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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:

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

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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.  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 visits Buckland Newton,

LAST WEDNESDAY of each month, except for

April this year, when it will be Tuesday 25th, 

parking at the old bus shelter opposite Buckland

Newton School.  See dates below.  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.  Jane Willis wildasbar@tiscali.co.uk


There are several plots becoming 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

Frustratingly there have been some developments with our Neighbourhood Plan which

have meant that its progress has temporarily come to a halt.  West Dorset District

Council (WDDC) and the Parish Council appointed Ms Ann Skippers as Independent

Examiner in March this year, and at the time she indicated that her diary was free.

However it turned out that in reality she was tied up examining other plans.  Finally, at

the very end of June she sent us a list of questions concerning our plan which we

quickly replied to.  There is now another twist to the story in that Ann Skippers has now

resigned due to close family bereavements. This means that we will have to start out

again and appoint another Examiner. She is unwilling to release her findings to date as

she does not want to influence the new Independent Examiner when appointed.

The Parish Council is liaising with WDDC, and it may withdraw the plan to allow

amendments to be made to the supporting documentation to clarify things. Additionally

this would allow the Parish Council to also amend the submitted plan by taking out the

Brockhampton Dairy Farm site which was allocated for affordable housing in the plan,

but has since gained planning permission for open market homes. We can then

immediately resubmit the plan.  This should not delay the plan too much more, as the

new Independent Examiner selection and appointment can be made during this time.

The Parish Council has now  (16th February 2017) added further information to the

Neighbourhood Plan website at  www.bncommunityplan.co.uk 

6th April 2017 update:  Mr Derek Stebbing MRTPI has been appointed as

Independent Examiner for our neighbourhood plan. Mr Stebbing is planning to start his

examination early on this April.               BN Parish Council

Water Supply Improvement Work, Henley

The water main that runs within the field and road along Hilling Lane and the B3143 is

being replaced. Work will commence on Monday 3 April and is expected to last 17

weeks. Hilling Lane will be closed for 5 weeks from Monday 8 May 2017. Alternative

routes will be signposted.

Lydden Vale News

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

household in the village.  There is a online version; current (May 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:

June 2016 July 2016 August 2016 September 2016 October 2016 November 2016  December 2016 January 2017 February 2017 March 2017 April 2017 May 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 now available in Henley

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 ‘Upcoming Events’ below or the church services page.

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

Monday 24th April 6.00pm, Holy Rood Church.  All parishoners are invited to attend the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. 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. Tuesday 25th April (note change of day for this month), from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School.  Fish & Chip Van. Tuesday 25th April, 7.45 pm for 8.00 pm start (finish 9.30 pm), Rose Villa.  Wayfarers - Indefinite detention. Is it ever acceptable?  Please come, bring your friends. Share, listen and discuss thoughts, experiences, feelings, beliefs and research on this question.  Contact Helen for more details 01300 345401. Wednesday 26th April, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School.  Fish & Chip Van.  Note change of day to Tuesday for this month. Friday 28th April, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon.  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. Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May.  The Cerne Giant Festival – Celebrating Humanity in the Landscape.  This will take place in the Cerne Valley during the Bank Holiday weekend 29th April to 1st May. Events organised so far include: 'Skyscape and Landscape' talk and telescope demo, Storytelling farm walk 'Every Field has a Story' with cream teas, NatureCraft for Children, a Barn Dance in Cerne church by Tatterdemalion (with bar, 7pm Sunday 30th April), readings of Barnes and Hardy, and a Butterflies and Flowers walk. As usual the Wessex Morris will be greeting the 1st May sunrise on The Trendle from 5am (with Cerne Abbas Brewery and their ale), and will perform in the village centre afterwards. Some events must be booked – check website or Facebook page for details. http://cernevalley.co.uk/event/cerne-giant-festival/ or Cerne Giant Festival (Facebook). Saturday 29th April, 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, Village hall.  Plant Sale.  Lots of plants (Perennials, vegetables, herbs, annuals), wigwams, cakes, raffle and refreshments. Plants wanted Please!  Now the weather maybe getting better and our gardens drying a little please think about splitting a few perennials and potting them up for the Sale. Or perhaps potting up a few self sown seedlings Not too late to sow some seeds if you haven’t already either, vegetables, annuals, bedding plants… Any spare herbs? This year we particularly need vegetable seedlings. We need lots so all and any contributions very welcome. If you can manage to bring them to the hall on the Friday night beforehand around 5 pm that will help us get ahead with sorting them out etc as well. Any problems with delivering etc give me a ring.  If you are not green fingered we need raffle prizes, Maree Pollard (349), let her know what you can donate. Cakes for the cake stall, Isabelle Mace (242) would love to hear from you.  Everybody else please come to the sale and buy!!! Who knows what little treasures for your garden you will find.  Last year we made an incredible £1080 for Weldmar. Thank you. Fizz Lewis 345521. Sunday 30th April.  No service at Holy Rood Church, but 11.00am Benefice service will be held in St.Mary’s church, Cerne Abbas. Sunday 7th May.  Domineys garden will be open with teas and a plant stall only once this year.  However visits by appointment (phone 01300 345 295) will be most welcome throughout the year. The spring has come, with bulbs camellias and others plants in flower and there is much to see and enjoy as the seasons change through rest of the year.  All visits are in aid of the National Gardens Scheme charities. We look forward to welcoming visitors.                                        Jeanette and William Gueterbock Sunday 7th May.  Services at Holy Rood Church.   6.00 pm.  The Beaminster Gallery Quire will lead our service of Choral Evensong in the style of a village service around the year 1830 when it was the custom for the whole congregation (gentry and poor) to attend Sunday to worship together. This period was the high point of a type of music (and musicians) so beloved of Thomas Hardy, who wrote affectionately of them in Under the Greenwood Tree and in many of his short stories and poems.  The 22 singers and 9 instrumentalists of Beaminster Gallery Quire will be in period costume and to add to the atmosphere we invite you to dress in similar style (somewhere between Jane Austen and early Victorian) – long dresses and bonnets, tail coats, fancy waistcoats and cravats. Both the Parson and the Clerk will be suitably attired. The music you will hear includes period settings of the psalm and canticles, but the anthem is a modern piece composed in the style of the old Quires. You can help us raise the roof with four of the 'good old hymns'! Our Choral Evensong starts at 6pm, when we look forward to having a full church.  After the service, wine and beer will be offered, the receipts for which will cover the Beaminster Gallery Quire expenses with any balance donated to Holy Rood running costs. Tuesday 9th May, 7.30 pm, Parish Room.  Parish Council Meeting, preceded by democratic half hour, at which all welcome. Friday 12th May, 12.30 pm, Village Hall.  Second Friday Lunch Club.  If you have not already put you name down, please contact Jan Burnett (01300 345356).  Immediately after lunch we will be holding a short AGM, so if there is anything you would like to discuss, 12th May is the time. Saturday 13th May, 4.45 am meet for 5.00 am start. Dawn Chorus Walk.  Contact Anna Aubrey on 0797 0903679. Saturday 13th May, Pulham Village Hall.  Quiz Night with Fish & Chip Supper.   For further information please phone Sarah (01258 817288), Sharon (01258 817528) or Paul (01258 817097 or e-mail pulhamvillagehall@hotmail.com Sunday 14th May.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, modern language) taken by Rev Jonathan Still. Sunday 14th May, 11.00 am to 4.30 pm, Minterne House.  Minterne Spring Fair. Sunday 14th May, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Artsreach presents Holy Moly & The Crackers.  Do you remember the sell-out excitement of our last cabaret/live band, the Moscow Drug Club, last March? Artsreach has come up with a similarly appealing band, hailing this time from North-East England, Holy Moly & the Crackers.  Join this nationally acclaimed seven-piece gypsy folk-rock band for an evening of lively music and tall tales. Their 2016 festival appearances included Glastonbury, Larmer Tree, Kendal Calling and Towersey, plus many more. Influenced by an eclectic range of music, Holy Moly & The Crackers play an exciting and visceral blend of rock, pop, folk, blues, balkan, klezmer, ska and reggae. In the perfect collision of rowdy tunes, pumping danceability and compelling storytelling, this wrangling folk group present a medley of original songs and old time drinking tunes, both hilarious and thrilling, and sure to entertain! Touring to Dorset through Artsreach, with only two performances scheduled, be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!  “The musicians are stylistically dazzling…” Bright Young Folk.  Tickets: £9, £6 (u18s), £25 (fam 4, max 2 adult On door if available, or in advance from: The Old Chapel Stores, Buckland Newton, or tel: 01300 345455.  Proceeds to Village Hall / Artsreach. Wednesday 17th May, 2.15pm.  Visit to Longstock Water Garden, Stockbridge, Hampshire.  One of the best water gardens in the country.  Please note that the visit will start at 11.00am and the drive to get there takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Buckland Newton. The seven-acre garden is part of the Leckford Estate owned and managed by the John Lewis Partnership. It has earned a universal reputation amongst horticulturists for its two and a half acre lake and also for its collection of buddleias, clematis and penstemons. We have been there before, but it was 7 years ago! Hope you can join us. Viviane Tel: 345111 email: vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Saturday 20th May, 4.45 am meet for 5.00 am start. Dawn Chorus Walk.  Contact Anna Aubrey on 0797 0903679. Saturday 20th May, 7.30 pm to 12.00 midnight, Village Hall.  Buckland Newton Youth Club is organising a Disco FOR GROWN UPS ONLY: “Buckland Newton Bops”. Tickets cost £10 a head to include two bottles of wine per table. Book a table for 6 or 8 people and decorate it as if for a dinner party between 5. 00 pm and 7.00 pm, then come with your friends and bring your dinner for 7.30 pm to dance the night away between 8.30 pm and 12.00 midnight.  A prize will be awarded for the best dressed table.  There will be no bar, no raffle and no additional fundraising on the night – bring what you need and come and have an enjoyable evening with friends and family. All funds raised will be split equally between Buckland Newton Youth Club and Buckland Newton Primary School.  Tickets can be bought from the Village Shop, Buckland Newton School or directly from Kate Parish – 01300 345497. Sunday 21st May, 4.00 pm, Rewhead Farm.  All Age Family Service. The Ancient Custom of Blessing the Fields and Seeds (Rogation Sunday) will be celebrated on this special day at Rewhead Farm hosted by farmers Tim and Emily Jones. Because the 21st May is the third Sunday it coincides with our regular All Family Service and we invite families to join us and rejoice on this special day.  Our celebration will start at 4pm and we welcome any musicians who care to join our small ensemble of guitar and wind instruments to accompany songs of praise and enjoy refreshments after the service. Please do join us.  We will hold a short informal “practice” on Friday 19 May and if you are interested to join our ensemble please call David on 345402. Refreshments for the “eats” are welcome, please bring them on the day. Rewhead Farm is the first Farm after Rew Lane on the Sharnhill Green to Brockhampton Green road from the village crossroads. Tuesday 23rd May, 7.45 pm for 8.00 pm, finish 9.30 pm, Rose Villa.  Wayfarers Meeting.  “Will our vote count? (Democracy: what is it?)”  Please come, bring your friends. Share, listen and discuss thoughts, experiences, feelings, beliefs and research on this question. Free, but feel free to bring nibbles or a drink to share.  Contact Helen Simpson on 01300 345401. Friday 26th May, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  If you haven’t, do try out the Village Cafe at Buckland Newton.  It happens every last Friday in the month in the Village Hall from 10.30 am to noonish.  It is run by volunteers on a rota basis with people serving coffee and tea and others baking extra cakes. We all take turns doing this and the whole thing works so well thanks to all these volunteers. We cover our costs of renting the hall and buying the supplies. It is £1.20 per person and you can have as many refills as you like for that. Not a bad deal and a very pleasant way to catch up with others in the village. No one will ask you to buy raffle tickets or anything else for that matter as it is strictly a non-fund raising zone.  Contact Fizz Lewis 01300 345521. Sunday 28th May.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer, traditional language). Tuesday 30th May, 6.00 pm, Giant Inn Cerne Abbas.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema AGM.  Finger food will be provided and we hope you will come along to help us take CAVC forward. We want to garner your views on the type of films you would like to see in future and how best these films can be chosen. If you have a view on this and are unable to attend, please contact Julia, CAVC Secretary 01300 345632. Tuesday 30th May, doors open 7.00 pm, Village Hall.  A Psychic Evening with Mark Rylands and Guest Medium.  Tickets are £10 and can be purchased on the door.  This is a platform event delivering messages to a seated audience.  "Do you dare to be amazed?"  For legal reasons this event is advertised for entertainment purposes, however you can come to your own conclusions. Click on graphic at left for details or visit  www.thepeoplespsychic.co.uk/ Wednesday 31st May, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School.  Fish & Chip Van. Friday 2nd June, from 6.00 pm, Village Hall.  Oliver Letwin Surgery and Q and A.  The Buckland Newton Branch of the West Dorset Conservative Association wish to let you know that Oliver Letwin will hold a surgery, question & answer session in Buckland village hall on Friday, 2nd June 2017 from 6:00pm. The surgery will be followed by the Buckland Newton Branch’s Annual General Meeting. All are welcome. Saturday 10th June, 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm, Church Farm, DT9 5QE.  Glanvilles Wootton Village Fete.  Flower Festival and Photography Competition in the Church Barbeque, Pimms Tent and Teas, games for all, fun dog show steel band and lots of stalls.  For more information please look on our website https://glanvilleswootton.org/church/fete/  or contact Annie on 01300 345450 or Georgina on 01963 210857 Wednesday 28th June, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School.  Fish & Chip Van. Sunday 2nd July, 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm, Manor House.  Buckland Newton Church Summer BBQ will be held in the gardens of the Manor House, Buckland Newton. Saturday 15th July, 7.00 pm, Village Hall.  The Piddle Valley Players are having a ‘Talent Night’ evening as a fundraiser for their next show in February 2018. Members will be performing songs, sketches and comedy … and it is open to the public to join us. If you would like to show off your talent, please contact our director, Holly Royle, on 07775 436075.  Click on graphic opposite for details. Tickets are available NOW from Old Chapel Stores in Buckland Newton … £5, including a light buffet, (£3 for performers). Wednesday 26th July, from 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), at old bus shelter opposite BN School.  Fish & Chip Van. Monday 28th August (Bank Holiday Monday).  Buckland Newton Village Fete. Saturday 9th September.  Dorset Historic Churches Trust “Ride & Stride”.  More details nearer the time.
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THE PIDDLE VALLEY PLAYERS PRESENT  SATURDAY 15TH JULY 2017 - 7PM  BUCKLAND NEWTON VILLAGE  HALL  'There's talent in the valley'  An evening of song, music and other spectacular talent!!  Tickets 5 including a light buffet, 3 for performers, available from bn village shop, cash  bar operating through the evening  Any talent wanting to  perform,  please  contact  Holly on 07775436075