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 Parish Council Facebook page . . .
 

The images at the head of the Community pages are, from left-to-right: the Parish Church, the Memorial Hall (90 years-old this year: see panel below), 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 

* * * Christmas in West Moors * * *
Image of Christmas candleImage of Christmas tree
Once again Christmas rapidly approaches! West Moors has many seasonal activities to look forward to:  all four churches have services & many other events planned - only a small selection will be listed here - best to see the links to their web sites by following the Community Life entry in the index to the left; significant seasonal events will appear in the Diary & be repeated (in summary) in the listing below. In addition I have, as in previous years, put a summary of the bus service changes on the web site now that Morebus have issued the seasonal timetable: there is also a link from the panel below regarding altered rubbish and recycling collections: all links above will open in new windows.


+++ From all working to support the community - we wish you a very Happy Christmas & a peaceful holiday season. +++ 
News & Information . . . . .
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The Community web pages on this site are being checked at the moment to make sure they conform to the latest requirements relating to accessibility / interaction for those who find it difficult to read the site. At times, links may be found not to work, and page information will be changed to enhance the ability of all users to find the information on our site. If there is anything missing - or you want to make me aware of problems - please contact me via email
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* * * General Election 2019 * * * 
A General Election is taking place on Thursday 12th December: candidates for the Christchurch constituency (within which West Moors parish lies) are available to view via the BCP Council web site (Christchurch parliamentary division straddles Dorset County & Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council) on the BCP election page for the General Election.  
The locations of polling stations are the Memorial Hall & St. Anthony's (RC) church hall - the locations will be notified on your polling cards. Times of voting are 7.00 am to 10.00 pm
 
* * * West Moors: Christmas Fair ... " Carols on the Petwyn " * * * 
The well-established ' Carols on the Petwyn ' Christmas Fair takes place this year on Friday 6th December. Activities start around 5.45 pm and continue until past 9.00 pm. This is an event for the whole family, with local roads closed for safety [ see warning notices posted along the route and the formal notice of road closure on the Dorset County web site ]. For more information, and posters advertising the event, see the Carols on the Petwyn page on this web site - which opens in a new window and the entry in the Diary which has much more information    
 * * * Nationwide B/S: closure of West Moors branch * * *
Nationwide Building Society have announced that they intend to close the West Moors branch of their bank at the end of January 2020. This means that apart from the basic banking facilities available from the sub-post office within the Co-op, there will be no bank in this community - something we've had since the growth of West Moors in the 1920s. The closure notice is available on the Nationwide web site       
* * * Christmas - shopping & security * * * 
The days are running-away and Christmas approaches - and with it the need to catch up on shopping - for gifts, food and supplies. Many nowadays will make use of on-line retailers but you need to be aware of simple checks when ordering over the internet. There is advice available on this web site, based on guidance from Citizens' Advice & Dorset Police. But in essence, always think before pressing that button! If you're not happy or comfortable with what you are offered, back-off and have a cup of tea!  
And don't forget, there are many retailers right here in West Moors than can provide your day-to-day wants - and larger retail outlets are available in Bournemouth, Poole and Ferndown - all available via the Morebus X6 service - summarised on this web page
 
* * * Christmas: trees, carols ... and barrows! * * * 
The first week of December will be the start of Christmas activities across the community involving the local churches and the Council. In particular, at St. Martin's URC, which is situated on the corner of Station Road with Moorlands Road, the annual 'Christmas Tree Festival' will be held from Wednesday to Saturday of that week - many organisations will provide a decorated tree - and donations are invited in support of local and national charities. Just walk in when the church is open and enjoy a quiet wander! St. Martin's will also be the starting point on Friday evening for the torch-light procession provided by West Moors 'Churches Together' down Station Road to The Petwyn - where activities will take place in support of the regular " Carols on the Petwyn ", or Christmas Fair - a mix of traditional carol singing, readings, visit from Father Christmas and, at 7.00 pm (approx.) the Red Barrows (wheelbarrow) race around the village green. There is much more information available at the appropriate entries in the Village Diary (see index to the left) - and the Parish Office (Park Way) will also be able to help   
* * * Latest Parish Council Newsletter * * * 
The Council have just issued the latest ( Autumn 2019 ) Newsletter - full of useful information & news; pick up a copy from the Parish Office in Park Way, just behind Tesco, or download a copy from this website [ opens in a new window ]   
* * * Christmas / New Year rubbish & recycling * * * 
Dorset Council / Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) have issued the revised arrangements for rubbish, recycling & food waste collection over the extended holiday period. There will be NO COLLECTIONS on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day so days of service will be altered: to see full details and other advice regarding waste collection over this period, the information is available on the Dorset County / bins, recycling and litter page [ opens in a new window ]   
* * * Christmas / New Year Bus Services * * * 
Morebus have now issued their timetable to cover the Christmas & New Year period. A summary applicable to West Moors is at the head of the Bus Information page on this web site and for complete information regarding Morebus operations over Christmas, then they have a specific page dedicated to the festive period; both items will open in new browser windows. Remember too - when the schools break up for the holiday, bus schedules follow the " NSch " or " hols " (not school-days / holidays) pattern - this is important as some buses run later, or might not be running at all! 
Very briefly - from West Moors bus stops: NO SERVICE Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day: as published timetable other days 
* * * Getting away for Christmas / New Year * * * 
Many will be thinking of visiting friends and family this Christmas and New Year and perhaps planning to use public transport: there are useful links from this web site which might be of help in the process . . . the Community Life page has links [ repeated in this panel ] to various operators . . . .  
Morebus, National Express, South Western Railway & National Rail;    
also, try the the Traveline planner facility which is a powerful planning portal for all modes of transport. Be aware though that there are planned strikes on the railway network locally during December which may cause significant problems. 

What's On Soon . . . . .

[ ** Christmas / seasonal events highlighted here-under with a ++ symbol ] 

+ + + DECEMBER 2019 + + +

[ Some routine events are simply 'carried over' from the previous month: however, as this is the month that contains Christmas & New Year, expect variations! Always check with the venue and / or organisers for changes.

And we have a General Election on the 12th! This means that the two venues used for polling stations (Memorial Hall & St. Anthony's church hall) will not be available on Polling Day - again, check with the venue before attending any planned events.]

++ Wednesday 4th - Saturday 7th: Christmas Tree Festival, St. Martin's URC: for more information, see the entry in the Diary in the index to the left 
++ Thursday 5th: "Viva Voce Choir" - Christmas Concert, St. Mary's church: 7.30 pm [detail as available via the Diary on this web site - see the Index to the left of this page]
++ Friday 6th: " Carols on the Petwyn " / Christmas Fair, The Petwyn etc., [evening, from 5.45 pm until approx. 9.30 pm - see Diary]
Saturday 7th: Coffee Morning, St. Martin's URC: 10.00 am - Noon (check with venue)
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: St. Mary's parish church: Christmas Bazaar: 10.00 am - Noon [see Diary for more detail & a link to the St. Mary's church web site]
++ Sunday 8th: Service of Hope for Christmas, St. Mary's church: 6.00 pm [see Diary for more detail & a link to the St. Mary's church web site] 
Monday 9th: " Knit & Natter ", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Monday 9th: " New & Exciting Plants for your Garden ", Horticultural Society talk, Memorial Hall: 2.30 pm
Tuesday 10th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Tuesday 10th: " Memory Box ", Library: 2.30 - 3.30 pm [see Library page for more]
Tuesday 10th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
++ Wednesday 11th: " Spirit of Winter " - Flower Group talk, Memorial Hall: 10.00 am
Thursday 12th: UK General Election - see Diary entry for detail 
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 & Saturday 14th: West Moors Singers - Christmas concert, St. Anthony's Church: Friday 7.30 pm, Saturday 2.00 pm; [ other detail available in the Diary entry ]
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: Coffee Morning, St. Martin's URC: 10.00 am - Noon (check with venue)
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
++ Monday 16th: Christmas Gala Lunch, Brook View: Noon onwards [ see Diary for more detail & contact points - BOOK AHEAD! ] 
Monday 16th: " Knit & Natter ", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
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: Christmas Social, Brook View: 6.00 pm onwards [ see Diary for more detail & contact points ] 
++ Wednesday 18th: ' Carols by Candlelight ', St. Martin's URC: 6.30 pm 
++ Thursday 19th: Christmas coffee morning, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am [ see Diary for more detail & contact points ] 
Thursday 19th: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.15 am - Noon  
Thursday 19th: " Rhyme Time ": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am
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: * NEW * Meditation Group, St. Mary's Church: 11.00 am - Noon [see Diary for more information & contact details]
++ Sunday 22nd: Christmas Carol Service, St. Anthony's Church: 3.00 pm [ see Diary for more detail and contact points ]  
++ Sunday 22nd: Carols by Candlelight, Pinehurst Community Church: 4.30 pm [ see Diary for more detail and contact points ]
++ Sunday 22nd: Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, St. Mary's Church: 6.00 pm [ see Diary for more detail & a link to the St. Mary's church web site ]  
Monday 23rd: " Knit & Natter ", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Tuesday 24th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm check beforehand - as it's Christmas Eve, the Library may close early! ]
Tuesday 24th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm check beforehand - as it's Christmas Eve, the Library may close early! ]
 
++ Christmas Day: Wednesday 25th (Public Holiday)
++ Boxing Day: Thursday 26th (Public Holiday)
[ Events for January 2020 will begin to appear here later in November: see the Diary for advance information. ] 
 
 

+ + + JANUARY 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. ] 
++ New Year's Day: Wednesday 1st (Public Holiday) 
Thursday 2nd: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Thursday 2nd: WI Social, 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 
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: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.15 am - Noon
[ Check with the church that this series re-starts in the New Year - see Diary ]
 
Thursday 9th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Friday 10th: " 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 11th: 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 11th: Coffee Morning, St. Martin's URC: 10.00 am - Noon ( check with venue - see Diary ) 
Monday 13th: " Knit & Natter ", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Monday 13th: " Hampshire Nature in Trust ", Horticultural Society talk, Memorial Hall: 2.30 pm 
Tuesday 14th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 14th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Wednesday 15th: Coffee morning - Flower Group, Memorial Hall: 10.00 am 
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 
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 
Saturday 18th: * NEW * Meditation Group, St. Mary's Church: 11.00 am - Noon
[ see Diary for more information & contact details ]
 
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: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.15 am - Noon
[ Check with the church that this series re-starts in the New Year - see Diary ]
 
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 
Saturday 25th: Coffee morning, Horticultural Society, Memorial Hall: 10.15 am 
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 
Wednesday 29th: Dementia Action Group - routine meeting, Library: 7.00 pm: note slightly earlier time and change of day! 
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 
Memorial Hall at 90
 The front of the 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. See also the . . . Memorial Hall web site 

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