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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.  The Gaggle of Geese pub has now re-opened after refurbishment.   Use the buttons below to find out about other activities and facilities in and around the village:

General Information

Opening of the refurbished Parish Pavilion

A hugely successful Celebratory Opening of the Parish Room took place on Sunday the 22nd September 2019.  For a full report and details, click on ‘Parish Pavilion’ button at left.

More from the Village…

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

The Buckland Newton Village Calendar (The Very First!) Now

Available - and only £5!

Following the Buckland Newton Village Fête Photograph Competition, the winning photographs have now been featured in a 2020 calendar (published as “Our Village”) with the overall winning photo by Sophie Trim taking pride-of-place on the front cover. They are not only excellent value at just £5 each but ALL the profits will be going to the School, Church, local groups and other village projects.  Available at The Old Chapel Stores and The Gaggle of Geese.

2019 Buckland Newton Village Fete Results

The full report on this year’s Village Fete, including the Financial Results and Allocation of Funds (3 pages) is now available.  Click to view.

Facebook page for Buckland Newton

Join in and share your love for where we live. The Buckland Newton Community Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/bucklandnewton/  is a Facebook group for residents of Buckland Newton and its surroundings to celebrate our beautiful village and all that goes on in our community. The page will seek to: •            share & promote positive news relating to our village & its surroundings.  •            support our thriving local groups, societies, committees & businesses. •            buy, sell, swap pre-loved possessions. •            enable the village community to advertise their skills, to promote their events, ask for trader recommendations or get advice on a local issue. Anyone can join the community page, and once you do you can post your event or views.  A team of moderators will oversee the site and make sure that all those posting respect the rules of the community page. At present your moderators are Amanda McKenna, Keith Darbyshire and Simon Colquhoun.


The village has its own defibrillator, housed in an unlocked cupboard on an outside wall of the Village Hall by the kitchen door, under the veranda.  In an emergency, ring 999, then click here for list of runners who will bring the defibrillator to you.

Weather Forecast

The nearest Met Office Weather Forecast location is Minterne Gardens. Click for a 7- day weather forecast.

Recycling and Refuse Collection and Calendar


The Gaggle of Geese

Simon and Sarah at the Gaggle of Geese welcome bookings from those looking for a venue for special occasions - such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, children’s parties, fundraisers etc. Just get in touch for a chat about how we can help you celebrate at the Gaggle. Our current project - a double-decker bus that has been converted to soft play.  We are currently doing the bus up and it will be ready in the spring for young visitors and kids’ parties. How to contact us: Aside from popping in to the pub, you can also reach us or leave a message on 01300 345249 or e-mail on hartandhops@gmail.com  Latest news and details of events can be found on our Facebook page -  https://www.facebook.com/gaggleofgeesepub/  - website at https://gaggleofgeese.co.uk/ . 

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.  Pop along for more information on what is available and support your local shop.  Meats from Butchers Roger Else (Stalbridge) and R & O Ball, (Puddletown). Plus all sorts of tempting bakery goodies from Evershot Bakery as well. Pop along for more information on what is available and support your local shop. Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheOldChapelStores and don’t forget upstairs with Carol at The Buckland Gallery where there are beautifully crafted, original presents to suit all pockets.   An eclectic mix of crafts and art designed and made by local artisans including Crafts by Hare Styles, Peter Thomas (woodturning and stick making) and Gyllawood Pens, Art by Carole Barnett.  Wednesday to Saturday, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.  Tel 07870 642443. www.bucklandgallery.co.uk

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. 

Lydden Vale News

The local printed Newsletter, the Lydden Vale News, is delivered free to every household in the village.  Editorial: lyddenvalley@gmail.com  Advertising: lyddenvaleadverts@gmail.com  There is an online version of the newsletter; for current (January 2020) issue, 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: March 2019 April 2019  May 2019  June 2019  July 2019  August 2019  September 2019  October 2019  November 2019  December 2019  January 2020  February 2020   Superfast Fibre Broadband Fibre broadband is available to most residents in Buckland Newton.  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.  Houses served by Cabinet 2 (by the church) still cannot get fibre and there do not appear to be any plans to change this situation.

Flood Warden

The village Flood Warden (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 the Flood Warden to find out how to obtain sandbags.

Regular Events

Autumn Friendly Skittles League.  Fixture List and results now available. The Fish and Chip Van visits Buckland Newton, usually on the last Tuesday of the month at the old bus shelter opposite Buckland Newton School from 5.00 pm with last orders at 7.00 pm.  If you want to read about the van and see the menu go to www.mobilefishnchipsdorset.co.uk Future dates are: Tuesday 25th February Tuesday 24th March Tuesday 28th April Tuesday 26th May Tuesday 30th June Tuesday 28th July No visit in August Tuesday 29th September Tuesday 27th October Tuesday 24th November No visit in December Buckland Newton Pre-School.  This operates 8.45 am to 3.15 pm, Monday to Friday in term time.  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.  For further information, contact the school office on 01300 345393 during school hours or e-mail the School Office.   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. Wessex Morris MenJoin us at our energetic and enjoyable practice sessions (Morris Dancing optional !!!)  Every Monday, 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm.  Pulham Village Hall (opposite The Halsey Arms) Followed by, at 10ish, crossing the road for drinks, chats, music and songs at The Halsey Arms  www.wessexmorrismen.co.uk 

Dates for your Diary

Saturday 1st February onwards, Gaggle of Geese.  Six Nations Rugby.  England’s first game on Sunday 2nd Feb. Watch the matches at the Gaggle on our projector. Tuesday 18th February to Saturday 22nd February, Buckland Newton Village Hall.  Piddle Valley Players present “Half a Sixpence”.  Click on graphic at left for more information. Sunday 23rd February.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, modern language). Tuesday 25th February, 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), Old Bus Shelter opposite BN School).  Fish and Chip Van. Wednesday 26th February, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  Roy Godwin “My Trip to Costa Rica”.  Say goodbye to winter this month with local gardener Roy Godwin and his talk “My trip to Costa Rica”. We’re expecting warm tropical sunshine, colourful birds and flowers and lush forests. It’s the ideal subject to banish the winter blues, come and join us! Viviane (345111) vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Friday 28th February, 10.30 am to 12.00 noonish, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  Coffee, Tea and as much homemade cake as you’d like (or none if you had too much to eat at Christmas!).  The café operates in the Village Hall, Buckland Newton from 10.30 to noonish every last Friday in the month.  £1.20 per person.  It’s very friendly and no one will ask you to buy a raffle ticket or join anything - perfect if you just want to meet a few of the locals on a very informal basis and chat!  For more information please ring Fizz Lewis 345521 Saturday 29th February, 10.30 am, Village Hall.  Defibrillator Training Morning.  If you would like to learn about how to do CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and then how the Defib works please get in touch with Fizz and book a place on this course. It lasts around an hour and a half and is well worth doing. £5.00 per person - all proceeds towards the next Defib needed September 2020.  Also see the Defribillator page on this website.  Fizz Lewis 345521 froglewis@hotmail.com Saturday 29th February, 6.30 pm, Village Hall.  The Mexican Train will be leaving the station  - the ultimate Domino game!  Fun and Challenging!  Tickets £5.00 to include Supper - bring your own drinks - available from Amanda 345367 or Maree 345349. Sunday 1st March.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 Matins. Thursday 5th March.  Giggle @ The Gaggle - Comedy and Curry Night.  Tonight sees our first, and fabulous, comedy and curry night at The Gaggle of Geese! You can arrive early (from 6pm) to enjoy a curry buffet or come for the comedy only (that starts at 8pm). It’s a ticketed night and seats are limited, so make sure to buy early for a great night out. Tickets can be purchased over the bar at The Gaggle for £18.00 (Curry Buffet plus Comedy) or £10.00 (Comedy only).  They’re also available online at https://buytickets.at/rjcomedy Saturday 7th March, 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm, Village Hall.    Simon Spencer is organising an evening of music (and possibly dancing!) in Buckland Newton Village Hall.  Simon continues: “I have been a Type 1 diabetic for over 50 years, and Diabetes UK work hard for all with Type 1, Type 2 or any of the other Types of diabetes.”  Diabetes UK’s aim is creating a world where diabetes can do no harm. Diabetes is the most devastating and fastest growing health crisis of our time, affecting more people than any other serious health condition in the world. There is currently no known cure for any type of diabetes. With the right treatment, knowledge and support people living with diabetes can lead a long, full and healthy life. Please come along and support this great cause; tickets are available from the Old Chapel Stores in Buckland Newton. Simon Spencer Diabetes UK Registered Charity No. 215199 (Eng &Wal) No. SC039135 (Sco) Wednesday 11th March.  Village People visit to ‘The Sound of Music’ – Octagon Theatre, Yeovil.  Lyn Cox is organising this so she will be sending out an email to everyone with details – if you would like to go you need to have ordered your tickets from her by 1st February. Saturday 14th March, from 9.30 am.  Buckland Newton Church Spring Clean.  All helpers welcome to join the regular cleaning team in giving Buckland Newton Church a Spring Makeover. Bring dusters, polish, mops, brushes and yourselves and you will be sustained throughout the morning with coffee and cake. Stay for as long or as little as you wish - ‘many hands … etc’ Wednesday 18th March, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  Marion Dale – ‘Designing with Plants’.  To help inspire us while we wait for Spring to arrive, Award winning Garden Designer Marion Dale will show us how to achieve our ‘dream garden’ using plant colour, texture, shape and garden style.   Visitors welcome £3.00  Amanda (345367)  amandat62@outlook.com Thursday 19th March, Bridport.  Breast Cancer Now Lunch.  For details click on graphic at left.  Tickets avaiable from Isobel Mace, Little Rew, Buckland Newton DT2 7DN. Tuesday 24th March, 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), Old Bus Shelter opposite BN School).  Fish and Chip Van. Saturday 25th April.  Village Plant Sale.  As Winter begins to fade (we hope) perhaps you could spare a moment or two to think about what to grow from seed for the Plant Sale on Saturday April 25th. Browse through those catalogues. Choose some unusual plants or vegetables, or perhaps grow some old favourites that everybody likes in their garden. Start to look for signs of new growth in the garden, seedlings which have happily germinated that you can pot up, mentally log the perennials that could do with splitting and put aside some bits for growing on for the sale. We’ll need everything you can muster for the bonanza of plants we always have to sell in aid of Weldmar. Thank you. Fizz Lewis and Jan Marpole Saturday 2nd May, Gaggle of Geese.  Birthday Celebration –  help us to celebrate the Gaggle being re-opened for two years. Fun in the garden, annual community photo, good food & live music (including Nina Garcia). Date for your diary!
Parish Pavilion and Running Track   Improving sporting facilities in the Parish of Buckland Newton     P art funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development                       Support funding from the United Charities of Buckland Newton, BNCPT and the  village fete 2018.   Loan funding from the Sir William Aykroyd Legacy
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 “My Trip  to Costa Rica” with  Roy Godwin  Buckland Newton Village Hall Wednesday 26th February 2020  7.00 for 7.30pm  All welcome - Visitors £3.00