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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 feedback comments from the consultation can be viewed on the Neighbourhood Plan website at  www.bncommunityplan.co.uk

Christmas Refuse Collections

Christmas refuse collections will change as follows: Normal day Friday 26th December - Revised day Monday 29th December Normal day Friday 2nd January - Revised day Monday 5th January Normal day Friday 9th January - revised day Saturday 10th January Note: no garden waste collection on Tuesday 6th January 2015 We have been asked to make residents aware of a Consultation on changes to Dorset household recycling centres.  To complete the survey they need to go to www.dorsetforyou.com/hrc.  It closes on 13.2.15.

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 is 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 - good value pub food plus some specials. 

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

The outreach Post Office is now open in the Village Hall on Mondays, Tuesdays and

Fridays 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 to find out how to obtain sandbags.  

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

Sunday 21st December, 9.30 am, Church of the Holy Rood.  Come and celebrate Christmas with a short, informal time to reflect, sing some of the old favourite carols and have a break from the hurly-burly that so often accompanies this time of year.  This is a service for the young in years and at heart, with seasonal fare and a hot drink to follow.  The Christmas Family and All-age service will be focussing on the Baby and so we invite everyone to bring a photo of themselves as a baby. Wednesday 24th December, 4.30 pm, Holy Rood Church.  Buckland Newton Christingle Service.  Please join us for a combined Carol and Christingle Service on Wednesday 24th December at 4.30 pm.  The service will take a different format this year and it will consist of five gospel readings with traditional carols and a ceremony to light Christingles.  Four children from Buckland Newton School will read parts of the Christmas Gospel and introduce the hymn numbers - we will also have a Mary & Joseph to represent the Christmas story.  All children in the congregation are invited to dress as Shepherds, Kings, Angels, Donkeys, Sheep or Cows and then join the assembly to receive a lighted Christingle.   Families and EVERYONE are welcome.  If you or your children would like to take part in the service or would like more information contact: Jane 01300 345346 or Jon on 01300 345251.  Mulled Wine and Mince Pies will be served after the service so please join us to celebrate Christmas. Thursday 25th December, Christmas Day, Service at Holy Rood Church.  9.30 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, modern language). Friday 26th December.  No Village Cafe this month - too full from Christmas! Wednesday 31st December, 6.30 pm onwards, Gaggle of Geese. Open for New Year’s Eve, music will be provided. Sunday 4th January 2015, Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Matins. Tuesday 13th January 2015, 8.00 pm, Parish Room.  Parish Council Meeting  preceded by democratic half hour. Friday 30th January, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon.  Vilage Cafe.  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. Saturday 31st January, 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall. CPR (Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation Course.  The Defibrillator Committee are planning to hold another training course which will be open to everybody.  It will also include a demonstration of the Defibrillator installed at the Village Hall - although the Defib is designed to be used by anyone without training, as a voice talks you through it.  Alan Hale, who will take the course, is a First Responder from Weymouth and a retired teacher and excellent value!  Full demonstration and practice dummies.  Notes after the course will be available too.  Cost is £5.00, coffee included.  Please book with Fizz Lewis 345521 or e-mail froglewis@hotmail.com Monday 16th February 2015.  Cerne Abbas Moviola.  More details in due course. Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st February, 7.00 pm (Saturday Matinee 2.00 pm), Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall.  The Piddle Valley Players present “Divorce me, Darling”.  A musical comedy set in the 1930’s and a sequel to “The Boy Friend”.  Tickets available from The Old Chapel Stores, Buckland Newton and Piddletrenthide Post Office in January.  £10.00 including refreshments. Monday 16th March 2015.  Cerne Abbas Moviola.  More details in due course. Monday 13th April 2015.  Cerne Abbas Moviola.  More details in due course.
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