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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

Jubilee Flower Festival Champagne Raffle Winners

236 BLUE  Matthew ℅ Liz Fox 216 PINK  Susan and Sarah Cheyns 197 PINK   Lyn Cox 167 PINK   Susan Moring 195 BLUE   Jean Franklin         184 BLUE   Andy & Geri 190 PINK  Fizz Lewis

Wessex Internet

Subject to demand, Wessex Internet are considering running fibre broadband to Buckland Newton.  If interested (no obligation) go to https://wessexinternet.com/order/interest There are good reports from current users of their wireless broadband connection (you need line-of-sight to Bulbarrow mast and an aerial for the wireless connection).  The above would be a fibre alternative.

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 (June 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.  Facebook page at


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.    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/ . Pizzas! - Wednesdays & Saturdays - if you have visited the Gaggle of Geese garden recently, you may have spotted our new shiny Airstream complete with new pizza oven! This should mean we can do wood-fired pizzas more often! We are planning to regularly make pizzas on Wednesday & Saturday evenings. Check out our Facebook page and website for latest pizza news and menus. Tikka Curry Van generally visits Buckland Newton on alternate Wednesdays (alternating with Basilico Pizza Van).  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. ‘Basilico’ Pizza Van visits alternate Wednesdays (alternating with Tikka Curry Van) 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm.  Pre-order 07403 566808 or www.basilico.uk  ‘Catch of the Day’ Fresh Fish Van visits the Gaggle of Geese Car Park 3.00 pm to 3.30 pm 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 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.

Recent Flooding

The PC has had a request from Flood Risk Management Dorset Council for anyone who had flooding issues in October or since to report it on the Flood Online Reporting Tool (FORT). The tool allows users to specify the type of flooding (external or internal) as well as many other important details. Users can also upload photos and videos to their reports. They said it is important that the full extent of the impact of the flood on a community is recorded on FORT as it has a significant impact on the resources we might be able to generate to investigate and mitigate the flood threat.

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. Thursday 2nd June to Sunday 5th June, 10.30 am to 4.30 pm each day, Holy Rood Church Buckland Newton.  ‘Our Tribute to Her Majesty’ Flower Festival.  See details alongside. Flower Festival Champagne Raffle Winning Numbers 236 BLUE  Matthew ℅ Liz Fox   216 PINK  Susan and Sarah Cheyns 197 PINK   Lyn Cox 167 PINK   Susan Moring 195 BLUE   Jean Franklin          184 BLUE   Andy & Geri 190 PINK  Fizz Lewis   Wednesday 22nd June, 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm, Old Bus Shelter opposite BN School.  Tikka Curry Van. Friday 24th June, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon(ish), Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  Last Friday in the month, every month except August when we are making cakes for the Fete and December when we are eating too much already, is the volunteer Village Cafe at the Village Hall 10.30 to around 12.00 noon. Tea/coffee, cake as much as you want for £1.20 (instant coffee) or if you want freshly ground coffee bean coffee it’s £1.50. Cafe is welcoming, easy and a relaxed atmosphere. Do try if you haven’t already.  More information Fizz Lewis 345521 Saturday 25th June, 7.00 pm, Gaggle of Geese.  Barn Dance.  The band Tatterdemalion will be helping us to host a barn dance in our new marquee. Dancing from around 7.00 pm. Although it is an expensive event for us to run, we are not making it ticketed...instead we will have donation buckets out for those that attend with a suggested donation of £5 per person.  Sunday 26th June.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  10.00 am Holy Communion. Monday 20th June, 9.30 am, BN Village Hall.  Buckland Newton Village Hall AGM.  All welcome. Saturday 2nd July, 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.  Community Litter Pick.  All equipment will be provided.  Meet at the Parish Pavilion at 10.00 am for coffee and pastries.  Please contact Parish Councillor Christina Manny for further information and to confirm attendance (for catering and equipment purposes 07876 567999 or christinamannybnpc@gmail.com Saturday 2nd July1.00 pm to 4.00 pm, The Old Rectory, Pulham.   Pulham Church Fete.  £2.00, children free.  Bar, BBQ, Music with Sylva, Stalls, Skittles, Tea/Coffee, Ice Cream, Cakes etc, Raffle and Silent Auction, enjoy free access to beautiful Rectory gardens.  By kind permission of Gilly and Nick Elliott. Saturday 9th July, 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm, The Manor House, Buckland Newton.  Church Family Barbecue (by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Covell)Come and meet and greet and enjoy a lunch of chicken, sausages, burgers, jacket potatoes with salads.  Veggie option available.  Summer fruits and cream to follow.  Licensed Bar.  Tickets £12.00, children under 15 £5.00 from Jon Sulkin (07971 277584) or Diana Wells (01300 345434). Wednesday 20th July, 2.30 pm.  Gardening Club visit to the Private Ryewater Nursery at Bishops Down, Sherborne, DT9 5PL.  This is not a nursery for plants as its name might suggest, rather it is a paradise for Butterflies and Moths.  We will enjoy a guided tour and may also see butterflies not usually seen in this country.  After the tour there will be an opportunity for a picnic and there is an undercover area if the weather is not on our side. There is no charge for this tour but a donation to Dorset branch of Butterfly Conservation will be appreciated. Saturday 30th July, Gaggle of Geese.  Gaggle Fest.  One of our highlights of the year, our annual music festival. Live bands, hog roast kids area, pizzas, BBQ, garden bar and more!  Bands this year include Stone Groove, Swamp Stomp Stringband, Chief Lazarus, Fiddleback, Rip It Up and RaZar.  Tickets on sale now!  Also available via www.ticketsource.co.uk/gaggle   Tickets sold out last year...so don't miss out. Wednesday 10th August.  Gardening Club evening visit to the garden at Buckland Place, Buckland Newton, with an opportunity to picnic afterwards.  Further details to follow.
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