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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 (January 2022) 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.  Christmas in the Old Chapel Stores - click to

see what’s available!

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.  Monday 3rd January til Friday 21st January - closed to give us and our hard-working team a break! Open again from 3pm on Friday 21st for the It's Friday! Club.  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/ . 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.

Proposed Blue Badge Car Park Charging Policy

You may recall seeing communications about Dorset Council’s intention to align parking charges across Dorset Council car parks, on-street parking and car park permits. As part of the Parking Transformation project, it was recognised that along with other car parking charging alignment that the policies for Blue Badge car park charging also needed to be brought into line.   Through public survey and discussion groups with Blue Badge holders, the proposed policy is designed to meet the needs of Blue Badge holders, is easy to understand and is consistent across the Dorset Council area.  The Policy Document can be viewed here.  Please send any comments to parkingtransformation@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk by Wednesday 2nd February 2022.

Dorset Council launches Public Consultation, on eight

proposed Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs)

Included in the proposals are 2 PSPOs which outline measures to address issues around camping on beaches and to help with the prevention of wildfires. The draft Dorset Beaches PSPO and Open Land PSPO cover areas where the council has evidence of a significant and continued increase in complaints, damage and destruction of natural habitat. These are the key areas identified and additional areas will be considered as part of the ongoing consultation process.  A further six PSPOs are proposed to replace existing Orders that cover West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland, which are due to expire next year. The new PSPOs are set at town level for Weymouth, Portland, Dorchester, Bridport, West Bay and Lyme Regis and aim to renew and introduce powers that can be used by the council and partners to address anti-social behaviour.  Click here to find out more and take part in the consultation.

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

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.  £1.20 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. Friday 14th January.  Second Friday Lunch Club.  Our unavoidably delayed Christmas Dinner at the Halsey Arms.  Turkey roast, Christmas pudding, crackers etc will all be provided. We are all looking forward to it. Please let Diana (345434) or Susan (345760) know if you would like to join us. Sunday 16th January.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  4.00 pm All Age Service. Monday 17th January, ‘Basilico’ Pizza Van.  See  Buckland Newton Community Facebook Page for details. Wednesday 19th January, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Buckland Newton Parish Council Meeting.  All welcome. Friday 21st January.  Gaggle of Geese pub re-opens after their well- deserved New Year break. Wednesday 26th January, 8.30 pm start, Gaggle of Geese.  Gaggle Quiz Night - our popular monthly quiz. Teams of up to six. £2.00 per person (or free if you dine first). Friday 28th January, 10.30 am to noonish, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  Well, we are keeping the windows and doors open for ventilation, sanitising our hands, wearing our masks to come in, signing in and cleaning the chairs after use. So far it hasn’t been too cold or windy, but the next one is the last Friday in January! 10.30 am to noon. Do come along to the cafe if you would like to have a chat, coffee, tea and homemade cake - altogether if you like. Cost £1.20. Have mufflers, gloves and thermal vests with you. See ‘Village Cafe’ page for details. Sunday 30th January.  No Service at Holy Rood Church but Benefice Communion Service at 11.15 am at St. Mary’s Cerne Abbas.. Sunday 30th January, from 6.30 pm, Gaggle Geese.   Artsreach Show - 366 Days of Kindness.  On August 18th, 2011, in response to the UK riots and after a chance encounter in a post office, Bernadette Russell embarked on a reckless mission to be kind to a stranger every single day for a year. This show, part stand up, part storytelling, charts this amazing year, which began with burning buildings, and ended with the flame of the Olympic torch. It attempts to answer the question: “is it possible to change the world just by being kind?” You might laugh. You may cry. You could win one million pounds (really).’ Bernadette Russell is an author and performer who lives and works in Deptford. She has created work for the National Theatre, Southbank Centre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Thames Festival, National Trust, English Heritage, BFI and LIFT Festival amongst many others. ‘366 Days of Kindness’ has been specifically designed for pubs and is touring with Artsreach as part of the Inn Crowd. Suitable 14+ A ticketed show.  More details and tickets (just £5) are available via www.ticketsource.co.uk/gaggle Saturday 5th February, 7.30 pm, BN Village Hall.  Artsreach presents ‘Loshn’, a Klezmer trio exploring the traditional music of Ashkenazi Jewish Culture.Their intimate chamber music style arrangements speak, sing and dance with the tradition’s distinct Yiddish accent and vocabulary. Collectively bringing together over 30 years of experience, the members of Loshn are an exciting collaboration between one of the UK’s most established and acclaimed Klezmer musicians and the next generation of Klezmorim. Fiddle player Anna Lowenstein and clarinetist John McNaughton are joined on accordion by Susi Evans (She’koykh and The London Klezmer Quartet) to make up a trio of balanced and accomplished voices. Tickets £10.00, £5.00 (under 18’s), £25.00 (family) in advance from 01300 345455 or The Old Chapel Stores or online at artsreach.co.uk .  Bar available.  Covid-19 event guidance at artsreach.co.uk  Saturday 5th March, 10.30 am, BN Village Hall.  CPR and Defibrillator Training Session.  There is a Training Session at the Village Hall with Kate Fisher from SWAST. She will talk for around an hour or so on how to use the Defibrillator and how to do CPR.This is a very good introduction for people who are recently arrived in the village and for those like me who need a refresher! It is the sort of general knowledge that everyone should have these days. Cost is £5.00 on the door. Runners are free. Please ring or email to book a place. Fizz Lewis 345521 froglewis@hotmail.com
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