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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Community Emergency Plan
Dorset County Council encourages parishes to consider how they would respond to an emergency situation and to document the results in the Community Emergency Plan (CEP). The plan will be designed to enable the community to respond to a major incident/emergency while they are awaiting the assistance of the emergency services and/or County/District Council, or in support of them. The objective of the plan is to increase the short-term resilience of the community to an emergency, by the identification of community procedures.The Parish Council would like to identify resources within the community that would be available to assist during an emergency, for example; Generators, 4 x 4 vehicles, boats etc, First Aiders, People with skills that would be useful eg electricians, and also Water sources. We would also like to identify black spots for mobile phone signal.Please contact Sarah Mitchell (01258 817288 - firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jane Collins (01300 345136 - email@example.com) with any information you think may be relevant.
The Amazing Friday the Thirteenth Show
What a result! Buckland Newton put on a light hearted Village Variety Show to raise funds for Children in Need on Friday 13th November. The show raised the amazing total of £1,096 for Children in Need. Well done and thanks to everyone involved! Click here for a brekadown of the accounts.
Since the recent public consultation on our draft neighbourhood plan, the government policy on affordable housing contributions has been quashed by the High Court following a challenge by two councils. This has meant that the new West Dorset District Council (WDDC) local plan has had to be modified, and our draft neighbourhood plan is therefore no longer in conformity with the local plan. Please go to the Neighbourhood Plan website atwww.bncommunityplan.co.uk to read the full statement and for details on the Additional Public Consultation.Lydden Vale NewsThe local printed Newsletter, the Lydden Vale News, is delivered free to every household in the village from the April 2015 issue. There is also an online version; current (December 2015) issue now available, click on Lydden Vale News.We will gradually build up a rolling 12-month archive, starting with March 2015 issue, so that you can refer back to earlier issues; click on the month to access:March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015December 2015 January 2016 February 2016
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.
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 817288Yoga. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.Help and Care is working in partnership with Dorset HealthCare and Dorset County Council to run a series of information workshops for carers of relatives/ friends/ neighbours to support them in their caring role. These workshops run through September to December 2015. Click here for more information.
Friday 27th November, 10.30 am - 12.00 noon, Village Hall. Village Café. It is open to everyone for coffee and chat and homemade ‘Bakes’ far better than anything that you may see on The Great British Bake Off! You may eat and drink as much coffee and cake as you like for the princely sum of £1. The chat is free. Do come along if you’ve never tried us before and if you have – come again – it’s lovely. All ages, sexes, religions, nationalities, sizes and starsigns are welcome.Saturday 28th November, Buckland Newton School Hall. FBNS (Friends of Buckland Newton School) Christmas Bazaar. Saturday 28th November to Sunday 6th December - Art at No 5, Duck Street, Cerne Abbas. Saturdays 11-3, Sunday to Thursday 1.30-3.30, Friday 4th at Casterbridge Manor: Christmas Fayre 11-3; Art, photography, ceramics, woodturning,needlefelting, cards – gifts for all. Details from Cheryl Spray – email@example.comSunday 29th November. No service at Buckland Newton church, but Benefice Communion at 9.30 am at Minterne Magna church.Saturday 5th December, 7.30 pm, Village Hall. Artsreach presents Living Spit - ‘A Christmas Carol’. Hard-hearted Ebeneezer Scrooge hates the season of goodwill.Until a visit from three ghoulish Phantoms one memorable Christmas Eve makes him rethink his miserly ways and turn his wicked life upsidedown blah blah blah. We all know the story. But who’s the best Scrooge of all time? With silly songs, pitiful puppetry and more Dickensian daftness than you can shake a selection box at, Living Spit’s Christmas Carol promises to be a feast of festive foolery that you will never forget. Suitable 12+. £9, £7 (U18s), £28 (fam of 4, max 2 adults). For tickets, further details or to join our e-mailing list please contact: Katharine Hayens tel: 01300 345455 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.orgSaturday 5th December, 7.30 pm, The Old Brewery Hall, Ansty DT2 7PN. The Weatherbury Singers invite you to a Christmas Concert “Love at Christmas” with a romantic theme and unusual Christmas carols to bring you warmth and love in the festive season. Tickets £8.00 (accompanied children free) from Diana Wells (01300 345434) or e-mail email@example.com Licensed Bar, complimentary canapes. Raffle proceeds in aid of Dorset Stroke Support Association.Sunday 6th December. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00 am Morning Prayer service, taken by Allen Knott.Monday 7th December. Dorchester Mobile Library. 10.30 am to 10.55 am, opposite Buckland Newton School, 11.00 am to 11.15 am at Henley Cottages and 11.25 am to 11.45 am at Holcombe Mead, Alton Pancras.Monday 7th December, 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall. Moviolapresents Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys. This is an extra film as part of the British Film Industry's Love Season. There will be a 60s theme to the evening and 1960s attire will be welcome but optional. A bar including beer and cocktails will beorganised by the Cerne Abbas Brewery and Forage Spirits. Ice cream will be sold during a short interval. Tickets (£5) only from Yvonne Rossiter (341421), Halfacre House, Frys Lane, Godmanstone or Marian Lee (341375), 19 Long Street, CerneAbbas).Tuesday 8th December, 5.30 pm, Magnolia House. PCC (Parochial Church Council) Meeting.Tuesday 8th December, 8.00 pm, Parish Room. Parish Council Meeting, preceded by democratic half hour.Wednesday 9th December, 10.00 am, Holy Rood Church. Church clean for Christmas. All helpers please, rewarded with coffee and mince pies. Let’s make this lovely old church shine for Christmas.Friday 11th December, 12.30 for 1.00 pm, Halsey Arms. Second Friday Lunch Club. Our next meeting is the Christmas meal at The Poachers Inn on Friday 11thDecember so do come along and enjoy this festive occasion. Please contact Jan on 345356 or Susan on 345760 if you have not already booked your place.Saturday 12th December, 12.00 noon, Village Hall. Christmas Bazaar and Festive Soup Lunch. Join us for a Christmas Celebration. Raffle to win a Chrsitmas Hamper and lots of other prozes, plus Stalls; Rent a table for £10.00 if you have something to sell. Soup + Crusty Bread + Mince Pies & Coffee available. All proceeds will go to Holy Rood Church. Jane Crocker: Tel: 01300 345346 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgFriday 18th December, 2.00pm. School Carol Service in Holy Rood Church.Friday 18th December, 6.30 pm, Holnest Church. Come and visit our church lit by candles. To start your Christmas Celebrations, sit in our unique box pews and sing Carols with us; followed afterwards with mulled wine and Mince pies. All Welcome.Sunday 20th December. Services at Holy Rood Church. 9.30am Family Service. A relaxed, informal service for all ages. Join us to begin celebrations for Christmas and all that it means. Refreshments served after this service.Monday 21st December. Dorchester Mobile Library. 10.30 am to 10.55 am, opposite Buckland Newton School, 11.00 am to 11.15 am at Henley Cottages and 11.25 am to 11.45 am at Holcombe Mead, Alton Pancras.Thursday 24th December (Christmas Eve), 4.30pm, Carol service with Christingle,Traditional carols and readings, children will perform a nativity tableau and all readings will be by children. This is a community and family celebration of Christnas. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served after the service.Friday 25th December (Christmas Day), 11.00am, Holy Rood Church. Our Christmas Day service will be taken by Rev’d Rosemary Bassett.Sunday 27th December. No service at Buckland Newton, but 9.30am Benefice Service at Godmanstone Church. A lovely service with a ‘Hardyesque’ theme and music.Friday 29th January, 7.15 pm, Piddle Valley First School. Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club. Doors will open at 7.15 and dancing starts at 7.30 till 9.30. Music will be provided by Arish Mell with caller Teresa Rabbetts. The evenings will be lively and fun. All are welcome, no experience is necessary. There will be squash available, sorry no food. £5 each, no charge for accompanied under 16s. For further information contact Sally Condon, 01300 348250.Friday 26th February, 7.15 pm, Piddle Valley First School. Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club. Doors will open at 7.15 and dancing starts at 7.30 till 9.30. Music will be provided by Casterbridge Band with caller Ruth Thompsn. The evenings will be lively and fun. All are welcome, no experience is necessary. There will be squash available, sorry no food. £5 each, no charge for accompanied under 16s. For further information contact Sally Condon, 01300 348250.Friday 18th March, 7.15 pm, Buckland Newton Village Hall - note change of usual venue. Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club. Doors will open at 7.15 and dancing starts at 7.30 till 9.30. Music will be provided by O’Dalaigh’s Ceilidh Band with caller Helen Woodall. The evenings will be lively and fun. All are welcome, no experience is necessary. There will be squash available, sorry no food. £5 each, no charge for accompanied under 16s. For further information contact Sally Condon, 01300 348250.Friday 22nd April, 7.15 pm, Piddle Valley First School. Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club. Doors will open at 7.15 and dancing starts at 7.30 till 9.30. Music will be provided by O’Dalaigh’s Ceilidh Band with caller Helen Woodall. The evenings will be lively and fun. All are welcome, no experience is necessary. There will be squash available, sorry no food. £5 each, no charge for accompanied under 16s. For further information contact Sally Condon, 01300 348250.Tuesday 16th to Saturday 20th February 2016 at 7.00 pm, Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall. Piddel Valley Players proudly present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel”. Tickets from Old Chapel Stores, Buckland Newton and Piddletrenthide Post Office from January.April 2016. 122 Mile Jurassic Coast Hike. Please note this has been postponed from September 2015 due to the uncertainty surrounding the future of the Kingfisher Children’s Ward.Matthew Russell and Roy Godwin from Buckland Newton will be taking on the huge challenge of completing the Jurassic coast trek. 122 miles along the southwest coast, starting at Exmouth and finishing up at Old Harry Rock, all to be done within three days. Matthew and Roy are raising money for the Kingfisher Childrens ward at Dorchester County Hospital and for Clic Sargent, who help and support children with cancer. Matthew and Roy aim to raise £1,650.00 for both charities along with 50 new toys for the Kingfisher Children’s Ward In Dorchester Hospital (Charity No: 1056479) and CLIC Sargent; A Charity For Helping Chidren with Cancer & their Families (Charity No: 11073). For sponsorship please visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MatthewRussell2 or for more information contact Matt on. 01300 345866 Email email@example.com