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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 Community Property Trust 2-Bedroom Cottage in Lydden Meadow for rent (available May/June 2021). For more details, please click on graphic below.  Also see www.lyddenmeadow.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.  


Prescriptions are delivered from Cerne Abbas Surgery to Old Chapel

Stores 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


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.

Buckland Newton Facebook

Buckland Newton Community Page at


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. 2021 Dates: Tuesday 27th April Tuesday 25th May Tuesday 29th June Tuesday 27th July No visit in August Tuesday 28th September Tuesday 26th October Tuesday 3oth November No visit in December Tikka Curry Van generally visits Buckland Newton on alternate Wednesdays.  See Dates for your Diary below for up-to-date information.

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.  The Gaggle is

now open again, 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/ . 

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. Pop along for more

information on what is available and support your local shop.

Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheOldChapelStores

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 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.    

More from the Village…

Children’s Play Area

The Children’s Play Area will be CLOSED with immediate effect if the

Covid Safety Rules posted are not adhered to.

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-


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 seeks 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 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 Colquhoun. 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.

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.  Following restrictions on community activities, the Lunch Club is presently suspended. 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. Following restrictions on community activities, the Village Cafe is currently suspended.

Dates for your Diary

Below is a list of events taking place over the next few weeks.  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. Sunday 18th April.  Service at Holy Rood Church. 11.00am All age service, led by Helen and Jan. Sunday 25th April.  Service at Holy Rood Church. 11.00am Service of Holy Communion - modern language. Saturday 1st / Sunday 2nd May.  Impromptu Village Plant Sale.   This is to cheer us all up and give us something to look forward to as much as raising funds for the Joseph Weld Hospice. The intention is to be fun and provide an impetus for us gardeners to enjoy sowing and potting and for buyers to be ready to look for bargains. It will all be outdoors so, virus willing, ought to be sufficiently COVID safe by May (Rule of six applies). For full details, please click here and/or keep an eye on the BN Facebook  page. Nicki Barker 345238 (“ad hoc” organiser… in the loosest sense… with Fizz 345521) Tuesday 11th May, 7.30 pm.  Parish Council Meeting.  Venue t.b.a.
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BUCKLAND NEWTON  FOR RENT  2 BEDROOM COTTAGE IN LYDDEN MEADOW    Bramble Cottage     Available May/June 2021          Weekly rent £118.01+ Ground Maintenance Charge £2.90    Applicants must have a local connection to Buckland Newton or the immediately surrounding villages via birth, living, family, work or school and not be in a position to afford open market rent.    For further information on eligibility criteria and how to apply go to www.lyddenmeadow.co.uk  Application deadline 9th May 2021    IMPORTANT  To register your interest email nickibarker.uk@gmail.com or andrewstone389@btinternet.com   and ensure you are registered on Dorset Councilís Housing list https://www.dorsethomechoice.org/dorset-homechoice/Content.aspx?wkid=4   Buckland Newton Community Property Trust is a non-profit making charity based on the Community Land Trust model.  It is run by volunteers from Buckland Newton for the greater benefit of the village and  its inhabitants.