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 (90 years-old this year: see panel below), the War Memorial & the Library.


News & Information . . . . .
* * * Gardening Group: Dementia Action Group * * *
A gardening group for local folk with memory loss or dementia (and their carers) meets fortnightly on Tuesdays at Sturts Farm, 10.30 am - Noon: if you know anyone who would benefit from a relaxed informal gardening group, some gentle exercise and fresh air and being with other people, see the contact details on the Dementia Action Group page on this web page . . . HERE
 * * * Local Councillors: advice/consultation sessions * * *
Now that the new Dorset County authority is 'up and running', the regular Saturday morning sessions whereby local councillors make themselves available for advice & consultation have re-started at the local Library on Station Road. These will take place on the first Saturday of each month, between 10.00 and 11.00 am. The dates will appear in the "What's On Soon" listing below: a reminder that local Parish councillors are also available on a regular basis on Saturday mornings at the Parish Office in Park Way - details available from the Office
 * * * Temporary closure: Heathfield Road (Jul/Aug) * * *
To enable gas main replacement work to take place, a portion of Heathfield Road (between its junction with Pinehurst Road and No.2 (approx) Heathfield Road, will be closed from 22nd July to 16th August (at latest - might be finished earlier). Full details, and the diversion route available, is contained in this pdf document . . . HERE
* * * Bin collection dates / kitchen caddy bags * * *
> The Dorset Council web site has a handy link to help you find when your next bin collection day is, which bin it is, and what to put in said bins! To make use of this facility, go to the Dorset Council home page . . . HERE, choose "Check your bin day", then put in your postcode. Then follow the instructions, particularly when you get to the 'Bins and planning' stage - look for the link "View calendar" and download a printed copy.

> If you use a waste food caddy (you can line the caddy with newspaper of course), you can buy compostable liners from the parish office in Park Way . . . to find times of opening of the Office, see . . . HERE

* * * Memory Box at the Library * * *
Memory Box sessions (monthly) will be offered by the Wessex Heritage Trust at the local Library. This is a reminiscence project funded by the National Lottery to celebrate and share your memories. Free sessions are open to all groups of people including those with memory loss and those supporting them. More information can be obtained from the Library - and on the appropriate page . . . HERE. The dates/times will be entered in the listing below

What's On Soon . . . . .

+ + + JULY 2019 + + +

Monday 22nd: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Tuesday 23rd: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm
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!][sessions are also available each Thursday - contact the Library for detail]
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: some sessions run only once a month
Saturday 27th: "Summer Concert", St. Martin's URC: 3.00 pm [see Diary]
Sunday 28th: Charity garden event - Cottesmore Farm, Newmans Lane: 2.00 - 5.00 pm [see Diary for more details]
Sunday 28th: Gardens Open Day, various locations Riverside & Ashurst Roads & St. Mary's church: 2.00 - 6.00 pm [see Diary for more details]
Monday 29th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Monday 29th: "Summer Reading Challenge"- start (see Library page), Library: 2.00 - 5.00 pm
Tuesday 30th: " Memory Box ", Library: 2.30 - 3.30 pm [see Library page for more]
Tuesday 30th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm

+ + + AUGUST 2019 + + +

[ Many activities 'take a break' in August - only those that are known to definitely be running will be shown below. The list will be marked up over the coming couple of weeks. ]
Thursday 1st: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am
Thursday 1st: WI Garden Party [details from WI officials]
Saturday 3rd: Councillor advice/consulation 'surgery', 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: some sessions run only once a month
Sunday 4th: Charity Garden Open, Cottesmore Farm: 2.00 - 5.00 pm [see Diary]
Monday 5th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Tuesday 6th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Wednesday 7th: Carers Support Group, The Pavilion: 10.00 am - Noon [see Diary]
Thursday 8th: Coffee morning/adult colouring, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am
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!][sessions are also available each Thursday - contact the Library for detail]
Saturday 10th: Coffee Morning, St. Martin's URC: 10.00 am - Noon (provisional)
Saturday 10th: Summer BBQ, Brook View: Noon onwards (see Diary)
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: some sessions run only once a month
Monday 12th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Tuesday 13th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Tuesday 13th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Thursday 15th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am
Thursday 15th: Townswomen's Guild - monthly meeting, Memorial Hall: 2.00 pm [check beforehand for a summer break]
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: some sessions run only once a month
Saturday 17th: MP's "Surgery", Library: 10.00 am onwards (by prior appointment ONLY & subject to confirmation)
Monday 19th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Tuesday 20th: Ancestry session, Library: 2.00 - 4.00 pm [book with Library!]
Tuesday 20th: " Memory Box ", Library: 2.30 - 3.30 pm [see Library page for more]
Tuesday 20th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
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!][sessions are also available each Thursday - contact the Library for detail]
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: some sessions run only once a month
Saturday 24th: Horticultural Society "Summer Show", Memorial Hall: 1.30 - 4.00 pm [ see Diary for more information ]
Monday 26th: Late Summer Holiday
Tuesday 27th: " Games & Puzzles ", 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: "Fun Quiz at the Library!", Library: 6.00 - 7.30 pm [see Diary]
Saturday 31st: 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

+ + + SEPTEMBER 2019 + + +

Sunday 1st: Garden Open, Brook View Care Home: 11.00 am - 5.00 pm [see Diary for much more detail]
Monday 2nd: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Tuesday 3rd: Coffee Morning, Pinehurst Community Church: 10.00 - 11.30 am
Tuesday 3rd: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Wednesday 4th: Carers Support Group, The Pavilion: 10.00 am - Noon [see Diary]
Sunday 4th: Garden Open, Brook View Care Home: 11.00 am - 5.00 pm [see Diary for much more detail]
Thursday 5th: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.15 am - Noon
Thursday 5th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am
Thursday 5th: WI monthly meeting - "Wildlife Photographs", Memorial Hall: 2.15 pm
Saturday 7th: Councillor advice/consulation '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
Monday 9th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Monday 9th: Horticultural Society - "The Gardens of Singapore", Memorial Hall: 2.30 pm
Tuesday 10th: " Memory Box ", Library: 2.30 - 3.30 pm [see Library page for more]
Tuesday 10th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Tuesday 10th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
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 each Thursday - contact the Library for detail]
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 (provisional)
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: Flower Group - "Women of Influence", Memorial Hall: 10.00 am
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
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: Writers' Study - new term starts (check with Diary & with group for last-minute changes to the schedule), Memorial Hall: 9.00 am - 1.00 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 each Thursday - contact the Library for detail]
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: MP's "Surgery", Library: 10.00 am onwards (by prior appointment ONLY & subject to confirmation)
Monday 30th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
 
 
[ +++ 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, a correction to the current information displayed or difficulty accessing the various pages 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