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.


Christmas-tide in West Moors


 

This year seems to have flown by - and once again Christmas is with us! West Moors has events to mark the season. We have already seen the annual "Carols on the Petwyn", the "Christmas Tree Festival" and of course all four churches will have special services to mark the significance of this time of year: as in recent years, the Diary & "What's On Soon" sections of this web site carry information to help you plan your time: for church-specific events, see the links under "Community Life" - "Churches".

+ + + A Very Happy & Peaceful Christmas to all + + +

News & Information . . . . .
 * * * Parish Council Autumn Newsletter * * *
The autumn issue of the Parish Council newsletter is now available to view on this site - or if you prefer, pop in to the parish office in Park Way and pick up a copy. It carries some excellent news stories surrounding the community commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and notes relating to the new 'unitary authorities', the Apprentice Vocational Scheme and details of how to contact your parish council and councillors. To download a copy from this site, follow this link . . . HERE    
 +*+*+ Christmas / New Year: Buses & Bins! +*+*+
+ Buses: Morebus have now published details of services over the Christmas & New Year period. As in recent years, a summary can be found on this site at this page . . . HERE. No service Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's day on the X6 and 38 - other details, see the link given - also, don't forget that the timetables will run to the 'NSch' entries as the schools will be on holiday.
+ Bins: Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) have announced the schedule for waste/re-cycling collections over the Christmas/New Year period - together with other advice: see their special page . . . HERE
   

What's On Soon . . . . .

+ + + DECEMBER 2018 + + +

[ As in recent years, 'Christmas' events will be highlighted in red. Some 'routine' events have simply been carried over from the previous month, but as Christmas nears, some may not take place: always check with the venue before attending. Also remember that the four churches will have additional services - not all will be shown here - see their web sites (linked from 'Community Life') for full detail. ]
Wednesday 12th: Flower Group - "A Lot of Sparkle" (presentation), Memorial Hall: 10.00 am [see Diary for more detail] 
Thursday 13th: Coffee morning/adult colouring, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am 
Thursday 13th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Thursday 13th: A Christmas Concert "Viva Voce Chorus", St. Mary's church: 7.30 pm [see Diary for more detail]
Friday 14th: "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 15th: 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 
Sunday 16th: Nativity Service, Pinehurst Community Church: 10.00 am 
Sunday 16th: Christmas Carol Service, St. Anthony's RC church: 3.00 pm
Sunday 16th: Carols by Candlelight, Pinehurst Community Church: 4.30 pm 
Monday 17th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 18th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Wednesday 19th: "Christmas Gala", Brook View: from Noon [see Diary]
Wednesday 19th: "Carols by Candlelight", St. Martin's URC: 6.30 pm
Thursday 20th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Thursday 20th: "Christmas Community Sing-a-long", St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am 
Thursday 20th: Townswomen's Guild 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 
Sunday 23rd: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, St. Mary's church: 6.00 pm
Thursday 27th: Coffee morning/adult colouring, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am 

+ + + JANUARY 2019 + + +

[ Treat events as provisional / preliminary until confirmed - routine entries have simply been copied across from the past months' patterns and may not be replicated in the New Year - check with venue if unsure - some entries have been designated 'provisional' on this basis. ]
Thursday 3rd: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Thursday 3rd: WI Social, Memorial Hall: 2.15 pm (see Diary & WI pages)
Saturday 5th (provisional): District/County councillor consultations, Library: 10.00 - 11.00 am 
Saturday 5th (provisional): 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 7th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 8th (provisional): " Board Games for the Bored ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 8th (provisional): Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Thursday 10th: Coffee morning/adult colouring, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am 
Thursday 10th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Friday 11th: "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 12th (provisional): 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 14th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Monday 14th: "The Shady Garden" (Horticultural Society talk), Memorial Hall: 2.30 pm
Tuesday 15th: Ancestry session, Library: 2.00 - 4.00 pm [book with Library!]
Tuesday 15th (provisional): Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Wednesday 16th: Coffee morning, Flower Group, Memorial Hall: 10.00 am
Thursday 17th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Thursday 17th: Townswoment's Guild - meeting, Memorial Hall: 2.00 pm
Saturday 19th (provisional): 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 21st: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Monday 21st: " Around the Horn " (illustrated talk), St. Martin's URC: 2.30 pm
Tuesday 22nd (provisional): " Board Games for the Bored ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 22nd (provisional): 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 (provisional): 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 (provisional): Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Thursday 31st: "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) . . . 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
Remembrance 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 fell 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 took place on Sunday 11th November. See the parish council Facebook page for some images.


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