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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Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Process
We need your views on sites for homes in the parish. Following the Public Consultation in Autumn 2012 we are trying to find sites for up to 3 or 4 new homes per year throughout the parish. We have identified a number of potential sites where the owners are interested in new homes. We need your views on each of these sites. There are other topics on which we need your thoughts to draw up policies for our Neighbourhood Plan - renewable energy, business and employment, community assets, and community facilities. The deadline for responses is Tuesday 30th September 2014. Have your say! The Consultation documents can be viewed at www.bncommunityplan.co.uk
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
The outreach Post Office should re-open in the Village Hall in due course, on Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon. The telephone line is now in, so please check here for news of when the outreach service will re-open.
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.
The village Flood Warden is Doug Morse (tel: 01300 345707) or e-mail email@example.comIn 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.
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.
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 OfficeLittle 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'. Fridays 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm, Buckland Newton Village Hall. Creative Dance & Fitness for children aged 4-10. Pulham Village Hall 5.00 pm - 6.00 pm; ages 11 and over. Contact Sarah Mitchell on 01258 817288Yoga. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Saturday 4th October, 10.00 am, Autumnal ‘Churchyard Tidy’. A great improvement has been made to the look of the churchyard on the last two sessions of ‘churchyard tidy’ this year. We would like to keep up our success. All helpers warmly welcomed, hot drinks and cakes will be provided to sustain you.Sunday 5th October. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00 am Matins, taken by Allen Knott from St. George’s Church, Dorchester. 6.00 pm Evensong, followed by short optional Communion.Tuesday 7th October, 2.00 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 10th October. Second Friday Lunch Club at The Halsey Arms. For more details or to put your name down, please ring Jan on 345356 or Susan on 345760.Friday 10th October, 7.30 pm, Village Hall. Amazing Autumn Fashion Show.Latest High Street fashions at bargain prices, brought to you by Travelling Trends. Enjoy and evening of fashion and fun organised by Lydden Ladies and help to raise funds for Julia’s House, The Dorset Children’s Hospice. Tickets £6.00 including a glass of fizz! Available now from Jane on 01300 345136.Saturday 11th October, Village Hall. Village Harvest Supper. There will be a home-cooked 3-course meal followed by an auction of produce, cakes, preserves etc. Proceeds from the evening will be divided between the church and Rylands Farm, Boys Hill, Holnest which provides a day centre for gentleman from the rural community in need of company as well as a farm experience for autistic young people. This ever-popular traditional evening is an excellent opportunity to celebrate our good fortune to live in such a beautiful area surrounded by productive farms, gardens ad hedgerows. Tickets available from Sarah and Rodney Cuff on 01300 345309, adults £7.50, children under 16 £3.50. If you would like to help out by making a pudding, helping with setting-up on Saturday afternoon or on the evening itself, please let us know. We look forward to welcoming you all.Sunday 12th October. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship - modern language). 6.00 pm The Diocesan Choir Festival will be taking place in St. Mary’s Chirch, Sturninster Newton. Choir members from Cerne Abbas and Buckland Newton will be taking part; your support would be greatly appreciated.Monday 13th October, 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start, Cerne Abbas Village Hall. Moviola presents “The Love Punch”. A likeable mid-life comedy about a bickering divorced couple (Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson) who scheme to recover the retirement fund stolen from them by an unscrupulous plutocrat who bought their company. They team up with neighbours (Celia Imrie and Timothy Spall) and jet to the French Riviera intent on revenge by stealing a priceless diamond. Tickets (£5.00) from Jill Southam 01300 345116 by Friday 10th October. No refunds unless tickets cancelled 48 hours in advance and then only if resold. Next film - Monday 17th November “Belle”.Tuesday 14th October, 2.00 pm - 3.30 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.Tuesday 14th October, 8.00 pm, Parish Room. Parish Council meeting preceded by Democratic Half Hour. All welcome.Wednesday 15th October, 7.00 pm, Village Hall. Open Meeting to discuss the Lydden Vale News. Please come along if you have any comments and/or ideas about the future of the local magazine.Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th October. Sherborne Literary Festival. More details at www.sherborneliterarysociety.comSaturday 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 email@example.com. More details at www.screenbites.co.ukSunday 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 Cafe. It 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 noservice 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.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.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