Easter holidays for Dorset Schools are from Friday 2 April until Friday 16 April.


The Maiden Newton Ring and Ride service (01305 228965), run by Dorset Council’s passenger services, to Dorchester on Tuesdays and Thursdays is still running during lockdown. 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.

Dorset Community Transport (01258 287980), a private company, also offer  2 services from Maiden Newton each week and a third twice a 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.

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 8 and 22 April to Yeovil   The bus leaves the Dorchester Road stop at 09.32, a the War Memorial at 09.34 and Cattistock at 9.39. 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.  Pickups can be arranged at Frome St Quintin or Evershot.

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  GWR are presently maintaining the full advertised service but there may have to be cancellations due to COVID-19 staff absences.  Please check before you plan to travel.

From Maiden Newton to Dorchester and Weymouth
Monday to Friday
0757    1037    1138    1336    1643    1837    1943  2242
Saturdays                                                                            Sundays
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

0552  0707  0914   1140   1338  1526  1748  2040

Saturdays                                                                              Sundays

0704    0912    1136    1336    1521    1754    2045                  1131  1434   1635    1819   2034


Engineering Work  Friday 2 – Monday 5 April  Buses replace trains between Yeovil Pen Mill and Westbury and between Castle Cary and Taunton.  18- 25 April buses replace trains between Westbury and Bath Spa.  Check the train times from Maiden Newton if you plan to travel.

Country Cars

Rachael Clark (01300 320065) continues to take the bookings requesting help with transport to the surgery, hospital  appointments, dentists or opticians or attend COVID Vaccinations at Bridport.


If you are interested in becoming a Country Car Driver, please contact Sally Falkingham for more details and application forms on 01300 320969.

Sally Falkingham  Maiden Newton & Frome Valley Parish CouncilsTransport Representative.