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.


News & Information . . . . .
* * * New council ward boundaries - comments invited * * *
In May 2018, Parliament authorised the creation of a new local authority . . . "Dorset Council"; this council will provide all services currently undertaken by Dorset County Council & East Dorset District Council. As part of the transition, the Local Government Boundary Commission is carrying out a review of the new council to decide the number of councillors that should be elected (May 2019), as well as the names and boundaries of the council wards: a first look at the draft seems to suggest that West Moors is to be covered by two wards - (1) Avon Heath & Moors Valley and (2) West Moors South. The consultation runs until 27th August this year. Have your say by following this link . . . HERE, and click on the link . . . "Have your say"!   
 * * * Summer in West Moors * * *
July & August see many events within the community that mark this 'high' season of the year - and a significant 'one-off' event too. Details of events appear in the Diary on this site (see menu to the left of this page) and are summarised in the listing below . . . in particular, we have: St. Mary's Church fete (7th July), West Moors 'Farmival' (also 7th July), the Multi-Activity Day (14th July - see above), Summer Reading Challenge (Library, from 17th July), Farewell to Vicar Rowland (21st July), Flower Group Show (28th July), WI Garden Party (2nd August), Brook View - Village Fete (11th August), Horticultural Society Summer Show (25th August). Plenty to do! If I've missed any events out - let me know and I'll add them here
* * * Dorset Family Information Directory * * *
Recent changes to the "dorsetforyou" web site may have meant that links relating to information on family matters no longer work - or it may be that you find the source difficult to find. The site has a 'top' index page which links to advice on all matters regarding youngsters - e.g., Education & Learning, Early Years & Childcare, Health resources, Young People Service ... and with the summer break nearly upon us, there is a specific link to Activities - a 'searchable' section. Find this resource by following the address . . . HERE 
* * * Take Action to Stop Fraud * * *
Instances of 'scams' of various types (on-line, telephone, cold-calling etc.) are coming to light with increased regularity in our community. There is a wealth of advice available to help you stay safe: a useful source can be found . . . HERE. In summary - take time to think it through: genuine organisations, such as the police, banks, local authorities, won't ask you for such as passwords or PIN numbers, or ask you to withdraw money to hand-over for "safekeeping". Listen to your instincts - if a request is 'odd', it's probably a scam   

What's On Soon . . . . .

+ + + JULY 2018 + + +

Thursday 19th: Free 'Drop-In' clinic - Accountancy/Tax, The Coffee Lounge: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm [note altered day] 
Thursday 19th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Thursday 19th: "Community Sing-a-long", St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am 
Thursday 19th: Townswomen's Guild meeting, St. Martin's URC: 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 
Saturday 21st: "Farewell to Rev. Andrew & Zahra Rowland", tea in St. Mary's church hall: 5.00 pm [see Diary for more or follow the link to the parish church at the head of this page]
Sunday 22nd: Open Garden: Cottesmore Farm, Newmans Lane: 2.00 - 5.00 pm [see Diary for detail]
Monday 23rd: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 24th: " Board Games for the Bored ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 24th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 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!] 
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 
Saturday 28th: Flower Group: Club Show, Memorial Hall: 1.00 - 4.00 pm. To download poster, follow this link . . . HERE
Sunday 29th: Open Garden: Cottesmore Farm, Newmans Lane: 2.00 - 5.00 pm [see Diary for detail] 
Monday 30th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 31st: Summer Reading Challenge - activities, Library: 3.00 - 4.00 pm
Tuesday 31st
: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
 

+ + + AUGUST 2018 + + +

Some clubs/organisations take a 'summer break' in August: to be sure that a regular function is 'active' check before-hand - see the listing under "Village Groups & Organisations".
Wednesday 1st: Carers Group, Guide Hall: 10.30 am - Noon
Thursday 2nd: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Thursday 2nd: "Community Sing-a-long", St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am 
Thursday 2nd: WI Garden Party, Memorial Hall: 2.15 pm [see Diary]
Saturday 4th: District/County councillor consultations, Library: 10.00 - 11.00 am 
Saturday 4th: Local MP Surgery, Library: 10.00 am - Noon (APPOINTMENT REQUIRED - see Diary) 
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  - there may be a summer break!
Sunday 5th: Cottesmore Farm - Open Garden (see Diary entry): 2.00 - 5.00 pm
Monday 6th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 7th: Summer Reading Challenge - Fun Activity! Library: 3.00 - 4.00 pm
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!] 
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 - there may be a summer break! 
Saturday 11th: "Brook View - Village Fete", Brook View, Riverside Road: Noon - 4.00 pm [see Diary entry]
Monday 13th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 14th: " Board Games for the Bored ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 14th: Summer Reading Challenge - Fun Activity! Library: 3.00 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 14th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Thursday 16th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Thursday 16th: "Community Sing-a-long", St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am 
Thursday 16th: Townswomen's Guild meeting, St. Martin's URC: 2.00 pm [provisional - check for a 'summer break'!
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 - there may be a summer break! 
Monday 20th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 21st: Ancestry sessions, Library [BOOK - see Library page]: 2.00 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 21st: Summer Reading Challenge - Fun Activity! Library: 3.00 - 4.00 pm 
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!] 
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 - there may be a summer break! 
Saturday 25th: Horticultural Society - Summer Show, Memorial Hall: 1.30 - 4.00 pm [see Diary for more detail]
Monday 27th: Late Summer Holiday
Tuesday 28th: " Board Games for the Bored ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 28th: Summer Reading Challenge - Fun Activity! Library: 3.00 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 28th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 

+ + + SEPTEMBER 2018 + + +

Saturday 1st: District/County councillor consultations, Library: 10.00 - 11.00 am 
Saturday 1st: 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 3rd: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 4th: Coffee Morning, Pinehurst Community Church: 10.00 - 11.30am
Tuesday 4th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Wednesday 5th: Carers Group, Guide Hall: 10.30 am - Noon 
Thursday 6th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Thursday 6th: "Community Sing-a-long", St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am 
Thursday 6th: WI presentation [title not known], Memorial Hall: 2.15 pm
Saturday 8th: 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 10th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Monday 10th: Horticultural Society - "Exbury Gardens", Memorial Hall: 2.30 pm
Tuesday 11th: " Board Games for the Bored ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 11th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
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 
Friday 14th: "Digital Champion" - help with computers, Library: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm [BOOKING ESSENTIAL!]
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 
Monday 17th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 18th: Ancestry sessions, Library [BOOK - see Library page]: 2.00 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 18th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Wednesday 19th: Flower Group: "On the Spot" (presentation), Memorial Hall: 10.00 am [see site . . . HERE]
Thursday 20th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Thursday 20th: "Community Sing-a-long", St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am 
Thursday 20th: Townswomen's Guild meeting, St. Martin's URC: 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 
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!]
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: 7.30 pm [time to be confirmed] (see St. Mary's web site . . . HERE for their latest newsletter)
 
[ +++ 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.

The West Moors Parish Plan was drawn up in 2007: after its publication, a Local Action Group was formed in order to promote the items it covered: a pdf copy of the plan can be downloaded from the Dorset-for-you site . . . HERE
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.
 
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