The Autumn Term for Dorset Schools finishes on Friday 18 December.  


The Maiden Newton Ring and Ride service (01305 228965), run by Dorset Council’s passenger services, to Dorchester on Tuesdays and Thursdays has re-opened. Due to Covid restrictions on the number of passengers, there may have to be two buses on the service.  The first bus leaves Maiden Newton Old School at 1000, returning from Trinity Street at 1300 and the second at 10.45 returning at 1345.   Ring before 15.00 on Monday or Wednesday to book and to learn of the bus service to which you have been allocated. These buses will start from Cattistock Square by request at booking.  Fares £2.50 single £5 return. There will be services on 24 December but no service on Tuesday 29 December.

Dorset Community Transport (01258 287980), a private company, also offer  2 services from Maiden Newton each week and a third on the first and third weeks of the month. To use any of these services you must be registered  with the Company and  then book your seat, and arrange your pick up point, before 1430 on the day before you want to travel. Each adult return fare is  £6 on all 3 services. DCT  now  accepts the national concessionary bus passes.  There will no services after 23 December until 6 January.

Every Wednesday to Dorchester The bus, from Broadwindsor to Dorchester, passes through Maiden Newton about 10.00. The return service leaves Trinity Street at 13.20.  Ring by 14.30 on Tuesdays to book your seat and confirm your pick up point.

Thursdays 3 and 17 December to Yeovil   The bus leaves the Dorchester Road stop at 09.32 and the War Memorial at 09.34. The drop off point is close to M&S and the return service leaves from the same place at 12.30. Book by 14.30 on Wednesday and confirm your pick up point.

Every Friday to Bridport  The bus leaves the War Memorial at 09.15 and the return service leaves Bridport about 12.30. Book by 14.30 on Thursdays  and confirm your pick up point.


TRAINS  There will be no services on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

On 14 December GWR will be restoring the 0528 from Weymouth and the 2028 from Bristol Temple Meads but on 24 and 31 De the last train from Temple Meads is 1745.

From Maiden Newton to Dorchester and Weymouth
Monday to Friday
0757    1037    1138    1336    1643    1837    1943 From 14 December 2242 except 24 Dec.
0753  1032   1135   1335   1635  1843  1935   2242                               
1017   1130  1525       1937    2243

From Maiden Newton to Yeovil, Westbury. Bath and Bristol

Monday to Friday

from 14 December  0552 is added,except on 1Jan.  0707  0914   1140   1338  1526  1748  2040


0704    0912    1136    1336    1521    1754    2045


1131    1434    1635    1819    2034

Country Cars

Rachel Clark (01300 320065) continues to take the bookings requesting help with transport to the surgery, hospital  appointments, dentists or opticians or to visit close relatives or friends in hospital.

Please give at least 24 hours notice.

Sally Falkingham  Maiden Newton and Frome Valley Parish Councils Transport Representative