The parish of Maiden Newton is situated within the South Wessex chalk downland that lies to the northwest of Dorchester in Dorset. The parish is within the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and covers the village of Maiden Newton and the outlying hamlets of Crockway, Cruxton and Notton, with a population of around 1200.
The community is fortunate in that a Doctors’ Surgery, Fire Station (Retained) and Veterinary Practice are all located in the centre of the village. The County mobile library visits on a regular basis. The Church, St. Mary’s, offers friendship and spiritual support.
Primary education is provided by the local authority at the Greenford Church of England Primary School. Our secondary school is Beaminster School with free school transport being provided for the 11 - 16 age group.
Toddler Group, Preschool and the Bouncing Beanz After School and Holiday Club are operated by Maiden Newton Childcare Provision which leases the Children’s Centre situated in the grounds of Greenford School.
The community supports two separate communal buildings, the Village Hall and the Youth and Community Centre. Maiden Newton Parish Council owns and administers the Multi-use games area (MUGA), the playing fields and the Play Area. The Parish Council, also, owns and administers over 50 allotments. The Allotment Association provides mini plots, some with raised beds for people with restricted mobility.
There are a variety of retail outlets including The Stores/Post Office, No 64 the Newsagents/Coffee Shop, Amber Hardware, Chalk and Cheese Pub, Petit Canard Restaurant, Riverside Fish and Chip shop and the Garage/Spar shop.
With so many local amenities the village is a service hub for the outlying villages and hamlets. Over the past fifty years the community has seen considerable residential development, most recently the affordable and social housing site of Neil’s View.