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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Since the recent public consultation on our draft neighbourhood plan, the government policy on affordable housing contributions has been quashed by the High Court following a challenge by two councils. This has meant that the new West Dorset District Council (WDDC) local plan has had to be modified, and our draft neighbourhood plan is therefore no longer in conformity with the local plan. Please go to the Neighbourhood Plan website atwww.bncommunityplan.co.uk to read the full statement and for details on the Additional Public Consultation.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 (October 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 2015October 2015 November 2015 December 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.Help and Care is working in partnership with Dorset HealthCare and Dorset County Council to run a series of information workshops for carers of relatives/ friends/ neighbours to support them in their caring role. These workshops run through September to December 2015. Click here for more information.
Friday 9th October, 12.30 pm, Second Friday Lunch Club. We are holding our next meeting at the Halsey Arms on Friday 9th October. If you haven't put your name down yet would you please ring Jan on 345356 or Susan on 345760. The Halsey would like to know our choice of desserts in advance (lunch is to be a carvery) so please make sure we have your choices.Friday 9th October, 3.00 pm - 4.30 pm. Flu Vaccination Clinic at Cerne Abbas Surgery. Click here for full details.Sunday 11th October. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00am Holy Communion Common Worship (modern language).Monday 12th October. 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.Tuesday 13th October, 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm. Flu Vaccination Clinic at Cerne Abbas Surgery. Click here for full details.Wednesday 14th October. Lydden Ladies will be going to Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens on Wednesday for the Enchanted Floodlit Gardens Charity Preview Night in aid of Weldmar Hospicecare Trust. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the lights will be turned on by Martin Clunes at approx. 6.45 p.m. Tickets can be obtained in advance for £6 online at www.weld-hospice.org.uk/floodlit. The ticket includes a snack of chicken goujons and chips and there will be a jazz band. This evening is open to all. We will also be going to The Brewers Arms in Martinstown afterwards for dinner so if you would like to join us could you please let me know asap. Amanda McKenna 345367Sunday 18th October. Services at Holy Rood Church. 9.30 am All age service. This Sunday coincides with St. Lukes’s Day and as Luke was a doctor as well as a writer of one of the gospels about the early days of the Church / The Acts. We will be giving thanks for all those like him who have chosen to serve as health professionals. Join us for a story, songs and related activities with refreshments to follow.Monday 19th October, 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall. Moviolapresents “Woman in Gold” 12A, 107 mins. Helen Mirren stars in a film (based on a true story) portraying the eight year fight of Maria Altmann to reclaim the Klimt painting of her aunt stolen from her family by the Nazis. Also featured are Elizabeth McGovern and Charles Dance. Wine, tea and coffee available 7-7.25pm. Tickets (£5) from Shirley Reeve (01300 341839) or Jill Southam (01300 345116) by Friday 16 October. No refunds unless cancelled 48 hours in advance and then only if resold.Wednesday, 21st October, 7.30pm, Village Hall. Lydden Vale Gardening Club.Bryan Pinchen “An introduction to bumble bees”. If you want to know more about how to attract pollinating insects to your garden, don’t miss this month’s talk! We are glad to welcome back entomologist and author Bryan Pinchen who will give us “An introduction to bumble bees”. Viviane (345111) email@example.com Lydden Vale Gardening Club on Facebook.Friday 23rd October, 11.30 am - 12.00 noon. Flu Vaccination Clinic at Buckland Newton Village Hall. Click here for full details.Friday 23rd October, 7.15 pm, Piddle Valley First School. Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club. Doors will open at 7.15 and dancing starts at 7.30 till 9.30. Music will be provided by Rum and Kidney and caller Steve Cunio. The evening will be lively and fun. All are welcome, no experience is necessary. There will be squash available, sorry no food. £5 each, no charge for accompanied under 16s. For further information contact Sally Condon, 01300 348250.Saturday 24th October, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Holy Rood Church. There will be an open day at the Church to explain the proposed installation of a heating system and toilet/washroom facility that are currently being discussed. Simple refreshments will be available. Members of the PCC will be on duty at Holy Rood to discuss the proposals and listen to your comments. Jon Sulkin, Church WardenSunday 25th October. Services at Holy Rood Church. At 11.00am a service will be held to remember All Saints and All Souls departed. A prayer and remembrance tree will be set up in the church on Saturday 10th October, for names of those loved ones whom you wish to be remembered. Monday 26th October. 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.Friday 30th October, 10.30 am - 12.00 noon, Village Hall. Village Café. It is open to everyone for coffee and chat and homemade ‘Bakes’ far better than anything that you may see on The Great British Bake Off! You may eat and drink as much coffee and cake as you like for the princely sum of £1. The chat is free. Do come along if you’ve never tried us before and if you have – come again – it’s lovely. All ages, sexes, religions, nationalities, sizes and starsigns are welcome.Sunday 1st November. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00 am Matins, taken by Rev. Allen Knott.Monday 9th November. 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.Friday 13th November, 7.00 pm, Village Hall. The Amazing Friday the Thirteenth Show. Buckland Newton is putting on a light hearted Village Variety Show to raise funds for Children in Need. So we are looking for local talent to do their thing for a good cause. Everyone is welcome to join in from near or far, young or old, solo orin groups, to do a short spot (10 seconds to 5 minutes max). We need people like youto…. Tell a joke, read a poem, do a monologue, do a magic trick, play an instrument, sing a song, ride a unicycle whilst juggling, tap dance in a diver’s suit - or anything else you would like to do, for fun. We are only limited by our imaginations! We also need a director, stage manager, compere, back stage staff, barman, helpers etc to make the evening go with a swing. Sounds like you?For further details and a reply form, please click here for a form to leave at the Village Shop or contact: Janey on 345850 : Amanda on 345367 : Jan on 345560 : Pauline on 345459 : Maree on 345349.Saturday 14th November, 9.30 am - 10.30 am. Flu Vaccination Clinic at Cerne Abbas Surgery. Click here for full details.Saturday 14th November, 7.30 pm, Village Hall. Artsreach presents: Cscape – ‘Taste’. Tea: how do you take yours? Milk no sugar. Milk in first. No milk at all? Builders, Earl Grey...Herbal? What’s behind our choices? What defines our identity? Do we really fall into “social tribes” and if so, how far up the social ladder is our tribe? Can we climb higher? Inspired by the tapestries of Grayson Perry, Taste is a delicious romp of a show with humour, irreverence and playfulness at its heart.Blending dance from Choreographers Sally Knight and Neil Paris and writing from Murray Lachlan Young (BBC Radio 2 & 4) Taste explores what defines our identity and ponders the intricacies behind our choices. As refreshing as your perfect cup of tea. £8, £6 (U18s), £25 (fam of 4, max 2 adults). For tickets, further details or to join our e-mailing list please contact: Katharine Hayens tel: 01300 345455 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.orgMonday 16th November, 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall. Moviolapresents “Mr Holmes” PG. Wine, tea and coffee available 7-7.25pm. Tickets (£5) from Shirley Reeve (01300 341839) or Jill Southam (01300 345116). No refunds unless cancelled 48 hours in advance and then only if resold.Friday 20th November, 7.15 pm, Piddle Valley First School. Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club. Doors will open at 7.15 and dancing starts at 7.30 till 9.30. Music will be provided by Chris Toyne with caller Ann Hinchliffe. The evenings will be lively and fun. All are welcome, no experience is necessary. There will be squash available, sorry no food. £5 each, no charge for accompanied under 16s. For further information contact Sally Condon, 01300 348250.Monday 23rd November. 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.Friday 27th November, 10.30 am - 12.00 noon, Village Hall. Village Café. It is open to everyone for coffee and chat and homemade ‘Bakes’ far better than anything that you may see on The Great British Bake Off! You may eat and drink as much coffee and cake as you like for the princely sum of £1. The chat is free. Do come along if you’ve never tried us before and if you have – come again – it’s lovely. All ages, sexes, religions, nationalities, sizes and starsigns are welcome.Saturday 5th December, 7.30 pm, Village Hall. Artsreach presents Living Spit - ‘A Christmas Carol’. Hard-hearted Ebeneezer Scrooge hates the season of goodwill.Until a visit from three ghoulish Phantoms one memorable Christmas Eve makes him rethink his miserly ways and turn his wicked life upsidedown blah blah blah. We all know the story. But who’s the best Scrooge of all time? With silly songs, pitiful puppetry and more Dickensian daftness than you can shake a selection box at, Living Spit’s Christmas Carol promises to be a feast of festive foolery that you will never forget. Suitable 12+. £9, £7 (U18s), £28 (fam of 4, max 2 adults). For tickets, further details or to join our e-mailing list please contact: Katharine Hayens tel: 01300 345455 or e-mail email@example.comApril 2016. 122 Mile Jurassic Coast Hike. Please note this has been postponed from September 2015 due to the uncertainty surrounding the future of the Kingfisher Children’s Ward.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 £1,650.00 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 firstname.lastname@example.org