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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?

Major problems have been identified in the structure of the church roof. Please see the item on the Holy Rood Church page.

Rural Family Hub

There are plans to set up a Rural Family Hub in the Village Hall. For more information, click here or on ‘Rural Family Hub’ in the menu at left

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 (July 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 summer months are: Mondays - closed Tuesdays - open from 5.00 pm, food served from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm 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 Pizzas! - as sunny days return to the Gaggle gardens, keep an eye on our social media for when we are cooking from our wood-fired oven. Artisan style pizzas made from our own dough. Eat at the pub or takeaway. Currently we are planning on cooking our wood-fired menu on the evenings of Saturday 1st, 15th, 22nd and 29th June. 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 but owing to wet weather delays this is not now expected before August 2024. 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

Some homes in Dorset are at risk of flooding. Please see the Parish

Council website for information and advice. 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. £1.50 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. 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 20th July, 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm. The Old Rectory, Pulham. Tea on the Lawns. Live music by Sylva. (in the Village Hall if raining). Raising funds for our lovely historic church building. Saturday 20th July, 4.00 pm, St.Mary’s Church Cerne Abbas. ‘Soul full of Sunshine’ Choral Concert. Click on graphic at left for more information. Sunday 21st July. Service at Holy Rood Church. All-Age Tea Service with Baptisms of the Thornton family. Thursday 25th July, 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm, Gaggle of Geese. ‘Knit & Natter’. We meet fortnightly at the Gaggle of Geese, on Thursday afternoons. Everyone and all crafts welcome. Beginners and more skilled. Come along and join us for an afternoon of crafting (and nattering!) and we have cake! If you ’d like to know more please get in touch with one of us. Lyn Cox 01300 345739 and Jane Willis 01300 345477. Friday 26th July, 10.30 am to 12 noonish, BN Village Hall. Village Cafe. Tea.coffee and cake - as much as you like for £1.50. Open to everyone, locals and visitors. The cafe is a great time and place to catch up with friends and neighbours. Very friendly atmosphere and no-one will try to sell you anything! It could not happen without all of our splendid volunteer hosts and cake bakers. Some of our long-standing volunteers are hanging up their pinnies, so we need some new hosts and bakers. The rota is now being completed for next year. Our year runs from September to July - excluding August and December - 10 cafes per year. If you would like to host a session and/or bake a cake or would like further information, please call Lyn to discuss. Lyn Cox 345739 Liza Hill 345230 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 Saturday 27th July, 12.00 noon to 4.30 pm, Holnest Church DT9 5PU (on the A352 Sherborne to Dorchester road). Holnest Summer Fete. See July Lydden Vale News for more information. Sunday 28th July. Service at Holy Rood Church. 10.00 am Holy Communion. Wednesday 21st August, Gaggle of Geese. Wedding Fair. The organisers of the Sturminster Wedding Fair have teamed up with us to host a summer Wedding Fair in the Gaggle gardens. Perfect opportunity to showcase local businesses and for prospective brides & grooms to look for ideas. Get in touch for more details - 01300 345249. Bank Holiday Monday 26th August. Buckland Newton Village Fete. The Fete Committee is well into planning for this year’s Fete but more help and volunteers are needed. Please see the Village Fete page for more details. 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 Saturday 21st September, 7.00 pm, Holy Rood Church. “A Dorset Extravaganza” featuring The Dorset Wrecks sea shanty group. A sea shanty group formed in 2013. Also included will be some stories of the hidden history of Dorset and not just buttons and knobs! It promises to be a lively evening. All funds raised will be dedicated to the essential Chancel Roof Repairs so please, help us ‘Raise the Roof’ Tickets will be £10pp from Jon Sulkin – 07971 277584 or Diana Wells – 01300 345434
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