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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

Buckland Newton’s Holy Rood Church at risk?

from the Vicar, Jonathan Still: Dear Friends, We have some news on the condition of Holy Rood Buckland Newton Chancel roof! It has been a long wait to get the specialists and scaffolding and safety checks. The good news is that the initial tests have shown that there is no asbestos present. Removal of the ceiling panels has revealed is that they have been acting as traps for condensation moisture. Water vapour has been able to enter into the space behind where the oak boarding supports the lead roof covering directly above. The vapour has then condensed into liquid water on the underside of the relatively cooler northern face of the roof. This moisture has allowed the development of localised areas of bacterial and fungal rot in the timbers over a long period. Our architect and contractors are now devising a plan for remedial work. Because of the weight of the timber and lead covering, this will not be able to be done from inside. It appears therefore that an external scaffold roofing over the chancel will be required to enable the replacement of the areas of rotten timber, and then the replacement of the lead roof incorporating some vents to enclosed spaces. The chancel is the oldest part of Holy Rood. It has been here since being built by Glastonbury Abbey in the C13th. We will soon have a plan to remedy the problem. Then we will have to work out how the remedy can be funded, so expect to hear more from me! The problems with the chancel roof were found when our architect carried out his Quinquennial Survey last year and this also identified various repairs needed to the roofs, stonework and rendering, etc. these need to be addressed over the next 1 to 4 years. The PCC members together with our architect will be addressing these items shortly and some may be incorporated with the chancel roof works. I remain very grateful to the small team of Buckland people keeping Holy Rood alive and flourishing. Our services continue at 10am 1st, 2nd and fourth Sundays and 4pm on 3rd. We have several weddings booked for 2024 and 2025. It is always lovely to see you there.

Important information about traffic and parking near

Buckland Newton School

Please click on this link to see a public letter from the Parish Council concerning a proposal for a voluntary one-way system at school drop-off and pick up times.

Treasurer needed for BN Village Hall

We Need Help from You! Would you like to help your community in 2024? WOULD YOU LIKE TO MEET NEW PEOPLE AND JOIN OUR FRIENDLY cOMMITTEE? Could you give two hours a month to manage the Village Hall’s accounts and be the Hall’s Treasurer? To get in touch please contact Kate, Chair of the Committee 07860 582362

Switch off of analogue telephone lines

People may have seen a small amount of information about the intention by Openreach to change all landlines to digital by 2025. There is no national publicity about this changeover, but it will have quite a big effect for some people. Please click for more information about this changeover from Councillor Jill Haynes.

Helping farmers and land managers navigate changes

brought about by the Agricultural Transition

The support continues to include: Transition workshops, One-to-one support, Small group webinars, Digital training. For full details of the support and to register on any of the workshops please visit our website - https://businessinfopoint.co.uk/ffr/ or call 0800 592 872.

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 (April 2024) 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 Editor - Amanda McKenna, and Treasurer - Vinny McKenna. E- mail contact as above.

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.

Gaggle of Geese

Simon and Sarah at the Gaggle of Geese (Winner - Best Pub Garden 2023) 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. 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/ . Opening hours for the first few months of the year will be: Mondays & Tuesdays - closed Wednesday to Saturdays - open all day from 11.30 am. Food served from midday to 2.30 pm and then 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm Sundays - open from midday to 7.00 pm. Food served midday to 5.00 pm Tikka Curry Van generally visits Buckland Newton on alternate Wednesdays.

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 via BT to most residents in Buckland Newton. Wessex Internet is also bringing fibre broadband to Buckland Newton. 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

See Parish Council Travel & Traffic page

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. £1.30 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 10th April, 7.00 pm, Buckland Newton Village Hall. Lydden Vale Gardening Club. Derek Dexter, of the British Fuchsia Society, will enlighten members and guests with an illustrated talk on the subject of “Fuchsias, My Way”. Friday 12th April, 12.30 start. Second Friday Lunch Club. This month, on Friday 12th April, our lunch club outing is to the Sherborne Golf Club - DT9 4RN - for those who are driving. We suggest you allow a little extra driving time to get there as we like to sit down for about 12.30 p.m. Saturday 13th April to Monday 6th May. Cerne Giant Festival - Celebrating Humanity in the Landscape Three weeks of walks, talks and workshops for you to connect with the Landscape and cultural roots of Dorset. The CERNE GIANT FESTIVAL was born out of our vibrant May Day tradition, when the Morris Dancers and villagers gather at dawn on the Trendle, the original site of the village Maypole at the top of the Cerne Giant. Here we salute the sunrise and celebrate the start of summer with a barrel of Beltane Beer. We have a variety of events so everyone can explore their own connection with the landscape of Dorset and what it means to them. Any profits from the festival will go towards maintaining the fabric and work of the churches in the participating villages. All events will be on the website www.cernegiantfestival.org and on the Eventbrite page: www.eventbrite.co.uk Sunday 14th April. Service at Holy Rood Church. 10.00 am Holy Communion. Wednesday 17th April, Gaggle of Geese. Watercolour Day Course. A day course run by local artist Andrea. More details and how to book on our website and www.ticketsouce.co.uk/gaggle. Only eight places available so book soon! Thursday 18th April, 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm, Gaggle of Geese. ‘Knit and Natter’. We meet in The Gaggle every fortnight and there is usually cake to share. So, do come along and join us if you would like to share an afternoon of crafting - all levels of skill are welcome. There is always someone to help you with a tricky pattern or just share ideas. If you’d like to know more, please get in touch with one of us. Lyn Cox 01300 345739 and Jane Willis 01300 345477. Saturday 20th April, Gaggle of Geese. Nina Garcia. The ever popular Nina Garcia brings folk and pop live music to Tge Gaggle on hopefully a sunny evening! Booking recommended if you want to eat, or just pop down for a drink and jig! 01300 345249 Sunday 21st April. Service at Holy Rood Church. 4.00 pm All-Age Service. Wednesday 24th April, 8.30 pm start, Gaggle of Geese. Pub Quiz. our popular monthly quiz. Teams of up to six. £2 per person or free if you dine first. Quiz starts from 8.30pm. Book a table for your team! 01300 345249 Friday 26th April, 10.30 am to around noon, BN Village Hall. Village Cafe. Tea/coffee and cake, as much as you like for £1.30. Run by volunteers, who host it and make cakes for it. Open to everyone. Come along and join us to catch up with friends and neighbours. Lyn Cox 345739 Liza Hill 345230. Saturday 27th April, 11.00 am, Holy Rood Church. Annual Parochial Church Meeting. Followed by coffee and cake, everyone welcome. Saturday 27th April, 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm, Pulham Village Hall. The Pulham Village Hall Committee invite you to Afternoon Tea. Delicious home-made scones, cakes and finger sandwiches await! We look forward to welcoming you. All proceeds will go towards the upkeep of Pulham Village Hall. Cash Only please. Sunday 28th April. Service at Holy Rood Church. 10.00 am Holy Communion. Saturday 4th May, 10.30 am - 2.30 pm, Pulham Village Hall. Coffee Morning in aid of Pulham Church Fund. Come and enjoy a cuppa, delicious home-made cake and a catch-up with friends. Also, the Pulham £1 stall, plus plants and seeds. Help preserve our lovely historic Church building. Saturday 4th May, Gaggle of Geese. Celebrating another year at the Gaggle (six years since we re-opened the Gaggle!). Join us in the gardens with music from Aphrodite Duo. Treat yourself to a wood-fired pizza and have a boogie. Book if you would like to eat. 01300 345249 Saturday 11th May, 10.00 am to 12.00 pm. Buckland Newton Plant Sale, in aid of Weldmar Hospice. There will be a few willow wigwams for sale on the day, but if you would like to order one please contact Carole Spencer on 01300 345770 by the 31st of March. Tuesday 14th May, 1.00 pm until 5.00 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall (Kettle Bridge Lane, DT2 7GY). Cerne Abbas Surgery Health & Wellbeing Event, hosted in collaboration with our Patient Participation Group (PPG). Take a step towards a healthier lifestyle with us! Whether you're curious about fitness tips, support with being a Carer, emotional health support, help with setting up your NHS App, or simply seeking a friendly chat, our event has something for everyone. Wednesday 15th May, Gaggle of Geese. Block Printing Day Course. A day course run by Barbara from Basha Furnishings. Learn how to block print and make your own table linen. More details and how o book on our website and www.ticketsource.co.uk/gaggle . Only 6 places available. Saturday 1st June, Gaggle of Geese. Craft and Producers’ Market. We are in the process of organising a summer market supporting local artisan crafters and producers. A sunny afternoon in the Gaggle gardens, stalls, crafts, local tipples and good food! Get in touch if you are local crafter or food producer and would like a stall. Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July, BN Village Hall. Buckland Newton Youth Club’s Pop-up Museum. Members of Buckland Newton Youth Club will turn the village hall into a pop-up museum for one weekend only. Items are expected to include old photographs of the village, history of some of the buildings, perhaps a family tree of a local family, even old farm machinery, clothes and other items of local interest. Saturday 27th July 2024, Gaggle of Geese. Gagglefest 2024. Our annual family-friendly music festival. Seven bands (headliners, The Entitled Sons), two stages, pizzas, BBQ, scrumpy bar, hog roast, kids zone and more! Tickets now available at early bird prices over the bar or via www.ticketsource.co.uk/gaggle Bank Holiday Monday 26th August. Buckland Newton Village Fete. The Fete Committee has already had its first planning meeting for this year’s Fete. If you would like to get involved, have any bright ideas or would like to join the committee than do get in touch. Committee meetings are normally every six weeks at the pub! The Fete is a fantastic event for the community and raises much-needed funds for local causes. If interested in supporting in some way, then e-mail Simon via info@gaggleofgeese.co.uk
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