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
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Thursday evenings, 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm, Buckland Newton Village Hall. Fitstepsthe 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 for 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.
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Monday 20th February, time t.b.a., Cerne Village Hall. Cerne Abbas Village Cinema presents “Anthropoid”. This is based on the extraordinary true story of two Czech soldiers who in 1941 parachute into their occupied homeland to assassinate Nazi office Reinhard Heydrich. For tickets, please drop an envelope into the Old Chapel Stores in Buckland Newton with your name, a contact number, number of tickets required and for which film. Cash is preferable please: cheques if necessary should be made out to CAVC.Wednesday 22nd February, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School. Fish & Chip Van.Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 7.00pm, Village Hall. Lydden Vale Gardening Club Annual Dinner. Please note the change of date for our annual dinner: Wednesday, 22nd February. As in previous years, it will be held in Buckland Newton village hall with Helen Furness catering for us. If you haven’t booked your place yet give me a call or email me promptly, I need to know by the 20th at the latest! Looking forward to seeing you on the night.Viviane (345111)email@example.comLydden Vale Gardening Club on FacebookFriday 24th February, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall. Village 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. At the moment it costs £1.00 but I may have to put it up a bit soon! Say by 20p? It buys you cake and coffee/tea. 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.Friday 24th February, 6.30 pm to 11.00 pm, Village Hall. Pub Night Buckland Newton Village Hall. Another evening with the atmosphere of‘A local Pub for Local People’. Everyone in Buckland Newton and surrounding hamlets welcome. Mine Hosts - Nick Baker & Andy Waring - please put the date in your diary and support us. We hope to make it a regular village fixture if it proves as popular as our last one. At the bar...Beer, Lager and Cider. Selection of red and white wineSoft Drinks: Coke, Lemonade.Crisps, nuts etc.Food available from 6:30pm...Freshly made wood fired pizza - £5 - £8NEW!! A range of delicious Desserts will be availableDan was very embarrassed at the time it took to bake the pizzas last time so to ensure it doesn't happen again he's bought a brand new, bigger, hotter pizza oven. He'll also have an extra member of staff taking orders. Cooking times will be much quicker and waiting times will be much shorter. Things should be much smoother this time! Come for the whole evening or just pop in early for a pizza and a drink. Saturday 25th February, 9.30 am to 12.00 noon, Holy Rood Church. Hedge-laying morning. Offers of help most welcome; refreshments will be available.Sunday 26th February. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer - traditional language) taken by Rev Jonathan Still.Friday 3rd March, 7.30 pm, Village Hall. “A Taste of Nepal” - in support of ActionAid. An enjoyable and informative supper and drinks evening in aid of the child earthquake victims. As ticket numbers are very limited, please call Chris Hildred on 01300 345850 to reserve yours in advance, now! More details click on the graphic on left. For some background information on the project and the fundraiser, or for information on how to make a donation, click here.Saturday 4th March, 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm, Village Hall. Lent Lunch. Join us for a sociable and delicious soup lunch, everyone welcome. Donations invited for the Buckland Newton Church Restoration & Heating Fund, and Marie Curie Nursing Services. So that we may have an idea of numbers to cater for, please telephone Diana Wells (345434) or Wendy Emberley (345427) if you are attending.Sunday 5th March. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00am Matins taken by Jenny Bagnall.Wednesday 8th March, 2.30 pm, Buckland Newton School Hall. FBNS (Friends of Buckland Newton School) Committee Meeting. All welcome.Friday 10th March, 12.30 pm, Village Hall. Second Friday Lunch Club. To book your place please ring Jan Burnett on 345356.Sunday 12th March. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, modern language) taken by Jonathan.Tuesday 14th March, 7.30 pm, Parish Room. Parish Council Meeting preceded by Democratic Half Hour, at which all welcome.Sunday 19th March. Services at Holy Rood Church. 9.30 am All-age Family Service, stories, songs and activities for all ages to enjoy. Refreshments served after this service.Monday 20th March, time t.b.a., Cerne Village Hall. Cerne Abbas Village Cinema presents “Mrs Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”. Directed by the extraordinary Tim Burton and with a stellar cast (Terence Stamp, Judi Dench, Alison Janney, Samuel L Jackson, Eva Green), this is a quirky fantasy involving children with ‘peculiar’ powers who are trapped in a 1943 time loop. Visually stunning, set in Florida and Wales, this film is difficult to describe so may we suggest you rush to buy your tickets from the Village Shop now! Cash is preferable please: cheques if necessary should be made out to CAVC. Wednesday 22nd March, 7.00 pm, Village Hall. Lydden Vale Gardening Club. Sally Gregson “Hydrangeas”. Did you know that hydrangeas originate from Japan, where they grow among clumps of tall bamboo? They look so at home in an English garden I never thought they came from the other side of the world! After a fall from fashion they are undergoing a renaissance partly due to Sally Gregson’s Mill Cottage Plant nursery. Her talk covers the different species, their growing conditions, as well as care and propagation, and will show you some of the new varieties that are coming in now from Japan. Looking forward to seeing you there!Viviane (345111) firstname.lastname@example.org Lydden Vale Gardening Club on FacebookFriday 24th March, 7.30 pm for 8.00 pm, Village Hall. Quiz Night. Tables of 6 £8 per head. Half time snack, BYO drinks. Please Book Your Table 01300 345119Proceeds to: Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance Charity number 107868Saturday 25th March, 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm, Purbeck House, by kind invitation of Bridget Hodges, Lent Lunch. Join us for a sociable and delicious soup lunch, everyone welcome. Donations invited for the Buckland Newton Church Restoration & Heating Fund, and Water Aid. So that we may have an idea of numbers to cater for, please telephone Bridget (345493) if you are attending.Saturday 25th March, 7.30 pm, Blandford Forum Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul. Blandford Choral Society & Weatherbury Singers present Faure’s Requiem, Cantique de Jean Racine and Pergolesi’s Magnificat. Tickets £10.00, to include a glass of wine and nibbles are available from Judy Cooper. Please phone 01305 260284 or e-mail email@example.comSunday 26th March. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00am A service for Mothering Sunday, posies for all Mums and carers. This service will be taken By Rev’d Hugh Willis.Sunday 26th March, 7.30 pm, Village Hall. Artsreach presents “The Odyssey”.From the makers of ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Dracula’ comes a tale more exciting than excitement itself: The ODYSSEY. The journey of all journeys. To Hell. And back again. Gods, Monsters, Sirens, Derring-Dos and Derring-Donts! A love story that lasts decades. It’s Greek stuff… with all the boring bits removed! "Cyclops! A hulk of flesh, Ship tall. Arms reaching to his knees. Mouth - a gaping universe. And in the middle of his foolish forehead One Single Eye Mwah-ha-ha. . ." If ever a show was designed for small venues, this is it; a compact piece of theatre magic. David Mynne's skill with just a few simple props, a rubber face and clear and concise storytelling will fill you with drama and delight! A host of exciting (and daft) characters - including a one-eyed. Cyclops, a six-headed monster and the terrifying Sea God Poseidon - will conjure up a mighty storm and keep you on the edge of your seat. Suitable for adults and older children (12+). Click on graphic on left for full details. Tickets: £9 | £7 (under 18s) on door, if available, or in advance from The Old Chapel Stores or telephone 01300 345455. Bar & refreshments available.Wednesday 29th March, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School. Fish & Chip Van.Friday 31st March, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall. Village Cafe. We have put up the price of as much homemade cake and coffee or tea (caffeinated or de-caffeinated) as you wish to £1.20. This was publicly debated at length and passed at the last cafe. It is still a bargain I think for two hours nattering with people you perhaps don’t see so often like me and my next-door neighbour. If you are new to the area it’s a great introduction and you won’t be asked to buy a raffle ticket or join anything or be the new editor of the Lydden Vale News even though this popular local organ will be closing down after the April edition if no one comes forward. Fizz Lewis 345521.Sunday 2nd April. Services at Holy Rood Church. 6.00pm. Summer services of Evensong begin on the 1st Sunday of each month, until November.Friday 17th April, time t.b.a., Buckland Newton School. FBNS (Friends of Buckland Newton School) Grand Easter Egg Hunt. Once again we are excited about our yearly Easter Egg Hunt which will be held in the school grounds. As usual there will be dozens of eggs to find but the fun won’t stop there! The children will be getting crafty for an Easter Hats and Bonnets Competition and we’re looking forward to a lovely cake selection as we all go baking mad for the cake sale! And, new for this year will be a craft stall - donations needed please!Monday 24th April, time t.b.a., Cerne Village Hall. Cerne Abbas Village Cinema presents “A Streetcat Named Bob”. A film based on the true story of a homeless addict whose bond with a ginger cat turns his life around.Wednesday 26th April, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School. Fish & Chip Van.Saturday 29th April, 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, Village hall. Plant Sale. Yes that very popular, much beloved annual village event is happening again. If you could find alittle time to grow a few seedlings (vegetables and annuals), split up a few interesting perennials (shasta daisy free zone), herbs, shrubs even small trees and then when you’ve done that look for the odd Raffle Prize and then make a Cake, the organisers* would be really grateful. The wigwam makers under the guidance of Carole Spencer are out in all weathers slaving away as we write. All proceeds go to Weldmar.*Seriously if you can help in any way with supplies for this event please contact Fizz Lewis or Jan Marpole who are the organisers.Wednesday 31st May, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School. Fish & Chip Van.Wednesday 28th June, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School. Fish & Chip Van.Wednesday 26th July, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School. Fish & Chip Van.