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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

Road Closures

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – B3143 Piddlehinton to Buckland Newton. Restriction on the use of the B3143 between Piddlehinton and Buckland Newton. To enable surface dressing to the road to be carried out, the B3143 Piddlehinton to Buckland Newton will be closed 31st May 2016 – 2nd June 2016.  Click here for more information. Temporary road closure on A352, Middlemarsh between 6th June 2016 and 24th June 2016. It is proposed that A352, Middlemarsh will be closed between the hours of 09:00 and 16:00 daily, but will be reopened at night and at weekends, the detail of the affected section is highlighted on the attached plan. This is to enable Highways to carry out carriageway maintenance.

Neighbourhood Plan Public Consultation

The consultation period is now closed.  To see the plan, please go to the

Neighbourhood Plan website.

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 (June 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: July 2015   August 2015  September 2015  October 2015  November 2015  December 2015 January 2016 February 2016 March 2016 April 2016 May 2016 June 2016

Weather Forecast

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

day weather forecast.

Superfast Fibre Broadband

Fibre broadband is now available in some areas of the village.  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


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 to Friday, 9.00 am to 12.00 noon 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.  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 817288 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.

Upcoming Events

Saturday 28th May to Sunday 12th June.  Dorset Art Weeks. Saturday 4th June 9.30am to 12.00, Holy Rood Church.  ’Churchyard Tidy‘.  All helpers warmly welcome at the church to weed and trim, lop and strim. Coffee and homemade cake provided to sustain and reward you. Sunday 5th June.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  6.00pm Songs of Praise.   A service of favourite hymns and readings, requested by you. Contact Wendy 345427 or Jon 345251, to make a request. Monday 6th June.  The Treacle Eater Clog North West Morris Dancers & Musicians will be performing outside the Royal Oak, Cerne Abbas at 8.00  pm and again at the Hunters Moon, Middlemarsh at 9.00 pm.  Come along and enjoy the traditional music and dancing. No charge, collection only. More information www.treacleeaterclog.org.uk or Jenny 01963 210562 Wednesday 8th June.  Dorchester Mobile Library.  9.30 am - 9.45 am Henley - Cottages; 9.55 am - 10.15 am  Alton Pancras - Holcombe Mead. Wednesday 8th June, 4.00 pm, Bay Tree House.  Lydden Ladies Tea Party.    Contact Mo Sherry  01300 345454. Thursday 9th June.  Dorchester Mobile Library.  3.15 pm to 3.40 pm, just below the Parish Room on the B3143. Friday 10th June, 12.30 pm, Saxon Arms, Stratton.  Second Friday Lunch Club.  Contact Susan on 345760 or Jan Burnett on 345356.                                                                                                                                                       Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th June, Holy Rood Church.  A Flower Festival celebration for H.M. Queen’s 90th Birthday.  Ideas are coming together. Here is a flavour of what you can expect to see when you visit Buckland Newton church for our Flower Festival depicting events in the life of our Queen. Look out for Ascot and hats. Then there are the Crown Jewels, Jam and Jerusalem (Her Majesty is a member of Sandringham WI). She is patron of the Royal Horticultural Society, so there will be a nod to that as well. Her Coronation, Balmoral, the fire at Windsor Castle and a few more surprises are also planned. We hope this is enough to whet your appetite and look forward to meeting you on 11/12 June for a Royal Flower Festival at our church in Buckland Newton. Our bell ringers will be in the church from 10:30 – 11:30am and 2:30 – 3:30pm on both days.                 Buckland Newton Church Flower Arrangers PS Hot off the press: rumour has it Her Majesty will be dropping in. Saturday 11th June, 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm.  Glanvilles Wootton Fete at Church Farm. Saturday 11th June, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Old Chapel Stores Buckland Newton.  The Buckland Gallery.  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.  Thereafter, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.  Tel 07870 642443. Sunday 12th June,  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.30am NB: change of time for this service. As part of the Flower Festival for Her Majesty, the church bells will be rung before this service, and again in the afternoon. Sherry and nibbles will be served after this service. Tuesday 14th June, 7.30 pm, Parish Room.  Parish Council Meeting, preceded by Democratic Half Hour.  All welcome to attend. Thursday 16th June, 10.00 am to 12.30 pm, Lewell Lodge, West Knighton.  Barnardo’s Coffee Morning.  Click for more details. Saturday 18th June, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Bingo in aid of The Macmillan Nurse and Fortuneswell Cancer Unit at Dorset County Hospital.  Click on picture for details. Sunday 19th June.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  9.30am. Archdeacon Paul Taylor will lead the ‘All age family service‘.  Refreshments served after the service. Wednesday 22nd June, 12.00 noon.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club visit to Mottisfont Abbey Gardens, Romsey, SO51 0LP.  Mottisfont is famous for its National Collection of old fashioned roses set within a walled Garden.  These roses flower but once a year and are at their best in the last 2 weeks of June.  There is plenty more to see with colourful herbaceous borders and a lavender walk; should you feel more energetic, the estate grounds offer further possibilities to stretch your legs.  Being a National Trust property entry is free to NT members, otherwise £11 per person. Viviane (345111) vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Lydden Vale Gardening Club on Facebook Friday 24th June, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  Our Buckland Newton Village Café is deservedly very popular. It is run on the last Friday of the month from 10.30 to noonish at the Village Hall. Volunteers make cakes and serve coffee or tea on a rota. You can drop in and drop out, no one will ask you for anything except £1 cost of beverage and homemade cake. Do give it a try if you haven’t done so before. Come on your own or with friends – it’s very friendly!  More details from Fizz Lewis 345521. Saturday 25th June, The Old Rectory, Pulham.  Pulham Village Fete.  Sue 01258 817567; Jane on 01258 817066. Saturday 2nd July, 7.30 pm, Buckland Newton School Hall.  Friends of Buckland Newton School (FBNS) Disco.  Join us for a fantastic fun-filled evening with the Casterbridge Ceilidh band with BBQ & Bar! Tickets are £12.50 each & available at the school office or village shop. Sunday 26th June.  Services at Holy Rood Church.   11.00am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer - traditional language). Wednesday 29th June, 8.00 pm, Village Hall.  Village Hall AGM.  All welcome to attend. Friday 15th July, 6.00 pm.  River Cruise to Wareham with a Fish and Chip supper afterwards. Everyone is welcome so if you would like to go could you please contact Jan Marpole (345560) as soon as possible. (A 50% deposit is required by 1st May). The price is £17 to include the Fish and Chip supper (£11.50 without) - this price is based on 30/40 people so the more the merrier. Friday 15th July, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm Friends of Buckland Newton School Summer Spectacular Event.  Summer Spectacular Event! 15 July 5-7pm Come along and enjoy some Fun in the Sun! There will be music, gymnastics and dancing performed by the pupils, as well as a host of exciting activities for all the family - cake stalls, tombola and raffle, barbecue and bar, pony rides, ice cream van and much more… Tell your Friends & Family; all welcome! Volunteers needed: Please contact Phillipa or Aimee if you are able to help. rett@hotmail.co.uk Thursday 21st July, 3.00pm - 6.30pm.  Antiques Road Show and Tea Party. Buckland Newton Holy Rood Church will host an Antiques Road Show and Tea Party in the garden at Buckland Newton Manor.  Two experts from Dukes Fine Art Auctioneers will be with us together with Paul Atterbury - Paul is well known for his regular appearances on BBC TV programmes and easily recognised because of his elegant striped blazers.  At our Road Show we will have a Tea Party with English Tea, scones and strawberries and cream – we will also serve Prosecco.  If you have a prized object or a collectable please bring it to be valued – apart from large pieces of furniture anything will be acceptable.  Dukes will also sponsor a “competition” with 4 different objects to be dated and valued by YOU – the prize will be a bottle of champagne. How it works - Entrance fee £5.00pp including tea & a traditional scone Cost to value any object or collectable will be £5.00 Strawberries and cream £3.00 per bowl Prosecco - £3.00 per glass All proceeds will go to maintenance and running costs of our church. Raid your attic, bring family heirlooms, household treasures and car-boot bargains or if you just fancy an afternoon out join us on Thursday 21st July. Sunday 7th August, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Village Hall.  ‘Musical in a Day'.  £10 per head – includes tea and coffee; Bring and Share Lunch.  A Musical Theatre Workshop, based around the Rodgers and Hammerstein Classic “The Sound of Music”.  Run by Holly Royle and Rachel Olley.  For Bookings Contact Holly on 07775 436075.  For any other information contact Rachel on 07810 406470.  Click here for full details. Monday 29th August (Bank Holiday Monday), 2.00 pm, Parish Field.  Buckland Newton Village Fete.  Planning is already underway for the village fête so please put the date in your diary and tell all your family and friends. There will be old favourites as well as new things to do and see. We hope 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, please have a chat with one of the committee: bnfete@gmail.com WATCH THIS SPACE Your fête committee is: Mandy and Matt Jarvis, Amanda and Vinnie McKenna, Janey Pfeffer, Jane Willis, Jenny and Steve Workman (Chairman). 14th to 18th February 2017.  Piddle Valley Players.  Calling all ‘Guys and Dolls’ .. We need some Gangsters and Dancing Girls for our next production which will be Guys and Dolls 14th to the 18th of February 2017...If you fancy rolling the dice or being a Hot Box girl or joining the Salvation Army.... look no further please join the Piddle Valley Players. We rehearse Thursday evenings and some Sunday afternoons from September.  Contact Rachel on 07810 406470 or see our Facebook page.
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