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, the War Memorial & the Library.


Remembrance Day in West Moors

War Memorial 1920s

In early August 1914 the continent of Europe stumbled into war - a conflict that was confidentally expected to be  " ... over by Christmas". Over four years later, with around 40 million casualities (dead and injured, military and civilian), the 'Great War' was finally brought to a halt on November 11th, 1918 at 11 am Paris time.

This year's Armistice Day falls exactly 100 years since that event. Few communities escaped the consequences of this war - and West Moors, though a fairly small village at this time, shared in the grief of that conflict.

The village War Memorial was initially erected (in 1920) on the corner of Pinehurst Road and Station Road (top image). In 1971, the Memorial was re-located (due to traffic problems) to the current position at the end of The Petwyn (bottom image). It is here that the annual Service of Remembrance will take place on 11th November.


News & Information . . . . .
* * * Morebus timetable changes * * *
Morebus timetables change - effective Sunday 16th September. Although listed as 'minor' regular users should be aware of time changes which might catch them out: some X6 journeys will run a little earlier, which need to be allowed for ... and many later services run up to 14 minutes later; check carefully that the bus stop timetables have been changed - it takes a while for the physical displays to be updated.
The summary sheets for the X6 on this web site have now been amended . . . 
Departures from West Moors (Station Rd & Pinehurst Rd shops) . . . HERE
Departures from Ferndown, Sainsbury's, Poole and Bournemouth . . . HERE
For full detail, see the Morebus page advertising the changes . . . HERE
 

 * * * Get help to go 'on line' * * *
Many services that once were accessed via a local office, or by filling in a form and popping it in the post, are now available on-line. It can be a scary process - getting the equipment, setting up a service provider, making sure you are secure etc., but there is advice available to help. The Good Things Foundation have launched a campaign called: " Bridging the Digital Divide ". If you, or someone close to you, want to take the first steps to 'going digital', call 01305 221 048 and the Foundation will match you/them up with a 'Digital Champion' volunteer in the local area. Please also be aware that the local Library has 'Digital Champion' sessions available (prior booking required) and you can find out more by contacting the Librarian . . . see the Library page . . . HERE
 * * * A31 / eastbound evening/overnight closure * * *
A portion of the eastbound (Ringwood direction) A31 will be *COMPLETELY CLOSED* to through traffic for four nights from evening Monday 24th September, between 9.00 pm and 6.00 am. To see information relating to road closures, diversions etc., follow this link . . . HERE
 * * * A338/Blackwater Junction - major roadworks * * *
With effect from Monday 3rd September, the next (and major) phase of the upgrade to the area of the A338 across and leading-up-to the Blackwater Junction is to start - lasting well into summer of 2019. In essence, restructuring of the southbound carriageway will take place - which will entail significant restriction of traffic flow and speed reduction. The northbound carriageway will also be affected at times: this route is used by many in West Moors to reach Bournemouth town, hospital, courts etc., and the X6 bus route also passes the point. All users should allow extra time for a journey - or, if possible, find an alternative route. More detail can be found . . . HERE
 * * * Parish Council office: increased opening period * * *
With effect from Monday 3rd September, the parish office in Park Way (behind Tesco) increased its opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10.00 am to 2.00 pm (except for Bank/Public Holidays) [was 1.00 pm]; Wednesday CLOSED [un-changed]; Saturday 10.00 am to 11.00 am [un-changed]
 * * * Withdrawal of Southbourne S40 bus service * * *
Southbourne Buses have announced that they intend to ** withdraw ** the Tuesdays-only service Ferndown - Salisbury (via West Moors) with effect from 16th October. See their web site for more detail . . . HERE

What's On Soon . . . . .

+ + + SEPTEMBER 2018 + + +

Monday 24th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 25th: " Board Games for the Bored ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 25th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
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!]
Friday 28th: Macmillan Coffee Morning, Brook View: 11.00 am [see Diary entry]
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 
Saturday 29th: Charity Concert - Verwood Brass Town Band, Memorial Hall: 7.00 pm [some sources have 7.30 pm - check with organiser at ticket purchase] (see St. Mary's web site . . . HERE for their latest newsletter)

+ + + OCTOBER 2018 + + +

Monday 1st: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 2nd: Coffee Morning, Pinehurst Community Church: 10.00 - 11.30am 
Tuesday 2nd: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Wednesday 3rd: Epicentre/advice clinic - Legal, Coffee Lounge: 10.00 am - Noon
Wednesday 3rd: Carers Group, Guide Hall: 10.30 am - Noon 
Thursday 4th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Thursday 4th: "Community Sing-a-long", St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am 
Thursday 4th: WI presentation: "Eclipse Tour of America", Memorial Hall: 2.15 pm
Saturday 6th: District/County councillor consultations, Library: 10.00 - 11.00 am 
Saturday 6th: 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 
Monday 8th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Monday 8th: Horticultural Society - "Barrington Court Gardens", Memorial Hall: 2.30 pm 
Tuesday 9th: " Board Games for the Bored ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 9th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Thursday 11th: Epicentre/advice clinic - Accountancy/Tax, Coffee Lounge: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm
Thursday 11th: Coffee morning/adult colouring, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am 
Thursday 11th: "Wildlife Colouring Workshop", Library: 10.30 - 11.30 am [see Diary and Library page for detail]
Thursday 11th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Friday 12th: "Digital Champion" - help with computers, Library: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm [BOOKING ESSENTIAL!] 
Saturday 13th: Coffee morning - St. Martin's URC: 10.00 am - Noon (to be confirmed) 
Saturday 13th: 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 
Monday 15th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Monday 15th: "Music and pictures from Around the World" (Discovery Group), St. Martin's URC: 2.30 pm [see Diary] 
Tuesday 16th: Epicentre/advice clinic - Savings/Pensions, Coffee Lounge: 10.00 am - Noon
Tuesday 16th: Ancestry sessions, Library [BOOK - see Library page]: 2.00 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 16th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Wednesday 17th: Flower Group: "Autumn Falls" (presentation), Memorial Hall: 10.00 am [see site . . . HERE] 
Thursday 18th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Thursday 18th: "Community Sing-a-long", St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am 
Thursday 18th: Townswomen's Guild meeting, Memorial Hall: 2.00 pm 
Saturday 20th: MP advice surgery, Library: 10.00 am [ book in advance with constituency office ... 01425 541 087 ] 
Saturday 20th: 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 
Monday 22nd: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 23rd: " Board Games for the Bored ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 23rd: Half-term Stories & Crafts, Library: 3.00 - 4.00 pm [see Library page for detail]
Tuesday 23rd: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Thursday 25th: Coffee morning/adult colouring, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am 
Thursday 25th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Friday 26th: "Digital Champion" - help with computers, Library: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm [BOOKING ESSENTIAL!] 
Saturday 27th: 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 
Saturday 27th: Horticultural Society: Coffee morning, Memorial Hall: 10.15 am
Sunday 28th: "Songs of Praise and Joy", St. Martin's URC: 3.00 pm (see Diary)
Monday 29th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 30th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Tuesday 30th: "Quiz Night", Library: 7.00 - 8.30 pm  [see Library page]

+ + + NOVEMBER 2018 + + +

Thursday 1st: "Community Sing-a-long", St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am 
Thursday 1st: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Thursday 1st: WI Bazaar, Memorial Hall: 2.15 pm [see WI page]
Saturday 3rd: District/County councillor consultations, Library: 10.00 - 11.00 am 
Saturday 3rd: 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 
Monday 5th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 6th: Coffee Morning, Pinehurst Community Church: 10.00 - 11.30am 
Tuesday 6th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Wednesday 7th: Epicentre/advice clinic - Legal, Coffee Lounge: 10.00 am - Noon [provisional]
Wednesday 7th: Carers Group, Guide Hall: 10.30 am - Noon 
Thursday 8th: Coffee morning/adult colouring, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am 
Thursday 8th: Epicentre/advice clinic - Accountancy/Tax, Coffee Lounge: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm  [to be confirmed]
Thursday 8th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Friday 9th: "Digital Champion" - help with computers, Library: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm [BOOKING ESSENTIAL!] 
Saturday 10th: 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 
Saturday 10th: Coffee morning - St. Martin's URC: 10.00 am - Noon (to be confirmed) 
Sunday 11th: Remembrance / Armistice Day (see panel above and Diary entry)
Monday 12th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 13th: " Board Games for the Bored ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 13th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Thursday 15th: "Community Sing-a-long", St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am 
Thursday 15th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Thursday 15th: Townswomen's Guild meeting, Memorial Hall: 2.00 pm 
Saturday 17th: 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 
Saturday 17th: Horticultural Society - presentation of Cups/Trophies [member/guests], Memorial Hall: 1.00 pm (see Diary)
Monday 19th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 20th: Epicentre/advice clinic - Savings/Pensions, Coffee Lounge: 10.00 am - Noon 
Tuesday 20th: Ancestry sessions, Library [BOOK - see Library page]: 2.00 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 20th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Wednesday 21st: Flower Group - "Two of a Kind" (presentation), Memorial Hall: 10.00 am [see Diary for more detail]
Thursday 22nd: Coffee morning/adult colouring, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am 
Thursday 22nd: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Friday 23rd: "Digital Champion" - help with computers, Library: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm [BOOKING ESSENTIAL!] 
Saturday 24th: 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 
Monday 26th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 27th: " Board Games for the Bored ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 27th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Thursday 29th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Thursday 29th, Friday 30th & Saturday 1st December (preliminary entry): Drama Society production "Grandma's Secret" (Comedy), Memorial Hall [times to be advised, but an evening presentation - more detail in Diary when known]
Friday 30th: Middle School - Christmas Fayre [other information to be advised]
[ +++ 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

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