© 2021 Buckland Newton Community Website Committee                         Last updated 17th February 2021 16:30                 Website design and update by Jeremy Collins

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


There is a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) sheet on the Cerne Abbas Surgery website detailing how invitations for vaccinations will be issued. There is a separate Buckland Newton Coronavirus page on this website.  You can use this new page to find announcements relating to 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.     Buckland Newton Parish Council

Dorset Council Local Plan Consultation

Dorset Council have produced a draft Local Plan containing proposals for guiding future development in the Dorset Council area up to 2038. The plan outlines the strategy for meeting the needs of the area such as housing, employment, and community services including schools, retail, leisure and community facilities. For more information, please see the Parish Council Website  More from the Village… Below is a list of regular events and 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.

Road Closures

Road Closure - Main Road, Pulham.  Main Road, Pulham, from Pulham Business Park to East Farm Lane, will be closed from 1st February to 23rd April to replace a water main.   Details of the closure and diversion routes

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- health/bonfires.aspx

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.


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.

Weather Forecast

The nearest Met Office Weather Forecast location is Minterne Gardens.  Click for a 7-day weather forecast.

Recycling and Refuse Collection and Calendar

You can find details of your rubbish and recycling calendar at https://www.bucklandnewtonparishcouncil.org.uk/refuse_and_recycling.htm

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 currently closed except as follows, but please check their website for latest details:  We are continuing the Gaggle takeaway options on Friday evenings, with Roasts on Sunday, plus the Pop-up Bakery on Saturday mornings.  See the Gaggle website  for menu.  Takeaway is pre-order only.  Book a timeslot.  Call to order & pay 01300 345249 or leave name & number. Our current project - a double-decker bus that has been converted to soft play.  It will be ready once Coronavirus restrictions allow us to use it, for young visitors and kids’ parties. How to contact us: 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

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.  

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 current (February 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. 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.

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.

Regular Events

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 23rd February Tuesday 30th March 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. 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

Wednesday 17th February, 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm, Old Bus Shelter opposite BN School.  Tikka Curry Van. Sunday 21st February.  1st Sunday in Lent.  No Family Service in the church, but join our Zoom Family Service at:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82101932373?pwd=Tm5QSE80R3Aydi93WGov RkJLMXM3UT09  Meeting ID: 821 0193 2373   Passcode: 833672.  Join us to talk about LENT and tell us if you "tossed a pancake". 12.00 noon Zoom service from Cerne Abbas; link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88025163906?pwd=WmtnTEtXRWIzbmdjWWY 2S2xGcXRYUT09   Tuesday 23rd February, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm (last orders), Old Bus Shelter opposite BN School.  Fish and Chip Van. Sunday 28th February.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, modern language).  12.00 noon Zoom service from Cerne Abbas; link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88025163906?pwd=WmtnTEtXRWIzbmdjWWY 2S2xGcXRYUT09 Sunday 7th March.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Morning Prayer.  12.00 noon Zoom service from Cerne Abbas; link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88025163906?pwd=WmtnTEtXRWIzbmdjWWY 2S2xGcXRYUT09 Tuesday 9th March, 7.30 pm.  Parish Council Meeting via Zoom.  If you wish to ‘attend’ please contact the Parish Clerk at bucklandnewton@dorset-aptc.gov.uk for joining instructions.
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