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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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
Dorset Lovers Luxury Hamper - Yellow Ticket 590Motorists’ Bucket including Free MOT Voucher - Green Ticket 181£10 Castle Gardens Voucher - Green Ticket 630Italian Chocolate Box - White Ticket 720Clay Shooting for 2 - Green Ticket 544Luxury Champneys Spa Hamper - Yellow Ticket 239Cook’s Baking Hamper - Pink Ticket 534Prizes may be claimed from The Old Chapel Stores, Buckland Newton.
Love to sing festive songs and carols? New to the area? Want to make new friends and
have a sing to get in the festive spirit? Then come along and join our friendly choir for
the autumn session starting Tuesday, 27th September. The Weatherbury Singers meet
every Tuesday night at St Mary’s Church Room, Puddletown from 7:30-9:30 p.m. and
welcome anyone who enjoys singing. There is no scary audition and you don’t have to
read music. Make a date in your diary to join us on 27th September for our first
rehearsal and open evening. For more details and to register your interest, please
Thursday evenings from 22 September, 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm, BucklandNewton Village Hall. Fitsteps the UK’s newest dance fitness programme created byStrictly Come Dancing stars Natalie Lowe, Ian Waite and former contestant and world champion swimmer Mark Foster. £5 per class; pay for 10 classes up front (£50) and get 1 free. Wear cool, comfy fitness style clothing, trainer style shoes and bring drinking water. Call Georgina on 07582 634911 to register your interest and for any further details.
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 23rd September, 7.15 pm to 9.30 pm, Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL. Piddle Valley Barn Dance, with Will & Naomi, Caller Ruth Thompson. Cost is £6.00, accompanied under 16s free. All welcome. Contact 01300 348250.Sunday 25th September. Services at Holy Rood Church. Holy Communion (Common Worship - modern language). This service will include a baptism service for Sam Sulkin.Tuesday 27th September, 8.00 pm, Rose Villa. Wayfarers Meeting. “Does a village need a youth club? How do we meet the needs of youth in our villages?” - a discussion. Please come, bring your friends. Share, listen and discuss thoughts, experiences, feelings, beliefs and research on this question. Contact Helen Simpson on 01300 345401.Wednesday 28th September. Dorchester Mobile Library. 9.30 am - 9.45 am Henley - Cottages; 9.55 am - 10.15 am Alton Pancras - Holcombe Mead.Thursday 29th September. Dorchester Mobile Library. 3.15 pm to 3.40 pm, just below the Parish Room on the B3143.Friday 30th September, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall. Village Cafe. A cafe run by us for us; a mere £1.00 for coffee and a piece (or two) of homemade cake. (‘Us’ being the locals and anyone else who is staying locally on that day!). I do a rota every year of people willing to make a cake, pick a few of their garden flowers for little vases on pretty tablecloths, serve coffee and CHAT for this very relaxed and popular cafe. We drop in and we drop out - it’s a nice way to catch up with people you don’t know very well or don’t see often. I am always short of just a few people to fill in the gaps of providing two hosting to make and serve the coffee and two people to provide a cake. Please ring me if you would be willing to have a go! Contact Fizz Lewis on 01300 345521.Sunday 2nd October, 6.00 pm. Harvest Festival at Holy Rood Church. We join together to thank God for the harvest and the work of our farmers.Sunday 2nd October. Pulham Village Harvest Celebration. 11:00 am HarvestCelebration service at the Church, collection to Farm Africa. 12:15 pm Harvest LKunch in the Village Hall. Free to everyone; all donations welcome towards the upkeep of our beautiful Church. Followed by the traditional fun charity auction of produce. Looking forward to seeing you there!Saturday 8th October, time t.b.a., Village Hall. Harvest Supper. Everyone is very welcome to this annual village event that is much enjoyed by all who attend. We are so lucky to live in such a naturally beautiful place and enjoy the fruits of our farms, gardens and allotments. We are enjoying an abundance of courgettes, tomatoes, beetroot, potatoes and flowers and the cereal harvest is in full swing - lots to celebrate. Tickets will be £8.00 for adults and £4.00 for children between 7 and 16, under 7 free. This year the proceeds of the supper will be split between the church and Marie Curie. This will be in memory of John Nell who, as a former farmer and grower, so enjoyed the harvest supper and will be greatly missed. Let's make the auction a huge success in his honour - all contributions of produce, cakes, preserves etc most welcome. If you are able to help in any way we would be very pleased to hear from you as some of our regular team have moved on to pastures new. We look forward to hearing from you. Sarah and Rodney Cuff. 01300 345309, Sarahcuff1@me.comSunday 9th October. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship - modern language).Tuesday 11th October, 7.30 pm, Parish Room. Parish Council Meeting, preceded by Democratic Half Hour. All welcome.Friday 14th October, 10.00 am to 11.00 am, Village Hall. Flu Clinic.Friday 14th October, 12.30 pm for 1.00 pm, Halsey Arms. Second Friday Lunch Club. Please let Jan (345356) know if you wish to attend but haven't yet put your name down.Friday 14th October, 6.30 pm, Frampton Village Hall. An illustrated talk by Alistair Bunkall on his visit to North Korea and his various experiences being the Defence Correspondent for Sky News. This will be a very interesting evening and we would love you to join us if you can. Details for tickets, click here. Proceeds in aid of Barnado’s.Friday 14th October, 7.15 pm to 9.30 pm, Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL. Piddle Valley Barn Dance, with Arish Mell, Caller Teresa Rabbetts. Cost is £6.00, accompanied under 16s free. All welcome. Contact 01300 348250.Friday 14th October, 7.30 pm to 11.00 pm, Village Hall. Pop up Pub. Missing not having a pub in the village? Then come along and join us in our pop up pub in the Village Hall. We will be offering real ale, cider, wine and soft drinks and are planning to offer a simple food option. To help gauge numbers it would be useful if you could let us know if you are interested. For more information please contact Andy Waring (firstname.lastname@example.org 345111) or Nick Baker (email@example.com 345386). We are hoping it will be a fun evening, maybe the first of many! All profits will be donated to charity. See you there.Sunday 16th October. Services at Holy Rood Church. 9.30 am Animal Service ; all on 4 legs or 2 legs welcome! Songs, stories and activities for all ages, service led by JonathanMonday 17th October, 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall. Moviola presents “Our Kind of Traitor” based on the John Le Carre story. Tickets are £5 each and you can secure yours in advance by dropping off an envelope at the Buckland Newton shop up to Friday, 14 October. Please seal your payment inside (cash or cheques made out to ‘Cerne Abbas Theatre Club’) and mark the envelope clearly with your name and a contact number, the film you wish to see and number of tickets required. Your tickets will be waiting for you at the door to the Village Hall. You may wish to simply come along on the night and take a chance on finding a seat – you will be very welcome. Please telephone Yvonne on 01300 341421 or Julia on 01300 345632 with any queries. We look forward to seeing you there!Wednesday 19th October, 10.00 am to 11.00 am, Hazelbury Bryan Village Hall. Flu Clinic.Wednesday 19th October, 7.30 pm, Village Hall. Lydden Vale Gardening ClubViviane Bernhard on “Singapore Botanical Gardens”. A couple of years ago I was fortunate to spend a week in Singapore, so of course I had to visit the island’s Botanic Gardens. Founded over 150 years ago, Singapore Botanic Gardens is the first tropical, and only the third botanical garden, to have been granted a place on UNESCO World Heritage list-ing. At the time of writing I am going through all my pictures to choose the best and most evocative and hope you will enjoy it too. Viviane (345111) firstname.lastname@example.orgLydden Vale Gardening Club on FacebookSunday 23rd October. Services at Holy Rood Church. Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer - traditional language). This service will be led by Paul Taylor, Archdeacon of Sherborne.Tuesday 25th October, 8.00 pm, Rose Villa, Buckland Newton. Wayfarers - "Should the marriage contract be replaced with a parenting contract?" Please come, bring your friends. Share, listen and discuss thoughts, experiences, feelings, beliefs and research on this question. Contact Helen Simpson 01300 345401.Thursday 27th October, 9.30 am to 4.00 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall. Flu Clinic.Our flu clinic at Cerne Abbas Village Hall will also include a health and wellbeing event.The surgery team will be joined by other organisations who will be at the event to share information and advice.Thursday 27th October, 7.00 pm, Village Hall. Lydden Ladies. A talk by Journalist Kate Adie. She was the BBC’s Chief News Correspondent from 1989 - 2002 and now presents From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4. A fascinating insight into her life reporting from all around the world with the oppor-tunity to ask questions afterwards. Doors open at 6.45 pm. Refreshments - Bar - Grand Raffle. All proceeds to go to the Dorchester based Charity ‘The Footprints Project’. Tickets £5 available from Amanda (345367), Maree (345349) and The Old Chapel Stores.Friday 29th October, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall. Village Cafe. A cafe run by us for us; a mere £1.00 for coffee and a piece (or two) of homemade cake. (‘Us’ being the locals and anyone else who is staying locally on that day!). I do a rota every year of people willing to make a cake, pick a few of their garden flowers for little vases on pretty tablecloths, serve coffee and Chat for this very relaxed and popular cafe. We drop in and we drop out - it’s a nice way to catch up with people you don’t know very well or don’t see often. I am always short of just a few people to fill in the gaps of providing two hosting to make and serve the coffee and two people to provide a cake. Please ring me if you would be willing to have a go! Contact Fizz Lewis on 01300 345521.Sunday 30th October. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00 am Benefice Service, which will include a commemoration for all saints and loved ones now departed. A candle will be lit for each name remembered. A book of remembrance will be placed on the small altar in the South aisle for names of dear departed ones to be commemorated. This service will be led by Jonathan. Refreshments will be served after this service.Wednesday 2nd November, 7.00 pm, Village Hall.Lydden Vale News Annual Open Meeting to discuss the Lydden Vale News. Do come along, we are always looking forviews on the magazine, for new ideas and there may well be refreshments on offer. Come along even if you only want to volunteer to be the next editor!Friday 25th November, 7.15 pm to 9.30 pm, Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL. Piddle Valley Barn Dance, with Reel Good (formerly O’Daliaigh’s Ceilidh Band), Caller Helen Woodall. Cost is £6.00, accompanied under 16s free. All welcome. Contact 01300 348250.14th to 18th February 2017. Piddle Valley Players. Calling all ‘Guys and Dolls’ .. Weneed some Gangsters and Dancing Girls for our next production which will be Guys and Dolls 14th to the 18th of February 2017...If you fancy rolling the dice or being a Hot Box girl or joining the Salvation Army.... look no further please join the Piddle Valley Players.We rehearse Thursday evenings and some Sunday afternoons from September. Contact Rachel on 07810 406470 or see our Facebook page.