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
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 (August 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 2015 October 2015 November 2015 December 2015
The Dorchester Mobile Library visits the village fortnightly on Mondays. 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. For dates,
see Upcoming Events below.
Village Fete 2015Good News! Steve Workman is the new Chair of the Fete Committee. Steve has a vision for the Fete and desperately needs your help to make it a real success. More details on the Village Fete page. In previous years funds raised by the Fete 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? If you feel you can become involved, please do get in touch with Steve on 01300 345671 or with Jane Willis on 01300 345477.
Outreach Post Office
The outreach Post Office is now open in the Village Hall on Mondays, Tuesdays and
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 email@example.com 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.
Monday 3rd August. 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.Wednesday 5th August, 7.30 pm, Village Hall. Lydden Ladies. An illustrated talk on the work of an astronomical observatory in South Africa. All welcome- even men!Saturday 8th August, 7.30 pm, Holnest Church. The Trinity Singers. An evening of good music,fun and laughter. Tickets £7.50 (includes a drink and nibbles), from Nikki 01963210493 or Jane 01963210369.Sunday 9th August. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship - modern language).Tuesday 11th August, 8.00 pm, Parish Room. Parish Council Meeting, preceded by Democratic Half Hour.Wednesday 12th August, 2.30 pm, Holy Rood Church. Funeral of Rupert McCarthy.Friday 14th August, 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm. Second Friday Lunch Club. The next meeting will be rather different than our usual as it will be an afternoon tea at Sarah Hawkins' house on Friday 14th August between 3.00 and 5.00 pm. There will be no charge but donations for Julia's House will be gratefully received. If you need directions or wish to put your name down please ring Jan on 345356 or Susan on 345760. Hope to see you there.Sunday 16th August. Services at Holy Rood Church. No Family/All Age service as it s holiday time.Sunday 16th August 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm. Domineys Garden and small Arboretum will be open for the National Gardens Scheme charities. With the conditions over the last 12 months, trees, shrubs, herbaceous and annuals, fruit and vegetables are mostly performing well. As well as late flowering clematis, hydrangeas, late summer bulbs and annuals, there are flowering pot plants, dahlias and herbaceous including penstemon. You are most welcome to wander round the garden, to have a home made tea or just to sit and relax. Plants will be on sale from Picket Lane Nursery. Entry £4.00, children come in free. You can picnic in the arboretum from 12 noon.Monday 17th August. 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.Wednesday, 19th August, 2.15pm. Lydden Vale Gardening Club. Visit to Burrow Farm Gardens & Nursery, Dalwood, Axminster EX13 7ET. If you were at our March meeting you will remember Mary Benger’s story of how she transformed, over the last 50 years, 13 acres of East Devon farm land into what is now Burrow Farm Gardens. I know many found this inspiring and here is your opportunity to enjoy the gardens, guided by Mrs Benger herself, followed no doubt by a visit to their nursery and tea room. Hope you can come and join us! Viviane (345111)firstname.lastname@example.orgLydden Vale Gardening Club on FacebookSunday 23rd August. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer - traditional language).Friday 28th August. No Village Cafe this month as we are all busy preparing cakes for the Village Fete on Monday!Friday 28th August, 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, Piddle Valley First School. Surprising Handa with Justine Fry. A fun and energetic African Dance Workshop based on “Handa’s Surprise” by Eileen Browne. Packed with Songs, Dance, Music and Theatre. Places £8.00 from Felicia Webb 07775 902516. For Ages 5+, wear loose, comfortable clothing and remember a packed lunch. www.artsreach.co.ukSunday 30th August, 8.30 am. Benefice Service at Hilfield Friary. Please note time!Monday 31st August, 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm, Gaggle of Geese. Buckland Newton Village Fete. Come and enjoy a fabulous fun day for all ages away from the traffic-clogged roads!! Here are some of the great attractions and entertainment we have lined up - all this with no change in admission price: still Adults £1, under-16s free!!Wednesday 9th - Thursday 17th September. Dorset Architectural Heritage Week 2015. Dorset Architectural Heritage Week is an annual event which aims to stimulate public awareness of Dorset's rich architectural and cultural heritage by allowing free access to many properties that are normally closed to the public or charge for entry.The first half of the week is part of the national Heritage Open Days but Dorset contains such a wealth of fascinating architecture that the events continue in the County for a further four days! The week-long event is organised and run by East Dorset Heritage Trust and very kindly supported through the generosity of the Institute of Commercial Management.Wednesday 16th September, 7.30pm, BN School Hall. FBNS (Friends of Buckland Newton School) AGM. Please come along and lend your support.22nd - 24th September. 122 Mile Jurassic Coast Hike. Matthew Russell and RoyGodwin from Buckland Newton will be taking on the huge challenge of completing theJurassic coast trek. 122 miles along the southwest coast, starting at Exmouth andfinishing up at Old Harry Rock, all to be done within three days. Matthew and Roy areraising 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 £1650.00 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.comFriday 25th September, 10.30 am - 12.00 noon, Village Hall. Village Cafe. It is not meant to be a fund raising event, there are plenty of those already in the village, but any money that is raised goes towards 'extras' for the village hall which will benefit the cafe as well. All who drop in are assured of a warm welcome, some homemade cake as well as coffee or tea, all for £1.00 per head. It is entirely run by villager volunteers on a rota basis. If you would like more information, contact Fizz Lewis on 01300 345521 or see the Village Cafe page.