© 2021 Buckland Newton Community Website Committee                         Last updated 14th May 2021 20:15                 Website design and update by Jeremy Collins

Village Fête

Buckland Newton Village Fête normally takes place each year on August Bank Holiday


Buckland Newton Community Website
in the heart of rural Dorset

2020 Buckland Newton Village Fete - Cancelled

Unfortunately, given the current circumstances the Fete Committee, sadly, don’t feel it’s possible to hold the village fete this year. Obviously being mindful of the government guidance, the concerns that our volunteers might have and the pressures of timescale. We agreed it would be nice to support or facilitate some form of village event when it feels appropriate to do so. We are always hugely appreciative of the support and help we receive from everyone and it will be an event that will be sorely missed, but we plan to return with renewed enthusiasm next year. Take care. Best wishes Simon, Amanda, Alan, Susan, Kate Parish, Kate Pope

2019 Buckland Newton Village Fete Results

The full report on this year’s Village Fete, including the Financial Results and Allocation of Funds (3 pages) is now available.  Click to view.

August 26th 2019, 12.00pm – 4.00pm at The Gaggle of Geese - Supporting our village!

What a great day!

It had been a tricky year for the fête given that the previous Chair, Treasurer and several of the established committee members stepped down last year, resulting in a new Chair (Simon Colquhoun) and new Treasurer (Kate Parish). This meant the formation of a new committee, who made the early decision to move the fête back to the gardens of the Gaggle of Geese. Overall, we were very pleased with how the event ran and have received lots of positive feedback; it was fantastic to see so many of the community coming together to celebrate our village. After accounting for expenses and running costs, we are pleased to confirm that through the hard work of all involved, we raised £5327 (up from £4538 in 2018). We received 18 requests for funds from the local community and, combined with the reserves from previous fêtes, we decided to allocate over £6000 to support this year’s selected requests. The details of the takings, and of the beneficiaries, will be available shortly on this website. We wanted to take this opportunity to thank all those who helped make 2019’s fête possible, individuals and businesses, and Buckland Newton Hire for sponsoring the fête programme. Planning is already underway for next year and we would be hugely grateful to anyone who would like to get involved; particularly those who would consider joining the organising committee. Best wishes from the committee: Simon Colquhoun, Kate Parish, Amanda McKenna, Susan Simmons, Alan Simmons, Kate Pope

Our Fete included

Cake Competition – Brownies & Cupcakes Scarecrows – celebrating our rural community, a fun scarecrow competition.  The scarecrows were dotted around the fete. Photography Competition – we are fortunate to live in beautiful surroundings with a thriving village community and entrants captured this through our photo competition with the topic of ‘Village Life’. Entries were displayed at the Fete in the Skittle Alley and the winners chosen by popular vote on the day. The winning photos will be included in a Village Calendar with all profits going to the Fete community fund. Tug-Of-War Dog Competition – the very popular Dog Show returned for another year.