Community Information


This section of the site carries information that will be of benefit to all residents ( or prospective residents ) of West Moors. As well as pages detailing doctors, dentists, chemists, schools and other essential services, there is a listing of churches, clubs, societies and many other organisations that make life in West Moors so fulfilling. Select from the menu on the left. West Moors Signage on the A31 
. . . And check for the latest information available via the Town Council Facebook page . . .
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The images at the head of the Community pages are, from left-to-right: the Parish Church, the Memorial Hall, the War Memorial & the Library.


+ + + + + + + CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) + + + + + + +


There is a specific page on this web site pertaining to the current emergency .... and on that page you will find useful links for latest information on the crisis: keep coming back to that page as things are changing all the time now!


*** The regulations / advice / guidance relating to the Covid-19 emergency are under review / alteration by the UK government: if there are any changes that directly impact West Moors then some indication will be attempted in the panel here or below: unless otherwise advised, abide by the instructions laid-out in the official statements .... see the Coronavirus page on this web site for links. ***

It goes without saying that we must look-out for those among us who are isolated, vulnerable, not able to get to the shops, not 'in touch' via on-line services  [ most important - not everyone is 'online' ] etc.

If anyone has difficulty accessing the documents / pages / information, please contact me via email

Although every effort is taken to ensure information on the Community web pages is correct, the Council cannot take responsibility for errors in the entries, either on the pages themselves or on the external web sites linked from those pages. If you spot something wrong ( and particularly if you are unable to access any of the information ), please contact me, Martin Rowley, using the email link for the Editor of these pages 

News & Information . . . . .
* * * Small discretionary grants: Covid-19 * * * 
West Moors Town Council announced on the 30th June a scheme of small grants available for non-profit organisations in the local ( Town Council ) area affected by the impact of Covid-19/Coronavirus. If you are a voluntary community group that has been financially affected by additional demands on your resources, or lost / losing income due to the lack of demand - the Council would like to help you to continue to offer your services to the residents of the village. More information, contact points etc., is contained within the pdf document on this web site ... opens in a new window.
* * * The Library awakes! ( sort of ) * * * 
Dorset Council Libraries Service have announced that they hope to re-start a sort-of Library service with effect 8th July. This is not what you will have known before: you will have to use an 'order and collect' system - no browsing at this stage. More detail can be found by following the Library link to the page on this web site.
Also, from the 6th July, you should be able to return items 'on loan' since the " lock-down " by putting them through the Library letterbox - no charges for overdue items will be levied until the end of August.
* * * St. Mary's Parish Church - resumption of services * * * 
With relaxation of some of the restrictions imposed in March, activity is returning to our community: St. Mary the Virgin Parish Church have announced ( in their July magazine ) that they hope to resume public worship from Sunday 2nd August. However, there will be significant restrictions and alterations compared with pre-Covid19 life! There will be a restricted number of people able to attend and a 'pre-booking' system is being considered along with other precations to ensure safety. There is much more information on the St. Mary's web site: follow the links via the "Community Life" ... "Churches" links from the Index ( to the left of this post ) & use the " Parish Magazine " link on the left-hand side of that page.
* * * Play areas administered by the Council * * * 
Following changes to central government guidance, West Moors Town Council will re-open the two play areas it administers ( Fryer Field and Shaftesbury Road [ off Oakhurst Road, adjacent Oakhurst School ] ) with effect from Saturday 4th July: see the formal notice and link to guidance on this web site.
* * * West Moors Town Council: Annual Meeting * * * 
An Annual Town Council meeting will be held in a 'virtual' form on Thursday 30th July. For more information, contact ( telephone or email only ) the Council office - see appropriate link at the head of this page.
* * * St. Anthony's (RC) Church - resumption of services * * * 
Public Masses are due to resume at St. Anthony's church ( Pinehurst Road ) over the weekend 4th / 5th July. There will be strict requirements for worshippers to follow - including 'social distancing', hand sanitizing, avoiding touching objects, overflow seating in the attached Hall ... and no singing at the 11.00 am Mass. For more information, follow the links via the "Community Life" ... "Churches" links from the Index (to the left of this post).
* * * Face coverings - local surgery / chemist * * * 
Following government advice issued in May, and updated in June that people in 'confined spaces' should wear some sort of face covering, West Moors Village Surgery ( former Group Practice ) now require all visitors, patients etc., so wear such inside the building. The local chemists have, so far, only 'advised' customers to do the same. See  the Coronavirus Hub page on this web site for links to reliable sources of information regarding face covering - the BBC web site has useful instructions regarding how to make your own mask/covering, but local retailers are also stocking them.
* * * Coronavirus [Covid-19] changed regulations etc. * * * 
Changes to the wide-ranging guidance / regulations relating to everyday life are coming thick and fast now (mid/late June): for links to the latest guidance ( from reliable, government-sponsored web sites ), see the Coronavirus link on this web site.
 * * * Bus Services - age / disability time regulations * * *
Dorset Council, Bournemouth - Christchurch - Poole (BCP) Council along with Hampshire County Council have announced ( effective Monday 15th June ) that the previous change allowing travel before 9.30 am Monday - Friday to be free for those holding bus passes is now WITHDRAWN. This will affect both the X6 and 38, and any other bus services running through these areas. [ This entry updated Friday 12th when Dorset Council joined the announcements above. ]
* * * Skatepark: plans for the future! * * * 
Some good news at last! Work has been progressing on the design of the refurbished Skatepark on Fryer Field: go to the Skatepark page on this web site for more information ... and links to the Facebook page where you can see some images - and comment!
* * * "Phishing emails: Test & Trace * * * 
Unfortunately, in any emergency, there are always villains who are prepared to take advantage of the unwary: since the NHS " Test & Trace " system was set up ( see the Coronavirus page ), fake emails (also known as " Phishing " emails ) or spurious mobile phone texts have been reported. These emails / texts are highly plausible - and threaten all sorts of 'nasties' if you don't respond, BUT remember .... " Tracers " will ..
- NOT ask you for financial details
- NOT ask for PINs
- NOT ask for Passwords
- NOT ask you to dial a premium rate telephone number (e.g., 09xxx or 087xx)
- NOT ask you to make any sort of payment
- NOT ask for any bank details (sort code, account number etc.)
- NOT ask for social media information (e.g., identities)
- NOT ask you to download software
- NOT ask you to access a website that does not belong to the Government (gov.uk) or NHS (www.nhs.uk)
- AND ABOVE ALL .... do NOT click on links contained within an email!

If you are in any doubt - do not respond, but seek advice from one of the listed 'help-lines' on the Coronavirus page on this site ( linked above )
* * * Face coverings: public transport * * * 
With effect from Monday 15th June, all passengers using public transport,  including local buses, will be required to wear some form of 'face covering' -  i.e., shielding the nose and mouth. More guidance can be found on the gov.uk web site dealing with such matters.
* * * Changes to "Shielding" and other matters * * * 
With changes to the "Shielding" programme plus a general, though cautious relaxation of the previous 'lockdown' measures, many will be venturing forth into the community for the first time for many weeks: there have been many changes to the 'normal' ( pre-emergency ) pattern of life ... shopping, collecting prescriptions, accessing GPs, using the buses, use of cash for payments etc. You are not alone! The Help & Advice lines in place since late March / early April are still there for you .... see the 'Contacts' section on the 'Coronavirus' page on this web site for a useful summary of who to get in touch with.
* * * "Test & Trace" & "Shielding' updates" * * * 
The UK government ( but applies to England only specifically ) have introduced the " Test & Trace " system to stem the spread of Covid-19. To find out what you need to be aware of and how to access the tests, what to do if it proves positive etc., see the NHS Coronavirus/Covid-19 page for detail. Also, if you are in the 'higher risk' categories, there is updated advice there too - at present support for the 'clinically vulnerable' is expected to be in place until the end of June.
Also remember, with the " Test & Trace " system working up, you might find you are required to isolate after many weeks of being used to being able to do for yourself: the contact numbers on our Coronavirus Hub page will be of great help.
* * * Bus changes - restoring services! * * * 
Morebus have just announced that with effect from Sunday 31st May, they are *restoring* some service frequencies that were cut-back in early April. The page on the Morebus site relating to these changes will give further information. The summary timetables on this web site have now been amended / updated.
Also, be aware that on-board restrictions will apply ( as they do now ) to protect staff / passengers, and that if buses become too busy, then the driver may refuse to carry you if it would imperil keeping a safe distance etc.
In summary, these are the changes ......
+ Route 13 (Wimborne - Ferndown - Bournemouth): half-hourly Mon - Sat, hourly Sunday.
+ Route 38 (Ringwood - Ferndown, via A31): remains as the 'emergency' reduced service introduced in early April.
+ Route X6 (Ringwood - Verwood - ThreeX - West Moors - Ferndown - Poole): Monday - Saturday, hourly service restored, but to slighly different times than before April. Still NO Sunday / PH service and you'll have to change at Ringwood to progress to Bournemouth. Also note that this service will start from Kingland Road in Poole, opposite the Bus Station, not from the Bus Station itself. This is to allow 'social distancing' to be employed.
** Local bus stop timetables don't appear to have been updated as of this news releast (27th May), so check carefully before using them.
* * * Food Caddy Bags * * * 
If you are a vulnerable resident of West Moors ( within the civil parish / town boundary ), self-isolating and need food waste caddy bags, the Council are offering to deliver on a Wednesday. All you need to do is to contact 07561 652 603 or email the Town Council Office and they will endeavour to reply as soon as possible to arrange supply. When leaving a message, please remember to leave a contact telephone number and address for delivery.

+ REMEMBER: although our four churches are not holding routine & special services ( for now - this is changing in July - see above for St. Anthony's & St. Mary's resumption of services ), they remain active in the community and are doing all they can to 'reach out' to the village - many are providing a variety of services that can be accessed on-line.
Here are specific links to their web sites ( alphabetical listing ):
> PINEHURST COMMUNITY CHURCH
> ST. ANTHONY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH
> ST. MARTIN'S UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
> ST. MARY THE VIRGIN PARISH CHURCH

These churches all have Facebook pages: they can be found by looking at the respective web site, but there is also a listing at the bottom of the Coronavirus page on this web site.


+ Note that local surgeries are closing themselves off for safety of staff and visitors - best contact via telephone, email or web-based pages: where possible, changes will be reflected in these pages. The local chemist is also restricting numbers within the shop to reduce risk of contact.

+ There is a log of events during the Emergency applicable to the local area on this web site: it can be printed and used as an advisory sheet in public places: choose the 'Coronavirus' page link from the Index to the left of this entry and scroll down the bottom of that page to find the latest issue.

What's On Soon . . . . .


GIVEN THE HIGH DEGREE OF UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDING PLANNED EVENTS, THE JUNE, JULY & AUGUST ENTRIES HAVE BEEN DELETED UNTIL THE PICTURE IS CLEARER - IT SEEMS UNLIKELY AT PRESENT THAT 'NORMAL SERVICE' WILL BE RESUMED QUICKLY! HOWEVER, IF WE 'GET WIND' OF EVENTS RETURNING - THEY WILL APPEAR BELOW AND IN THE DIARY
 

+ + + JULY 2020 + + +

SEE STATEMENT ABOVE
Saturday 30th: Town Council - Annual Meeting
Virtual/on-line format only
[ Contact the Office for more information - see 'Contact' tab at the head of this page ]

+ + + AUGUST 2020 + + +

SEE STATEMENT ABOVE
 
31st: Late-summer (August) Bank/Public Holiday
 
[ +++ For later events - where known/confirmed - see the Diary +++ ]
Village events in the next few weeks are highlighted above. Choose 'Diary' in the menu (left) for more details, where available, and other (known) events in the future. Where events take place in the Library, then see the page on this web site - linked from the entry at the top of this page. Remember that many venues - especially local churches - have regular events such as coffee mornings which won't necessarily be listed here: see the various links elsewhere on this web site. To place entry here or in the Diary, please contact as below.

 
For a 'tour' through the village, take this link for the " Village Trail "
. . . and linked from that document there is now a companion " Nature Trail " which attempts to describe the variety of natural habitats - many accessible to the public - which are all around us & for which we all have a responsibility.
[ Although the 'Parish Plan' was issued back in 2007, it is still relevant with much useful information contained therein: see the file (pdf format) . . . West Moors Parish Plan 2007 ]
In 1847 the first main-line railway to reach Dorset opened for traffic in June of that year - it entered the county a little way to the east of West Moors - and its arrival initiated the development of the community we have today; in 1867, a station was built at the junction of the two railway lines that met here, becoming the focus for the village. More information on this important history will be found at this page. . . Railway anniversaries
In 2018, the community paid its tribute to those who died or were otherwise affected during the conflict known as the 'Great War' of 1914-1918. Nearly one thousand people attended the annual service of Remembrance at the village War Memorial on the 11th November that year - exactly 100 years since the cessation of hostilities. See . . . Remembrance in West Moors 

The 'Community Information' pages on this web site are maintained by me, Martin Rowley; my wife and I moved to West Moors (on Pinehurst Road) in summer 2007. 

If you have a suggestion for inclusion, a correction to the current information displayed or difficulty accessing the various pages please email me. You might also like to download, print & display this Handy Graphic [text-only copy] that summarises the information available on this web site.


Contact . . .  E: westmoorsman@gmail.com