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 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.


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, please contact using the email link for the Editor of these pages 

* * * Christmas in West Moors * * *
Image of Christmas candleImage of Christmas tree
Once again Christmas rapidly approaches! West Moors has many seasonal activities to look forward to:  all four churches have services & other events planned - see the links to their web sites by following the Community Life entry in the index to the left; significant seasonal events will appear in the Diary & be repeated (in summary) in the listing below. In addition I have, as in previous years, put a summary of the bus service changes on the web site now that Morebus have issued the seasonal timetable.

From all working to support the community - we wish you a very Happy Christmas & a peaceful holiday season.  
News & Information . . . . .
 * # * # * WORK ON THIS WEB SITE * # * # *
The Community web pages on this site are being checked at the moment to make sure they conform to the latest requirements relating to accessibility / interaction for those who find it difficult to read the site. At times, links may be found not to work, and page information will be changed to enhance the ability of all users to find the information on our site. If there is anything missing - or you want to make me aware of problems - please contact me via email
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* * * General Election 2019 * * * 
A General Election is taking place on Thursday 12th December: to find out if you are registered, or to register, or to ask for a postal / proxy vote - and to keep up with the candidates, timetable, facilities etc., the Dorset County web site relating to Elections is very useful.
Candidates for the Christchurch constituency (within which West Moors parish lies) are now available to view via the BCP Council web site (Christchurch parliamentary division straddles Dorset County & Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council) on the BCP election page for the General Election.  
The locations of polling stations are confirmed as the Memorial Hall & St. Anthony's (RC) church hall - the locations will be notified on your polling cards. Times of voting are also confirmed as 7.00 am to 10.00 pm.
The latest date for registration to vote, apply for a proxy or postal vote etc., is Tuesday November 26th
 
* * * Christmas / New Year Bus Services * * * 
Morebus have now issued their timetable to cover the Christmas & New Year period. A summary applicable to West Moors is at the head of the Bus Information page on this web site and for complete information regarding Morebus operations over Christmas, then they have a specific page dedicated to the festive period; both items will open in new browser windows. Remember too - when the schools break up for the holiday, bus schedules follow the " NSch " or " hols " (not school-days / holidays) pattern - this is important as some buses run later, or might not be running at all! 
Very briefly - from West Moors bus stops: NO SERVICE Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day: as published timetable other days 
* * * Memorial Hall: Treasurer needed - urgently! * * 
The Memorial Hall, the 'village hall' for West Moors on Station Road has been there for 90 years; a Treasurer is urgently needed! If you feel you can offer help, please contact Jim Hounslow (Chairman) on 01202 876 572. There is a poster for this appeal which can be downloaded from this web site - it will open in a new window and most should be able to access. If not, then contact the number above   
* * * West Moors: Christmas Fair ... " Carols on the Petwyn " * * * 
The well-established ' Carols on the Petwyn ' Christmas Fair takes place this year on Friday 6th December. Activities start around 5.45 pm and continue until past 9.00 pm. This is an event for the whole family, with local roads closed for safety. For more information, and posters advertising the event, see the Carols on the Petwyn page on this web site - which opens in a new window    
* * * Getting away for Christmas / New Year * * * 
Many will be thinking of visiting friends and family this Christmas and New Year and perhaps planning to use public transport: there are useful links from this web site which might be of help in the process . . . the Community Life page has links [ repeated in this panel ] to various operators . . . .  
Morebus, National Express, South Western Railway & National Rail;    
also, try the the Traveline planner facility which is a powerful planning portal for all modes of transport. Be aware though that there are planned strikes on the railway network locally during December which may cause significant problems. 
 * * * Christmas Carols & seasonal Fair - volunteers needed! * * *
The annual "Carols on the Petwyn", also known as the West Moors Christmas Fair, takes place this year on Friday 6th December (see panel above). The event embraces the entire community - with much of the planning & organising being provided by the local Youth Club. As with all such events, volunteers are very handy! If you think you can help, download this poster, (may not be readable on all platforms) or contact Ray Hilton Garner on 01202 871 757 or Rosie Brown on 07710 13 23 02; they will be pleased to give you more information. See also the dedicated web page on this web site which is devoted to this annual event

What's On Soon . . . . .

+ + + NOVEMBER 2019 + + +

Tuesday 19th: Ancestry session, Library: 2.00 - 4.00 pm [book with Library!] 
Tuesday 19th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Wednesday 20th: Flower Group presentation - "Strictly Flowers", Memorial Hall: 10.00 am 
Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd: " Murder on Cue " (West Moors Drama production), Memorial Hall: 7.00 pm doors/bar open, 7.45 pm 'curtain up'; more detail see Diary
Thursday 21st: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.30 am - Noon 
Thursday 21st: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
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 on Thursdays; contact the Library staff for more information) 
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 - members lunch & presentation, Memorial Hall: 1.00 pm [members & guests] 
Monday 25th: " Knit & Natter ", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 26th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 26th: " Memory Box ", Library: 2.30 - 3.30 pm [see Library page for more] 
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 
[ ** Christmas / seasonal events highlighted here-under with a ++ symbol ] 
++ Friday 29th: Christmas Fayre, Middle School (more details as available) 
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: Christmas Fayre, St. Anthony's Church: 11.30 am - 2.00 pm
( more detail available from the Church web site . . . see Diary for link )
 
++ Saturday 30th: Ladies Christmas Craft Fayre, Pinehurst Community Church: 7.30 pm [see Diary for more detail] 

+ + + DECEMBER 2019 + + +

[ Some routine events are simply 'carried over' from the previous month: however, as this is the month that contains Christmas & New Year, expect variations! Always check with the venue and / or organisers for changes.

And we have a General Election on the 12th! This means that the two venues used for polling stations (Memorial Hall & St. Anthony's church hall) will not be available on Polling Day - again, check with the venue before attending any planned events.]

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 - Saturday 7th: Christmas Tree Festival, St. Martin's URC: for more information, see the entry in the Diary in the index to the left 
Wednesday 4thCarers Support Group, The Pavilion: 10.00 am - Noon [see Diary]
Thursday 5th: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.15 am - Noon
[ Check with organisers - Christmas may cause rescheduling of this event ]
Thursday 5th: " Rhyme Time ": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am
++ Thursday 5th: WI Christmas Party (detail from Officers' of the Institute)
++ Thursday 5th: "Viva Voce Choir" - Christmas Concert, St. Mary's church: 7.30 pm [detail as available via the Diary on this web site - see the Index to the left of this page]
++ Friday 6th: " Carols on the Petwyn " / Christmas Fair, The Petwyn etc., [evening, from 5.45 pm until approx. 9.30 pm - see Diary]
Saturday 7th: Coffee Morning, St. Martin's URC: 10.00 am - Noon (check with venue)
Saturday 7th: Councillor advice/consultation '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
++ Saturday 7th: St. Mary's parish church: Christmas Bazaar: 10.00 am - Noon [see Diary for more detail & a link to the St. Mary's church web site]
Monday 9th: " Knit & Natter ", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Monday 9th: " New & Exciting Plants for your Garden ", Horticultural Society talk, Memorial Hall: 2.30 pm
Tuesday 10th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Tuesday 10th: " Memory Box ", Library: 2.30 - 3.30 pm [see Library page for more]
Tuesday 10th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
++ Wednesday 11th: " Spirit of Winter " - Flower Group talk, Memorial Hall: 10.00 am
Thursday 12th: UK General Election - see Diary entry for detail 
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 & Saturday 14th: West Moors Singers - Christmas concert, St. Anthony's Church: [other detail here as available]
Friday 13th: Digital Champion " - help with computers, Library: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm [BOOKING ESSENTIAL!] (Sessions are also available on Thursdays; contact the Library staff for more information)
Saturday 14th: Coffee Morning, St. Martin's URC: 10.00 am - Noon (check with venue)
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
++ Monday 16th: Christmas Gala Lunch, Brook View: Noon onwards [ see Diary for more detail & contact points - BOOK AHEAD! ] 
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: Christmas Social, Brook View: 6.00 pm onwards [ see Diary for more detail & contact points ] 
++ Thursday 19th: Christmas coffee morning, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am [ see Diary for more detail & contact points ] 
Thursday 19th: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.15 am - Noon
[ Check with organisers - Christmas may cause rescheduling of this event ]

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
Saturday 21st: * NEW * Meditation Group, St. Mary's Church: 11.00 am - Noon [see Diary for more information & contact details]
++ Sunday 22nd: Christmas Carol Service, St. Anthony's Church: 3.00 pm [ see Diary for more detail and contact points ]  
Monday 23rd: " Knit & Natter ", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Tuesday 24th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm check beforehand - as it's Christmas Eve, the Library may close early! ]
Tuesday 24th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm check beforehand - as it's Christmas Eve, the Library may close early! ]
 
++ Christmas Day: Wednesday 25th (Public Holiday)
++ Boxing Day: Thursday 26th (Public Holiday)
[ Events for January 2020 will begin to appear here later in November: see the Diary for advance information. ] 
 
 

+ + + JANUARY 2020 + + +

[ Some routine events are simply 'carried over' from the previous month / year; always check with the venue and / or organisers for changes. ] 
++ New Year's Day: Wednesday 1st (Public Holiday) 
Thursday 2nd: WI Social, Memorial Hall: 2.15 pm [ see Diary entry ] 
Tuesday 7th: Coffee Morning, Pinehurst Community Church: 10.00 - 11.30 am 
Thursday 9th: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.15 am - Noon
[ Check with the church that this series re-starts in the New Year - see Diary ]
 
Saturday 11th: Coffee Morning, St. Martin's URC: 10.00 am - Noon (check with venue - see Diary) 
Monday 13th: " Hampshire Nature in Trust ", Horticultural Society talk, Memorial Hall: 2.30 pm 
Wednesday 15th: Coffee morning - Flower Group, Memorial Hall: 10.00 am 
Thursday 16th: Townswomen's Guild - monthly meeting, Memorial Hall: 2.00 pm 
Saturday 18th: * NEW * Meditation Group, St. Mary's Church: 11.00 am - Noon
[ see Diary for more information & contact details ]
 
Thursday 23rd: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.15 am - Noon
[ Check with the church that this series re-starts in the New Year - see Diary ]
 
Saturday 25th: Coffee morning, Horticultural Society, Memorial Hall: 10.15 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) . . . 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 
Memorial Hall at 90
 The front of the 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. See also the . . . Memorial Hall web site 

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