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
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.
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.Monday 31st October, 2.30 pm, Holy Rood Church. Thanksgiving Service for the life of Eileen Foot.Tuesday 1st November, 10.00 am to 12.30 pm, Holyleas House. Christmas Coffee Morning in aid of Barnardos. Click on image at left for more information.Tuesday 1st November, 5.30 pm, Magnolia House. Parochial Church Council (PCC) Meeting.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!Sunday 6th November. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00 am Matins (Book of Common Prayer, traditional language) led by Allen Knott.Tuesday 8th November, 7.30 pm, Parish Room. Parish Council Meeting, preceded by Democratic Half Hour. All welcome.Wednesday 9th November, 7.30 pm, Village Hall. Lydden Ladies. Talk “Endangered Species” by Dawn Lawrence. Dawn Lawrence, author and illustrator, speaks on behalf of wildlife trusts but especially the Born Free Foundation (international charity to stop animal suffering and protect life in the wild), the founder of which is the actress, author and wildlife campaigner, Virginia McKenna. Her subject is the world's endangered species highlighted in her book 2 Steps Behind! (i.e. two steps behind the dinosaur). Her book will be available to purchase on the night.Everyone welcome. Entry is free and there will be refreshments available after the talk. Contact Amanda McKenna 345367.Friday 11th November, Village Hall, 12.30 pm. Second Friday Lunch Club.Friday 11th November, 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm, Village Hall. The Fish and Chip van will be at Buckland Newton Village Hall between 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm for anyone who wishes to purchase freshly cooked fish, chicken or sausage and chips. This is the same people who were at the Village Fete, so anyone who bought from them then will no doubt remember how tasty they were. The van will be there earlier as the 2nd Friday Lunch Club are having a fish and chip lunch, but they will not be serving villagers until the Lunch Club members have been served. There will be a few tables in the hall for anyone who does not want to take their meal home. Hope to see you all on the 11th.Sunday 13th November, 10.50 am, Holy Rood Church. Remembrance Day Service, led by Rev’d Alan Woods. N.B. note early start time.Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November, 10.00 am to 2.00 pm, Revels Fishing Lakes. Garage/House Clearance Table Top Sale. We are having a large two-day clearout, all undercover in the Barn at Revels Fishing Lakes. Furniture, Bric a Brac, Tools, Toys, Clothes, everything including the Kitchen Sink. Space available for other LOCAL sellers only. Details 01300 345301.Sunday 20th November. Services at Holy Rood Church. 9.30am Family Service. A short, informal service for all ages, with songs, stories and activities. Refreshments served after this service.Monday 21st November, 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall. Moviola presents “Absolutely Fabulous - The Movie” starring the glorious and glamorous pairing of Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley. We hope this will be a timely showing to lighten the dark November evenings as the pair go ‘on the run’ to the French Riviera where they hatch a plot to stay south forever. We can all dream ….!Tickets from Marion in Cerne (01300 341375), Yvonne in Godmanstone (01300 341421), Heather in Minterne (01300 341711) or the shop in Buckland Newton.Finally, a new member is sought to join the committee. We show six films a year so can guarantee a low workload and high level of fun! If you are interested, please ring Julia on 01300 345632 for an informal chat.Wednesday 23rd November, 7.30 pm, Village Hall. Lydden Vale Gardening Club.“The Wild Garden” by Colin Varndell. Colin Varndell is a Dorset based photographer whose work centres on natural history and horticulture. His presentation is based on his own garden and shows the variety and breadth of wildlife that can be attracted to a garden that is planned specifically with that in mind. It promises to be a great evening, come and join us! Viviane (345111)email@example.comFriday 25th November, 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.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.Saturday 26th November, 7.00 pm (Eyes Down 7.30 pm), Pulham Village Hall DT2 7DZ. Christmas Family Bingo. Great Prizes - all proceeds to Pulham Village Hall. Contact Sharon on 01258 817528 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.orgSunday 27th November. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00am Advent Sunday. As we prepare for the celebrations of Christmas, do join us for the singing of the lovely advent hymns. Service will be taken by Rev. Jonathan Still.Tuesday 29th November, 8.00 pm, Rose Villa, Buckland Newton. Wayfarers Meeting: “Does charitable giving absolve responsibility?” Please feel welcome to join this discussion. For more details contact Helen Simpson on 01300 345401.Saturday 3rd December, 12.00 noon to 2.00 p.m, Village Hall. Christmas Bazaar. Home made soup, coffee, mince pies, stalls, raffle and more!!Saturday 3rd December, 7.30 pm, Village Hall. Artsreach presents John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe. Tickets £9, £7 under 18s. Call 01300 345455 for information.14th to 18th February 2017. Piddle Valley Players present “Guys & Dolls” at Buckland Newton Village Hall. Tickets from Old Chapel Stores.