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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), The Gaggle of Geese pub, Primary School, Pre-school and Toddler group and an historic parish church.   Use the buttons below to find out about other activities and facilities in and around the village:

General Information

Other Local Websites and Publications

Buckland Newton Community Facebook Page 

•            share & promote positive news relating to our village & its


•            support our thriving local groups, societies, committees &


•            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 oversees the site and makes sure

that all those posting respect the rules of the community page. At present

your moderators are Amanda McKenna, Keith Darbyshire and Simon


Buckland Newton Parish Council Website

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 most recent available (September 2021) issue, click on Lydden Vale News to view page-by-page or Lydden Vale News (pdf file) if you have a fast internet connection, to download the whole issue.  There is also a rolling 12-month Lydden Vale News Archive, so that you can refer back to earlier issues. The LVN now has a new Editor - Amanda McKenna, and a new Treasurer - Vinny McKenna.  E-mail contact as above.  Many thanks to Amanda and Vinny!

Food and Drink

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.  Meats from Butchers Roger Else (Stalbridge). Plus all sorts of

tempting bakery goodies from Evershot Bakery as well. Plus:  Hardware

Department upstairs.  Pop along for more information on what is available

and support your local shop.

Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheOldChapelStores The Gaggle of Geese - Buckland Newton’s Village Pub 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.  Pizzas! - most Saturdays - with the summer sun, we are making the most of the garden and are firing up our pizza oven Saturday evenings. Eat at the pub or takeaway.  The Gaggle is  open, subject to current Covid-19 restrictions.  See the Gaggle website for days and times.    How to contact The Gaggle: 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/ . Friday 8th October, 1.15 pm to 2.15 pm, Buckland Newton Village Hall car park.  Fish and Chip Van extra visit. This will be their LAST VISIT to Buckland Newton as the business has been sold. There will be NO visit in September. Tikka Curry Van generally visits Buckland Newton on alternate Wednesdays.  See Dates for your Diary below for up-to-date information. Burger Van visits Buckland Newton most Friday evenings at the old bus shelter opposite Buckland Newton School. ‘Catch of the Day’ Fresh Fish Van visits the Gaggle of Geese Car Park 3.00 pm to 3.30 pm Wednesdays.

Temporary changes to Bin Collections and Waste

Services - statement by Dorset Council

“As you may already be aware, the effects of the widely-reported national HGV driver shortage - coupled with the continuing impact of the pandemic - are starting to disrupt some of our waste services. We are working hard to ensure that key waste services continue to run throughout this challenging time, but we are having to temporarily suspend or delay some garden waste collections so that crews can be redeployed to support vital rubbish, food and recycling collections. Litter bins are also being emptied less frequently in some areas of the county, and new bin deliveries are also being delayed. While we continue to work on tackling the problem: Always report your missed collection directly to Dorset Council, even if your whole street is affected. Our website has an automated system that will inform you what’s happening with your bins and provide guidance on what to do next (Weblink - Missed bin collection - Dorset Council) Please ensure your bins are out by 6am on your collection day. Some rounds are being carried out differently, meaning that we might turn up earlier or later in the day than usual If you find a litter bin is full, do not try to leave your litter on top/next to it or on the floor nearby – please take it home and place in your household bin. We also encourage people to report over-filled bins on the Dorset Council website (Weblink - Report a public litter bin problem - Dorset Council sel - Welcomef-service portal (achieveservice.com)) If any garden waste collections have to be cancelled/stood down we will contact customers directly to advise them. As compensation for any garden waste collections that were not received, we will automatically apply a discount to next year’s subscription fee. Rubbish, recycling, garden and food waste can be dropped off free of charge at any of Dorset’s household recycling centres, which are operating as normal. We will keep providing updates as the situation changes, and continue to speak with MPs to work on a long-term solution.”

Boosting Broadband in Rural Areas

Dorset Council is appealing to town and parish councils to help spread the

word that help is available to boost broadband in rural areas.  For more

information, please see the attached article - voucher funding may be

available for households/businesses with slow 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. 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.  


Prescriptions are delivered from Cerne Abbas Surgery to Old Chapel

Stores, usually after 3.30 pm, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


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.

Recycling and Refuse Collection and Calendar

You can find details of your rubbish and recycling calendar at


Travel & Traffic / Road Closures

Temporary Road Closures for 8 weeks from 2nd August, for Sewer

Renovation in Buckland Newton.  See Wessex Water information

and Amended Closure Notice.

Also see Parish Council Travel & Traffic page

Car Parking in Dorset:  Dorset Council has published proposals to transform the way they charge for car parking across the county, as well as the development of a new parking permit for Dorset residents.  Please see Parish Council Travel & Traffic page for details.

Weather Forecast

The nearest Met Office Weather Forecast location is Minterne Gardens. 

Click for a 7-day weather forecast.

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.


More from the Village…

Bonfires - please consider your Neighbours

Please be considerate if you wish to have a garden bonfire.  Smoke from

bonfires can be a real nuisance if neighbours have washing out to dry. 

Particularly with coronavirus, smoke can also cause extra difficulties for

those with breathing problems, such as asthma sufferers - please think

before lighting a bonfire.  For more advice from Dorset Council on bonfires

please see: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/environmental-


Regular Events

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.

Dates for your Diary

Below is a list of events taking place over the next few weeks.  You can also check the Buckland Newton Community Facebook page for last- minute news of events.  If you want your local event publicised here, please e-mail Webmaster ; also please e-mail if you have to cancel your event so that the events diary can be kept up to date. Wednesday 22nd September, 8.30 pm, Gaggle of Geese Quiz Night - the popular Gaggle quiz returns! Teams of up to six. Book a table for your team. Wednesday 22nd September, 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club returns.  Mat Jarvis, Head of Higher Education at Kingston Maurward College ‘My Time as a Horticulturist Therapist’. There will be a complimentary drink to welcome you back and free entry for all. Friday 24th September, please note change of date to Friday 1st October due to unforeseen circumstances! 10.30 am to noonish, Buckland Newton Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  The Village Cafe returns; please see the Village Cafe page for current rules under Covid! Sunday 26th September, Service at Holy Rood Church.  10.00 am Holy Communion.  Social distancing and masks will apply. Friday 1st October, 10.30 am to noonish, Buckland Newton Vilage Hall.  Village Cafe.  The Village Cafe returns; please see the Village Cafe  page for current rules under Covid! Saturday 2nd October, 10.00 am to noon, Pulham Village Hall.  Coffee Morning.  Homemade Cakes, Raffle, Everyone welcome.  All reasonable steps will be taken to ensure safety of everyone who attends. Wednesday 6th October, 3.30 pm, Parish Field (opposite BN School).  Friends of Buckland Newton School (FBNS) AGM. Friday 8th October, Buckland Newton Village Hall.  Lunch Club.  The Fish and Chip van will be providing our lunch once again at the hall. Hope to see you all. If you have not put your name down please phone Diana on 345434 or Susan on 345760 for more details. Friday 8th October, 1.15 pm to 2.15 pm, Buckland Newton Village Hall car park.  Fish and Chip Van extra visit. This will be their LAST VISIT to Buckland Newton as the business has been sold. There will be NO visit in September. Saturday 30th October, 3.00 pm, Holy Rood Church, Buckland Newton.  Organ recital and Afternoon tea.  Join Richard Hobson (part time resident of Buckland Newton and the organist and Director of Music at the Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, in the West End of London and former Director of Music at Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood) as he provides an afternoon of music in our church. The afternoon will include the music of Samuel Wesley, JS Bach, Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Tickets are £10.00 (to include tea and cake) and available from Jon Sulkin on 07971 277 584 or Susan Moring on 01300 345760. All proceeds from the event will go towards the upkeep of our village church.  We look forward to seeing you there.
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