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.


+ + + + + + + CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) + + + + + + +


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. And if you want a printed version ( a pdf format version ), which can be displayed, then download it ... the file should open in a compatible application - if it doesn't, get in touch with me via email

It goes without saying that we must look-out for those among us who are isolated, vulnerable, not able to get to the shops, not 'in touch' via on-line services  [ most important - not everyone is 'online' ] etc.

With a bit of common sense and community spirit, this emergency will be successfully dealt with.

Following the lead of Pinehurst Community Church, a 'flyer' which details how to get emergency shopping & allied support ( e.g. prescription collection ) has been produced which has been delivered to every household in the community - it can be downloaded from our dedicated Coronavirus web page: if you haven't seen it contact me ( as email link immediately below ) and I'll arrange for a copy to be delivered. The Coronavirus page also has links to County & National support services.

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 . . . . .
 * * * Coronavirus ( Covid-19 ) & village life * * *
* * * Marked reduction in bus services effective Sunday 5th April * * *
Following Government restrictions on movements, and the general lack of demand for public transport, Morebus have decided to significantly reduce their services in the local area. Service X6 will NO LONGER RUN ON SUNDAYS OR PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, and the Mondays - Saturdays service will be EVERY TWO HOURS! Service 38 will also be altered ( timing and route ) and reduced in frequency. For more detail, see the Morebus web page outlining these changes where a revised timetable can be downloaded. There are now amended summary timetables on this web site - see the entry within the 'Community Life' section.

+ REMEMBER: although our four churches are not holding routine & special services, they remain active in the community and are doing all they can to 'reach out' to the village - many are providing a variety of services that can be accessed on-line.
Here are specific links to their web sites ( alphabetical listing ):
> PINEHURST COMMUNITY CHURCH
> ST. ANTHONY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH
> ST. MARTIN'S UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
> ST. MARY THE VIRGIN PARISH CHURCH

These churches all have Facebook pages: they can be found by looking at the respective web site, but there is also a listing at the bottom of the Coronavirus page on this web site.

+ East Dorset Citizens' Advice have restricted their activities: no personal contact is available. If you need advice from CAB, call 01202 884 738 ( Wimborne office ) for initial advice - leaving your name and telephone number and an adviser will call you back: alternatively, email them. There is also a 'Dorset-wide' number to call: 0344 245 1291 [ the Dorset AdviceLine ]

+ With immediate effect, following central Government instructions to " Stay at Home " ( 23rd March ) and associated guidelines, the two play areas administered by the Town Council are now CLOSED. The Oakhurst play area will remain locked until further notice and you are asked NOT to congregate within the Fryer Field play area. If using Fryer Field itself, then obey the instructions relating to 'social distancing'.

+ Note that local surgeries are closing themselves off for safety of staff and visitors - best contact via telephone, email or web-based pages: where possible, changes will be reflected in these pages. The local chemist is also restricting numbers within the shop to reduce risk of contact.

+ Where refuse/recycling bins are missed on a routine collection, then there will be NO facility for a 'catch-up' collection: it will have to wait until the next routine collection of that particular bin (announced Sunday 29th March). Much more information regarding waste / recycling collection changes due to the current emergency can be found on the appropriate page of Dorset Council main web site.

+ 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.

 * * * Bus Services - age / disability time regulations * * *
Dorset County have announced that the " 9.30 am " restriction for bus pass holders is suspended until further notice; this means that, where services are available, concessionary bus pass holders can use their entitlement before 9.30 am Monday - Friday (as well as over weekends / PH)
 * * * VE Day 75th anniversary: CANCELLED! * * *
Given the current emergency, the events planned for Friday 8th May this year to mark the anniversary have been cancelled
 * * * Annual Town ( or Parish ) / Public Meeting * * *
[ THIS IS NOW CONFIRMED AS CANCELLED ]
 * * * Library Activities * * *
[ ALL LIBRARY ACTIVITIES ACROSS DORSET HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED ]

What's On Soon . . . . .


[ Some routine events are simply 'carried over' from the previous month / year; always check with the venue and / or organisers for changes; this applies particularly to events scheduled in the Library. ]
Following the government advice of Monday 23rd March regarding 'Stay at Home', it must be assumed that ALL social activities originally part of this listing have ceased: I have therefore removed them 'pro tem' 

+ + + APRIL 2020 + + +

 
** Good Friday 10th: Public Holiday
 
** Easter Day 12th
** Easter Monday 13th: Public Holiday
 

+ + + MAY 2020 + + +

GIVEN THE HIGH DEGREE OF UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDING PLANNED EVENTS, THE MAY ENTRIES WILL BE DELETED UNTIL THE PICTURE IS CLEARER
 
** Early May Holiday / VE Day Remembrance Friday 8th: Public Holiday
 
** Spring Bank/Public Holiday 25th
 
[ +++ 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