Maiden Newton Village | RSS Feeds | Maiden Newton, Dorset: Village News (c) 2018 | Recent Posts about Maiden Newton en alacrify simple cms (c) 2009 - 2010 Sun, 24 Jun 2018 07:51:57 1 Maiden Newton Youth Club Fund-raising Event - Saturday 8th July 2017 MNYC are holding a Family Extravaganza starting from 5pm on Saturday 8th July 2017, there will be a barbeque, licensed bar, bouncy castle, live music from local band 'Kash Folding' and other awesome attractions. It will be held at Maiden Newton Youth and Community Centre DT2 0AX. Advance tickets: Adult GBP6 Child GBP3 On the door: Adult GBP8 Child GBP4 Family of four GBP20 and are available from Maiden Newton service station-Spar and Maiden Newton Stores. Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT Annual Art & Craft Exhibition 14th-15th July 2017 Maiden Newton Art Group are holding their Annual Summer Art & Craft Exhibition on 14th - 15th July at Maiden Newton Village Hall. The event starts on Friday 14th from 6pm - 9pm with wine & nibbles, and Saturday 15th 10 am - 4pm with Refreshments, Homemade Cakes, Craft Stalls and Demonstrations. Prizegiving will be at the end of the afternoon on Saturday. All are welcome and entry is Free! Tue, 30 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT Maiden Newton Annual Potato Day 2017 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Maiden Newton Potato Day & Seed Fair 2016 - Saturday 27th February - 10:30am - 14:00pm A pop up gardener's market. A huge range of 60 varieties of seed potatoes sold by tuber, Heritage and Heirloom seeds, onion sets, shallots and garlic bulbs, fruit trees, soft fruit, rhubarb, asparagus and flower and herb seeds. All are welcome, experienced gardeners, allotment veterans, newbies, come and talk to the experts, plenty of advice available. Share tips and talk all things gardening. FREE ENTRY, homemade cakes and refreshments, easy parking, next to Maiden Newton station -Local arts and craft exhibition/sale -Potato competition -Sunflower competition -Children's potato crafts -Organised by Maiden Newton Allotment Association (MNAA) & Pennard Plants For more info ring Charles Le Vay, Chairman MNAA on 01300 320974 or contact Karen on 07968 199303. Thu, 18 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT An Evening with Damien Lewis- Bradford Peverell talk Bradford Peverell Twinning Association (BPTA) Presents An Evening with Damien Lewis Followed by Book Sale and signing, Q & A Session, Light Snacks and Bar Friday, February 5, 2016 7.30 P.M. Join us at Bradford Peverell Village Hall for a session with noted local (Bradford Peverell) Author and ex-War Correspondent, Damien Lewis, who will be discussing his latest Book, 'The Nazi Hunters'. Damien grew up and went to school in the Dorchester area and speaks regularly at Literary Festivals - Hay, Edinburgh, Theatre Royal Bath etc. Damien has written a wide range of non-fiction books and thrillers, topping bestseller lists worldwide, including Special Forces classics, the Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller Zero Six Bravo and the Daily Mail's Book of the Year, 2014, 'Churchill's Secret Warriors'. He has raised tens of thousands of pounds for Service and Animal Charities and several of his books are being produced as feature films. More detailed information on Damien is available through his website - Tickets GBP7 or GBP5 for under 18s available through Paul Sherratt on 01305 269266. All proceeds to support BPTA.' Tue, 26 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT *NEW* Superfast Broadband in the Area! Get a subsidised price... Residents benefitting from better broadband Superfast broadband is now widely available to hundreds of residents and businesses in and around Maiden Newton, and close to 20% of those who can access fibre broadband have already taken a service. Superfast Dorset has completed the majority of its work to bring faster, more reliable broadband to the village and outlying communities. Residents in Cattistock and Chilfrome recently gained access to the new technology, too. The programme still has plans to extend coverage to Toller Porcorum later this year. Remember you have to order a new fibre service from a broadband provider to benefit from faster speeds. Speed and availability varies between properties. Now is the time to check with a provider to see what is available to you. Eligible businesses could get up to GBP3,000 to help cover installation of better broadband. This is a first come, first served scheme which will end when the national funding pot is gone. So apply now and don't miss your chance! More information on vouchers, coverage and how to sign up for fibre broadband is available on the Superfast Dorset website. Spread the good news so your whole community benefits! Coverage Map How to get it Business Connection Vouchers Why would I want it? And we're on Twitter @superfastdorset Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Cleaning Position Open In Village Voyager Cleaning Ltd- We have a cleaning vacancy available in Maiden Newton which is a keyholder position. -1.5 hours daily, Monday - Friday -GBP7/hour EITHER mornings 6:30-8am OR after 18:30 in the evenings. Please email for more information Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Site Renaissance Hello Maiden Newton! I work for Alacrify who are responsible for the maintenane of this site, and have recently been tasked with the upkeeep and management of the resurgence in the site's use. Over the coming months, I will be updating the content, and contacting other site users and contributors to notify them of our plans. If you would like to be involved, have any ideas for content, news stories, new pages, updated information, advertisements or anything else, please email me at The more interaction and contributions we can get from the villagers, the more useful and therefore better the site will be. It has the potential to be a social hub for the village, with space for event information, the council meeting's minutes, village history and much more! Thanks in advance, I look forward to working with you! -Alex Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Maiden Newton Village Show Week-end Maiden Newton is hosting a Show Week-end! Friday 14th August from 6.00pm to 9.00pm - Arts & Crafts Saturday 15th August from 10.00am to 4.00pm - Arts & Crafts Sunday 16th August from 2.00pm to 4.00pm - Produce Show with Prize-giving at 3.00pm The show will be held at Maiden Newton Village Hall Admission Free Teas, Cakes, Tombola & Raffle Produce Show schedule from all local shops Tue, 21 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT New Job Vacancy- Clerk to the Parish Council Jobs Available... There is currently a vacancy for the Parish Council Clerk job. You can read the details in a downloadable Word document here. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Blue Commotion With Zoe Schwarz Dance and Listen to this 2014 British Blues Awards Nominee at Cattistock Savill Hall on Saturday 13th September at 7.30pm Bar and 2 course supper GBP10 Tickets from Maiden Newton Stores, Cattistock Stores and Fox & Hounds Hilary on 01300-321027 or On the door subject to availability Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Maiden Newton Youth Football Club Tournament 2014 MAIDEN NEWTON YOUTH FOOTBALL CLUB ARE HOLDING THEIR 3RD ANNUAL TOURNAMENT UP AT THE RECREATION FIELD ON SAT MAY 24TH FROM 9.30AM. Please come along and support your local youth football club - lots of great refreshments, tombola and just a bit of football with over 20 local teams competing. Perhaps some of our local businesses in and around Maiden Newton would consider donating to our tombola prizes - it would be most appreciated and perhaps worth a mention on our PA. Drop me a line on or phone 07419 128240 am happy to pick up. Thu, 15 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT Potato Day & Pop-Up Allotment Shop Saturday 22nd February 2014 10.30am - 1.30pm FREE ADMISSION Village Hall, Station Road, Maiden Newton, DT2 0AE An opportunity to purchase products to start your food growing season. All are welcome, experienced gardeners, allotment veterans, those who have never grown a vegetable, come and talk to the experts, plenty of advice available. Over 80 varieties of seed potatoes per tuber, Heritage seeds, onion sets, shallots, garlic, fruit trees, soft fruit, kitchen garden plants, rhubarb. Refreshments provided, easy parking and access Organised by Maiden Newton Allotment Association and Pennard Plants Thu, 16 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Maiden Newton Arts & Crafts Exhibition Maiden Newton Village Hall is hosting the annual Arts & Crafts Exhibtion this Friday and Saturday (11th & 12th October). Open from 6 - 9 pm on Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturday. On the Saturday there are light refreshments available to purchase:- Tea/coffee and cakes all day and soup & rolls over the lunch period. For more information on the group, please click here Wed, 9 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT A FREE SERVICE is available to help the over 50's in Dorset to access information and improve facilities in their local area. Local people working as Wayfinders and Champions for the Dorset Partnership for Older People Programme (POPP) are on hand to provide help to older people. Ellis Ford is the POPP Wayfinder in Maiden Newton and provides support to individuals or a family member or friend who needs a helping hand to find out about the services and support available locally. Ellis will always try and find an answer, whatever the question. He has a large list of contacts and information on a variety of topics, including: Fire Service home safety checks, health services, support for carers, home aids, home care, food, transport, benefits and social activities such as lunch clubs. Julian English is the POPP Champion for Maiden Newton. Julian is here to listen to older people's concerns, identify opportunities, work with local organisations and develop activities in local communities. Successful services funded by POPP and supported by Champions include voluntary car schemes, memory cafes, exercise classes, tea dances and walking groups. Local older people with an idea for a project, service or amenity, or a concern about a service being lost or changed, should get in touch with Julian. Your POPP Champion is: Julian English - 07825 206050 - Your POPP Wayfinder is: Ellis Ford - 07825 264346 - Central Contact Number 01305 548111 About Dorset Partnership for Older People Programme (POPP) The aim of Dorset POPP is to encourage and inform people to help to build supportive communities which will enable older people to remain living in their own homes for as long as they wish. If you are interested in a role with the teams of Champions and Wayfinders in Dorset please contact Help & Care on 0300 111 3303 Dorset POPP is funded by Dorset County Council and NHS Dorset to improve the quality of life for people over 50 and to promote health, wellbeing and independence. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT New Swap Shop Initiative Maiden Newton resident, Donna Robson wishes to hear peoples thoughts on the following idea: If you're a fan of Kirstie Allsopp's Channel 4 programme 'Fill your house for free' you may have heard about 'Give and take days'. Think Swap Shop and you won't be far off track. For more information, see: How it works You bring along unwanted clutter from your homes and swap for something really useful, well that's the theory. No money changes hands. You may not get want you want but at least you know things are going to a good home. I would however suggest that we have a donations tin and give to a local cause such as the village youth and community centre. I'd like to hold one in the Village Hall this autumn, but need to know if anyone else is interested in joining me? To show your interest, please contact Donna on or 01300 321423 Fri, 9 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Maiden Newton Open Gardens this Sunday The weather looks good for yet another enjoyable Maiden Newton Open Gardens event, to be held in the village this Sunday (14th July) between 11.30am and 5.00pm. Show your support for this popular event, with all proceeds raised going towards St. Mary's Church, Maiden Newton. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT New Community Initiative BEFRIENDING IN MAIDEN NEWTON AND CATTISTOCK The Maiden Newton Befriending Scheme... doing the small things that make a big difference Many older people in Dorset are currently enjoying the benefits of WRVS community-based volunteer befriending schemes. WRVS is now working with the Maiden Newton surgery to establish such a service in Maiden Newton and Cattistock and the surrounding villages and hamlets. WRVS volunteers are local and offer their time on a regular basis to help older people to remain independent and active in their community. They do this in many ways - shopping, accompanied walks, walking the dog, reading, playing cards & board games, sitting to relieve a carer and, most importantly, just visiting & chatting over a cup of tea. New volunteers are always welcome to join WRVS. Each area has its own coordinator who will meet with you to talk about the type of work you would most enjoy and then introduce you to a person who will benefit from your company & support. As a member of our team, you will be fully supported by a local coordinator, receive induction and other relevant training. We are actively seeking new volunteers who are willing to give a small part of their week to help older people remain independent, doing the things they enjoy. We would also like to meet volunteers who are interested in training to be a co-ordinator in this exciting new scheme. The coordinator is supported and mentored by a line manager. The coordinator is also part of a network of coordinators across Dorset. This network provides additional support, facilitates sharing best practice and assisting with problem solving. The benefits to both volunteers and those using the service are numerous and rewarding; You meet new people You learn new things about others and the area in which you live People retain their independence and self-esteem Volunteers experience a feeling of contributing to an invaluable service and of making a real difference to the life of someone else. For more information please contact: Tina Damon - WRVS Befriending Manager on 07736 825 330 Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT Dorset Diggers Community Archaeology Group - statement The newly formed archaeology group for West Dorset has adopted as a main aim the promotion of Dorset's archaeological heritage to local people and visitors. Many members are resident in Maiden Newton, where the groups first site in located on the Drift Road, the old lane to Sydling. The group is excavating a structure about halfway up the lane which is made of stone, brick and tile. Is it a dwelling, industrial or agricultural? Does anyone have any ideas or information? Technical & Media Officer, archaeologist Chris Tripp stated: 'The excavation will aim to bring back a lost part of the heritage of the village. We will also engage the community in this research. This is a good opportunity for our members and the community to learn how to excavate a site to the highest standards. Our next project is a much larger one and could last 2-3 years, so we are excited by the long term research this project will afford us'. Through research, survey and excavation their aim is to communicate their work through all media outlets and interact with local communities wherever they are working with educational exhibitions and talks. This is a campaigning group championing Dorset heritage and with community access at its heart. The group also has a commitment to attract more people to see Dorset's heritage for the good of the counties economy. Many people visit the county because of the Word Heritage Coast, to access its unique and famous fossil bearing geology. However, Dorset has wonderful countryside dotted with many important and rare human-made monuments, including Neolithic stone circles and long barrows, Bronze Age burial mounds, Iron Age hillforts and Roman buildings and structures, including more modern monuments from the Second World War. Through their forthcoming website and existing Facebook and Blog pages they will publish their work in the county, including walks and talks on the wonderful monuments in our landscape. Through an increase in sustainable tourism more people will stay in the county, shop in our towns and villages and eat in our restaurants. In the present economic situation more people are taking holidays in Britain and Dorset has unique attractions in its countryside, coast and heritage. The Dorset Diggers hope to work with existing organisations to attract more people to the county as well as open up access to local heritage for locals. Anyone interested in being part of this new and exciting heritage group can contact Chris or the secretary Alison: 07768695162 / Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Easter Activities at The Kingcombe Centre The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum have a great range of activities for all ages this coming Easter Starting with an exciting Easter Egg Hunt held within the grounds on Easter Sunday (31st march) from 10am - 3pm (with food available at the on-site cafe) and culminating with a morning exploring the freshwater life in the River Hooke on Thursday 11th April, from 10am - 12pm. Click the image below to download a PDF version or click here for contact details. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT Exciting Activities this Half Term from the Kingcombe Centre The Kingcombe Centre at Toller Porcorum are holding two great activities for children and adults this Half Term. Choose from 'Waking up Nature' on Tuesday from 10am - 12pm or 'Forest Friends' held on Thursday from 10am - 12pm. For more information, click here to download the flyer (pdf) Fri, 15 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT Platelet Donors needed in Dorset Giving Platelets is Priceless - Dorset Donors Needed for Dolphin Centre In 2013 Poole Donor Centre needs more donors from across Dorset with blood groups A-, A+, 0- and B+. NHS Blood and Transplant desperately need your help to ensure they can provide hospitals with enough platelets to treat patients who are recovering from transplant operations, emergency surgery where there has been major blood loss. But they are mainly given as theraputic treatment for those patients undergoing cancer treatments. People like Jackie, who had leukaemia and needed chemotherapy. Jackie is now in remission and is living life to the full with family and friends. Poole Donor Centre is centrally situated in Boots on the first floor of the Dolphin Centre so why not let your partner do a spot of shopping while you donate platelets? Donors who travel to the Donor Centre from all parts of the county from Sturminster Newton to Portland are sure of a friendly welcome at the Donor Centre. It only takes approximately 90 minutes to give platelets and donors can even watch a DVD or use your WiFi while donating. With every platelet donation you can help up to 3 adults or 12 children so it makes a massive difference to the patient who needs it. Hospital reserves can easily run low as platelets only have a shelf life of 5 days so with three bank holidays at Christmas and New Year, it's priceless. Amanda Whatley, Donor Relations Co-ordinator at NHSBT said: Please support patients on the path to recovery by considering platelet donation. If you already give blood, you can just switch to platelets if you meet the criteria.' A quick blood test will tell us if your platelet count is suitable. Women require an additional blood test to screen for antibodies. Then potential donors would be invited to look around the Centre and talk through the process. For more information or to book a visit to the centre, call the Donor Centre on 01202 359910 or visit Then once you've made your platelet donation, update your status on facebook, and like us at nhsblood and twitter @givebloodnhs Help Promote the Campaign - Click here to download a supporting poster (Word Doc). Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT Date for your diary - Maiden Newton Open Gardens 2012 Maiden Newton Open Gardens features again this year on Sunday 8th July 2012. Open from 11.30am - 5.00pm, adult tickets cost just GBP3.00 (accompanied children free) with all proceeds going towards St Mary's Church. As ever, there will be various stalls and a raffle on offer, with Ploughmans lunches being served from noon. Plus, their famous Cream Teas! There will also be chance to go on a tour of the newly refurbished church, having now been repaired after the fire damage from March 2011 (see seperate story). Download a copy of the poster. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT Villagers show support for a worldwide cause A group of villagers with colourful umbrellas got together on Saturday 5th May to have their picture taken for the international 'Join the Dots' day for All over the world on 5th May events took place to show that ordinary people do care about the effects of climate change and are prepared to do something about it. The picture was taken by Fire Station Manager Andy Elliott and a collection was taken for the Fire Service Benevolent Fund. If you want to know more about please go to the website and look for our picture there. I'd like to thank all those that turned out for this event which was one of about 30 in the UK. Anne Clements Tue, 8 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT goes International! has just launched its international service and received its first order from Sweden within hours of launch. Adam Smith, Director, commented: 'We've had significant interest over the past week from Germany, Luxembourg and Ireland amongst others. Given the clear demand for the services of Moth Prevention from Europe and beyond we felt it appropriate to launch into Western Europe as a first start point and then see how demand progresses - this is a significant move for us and further illustrates the reach of the internet from the depths of West Dorset!' The delivery charges are competitively priced just covering our costs and given our unparalleled service levels as well as a product range wider than the competition, our overall value to customers is evidenced by the strength of demand experienced in the UK. We are now targeting similar success in serving customers throughout Europe. This follows the launch of independent customer reviews in mid-February with results so far indicating excellent standards as well as being fully transparent to prospective customers. The future looks bright for this Maiden Newton based business. About is a UK based retailer based in Maiden Newton, West Dorset. Offering the UK's widest range of moth control products, the business prides itself on the pre-sales advice and overall service provided to its customers. Providing solutions for infestations of clothes moths, food moths, carpet moths and carpet beetles, is owned and operated by Frampton Retail Limited. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Could you save a life in your local Community? Cattistock and Maiden Newton Community First Responders have two complete sets of equipment, including defibrillators, so that they can operate from both villages easily. All they are lacking are volunteer responders. This fast response service is vital to ensure that patients in the local community receive essential life support until an emergency ambulance response arrives. For example, a patient who suffers a cardiac arrest stands an 85% chance of survival if they are defibrillated immediately. These odds decrease by 10% with every minute that passes without treatment. For more information and to find out how to volunteer, please visit or Community First Responders page. Fri, 6 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT 1 year on for Regular followers of the website (in it's current form) may be aware that it's recently achieved it's 1st birthday! The website was launched officially on 15th December 2010, with one of our first news stories featuring the heavy snowfall to hit the village (click here to read it). Now, a year on from this and the great British weather is living up to it's unpredictable nature - providing double figure temperatures, with no sign of snow on the horizon (for the current year atleast!). In terms of the website, we have just hit a significant milestone - our 10,000th site visit, from which over 7,500 were unique visitors. For businesses, organisations and groups who are based in or operate near Maiden Newton and Frome Vauchurch, the website is proving a valuable resource for people to go to for reference or just to browse and see what's on. Contact us to discuss ways we can help you promote your services to the local community. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the team. Fri, 23 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT Maiden Newton residents rally together to sweep flood water away From the Dorset Echo... ' Maiden Newton rallied round to stop flood water entering homes. 'As heavy rain storms battered Dorset, drains at Whitehall in Maiden Newton blocked and couldn't deal with the deluge. 'Residents noticed the water start to rise on Thursday evening and the whole street mucked in thorough the rain and wind, using brushes to sweep the water away.' Read the rest of the story here... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT Maiden Newton residents rally together to sweep flood water away From the Dorset Echo: ' Maiden Newton rallied round to stop flood water entering homes. 'As heavy rain storms battered Dorset, drains at Whitehall in Maiden Newton blocked and couldn't deal with the deluge. 'Residents noticed the water start to rise on Thursday evening and the whole street mucked in thorough the rain and wind, using brushes to sweep the water away.' Read the whole story here... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT New Business Startup In Maiden Newton is the latest new business to start trading from Maiden Newton in 2011. Selling the UK's widest range of moth control products, the new company opened its doors for online business on the 17th December. The business specialises in supplying all kinds of products to prevent, kill or repel clothes moths, carpet moths, food moths and carpet beetles. If you're in need of moth traps for your wardrobe or treatment for carpet moths then pay the site a visit. Calling All Businesses in Maiden Newton If you run a business in the village and would like some publicity on this website then do get in touch. Send us a quick summary of what you do and how people can get in touch with you and we'll try and add you into the site. Sun, 18 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT Christmas Services in 2011 Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas in Maiden Newton and Frome Vauchurch throughout December this year. Due to the fire damage in St Mary's Church and until further notice, all services will be held in Maiden Newton Village Hall unless otherwise stated. Worship Service - Sun 11th 9.30am at Maiden Newton Village Hall Carol Service - Sun 18th 6.00pm at Maiden Newton Village Hall Crib Service - Sat 24th 5.00pm at Maiden Newton Village Hall Holy Communion - Sat 24th 11.30pm at St. Francis Church, Frome Vauchurch Toy Service - Sun 25th 11.00am at Maiden Newton Village Hall Fri, 9 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT Rubbish & Recyling dates this Christmas in Maiden Newton Be sure to remember your revised kerbside rubbish and recycling date during the festive period this year... Normal day Rearranged day Monday 26 December Tuesday 27 December Tuesday 27 December Wednesday 28th December Wednesday 28 December Thursday 29 December Thursday 29 December Friday 30th December Friday 30 December Saturday 31st December Normal collections will resume on Monday 2 January 2012 Thu, 1 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT Fitness Classes in Maiden Newton We have just created a specific page with details on a range of fitness classes open to both new and experienced excersisers. Click here for more information on the classes available. Fri, 18 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Benefit the local community from your Christmas Shopping This Christmas, if you are planning to shop online for some (or all!) of your Christmas presents, make sure you visit This webpage has been setup by the Cattistock Community Fund, who's aim is to raise funds for a variety of causes and projects that benefit both Cattistock and the surrounding area. These include the Savill Hall and First Responders. How it works Your on-line purchases cost exactly the same as they would by going direct to the suppliers' websites. In fact it's the same website - you simply enter it through Easyfundraising. Your personal details are protected; your purchases are not revealed to anyone. It couldn't be easier, or safer. Remember! It's EASY and it costs you NOTHING. About Easyfundraising Thousands of retailers and service providers are signed up to it. In fact it's hard to find any company that sells on line that isn't on the Easyfundraising list. You make an on-line purchase through Easyfundraising, the retailer makes contribution to the Cattistock Community Fund. It's as easy as that. What do I need to do? Log on to: Register as a Supporter (takes seconds) Start shopping Save the site as a favourite. Want to know more? Glance at the website. Need help or advice? Call Wendy Gregory (320190) or Georgina Browning (321099). Thu, 10 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Public Transport in Maiden Newton We have updated the links to the Timetables for the local Bus Services for Maiden Newton and Frome Vauchurch (73, 202, 212 and 213) as provided by the website, First Great Western have also recently updated their Timetable for Maiden Newton railway station (Timetable 27), click to download it (pdf file). These links can also be found on our Public Transport page. Fri, 28 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT Big Breakfast this Saturday Maiden Newton Village Hall will be hosting a breakfast morning from 9-11am this Saturday (8th October), in aid of the Friends of St Marys Church, Maiden Newton. Entrance costs GBP4.00 per adult, GBP2.00 per child, with a family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) being GBP10.00. Food to include Full English Breakfast, Cereals, Juice and tea and coffee. Thu, 6 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT Table Tennis and BBQ - Sunday 25th Sept Maiden Newton Village hall will be hosting Table Tennis with a BBQ in aid of St Michael's Church, West Compton this Sunday (25th Sept) from 2pm - 6pm. Anyone is invited to come and play, socialise and enjoy a top-class BBQ, featuring produce from local farms. There will be two tables available, with bats to borrow, for anyone interested in having a go. There is a GBP7 entrance fee which includes the BBQ. For more information, contact Sue on 01300 320007 / 07976 968195 or click here to email Fri, 23 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT MNYFC Season starts this Saturday Maiden Newton Youth Football Club will be starting their 2011/12 season on Saturday 17th September on the field adjacent to the Youth and Community Centre. Registration starts at 9.00am with training from 9.30 - 11.00am. Everybody welcome from ages 5 - 16 years, with an emphasis on fun rather than results. For more information, please visit our page on the village website. Tue, 13 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT Parish Clerk Vacancy We've just posted on the website, details of the vacancy for a Clerk to the Maiden Newton Parish Council. Fore more information and contact details please click here. Fri, 2 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT Pantomime Helpers Needed Pantomime season is starting once again and the Frome Valley Music and Drama Society will soon be in rehearsal for our 2012 Panto. We are always looking for helpers with the production and if anyone is interested helping in anyway, either back stage or front of house please Cherri Dyke on 01300 320888 or if you would like to help with the costumes contact Vicki on 01300 320567. We are particularly requiring help with lighting a most important part of our production, so if you can offer any assistance please give me a ring. Auditions are being held on the 30th September 2011 at the Savill Hall, Cattistock at 7pm please come along whether you would like to be on stage or back stage. If you are unable to attend please telephone Cherri on 01300 320888. For more information, visit the Frome Valley Music and Drama Society page. Tue, 16 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT Diamond Celebrations for Happy Couple Congratulations to Maiden Newton residents Randall and Margaret Lloyd who celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary today. The couple are welcoming their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to the village for the coming weekend. For a full round up of their story, visit the Dorset Echo website. Thu, 28 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT Local Planning and Recycling Centres We have updated the Planning page with the latest list of planning applications from West Dorset District Council. We have also created a page with the location and opening times of the two nearest Household Recycling centres at Louds Mill, Dorchester and South Street, Bridport. Click here for more information. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT Summer Steam Trains Maiden Newton Station is again featuring on the Summer Season Steam Train calendar, with services passing through the station from July through to September. Sundays will see the visit of 'The Weymouth Seaside Express', running from Bristol to Weymouth. On most Tuesdays, there will also be chance to catch sight of a supporting locomotive heading to meet 'The Dorset Coast Express' at Dorchester, which runs from London to Weymouth. For those hoping to catch a glimpse of one of these impressive machines, visit our Summer Steam Trains page for more details and links to updated timetables. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT Archeology Walks Maiden Newton resident Chris Tripp, is interested in working with local Bed and Breakfast owners, looking to promote their accommodation to his Archeology groups: 'I am an archaeologist living in Maiden Newton, I take people out into the landscape to look at and appreciate the heritage of Dorset, whether they are visitors or locals.' 'I am looking to work with B&B owners so that more people are attracted to this area to stay and if they wish they have the choice to participate in my guided walks. This is an opportunity to attract a wider audience for B&B owners and a unique added selling point. There is a big following for archaeology and Dorset is rich in sites and monuments - it's not all about the World Heritage coast.' 'If you think this is for you please contact me via email or phone me on: 0776 869 51 62.' Mon, 4 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT Maiden Newton Open Gardens - Sunday, 10 July 2011 Why not come and take a stroll around the village and visit some of our lovely gardens. They will be opening from 11.30 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. Ticket prices are GBP2.50 (children accompanied by an adult are free). Lunches and Cream Teas will be served by our Marigold Tea Room Staff in the garden of Manor Farm House by kind permission of Gill and Alan Plummer. There will be an excellent raffle and stalls. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT Circus comes to Maiden Newton! Greenford School hosts Fred's Flying Circus on Friday 24th at 6.00pm and Saturday 25th June at 2.30pm. Tickets for each performance are GBP5 and are available directly from the school. Visit the Greenford School page for contact details. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT Show your support for a precious village asset! We've just updated the Maiden Newton Village Hall page to contain more information about hiring the hall and the facilities on offer there. In addition to this, there is now a dedicated news section, updating members of the community with any hall related news. Coming up on Wednesday 22nd June, the village hall committee are having their Annual General meeting and have welcomed all to attend. With many roles to fill, regular users are encouraged to have a representative on the hall committee, . Those interested, may like to read the newspaper story from the official opening on 11th April, 1958. Wed, 8 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT St Mary's Church - The Fire Two months have passed since a fire damaged part of the roof at St Mary's Church, here in the Maiden Newton. Below is an update on the road to repair, as supplied by John Trowbridge in June's edition of The Herald parish magazine. John states that 'every corner, nook and cranny of the building has been affected by smoke damage.' Inventory An inventory has now been completed of literally everything in the church - a total of 450 items at present! This will help with getting the cleaning company, a firm called 'Continuity' to establish what can or can't be cleaned so that we know what replacements will be required. The final bit of the inventory jigsaw will be the bell tower. Organ This has to be removed, lock stock and pipe, from the church before anything else can happen. Quotes are approved subject to final diocesan approval. The organ will be fully cleaned and restored before being brought back and rebuilt. Cleaning Once the organ is removed, scaffolding will be brought into church so that cleaning and repair can start. There will be general cleaning of eveything, walls, ceilings and all furniture and fittings. With many monuments and carvings, specialist cleaning will be taking place. Electricals Members have received a report and proposal for a complete provision of new electrical work to replace most of what we had that was extensively destroyed in the fire. Lighting will be looked at for possible improvement on what was there before. Roof The specification of repair is with the Diocese. Various firms have visited and tenders had to be in by the end of May. When they arrive, these will be discussed with the Insurers. Wed, 1 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT Train Station Walks Get active tomorrow (Wednesday 18th May) on an 8.5-mile circular walk visiting Cruxton, Wynford Eagle, Toller Porcorum and Chilfrome, meeting at Maiden Newton Station with trains from Weymouth (arriving 9.14am) and Bristol Temple Meads (arriving 10.37am). The popular 'Wessex Wanderer' guided walks from many of the railway stations on the Heart of Wessex line (Weymouth to Bristol) have recently restarted. For more information and a list of all 2011 walks, please download the pdf from here or alternatively call 0117 979 8628. Tue, 17 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT Calling all Maiden Newton Residents! We are offering each village within the Melbury Team the opportunity to have a stall at the Vintage Country Fayre on 17th July at West Compton to raise funds for your church. Think vintage, retro and 50's. Traditional children's entertainment; hook the duck, coconut shy, lucky dip, or pretty homemade crafts; bunting, pressed flowers, basket ware etc. Come along and enjoy what promises to be a great day! More info on: or contact Oonagh Stewart: 01300 320400 or Fri, 13 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT Maiden Newton's Royal Wedding Day Party A reminder for those looking to join in with the Royal Wedding celebrations in the village, Maiden Newton Preschool are holding a party for all on Friday 29th April, from 10.30am - 2pm. Entry only costs GBP1 for adults, with children free when accompanied by an adult. You can purchase your ticket on the door or from the Newsagents. Wed, 27 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT Village News Archives now online We've just completed a major addition to the Maiden Newton Village website. Throughout the year, you will be able to read a number of stories and articles that have featured in the local press on a certain date, from over half-a-century of Maiden Newton village life in our new Village News Archives section. Stories range from the important openings of the Village Hall and Fire Station, to a range of fun events and celebrations for all the community. To make sure you don't miss out on the next item, why not subscribe to the RSS Feed dedicated to the Archives. Not only this, we have also uploaded some photos showing places around Maiden Newton from times gone by. Click here to see them. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT Sample Saturdays throughout April Maiden Newton Stores are providing a variety of samples of tasty treats, in store every Saturday from 10am - 1pm throughout April. Below is a list of what they will be offering to whet your appetite... 2nd April - Framptons Butchers (Bridport) Sausage tasting, sourced and made locally 9th April - Longmans Cheese (Somerset) Try a variety of different cheeses 16th April - Manna Organic (Dorset) Top Quality dishes and desserts using the finest local ingredients 23rd April - Purbeck Ice Cream Locally made - who wouldn't want to try it! 30th April - Evershot Bakery A range of bread and cakes to try, from just up the road Thu, 31 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT Fire at St Marys Church A passer-by spotted smoke coming from the roof of St Mary's Church around 6.20 am this morning. The BBC Dorset news story states that some damage has occured to the roof, but the firecrews in attendance, including Maiden Newton's own crew, were careful in avoiding any further damage to many of the church's historic features, some dating from the 12th century. Wessex FM have also run a story and features a number of photographs of the damage caused. Click here to go to their page. You can read a detailed description of St Mary's church here. UPDATE: John Trowbridge has written a piece on the repair work needed Wed, 30 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT Agenda of meetings The usual PC Meeting and the Annual Parish Meeting are to be held on Thursday 7th April. Agendas here. Fri, 25 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT Annual Village Spring Clean MAIDEN NEWTON PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL VILLAGE SPRING CLEAN The annual village spring clean is to take place on SUNDAY APRIL 10th 2011 at 11am If you have time to spare and would like to help - please meet at the War Memorial where you will be given instructions and equipment. Fri, 25 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT Three months in... Tuesday 15th March 2011 saw the new website reach it's three month milestone, having been relaunched on 15th December 2010, followed only a few days later by an exceptional amount of snow! During that time, we have been adding to, tweaking and promoting a whole host of features to not only an interested local audience, but worldwide. To date, the website has featured visits from all corners of the globe, from Australia and Brazil, to Ghana and the USA. Popular Pages Our most popular pages on the website include the Shops and Businesses page, which features contact information for each business listed. In addition to this, we are also generating interest from individuals wishing to take up one of the four advertising slots that are featured throughout the website. Any income generated from these helps to lessen the running costs of the site and allow us to continue to offer the website as a useful portal to both residents and businesses. The Properties page continues to prove popular, with a list of all properties for sale in the village as well as links to properties for Rental, which are all featured on the well known property website The Village History section includes a number of excellent articles and photos, compiled by David Smith in 2004, for the original version of the website. This section is set to grow even more over the coming weeks as we will be uploading a number of photos and newspaper articles relating to past events, as kindly supplied by the orginal website's founder, John Wright. As ever, we are keen to hear from individuals, organisations or businesses that are local to Maiden Newton and Frome Vauchurch or have an interest in the local area, and that are looking to contribute to the website to help better serve it's visitors. For more information, please contact or Thu, 17 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT Advertising on the Maiden Newton website Today we have welcomed our first advertiser, Kris Dutson of Southern Scenic Photography to the Maiden Newton website. We now have three remaining advertising slots available for any interested businesses or individuals who may be looking to advertise to both a local and national audience. To encourage potential advertisers to give the service a try, we are offering a 30 day FREE trial period for each of the three remaining advertising slots on a first come, first served basis. Our unique advertising system also allows for dynamic adverts, allowing you to run new advert copy everyday, that could reflect your special offers, deals of the day or weekly specials. To dicuss having your advert listed, or to find out more about how our dynamic adverts work, please contact Jon Sloper via email or telephone 01300 320076. If you haven't already clicked the advert, we recommend a visit to Kris's website to view a range of stunning photography, including many atmospheric shots of Dorset. Fri, 18 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT A356 Roadworks UPDATED PAGE UPDATED - 11.04.2011 A notice or reminder to local residents and businesses that the A356 will be facing disruption over the coming weeks due to planned roadworks by Dorset County Council. From the 21st February for 2 weeks, the A356 at Higher Frome Vauchurch will have Temporary traffic signals for the contsruction of new footway and junction improvements. The A356 will also be affected in South Perrot, where the section of road there will be closed between 9.00am - 4.00pm, Monday - Friday from 28th February - 21st April for similar works. A full 24 hour road closure will be from 18 - 21 April, with the road re-opening at 4.00pm on Thursday 21 April. Diversion routes will be clearly signposted and businesses will be open as usual. For further information or updates, please visit this page on the Dorset County Council website. Tue, 15 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT Can you help a Railway Enthusiast? We were recently contacted by Mr G Beale, asking whether we could provide him with some more information about Maiden Newton Railway Station, and in particular, the Milk deliveries that were made by rail freight from Maiden Newton itself. Below is a copy of Mr Beale's message: 'I have been interested in the railway at Maiden Newton for many years and have been researching the history of both the Yeovil - Weymouth line and the branchline to Bridport. I am particulary interested at the moment to find out what information I can regarding the dairy and the milk traffic by rail from Maiden Newton. I'm sure you know that mik was sent away by rail to depots in London at Kensington Addison Rd and Bow. I would like to establish when this traffic ceased and when the dairy in Maiden Newton closed. I have photographs taken at Maiden Newton station, dated 1950, showing milk trucks but I have nothing later. I have also asked several former railwaymen who lived in the village and they have no recollection of the traffic during their working life - both are retired now.' If you may be able to provide some more information or know someone who could, please email us and we will put you in contact. Mr Beale also mentioned that he has been re-creating a model of Maiden Newton signal box, which as you can see from the attached photo, looks an excellent replica. Tue, 8 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT Parish Council The Parish Council pages now contain information on the Council and Minutes of meetings for the last year. Thu, 20 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT Hidden Maiden Newton Local Archaeologist, Chris Tripp, is looking for people who have an interest in finding out the history of 'Hidden Maiden Newton'. Chris says, ' Documents can only tell us so much and it is only archaeology that can fill in the gaps. I would like to see a project, or projects, where local people can be active in finding their past, just a few inches under all our feet.' For more information or to contact Chris, please visit the Maiden Newton Archaeology page. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT Rightmove properties now on Village Website We have now integrated a Properties For Sale page on the Village Website. This page will display the most up-to-date list of properties For Sale by many local agents whenever you visit it. We are able to do this by using the RSS Feed provided by the online property website, Rightmove. Click here to read more about working with RSS in other ways. Thu, 13 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT Children's Centre Outreach Opens West Dorset's MP Oliver Letwin, officially opened the new Children's Centre Outreach at Greenford School. Read more of the story here... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT Race To Infinity: Vote Now For Superfast Broadband for Maiden Newton UPDATE: 4-Jan-2011: The following exchanges won the Race To Infinity, Baschurch, Shropshire Blewbury, Oxfordshire Caxton, Cambridgeshire Innerleithen, Scottish Borders Madingley, Cambridgeshire Whitchurch, Hampshire As you may be aware BT is rolling out superfast broadband to those communities which can demonstrate sufficient demand. In order to be among the first to receive this service as many of our community as possible need to register on the Race To Infinity website: (it just takes a couple of minutes to do). We currently have just 124 of the required 1211 votes (10.24%) registered so we really need to get the message out to as many people as possible. Please tell everyone you know in the village to vote to bring Superfast Broadband to Maiden Newton and Frome Vauchurch and let's try and win this race by early new year. (You don't need to be a BT customer to vote. One vote is permitted per address.) With thanks to Simon Richards and Emily Bumby for suggesting this item for the site. Thu, 23 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT Frome River Survey Bournemouth University is currently undertaking research in the catchment of the River Frome in the West Dorset area as part of an EU-wide programme. This area provides a number of Ecosystem Services to local residents from clean air and water, flood prevention to recreational activities and beauty spots, which are vital to the prosperity and well-being of the local community. The project is designed to help policy makers involve local knowledge in decision-making that influences the local environment. By collecting the opinions of local residents, tourists, farmers, businesses and specific interest groups a system will be developed to value the landscape in terms of the many benefits gained from vastly different uses. We are currently seeking the opinions of local residents or any individuals with an interest in the Frome catchment area which extends from Arne in the east to Beaminster in the west, through a short online survey at and we are keen for as many people as possible to participate. As well as gaining the opportunity for people to offer their opinions and assist with valuable research, participants will also be entered into a prize draw to receive local produce hampers when the survey closes at the end of January. You can take part in the survey here: Kind regards, Jamie Robins Research Assistant Bournemouth University Wed, 22 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT Exceptional Snow Hits Village Already by 10am this morning (20-12-2010) over 6 inches of snow has blanketed Maiden Newton in a little over 2 hours, with gritters struggling to keep the main roads open. This new heavy snowfall is adding to snow that fell over the weekend, covering slush and ice on the roads and pavements and making parts of the village almost impassable. Here are a few pictures taken of the village over the weekend of the first fall of snow. Dorchester Road, looking east. Station Road, looking north. The Frome, looking east. The Mill, Maiden Newton. Higher Frome Vauchurch looking east. Back Lane looking west. The Frome, near Cruxton. By the Frome, below Cattistock Road. By Skips Bridge. All photos (c) Jon Sloper 2010. Mon, 20 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT Accidents and Disruption as Snow Falls Again The A356 through Maiden Newton was affected by an accident earlier today as a vehicle left the road this morning. The A37 was partially blocked by HGVs at Long Ash during the morning rush hour too. With more snow forecast, conditions are set to worsen over the weekend. You can read more about the snow on the Dorset Echo website: Fri, 17 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT Cruxton Manor For Sale The historic manor house is up for sale and is featured in Country Life this month. You can read more about this Grade II* Listed building on the Country Life website. Read more about it here. Fri, 17 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT Maiden Newton Barn Fire Treated as Arson A recent fire in Chilfrome Lane is being treated as arson by Dorset Police according to the BBC website: Wed, 15 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT Public Transport over the Christmas Holiday Buses For timetables and year round information on Bus and Train Services from Maiden Newton, please visit the Public Transport page. The Autumn term for Dorset schools finishes on Friday 17 December. NSch services begin on Monday 20 December. Christmas Day No buses Boxing Day No buses Monday 27 December Public Holiday - No buses Tuesday 28 December Public Holiday - No buses Wednesday 29 December Normal bus services on routes 212, 73 and D11 Thursday 30 December Normal bus services on routes 212, 73 and D11 Friday 31 December Normal bus services on routes 212, 73 and D11 New Years Day No buses Sunday 2 January Public Holiday - No buses Monday 3 January Public Holiday - No buses Tuesday 4 January Normal services resu Trains The 2010 - 2011 Timetable starts on Sunday 12 December. There are only the following changes: to Yeovil and Bristol Monday to Friday - 09.15 will leave at 09.18 Saturdays - 09.15 will leave at 09.11 to Yeovil and Bristol 09.15 will leave at 09.18 09.15 will leave at 09.11 Christmas Eve 24 December Last train from Bristol - 17.49 Last train from Weymouth - 20.21 Christmas Day No trains Boxing Day No trains Monday 27 December - Public Holiday Trains to Weymouth - No change Trains to Bristol - First Train 09.11 Tuesday 28 December - Public Holiday Trains to Weymouth - No change Trains to Bristol - First Train 09.11 Wednesday 29 December Saturday Service Thursday 30 December Saturday Service Friday 31 December Saturday Service New Year's Day Saturday Service Sunday 2 January Sunday Service Monday 3 January - Public Holiday Trains to Weymouth - No change Trains to Bristol - First Train 09.11 Tuesday 4 January Normal Services resume Throughout the period December 27 to Monday 3 January, the first train southwards will start at Westbury instead of Bristol. This should not affect the timing, 07.54 at Maiden Newton. Network Rail is investing in major improvements to the railway at Reading. This Christmas and New Year (25 Dec - 3 Jan) sees the first major piece of work on the project with Reading Station closed. All First Great Western West of England services to London will be diverted to use Waterloo. If you are travelling to or from London during this period, please check your train times. Copies of First Great Western's Timetable 27 and of the Line Guide (which incorporates a large print timetable) are available from No. 64, the Newsagents. Maiden Newton Parish Council Transport Representative Sally Falkingham 01300 320969 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT Rubbish and Kerbside Recycling Arrangements for Christmas and New Year 2010/11 Here is the recently published list of changes to the rubbish collection dates for West Dorset over the 2010-11 Christmas and New Year period. Normal Day Rearranged Day Mon 27 Dec Wed 29 Dec Tue 28 Dec Thu 30 Dec Wed 29 Dec Fri 31 Dec Thu 30 Dec Tue 4 Jan Fri 31 Dec Wed 5 Jan Mon 3 Jan Thu 6 Jan Tue 4 Jan Fri 7 Jan Wed 5 Jan Sat 8 Jan Thu 6 Jan Mon 10 Jan Fri 7 Jan Tue 11 Jan Mon 10 Jan Wed 12 Jan Tue 11 Jan Thu 13 Jan Wed 12 Jan Fri 14 Jan Thu 13 Jan Sat 15 Jan Fri 14 Jan Mon 17 Jan Mon 17 Jan Tue 18 Jan Tue 18 Jan Wed 19 Jan Wed 19 Jan Thu 20 Jan Thu 20 Jan Fri 21 Jan Fri 21 Jan Sat 22 Jan Normal Collections resume on Mon 24 January 2011. Phone 01305 251010 if you are elderly or infirm and have difficulty in putting your rubbish out as you may qualify for an assisted collection. Thu, 9 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT Big Cat Seen Near Maiden Newton In February 2010 the BBC reported on several sightings of a 'big cat' near Maiden Newton. The animal is believed to be a black puma... 'What looks like a 'big cat' has been spotted 30 times in West Dorset since Christmas, according to a man who is trying to discover the truth about the legendary big Dorset cat.' BBC website. Read more about it here: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 00:00:00 GMT