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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

Weather Forecast

The nearest Met Office Weather Forecast location is Minterne Gardens.  Click for a 5-day weather forecast.

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Process

The Public Consultation on sites for housing development in the Parish is now closed.  The next stage of developing the Neighbourhood Plan will be updated on the Neighbourhood Plan website at  www.bncommunityplan.co.uk

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 will be 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.  More information here as and when we have it.

Village Fete 2015?

The 2014 Village Fête was very nearly rained off, but went ahead regardless and raised  £1,043 for village causes and activities.  For a Village Fête like ours to be a success, preparations by the committee start in February.  This year there were only five members, led by Nick Baker as Chairman.  Nick has decided to step down after several years in the role, as has Sheila Crouch the Treasurer.  The Fête needs new blood - could it be you?  Without this new blood, the Fête may not happen another year and it would be a tragedy for the village to lose this valuable source of income for local groups and causes.  In previous years funds 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? Details about the first meeting of the committee in February will be in the Lydden Vale News (and on this website) in January.  In the meantime, if you feel you can become involved, please do get in touch with any of us, for a chat about the work of the committee.  2014 Fête Committee members have been: Nick Baker (Chair), Viviane Bernhard, Sheila Crouch, Andy Waring, Jane Willis.

Outreach Post Office to re-open

The outreach Post Office will be open in the Village Hall from Monday 20th October.  Opening hours are Monday, Tuesday and Friday 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: Trevor Marpole 01300 345560.  

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

Thursday 30th October, 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm. Flu Clinic at Cerne Abbas Surgery.  Open clinic for influenza vaccinations for those aged 65 and over or in a clinical risk group, e.g. diabetes, COPD, heart disease or are pregnant. Friday 31st October, 10.30 am - 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  Village CafeIt is open to everyone in the village and is a brilliant place to meet your friends and make new friends.  Homemade cake and tea/coffee for £1.00 with refills.  It is run by us for us every month (except August and December) purely as a cafe; no one will ask you to join anything or buy anything although if you do have something to advertise, leaflets left on tables are Ok and the odd general announcement is also sometimes made.  If you haven’t tried us, well do - everyone’s very friendly. Friday 31st October, 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm, Gaggle of Geese.  Pumpkin Party, in aid of Friends of Buckland Newton School (FBNS). £2.50 on door.  Bring a plate of food.  Fancy Dress Competition.  Adults must not leave children unattended. Saturday 1st November, gates open at 6.00 pm, Piddle Valley First School Bonfire and Fireworks Display.  Professional fireworks display with an array of food and drink on offer.  Hog roast and hot dogs - jacket potatoes - homemade soup - mulled wine - hot & cold drinks.  Adults £4.00, Children (4-16 yrs) £2.00, under-4’s free, Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children) £12.00.  All proceeds raised during the evening will be donated to the Piddle Valley CE VA First School. Sunday 2nd November.   Services at Holy Rood Church.  6.00 pm  A service of remembrance for all souls departed.  A prayer tree will be in the church, on the small altar, for names of loved ones to be recalled and remembered.  There will be no  service of Matins on this date. Tuesday 4th November, 11.00 am, Holy Rood Church.  Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Betty Harden. Tuesday 4th November, 8.00 pm, Gaggle of Geese (special opening), Wayfarers Meeting.  “Is War All Bad?”  An open discussion.  Please come, share, listen and discuss thoughts, experiences, feelings, beliefs and research on this question about war. Saturday 8th November, 9.30 am - 10.30 am. Flu Clinic at Cerne Abbas Surgery.  Open clinic for influenza vaccinations for those aged 65 and over or in a clinical risk group, e.g. diabetes, COPD, heart disease or are pregnant. Sunday 9th November, 10.50 am.  Remembrance Service at Holy Rood Church led for us this year by Rev Helior Exon.  We meet at the War Memorial at 10.50 am. Wednesday 12th November, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Ladies Meeting.  Behind the scenes from "Far from the Madding Crowd”.  We will hear about the recent filming of the classic in our area. Thursday 13th November, 10.00 am to 12.30 pm, Holyleas House, Buckland Newton.  Christmas Coffee Morning in aid of Barnardos.  Coffee and homemade biscuits, Barnardos Christmas Cards, Jewellery by Gerry van Tuyl, Barnardos Homemade Christmas Fayre. Saturday 15th November, 7.30 pm, Village Hall,  Quiz Night.  Jill and Sarah are running another Quiz Night.   Cost will be £8.00 per head, to include a ploughman’s supper; bring your own drink.  Profits will be shared equally between the church and Riding for the Disabled.  Tables of 6 or less are welcome.  Further information from Jill on 345116 or Sarah on 345147.  See you all there! Sunday 16th November.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  9.30 am  Family Praise.  An informal, 30-minute service for families  and children, all ages made very welcome, and invited to stay and share in refreshments after the service. Monday 17th November, doors open 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start.  Cerne Abbas Moviola presents “Belle”.  A period drama (late 18th Century England) inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy admiral.  Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle finds the colour of her skin prevents her full participation in their social life.  She falls for an idealistic vicar’s son (Matthew Goode) and they work towards ending slavery in England.  Also featuring Miranda Richardson and Penelope Wilton.  Tickets £5.00 from Jill Southam (01300 345116) by Friday 14th November.  No refunds unless tickets cancelled 48 hours in advance and then only if resold.  Wine, tea and coffee available 7.00 pm to 7.25 pm.  ‘Belle’ will be the last film in 2014. Tuesday 18th November, 2.30 pm, Village Hall.  Buckland Newton Neighbour Car Scheme - Annual General Meeting.  Open to anyone who would be interested in attending, i.e. drivers, clients and potential new volunteers.  Our Scheme is running very smoothly and it’s generally agreed that it is a great success.  If you’d like to become a driver, or use the scheme itself, please do come along.  Tea, coffee and cakes will be served.  Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ring Cathy Shippey (Secretary) on 01300 345339. Friday 21st November, 6.30 for 7.00 pm, The Tithe Barn, Haselbury Mill, Haselbury Plucknet, Yeovil.  The Last Dambuster, Johnny Johnson, sharing his experiences, his memories and answering questions.  Johnny Johnson, aged 93, is now the only surviving member of the gallant RAF Team, The Dambusters and has recently appeared in a number of television programmes commemorating the World Wars.  Johnny is to be the Guest Speaker at a special charity event being organised by the Rotary Club of Yeovil.  No doubt many  will be interested and would like to hear what he has to say about these gutsy and valiant decisive wartime sorties.  Places are limited for what will, it is thought, be a very popular evening from which all proceeds will jointly benefit the Yeovil Opportunity Group and the Bomber Command Memorial Fund.  £16 per person to include a two course meal plus tea/coffee.  For Single or Multiple Tickets or for Tables of 8 or 10, please contact 01935 475448, 01935 475770 or 01935 420051.  See  poster or press release for additional details. Sunday 23rd November.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (book of Common Prayer - traditional language). Wednesday 26th November, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  Edward Parker “On the Trail of the Buddha Tree”.  Our guest speaker, Edward Parker, is a photographer who has been reporting on environmental issues around the world for more than twenty years.  He has a particular interest in ancient trees and rainforest conservation.  This will be his second visit to our club, we hope you will come and join us.  It’s well worth having a look at his website www.edwardparker.com for examples of his work. Friday 28th November, 10.30 am - 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  The Village Café is open to everyone in the local area.  It is non-charity-fund-raising, non- denominational, non-ageist, non-everything really.  It's just a chance for people in the area to get together for a chat over a cuppa and a piece of homemade cake.  We run it ourselves on a rota with two people 'hosting' it and various cakes being made by others.  It's very friendly and non threatening (if you are new we don't go quiet and stare at you when  you walk in - quite the opposite in fact).  £1 buys you as much coffee and cake as you'd like but no doggie bags. Saturday 29th November, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Artsreach presents ‘Sonic Silents’ – very early silent Hollywood Westerns with old time country and bluegrass accompaniment.  Kate Lissauer (of Buffalo Girls fame) leads this fascinating exploration of The Wild West, with a difference!  Two rarely seen short Western silent films made by Frank Borzage in 1915/16 will be screened with a live musical accompaniment of bluegrass and old-time country music performed by Kate, a champion fiddler in her home state of Maryland, and her trio, including arguably the UK’s finest bluegrass guitarist Jason Titley.  Frank Borzage was a true Hollywood maverick - rejecting conventions he offered an insight into the lives of early settlers, giving modern audiences a refreshing new look at a long-established tradition.  The evening will feature screenings of The Pilgrim (1916) and The Pitch o’Chance (1915) preceded and accompanied throughout by original compositions and arrangements of original material by the trio.  Tickets £8.00, £6.00 (under 18’s), and £24.00 (family of 4, max 2 adults) are available from Katharine Hayens on 01300 345455.  More at www.artsreach.co.uk Sunday 30th November.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  No service at Holy Rood, but Benefice Communion at 9.30 am at Miterne Church. Saturday 6th December, 7.30 pm, Puddletown Village Hall.  Weatherbury Singers present ‘Christmas is Here Again’.  See details on Dorset Music Events page. Sunday 7th December.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Matins (Book of Common Prayer - traditional language).   6.00 pm Evensong, followed by short optional Communion. Saturday 13th December 1030 am to 12.30 pm, Village Hall.  Christmas Coffee Morning.  Just to get you in the mood for Christmas, why not come along to a festive coffee morning in the village hall.  There will be good, hot coffee and mince pies, stalls selling seasonal treats and a raffle.  Look out for pots of homemade marmalade, chutneys, pickles and jams.  It’s a chance to start your Christmas shopping and find something very individual. December.  Buckland Newton Christingle Service.  Whilst I have really enjoyed organising this service for the last 8 years, I have now made the decision to pass the baton on.  It is such a lovely community event and it has been a difficult decision to make but with my new work and family commitments I know it will be difficult for me to give it the time that it deserves.  It would be lovely therefore if someone else could come forward to take the lead and would, I am sure, be supported by all the families within our wonderful community.  Please contact me on 01300 345833, Wendy Emberley or Helen Simpson if you are able to help.  Maria Higgs
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