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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Neighbourhood Plan Public Consultation
West Dorset District Council, as the local planning authority, is required to carry out a consultation on the submitted plan. People are being given six weeks from Thursday 28 January 2016 until the end of Thursday 10 March 2016, to comment on the content of the plan or how it was produced. Any concerns submitted during the consultation period will be passed on to the independent examiner for consideration.To see the plan and to read how to comment on the content, please go to the Neighbourhood Plan website.
Community Emergency Plan
Dorset County Council encourages parishes to consider how they would respond to an emergency situation and to document the results in the Community Emergency Plan (CEP). The plan will be designed to enable the community to respond to a major incident/emergency while they are awaiting the assistance of the emergency services and/or County/District Council, or in support of them. The objective of the plan is to increase the short-term resilience of the community to an emergency, by the identification of community procedures.The Parish Council would like to identify resources within the community that would be available to assist during an emergency, for example; Generators, 4 x 4 vehicles, boats etc, First Aiders, People with skills that would be useful eg electricians, and also Water sources. We would also like to identify black spots for mobile phone signal.Please contact Sarah Mitchell (01258 817288 - email@example.com) or Jane Collins (01300 345136 - firstname.lastname@example.org) with any information you think may be relevant.The Environment Agency has also issued a notice about new Flood Warning Areas in Dorset. Click to read this information.
Gaggle of Geese Public House
The Gaggle of Geese is currently closed. If further information comes to hand, we will
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.
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 817288Yoga. 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 email@example.com 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.Help and Care is working in partnership with Dorset HealthCare and Dorset County Council to run a series of information workshops for carers of relatives/ friends/ neighbours to support them in their caring role. These workshops run through January to March 2016. Click here for details and timetable.
Friday 12th February, 12.30 pm for 1.00 pm, Green Man, Kings Stag. Second Friday Lunch Club. If you haven't put your name down please ring Jan on 345356 or Susan on 345760.Friday 12th February, 7.30 pm for 8.00 pm start, Village Hall. FBNS (Friends of Buckland Newton School) Quiz Night. Tickets £7.50 available from the School Office. Price includes a delicious Ploughman’s Supper. Please bring your own drinks. Teams are up to 8 people or if you would like to join another team please let the office know and we can make one up for you.Saturday 13th February onwards. Snowdrops at Minterne Gardens. Visit Minterne Garden and enjoy their appearance from 13th February onwards. Gardens open daily 10am to 6pm. 2-for-1 while the snowdrops last – (£5 for 2 adults.)Sunday 14th February. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship - modern language).Monday 15th February. Dorchester Mobile Library. 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.Monday 15th February, Cerne Abbas Village Hall. Moviola presents “Suffragette” 12A (106 minutes). The year’s filmgoing opens with Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham-Carter among others (including Meryl Streep in a cameo as Emmeline Pankhurst) starring in this portrayal of women from all classes in their fight for equality. Booking starts mid-January.Tuesday 16th to Saturday 20th February 2016 at 7.00 pm, Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall. Piddel Valley Players proudly present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel”. Tickets from Old Chapel Stores, Buckland Newton and Piddletrenthide Post Office.Sunday 21st February. Services at Holy Rood Church. 9.30 am All Age Service, does just what it says with songs, stories, music and activities for all. Refreshments served after the service.Monday 22nd February, 5.30 pm, Magnolia House. PCC (Parochial Church Council) Meeting.Tuesday 23rd February, 8.00 pm, Rose Villa, Buckland Newton. Wayfarers. "Why can't we take climate change seriously?” - a discussion. Please come, bring your friends. Share, listen and discuss thoughts, experiences, feelings, beliefs and research on this question. Contact: Helen Simpson 01300 345401Friday 26th February, 10.30 am - 12.00 noon, Village Hall. Village Cafe. Our Buckland Newton Village Café is deservedly very popular. It is run on the last Friday of the month from 10.30 to noonish at the Village Hall. Volunteers make cakes and serve coffee or tea on a rota. You can drop in and drop out, no one will ask you for anything except £1 cost of beverage and homemade cake. Do give it a try if you haven’t done so before. Come on your own or with friends – it’s very friendly! More details from Fizz Lewis 345521.Friday 26th February, 7.15 pm, Piddle Valley First School. Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club. Doors will open at 7.15 and dancing starts at 7.30 till 9.30. Music will be provided by Casterbridge Band with caller Ruth Thompsn. The evenings will be lively and fun. All are welcome, no experience is necessary. There will be squash available, sorry no food. £5 each, no charge for accompanied under 16s. For further information contact Sally Condon, 01300 348250.Saturday 27th February, 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm, Village Hall. Lent Lunch. Please join us for a sociable and delicious soup lunch. There is no charge but you are invited to make a donation to the Buckand Newton Church Restoration Fund. So that we may have an idea of numbers, please telephone Diana (345434) if you are attending.Sunday 28th February. Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer - traditional language).Monday 29th February. Dorchester Mobile Library. 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.Friday 4th March, 7.30 pm, Village Hall. Artsreach presents “Moscow Drug Club”. Moscow Drug Club is a curious place, where elements of 1930's Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo tango and Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few drinks and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some cobbled street in eastern Europe, on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt and Tom Waits are having an after hours jam with the local Tziganes... You are cordially invited to share a wry smile with us as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club, but be warned, early booking is advised! Ticket prices are £9, £7 u18s and £28 family (4, max 2 adults) For tickets, further details or to join our e-mailing list please contact: Fran Parker tel: 01300 341602 Katharine Hayens tel: 01300 345455. For more information aee the Artsreach page.Saturday 5th March, 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm, Purbeck House. Lent Lunch. Please join us for a sociable and delicious soup lunch. There is no charge but you are invited to make a donation to the Buckand Newton Church Restoration Fund. So that we may have an idea of numbers, please telephone Bridget (345493) if you are attending.Tuesday 8th March, 7.30 pm, Parish Room. Parish Council Meeting, preceded by Democratic Half Hour at which all are welcome.Wednesday 9th March. Lydden Ladies Theatre Visit - 'Evita'. We will be going to the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil to see 'Evita' - tickets are £17. If you would like to go can you contact Lyn Cox (01300 345739) and let her have the money by 5th February.Friday 18th March, 7.15 pm, Buckland Newton Village Hall - note change of usual venue. Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club. Doors will open at 7.15 and dancing starts at 7.30 till 9.30. Music will be provided by O’Dalaigh’s Ceilidh Band with caller Helen Woodall. The evenings will be lively and fun. All are welcome, no experience is necessary. There will be squash available, sorry no food. £5 each, no charge for accompanied under 16s. For further information contact Sally Condon, 01300 348250.Friday 22nd April, 7.15 pm, Piddle Valley First School. Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club. Doors will open at 7.15 and dancing starts at 7.30 till 9.30. Music will be provided by O’Dalaigh’s Ceilidh Band with caller Helen Woodall. The evenings will be lively and fun. All are welcome, no experience is necessary. There will be squash available, sorry no food. £5 each, no charge for accompanied under 16s. For further information contact Sally Condon, 01300 348250.April 2016. 122 Mile Jurassic Coast Hike. Please note this has been postponed from September 2015 due to the uncertainty surrounding the future of the Kingfisher Children’s Ward.Matthew Russell and Roy Godwin from Buckland Newton will be taking on the huge challenge of completing the Jurassic coast trek. 122 miles along the southwest coast, starting at Exmouth and finishing up at Old Harry Rock, all to be done within three days. Matthew and Roy are raising money for the Kingfisher Childrens ward at Dorchester County Hospital and for Clic Sargent, who help and support children with cancer. Matthew and Roy aim to raise £1,650.00 for both charities along with 50 new toys for the Kingfisher Children’s Ward In Dorchester Hospital (Charity No: 1056479) and CLIC Sargent; A Charity For Helping Chidren with Cancer & their Families (Charity No: 11073). For sponsorship please visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MatthewRussell2 or for more information contact Matt on. 01300 345866 Email firstname.lastname@example.org