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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

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 shop.  Opening Hours:  Monday to Saturday 7.00 am to 6.00 pm Sunday 8.00 am to 12.00 noon.

Lydden Vale News

The local printed Newsletter, the Lydden Vale News, will be delivered free to every household in the village from the April 2015 issue.  There will also be an online version available.  For a preview, click here.

Mobile Library

The Dorchester Mobile Library visits the village fortnightly on Mondays. 10.30 am to 10.55 am, opposite Buckland Newton School, 11.00 am to 11.15 am at Henley Cottages and 11.25 am to 11.45 am at Holcombe Mead, Alton Pancras.  For dates, see Upcoming Events below.

Village Fete 2015

Good News!  Steve Workman is the new Chair of the Fete Committee.  Steve has a vision for the Fete and desperately needs you help to make it a real success.  More details next month.  In previous years funds raised by the Fete 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? If you feel you can become involved, please do get in touch with Steve or with Jane Willis on 01300 345477 .

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

Mad about Latin.  Every Thursday evening at the Village Hall.  New Beginner Salsa Classes start Thursday 19th March, 7.15 pm to 8.15 pm.  Improver Class 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm.  Dancing until 10.30 pm.  The Beginner Classes are 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.  £5.00 per person, over 18’s only.  Please bring your own drinks.  Enquiries: Mal 01305 261087 / 07870 520340 malcox@hotmail.co.uk 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

Wednesday 18th March, 7.30 pm start.  Pub Quiz at The Gaggle of Geese.  In  aid of The Hub Yeovil. community support charity.  Teams of up to 4.  £3.00 per person; half-time chips! Wednesday 18th March, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  “The Story of Burrow Farm Gardens”.  Mary and John Benger moved to Burrow Farm near Axminster in 1959.  Originally a traditional working farm with a dairy herd, Mary had other ideas for its future and started to create whsat is now a 13 acre garden.  Come and hear the story! Viviane (345111) vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Thursday 19th March, Village Hall.  Mad about Latin.  Every Thursday evening.  New Beginner Salsa Classes start Thursday 19th March, 7.15 pm to 8.15 pm.  Improver Class 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm.  Dancing until 10.30 pm.  The Beginner Classes are 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.  £5.00 per person, over 18’s only.  Please bring your own drinks.  Enquiries: Mal 01305 261087 / 07870 520340 malcox@hotmail.co.uk Friday 20th March, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Following an outstanding farewell performance by The New Rope String Band back in January, be sure to book early for the next Artsreach event in Buckland Newton: Cartoon de Salvo’s “The Powercut Compendium”.  A tech-savvy theatre company, fresh from the city, begin their latest high-tech show when the room is plunged into sudden darkness. Is it a blow-out? Or is it something more mysterious? How will audience and performers keep one another entertained until light returns?  With restless ghosts, lost legends, some stuffed animals, and three characters who only begin to see when they can't see at all, one of the UK's best loved touring companies, Cartoon De Salvo, explore what happens when we have only storytelling left to keep the night at bay. For adults and brave children who aren't afraid of the dark. Suitable 8+.  Tickets: £8, £6 (under 18s), and £25 (family of 4, max 2 adults) are available from Katharine Hayens: 01300 345455 or Artsreach: 01305 269512 Saturday 21st March, 12.00 noon onwards, Domineys, Buckland Newton.  One of the two Buckland Newton Lent lunches will be at Domineys Yard on Saturday  21st March from 12 noon onwards - no need to rush to be with us at noon, as it will continue into the early afternoon, the important thing is to come.  Donations are most welcome and will be shared. Firstly, Combat Stress - the Charity that helps our Servicemen with post traumatic stress – it was founded in 1919 after the First World War when the nature of ‘Shell Shock’ was recognised. Secondly, our Church in Buckland Newton, which gets no outside funding and depends on everyone in our Village to support its running costs. We greatly look forward to you seeing you. Jeanette and William Gueterbock Sunday 22nd March.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  Passion Sunday.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer, traditional language). Friday 27th March, 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. Saturday 28th March, 9.30 am to 11.30 am, Holy Rood Churchyard.  Churchyard Spring Tidy.  Volunteers to join the working party are welsome, come and work up an appetite for Lent Lunch in the Village Hall.  Saturday 28th March, 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm, Village Hall.  Lent Lunch.  Join us for a selection of delicious homemade soups, bread and cheese, and good company.  Donations for Buckland Newton Church.  We hope to begin a programme of restoration, which will include a new heating system, later this year.  Please telephone Wendy (345427) or Diana (345434) if you hope to come so we have an idea of numbers. Sunday 29th March.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  Please note no service at Buckland Newton, but Benefice Communion at 9.30 am at St. Mary’s, Cerne Abbas. Saturday 4th April, Holy Rood Church.  Decorating for Easter: all helpers please. Sunday 5th April.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  Easter Day. Sunday 5th April to Saturday 11th April, Holy Rood Church.  A Celebration of Flowers for Easter.  Church always open. Friday 10th April, 3.00 pm, Castleton Church Sherborne.  Memorial Service for Dr Michael Glaisyer.  Dr Glaisyer, who lived in Glanvilles Wootton, died  recently, while pruning his apple trees. He was one of the Doctors in our local practice. Before moving to Glanvilles Wootton, he and Rosemary and their family lived in Duntish, where for many years there was a surgery attached to the house, before the surgery was centralised in the new building at Cerne Abbas. Sunday 12th April, 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm.  Domineys Garden and Arboretum Open for NGS Sunday.  The first 2015 opening of the Garden and small Arboretum at Domineys for the National Gardens Scheme is on Sunday 12th April from 2 pm to 6 pm, with home made teas and excellent plants from Pickett Lane Nursery. With the variable winters we have had in recent years, this opening will differ from last year. There is much variety to see in the garden. Some 80 Camellias range from the 19th Century varieties onwards, as well as our own seedlings. It is now 20 years since we started planting the Arboretum, with many unusual trees and shrubs, as well as camellias. Bulbs and flowers have naturalised, including oxslips.  Entry £4, children free, in support of very deserving charities. Monday 13th April, 10.30 am to 10.50 am, Mobile Library.  At bus stop opposite BN School, 11.00 am to 11.15 am at Henley Cottages and 11.25 am to 11.45 am at Holcombe Mead, Alton Pancras. 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. Tuesday 14th April, 8.00 pm, Parish Room.  Parish Council Meeting, preceded by Democratic Half Hour. Wednesday 15th April, time t.b.a., Village Hall Committee Room.  Lydden Ladies.  Programme planning meeting; the theme of the evening will be Italian! Saturday 25th April, 10.00 am, Village Hall.  Buckland Newton Plant Sale.  The plant sale will be held at 10am on the last Saturday of April, the 25th, in Buckland Newton Village Hall.  So please, all you village gardeners, sow those extra seeds, prick out those extra seedlings or pot on unwanted plants you find when you are weeding.  We particularly need your surplus bedding and vegetable seedlings. Judging by past years, they all find willing buyers and the pennies add up substantially to support our treasured Joseph Weld Hospice. Monday 27th April, 10.30 am to 10.50 am, Mobile Library.  At bus stop opposite BN School,  11.00 am to 11.15 am at Henley Cottages and 11.25 am to 11.45 am at Holcombe Mead, Alton Pancras.  Monday 11th May, 10.30 am to 10.50 am, Mobile Library.  At bus stop opposite BN School.  Monday 8th June, 10.30 am to 10.50 am, Mobile Library.  At bus stop opposite BN School,  11.00 am to 11.15 am at Henley Cottages and 11.25 am to 11.45 am at Holcombe Mead, Alton Pancras.  Monday 22nd June, 10.30 am to 10.50 am, Mobile Library.  At bus stop opposite BN School,  11.00 am to 11.15 am at Henley Cottages and 11.25 am to 11.45 am at Holcombe Mead, Alton Pancras.  Monday 6th July, 10.30 am to 10.50 am, Mobile Library.  At bus stop opposite BN School,  11.00 am to 11.15 am at Henley Cottages and 11.25 am to 11.45 am at Holcombe Mead, Alton Pancras. 
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