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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

Bird (Avian) ‘Flu

If you keep poultry or birds, please see this Notice

Latest Neighbourhood Alerts

19th February:  Aerial Photo Sales Warning 6th January:  Amazon e-mail scam 17th December: Scam call to businesses 14th December: Lloyds Bank fake letter scam 24th November: HSBC Scam Text

Gaggle of Geese Public House

The Gaggle of Geese is currently closed but is on the market.  There is also

consideration of a community-led bid to buy and manage the Gaggle of Geese; click for

more details.

The Repair Shop - New BBC2 Show looking for sentimental


This could be of interest!  If you would like to know more, please click on ‘The Repair

Shop’ above.

Pop-up Pub

Following the success of the Buckland Newton Village Pub Nights we plan to hold

further evenings - the next will be on Friday 24th February.  Details in Upcoming

Events. If you are not already receiving emails about the Pub Nights and would like to

be kept up to date please email andy@andywaring.com to be included on the

distribution list.  Andy Waring 345111, Nick Baker 345386

The Fish and Chip Van is on its


The Fish and Chip van will start visiting Buckland

Newton, LAST WEDNESDAY of each month,

parking at the old bus shelter opposite Buckland

Newton School.  See dates below.  If you want to

read about the van and see the menu go to:

www.mobilefishnchipsdorset.co.uk  Just a

thought - if you have a neighbour who might

enjoy a meal from the van, but who would find it

difficult to get there and back, with their food still

hot and crispy, perhaps you could offer a home

delivery service.  I hope you enjoy the van’s visits and to see you there.  Jane Willis



There are several plots becoming available which have been under cultivation for

several years. The ground is nice to dig and well manured. If anyone would like to take

a plot 8 x 8 or 8 x 16 sq.mtrs, please contact John Simpson 01300 345401

2016 Village Fete Financial Results

Thanks to the efforts of everyone involved and the beautiful weather, we’re delighted to

report the results below. In summary: Takings were £4726, an increase of £1532 (48%)

over 2015 (£3194); Expenses were £1122, a reduction of £759 (40%) against 2015

(£1881)* and Profit was £3604, an increase of £2291 (174%) over last year.  The full

Financial Report from the Fete can be viewed here.

Flower Festival June 2016

Photographs of the Flower Festival.  Clicks here to see them.

Neighbourhood Plan Update

Frustratingly there have been some developments with our Neighbourhood Plan which

have meant that its progress has temporarily come to a halt.  West Dorset District

Council (WDDC) and the Parish Council appointed Ms Ann Skippers as Independent

Examiner in March this year, and at the time she indicated that her diary was free.

However it turned out that in reality she was tied up examining other plans.  Finally, at

the very end of June she sent us a list of questions concerning our plan which we

quickly replied to.  There is now another twist to the story in that Ann Skippers has now

resigned due to close family bereavements. This means that we will have to start out

again and appoint another Examiner. She is unwilling to release her findings to date as

she does not want to influence the new Independent Examiner when appointed.

The Parish Council is liaising with WDDC, and it may withdraw the plan to allow

amendments to be made to the supporting documentation to clarify things. Additionally

this would allow the Parish Council to also amend the submitted plan by taking out the

Brockhampton Dairy Farm site which was allocated for affordable housing in the plan,

but has since gained planning permission for open market homes. We can then

immediately resubmit the plan.  This should not delay the plan too much more, as the

new Independent Examiner selection and appointment can be made during this time.

The Parish Council has now  (16th February 2017) added further information to the

Neighbourhood Plan website at  www.bncommunityplan.co.uk       BN Parish Council

Lydden Vale News

The local printed Newsletter, the Lydden Vale News, is delivered free to every

household in the village.  There is a online version; current (March 2017) 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:

April 2016 May 2016 June 2016 July 2016 August 2016 September 2016 October 2016  November 2016 December 2016 January 2017 February 2017 March 2017

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.  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.  Please note however that those houses served

by Cabinet 2 (by the church) still cannot get fibre and there do not appear to be any

current plans by Superfast Dorset or BT Openreach to change this situation.  You can

now register to be advised if and when fibre broadband is available for your address. 

Go to https://www.dorsetforyou.com/broadband/registration

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 8.45 am to 3.15 pm, Monday,

Wednesday and Friday, 8.45 am to 12.45 pm Tuesday and Thursday.  Breakfast Club

available from  8.00 am.  All at Buckland Newton School during term time.  It caters for

children aged from 2 years, if space available.  If you use your Early Years Funding

Vouchers, there is no additional cost.  Non-funded hours are charged at £4.25 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.  £1.20 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.

Church Services.  Please see ‘Upcoming Events’ below or the church services 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.

Thursday evenings, 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm, Buckland Newton Village Hall.  Fitsteps  the UK’s newest dance fitness programme created byStrictly Come Dancing stars Natalie Lowe, Ian Waite and former contestant and world champion swimmer Mark Foster.  £5 per class; pay for 10 classes up front (£50) and get 1 free.  Wear cool, comfy fitness style clothing, trainer style shoes and bring drinking water.  Call Georgina on 07582 634911 for further details.

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

Bird (Avian) ‘Flu

If you keep poultry or birds, please see this Notice

Monday 20th February, time t.b.a., Cerne Village Hall.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema presents “Anthropoid”.  This is based on the extraordinary true story of two Czech soldiers who in 1941 parachute into their occupied homeland to assassinate Nazi office Reinhard Heydrich.  For tickets, please drop an envelope into the Old Chapel Stores in Buckland Newton with your name, a contact number, number of tickets required and for which film. Cash is preferable please: cheques if necessary should be made out to CAVC. Wednesday 22nd February, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School.  Fish & Chip Van. Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 7.00pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club Annual Dinner.  Please note the change of date for our annual dinner: Wednesday, 22nd February.  As in previous years, it will be held in Buckland Newton village hall with Helen Furness catering for us.  If you haven’t booked your place yet give me a call or email me promptly, I need to know by the 20th at the latest!  Looking forward to seeing you on the night. Viviane (345111) vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Lydden Vale Gardening Club on Facebook Friday 24th February, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  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.  At the moment it costs £1.00 but I may have to put it up a bit soon! Say by 20p? It 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. Friday 24th February, 6.30 pm to 11.00 pm, Village Hall.  Pub Night Buckland Newton Village Hall.  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 - please put the date in your diary and support us. We hope to make it a regular village fixture if it proves as popular as our last one.   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 NEW!!  A range of delicious Desserts will be available Dan was very embarrassed at the time it took to bake the pizzas last time so to ensure it doesn't happen again he's bought a brand new, bigger, hotter pizza oven. He'll also have an extra member of staff taking orders. Cooking times will be much quicker and waiting times will be much shorter. Things should be much smoother this time!  Come for the whole evening or just pop in early for a pizza and a drink. Saturday 25th February, 9.30 am to 12.00 noon, Holy Rood Church.  Hedge-laying morning.  Offers of help most welcome; refreshments will be available. Sunday 26th February.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer - traditional language) taken by Rev Jonathan Still. Friday 3rd March, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  “A Taste of Nepal” - in support of ActionAid.  An enjoyable and informative supper and drinks evening in aid of the child earthquake victims.  As ticket numbers are very limited, please call Chris Hildred on 01300 345850 to reserve yours in advance, now!  More details click on the graphic on left.  For some background information on the project and the fundraiser, or for information on how to make a donation, click here. Saturday 4th March, 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm, Village Hall.  Lent Lunch.  Join us for a sociable and delicious soup lunch, everyone welcome.  Donations invited for the Buckland Newton Church Restoration & Heating Fund, and Marie Curie Nursing Services.  So that we may have an idea of numbers to cater for, please telephone Diana Wells (345434) or Wendy Emberley (345427) if you are attending. Sunday 5th March.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00am Matins taken by Jenny Bagnall. Wednesday 8th March, 2.30 pm, Buckland Newton School Hall.  FBNS (Friends of Buckland Newton School) Committee Meeting.  All welcome. Friday 10th March, 12.30 pm, Village Hall.  Second Friday Lunch Club.  To book your place please ring Jan Burnett on 345356. Sunday 12th March.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, modern language) taken by Jonathan. Tuesday 14th March, 7.30 pm, Parish Room.  Parish Council Meeting preceded by Democratic Half Hour, at which all welcome. Sunday 19th March.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  9.30 am All-age Family Service, stories, songs and activities for all ages to enjoy. Refreshments served after this service. Monday 20th March, time t.b.a., Cerne Village Hall.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema presents “Mrs Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”.   Directed by the extraordinary Tim Burton and with a stellar cast (Terence Stamp, Judi Dench, Alison Janney, Samuel L Jackson, Eva Green), this is a quirky fantasy involving children with ‘peculiar’ powers who are trapped in a 1943 time loop. Visually stunning, set in Florida and Wales, this film is difficult to describe so may we suggest you rush to buy your tickets from the Village Shop now! Cash is preferable please: cheques if necessary should be made out to CAVC. Wednesday 22nd March, 7.00 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  Sally Gregson “Hydrangeas”.  Did you know that hydrangeas originate from Japan, where they grow among clumps of tall bamboo?  They look so at home in an English garden I never thought they came from the other side of the world!  After a fall from fashion they are undergoing a renaissance partly due to Sally Gregson’s Mill Cottage Plant nursery.  Her talk covers the different species, their growing conditions, as well as care and propagation, and will show you some of the new varieties that are coming in now from Japan.  Looking forward to seeing you there! Viviane (345111)  vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk  Lydden Vale Gardening Club on Facebook Friday 24th March, 7.30 pm for 8.00 pm, Village Hall.  Quiz Night.  Tables of 6 £8 per head.  Half time snack, BYO drinks.  Please Book Your Table 01300 345119 Proceeds to: Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance Charity number 107868 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 weatherburysingers@gmail.com Sunday 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. This was publicly debated at length and passed at the last cafe. 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. Sunday 2nd April.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  6.00pm. Summer services of Evensong begin on the 1st Sunday of each month, until November. Friday 17th 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! 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. Wednesday 26th April, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School.  Fish & Chip Van. Saturday 29th April, 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, Village hall.  Plant Sale.  Yes that very popular, much beloved annual village event is happening again. If you could find a little time to grow a few seedlings (vegetables and annuals), split up a few interesting perennials (shasta daisy free zone), herbs, shrubs even small trees and then when you’ve done that look for the odd Raffle Prize and then make a Cake, the organisers* would be really grateful.  The wigwam makers under the guidance of Carole Spencer are out in all weathers slaving away as we write.  All proceeds go to Weldmar. *Seriously if you can help in any way with supplies for this event please contact Fizz Lewis or Jan Marpole who are the organisers. 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. Wednesday 26th July, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School.  Fish & Chip Van.
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No school again this year!      Devastating earthquakes in Nepal destroyed 90% of the schools.  ActionAid is out there now, working ‘hands-on’, providing basic aid and  rebuilding, but are desperately short of volunteers and funds.  So, Dorset yoga teacher Cath Newman is going out in October - to join a  team building a new school - but she must raise £3000 just to take part in  digging foundations, mixing mortar and laying bricks!  Please support her inspiring fundraising talk, food and drinks evening.      A Taste of Nepal  .  Friday 3rd March 2017 at 7.30 pm Buckland Newton Village Hall, DT2 7BZ                 Call Chris Hildred 01 300 345 850 to reserve your £10 tickets.      Donate on line: justgiving.com: Cathryn Newman:NepalClassroom build Tickets £10.00, to include a glass of wine and nibbles are available from Judy Cooper. Please phone 01305  260284 or email  weatherburysingers@gmail.com    Blandford Choral Society  &  Faure’s Requiem   Cantique de Jean Racine   And   Pergolesi’s Magnificat   Presents  Saturday 25th March  Performance starts at 7.30 pm   Blandford Forum Parish Church  of St Peter and St Paul