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:
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
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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.
Dates for your Diary
Saturday 25th March, 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm, Purbeck House, by kind invitation of Bridget Hodges, Lent Lunch. Join us for a sociable and delicious soup lunch, everyone welcome. Donations invited for the Buckland Newton Church Restoration & Heating Fund, and Water Aid. So that we may have an idea of numbers to cater for, please telephone Bridget (345493) if you are attending.Saturday 25th March, 7.30 pm, Blandford Forum Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul. Blandford Choral Society & Weatherbury Singers present Faure’s Requiem, Cantique de Jean Racine and Pergolesi’s Magnificat. Tickets £10.00, to include a glass of wine and nibbles are available from Judy Cooper. Please phone 01305 260284 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.orgSunday 26th March. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00am A service for Mothering Sunday, posies for all Mums and carers. This service will be taken By Rev’d Hugh Willis.Sunday 26th March, 7.30 pm, Village Hall. Artsreach presents “The Odyssey”.From the makers of ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Dracula’ comes a tale more exciting than excitement itself: The ODYSSEY. The journey of all journeys. To Hell. And back again. Gods, Monsters, Sirens, Derring-Dos and Derring-Donts! A love story that lasts decades. It’s Greek stuff… with all the boring bits removed! "Cyclops! A hulk of flesh, Ship tall. Arms reaching to his knees. Mouth - a gaping universe. And in the middle of his foolish forehead One Single Eye Mwah-ha-ha. . ." If ever a show was designed for small venues, this is it; a compact piece of theatre magic. David Mynne's skill with just a few simple props, a rubber face and clear and concise storytelling will fill you with drama and delight! A host of exciting (and daft) characters - including a one-eyed. Cyclops, a six-headed monster and the terrifying Sea God Poseidon - will conjure up a mighty storm and keep you on the edge of your seat. Suitable for adults and older children (12+). Click on graphic on left for full details. Tickets: £9 | £7 (under 18s) on door, if available, or in advance from The Old Chapel Stores or telephone 01300 345455. Bar & refreshments available.Wednesday 29th March, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School. Fish & Chip Van.Friday 31st March, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall. Village Cafe. We have put up the price of as much homemade cake and coffee or tea (caffeinated or de-caffeinated) as you wish to £1.20. It is still a bargain I think for two hours nattering with people you perhaps don’t see so often like me and my next-door neighbour. If you are new to the area it’s a great introduction and you won’t be asked to buy a raffle ticket or join anything or be the new editor of the Lydden Vale News even though this popular local organ will be closing down after the April edition if no one comes forward. Fizz Lewis 345521.Saturday 1st April, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Pulham Village Hall. Coffee Morning.Come along for delicious homemade cake, a cuppa and great company. Everyone welcome. For further information please phone Sarah (01258 817288), Sharon (01258 817528) or Paul (01258 817097 or e-mail email@example.comSunday 2nd April. Services at Holy Rood Church. 6.00pm. Summer services of Evensong begin on the 1st Sunday of each month, until November.Wednesday 5th April, 7.30 pm. Lydden Ladies visit to Octagon Theatre for “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Contact Lyn Cox (345739).Thursday 6th April, 2.30 pm, Holy Rood Church. Funeral Service for Carole Oldroyd. All are welcome to attend.Sunday 9th April. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, modern language), taken by Rev Jonathan Still.Friday 14th April, Good Friday. Services at Holy Rood Church. Good Friday ‘bun service’ suitable for all ages. Jonathan will lead this service with an explanation of the tradition of the hot cross bun. Buns for all to share.Friday 14th April, 12.30 pm, The Green Man, Kings Stag. Second Friday Lunch Club. Please speak to Jan (345356) or Susan (345760) if you wish to join us.Friday 14th April, time t.b.a., Buckland Newton School. FBNS (Friends of Buckland Newton School) Grand Easter Egg Hunt. Once again we are excited about our yearly Easter Egg Hunt which will be held in the school grounds. As usual there will be dozens of eggs to find but the fun won’t stop there! The children will be getting crafty for an Easter Hats and Bonnets Competition and we’re looking forward to a lovely cake selection as we all go baking mad for the cake sale! And, new for this year will be a craft stall - donations needed please!Friday 14th April, 6.30 pm to 11.00 pm, Village Hall. Buckland Newton Pub Night.Another evening with the atmosphere of a local Pub for Local People. Everyone in Buckland Newton and surrounding hamlets welcome - Mine Hosts - Nick Baker & Andy Waring. At the bar... Beer, Lager and Cider. Selection of red and white wine Soft Drinks: Coke, Lemonade. Crisps, nuts etc. Food available from 6:30pm...Freshly made wood fired pizza - £5 - £8 with a range of delicious desserts available. Come for the whole evening or just pop in early for a pizza and a drink. Please spread the word! If you are not already receiving emails about the Pub Nights and would like to be kept up to date please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be included on the distribution list. Andy Waring 345111, Nick Baker 345386Saturday 15th April, 10.00 am, Holy Rood Church. Decorating the church for Easter. All helpers please!Sunday 16th April, Easter Day. Services at Holy Rood Church. 9.30am A celebratory family service for Easter Day. During this service the new and beautiful Paschal candlestand will be blessed and dedicated by Jonathan. This candlestand has been crafted for us by Chris Mason. Refreshments will be served after this service, with Easter eggs for all. Can you find all the hidden eggs?Wednesday 19th April, 7.30 pm, Village Hall. Lydden Vale Gardening Club.Mike Burks of Castle Gardens “Gardening trends”. We are members of Castle Gardens’ Gold Club and Mike Burks’ talks are always entertaining as well as informative.Saturday 22nd April, 6.30 pm, eyes down 7.30 pm, Pulham Village Hall. Family Bingo. For further information please phone Sarah (01258 817288), Sharon (01258 817528) or Paul (01258 817097 or e-mail email@example.comSunday 23rd April. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer, traditional language).Monday 24th April 6.00pm, Holy Rood Church. All parishoners are invited to attend the Annual Parochial Church Meeting.Monday 24th April, time t.b.a., Cerne Village Hall. Cerne Abbas Village Cinema presents “A Streetcat Named Bob”. A film based on the true story of a homeless addict whose bond with a ginger cat turns his life around.Tuesday 25th April, 7.45 pm for 8.00 pm start (finish 9.30 pm), Rose Villa. Wayfarers - Indefinite detention. Is it ever acceptable? Please come, bring your friends. Share, listen and discuss thoughts, experiences, feelings, beliefs and research on this question. Contact Helen for more details 01300 345401.Wednesday 26th April, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School. Fish & Chip Van.Friday 28th April, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon. Village Cafe. 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. £1.20 buys you cake and coffee/tea. 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.Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May. The Cerne Giant Festival – Celebrating Humanity in the Landscape. This will take place in the Cerne Valley during the Bank Holiday weekend 29th April to 1st May. Events organised so far include: 'Skyscape and Landscape' talk and telescope demo, Storytelling farm walk 'Every Field has a Story' with cream teas, NatureCraft for Children, a Barn Dance in Cerne church by Tatterdemalion (with bar, 7pm Sunday 30th April), readings of Barnes and Hardy, and a Butterflies and Flowers walk. As usual the Wessex Morris will be greeting the 1st May sunrise on The Trendle from 5am (with Cerne Abbas Brewery and their ale), and will perform in the village centre afterwards. Some events must be booked – check website or Facebook page for details. http://cernevalley.co.uk/event/cerne-giant-festival/ or Cerne Giant Festival (Facebook).Saturday 29th April, 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, Village hall. Plant Sale. Lots of plants (Perennials, vegetables, herbs, annuals), wigwams, cakes, raffle and refreshments.Plants wanted Please! Now the weather maybe getting better and our gardens drying a little please think about splitting a few perennials and potting them up for the Sale. Or perhaps potting up a few self sown seedlings Not too late to sow some seeds if you haven’t already either, vegetables, annuals, bedding plants… Any spare herbs? This year we particularly need vegetable seedlings. We need lots so all and any contributions very welcome. If you can manage to bring them to the hall on the Friday night beforehand around 5 pm that will help us get ahead with sorting them out etc aswell. Any problems with delivering etc give me a ring. If you are not green fingered we need raffle prizes, Maree Pollard (349), let her know what you can donate. Cakes for the cake stall, Isabelle Mace (242) would love to hear from you. Everybody else please come to the sale and buy!!! Who knows what little treasures for your garden you will find. Last year we made an incredible £1080 for Weldmar. Thank you. Fizz Lewis 345521.Sunday 30th April. No service at Holy Rood Church, but 11.00am Benefice service will be held in St.Mary’s church, Cerne Abbas.Sunday 7th May. Domineys garden will be open with teas and a plant stall only once this year. However visits by appointment (phone 01300 345 295) will be most welcome throughout the year. The spring has come, with bulbs camellias and others plants in flower and there is much to see and enjoy as the seasons change through rest of the year. All visits are in aid of the National Gardens Scheme charities. We look forward to welcoming visitors. Jeanette and William GueterbockSunday 7th May. Services at Holy Rood Church. 6.00pm Choral Evensong: the excellent Beaminster Quire will be visiting the church to lead the singing and to perform extra choral pieces and anthems.Saturday 13th May, Pulham Village Hall. Quiz Night with Fish & Chip Supper. For further information please phone Sarah (01258 817288), Sharon (01258 817528) or Paul (01258 817097 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.orgWednesday 17th May, 2.15pm. Visit to Longstock Water Garden, Stockbridge, Hampshire. Part of the John Lewis partnership estate, one of the best water gardens in the country.Tuesday 30th May, doors open 7.00 pm, Village Hall. A Psychic Evening with Mark Rylands and Guest Medium. Tickets are £10 and can be purchased on the door. This is a platform event delivering messages to a seated audience. "Do you dare to be amazed?" For legal reasons this event is advertised for entertainment purposes, however you can come to your own conclusions. Click on graphic at left for details or visit www.thepeoplespsychic.co.uk/Wednesday 31st May, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School. Fish & Chip Van.Wednesday 28th June, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School. Fish & Chip Van.Saturday 15th July, 7.00 pm, Village Hall. The Piddle Valley Players are having a ‘Talent Night’ evening as a fundraiser for their next show in February 2018. Members will be performing songs, sketches and comedy … and it is open to the public to join us. If you would like to show off your talent, please contact our director, Holly Royle, on 07775 436075. Click on graphic opposite for details.Tickets are available NOW from Old Chapel Stores in Buckland Newton … £5, including a light buffet, (£3 for performers).Wednesday 26th July, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School. Fish & Chip Van.Saturday 9th September. Dorset Historic Churches Trust “Ride & Stride”. More details nearer the time.