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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

Country Watch Dorset

Dorset Police have launched Country Watch Website, a one-stop rural resource centre for all things rural crime related in Dorset. #CountryWatch Check out the website here: http://www.countrywatchdorset.co.uk/

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 (December 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 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.  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 Wednesday and 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.  If you have visited the Gaggle of Geese garden recently, you may have spotted our new shiny Airstream complete with new pizza oven!  Following our successful summer of pizzas and wood-fired menu, we are continuing to offer them on Wednesdays - eat at the pub or takeaway. 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.

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 3rd December, 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, Holy Rood Church.  Festive Christmas Fayre.  Bacon butties, Tea/Coffee and Mince Pies, Children’s crafts and activities, Christmas Wreaths, Produce, Bring and Buy.  Also including: the next stage of the Advent Trail Challenge. Sunday 4th December.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  10.00 am Matins. Sunday 11th December, Gaggle of Geese.  Artsreach present ‘No 9 Bus to Utopia’.  Tickets £5.00 on sale via www.ticketsource.co.uk/gaggle Sunday 18th December.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  4.00 pm All Age Service, including the next Advent Trail Challenge Wednesday 21st December, 8.00 pm start, Gaggle of Geese.  Xmas Charity Pub Quiz.   Teams of up to six people, book a table for your team - 01300 345249.
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BUCKLAND NEWTON PARISH COUNCIL  Clerk to the Council:  Mrs Sarah Mitchell, Hartmoor Farm, Pulham, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7ED  Tel:  01258 817288   Email:  bucklandnewton@dorset-aptc.gov.uk    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -                                                                                                                 NOTICE OF ONE CASUAL VACANCY FOR A PARISH COUNCILLOR     Due to the resignation of one Parish Councillor, Notice is hereby given that Buckland  Newton Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.     Do you want to serve your community?   Do you have time or expertise which could benefit your Community?   Do you want to make a difference to all those around you?   Are you concerned about your local area?   Do you want to represent the views of local people?    The Parish Council is looking for an active, enthusiastic and committed person, to fill the vacancy of Councillor that has arisen on the Parish Council.  You will be working on a wide range of topics, contributing in a positive and meaningful way to the local community.    A Parish Council is the closest level of local government to the community.  It is a local authority in its own right that makes decisions on behalf of the residents in its parish.  Buckland Newton Parish Council consists of 9 seats and Councillors are supported by a part time Parish Clerk.  The Council meets on the second Tuesday every other month at 7.00 pm  in the Parish Pavilion     The role of a Parish Councillor is a voluntary one and full training is available.  It is a hands  on role, from reviewing budgets, policies and risk assessments to addressing parishioner concerns, carrying out maintenance work and organising events.    If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, please contact the Parish Clerk for  further information or an application form.  The deadline for applications is 5 January 2023.