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 A31 
. . . And check for the latest information available via the Parish Council Facebook page . . .
 

The images at the head of the Community pages are, from left-to-right: the Parish Church, the Memorial Hall (see panel below), the War Memorial & the Library.


~ ~ ~ West Moors Parish Council: Annual Public Meeting ~ ~ ~
This year's Annual Parish / Public Meeting will take place in the evening of Tuesday 5th March, at St. Anthony's RC Church Hall in Pinehurst Road: full detail of what happens, when it happens and where it happens can be found by viewing the entry in the Diary . . . HERE

News & Information . . . . .
 * * * Bournemouth airport - 'Live' Exercise 22nd January * * *
A "major live exercise" will take place at Bournemouth Airport (Hurn) during the evening of Tuesday 22nd January. This is a simulated emergency incident on the runway at Hurn and will take place between (approx) 7.20 and 9.30 pm. The exercise will involve responses from emergency services and will generate a lot of activity! Members of the public should not be concerned at an apparently sudden increase in emergency vehicle sirens/flashing lights    
 * * * The 'Big Spring Clean': litter pick * * *
Once again, the parish council is organising a community 'Big Litter Pick' to spruce-up the village: this year, it will take place on Saturday 9th March; everyone is welcome to join in - gloves, litter-picking sticks and tabards are provided and refreshments will be available after the event. Under 14s must be accompanied/supervised by an adult. Meet outside the Co-op/PO for the 'off' around 10.30 am, and be briefed by Council staff; although there is a nominal 'end time' of Noon, come along for as long as you can spare. Download the poster to accompany this event . . . HERE     
 * * * A338 work resumes! * * *
The major engineering/traffic management scheme on the A338 around the Blackwater junction restarted in earnest on Monday 7th January. This affects West Moors residents - directly and indirectly. Car/commercial drivers are obviously impacted, but bus passengers should also be aware that it is very difficult for operators to run-to-time when having to cope with the major disruption that ensues: allow plenty of time for a journey or consider an alternative - if possible! Keep up to date with developments by visiting this site . . . HERE    
 * * * St. Martin's Community Gospel Choir * * *
The St. Martin's Gospel Choir is now well established but is always looking for more singers! They meet on Tuesday evenings at St. Martin's URC in West Moors (Station Road, corner with Moorlands Road/opposite Library) at 7.15 pm. This is a very popular past-time - come along a join the fun! For more information, and to register, contact an official of the church, or see this web page . . . HERE    
 * * * Memorial Hall - 90 years on! * * *
The Memorial Hall, located on Station Road, just opposite the parish church of St. Mary's, celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2019. As can be seen from the events listed in the Diary (q.v.) and in the listing below, the Hall is at the centre of many activities across the community - for a little more, see the special panel below . . . HERE    
 * * * Writers' Study - new term for a New Year * * *
The Memorial Hall hosts many activities - one of which is the " Writer's Study " group, which meets in the Hall fortnightly on Thursday mornings: the new term starts on Thursday January 24th, with a start time of 9.00 am. If you are interested in writing - for whatever purpose - then you will enjoy this group. Writing can be fun - come along and get expert advice. This is not a 'formal' teaching group - but it's instructive and fun to swap ideas with like-minded people and have access to more experienced writers. For more, contact the leader of the group via this page . . . HERE      

What's On Soon . . . . .

+ + + JANUARY 2019 + + +

Saturday 19th: 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 19th: Constituency MP's 'Surgery' (advance booking required), Library: 10.00 am onwards [contact 01425 541 087] 
Sunday 20th: "Songs of Praise" (Churches Together), St. Mary's: 4.00 pm [see Diary]
Monday 21st: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Monday 21st: " Around the Horn " (illustrated talk), St. Martin's URC: 2.30 pm
Monday 21st: Dementia Action Group - routine meeting, Library: 7.15 pm
Tuesday 22nd: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 22nd: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Thursday 24th: Writers' Study - new term starts! (see Diary): 9.00 am - 1.00 pm
Thursday 24th: Coffee morning/adult colouring, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am 
Thursday 24th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Friday 25th: "Digital Champion" - help with computers, Library: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm [BOOKING ESSENTIAL!][some sessions are also provided on Thursday - contact the Library for detail] 
Saturday 26th: 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 26th: Coffee morning - Horticultural Society, Memorial Hall: 10.15 am
Monday 28th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 29th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Thursday 31st: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 

+ + + FEBRUARY 2019 + + +

Saturday 2nd: District/County councillor consultations, Library: 10.00 - 11.00 am  (with changes imminent in the local council structure, these meeting may change/alter)
Saturday 2nd: 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 2nd: Parish Barn Dance/Fish & Chip Supper, Memorial Hall: 7.30 pm onwards [see Diary for much more detail & how to book etc.]
Monday 4th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 5th: Coffee Morning, Pinehurst Community Church: 10.00 - 11.30 am
Tuesday 5th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Thursday 7th: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am 
Thursday 7th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Thursday 7th: WI presentation "Epic Expeditions - Mayhem, Mutiny & Murder", Memorial Hall: 2.15 pm [see Diary, also WI page . . . HERE]
Friday 8th: "Digital Champion" - help with computers, Library: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm [BOOKING ESSENTIAL!][some sessions are also provided on Thursday - contact the Library for detail] 
Saturday 9th: Coffee Morning, St. Martin's URC: 10.00 am - Noon
Saturday 9th: 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 11th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Monday 11th: Horticultural Society talk - "Woodcarving & Stick Making", Memorial Hall: 2.15 pm [see Diary, also Horticultural Society page . . . HERE]
Tuesday 12th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 12th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Thursday 14th: Coffee morning/adult colouring, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am 
Thursday 14th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Saturday 16th: 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 18th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 19th: Ancestry session, Library: 2.00 - 4.00 pm [book with Library!] 
Tuesday 19th: Pirate Fun! Half-term activity, Library: 2.30 - 3.00 pm [book a place - see Diary]
Tuesday 19th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Wednesday 20th: Flower Group - AGM, Memorial Hall: 10.00 am [see Diary]
Thursday 21st: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am 
Thursday 21st: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Thursday 21st: Townswomen's Guild - meeting, Memorial Hall: 2.00 pm 
Friday 22nd: "Digital Champion" - help with computers, Library: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm [BOOKING ESSENTIAL!][some sessions are also provided on Thursday - contact the Library for detail] 
Saturday 23rd: 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 23rd: Constituency MP's 'Surgery' (advance booking required), Library: 10.00 am onwards [contact 01425 541 087]
Monday 25th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Monday 25th: " The mountains and valleys of Yunnan " (illustrated talk), St. Martin's URC: 2.30 pm [see Diary for more]
Tuesday 26th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 26th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Thursday 28th: Jigsaw Puzzle Day, Library: throughout [see Diary or Library page]
Thursday 28th: Coffee morning/adult colouring, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am 
Thursday 28th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 

+ + + MARCH 2019 + + +

Saturday 2nd: District/County councillor consultations, Library: 10.00 - 11.00 am (with changes imminent in the local council structure, these meeting may change/alter after April) 
Saturday 2nd: 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 4th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 5th: Coffee Morning, Pinehurst Community Church: 10.00 - 11.30 am 
Tuesday 5th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Tuesday 5th: Annual Parish Meeting (see panel at head of this page): 7.00 pm
Thursday 7th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am
World Book Day - come along dressed as a favourite character from fiction - contact the Library for more detail

Thursday 7th: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am 
Thursday 7th: WI presentation "Surviving the House that sat down", Memorial Hall: 2.15 pm [see Diary, also WI page . . . HERE] 
Friday 8th: "Digital Champion" - help with computers, Library: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm [BOOKING ESSENTIAL!][sessions are also available each Thursday - contact the Library for detail] 
Saturday 9th: 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 9th: Big Spring Clean - Litter Pick: 10.30 am - Noon (approx. - see panel above and Diary for more detail)
Saturday 9th: FB Pocket Orchestra, Memorial Hall: evening (other detail when advised)
Monday 11th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Monday 11th: Horticultural Society talk - "The National Garden Scheme", Memorial Hall: 2.15 pm [see Diary, also Horticultural Society page . . . HERE] 
Tuesday 12th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 12th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Thursday 14th: Coffee morning/adult colouring, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am 
Thursday 14th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Saturday 16th: 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 18th - Saturday 23rd: Shakespeare week at the Library (contact Library for more detail - see this page . . . HERE)
Monday 18th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 19th: Ancestry session, Library: 2.00 - 4.00 pm [book with Library!] 
Tuesday 19th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Wednesday 20th: Flower Group - "My Family and other animals" (talk), Memorial Hall: 10.00 am [see Diary] 
Thursday 21st: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Thursday 21st: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am 
Friday 22nd: "Digital Champion" - help with computers, Library: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm [BOOKING ESSENTIAL!][sessions are also available each Thursday - contact the Library for detail] 
Saturday 23rd: 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 23rd: Horticultural Society - Spring Show, Memorial Hall: 1.30 pm
Monday 25th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 26th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 26th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Thursday 28th: Coffee morning/adult colouring, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am 
Thursday 28th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Saturday 30th: 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 
 
[ +++ 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) . . . HERE ]
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 on this important history . . . HERE
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 more . . . HERE
Memorial Hall at 90
 Memorial Hall from Station Rd
The view above is of the front of West Moors Memorial Hall, as seen from Station Road. The Hall was funded by subscription and was opened in 1929 and so this year marks the 90th anniversary of its foundation. It is dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in the Great War (1914-1918). It is the 'village hall' for West Moors and is run by an independent Hall Council, made up of users and representatives of the community, including the Parish Council. Many activities, both regular and 'one-off' take place here - the Diary and "What's On Soon" sections of this web site are testament to that. The Memorial Hall web site has much useful information and can be accessed . . . HERE 

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 or a correction to the current information displayed please email me as below. You might also like to download, print & display this handy graphic which summarises the information available on this web site . . . HERE

Contact . . .  E: westmoorsman@gmail.com