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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. Use the buttons below to find out about other activities and facilities in and around the village:

General Information

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

Latest Neighbourhood Alerts

13th July: Suspicious Vehicle, reg P*52*XH 23rd June: Suspicious White Transit Van, reg N*57*KG 22nd June: Garage and Shed Break-ins in Holwell 22nd Jun: Church Break-ins in Ryme Instrinseca and Longburton

Temporary Road Closure - Hylands Farm

Work to replace a deteriorated culvert under the D20616 road at Hylands Farm,

Buckland Newton is planned to start on 29 August 2017.  To enable the work to be

carried out safely the road at the culvert will be closed to vehicles. The road closure will

be in place 24 hours per day from 08:00 on 29 August 2017 to 16:00 on 22 September

2017. Temporary measures will be put in place to allow pedestrians and cyclists through

the closure.  Click here for a plan showing the location of the road closure and the

diversion/alternative route.  If any emergencies in connection with the works occur

outside of normal working hours, please telephone 01305 221000 (option 4, highways


News from The Gaggle of Geese Public House

We are in the final stages of purchasing of The Gaggle of Geese pub and hope to

complete mid to late May. For the last four years we have been operating a community

focussed pub in Brighton. Since having had a little boy, we have been looking to move

to a more rural lifestyle and love the Buckland Newton area and the local school. We

have already been made to feel very welcome by the School staff team, Parish Council

and those villagers that we have chatted to. It is very encouraging to hear how much

the Gaggle has been missed!

We wanted to offer reassurance that it is our intention to refurbish and re-open the

Gaggle as a community and family-friendly pub. The Gaggle is in poor repair and will

take several months of work before it is ready to open. New to the area, we welcome

contacts and recommendations for tradesmen etc that may be able to help with

undertaking elements of the refurbishment.

Whilst work is underway on the pub we are considering holding a Summer garden party

as a means to introduce ourselves. We will circulate further details once we are clearer

on timescales and dates. Look out for updates and in the meantime, if you have any

queries or think you could help in some way then feel free to email us via


Best wishes,

Sarah, Simon, Noah & Aggie (pub dog!) 

Pop-up Pub

Following the success of the Buckland Newton Village Pub Nights we plan to hold

further evenings - until the Gaggle of Geese re-opens.  Details in Dates for your Diary

If you are not already receiving emails about the Pub Nights and would like to be kept

up to date please email andy@andywaring.com to be included on the distribution list.

Andy Waring 345111, Nick Baker 345386

The Fish and Chip Van

The Fish and Chip van usually visits Buckland

Newton, LAST WEDNESDAY of each month,

parking at the old bus shelter opposite Buckland

Newton School.  However, please note change

of dates due to the usual van being still under

repair.   So that we don’t miss out on freshly

cooked F and C, Sarah has offered to bring

her other van but this means a change of

date. The next visit will be on: MONDAY JULY

31st.  If you want to read about the van and see

the menu go to: www.mobilefishnchipsdorset.co.uk  Just a thought - if you have a

neighbour who might enjoy a meal from the van, but who would find it difficult to get

there and back, with their food still hot and crispy, perhaps you could offer a home

delivery service.  I hope you enjoy the van’s visits and to see you there. 

Would you be interested if the van continued visiting, starting again in

September? The original van should be mended then and the visits back to the

last Wednesday of each month.  Please send me an email and let me know your

thoughts.  Jane Willis wildasbar@tiscali.co.uk

Recycling and Refuse Collection and Calendar

To find out which day is your recycling or rubbish collection day, go to

www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/recycling-and-rubbish-collections and enter your postcode,

select your address, 'return to content', then 'view all data from My Local'.  Then click to

view your next collection day.


There are several plots available which have been under cultivation for several years.

The ground is nice to dig and well manured. If anyone would like to take a plot 8 x 8 or

8 x 16 sq. metres, please contact John Simpson 01300 345401.

Flower Festival

Photographs of the Flower Festival in June 2016.  Click here to see them.

Neighbourhood Plan Update

The Independent Examiner has now completed his Second Stage report and this may

be viewed here.  The Parish Council will be publishing further information shortly.

Lydden Vale News

The local printed Newsletter, the Lydden Vale News, is delivered free to every

household in the village.  There is an online version; current (July 2017) 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:

 August 2016 September 2016 October 2016 November 2016 December 2016 January 2017 February 2017 March 2017 April 2017 May 2017 June 2017 July 2017

Weather Forecast

The nearest Met Office Weather Forecast location is Minterne Gardens.  (The

observation station for this forecast is RNAS Yeovilton); click for a 7-day weather


Superfast Fibre Broadband

Following further work by the Superfast Dorset project, faster broadband is now

available to more residents in Buckland Newton, including Henley.  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.  Please note however that those

houses served by Cabinet 2 (by the church) still cannot get fibre and there do not

appear to be any current plans by Superfast Dorset or BT Openreach to change this

situation.  You can now register to be advised if and when fibre broadband is available

for your address.  Go to https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/broadband/registration

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


The Buckland Gallery, at the Old Chapel Stores.  A new venture providing an eclectic

mix of crafts and art designed and made by local artisans including Crafts by Hare

Styles, Jewellery by Liz Whittingham, Art by Carole Barnett.  Wednesdays and

Saturdays, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.  Tel 07870 642443.

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 (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.

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.

Tennis court - Glanvilles Wootton

Glanvilles Wootton Tennis Court is open to all who live in the Lydden Vale every day of

the week at any time except when there is occasional Saturday morning tennis

coaching.  Bookings can be made at the court.  Playing fees are as follows: Children up

to 14 years old £1 for the court per hour; Young people 15 to 19 £1 per person per hour;

Adults £1.50 per person per hour; or Annual Membership £40 per year, accompanied

guests free.  Children’s Tennis Coaching takes place every other Saturday in early

summer for 7 to 18 year olds. Please contact Michael Anderson on 01300 345375 for

details.  Any other queries please contact Sarah Wade on 01963 210607.


Regular Events

Buckland Newton Pre-School.  This operates 8.45 am to 3.15 pm, Monday,

Wednesday and Friday, 8.45 am to 12.45 pm Tuesday and Thursday.  Breakfast Club

available from  8.00 am.  All at Buckland Newton School during term time.  It caters for

children aged from 2 years, if space available.  If you use your Early Years Funding

Vouchers, there is no additional cost.  Non-funded hours are charged at £4.25 per hour. 

For any further information, please contact Emma 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.  £1.20 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.

Church Services.  Please see ‘Dates for your Diary’ below or the church services


Keep Fit Association 'Youth Moves'.   Pulham Village Hall 5.00 pm - 6.00 pm; ages

11 and over.  Contact Sarah Mitchell on 01258 81728

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.

Dates for your Diary

Sunday 23rd July.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer, traditional language). Wednesday 26th July, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School.  Fish & Chip Van.  Please note change of date to Monday 31st July, same place and time. Friday 28th July, 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.  £1.20 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 28th and Saturday 29th July.  Village Hall Clean-up.  The annual clean-up and redecoration of the Village Hall.  From 2.00 pm on Friday 28th to carry out preparatory work such as cleaning down paintwork, and Saturday 29th July from 9.00 am to carry out painting, window cleaning, guttering cleaning, checking of toilets, sorting out wine and beer glasses and maintenance of north side border beds.  If you are able to offer an hour or two’s help to keep your Village Hall spick and span, it would be very much appreciated - just turn up! Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July, 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, Holnest Church.  To coincide with the nationwide Festival of Archaeology, the Friends of Holnest Church will be mounting a display of 17th century pottery recently discovered in the village. The finds, influenced by South Somerset wares but with a distinctive local style and fabric, fill in gaps in our knowledge about the industry in the area.  Visitors will be able to view intriguing fragments of chafing dishes, cisterns and cooking vessels decorated in a free and joyous manner, as well as learn about the history of this remote and beautiful church which is not often open to the public. Teas will be available. Free event but donations warmly welcomed. Tours of the church at 10:30am and 2:30pm. Free but booking essential. Contact Luke at friendsofholnest@ gmail.com or on 07760 261056. Sunday 30th July.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00am Benefice Service, Holy Communion (Common Worship, modern language). Monday 31st July, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm (last orders), Fish & Chip Van.  Please note change of date due to the usual van being still under repair.   So that we don’t miss out on freshly cooked F and C, Sarah has offered to bring her other van but this means a change of date. Would you be interested if the van continued visiting, starting again in September? The original van should be mended then and the visits back to the last Wednesday of each month.  Please send me an email and let me know your thoughts.  Jane Willis wildasbar@tiscali.co.uk Tuesday 1st August, 5.30 pm, Magnolia House.  Parochial Church Council Meeting. Saturday 5th August, Village Hall.  Esmee Godwin Fund Charity Auction in aid of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton General Hospital (PICU). Ten years ago Esmee, who at the time lived at Henley, Buckland Newton fell desperately ill from a combination of heavy winter cold and Chicken Pox, which was doing the rounds at her local primary school. After many days of receiving specialist care and treatment from the wonderfully caring staff at PICU, tragically Esmee lost her brave fight, and passed away on the 16th of March 2007 with Streptococcal Pneumonia aged just two years & three months.  For more information and details of the items to be auctioned, please see the article in the July Lydden Vale News, by clicking here. Tuesday 8th August, 7.30 pm, Parish Room.  Parish Council Meeting, preceded by Democratic Half Hour.  All weclome. Sunday 13th August, 7.30 pm (doors open 7.00 pm), Village Hall.  A Psychic Evening with Mark Rylands.  Mark returns for another evening of entertainment. Tickets £12.50 on the door.  Click on poster at left for more details. Friday 18th August 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm, Landscombe Cottage, Landscombe Lane.  BBQ and Social Evening to include teas, cakes, a raffle and traditional games.  Open to everyone. £1.00 entrance fee. The event raises money for our local Conservative MP. Wednesday 23rd August, 2.15 pm.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  Visit to Sally Gregson’s garden at Henley Mill, Wookey, Somerset BA5 1AW.  We all enjoyed Sally Gregson’s talk on hydrangeas last March and we now have the opportunity to see the plants in situ.  Henley Mill nursery is located within a 2 acre garden which she has gradually developed over the last 25 years.  Please note that the river Axe runs through the property with steep banks and open bridges.  The entry price of £6.00 includes tea. Contact Viviane 01300 345111 vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Friday 25th August.  No Village Cafe this month - we are getting ready for the Fete on Monday.  Back in September! Monday 28th August (Bank Holiday Monday), 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm Parish Field.  Buckland Newton Village Fete.  Planning is underway for the fête so please put the date in your diary and tell all your family and friends. We aim to make it another real village event and fun for everyone.  Only 5 weeks to go and lots to do so if you would like to help, in any way, or have any new ideas please contact Mandy Jarvis on mandyjarvis78@yahoo.co.uk or call 01300 345264.  For more details see Village Fete  page. Saturday 9th September.  Dorset Historic Churches Trust “Ride & Stride”.  Dorset Historic Churches Trust provides funds to help parishes keep their churches weatherproof, warm and available for worship and wider public use.  The event takes the form of a leisurely (or as strenuous as you wish to make it!) ride or walk, visiting as many of Dorset’s many historic churches as you like.  Refreshments will be available in many of the churches.  Sponsors can sponsor participants by the number of churches visited or in total regardless of how many are visited.   In recent years, Dorset Historic Churches Trust has helped with grants for the addition of kitchens and loos to increase the usability of buildings which have traditionally only been used on Sundays.  Last year, the Trust awarded grants totalling £100,000 to 25 churches.  Most of the Trust’s income comes from the annual Ride + Stride event.  In 2016, almost £81,000 in sponsorship was raised by hundreds of participants of all ages and abilities.  50% of all money pledged was returned by the Trust to the churches nominated by the riders and striders, so everyone benefited.  Please sponsor one of our riders or striders when they approach you.  Half the sum pledged will be gratefully used by the Trust to sustain our wonderful churches and the other half will be given back to the parish that they nominate, ot other nominated charity. For details of how to take part, or sponsor a cyclist, horse-rider or walker please contact Jeremy or Jane Collins (01300 345136) or  by e-mail Sunday 17th September.  The IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth Event (IMWEY) advance information.  IMWEY Road Access South West  IMWEY Road Access South East  IMWEY Road Access North 
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