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 (September 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
Please click on Village Fete 2015 above for important announcement about the Raffle draw at the Fete.It's just 2 days to go, and we still need help! We've had some fantastic support so far and we hope everyone enjoys what we have planned. But to make it a really great day we need more of you involved. I know many of you have served us so well in the past, or are spending the Bank Holiday with your friends and family, or have been so busy supporting other village activities, you just want to sit in the garden and enjoy the sunshine (yes I have pre-booked it!!)
So if you are wondering, why haven't they asked me yet, or are just keeping your head
below the parapet, now is the time to step forward!
We need help in the following areas:Raffle - 2-3 additional ticket sellersKids' Disco - selling tickets and overseeing (DJ and equipment supplied, so it's just keeping an eye on things)Car Park Marshalls - we need a couple of volunteers to help put out signs and supervise parking for an hour or so until the rush (!) has endedReserve team - a few people willing to be assigned to any stall that is short of help.If you would like to be a part of the fete team and have a fun day, please email email@example.com or if you prefer, call Steve Workman on 07900 366770
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 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.
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!!Sunday 6th September. Services at Holy Rood Church. 6.00 pm Evensong (Book of Common Prayer - traditional language).Wednesday 9th September. Lydden Ladies visit to Montacute House.Montacute House is an Elizabethan Mansion and scenes from BBC drama ‘Wolf Hall’ were filmed here. It is about 40 minutes drive from Buckland Newton. We plan to meet there at 2.00 pm and our visit is open to non members so please bring a friend or family. If you don’t belong to the National Trust it is £11.20 (£12.40 gift aid). Please could you let me know if you are coming and whether you will drive and car share or need a lift. Ann Riddell 348161Tuesday 8th September, 8.00 pm, Parish Rooms. Parish Council Meeting, preceded by Democratic Half Hour.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.Friday 11th September, 12.30 pm, Village Hall. Second Friday Lunch Club. We will be back in the hall and for those not at last month’s tea, who wish to book in, please ring Jan 345356 or Susan 345760.Saturday 12th September. Dorset Historic Churches “Ride and Stride”. Cycle, walk or ride a horse (or donkey or whatever) around as many churches as you like in Dorset. Money raised will go towards helping maintain and restore Dorset’s historic churches. Details and Sponsorship forms from Jeremy & Jane Collins, 01300 345136.Sunday 13th September. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship - modern language). Service will be taken by Rev’d Patrrick Revell.Monday 14th September. 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.Monday 14th September, 7.00 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall. Moviola presents“Far From The Madding Crowd” (12A). The latest version of Thomas Hardy's novel, with Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene, following her relationships with three very different men - Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), Squire Boldwood (Michael Sheen) and Sergeant Troy (Tom Sturridge). Doors open 7pm for 7.30 start. Wine, tea and coffee available 7 to 7.25pm. Tickets (£5) from Jill Southam (01300 347116) by Friday 11th September. No refunds unless cancelled 48 hours in advance and then only if resold.Wednesday 16th September, 7.30 pm, Village Hall. Lydden Vale Gardening Club.Neil Lovesey “Propagation - part 2”. Propagation is a vast subject and for the start of our autumn season we are delighted to welcome back Neil Lovesey of Perrot Hill Nursery who will share his knowledge with us in “Propagation part 2”. Bring pen & paper and sharpen your secateurs! Viviane (345111) email@example.comLydden Vale Gardening Club on FacebookWednesday 16th September, 7.30pm, BN School Hall. FBNS (Friends of Buckland Newton School) AGM. Please come along and lend your support.Sunday 20th September. Services at Holy Rood Church. 9.30am Family Service: music, songs and stories, all welcome, Refreshments served after this service.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 firstname.lastname@example.orgFriday 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.Friday 25th September, 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 The Hat Band with caller Paul Miles. 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.Sunday 27th September. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.30 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer - traditional language). Service will be taken by Rev’d Hugh Willis.Tuesday 29th September, 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm. Flu Vaccination Clinic at Cerne Abbas Surgery. Click here for full details.Sunday 4th October, 6.00 pm, Harvest Festival Service at Holy Rood Church, followed by the Harvest Supper in the Village Hall from 7.30pm. Tickets and further information from Sarah Cuff, 345309, or any member of the PCC. Donations of fruit, vegetables, produce and groceries may be left in the church porch, or handed to any member of the PCC.Sunday 4th October, 7. 15 pm for 7.30 pm, Village Hall. Buckland Newton Harvest Supper. The supper will immediately follow the Harvest Celebration at the church for those who wish to attend both. Everyone is very welcome and the evening is always a relaxed and enjoyable traditional village event and if you have not been before we would encourage you to give it a try. There will be a three course home prepared meal followed by an auction of produce, cakes etc. At a time when the agricultural community faces increasing pressure, the proceeds will go to RABI, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution that supports those who work in the farming industry in times of need and our church. Tickets will cost £8.00 for adults, children 8-16 £4.00 and under 7s free and available from Rodney and Sarah Cuff. Numbers are limited and we usually fill the hall. If you are able to help to set up the hall on Sunday afternoon, help on the night and/or bring a dessert we would be very pleased to hear from you. Thank you, we look forward to seeing you all there! Rodney and Sarah Cuff 01300 345309 email@example.comMonday 5th October, 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm. Flu Vaccination Clinic at Cerne Abbas Surgery. Click here for full details.Friday 9th October, 3.00 pm - 4.30 pm. Flu Vaccination Clinic at Cerne Abbas Surgery. Click here for full details.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.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.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.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.