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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 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. 

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

Friday 10th October.  Amazing Autumn Fashion Show.  An evening of fashion and fun organised by Lydden Ladies raised £875 for Julia’s House, the Dorset Children’s Hospice.  Photos on the Lydden Ladies page. Thursday 16th October, 8.00 pm prompt, Gaggle of Geese.  Quiz Evening.  Tables of 4, £3 each.  In aid of Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th October.  Sherborne Literary Festival.  More details at www.sherborneliterarysociety.com Friday 17th October, 8.00 pm, Village Hall.  Quiz Night with Friends of Buckland Newton School (FBNS).  Teams of up to 6 people or we will make up teams for you.  Bring your own drinks.  £5.00 per person including delicious nibbles!  Available from School Office or Aimee Stone 07805 171205 or Phillipa Perrett 07989 535696. Saturday 18th October, 7.00 pm, Village Hall.  Screenbites comes to Buckland Newton with “Love’s Kitchen” (PG - 93 mins).  Screenbites is a Dorset-wide film and Dorset food festival and is celebrating its 10th year of screening good films with a food connection, offering local food and drink enterprises an opportunity to make themselves better known with tastings of their produce on offer just before the screening.  We are in for a tiny budget, perfectly-formed film, with Gordon Ramsay and Simon Callow having fun in cameo roles!  Brilliant chef Rob’s spirit is broken when his wife is killed just as they are about to start their own restaurant, leaving him with a child to care for.  There’s a chance to sort out his life, taking over a decrepit country pub and cooking his best food again, but he not only has to convince his loyal staff, but a bright young writer, who has dissed his London kitchen, and a famously bibulous TV food presenter (Simon Callow, enjoying himself).  It’s a story we in the rural south west know only too well!  The evening will start with an address by Mark Woodhouse of Hall & Woodhouse and goodies from Hall & Woodhouse, Olives et al, Honeybuns, Fudges, Chococo, Purbeck Ice Cream and a host of others.  Tickets are £8.00, available from 01963 32525 or e-mail screenbites@thanksgiving.demon.co.uk.  More details at www.screenbites.co.uk Sunday 19th October.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  9.30 am  Animal Service.  Last year our animals were doubly blessed by the Bishop of Sherborne, Graham Kings.  This year we can’t match that, but hope to see a diverse a range as possible of those animals that bless and enrich our lives.  A photo or painting may substitute for the real thing in the case of those large creatures or mini-beasts whose presence might pose a threat to others! Tuesday 22nd October, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  Malcolm Mills on “Soft Fruit and Top Fruit”.  Being part of Castle Gardens’ Gold Club gives us access to a wide range of expert talks.  This month we will learn how to grow the best possible fruit with Malcolm Mills.  As usual the talk will be followed by a questions and answers session.  Contact Viviane on 345111. Thursday 23rd October, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Artsreach presents “Pacific Curls”.  Celtic and Pacific rhythms collide when Kim Halliday and Ora Barlow (New Zealand) and Sarah Beattie (Scotland) bring an uplifting musical show of great depth and originality.  With a cornerstone of backbeat Pacific rhythms, vivacious fiddle playing and evocative Maori instrumentation and vocals, Pacific Curls pioneer a wonderful fusion sound that seamlessly mixes and reflects their indigenous roots. They use jazz choral transitions, traditional Celtic tunes, expressive vocals, Maori and English lyrics and world instruments with Pacific Style to create music with an intriguing contemporary sound.  Tickets: £8, £6 (under 18s), and £24 (family of 4, max 2 adults) are available from Katharine Hayens tel: 01300 345455 or The Old Chapel Stores. Sunday 26th October.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer - traditional language). 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. 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. 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. 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, Brnardos Christmas Cards, Jewellery by Gerry van Tuyl, Barnardos Homemade Christmas Fayre. Saturday 15th November, 7.30 pm, venue t.b.a.  Quiz Night.  Jill and Sarah are running another Quiz Night.   If it is in the Village Hall it will be £8.00 per head, to include a light meal.  If at the Pub, it will be £4.00 per person and you purchase your own meal.  Profits will be shared equally between the church and Riding for the Disabled.  Tables of 6 or less are welcome.  Final details next month. 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. Saturday 29th November, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Artsreach presents ‘Sonic Silents’ – very early silent Hollywood Westerns with old time country and bluegrass accompaniment.  More details soon. 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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