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
Buckland Newton Youth Club needs a new leader; if nobody comes forward, the Youth Club will cease operating. Please see the Youth Club page for 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.
Advance Notice - book now to ensure your place! Monday 8th August, 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, Village Hall. Artsreach and Dorset Forest Schools Children’s Summer Activity Event. Click for more details - advance booking essential.June/July. Frogs Bottom Meadow open. This meadow opposite The Gaggle Pub (closed) past the last Hylands house, is managed for wildflowers. There is a mown path and you are very welcome to walk round if you wish. A seat halfway is a good place to sit and cogitate a while. There are many plants here but we mention a few - Red Clover, Meadow Buttercup, Corky-fruited water dropwort, Field Orchids, Betony, Birds-foot trefoil, Common Vetch, Ox-eye Daisy, Ragged Robin, Bistort, Pignut, Rough Hawkbit, Grass Vetchling and Knapweed. Please keep to the path - dogs welcome but please keep on a lead - thank you. Geoff and Fizz Lewis 345521Friday 29th July, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall. Village Cafe. Our Buckland Newton Village Café is deservedly very popular. It is run on the last Friday of the month from 10.30 to noonish at the Village Hall. Volunteers make cakes and serve coffee or tea on a rota. You can drop in and drop out, no one will ask you for anything except £1 cost of beverage and homemade cake. Do give it a try if you haven’t done so before. Come on your own or with friends – it’s very friendly! I will be doing the new Rota for starting in September again so please let me know if you would like to volunteer taking a turn either ‘hosting’ on the morning or baking a cake for it. I will be very pleased to hear from you. More details from Fizz Lewis 345521.Sunday 31st July. No service at Holy Rood Church, but 12.00 noon Lammas Day benefice service at St. Mary’s Cerne Abbas.Sunday 31st July 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm, Domineys, Buckland Newton. Open Garden. The final opening of Domineys Garden and small Arboretum will be on Sunday 31st July from 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm for the National Gardens Scheme charities, but visits by appointment (01300 345 295) are welcome. Writing in June with thunderstorms threatening, one remembers the seasons roll on and that by late July, while the garden framework does not change, the overall effect will be different. As well as the late clematis, hydrangeas, with other shrubs, there will be herbaceous and the annuals flowering. The colours will have changed from the softer ones of spring and early summer to the brighter ones. There will be fruit and vegetables. Buckland Newton's 'Equinox' players will once more kindly be here to provide music to entertain you. Plants will be on sale from Picket Lane Nursery. Home made teas. Entry £4.50, children are most welcome and come in free.Wednesday 3rd August. Dorchester Mobile Library. 9.30 am - 9.45 am Henley - Cottages; 9.55 am - 10.15 am Alton Pancras - Holcombe Mead.Thursday 4th August. Dorchester Mobile Library. 3.15 pm to 3.40 pm, just below the Parish Room on the B3143.Saturday 6th August, 9.30 am, Village Hall. Village Hall Annual Spruce-up. Calling Volunteers…..particularly those who use the hall regularly….we need your help even if you can only spare a couple of hours. The more hands the merrier! Each year we aim to bring the hall back up to its normal high standard of cleanliness and decor. This year, most of the jobs are inside the hall, so all help will be highly appreciated whether to wield a window cleaning cloth, a paintbrush or roller, check cupboards or just to provide moral support and make coffee. Anyone who can bring a small vacuum cleaner for thewindow frames would be much appreciated. Any queries please contact Nicki Barker 345238.Saturday 6th August - Sunday 7th August, 2.30 pm. Flower Festival at Holnest Church.Sunday 7th August. Services at Holy Rood Church. 6.00pm "Night Prayer" This will be a informal, meditative service, loosely based around the ancient service of Compline. Organised and led by the Church Worship Group, in the absence of the Vicar.Sunday 7th August, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Village Hall. ‘Musical in a Day'. £10 per head – includes tea and coffee; Bring and Share Lunch. A Musical Theatre Workshop, based around the Rodgers and Hammerstein Classic “The Sound of Music”. Run by Holly Royle and Rachel Olley. For Bookings Contact Holly on 07775 436075. For any other information contact Rachel on 07810 406470. Click here for full details.Monday 8th August, 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, Village Hall. Artsreach and Dorset Forest Schools Children’s Summer Activity Event. Bushcraft, Campfire & Games! Explore the ‘wild’ side of Buckland Newton in this exciting new activity day from Dorset Forest Schools. Based at the ‘wilderness’ area behind the village hall learn a whole host of bushcraft skills, join in with outdoor fun and games and take part in a series of creative challenges. Then end the day around a campfire and toast delicious cinnamon toffee apples to enjoy! Recommended age 6+ Ticket prices are £10 per child, advanced booking essential. For tickets, further details or to join our e-mailing list please contact: Katharine Hayens & Ian Scott tel: 01300 345455or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgTuesday 9th August, 7.30 pm, Parish Room. Parish Council Meeting, preceded by Democratic Half Hour. All welcome to attend.Wednesday 10th August, 6.30 pm.Lydden Ladies Garden Party - Sawmill House. Contact Amanda McKenna on 345367. It will be £5 a head for the BBQ to be paid to Maree by Monday 8th August please. Husbands/partners are very welcome.Friday 12th August, 3.00 pm, Duntish Court. Second Friday Lunch Club. We will be meeting at 3.00 pm for afternoon tea at the home of Mark & Sue Douglass, so please let Jan (345356) or Susan (345760) know if you wish to attend but haven't yet put your name down. Sunday 14th August. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00am Holy Communion, (Common Worship - modern language) with baptism for Oscar Barnaby Collins.Wednesday 17th August. Dorchester Mobile Library. 9.30 am - 9.45 am Henley - Cottages; 9.55 am - 10.15 am Alton Pancras - Holcombe Mead.Thursday 18th August. Dorchester Mobile Library. 3.15 pm to 3.40 pm, just below the Parish Room on the B3143.Sunday 21st August. No services at Holy Rood Church.Wednesday 24th August, 2.00 pm. Lydden Vale Gardening Club visit to Hauser & Wirth Gardens, Bruton BA10 0NL. Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a pioneering world-class multi-purpose arts centre with a landscaped garden, designed by renowned landscape architect Piet Ou-dolf. There is a 1.5 acre large perennial meadow with a series of paths cutting through and wide canopied tree have been planted to frame the view of the gar-den. The surrounding hedges provide a sense of en-closure, whilst the views of the hills and fields beyond remain visible. They have a comprehensive website and the entrance is a mere £2.50. Viviane (345111)email@example.comLydden Vale Gardening Club on FacebookFriday 26th August. No Village Cafe this month.Sunday 28th August. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer, traditional language). This service will be led by Rev’d Rosemary Bassett. Refreshments served after this service.Monday 29th August (Bank Holiday Monday), 2.00 pm, Parish Field. Buckland Newton Village Fete (click to see more details). Please put the date in your diary and tell all your family and friends. There will be old favourites as well as new things to do and see. We hope to make it another real village event and fun for everyone. If you would like to help, in any way, please have a chat with one of the committee: firstname.lastname@example.orgYour fête committee is: Mandy and Matt Jarvis, Amanda and Vinnie McKenna, Janey Pfeffer, Jane Willis, Jenny and Steve Workman (Chairman).Wednesday 31st August. Dorchester Mobile Library. 9.30 am - 9.45 am Henley - Cottages; 9.55 am - 10.15 am Alton Pancras - Holcombe Mead.Thursday 1st September. Dorchester Mobile Library. 3.15 pm to 3.40 pm, just below the Parish Room on the B3143.Saturday 10th September, 10.00 am onwards. Dorset Historic Churches “Ride + Stride”. Go on, dust off that bike or put on your walking boots! Visit as many of our historic Dorset churches as you can, by cycle, on foot, or on horseback and raise money to keep our historic churches open. It’s great fun and you will see some of our best local churches into the bargain. Most of them offer free refreshments to help you on your way! Sponsorship forms available from Jane and Jeremy Collins at Manor Cottage (345136).Wednesday 14th September, 2.30 pm. Lydden Ladies. We will be having a private tour of the Furleigh Estate Vineyard, Salway Ash, near Bridport along with a tasting. This is £10 a head and we need a minimum of 15 people. Could you let me know (345367) if you would like to come and again – husband/partners/friends are very welcome. We can co-ordinate transport nearer the time.Sunday 2nd October, 6.00 pm. Harvest Festival at Holy Rood Church.Saturday 8th October, time t.b.a., Village Hall. Harvest Supper. More details next month.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. All proceeds will go to charity.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.