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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:
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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

Weather Forecast

The nearest Met Office Weather Forecast location is Minterne Gardens.  Click for a 5-day weather forecast.

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Process

The Public Consultation on sites for housing development in the Parish is now closed.  The feedback comments from the consultation can be viewed on the Neighbourhood Plan website at  www.bncommunityplan.co.uk

Superfast Fibre Broadband

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

Gaggle of Geese Public House

The Gaggle of Geese is under new management.  It is open from 7.00 pm on Wednesday/Thursday, from 6.30 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 12.00 noon on Sunday.  Food now available - good value pub food plus some specials. 

Village Fete 2015?

The 2014 Village Fête was very nearly rained off, but went ahead regardless and raised  £1,043 for village causes and activities.  For a Village Fête like ours to be a success, preparations by the committee start in February.  This year there were only five members, led by Nick Baker as Chairman.  Nick has decided to step down after several years in the role, as has Sheila Crouch the Treasurer.  The Fête needs new blood - could it be you?  Without this new blood, the Fête may not happen another year and it would be a tragedy for the village to lose this valuable source of income for local groups and causes.  In previous years funds have been given to the Cricket Club, the Defib Fund, Youth Club, Playgroup, the school for new equipment, the church, Gardening Club and other village activities.  Are any members of all these and other organisations who have benefited from the Fête prepared to step up to the mark and become involved? Details about the first meeting of the committee in February will be in the Lydden Vale News (and on this website) in January.  In the meantime, if you feel you can become involved, please do get in touch with any of us, for a chat about the work of the committee.  2014 Fête Committee members have been: Nick Baker (Chair), Viviane Bernhard, Sheila Crouch, Andy Waring, Jane Willis.

Outreach Post Office

The outreach Post Office is now 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 Trevor Marpole 01300 345560 to find out how to obtain sandbags.  

Travel Information

See under Parish / District Council link 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.

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

Sunday 23rd November.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (book of Common Prayer - traditional language). Wednesday 26th November, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  Edward Parker “On the Trail of the Buddha Tree”.  Our guest speaker, Edward Parker, is a photographer who has been reporting on environmental issues around the world for more than twenty years.  He has a particular interest in ancient trees and rainforest conservation.  This will be his second visit to our club, we hope you will come and join us.  It’s well worth having a look at his website www.edwardparker.com for examples of his work. Friday 28th November, 10.30 am - 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  The Village Café is open to everyone in the local area.  It is non-charity-fund-raising, non- denominational, non-ageist, non-everything really.  It's just a chance for people in the area to get together for a chat over a cuppa and a piece of homemade cake.  We run it ourselves on a rota with two people 'hosting' it and various cakes being made by others.  It's very friendly and non threatening (if you are new we don't go quiet and stare at you when  you walk in - quite the opposite in fact).  £1 buys you as much coffee and cake as you'd like but no doggie bags. Saturday 29th November.  Buckland Newton Primary School Christmas Bazaar. Saturday 29th November, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Artsreach presents ‘Sonic Silents’ – very early silent Hollywood Westerns with old time country and bluegrass accompaniment.  Kate Lissauer (of Buffalo Girls fame) leads this fascinating exploration of The Wild West, with a difference!  Two rarely seen short Western silent films made by Frank Borzage in 1915/16 will be screened with a live musical accompaniment of bluegrass and old-time country music performed by Kate, a champion fiddler in her home state of Maryland, and her trio, including arguably the UK’s finest bluegrass guitarist Jason Titley.  Frank Borzage was a true Hollywood maverick - rejecting conventions he offered an insight into the lives of early settlers, giving modern audiences a refreshing new look at a long-established tradition.  The evening will feature screenings of The Pilgrim (1916) and The Pitch o’Chance (1915) preceded and accompanied throughout by original compositions and arrangements of original material by the trio.  Tickets £8.00, £6.00 (under 18’s), and £24.00 (family of 4, max 2 adults) are available from Katharine Hayens on 01300 345455.  More at www.artsreach.co.uk Sunday 30th November.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  No service at Holy Rood, but Benefice Communion at 9.30 am at Miterne Church. Friday 5th December.  FBNS (Friends of Buckland Newton School) Bingo Evening. Saturday 6th December, 7.30 pm, Puddletown Village Hall.  Weatherbury Singers present ‘Christmas is Here Again’.  See details on Dorset Music Events page. Sunday 7th December.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Matins (Book of Common Prayer - traditional language).   6.00 pm Evensong, followed by short optional Communion. Friday 5th December.  FBNS (Friends of Buckland Newton School) Disco. Friday 5th December, Gaggle of Geese.  Quiz Night.  Tables of 4, £3.00 per head.  More details soon, or see posters around the village. Tuesday 9th December, 8.00 pm, Parish Room.  Parish Council Meeting, preceded by democratic half-hour. Saturday 13th December 1030 am to 12.30 pm, Village Hall.  Christmas Coffee Morning.  Just to get you in the mood for Christmas, why not come along to a festive coffee morning in the village hall.  There will be good, hot coffee and mince pies, stalls selling seasonal treats and a raffle.  Look out for pots of homemade marmalade, chutneys, pickles and jams.  It’s a chance to start your Christmas shopping and find something very individual. Wednesday 10th December, 7.00 pm, Gaggle of Geese.  Lydden Ladies  Christmas Meal Saturday 13th December, 10.30 am, Village Hall.  Christmas Bazaar and Coffee Morning.  Mince pies with your coffee and lots of good things for sale. Wednesday 24th December, 4.30 pm, Holy Rood Church.  Buckland Newton Christingle Service.  Please join us for a combined Carol and Christingle Service on Wednesday 24th December at 4.30 pm.  The service will take a different format this year and it will consist of five gospel readings with traditional carols and a ceremony to light Christingles.  Families and EVERYONE are welcome.  If you or your children would like to take part in the service or would like more information contact: Jane 01300 345346 or Jon on 01300 345251.  Mulled Wine and Mince Pies will be served after the service so please join us to celebrate Christmas
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