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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:
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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

Draft Neighbourhood Plan and Consultation

The Draft Neighbourhood Plan has now been published and can be viewed on the

Neighbourhood Plan website at  www.bncommunityplan.co.uk

Comments on the Draft Plan are invited and there is a feedback form available on the Neighbourhood Plan website.  All comments must be received by Saturday 4th July 2015.  Events to explain the Plan are detailed below under Upcoming Events. Lydden Vale News The 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 (July 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 2015   April 2015   May 2015   June 2015  July 2015   August 2015  September 2015  October 2015  November 2015  December 2015

Weather Forecast

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

5-day weather forecast.

Superfast Fibre Broadband

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

Gaggle of Geese Public House

The Gaggle of Geese is under new management.  It is open from 7.00 pm on

Wednesday/Thursday, from 6.30 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 12.00 noon on

Sunday.  Food now available - good value pub food plus some specials.

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.

Mobile Library

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 2015

Good News!  Steve Workman is the new Chair of the Fete Committee.  Steve has a

vision for the Fete and desperately needs you 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 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

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 Rodney Cuff on 01300 345309 to find out how to obtain

sandbags.

Travel Information

See under Parish / District Council link 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.

Regular Events

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 817288 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

June and July.  Frogs Bottom Meadow open.  Situated opposite the Gaggle of Geese next to the last house of Hylands Farm the meadow is open in June and July. It is managed for wildflowers as a traditional hay meadow and you are welcome to wander round.  There is a mown path and dogs are welcome too (but please keep them on the path on a lead). There’s a seat at the far end to sit a while. You can see yellow rattle, lesser stitchwort, pignut, birds foot trefoil, dyers greenweed, ox eye daisy, red clover, bistort, knapweed, ragged robin, betony, agrimony, devils-bit scabious, meadowsweet, various vetches, bugle, meadow buttercup and others (not all flowering at once of course). The orchids are common spotted field orchid and southern marsh orchid – they hybridise together to give us all shades of pink. There are lots. The roadside bank has a spring display of primroses, violets and wild strawberries.         Geoff and Fizz Lewis 345521 Saturday 27th June, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Weatherbury Singers Summer Concert.  The Weatherbury Singers present a choral Concert of summer music from popular shows and films entitled “It’s Showtime”.  £6.00 in advance,  £7.00 on the door.  Accompanied children under 16 free.  Advance tickets available from members of the Weatherbury Singers, Diana Wells on 01300 345434 or email weatherburysingers@gmail.com Licensed bar and FREE canapes Sunday 28h June.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer - traditional language). Monday 29th June, 2.00 pm – 5.30 pm, Parish Room.  Buckland Newton Neighbourhood Plan Public Consultation. Tuesday 30th June, 8.00 pm to 9.30 pm, Gaggle of Geese (special opening).  Discussion - Has the digital age de-skilled Society?  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 1st July, 7.00,pm – 10.00,pm, Parish Room.  Buckland Newton Neighbourhood Plan Public Consultation. Friday 3rd July.  Lydden Ladies visit to Druce Farm Roman Villa.  We will be visiting the roman villa site at Waterston, along with Dorchester Museum, so we will need to be there for 6 p.m. start, where the Site Director will take groups round. The cars will be parked in a field close to the Farm buildings. There is a 20 minute walk to the excavation, with Land Rover transport for those that need it. You will need stout shoes.Our visit is open to non members so could you confirm to Jan Burnett or Amanda McKenna if you would like to come and whether you will drive and car share or need a lift. Friday 3rd July,  5.00 pm - 7.00 pm, Buckland Newton School.  FBNS (Friends of Buckland Newton School) Summer Spectacular Event! Be sure not to miss it...  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 young and old alike - cake stalls, tombola and raffle, barbecue and bar, ice cream van and much more…  Tell your Friends and Family; all are Welcome!  Volunteers needed: Please contact Phillipa or Aimee if you are able to help. - mandpperrett@hotmail.co.uk Saturday 4th July, 9.00 am - 12.00 pm, Village Hall.  Buckland Newton Youth Club Car Wash.  Cost: Between £5 and £10, depending on size of car  Tea and coffee available for a donation. Saturday 4th July, 10.00,am – 12.30 pm, Village Hall.  Buckland Newton Neighbourhood Plan Public Consultation. Sunday 5th July.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  6.00pm Evening Prayer. Monday 6th July, 10.30 am to 10.50 am, Mobile Library.  At bus stop opposite BN School,  11.00 am to 11.15 am at Henley Cottages and 11.25 am to 11.45 am at Holcombe Mead, Alton Pancras. Thursday 9th July and Friday 10th July, 7.30 pm, Max Gate, Dorchester.  The New Hardy Players present The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy - a tale of intrigue, hope and destiny on Egdon Heath.  Directed by Howard Payton.  Picnics from 6.30pm bring a chair or blanket.  Tickets from Dorchester Tourist Office 01305 267992; £10.00/£7.50 in advance £12.00/£7.50 on gate, £30.00 family.  In aid of Weldmar Hospice Trust, Julia's House and Dorset Wildlife Trust www.hardyonline.org Friday 10th July, 12.30 pm.  Second Friday Lunch Club.  If you haven’t already put your name down, please contact Jan on 345356 or Susan on 345760. Saturday 11th July, 7.30 pm, Minterne House.  The New Hardy Players present The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy - a tale of intrigue, hope and destiny on Egdon Heath.  Directed by Howard Payton.  Picnics from 6.30pm bring a chair or blanket.  Tickets from Dorchester Tourist Office 01305 267992; £10.00/£7.50 in advance £12.00/£7.50 on gate, £30.00 family.  In aid of Weldmar Hospice Trust, Julia's House and Dorset Wildlife Trust www.hardyonline.org Sunday 12th July.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship - modern language). Tuesday 14th July, 7.30 pm, Parish Rooms.  Parish Council Meeting, preceded by Democratic Half Hour. Wednesday 15th July, 6.30 pm.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  Social Evening at Dominey’s Yard.  William & Jeannette have kindly offered to hold our annual Social Evening in their garden at Dominey’s Yard, Buckland Newton.  Please remember to bring a plate of finger food to share after the guided tour of the garden and arboretum.  We hope the god of good weather will shine on us, but the village hall is available as an alternative.  See you soon!   Viviane (345111) vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Lydden Vale Gardening Club on Facebook Thursday 16th July and Friday 17th July, 7.30 pm, Lulworth Cove.  The New Hardy Players present The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy - a tale of intrigue, hope and destiny on Egdon Heath.  Directed by Howard Payton.  Picnics from 6.30pm bring a chair or blanket.  Tickets from Dorchester Tourist Office 01305 267992; £10.00/£7.50 in advance £12.00/£7.50 on gate, £30.00 family.  In aid of Weldmar Hospice Trust, Julia's House and Dorset Wildlife Trust www.hardyonline.org Saturday 18th July, 12.30 onwards, Domineys.   Holy Rood Church Barbecue, by kind permission of William & Jeanette Gueterbock.  All welcome; more details nearer the date. Saturday 18th July, 7.30 pm, Watercombe House.  The New Hardy Players present The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy - a tale of intrigue, hope and destiny on Egdon Heath.  Directed by Howard Payton.  Picnics from 6.30pm bring a chair or blanket.  Tickets from Dorchester Tourist Office 01305 267992; £10.00/£7.50 in advance £12.00/£7.50 on gate, £30.00 family.  In aid of Weldmar Hospice Trust, Julia's House and Dorset Wildlife Trust www.hardyonline.org Sunday 19th July.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  9.30 am All Ages F|amily Service.  A short, informal service with refreshmenrs afterwards. Friday 24th July, 6.30 - 9.00pm, Lanscombe Cottage, Lanscombe Lane. Social Evening & BBQ Buckland Newton Branch of the West Dorset Conservative Association.  Please contact Andrew Stone 01300 345432. Sunday 26th July. Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer - traditional language). Sunday 26th July, from 9.30 am, Village Hall.  Annual Summer Spruce Up.  Calling Volunteers…..particularly those who use the hall regularly….we need your help even if you can only spare a couple of hours. The more hands the merrier! Each year we aim to bring the hall back up to its normal high standard of cleanliness and decor. This year, most of the jobs are inside the hall, so all help will be highly appreciated whether to wield a window cleaning cloth, a paintbrush or roller, to sort out the china/glassware in the cupboards, or just to provide moral support and make coffee. Any queries please contact Nicki Barker 345238 Tuesday 28th July, 8.00 pm, Gaggle of Geese (special opening).  Wayfarers - "Does being in an old building encourage us to look back rather than forwards?  Does being in a new building encourage us to look forwards rather than back?”  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. Friday 31st July, 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. Sunday 2nd August.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  No service at Buckland Newton, but 6.00 pm Evensong (Book of Common Prayer) at Up Cerne. 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. 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) vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Lydden Vale Gardening Club on Facebook 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 Roy Godwin from Buckland Newton will be taking on the huge challenge of completing the Jurassic coast trek. 122 miles along the southwest coast, starting at Exmouth and finishing up at Old Harry Rock, all to be done within three days. Matthew and Roy are raising 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 matthew.russell1982@gmail.com
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