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.


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On the 1st April, 2019, the District Councils across Dorset, along with the old County Council will be abolished and a new unitary 'Dorset Council' will take their place. Amongst changes that will undoubtedly occur, the 'DorsetForYou' web site, which currently has pages for individual District Councils, will change: links from this web site may not be correct / active. If you come across errors / missing links, please notify me using the email link below.

News & Information . . . . .
 * * * Proposed temporary road closure: Moorside Road * * *
In connection with gas-main replacement work, it is proposed to close part of Moorside Road (the section nearest Station Road / Pinehurst Road junction) between 22nd April and 10th May, 2019. Other changes will take place around this time involving allowing two-way traffic to flow. This link should (!) take you to the consultation document . . . HERE.
More information can be obtained by contacting Marc Cutler using the email . . . trafficteam@dorsetcc.gov.uk  
   

 * * * Major road restictions: Pinehurst Rd / Station Rd junction * * *
In addition to the work outlined above affecting Moorside Road, restrictions involving temporary light-controlled traffic flow will significantly affect the area around the junction of Station Road (B3072) with Moorside & Pinehurst roads, also between 22nd April and 10th May, 2019. More information on these, and other work, can be found by using the facility on the 'dorsetforyou' web site . . . HERE
 * * * County-wide elections: May 2019 * * *
The first election for the new Dorset Council, plus any contested parish council polls, will take place on Thursday 2nd May: the Home page on this web site has more information on all aspects of these important votes - and links to other sources of information and advice: find that page . . . HERE    
* * * Heathfield Way: part closure Monday 25th March * * *
There will be a partial closure of Heathfield Way (past the Middle School) between 7.45 am and 5.00 pm on Monday 25th March for the safe holding of a 'Sustrans: School Streets) event. More information can be found . . . HERE    
 * * * Parish Council: Spring 2019 newsletter out now! * * *
The Spring 2019 Parish Council newsletter is now available: download a copy . . . HERE, or pop in to the Parish Office in Park Way and collect a copy. Amongst the items it includes are: a report on the Annual Public Meeting, the award of National Lottery funding for the Fryer Field Youth Consultation project and information about the 'Good Neighbour' voluntary organisation. There's a lot more - and a lot more goes on that your parish council is involved with!    
 * * * Become a Parish Councillor! * * *
Before the next elections on the 2nd May this year, why not come along to a Parish Council meeting and see what goes on. If you are over 18 and live within 3 miles of this parish - you could qualify: visit the Council web pages that host Agenda & Minutes of regular meetings . . . HERE which are a good grounding to the work undertaken; the Council newsletter carries much more information . . . HERE and download the poster covering this opportunity (but note that the Annual Parish Meeting is now past) . . . HERE    
 * * * West Moors: Lunch & Friendship Club * * *
This club meets every Wednesday (except August) from late morning to mid-afternoon: it has been active for many years. How about helping-out? If you have an hour or so to spare to volunteer, especially at the start and end of the session, your help would be much appreciated! To see more on the work of the Club and to find out who to contact, see the latest issue of the West Moors Directory (March issue, page 30) or see the page on this web site . . . HERE    
 * * * Home Watch - Needs You! * * *
On Saturday 30th March (2.30 pm/see Diary entry), in the Memorial Hall, the local Home Watch will hold a special meeting to encourage people to come forward to help with the organisation. The latest (March) copy of the West Moors Directory (page 8) has more detail; the work of the Watch is important . . . see their web page . . . HERE    
 * * * Pre-9.30 am (Mon-Fri) bus concession * * *
As many local bus users will know, East Dorset District Council (EDDC) currently fund an 'extension' to the National Bus Pass, which allows entitled users to travel free BEFORE 9.30 am (Monday-Friday) within the East Dorset area. From April this year, EDDC will cease to exist. It has been confirmed that for the Financial Year 2019/20(*), the new Dorset Council will fund this concession under current rules, but will actively review once the new council is elected / active.
[(*) After note - I have been told that a review will take place DURING the new financial year, and a change may occur within that time - any change will be noted here]

* * * "Scams" awareness session * * *
It's a tricky world out there - scammers are about, both in person, on the telephone and on-line! Come along to the Library on Thursday 21st March between 10.00 am and Noon to get some advice. Also note that there is a link on this web site to the Citizens Advice page regarding how to spot and avoid such unpleasantness: have a look at the menu item: ' Community Life '  and select 'Personal/Home: Safety & Security'
 * * * West Moors Singers: search for a Musical Director * * *
The West Moors Singers have been an integral part of the life of our community for half-a-century; they have enriched the lives of many with regular concerts performed in the Memorial Hall. This web site has a page dedicated to the group . . . HERE and you can see the range of performances given in the past - and just how professional they are. Currently, the Singers are 'on hold' as they are looking for a Musical Director to take them onwards into the future - are you such a one? Do you know someone who might like the challenge? Contact the Secretary using the links from their web page . . . HERE      

What's On Soon . . . . .

+ + + MARCH 2019 + + +

Monday 18th - Saturday 23rd: Shakespeare week at the Library (contact Library for more detail - see this page . . . HERE)
Tuesday 19th: Ancestry session, Library: 2.00 - 4.00 pm [book with Library!] 
Tuesday 19th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Tuesday 19th: Gospel Choir - "Taster Evening", St. Martin's URC: 7.00 pm [see Diary for more detail]
Wednesday 20th: Flower Group - "My Family and other animals" (talk), Memorial Hall: 10.00 am [see Diary] 
Wednesday 20th: "Quiz Night", Brook View: 5.30 pm onwards (see Diary)
Thursday 21st: "Scams Awareness" session, Library: 10.00 am - Noon [see panel above]
Thursday 21st: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Thursday 21st: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am  - Noon
Thursday 21st: "Lent Lunches", St. Mary's church hall: Noon - 1.30 pm 
Thursday 21st: Townswomen's Guild - monthly meeting, Memorial Hall: 2.00 pm
Friday 22nd: "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 23rd: 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 23rd: Horticultural Society - Spring Show, Memorial Hall: 1.30 - 4.00 pm [see Diary for more detail]
Monday 25th: Road closed - Heathfield Way (SUSTRANS event): see the panel at the head of this page or the Diary entry
Monday 25th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 26th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 26th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Thursday 28th: Coffee morning/adult colouring, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am 
Thursday 28th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Saturday 30th: 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 30th: Home Watch - public meeting (see Diary & panel above), Memorial Hall: 2.30 pm

+ + + APRIL 2019 + + +

Monday 1st: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Monday 1st: Memorial Hall: Council AGM, Memorial Hall: 7.30 pm
Tuesday 2nd: Coffee Morning, Pinehurst Community Church: 10.00 - 11.30 am
Tuesday 2nd: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Thursday 4th: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am - Noon
Thursday 4th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am
Thursday 4th: WI Annual General Meeting (see WI page . . . HERE), Memorial Hall: 2.15 pm
Saturday 6th: District/County councillor consultations, Library: 10.00 - 11.00 am (with changes imminent in the local council structure & the elections for the new Dorset Council, this session may not take place: contact the Library before attending to get more information)
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: some sessions run only once a month
Monday 8th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Monday 8th: Horticultural Society - AGM & talk " Mountains & Valleys of Yunnan ", Memorial Hall: 2.00 pm (see Diary and Horticultural Society pages on this site.)
Tuesday 9th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Tuesday 9th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Thursday 11th: Coffee morning/adult colouring, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am
Thursday 11th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am
Thursday 11th: "Garden Today" - community gardening project sponsored by the West Moors Dementia Action Group [see Diary entry for more information], Sturts Farm: 2.00 pm
Thursday 11th - Saturday 13th: West Moors Drama presents . . . "Love at Last", a comedy, Memorial Hall: 7.00 pm doors open, 7.45 pm performance [see Diary]
Friday 12th: "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 13th: Coffee Morning, St. Martin's URC: 10.00 am - Noon
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: some sessions run only once a month
Sunday 14th: "Songs of Praise & Joy" (Gospel Choir), St. Martin's URC: 3.00 pm [ see Diary for more detail - this was originally listed against 28th April ]
Monday 15th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Tuesday 16th: Ancestry session, Library: 2.00 - 4.00 pm [book with Library!]
Tuesday 16th: "Easter stories & crafts", Library: 2.30 - 3.30 pm [BOOK WITH LIBRARY! - see Diary page]
Tuesday 16th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Wednesday 17th: Flower Group - regular meeting, Memorial Hall: 10.00 am [see Diary]
Thursday 18th: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am - Noon
Thursday 18th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am
Thursday 18th: Townswomen's Guild - monthly meeting, Memorial Hall: 2.00 pm
Good Friday (Public Holiday) 19th
Easter Day 21st
Easter Monday (Public Holiday) 22nd
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: MP's advice 'surgery', Library: 10.00 am on (by appointment only - see Diary entry)
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
Monday 29th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Tuesday 30th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm

+ + + MAY 2019 + + +

Thursday 2nd: County-wide elections: polling stations open 7.00 am - 10.00 pm
Thursday 2nd: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am - Noon
Thursday 2nd: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am
Saturday 4th: Plant Sale - Horticultural Society, Memorial Hall: 10.00 am on
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: Early May Holiday 
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: "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 each Thursday - contact the Library for detail]
Saturday 11th: Coffee Morning, St. Martin's URC: 10.00 am - Noon
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: Concert - "All You Need Is Love", St. Mary's church: 7.30 pm [see Diary entry for full detail]
Monday 13th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Tuesday 14th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Tuesday 14th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Wednesday 15th: Flower Group - "Back to the Future", Memorial Hall: 10.00 am [see Diary]
Thursday 16th: Writers' Study - new term starts, Memorial Hall: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm [see Writers' Study page . . . HERE]
Thursday 16th: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am - Noon
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
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: "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 each Thursday - contact the Library for detail]
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
Monday 27th: Early May Holiday
Tuesday 28th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Tuesday 28th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
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) . . . 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 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


~ ~ ~ Easter in West Moors ~ ~ ~
[To be written up  . . . . ]
Easter is the first 'full' holiday for many after the winter - this year it is in April and near the latest it can be . . . Good Friday 19th & Easter Monday 22nd April.
+ With four churches in West Moors (and links to adjacent religious communities), this time is important and each will have their full details of services etc., on their respective web sites . . . find links to those . . . HERE.
+ Bus services will alter and as soon as Morebus announce their pattern alteration, a brief summary will appear here.
+ Schools have already announced dates of term end/start and their web sites can be accessed via this link . . . HERE.
+ Many other useful pages of information on things like road/rail alterations & closures/delays, when the Library will be open, whether rubbish/re-cycling days change and where to go to have a local break etc., are contained on the 'DorsetForYou' web site pages . . . HERE


Contact . . .  E: westmoorsman@gmail.com