsubishi 4X4 W*5*SJH;  1994 Green Suzuki Vitara M*93*HU. 13th November:  Employment scam (The Student Room website) 13th November:  HMRC and iTunes Vouchers scam 26th October:  Break-in to an industrial unit in Piddlehinton 13th October:  Silver Landcruiser N*** FLX

Advance notice - Buckland Newton Flower Festival and Open

Gardens May 2018

A Flower Festival and Open Gardens event is planned for next year, Saturday 26th

and Sunday 27th May from 12 noon till 5.00 pm with refreshments served in the

Church.  More details will be added here as the year progresses as we are well into the

planning.   It will be in aid of Marie Curie Nurses and Holy Rood Church's Flower

Fund.  Provided we raise sufficient funds, Holy Rood Church itself will also benefit.  The

organisers are looking for business sponsors to help cover costs so if anyone is able to

help, please contact Carol Grant at carolgrant.sw@gmail.com

(Photographs of the Flower Festival in June 2016 can be seen here )

Apple Tree Survey

The results of the village apple tree survey (carried out as part of the Apple Day in

September) have now been published on the Gardening Club page.

The Gaggle has new owners!

If you would like to see how the refurbishment is coming along, and for news from the

Gaggle, The Gaggle of Geese now has its own Facebook page at


Best wishes, Simon and Sarah.  If you have any queries or think you could help in some

way then feel free to email us via hartandhops@gmail.com

Gaggle News - your pub needs you

Following the last volunteer work party when the grounds and sheds were cleared, the

time has come to think about redecorating and restoring some real character and charm

back to our village pub. Your ideas and feedback would now be greatly appreciated.

Right now we have a blank canvas and the unique opportunity to create something

special, so, Sarah, our new landlady, (who has a background in interior design) and I

had a chat about the theme and ambiance she and her husband Simon, we, the village

regulars and visitors from all around Dorset would most like in their pub. It was felt that

a rural countryside and farming feel; bringing the 'outside in' would be great.I have

offered to ask around and try to source some decorative, unusual or fun items that have

the right feel that may be available locally. We have very open ‘anything considered’

minds, but the kind of things that might work could be anything that could be painted-

up, re-purposed, renovated and reused both inside and outside. Maybe a milk churn,

wooden ladders, old tractor seats for bar stools, pulleys, cartwheels, a scythe, old bits

of farm machinery, old metal light shades, metal cogs and wheels? I won’t go on as the

possibilities are endless - but that’s the general idea.I am very happy to follow up any

leads, rummage about in sheds and behind old barns and even to store small stuff and

things in my garage, until it’s near to opening time. But we need your help to track

things down. So, please put your thinking caps on and give me a call on 01 300 345

850 with any ideas. Exciting isn’t it?    Chris Hildred

The Fish and Chip Van

The Fish and Chip van is visiting again, usually on the last Tuesday of the month. As

before we will be at the old bus shelter opposite Buckland Newton School from 5pm

with last orders at 7pm

We will be here on:

• Tuesday 28th November

We will not be in the village at the end of

December and will then resume again at the

end of January. If you want to read about the

van and see the menu go to:


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. 

Recycling and Refuse Collection and Calendar

To find out which day is your recycling or rubbish collection day, go to

www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/recycling-and-rubbish-collections and enter your postcode,

select your address, 'return to content', then 'view all data from My Local'.  Then click to

view your next collection day.


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.


An organisation called www.Oil-club.co.uk has been in touch with the Parish Council;

this club may be of interest to you if you use domestic heating oil and details of the

information sent to the Parish Council can be seen here.  Please note that this

announcement does not imply endorsement of the offer by either Buckland Newton

Parish Council or the Buckland Newton Community Website Committee.

Buckland Newton Neighbourhood Plan

The result of the Referendum on the Buckland Newton Neighbourhood Plan, held on

2nd November 2017, can be viewed here.

A link to the Neighbourhood Plan as modified by the Independent Examiner can be

found here.

WDDC have produced an Information Sheet with all the relevant details which can be

found on www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk as well as here 

Additionally the Parish Council have made copies of the Neighbourhood Plan available

to parishioners for inspection in the following locations as from the 29th


The Village Hall

The Old Chapel Stores

The Church

Please do not take away the copies of the neighbourhood plan; they are in limited supply and very expensive to print. If you wish to borrow a paper copy for a day or two please contact John Baker on 345386.

Lydden Vale News

The local printed Newsletter, the Lydden Vale News, is delivered free to every

household in the village.  There is an online version; current (November 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:

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

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 to Friday

in term time.  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

Thursday 23rd November, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  ‘TWO’ - theatre production.   BareBulb Theatre are performing 'TWO' by Jim Cartwright. ‘TWO’ is a highly enjoyable play feted in Time Out magazine as having ‘broad humour, dry wit and often shudderingly moving poetry.’   Licensed bar.  Tickets £9.00 on the door or reserve at juliepwood@aol.com or fraserwilson99@hotmail.co.uk  Friday 24th November, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  Our famous Village Cafe is a wonderful place for people to meet up and have a coffee and chat. Especially for people who are new to the village they will find a warm welcome. It is a good place to start to get to know a few people. No one will ask you to do anything, join anything, no one will even ask you to buy a raffle ticket for anything, it is a charity free morning where we just meet and chat and have a bit of home made cake and a drink. We run it on a volunteer rota basis with two hosts to serve you coffee and two cake makers every month.  So keep the date of the last Friday in the month from 10:30am to noonish free and pop along to the Village Cafe in Buckland Newton Village Hall. All welcome.  For more information ring Fizz Lewis 01300 345521. Saturday 25th November, doors open 6.30 pm Eyes Down 7.30 pm, Pulham Village Hall.  Christmas Family Bingo.  Contact pulhamvillagehall@hotmail.com  Sunday 26th November.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am  Holy Communion (Common Worship, modern language). Monday 27th November, 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm, Cerne Abbas Surgery.  Flu Immunisation Clinic for ‘workers’ and children.  Please call reception to book an appointment. Tuesday 28th November, 3.00 pm, Village Hall.  Neighbourhood Car Scheme AGM.  All drivers and passengers are welcome (tea and cake provided). We will be discussing how the Scheme is financed, how many journeys have been made etc. This is an ideal time for any questions to be asked of the Committee and also for any drivers or passengers to share problems.  We would also like to welcome any potential new clients and drivers, especially now as the village is without a bus. As one of our very satisfied customers said “I don’t know what I would do without the car scheme”. So do come along and meet us for a chat. We would really like to hear if you have any problems getting about without the bus, we are here to help. Tuesday 28th November, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm (last orders), Old Bus Shelter opposite BN School.  Fish & Chip Van.  Enjoy freshly-cooked fish and chips (plus all the usual items). Tuesday 28th November, 7.45 pm for 8.00 pm, Rose Villa.  Wayfarers Meeting.  “Who is responsible if something goes wrong? Why this culture of blame?” Please come, bring your friends. Share, listen and discuss thoughts, experiences, feelings, beliefs and research on these questions. Free, but bring some drink or nibbles to share.  Contact Helen Simpson 345401. Wednesday 29th November, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  Coralie Hill “Making Wreaths”  Come and learn how to use what is available in your garden to create a festive wreath with florist Coralie Hill!  We will start the evening with a short talk and follow with a practical session.  You don’t have to join in, but if you do want to make a wreath please contact me for the list of materials you will need to bring with you.  Grab your secateurs, trim your holly and bring your baubles!  Viviane (345111). Friday 1st December.  FBNS Christmas Disco.  Put this in your diary so you don’t miss it! Friday 1st December, 7.30 pm, Glanvilles Wootton Village Hall.  Winter quiz evening hot supper & mince pies.  Tickets bookable in advance @ £8.00 per person. Book a table for around 8 or book individually and we will find you some team mates. Please bring your own drink and glasses. Call 01963 210562 now to be sure of a seat. Proceeds to Holnest Church Funds Saturday 2nd December, 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm,  Village Hall.  Christmas Bazaar.  All the usual soup & stalls. Make sure the date is in your diary. Saturday 9th December.  FBNS Christmas Fayre.  Lots of stalls and Christmas crafts.  Great family fun.  We even have a visit from someone special.  Donations for stalls, raffle, tombola etc all needed - please leave at School office.  Thanks! Friday 15th December, 7:30pm, Village Hall.  Artsreach presents Cornwall’s Near- ta Theatre in “Christmas. Time.”  Tickets £8 Under 18s £6 Family ticket £25. A fabulously funny festive treat, putting the 'cell' firmly back in to celebration! Charlie and Toby are feeling low, and why wouldn't they? It's Christmas Day and they are serving time at Her Majesty's pleasure. But why shouldn't they be having a Merry Christmas in spite of their incarceration? What's stopping them from creating Christmas around them? Absolutely nothing! And so they set off on their festival of carols, Claus, Christ and custody! Join them on a fantastical adventure through Dickens, pantomime, musical, Christmas dinner and festive films! See as they build a wonderfully Merry Christmas around them with songs, snowmen and lots of laughs in this truly seasonal show that puts the 'cell' firmly back in 'celebration'!  Written by Daniel Richards and Ciaran Clarke, and directed by Simon Harvey (Kneehigh and o-region), Christmas. Time. is a musical comedy for all the family and is a whole lot of fun, for all 10+ www.neartatheatre.co.uk   To book Katharine Hayens on 01300 345455 or get them from The Old Chapel Stores or online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/391952 13th to 17th February 2018, 7.00 pm, Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall.  Piddle Valley Players present “South Pacific”.  Tickets £10.00, to include refreshments, available from Old Chapel Stores, Buckland Newton and Piddletrenthide Post Office, from January.
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presented by THE PIDDLE VALLEY PLAYERS An amateur production by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe 13th to 17th February 2018 7pm, Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall    10 including refreshments Tickets from Old Chapel Stores, Buckland Newton and Piddletrenthide Post Office from January