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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

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 is also an online version; current (May 2015) issue now available, click on Lydden Vale News. We will gradually build up a rolling 12-month archive, starting with March 2015 issue, so that you can refer back to earlier issues; click on the month to access: March 2015   April 2015   May 2015   June 2015  July 2015   August 2015  September 2015  October 2015  November 2015  December 2015

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.

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.

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 22nd April, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  Christine Braine “Mixed Borders”.  This month’s talk is by the Head Gardener at Barrington Court, a National Trust owned Tudor manor house noted for its Arts & Crafts style gardens for which Gertrude Jekyll provided planting plans.  A great opportunity to learn from an expert. Viviane (345111) vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Lydden Vale Gardening Club on Facebook Thursday 23rd April, Village Hall.  Mad about Latin.  Every Thursday evening.  New Beginner Salsa Classes, 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 24th 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.  £1.00 buys you cake and coffee/tea.  More details from Fizz Lewis 345521. 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. Sunday 26th April.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer, traditional language). 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.  Tuesday 28th April, 8.00 pm, Gaggle of Geese.  Wayfarers Meeting.  “New Election...Same Government?”.  Please come, share, listen and discuss thoughts, experiences, feelings, beliefs and research on this question.  Contact Helen Simpson on 345401. Wednesday 29th April, 7.00 pm, Village Hall.  Annual Parochial Church Meeting.  All parishioners are invited to attend this meeting, at which PCC members and officers will be elected and confirmed for the coming year.  There will be a short presentation of plans and timetable for the extensive refurbishments proposed for Holy Rood Church.  This will include the installation of a much-needed new heating system, and toilet facilities.  A brief meeting of the PCC will take place after the conclusion of the APCM. Sunday 3rd May, 6.00 pm. Annual Farm Service at Knapps Hill Farm, by kind invitation of Shaun and Jane Crocker.  It will be a celebration and thanksgiving for all things rural and for the beautiful countryside in which we live.  Jonathan will lead this service and Alan Rowley will provide musical accompaniment.  Hot drinks and refreshments will be available.  Please bring a small plate of food to share. Sunday 3rd May, 7.30 pm, All Saints Church Piddletrenthide.  Lyra, a vocal ensemble from St Petersburg, singing Russian sacred music, popular classics and Folk Songs.  Proceeds to All Saints Church, Tickets £10 each, including canapes.  Wine available to buy.  Please ring 01300 348851for further details and tickets or buy your tickets at Piddletrenthide Shop. Friday 8th May, 12.30 pm, Village Hall.  Second Friday Lunch ClubOur next meeting will incorporate our AGM and it is also our 10th anniversary so we look forward to seeing as many members as possible. Please let Jan (345356) or Susan (345760) know if you would like to come. Sunday 10th May.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, modern language). Sunday 10th May, 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm, Garden Open at Domineys.  The garden and small arboretum at Domineys, Buckland Newton will be open for the National Gardens Scheme. Free entry for children. Picnics in the arboretum from 12 noon. After a very successful opening in April, thanks to our helpers and many appreciative visitors, £715.50 was sent to the NGS for the charities they support. In May Spring will have moved on and there will be variety and colour at Domineys with camellias with other flowering shrubs and trees; herbaceous and annuals as well as late bulbs, along with this season’s growing vegetables. As usual there will be home made teas and plants for sale from Pickett Lane Nursery, South Perrot. All local visitors will be most welcome.   Monday 11th May, 10.30 am to 10.50 am, Mobile Library.  At bus stop opposite BN School.  Tuesday 12th May, 10.30 am, Village Hall.  Neighbourhood Car Scheme Coffee Morning.  Do come along to our Coffee Morning in Buckland Newton Village Hall and we’ll tell you all about the Neighbourhood Car Scheme! Of course, all current clients and drivers are also welcome to come along. To Our Clients: Let us know you want to attend, and we’ll give you a FREE lift! Sunday 17th May.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  9.30 am All-Ages Service.  This is a short informal service for the young at heart starting at 9.30am and concluding with refreshments. Do join us. Wednesday, 20th May 2015 – 3.00 pm.  Lydden Vale Gardening ClubVisit to Minterne Gardens.  I am sure many of you will join us for our guided visit to Minterne Gardens because the month of May is the perfect time of year to enjoy the garden’s unique collection of Himalayan rhododendrons and azaleas, with spring bulbs, cherries, maples and many fine and rare trees.  Pictures of the gardens can be found on www.minterne.co.uk.  The guided tour costs £7.00 per person and will start at 3.00pm. Viviane (345111) vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Lydden Vale Gardening Club on Facebook Sunday 24th May.  Services at Holy Rood Church11.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer, traditional language). Sunday 24th May, 2.00pm.  Annual Pilgrimage from Cerne Abbas church to Hilfield Friary. Tea will be served on arrival at the Friary and you are invited to stay for evensong in the chapel.  Contributions towards refreshments would be most welcome. Sunday 31st May.  No service at Holy Rood Church, but 9.30 am Benefice Communion at Godmanstone. Wednesday 3rd June, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Artsreach presents She’Koyokh.  In 19th century Eastern Europe, Jewish musicians travelled from town to town performing at weddings and other celebrations, meeting and playing with local musicians and sharing repertoire. In the same vein London-based group She'Koyokh has spent the last decade soaking up the rich folk music of Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans. The band perform soulful Gypsy, Yiddish, Turkish, Kurdish, Ladino and Russian songs and music, including wedding dances and virtuosic solos, all with huge energy and passion.  Nominated as Best Group in the Songlines World Music Awards 2012, their third album ‘Wild Goats and Unmarried Women’ was released to high acclaim in 2014. With a sumptuous mix of violin, accordion, clarinet, double bass, guitar and percussion, and vocals from acclaimed Turkish singer Cigdem Aslan, expect a night of exhilarating music for singing, listening and dancing to. Tickets: £9, £7 (u18s) and £28 (family of 4, max 2 adults) are available from Katharine Hayens: 01300 345455 Sunday 7th June.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  6.00pm Evening services resume in Holy Rood Church for the summer months, on the 1st Sunday of the month. The service follows a simplified BCP format, with optional holy communion to follow.  Matins service is discontinued for the summer months, and will resume in November. 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.  Sunday 21st June.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  9.30 am All-Ages Service.  This is a short informal service for the young at heart starting at 9.30am and concluding with refreshments. Do join us. 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.  Saturday 27th June, time t.b.a., Village Hall.  Weatherbury Singers Summer Concert. 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. Saturday 18th July, 12.30 onwards, Domineys.   Holy Rood Church Barbecue, by kind permission of William & Jeanette Gueterbock.  All welcome; more details nearer the date.
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! Buckland Newton Village Hall  ! Christine Braine   “Mixed Borders”  ! ! ! Wednesday, 22 April 2015  at 7.30pm  ! ALL WELCOME - VISITORS £2.00 LYDDEN VALE GARDENING CLUB     Following an outstanding tour last year, and with just one performance in Dorset this  summer, be sure to book early for the next Artsreach event in Buckland Newton:  She’Koyokh    “Britain’s Best klezmer and Balkan Band” Songlines  Wednesday 3rd June at 7.30pm    In 19th century Eastern Europe, Jewish musicians travelled from town to town performing  at weddings and other celebrations, meeting and playing with local musicians and  sharing repertoire. In the same vein London-based group She'Koyokh has spent the last  decade soaking up the rich folk music of Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans. The  band perform soulful Gypsy, Yiddish, Turkish, Kurdish, Ladino and Russian songs and  music, including wedding dances and virtuosic solos, all with huge energy and passion.     Nominated as Best Group in the Songlines World Music Awards 2012, their third album  ‘Wild Goats and Unmarried Women’ was released to high acclaim in 2014. With a  sumptuous mix of violin, accordion, clarinet, double bass, guitar and percussion, and  vocals from acclaimed Turkish singer Cigdem Aslan, expect a night of exhilarating music  for singing, listening and dancing to.    Tickets: £9, £7 (u18s) and £28 (family of 4, max 2 adults) are available from  Katharine Hayens: 01300 345455     www.artsreach.co.uk Around the village