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 
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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.


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 . . . . .
 * * * Library Activities * * *
In addition to routine activities of general interest, the Library holds 'one-off' events available by booking a place. For example, in early March, there will be a 'virtual reality' demonstration whereby you can experience a tour down the Ethiopian Nile, courtesy of the BBC and in April, a local author, Janet Hancock will give a talk about her latest novel. All these events and others - including routine activities are listed in the " What's On Soon " section below and you can also follow events online: see the Library page on this web site, or call 01202 873 272
 * * * 'Good Citizen' Award: closing soon! * * *
The inaugural Good Citizen Award, provided by the Parish Council, will be presented at the Annual Parish Meeting on April 16th in St. Anthony's church hall. Nominations will CLOSE on 28th February! Make sure you complete the forms required by then and submit them to the Parish Office in Park Way. For more information, see the entry for the Award on this web site ( opens in a new window - if you have difficulty reading the documents, please don't hesistate to contact the Parish Office in Park Way, or call 01202 861 044 )       
 * * * Big Litter Pick 2020 * * *
It's that time of year again! Help to keep West Moors 'litter free' and take part in the Council sponsored Big Litter Pick. This year, Saturday 28th March is the date to remember - assemble outside the Spar / Post Office (was Co-op) store on Station Road by 1030am; there full instructions will be given and equipment provided. There is more information in the poster that the Parish Council has provided - download & display! 
 * * * Creative Clay for older people * * *
The Library is holding four free creative clay sessions for older people and those with early stage dementia, between Tuesday 25th February and Tuesday 17th March. The sessions are timed between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm. Please contact the Library for more information, see the Library page on this web site, or call 01202 873 272 or 01305 228 528
 * * * Dementia Awareness Session * * *
A Dementia Awareness Session will be held on Monday 24th February 10.30 am ( onward ), in the Hall at St. Mary's Church ( Station Road - opposite the Memorial Hall ). Please see the Dementia Action Group page on this web site for more detail and contact points
 * * * VE Day commemorative event * * *
Friday 8th May 2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the ending of hostilities in Europe; 'Victory in Europe' ( VE ) Day. As part of a nationwide marking of this date, the Parish Council, in association with St. Mary's parish church, are holding a special service in the church on that afternoon, followed by a tea and music event in the Memorial Hall across the road. These are all-ticket events, though free. Please contact the Parish Office for more detail and to book a place - and see the appropriate entry in the Diary on this web site
 * * * Voluntary Community Grants - Review * * *
Dorset Council is conducting a review relating to the grants for the voluntary sector across the county. Visit the dedicated survey page on the Dorset County web site to contribute; the survey ends 11th March
 * * * Skatepark: use Amazon Smile to help! * * *
As many will be aware, the Parish Council are leading the effort to raise funds to refurbish the popular Skatepark facility on Fryer Field. Why not help by using ' Amazon Smile ' when you purchase using that platform? Full details are contained in the information to be found in the News Release recently issued       
 * * * Climate & Ecological Emergency: Dorset * * *
Dorset County, in common with many local authorities, are seeking ideas on furthering progress to tackle the problems associated with 'Climate Change' and allied ecological issues. They have asked residents to submit ideas to be considered for action: the appropriate page on the Dorset County web site has more information and links to the survey & form to submit ideas - it can be found using this link: Dorset County Climate and Ecological Emergency web page (opens in a new page on your browser)       

What's On Soon . . . . .


+ + + FEBRUARY 2020 + + +

[ Some routine events are simply 'carried over' from the previous month / year; always check with the venue and / or organisers for changes; this applies particularly to events scheduled in the Library. ]
Tuesday 18th: Ancestry session, Library: 2.00 - 4.00 pm [ book with Library! ]
Tuesday 18th: Mask making story & craft (for children), Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm [ book with Library! See the Diary and / or Library page for more detail ] 
Tuesday 18th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Wednesday 19th: AGM - Flower Group, Memorial Hall: 10.00 am
Thursday 20th: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.15 am - Noon
Thursday 20th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am
Thursday 20th: Townswomen's Guild - monthly meeting, Memorial Hall: 2.00 pm
Saturday 22nd: Duplo Club (age 5 and under) / Code Club (age 9 - 11), both Library: both 10.00 am - Noon/12.15 pm: contact the Library for more information & for availability: some sessions run only once a month
Monday 24th: Dementia Awareness Session, St. Mary's church hall: 10.30 am [ see the Diary entry for more detail ]
Monday 24th: " Knit & Natter ", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Tuesday 25th: Creative Clay for older people, Library: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm [ for detail, see the Library page on this web site - link at the head of this listing. ]
Tuesday 25th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Tuesday 25th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Tuesday 25th: Memory Box, Library: [ contact Library for more detail, timing etc. ]
Thursday 27th: Coffee morning/adult colouring, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am
Thursday 27th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am
Friday 28th: " Digital Champion " - help with computers, Library: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm [ BOOKING ESSENTIAL! ] ( Sessions are also available on Thursdays; contact the Library staff for more information )
Saturday 29th: Duplo Club (age 5 and under) / Code Club (age 9 - 11), both Library: both 10.00 am - Noon/12.15 pm: contact the Library for more information & for availability: some sessions run only once a month
Saturday 29th: West Moors Flower Group - AGM, Memorial Hall

+ + + MARCH 2020 + + +

Monday 2nd: " Knit & Natter ", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
 
Monday 2nd: " Mountain Gorillas of Uganda & Kenya " - illustrated talk, St. Martin's URC: 2.30 pm
[ THIS EVENT POSTPONED FROM FEBRUARY 10TH ]

Tuesday 3rd: Creative Clay for older people, Library: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm [ for detail, see the Library page on this web site - link at the head of this listing. ]
Tuesday 3rd: Coffee Morning, Pinehurst Community Church: 10.00 - 11.30 am 
Tuesday 3rd ( ignore any reference to Monday 2nd elsewhere ): " Damming the Nile ", a virtual reality experience at the Library: 2.00 - 5.30 pm [ booking required ... see the Diary entry for detail ] 
Tuesday 3rd: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Wednesday 4th: Carers Support Group, The Pavilion (Fryer Field): 10.00 am - Noon 
Thursday 5th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Thursday 5th: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am - Noon 
Thursday 5th: Christian Aid: Soup Lunch, St. Mary's church hall: Noon - 1.30 pm [ see the Diary for more detail ]
Thursday 5th: "Exploring Quirky Dorset", WI talk, Memorial Hall: 2.15 pm [ see Diary entry ] 
Friday 6th: World Day of Prayer, St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am [ see Diary ]
Friday 6th: " Time for a Cuppa! ", Brook View: 2.30 pm [ see Diary for more ]
Saturday 7th: Councillor advice / consultation 'surgery', Library: 10.00 - 11.00 am 
Saturday 7th: Duplo Club (age 5 and under) / Code Club (age 9 - 11), both Library: both 10.00 am - Noon/12.15 pm: contact the Library for more information & for availability: some sessions run only once a month 
Saturday 7th: The FB Pocket Orchestra, Memorial Hall: 7.30 pm [ see Diary entry for more detail and where to obtain tickets ] 
Monday 9th: " Knit & Natter ", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Monday 9th: "Plants & People of India's NE Frontier" , Horticultural Society talk, Memorial Hall: 2.30 pm 
Tuesday 10th: Creative Clay for older people, Library: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm [ for detail, see the Library page on this web site - link at the head of this listing. ]
Tuesday 10th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 10th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Wednesday 11th: Quiz Night, Brook View: 5.30 pm [ see Diary for more ]
Thursday 12th: Coffee morning/adult colouring, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am 
Thursday 12th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Friday 13th: " Digital Champion " - help with computers, Library: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm [ BOOKING ESSENTIAL! ] ( Sessions are also available on Thursdays; contact the Library staff for more information ) 
Saturday 14th: Meditation Group, St. Mary's Church: 10.00 am - Noon
[ see Diary for more information & contact details ]

Saturday 14th: Duplo Club (age 5 and under) / Code Club (age 9 - 11), both Library: both 10.00 am - Noon/12.15 pm: contact the Library for more information & for availability: some sessions run only once a month 
Saturday 14th: Coffee Morning, St. Martin's URC: 10.00 am - Noon ( check with venue - see Diary ) 
Monday 16th: " Knit & Natter ", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 17th: Creative Clay for older people, Library: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm [ for detail, see the Library page on this web site - link at the head of this listing. ]
Tuesday 17th: Ancestry session, Library: 2.00 - 4.00 pm [ book with Library! ] 
Tuesday 17th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Wednesday 18th: " In House " Flower Group presentation, Memorial Hall: 10.00 am 
Thursday 19th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Thursday 19th: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am - Noon 
Thursday 19th: Christian Aid: Soup Lunch, St. Mary's church hall: Noon - 1.30 pm [ see the Diary for more detail ]
Thursday 19th: Townswomen's Guild - monthly meeting, Memorial Hall: 2.00 pm 
Saturday 21st: Duplo Club (age 5 and under) / Code Club (age 9 - 11), both Library: both 10.00 am - Noon/12.15 pm: contact the Library for more information & for availability: some sessions run only once a month 
Saturday 21st: MP's "Surgery", Library: 10.00 am onwards [ see Diary / booking required ]
Monday 23rd: " Knit & Natter ", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 24th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 24th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Thursday 26th: Coffee morning/adult colouring, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am 
Thursday 26th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Friday 27th: " Digital Champion " - help with computers, Library: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm [ BOOKING ESSENTIAL! ] ( Sessions are also available on Thursdays; contact the Library staff for more information ) 
Saturday 28th: Duplo Club ( age 5 and under ) / Code Club ( age 9 - 11 ), both Library: both 10.00 am - Noon / 12.15 pm: contact the Library for more information & for availability: some sessions run only once a month 
Saturday 28th: " Big Litter Pick ", meet outside Spar/Post Office: by 10.30 am 
Saturday 28th: Spring Show, Horticultural Society, Memorial Hall: 1.30 pm 
Sunday 29th: " Forget-me-not " service, St. Mary the Virgin parish church: 3.00 pm [ see the Diary for more detail ]
Monday 30th: " Knit & Natter ", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Monday 30th: " Live Well - Dorset ", Library: 2.00 - 4.00 pm [ see Diary & Library page elsewhere ] 
Tuesday 31st: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 

+ + + APRIL 2020 + + +

Wednesday 1st: Carers Support Group, The Pavilion (Fryer Field): 10.00 am - Noon
Thursday 2nd: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am - Noon
Thursday 2nd: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am
Thursday 2nd: WI annual meeting, Memorial Hall: 2.15 pm [ see Diary entry ]
Saturday 4th: Councillor advice / consultation 'surgery', Library: 10.00 - 11.00 am
Saturday 4th: Duplo Club (age 5 and under) / Code Club (age 9 - 11), both Library: both 10.00 am - Noon/12.15 pm: contact the Library for more information & for availability: some sessions run only once a month
Monday 6th: " Knit & Natter ", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Monday 6th: "Namibia & Botswana Odyssey" , Horticultural Society talk, Memorial Hall: 2.30 pm [ see Diary for more detail ]
Tuesday 7th: Coffee Morning, Pinehurst Community Church: 10.00 - 11.30 am
Tuesday 7th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Thursday 9th: Coffee morning/adult colouring, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am
Thursday 9th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am
 
** Good Friday 10th: Public Holiday
 
Saturday 11th: Meditation Group, St. Mary's Church: 10.00 am - Noon
[ see Diary for more information & contact details ]

Saturday 11th ( check this runs over the holiday weekend ): Duplo Club (age 5 and under) / Code Club (age 9 - 11), both Library: both 10.00 am - Noon/12.15 pm: contact the Library for more information & for availability: some sessions run only once a month
 
** Easter Day 12th
** Easter Monday 13th: Public Holiday
 
Tuesday 14th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Tuesday 14th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Wednesday 15th: " Kitchen Kapers " Flower Group presentation, Memorial Hall: 10.00 am
Thursday 16th: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am - Noon
Thursday 16th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am
Thursday 16th: Townswomen's Guild - monthly meeting, Memorial Hall: 2.00 pm
Thursday 16th: Annual Parish/Public Meeting, St. Anthony's Church Hall: 7.00 pm. For more information, see the Diary entry.
[ time to be confirmed ]

Thursday 16th, Friday 17th & Saturday 18th: " A Tangled Web ", West Moors Drama Society production, Memorial Hall: times & other detail to be notified; see Diary
Friday 17th: Janet Hancock - talks about her latest novel, Library: 2.30 pm
[ book a place with the Library in advance - see the Diary entry for more detail ]

Saturday 18th: Duplo Club (age 5 and under) / Code Club (age 9 - 11), both Library: both 10.00 am - Noon/12.15 pm: contact the Library for more information & for availability: some sessions run only once a month
Monday 20th: " Knit & Natter ", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Tuesday 21st: Ancestry session, Library: 2.00 - 4.00 pm [ book with Library! ]
Tuesday 21st: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Thursday 23rd: Coffee morning/adult colouring, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am
Thursday 23rd: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am
Friday 24th: " Digital Champion " - help with computers, Library: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm [ BOOKING ESSENTIAL! ] ( Sessions are also available on Thursdays; contact the Library staff for more information )
Saturday 25th: Duplo Club (age 5 and under) / Code Club (age 9 - 11), both Library: both 10.00 am - Noon/12.15 pm: contact the Library for more information & for availability: some sessions run only once a month
Monday 27th: " Knit & Natter ", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Tuesday 28th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Tuesday 28th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Thursday 30th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am
 
[ +++ 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.


Woolslope Pathway Girl Picking Grasses

Easter in West Moors: . . .

The first Public Holiday of 2020 falls in mid-April: there are plenty of things to do locally, both out and about in the countryside and to mark the festival at one of our four local churches. This web site has many links to help you find something for everyone!

Contact . . .  E: westmoorsman@gmail.com