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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

Latest Neighbourhood Watch Alerts

5th August: Scam HMRC Phone Call 4th August:  Attempted theft of horse from Duntish 15th July:  Phone Upgrade Fraud

Youth Club

Buckland Newton Youth Club needs a new leader; if nobody comes forward, the Youth Club will cease operating.  Please see the Youth Club page for details.

Village Fete

Don’t forget the Village Fete will be on Monday 29th August (Bank Holiday Monday) on

the Parish Field.  Click above for full details.

Road Closures - Iron Man, Sunday 11th September 2016

The bicycle course comes from Piddlehinton via Rectory Lane, Cerne Abbas to join the

C12 northbound through Cosmore, Revels Hill and Tiley Knapp.  At Tiley Knapp it turns

left onto the A352 and continues south through Lyons Gate, Minterne, Cerne Abbas,

Nether Cerne, Godmanstone and Forston before turning left into Herrison Road and

Charlton Down before rejoining the C12 southbound.  Along the bicycle course, the C12

is closed in both directions (from 7.45 am to 4.45 pm) andf the A352 is closed

southbound (from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm).  More information and a map of the route can

be found at www.ironman.com/weymouth

Weatherbury  Singers

Love to sing festive songs and carols?  New to the area? Want to make new friends and

have a sing to get in the festive spirit? Then come along and join our friendly choir for

the autumn session starting Tuesday, 27th September.  The Weatherbury Singers meet

every Tuesday night at St Mary’s Church Room, Puddletown from 7:30-9:30 p.m. and

welcome anyone who enjoys singing. There is no scary audition and you don’t have to

read music.  Make a date in your diary to join us on 27th September for our first

rehearsal and open evening. For more details and to register your interest, please

contact Judy Cooper on 01305 260284 or email: weatherburysingers@gmail.com. We

look forward to meeting you!

Flower Festival June 2016

Photographs of the Flower Festival are now on this website.  Clicks here to see them.

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

Weather Forecast

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

day weather forecast.

Superfast Fibre Broadband

Following further work by the Superfast Dorset project, faster broadband is now

available to more residents in Buckland Newton.  Please note however that those

houses served by Cabinet 2 (by the church) still cannot get fibre.  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


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 inclusing 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.

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 8.45 am to 3.15 pm, Tuesday,

Wednesday & Thursday 8.45 am to 12.45 pm, Friday 8.45 am to 3.15 pm.  Breakfast

Club available from  8.00 am.  All 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.  I will be doing the new Rota for

starting in September again so 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 ‘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 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.

Upcoming Events

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) vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Lydden Vale Gardening Club on Facebook Friday 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: bnfete@gmail.com Your 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.uk Children Welcome  Free admission Free Refreshments Saturday 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) vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Lydden Vale Gardening Club on Facebook Friday 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.com Friday 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’ .. 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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