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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:

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

Road Closures

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – B3143 Piddlehinton to Buckland Newton. Restriction on the use of the B3143 between Piddlehinton and Buckland Newton. To enable surface dressing to the road to be carried out, the B3143 Piddlehinton to Buckland Newton will be closed 31st May 2016 – 2nd June 2016.  Click here for more information. Temporary road closure on A352, Middlemarsh between 6th June 2016 and 24th June 2016. It is proposed that A352, Middlemarsh will be closed between the hours of 09:00 and 16:00 daily, but will be reopened at night and at weekends, the detail of the affected section is highlighted on the attached plan. This is to enable us to carry out carriageway maintenance.

Neighbourhood Plan Public Consultation

West Dorset District Council, as the local planning authority, is required to carry out a consultation on the submitted plan. People are being given six weeks from Thursday 28 January 2016 until the end of Thursday 10 March 2016, to comment on the content of the plan or how it was produced. This consultation period is now closed. To see the plan, please go to the Neighbourhood Plan website.

Gaggle of Geese Public House

The Gaggle of Geese is currently closed.  If further information comes to hand, we will

publish it here.

Lydden Vale News The local printed Newsletter, the Lydden Vale News, is delivered free to every household in the village from the April 2015 issue.  There is also an online version; current (May 2016) issue now available, click on Lydden Vale News. There is also a rolling 12-month archive, so that you can refer back to earlier issues; click on the month to access: June 2015  July 2015   August 2015  September 2015  October 2015  November 2015  December 2015 January 2016 February 2016 March 2016 April 2016 May 2016

Weather Forecast

The nearest Met Office Weather Forecast location is Minterne Gardens.  Click for a 7-

day weather forecast.

Superfast Fibre Broadband

Fibre broadband is now available in some areas of the village.  You will need to contact

your broadband supplier (ISP) to change over to fibre; this is not automatic and will

usually cost more than a non-fibre connection.  You can now register to be advised if

and when fibre broadband is available for your address.  Go to


Old Chapel Stores

Sue, Pete and their family welcome you to their village shop.  Opening Hours:  Monday

to Saturday 7.00 am to 6.00 pm, Sunday 8.00 am to 12.00 noon.  Facebook page at


Mobile Library

The Dorchester Mobile Library visits the village fortnightly on Wednesdays/Thursdays,

depending on where you live.  Please note new times:  Wednesday 11th May, 9.30 am

- 9.45 am  Henley - Cottages; 9.55 am - 10.15 am  Alton Pancras - Holcombe Mead. 

Thursday 12th May,  3.15 pm to 3.40 pm  Buckland Newton School

 For dates, see Upcoming Events below and more information at


Outreach Post Office

The outreach Post Office is 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 Doug Morse on 01300 345707 or Rodney Cuff on 01300 345309 to find out how

to obtain sandbags.

Winter Salt/Grit Bins

Salt/Grit bins is available outside the Village Hall and close to the Church.

Travel Information

See under Parish / District Council tab 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. Help and Care is working in partnership with Dorset HealthCare and Dorset County Council  to run a series of information workshops for carers of relatives/ friends/ neighbours to support them in their caring role.  These workshops run through January to March 2016.  Click here for details and timetable.

Upcoming Events

Saturday 7th May, 10.00 am, Village Hall.  Spring Plant Sale for WELDMAR.  Plants, Raffle, Cake and Produce, Refreshments.  The very popular Spring Sale for Weldmar; we hold this in memory of Anne Sowerby and Grace Hunt who ran it so successfully for so many years.  If you are a green fingered sort of person please sow a few extra seeds for the sale. We need in particular annual bedding type plants (a bit short of these last year), vegetables, tomato plants, herbs both plants and seedlings and house plants. Then please go out into the garden when the weather is better and divide some of your perennials, it will do them good to be split up and benefit the sale! Dig and pot up any interesting self seeded seedlings too if you can spare them. Shrubs too. All will be received joyfully.  If you are not green fingered we need raffle prizes, Maree Pollard (345349), let her know what you can donate. Cakes for the cake stall, Isabelle Mace (345242) would love to hear from you.  New stall: do you have any extra garden tools in your shed? Let Fizz know (345521).  Everything can be brought to the hall as usual on the Friday 6th May 5.00 pm for sorting.  Everybody else please come to the sale and buy!!! Who knows what little treasures for your garden you will find.  Fizz Lewis 345521. Sunday 8th May.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00am Holy communion (Common Worship, modern language).  The service will be taken by Rev Rosemary Bassett. Tuesday 10th May, 7.30 pm, Parish Room.  Parish Council Annual Meeting.  All are welcome. Wednesday 11th May.  Dorchester Mobile Library.  Please note new times:  9.30 am - 9.45 am Henley - Cottages; 9.55 am - 10.15 am  Alton Pancras - Holcombe Mead. Wednesday 11th May, 11.00 am.  Lydden Ladies Walk and Pub Lunch.  Walk to Maiden Castle and lunch at Brewers’ Arms, Martinstown.  Contact Amanda McKenna on 01300 345367. Thursday 12th May.  Dorchester Mobile Library.  Please note new times:  3.15 pm - 3.40 pm Buckland Newton School. Friday 13th May, 12.30 pm for 1.00 pm.  Second Friday Lunch Club.  We will be back at the Village Hall when there will be a short AGM over the tea and coffee. Sadly, we have lost a few long-standing members over the last year, and so have space for a few new faces. If you would welcome the opportunity of a 2 course meal with congenial company do get in touch. Equally we would welcome offers of help with either the preparation of veg, the cooking, the serving, the washing up, etc.  For more information, please ring Susan 345760 or Jan 345356. Saturday 14th May, 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start, Pulham Village Hall.  Quiz Night.  A fundraising quiz in aid of Pulham Village Hall.  Maximum of eight per team - come as a team or join others on the night £ 5.00 per person to include food.  Soft drinks, teas and coffees will be available, but it you would like alcohol, please bring your own. To book in a team and reserve a table, please call Sarah on 01258 817288 or e-mail pulhamvillagehall@hotmail.com Sunday 15th May.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  9.30am. Whit Sunday. All age service; songs, stories and activities for all.  Refreshments available afterwards. Sunday 15th May, 11.30 am to 4.30 pm, Minterne Gardens.  Minterne Spring Fair. Set against the stunning backdrop of Minterne House in the Cerne Valley this year’s Spring Fair will be held on Sunday 15th May. With one of the best shrub gardens in England and 100-year old Rhododendrons & Azaleas at their peak splendor, this promises to be a popular day out for keen gardeners and their families. As seen on BBC Gardeners’ World and voted One of the Ten Prettiest Gardens in England by The Times, there are wonderful walks in 27 acres of woodland garden through towering rhododendrons in full bloom collected since the 1840’s. In January 2016 a new Head Gardener, Mark Bobin joined Minterne Gardens Previously at Chewton Glen and High Beeches, Mark is a valued addition to the Minterne Garden team and will be on hand during the day for all those Horticultural questions! Craft stands, Plant Stalls, Bouncy Castle, R.N.L.I. Souvenirs, Food, Cakes & Cream Teas will be some of the attractions on offer; alongside demonstrations from the Longbow Champion and a Classic Car Display. This year we are hosting the Spring Fair in collaboration with the R.N.L.I.  Entrance is £4 with accompanied children free. www.minterne.co.uk enquiries@minterne.co.uk 01300 341370 Wednesday 18th May, 2.00pm.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club Visit to Holme Gardens & Nursery.  For our first outing of the year we’re off to Holme Gardens & Nursery on the outskirts of Wareham, where owner Simon Goldsack will guide us through the gardens which he created on the family farm.  The gardens include several borders and ponds, a rockery and waterfall and a kitchen garden.  After shopping in the nursery and the farm shop, we’ll be able to relax in the Orchard cafe.  For further details please have a look at their website www.holmeforgardens.co.uk. Viviane (345111) vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Lydden Vale Gardening Club on Facebook Friday 20th May, 7.15 pm, Piddle Valley First School.  Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club.  Doors will open at 7.15 and dancing starts at 7.30 till 9.30. Music will be provided by Arish Mell with caller Michael Catovsky.  The evenings will be lively and fun.  All are welcome, no experience is necessary. There will be squash available, sorry no food.  £5 each, no charge for accompanied under 16s. For further information contact Sally Condon, 01300 348250. Sunday 22nd May.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer, traditional language). Sunday 22nd May, 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm.  Domineys Garden open for the National Gardens Scheme.  The garden and small arboretum at Domineys, Buckland Newton will be open, continuing this 30th anniversary year since our first NGS opening.  Picnics in the arboretum from 12 noon. The NGS is one of the most significant fundraisers for nursing and caring in the UK including Macmillan and Marie Curie.  It was a cold damp opening in April, but the garden and arboretum was full of spring flowers. With some hardy visitors from all over Dorset and from as far as St Albans and thanks to our helpers, £292.10 was raised for the NGS.  In late May the warmer times should be with us. There will be variety and colour at Domineys with Camellias still flowering, joined by Rhododendrons and other other flowering shrubs and trees, as well as herbaceous plants and annuals with season’s vegetables. As usual there will be home made teas. From the plants for sale from Pickett Lane Nursery, South Perrot 20% goes to the NGS. Local visitors will be most welcome. Entry £4.50, free entry for children.   Tuesday 24th May, 8.00 pm, Rose Villa, Buckland Newton.  Wayfarers’ Meeting.  “Europe -  In or Out?”  -  a discussion.  Please come, bring your friends. Share, listen and discuss thoughts, experiences, feelings, beliefs and research on this question. Helen Simpson 345401. Friday 27th May, 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!  More details from Fizz Lewis 345521. Sunday 29th May.  No service at Holy Rood Church, but 9.30 am Benefice Communion at St. Mary’s, Cerne Abbas. Sunday 5th June.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  6.00pm Songs of Praise.   A service of favourite hymns and readings, requested by you. Contact Wendy 345427 or Jon 345251, to make a request. Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th June, Holy Rood Church.  A Flower Festival celebration for H.M. Queen’s 90th Birthday.  Ideas are coming together. Here is a flavour of what you can expect to see when you visit Buckland Newton church for our Flower Festival depicting events in the life of our Queen. Look out for Ascot and hats. Then there are the Crown Jewels, Jam and Jerusalem (Her Majesty is a member of Sandringham WI). She is patron of the Royal Horticultural Society, so there will be a nod to that as well. Her Coronation, Balmoral, the fire at Windsor Castle and a few more surprises are also planned. We hope this is enough to whet your appetite and look forward to meeting you on 11/12 June for a Royal Flower Festival at our church in Buckland Newton. Our bell ringers will be in the church from 10:30 – 11:30am and 2:30 – 3:30pm on both days.                 Buckland Newton Church Flower Arrangers PS Hot off the press: rumour has it Her Majesty will be dropping in. Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th June, Holy Rood Church.  Flower Festival.  It has been some time since the Buckland Newton Church Flower Arrangers organised a flower festival. This year gives us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Her Majesty’s birthday with flowers. We are putting on our thinking caps, sharpening our secateurs and planning to create something really special in honour of our Queen. So put Flower Festival, Buckland Newton Church 11 – 12 June in your diaries NOW so that you won’t forget to come along and have a look. The plan is to make it memorable and unforgettable! Janet Sealyfor Buckland Newton Church Flower Arrangers. Thursday 16th June, 10.00 am to 12.30 pm, Lewell Lodge, West Knighton.  Barnardo’s Coffee Morning.  Click for more details. Saturday 18th June, time t.b.a., Village Hall.  Bingo in aid of The Macmillan Nurse and Fortuneswell Cancer Unit at Dorset County Hospital.  More Details Next Month. Saturday 25th June, The Old Rectory, Pulham.  Pulham Village Fete.   If you'd like to join in with all the fun of the fete we are looking for lots of fresh ideas and new helpers.  To get involved or just offer some help please phone  Sue 01258 817567; Jane on 01258 817066 Friday 13th July, 6.00 pm.  River Cruise to Wareham with a Fish and Chip supper afterwards. Everyone is welcome so if you would like to go could you please contact Jan Marpole (345560) as soon as possible. (A 50% deposit is required by 1st May). The price is £17 to include the Fish and Chip supper (£11.50 without) - this price is based on 30/40 people so the more the merrier. Thursday 21st July, 3.00pm - 6.30pm.  Buckland Newton’s very own Antiques Roadshow, with Paul Atterbury and Gary Batt. To be held in the garden at The Manor House, Buckland Newton. Details, Jon Sulkin. 01300 345251. 14th to 18th February 2017.  Piddle Valley Players.  Calling all ‘Guys and Dolls’ .. We need 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.
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