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 Town Council Facebook page . . .
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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.


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There is a specific page on this web site pertaining to the current emergency .... and on that page you will find useful links for latest information on the crisis: keep coming back to that page as things are changing all the time now!


If anyone has difficulty accessing the documents / pages / information, please contact me via email

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 

News & Information . . . . .
 
West Moors Town Council is arranging for an upgrade to this web site - work is well advanced and it is hoped to enable / publish the new site sometime in September. The address ( url after the 'https' bit ) will change to reflect the change in name of the Council but for a time anyway, you should be re-directed to the new site. More information as and when it becomes available!

Those of you who have entries on this site that are written / developed by us will be contacted - eventually! With the current emergency situation it will take a while to restore some semblance of normality to the checking procedure, as well as waiting for the new web site to settle down!


 
* * * Cancelled events autumn / winter due Covid-19 * * * 
Announcements recently made regarding ( normally ) regular events in autumn & winter of each year ....

1. The West Moors Remembrance Day Parade ( this year it would have been Sunday 8th November ) will NOT take place. There will be a small memorial service and laying of wreathes.
2. The 'Carols on the Petwyn' event, held normally first Friday of December, is CANCELLED for this year.
3. The West Moors Christmas Tree Festival ( held within the United Reformed Church building ) will NOT take place.

* * * West Moors churches: latest * * * 
St. Anthony's RC & St. Mary's CofE churches have already re-started physical worship, and Pinehurst Community Church is considering whether to do the same at some point, though they are 'holding-off' for the immediate future.

However, St. Martin's United Reformed Church have announced that from 10.30 am on Sunday 11th October, they will recommence services on a fortnightly basis with full 'Covid-secure' measures in force - to find out more, see their web site which is linked from the list below.

As always, to keep up to date with all developments at all the churches in West Moors, follow the links as set out here ......

Pinehurst Community Church
St. Anthony's Catholic Church
St. Martin's United Reformed Church
St. Mary the Virgin Parish Church

* * * Coronavirus ( Covid-19 ): latest updates * * * 
We have obviously entered a critical period regarding restricting the spread of Coronavirus: cases across the Dorset Council area ( and particularly in the West Moors sub-division ) are very low - but are rising. You may be worried that any restrictions introduced will leave you, or someone you know, vulnerable.

Unlike the situation at the beginning of this emergency in late March, the support sources are now well-organised and are still active for you: find all the latest information and a list of important contact points on our dedicated Coronavirus page on this web site. I check the links routinely, but if any of the links fail, please contact me and I'll attempt to sort it out
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* * * Restricted availability of Oakhurst Play Area * * * 
The play area adjacent to Oakhirst First School will not be available during the week - open weekends only. This is to ensure ' social distance ' measures can be met with the pupils in the adjacent play ground of the School / Nursery. This temporary restriction will be reviewed after the October half-term.
* * * Reversal of Coronavirus restriction relaxation * * * 
With effect from Monday 14th September, 'social gatherings' in groups of more than 6 people are not allowed: the new rule applies to private homes indoors, unless of course you live there, and all settings outdoors: also places such as bars and cafes. The rule change does NOT apply to schools / education establishments, churches, workplaces, weddings & funerals ( separate requirements for these ) and organised team sports. More information will be gained by following the appropriate links on the Coronavirus Information Hub on this web site.
* * * Memorial Hall car park - restricted use 23rd September * * * 
The Memorial Hall car park will be closed to the public on Wednesday 23rd September as the local Surgery is holding a 'drive-through' flu clinic on that date. Note that traffic into and out of the car park onto Station Road is likely to be of high intensity at times.
* * * Council Office re-opens! * * * 
The Council office in Park Way ( just behind Tesco Express ), which has been closed to visitors since late March, will REOPEN from Tuesday 8th September - hours will be those that were in force before the ' lockdown '. Please observe ' social distancing ' regulations, e.g., restricted numbers within the office ( 2 only ), keeping distance when inside, using hand sanitisers ( which are available for use ) etc.
* * * Library opens for 'walk-in' access! * * * 
The local Library on Station Road will re-open for 'walk-in' access [ entrance at the back - exit at the front ] on a limited basis with effect Thursday 3rd September: the days / hours of availability will be ... Thursdays and Fridays 9.30 am - 1.00 pm and Saturdays 10.00 am - 12.30 pm. Restrictions / requirements are in place to be able to use the facility - see the information by following the appropriate link on the Library page on this web site.
* * * Bus services: back to normal ( almost ! ) * * * 
Morebus have announced that with effect Sunday 6th September, all routes will revert to 'pre-Covid' timings - but there are exceptions:

X6: This service reverts back to the Pre-Covid version, with buses serving Bournemouth again. However the 1655 bus from Ringwood to Bournemouth will not run on Saturdays and the bus at 1740 from Ringwood will terminate in Ferndown on Mondays to Saturdays, whilst the 1915 bus from Poole to Ringwood will NOT be reinstated.
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PLEASE NOTE: THIS MEANS THAT, MONDAY - FRIDAY, THE FIRST X6 TOWARDS FERNDOWN AND POOLE IN THE MORNING WILL NOW RUN NEARLY A QUARTER-OF-AN-HOUR EARLIER THAN NOW (I.E., TO 'SCHOOL-DAYS' SCHEDULE) ... DON'T GET CAUGHT OUT!
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13: Timetable reintroduced at Pre Covid levels.

38: Revised timetable with all journeys running via Heatherlands Estate.

Revised timetables are now available on the Morebus site ( linked below ); the summary of the X6 on this web site has now been updated.

As always,
for more information, see the Morebus web site.
 
* * * Face covering: further regulations * * * 
A widening of the requirement to wear face coverings in enclosed area was announced on the 31st July: in addition to using same in retail environments ( shops / retail parks etc.), and on public transport & taxis, it will become *mandatory* ( from 8th August ) to wear some form of nose / mouth covering when visiting / attending churches, libraries, community centres, social clubs, indoor entertainment venues, funeral directors ( undertakers ), all premises offering professional, legal or financial services, cinemas, theatres, bingo halls, concert venues, museums, galleries and other indoor visitor attractions etc.
The full list can be viewed by followed the links on the Coronavirus page on this web site. 

Many of our local 'public' venues already require coverings and advice can always be sought from the facility concerned.

Many local retailers stock suitable coverings but it is also possible to make something using simple materials often to hand - and you can use a scarf as long as it covers both nose and mouth. We also have local shops in the village e.g., Golden Hands ( the Wool Shop ), Station Road, The School Shop, Park Way, among others that stock suitable materials to help you - no doubt other outlets will join in.

The official guidance on making & wearing face coverings can be accessed on the gov.uk web site - this link will open in a new window.

+ There is a log of events during the Emergency applicable to the local area on this web site: it can be printed and used as an advisory sheet in public places: choose the 'Coronavirus' page link from the Index to the left of this entry and scroll down the bottom of that page to find the latest issue.

What's On Soon . . . . .


SOME EVENTS / VENUES ARE RETURNING TO LIFE ( AS OF LATE JULY ), IN PARTICULAR THE MEMORIAL HALL. IF WE 'GET WIND' OF EVENTS RETURNING - THEY WILL APPEAR BELOW AND IN THE DIARY
 

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SEE STATEMENT ABOVE
 
[ +++ 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 

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