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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

Recycling Centres

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.

Old Chapel Stores

The Old Chapel Stores has now reopened.  Sue, Pete and their family welcome you to their village shopping experience. Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 7.00 am to 6.00 pm Sunday 8.00 am to 12.00 noon

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.

Cerne Abbas Website Portal

Cerne Valley Business Group are setting up a website portal for information for the Cerne Valley.  If you have a local business and wish to be included on their website, please click here.

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

Saturday 31st January.  The Old Chapel Stores has now now reopened.  Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 7.00 am to 6.00 pm Sunday 8.00 am to 12.00 noon Sunday 1st February.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Matins (Book of Common Prayer - traditional language).   Please note that the 6.00 pm Evensong, followed by short optional Communion, is suspended during the winter months and will recommence in May. Sunday 1st February, 7.30pm, Village Hall (doors open at 6.50pm).  Artsreach are thrilled to be hosting our old friends, the very funny New Rope String Band, on their farewell tour, after more than twenty years touring, including at least a couple of visits to Buckland Newton during this time.  Tickets  @ £10 adults, £7 under 18s, £30 (family 4, max 2 adults) are beginning to sell well, and we are anxious that locals have a good chance to  attend, so please book quickly to ensure a place (on 01300 345455).  Please note that the day (but not the date) is shown incorrectly in the Lydden Vale News. Thursday 5th February, 7.00 pm to 10.30 pm, Village Hall.  Salsa Dance Classes.  Beginner Course: 7.15 pm to 8.15 pm; Improver Class: 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm.  The Beginner Course is progressive and structured to help students gain confidence.  Teaching the fundamental steps, lead and follow techniques, as well as timing.  Come along for a fun sociable evening, whilst learning to Salsa Dance.  A great way to learn a new skill, keep fit and meet like-minded people.  Salsa dancing burns calories, strengthens muscle, aids flexibility, agility and coordination and helps with confidence and self esteem.  £5.00 per person.  Singles, couples and groups of friends all welcome.  Over 18s only.  Bring your own drinks.  Enquiries: Mal 01305 261087 / 07870 520340 / e-mail malcox@hotmail.co.uk  Experienced and UKA Qualified Salsa Dance Teacher. Saturday 7th February, 7.00 pm, Village Hall.  Jump aboard the Mexican Train.  Our train driver will be Rodney Cuff complete with whistle to make sure everything runs on time.  Mexican Train is a game loosely based on dominoes. There are tables of six people who each take 11 tiles (dominoes) from the pile in the middle of the table and then try to play as many of them as they -can before the whistle blows. The person who is first to get rid of all of his/her dominoes is the winner and moves on to the next table and the person with the highest score (the loser) also moves on to another table. This may sound as clear as mud but we will have a dummy run before the real thing. A great fun evening!  Halfway through the evening we will stop for a breather and at that point there will be a two-course meal.  Tickets cost £7.50 and are available from Diana Wells (345434) and Wendy Emberley (345427).  The bar will be open for drinks. Sunday 8th February.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, modern language). Tuesday 10th February, 8.00 pm, Village Hall.  Parish Council Annual General Meeting. Thursday 12th February, 8.00 pm, venue t.b.c.  Village Fete.  New Committee Members are needed if the Fete is to continue!  If you are interested in helping to ensure that the Village Fete continues, do please come to the first meeting of the Committee and find out what’s involved.  In the past the Fete has provided vital funding for many village activities - all the profits are ploughed back into the village, so it’s vital to keep it going!  In the meantime, please get in touch with any of us for a chat about the work of the Committee - it’s fun as well as worthwhile work.  Buckland Newton Village Fete Committee:  Nick Baker (345386), Viviane Bernhard (345111), Sheila Crouch, Andy Waring (345111) and Jane Willis.  Thursday 12th February, 7.00 pm to 10.30 pm, Village Hall.  Salsa Dance Classes.  Beginner Course: 7.15 pm to 8.15 pm; Improver Class: 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm.  The Beginner Course is progressive and structured to help students gain confidence.  Teaching the fundamental steps, lead and follow techniques, as well as timing.  Come along for a fun sociable evening, whilst learning to Salsa Dance.  A great way to learn a new skill, keep fit and meet like-minded people.  Salsa dancing burns calories, strengthens muscle, aids flexibility, agility and coordination and helps with confidence and self esteem.  £5.00 per person.  Singles, couples and groups of friends all welcome.  Over 18s only.  Bring your own drinks.  Enquiries: Mal 01305 261087 / 07870 520340 / e-mail malcox@hotmail.co.uk  Experienced and UKA Qualified Salsa Dance Teacher. Friday 13th February, 12.30 pm, Piddle Inn.  Second Friday Lunch Club.  Please let Jan (345356) or Susan (345760) know if you would like to attend and have not yet put your name down. Sunday 15th February.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  9.30 am Family Service; a short (half-hour) service suitable for all ages.  Refreshments afterwards, all welcome. Monday 16th February.  Cerne Abbas Moviola.  “Gone Girl”, a thriller based on Gillian Flynn’s novel and starring Ben Afleck and Rosamund Pike.  Doors open 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start.  Wine, tea and coffee available 7.00 pm to 7.25 pm.  Tickets £5.00 in advance from Jill Southam (345116) by Friday 13th February.  No refunds unless cancelled 48 hours in advance and then only if resold. Wednesday 18th February, 6.30 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club  AGM and Annual Dinner.  There is still time to book your place for our Annual Dinner; please note the earlier start time of 6.30 pm to allow us to hold our AGM beforehand.  Please contact me for details and menu.  Viviane 345111 e-mail vivianebernhard@hotmail.com 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. Saturday 21st February, 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm, Piddle Valley First School. PuppetCraft Lantern Making Workshop.  £3.00 per lantem-maker.  Join one of Britain's top puppet companies PuppetCraft and learn how to make lantern frameworks using willow. Decorate your lantern with brightly coloured tissue paper - you might make a Dragon lantern or even a Fairy lantern! Torches will be hung inside the lanterns for a glowing parade finale. Bring your own LED torch if you can, and come dressed for mess!  Places limited to 30 makers. Adult helpers can attend (for free) to help their child. Children age 6+ can attend unaccompanied, 4 - 5 year olds are welcome with an adult helper. Saturday 21st February, 4.00 pm, Piddle Valley First School. “Monkey!”;  Artsreach Children’s Show by Puppetcraft.  £6.00 Adults, £5.00 Children, recommended 4+.  Using stunning string puppets, antique shadow puppets and live music, Artsreach favourites PuppetCraft tell the story of the birth and comic escapades of the much loved trickster and super-hero Monkey. Hatched from a stone egg the mischievous Monkey can fly on a cloud, turn invisible and transform into anything...! Monkey is the main comic character in China's great classic story Journey to the West. PuppetCraft's director, John Roberts, trained in China for 6 months learning about a puppet tradition that goes back 3000 years. He has spent the last two decades perfecting his own puppet making and performing methods based on this ancient form. Now, inspired by the classic Chinese epic story, the comic adventures of this fantastical superhero are brought to life by one of Britain's top puppet companies, with a script written by poet Michael Rosen, Children's Laureate 2007 to 2009. Sunday 22nd February.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am, Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer, traditional language). Tuesday 24th February, 8.00 pm, Gaggle of Geese (special opening), Wayfarers Meeting.  “Do you ever forgive?”  Please come, share, listen and discuss thoughts, experiences, feelings, beliefs and research on this question.  Contact Helen Simpson for more details on 345401. Friday 27th February, 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. Sunday 1st March.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Matins (Book of Common Prayer, traditional language). Wednesday 11th March, time and venue t.b.a.  Lydden Ladies. Thora's 101st Birthday will be marked by the Ladies, with a pub lunch.  Monday 16th March.  Cerne Abbas Moviola.  “Mr Turner”.   Doors open 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start.  Wine, tea and coffee available 7.00 pm to 7.25 pm.  Tickets £5.00 in advance from Jill Southam (345116) by Friday 13th March.  No refunds unless cancelled 48 hours in advance and then only if resold. Monday 13th April.  Cerne Abbas Moviola.  “The Imitation Game”.   Doors open 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start.  Wine, tea and coffee available 7.00 pm to 7.25 pm.  Tickets £5.00 in advance from Jill Southam (345116) by Friday 10th April.  No refunds unless cancelled 48 hours in advance and then only if resold. Wednesday 15th April, time t.b.a., Village Hall Committee Room.  Lydden Ladies.  Programme planning meeting; the theme of the evening will be Italian!
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