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
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.
Advance Notice: Iron Man is taking place on Sunday 11 September and the C12 will be closed from 8.00 am – 4.45 pm. More details will be available nearer the time on dorsetforyou website.
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.
Advance Notice - book now to ensure your place! Monday 8th August, 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, Village Hall. Artsreach and Dorset Forest Schools Children’s Summer Activity Event. Click for more details - advance booking essential.June/July. Frogs Bottom Meadow open. This meadow opposite The Gaggle Pub (closed) past the last Hylands house, is managed for wildflowers. There is a mown path and you are very welcome to walk round if you wish. A seat halfway is a good place to sit and cogitate a while. There are many plants here but we mention a few - Red Clover, Meadow Buttercup, Corky-fruited water dropwort, Field Orchids, Betony, Birds-foot trefoil, Common Vetch, Ox-eye Daisy, Ragged Robin, Bistort, Pignut, Rough Hawkbit, Grass Vetchling and Knapweed. Please keep to the path - dogs welcome but please keep on a lead - thank you. Geoff and Fizz Lewis 345521Sunday 26th June. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer - traditional language).Wednesday 29th June, 8.00 pm, Village Hall. Village Hall AGM. All welcome to attend.Friday 1st July, 8.00 pm, Village Hall. Wayfarers Meeting: Oliver Letwin has kindly said he will come to the next Wayfarers Meeting to discuss “the whole structure of the Government’s progressive reduction of carbon emissions under the Climate Change Act”. All Welcome. For more details contact H Simpson 01300 345401.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 3rd July. Services at Holy Rood Church. 6.00 pm Evensong (Book of Common Prayer, traditional language).Wednesday 6th July. Dorchester Mobile Library. 9.30 am - 9.45 am Henley - Cottages; 9.55 am - 10.15 am Alton Pancras - Holcombe Mead.Thursday 7th July. Dorchester Mobile Library. 3.15 pm to 3.40 pm, just below the Parish Room on the B3143.Friday 8th July, 12.30 pm for 1,00 pm, Village Hall. Second Friday Lunch Club. Our next meeting is at the Village Hall where we will be celebrating (a little late) the Queen's 90th birthday. We are hoping to make the meal a little special, a kind donation has meant we will be able to include a glass of wine. If you can, please wear red, white and/or blue to help get in the festive mood. Please contact Jan (345456) or Susan (345670) if you haven't already indicated you are coming.Sunday 10th July. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, modern language).Tuesday 12th July, 7.30 pm, Parish Room. Parish Council Meeting, preceded by Democratic Half Hour. All welcome to attend.Friday 15th July, 6.00 pm.Lydden Ladies 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. email@example.comSunday 17th July. Services at Holy Rood Church. 9.30am ‘All age family service’, Songs stories and activities. Refreshments served after this service.Wednesday 20th July. Dorchester Mobile Library. 9.30 am - 9.45 am Henley - Cottages; 9.55 am - 10.15 am Alton Pancras - Holcombe Mead.Thursday 21st July. Dorchester Mobile Library. 3.15 pm to 3.40 pm, just below the Parish Room on the B3143.Thursday 21st July, 3.00pm - 6.30pm. Antiques Valuation Afternoon and Tea Party.Buckland Newton Holy Rood Church will host an Antiques Valuation Afternoon 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 Valuation Afternoon 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 up to 3 objects or collectables will be £5.00•Strawberries and cream £2.00 per bowl•Prosecco - £3.00 per glass, Soft Drinks 20pAll 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 24th July. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer, traditional language).Friday 29th July, 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.Sunday 31st July. No service at Holy Rood Church, but 12.00 noon Lammas Day benefice service at St. Mary’s Cerne Abbas.Sunday 31st July 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm, Domineys, Buckland Newton. Open Garden. The final opening of Domineys Garden and small Arboretum will be on Sunday 31st July from 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm for the National Gardens Scheme charities, but visits by appointment (01300 345 295) are welcome. Writing in June with thunderstorms threatening, one remembers the seasons roll on and that by late July, while the garden framework does not change, the overall effect will be different. As well as the late clematis, hydrangeas, with other shrubs, there will be herbaceous and the annuals flowering. The colours will have changed from the softer ones of spring and early summer to the brighter ones. There will be fruit and vegetables. Buckland Newton's 'Equinox' players will once more kindly be here to provide music to entertain you. Plants will be on sale from Picket Lane Nursery. Home made teas. Entry £4.50, children are most welcome and come in free.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 8th August, 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, Village Hall. Artsreach and Dorset Forest Schools Children’s Summer Activity Event. Bushcraft, Campfire & Games! Explore the ‘wild’ side of Buckland Newton in this exciting new activity day from Dorset Forest Schools. Based at the ‘wilderness’ area behind the village hall learn a whole host of bushcraft skills, join in with outdoor fun and games and take part in a series of creative challenges. Then end the day around a campfire and toast delicious cinnamon toffee apples to enjoy! Recommended age 6+ Ticket prices are £10 per child, advanced booking essential. For tickets, further details or to join our e-mailing list please contact: Katharine Hayens & Ian Scott tel: 01300 345455or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgWednesday 10th August, time t.b.c.Lydden Ladies Garden Party - Sawmill House. Contact Amanda McKenna on 345367.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: email@example.comWATCH THIS SPACEYour fête committee is: Mandy and Matt Jarvis, Amanda and Vinnie McKenna, Janey Pfeffer, Jane Willis, Jenny and Steve Workman (Chairman).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. All proceeds will go to charity.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.