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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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
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.
Wednesday 24th August, 2.00 pm. Lydden Vale Gardening Club visit to Hauser & Wirth Gardens, Bruton BA10 0NL. Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a pioneering world-class multi-purpose arts centre with a landscaped garden, designed by renowned landscape architect Piet Ou-dolf. There is a 1.5 acre large perennial meadow with a series of paths cutting through and wide canopied tree have been planted to frame the view of the gar-den. The surrounding hedges provide a sense of en-closure, whilst the views of the hills and fields beyond remain visible. They have a comprehensive website and the entrance is a mere £2.50. Viviane (345111)firstname.lastname@example.orgLydden Vale Gardening Club on FacebookFriday 26th August. No Village Cafe this month.Sunday 28th August. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer, traditional language). This service will be led by Rev’d Rosemary Bassett. Refreshments served after this service.Monday 29th August (Bank Holiday Monday), 2.00 pm, Parish Field. Buckland Newton Village Fete (click to see more details). 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. If you would like to help, in any way, please have a chat with one of the committee: email@example.comYour fête committee is: Mandy and Matt Jarvis, Amanda and Vinnie McKenna, Janey Pfeffer, Jane Willis, Jenny and Steve Workman (Chairman).Wednesday 31st August. Dorchester Mobile Library. 9.30 am - 9.45 am Henley - Cottages; 9.55 am - 10.15 am Alton Pancras - Holcombe Mead.Thursday 1st September. Dorchester Mobile Library. 3.15 pm to 3.40 pm, just below the Parish Room on the B3143.Sunday 4th September. Services at Holy Rood Church. 6.00 pm Evening Service (Book of Common Prayer - traditional language).Friday 9th September, 12.30 pm, Village Hall. Second Friday Lunch Club. Please let Jan (345356) or Susan (345760) know if you wish to attend but haven't yet put your name down. Friday 9th September, 7.00 pm, Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall. Piddletrenthide Hedgehog Village and The Dorset Mammal Group invite you to a showing of ‘Hedgehog Hotel’. Come and find out more about hedgehogs and how to make your garden and village more hedgehog friendly. Hedgehogs have declined by up to 50% in some areas of the UK in the last 25 years. With your help we can help save this much-loved garden visitor. By making small changes in our gardens and local area we can transform our neighbourhoods into an ideal “Hedgehog Village”. If you would like to find out more about this project in the meantime please take a look at www.hedgehogstreet.org or www.dorsetmammalgroup.org.ukChildren Welcome Free admission Free RefreshmentsSaturday 10th September, 10.00 am onwards. Dorset Historic Churches “Ride + Stride”. Go on, dust off that bike or put on your walking boots! Visit as many of our historic Dorset churches as you can, by cycle, on foot, or on horseback and raise money to keep our historic churches open. It’s great fun and you will see some of our best local churches into the bargain. Most of them offer free refreshments to help you on your way! Sponsorship forms available from Jane and Jeremy Collins at Manor Cottage (345136).Sunday 11th September. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship - modern language) led by Hugh Willis.Tuesday 13th September, 7.30 pm, Parish Room. Parish Council Meeting, preceded by Democratic Half Hour. All welcome.Wednesday 14th September, 2.30 pm. Lydden Ladies. We will be visiting The Furleigh Estate Vineyard for a Private Tour and Tasting - the tour lasts 90 minutes and costs £10 per person. The afternoon will consist of: a stroll through one of their vineyards; a description of the history of English wine; an explanation of how they look after their vines during the year; a tour through the state of the art winery and description of how they make their still and sparkling wine and a tutored tasting of three of the still and sparkling wines. There is chance to buy your favourite wine from the Cellar Door shop. The Furleigh Estate is in Salway Ash, near Bridport. This visit is open to everyone so if you would like to go please contact Amanda (01300 345367).Sunday 18th September. Services at Holy Rood Church. 9.30am All welcome to join in with the ‘All age family service’. Songs, stories, activities, and please stay for coffee and biscuits and a chat.Wednesday 21st September, 7.30 pm, Village Hall. Lydden Vale Gardening Club.Mike Burks “Gardening for Climate Change”. It’s the start of the autumn season and we are delighted to welcome back Mike Burks of Castle Gardens who will be tackling the very topical subject of “Gardening for climate change”.Viviane (345111)firstname.lastname@example.orgLydden Vale Gardening Club on FacebookFriday 23rd September, 7.15 pm to 9.30 pm, Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL. Piddle Valley Barn Dance, with Will & Naomi, Caller Ruth Thompson. Cost is £6.00, accompanied under 16s free. All welcome. Contact 01300 348250.Sunday 25th September. Services at Holy Rood Church. Holy Communion (Common Worship - modern language). This service will include a baptism service for Sam Sulkin.Tuesday 27th September, 8.00 pm, Rose Villa. Wayfarers Meeting. “Does a village need a youth club? How do we meet the needs of youth in our villages?” - a discussion. Please come, bring your friends. Share, listen and discuss thoughts, experiences, feelings, beliefs and research on this question. Contact Helen Simpson on 01300 345401.Friday 30th September, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall. Village Cafe. A cafe run by us for us; a mere £1.00 for coffee and a piece (or two) of homemade cake. (‘Us’ being the locals and anyone else who is staying locally on that day!). I do a rota every year of people willing to make a cake, pick a few of their garden flowers for little vases on pretty tablecloths, serve coffee and CHAT for this very relaxed and popular cafe. We drop in and we drop out - it’s a nice way to catch up with people you don’t know very well or don’t see often. I am always short of just a few people to fill in the gaps of providing two hosting to make and serve the coffee and two people to provide a cake. Please ring me if you would be willing to have a go! Contact Fizz Lewis on 01300 345521.Sunday 2nd October, 6.00 pm. Harvest Festival at Holy Rood Church. We join together to thank God for the harvest and the work of our farmers.Saturday 8th October, time t.b.a., Village Hall. Harvest Supper. Everyone is very welcome to this annual village event that is much enjoyed by all who attend. We are so lucky to live in such a naturally beautiful place and enjoy the fruits of our farms, gardens and allotments. We are enjoying an abundance of courgettes, tomatoes, beetroot, potatoes and flowers and the cereal harvest is in full swing - lots to celebrate. Tickets will be £8.00 for adults and £4.00 for children between 7 and 16, under 7 free. This year the proceeds of the supper will be split between the church and Marie Curie. This will be in memory of John Nell who, as a former farmer and grower, so enjoyed the harvest supper and will be greatly missed. Let's make the auction a huge success in his honour - all contributions of produce, cakes, preserves etc most welcome. If you are able to help in any way we would be very pleased to hear from you as some of our regular team have moved on to pastures new. We look forward to hearing from you. Sarah and Rodney Cuff. 01300 345309, Sarahcuff1@me.comFriday 14th October, 10.00 am to 11.00 am, Village Hall. Flu Clinic.Friday 14th October, 7.15 pm to 9.30 pm, Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL. Piddle Valley Barn Dance, with Arish Mell, Caller Teresa Rabbetts. Cost is £6.00, accompanied under 16s free. All welcome. Contact 01300 348250.Sunday 16th October. Services at Holy Rood Church. 9.30 am Animal Service ; all on 4 legs or 2 legs welcome!Wednesday 19th October, 10.00 am to 11.00 am, Hazelbury Bryan Village Hall. Flu Clinic.Thursday 27th October, 9.30 am to 4.00 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall. Flu Clinic.Our flu clinic at Cerne Abbas Village Hall will also include a health and wellbeing event.The surgery team will be joined by other organisations who will be at the event to share information and advice.Thursday 27th October, 7.00 pm, Village Hall. Lydden Ladies. A talk by Journalist Kate Adie. She was the BBC’s Chief News Correspondent from 1989 - 2002 and now presents From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4. A fascinating insight into her life reporting from all around the world with the oppor-tunity to ask questions afterwards. Doors open at 6.45 pm. Refreshments - Bar - Grand Raffle. All proceeds to go to the Dorchester based Charity ‘The Footprints Project’. Tickets £5 available from Amanda (345367), Maree (345349) and The Old Chapel Stores.Friday 25th November, 7.15 pm to 9.30 pm, Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL. Piddle Valley Barn Dance, with Reel Good (formerly O’Daliaigh’s Ceilidh Band), Caller Helen Woodall. Cost is £6.00, accompanied under 16s free. All welcome. Contact 01300 348250.14th to 18th February 2017. Piddle Valley Players. Calling all ‘Guys and Dolls’ .. Weneed 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.