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.


Christmas-tide in West Moors


 

This year seems to have flown by - and once again Christmas is with us! West Moors will have many events to mark the season, including the annual "Carols on the Petwyn", the "Christmas Tree Festival" and of course all four churches will have special services to mark the significance of this time of year: as in recent years, the Diary & "What's On Soon" sections of this web site carry information to help you plan your time: if there is an event that is missing - and should be there - please let me know. For church-specific events, see the links under "Community Life" - "Churches".

+ + + A Very Happy & Peaceful Christmas to all + + +
Remembrance in West Moors

War Memorial 1920s

In early August 1914 the continent of Europe stumbled into war - a conflict that was confidentally expected to be  " ... over by Christmas". Over four years later, with around 40 million casualities (dead and injured, military and civilian), the 'Great War' was finally brought to a halt on November 11th, 1918 at 11 am Paris time.

This year's Armistice Day fell exactly 100 years since that event. Few communities escaped the consequences of this war - and West Moors, though a fairly small village at this time, shared in the grief of that conflict.

The village War Memorial was initially erected (in 1920) on the corner of Pinehurst Road and Station Road (top image). In 1971, the Memorial was re-located (due to traffic problems) to the current position at the end of The Petwyn (bottom image). It is here that the annual Service of Remembrance took place on Sunday 11th November. See the parish council Facebook page for some images.


News & Information . . . . .
 +*+*+ Christmas / New Year: Buses & Bins! +*+*+
+ Buses: Morebus have now published details of services over the Christmas & New Year period. As in recent years, a summary can be found on this site at this page . . . HERE. No service Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's day on the X6 and 38 - other details, see the link given.
+ Bins: Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) have announced the schedule for waste/re-cycling collections over the Christmas/New Year period - together with other advice: see their special page . . . HERE
   

* * * New Gardening Project * * * 
Do you have someone with Memory Issues who would enjoy being part of a Gardening Team? The West Moors Dementia Group will be available in the local Library (Station Road, corner with Moorlands Road) on Monday 19th November at 10.30 am (until ~ Noon) to give more detail: please BOOK a place with the Library on 01202 873 272 or in person (the Library would normally be closed on Monday morning). Tea and cakes will be available. For more on the local Dementia Action Group, see this page . . . HERE and for the Library, this page . . . HERE
* * * Carols on the Petwyn * * * 
The annual community celebration of Christmas, "Carols on the Petwyn" will take place this year on Friday 7th December. This event is fun for all the family, from 6.00 pm on that day - with a mix of traditional carol singing, together with competitions to witness and take part in. More detail will be posted here in due course. To view / download the poster (in pdf format) that advertises the event, follow this link . . . HERE 
* * * West Moors "Christmas Tree Festival" * * * 
You know Christmas is coming when .... the Christmas Tree Festival planning starts! St. Martin's United Reformed Church (Station Road / Moorlands Road corner - just opposite the Library) are once again hosting this ever-popular event - from Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th December: many organisations, schools, businesses, clubs etc., take part and the result is a spectacular and colourful experience - just right for anyone to pop-in whilst out shopping! To find out more and to see who to contact if you wish to take part, follow this link . . . HERE
* * * New Dorset Council: proposed electoral scheme * * * 
Earlier this year, the Local Government Boundary Commission sought views regarding the electoral arrangements across Dorset (excluding Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch) upon the advent of the new unitary Dorset Council - due to take effect 1st April next year (2019). To see the final recommendations, based upon submissions from many across Dorset, go to this site . . . HERE. If approved by Parliament, the new arrangements will take effect for any elections after that date. Of particular local interest, the original plan to 'split' West Moors north/south has, after several submissions from the community, been amended to keep our village as one polling unit - united with Three Legged Cross - see the documents & maps for more on this

What's On Soon . . . . .

+ + + NOVEMBER 2018 + + +

(Week beginning Monday 12th): Children in Need event/Jigsaw Swap (contact Library for more detail)
Saturday 17th: 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 17th: Horticultural Society - presentation of Cups/Trophies [member/guests], Memorial Hall: 1.00 pm (see Diary)
Sunday 18th: "Forget-Me-Not" Service (Dementia Friends), St. Mary's church: 3.00 pm [see Diary]
Monday 19th: "New Gardening Project"  (Dementia Action Group), Library: 10.30 am - Noon (see Diary & panel above) [BOOK WITH LIBRARY FOR A PLACE!]
Monday 19th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Monday 19th: " Spectacular South African Flora " (Discovery Group presentation), St. Martin's URC: 2.30 pm [see Diary]
Tuesday 20th: Epicentre/advice clinic - Savings/Pensions, Coffee Lounge: 10.00 am - Noon 
Tuesday 20th: Ancestry sessions, Library [BOOK - see Library page]: 2.00 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 20th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Wednesday 21st: Flower Group - "Two of a Kind" (presentation), Memorial Hall: 10.00 am [see Diary for more detail]
Wednesday 21st: "Quiz Night!", Brook View: 5.30 Buffet, 6.30 pm quiz (see Diary)
Thursday 22nd: Coffee morning/adult colouring, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am 
Thursday 22nd: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Friday 23rd: "Digital Champion" - help with computers, Library: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm [BOOKING ESSENTIAL!][some sessions are also provided on Thursday - contact the Library for detail] 
Saturday 24th: 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 26th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 27th: " Board Games for the Bored ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 27th: " Christmas Crafts & Coffee ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 27th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Thursday 29th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am 
Thursday 29th, Friday 30th & Saturday 1st December: Drama Society production "Grandma's Secret" (Adult comedy), Memorial Hall: 7.00 pm (doors open / 7.45 pm curtain-up
Friday 30th: "Approach to Arthritis" (talk/advice), Brook View: 11.00 am [see Diary]
Friday 30th: Middle School - Christmas Fayre: 6.00 - 8.00 pm [see Diary]
Friday 30th: "All Singing & Music Concert", St. Mary's church: 7.30 pm [see the Diary for more detail]

+ + + DECEMBER 2018 + + +

[ As in recent years, 'Christmas' events will be highlighted in red. Some 'routine' events have simply been carried over from the previous month, but as Christmas nears, some may not take place: always check with the venue before attending. Also remember that the four churches will have additional services - not all will be shown here - see their web sites (linked from 'Community Life') for full detail. ]
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: some sessions run only once a month 
Saturday 1st: MP advice surgery, Library: 10.00 am [ book in advance with constituency office ... 01425 541 087 ] 
Saturday 1st: District/County councillor consultations, Library: 10.00 - 11.00 am 
Saturday 1st: St. Mary's parish church Christmas Bazaar: 10.00 am - Noon
Saturday 1st: Christmas Fayre, St. Anthony's Catholic Church: [time not known]
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 - Saturday 8th (inclusive): " Christmas Tree Festival ", St. Martin's URC: (see Diary for more)
Wednesday 5th: Epicentre/advice clinic - Legal, Coffee Lounge: 10.00 am - Noon [provisional] 
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 Christmas Party: 2.15 pm [see WI page for more detail]
Friday 7th: Christmas Fair/Carols on the Petwyn: 6.00 pm onwards [see Diary]
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: some sessions run only once a month 
Saturday 8th: Coffee morning - St. Martin's URC: 10.00 am - Noon
Monday 10th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Saturday 10th: Horticultural Society - "Dorset Coast Naturally", Memorial Hall: 2.30 pm

Tuesday 11th: Christmas Afternoon Tea, Library: (anytime) 2.00 - 6.00 pm 

Tuesday 11th: " Board Games for the Bored ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm 
Tuesday 11th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Wednesday 12th: Flower Group - "A Lot of Sparkle" (presentation), Memorial Hall: 10.00 am [see Diary for more detail] 
Thursday 13th: Epicentre/advice clinic - Accountancy/Tax, Coffee Lounge: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm [to be confirmed] 
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 
Thursday 13th: A Christmas Concert "Viva Voce Chorus", St. Mary's church: 7.30 pm
Friday 14th: "Digital Champion" - help with computers, Library: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm [BOOKING ESSENTIAL!][some sessions are also provided on Thursday - contact the Library for detail] 
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: some sessions run only once a month 
Monday 17th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm 
Tuesday 18th: Epicentre/advice clinic - Savings/Pensions, Coffee Lounge: 10.00 am - Noon 
Tuesday 18th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm 
Wednesday 19th: "Christmas Gala", Brook View: from Noon [see Diary]
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, Memorial Hall: 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: some sessions run only once a month 
Sunday 23rd: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, St. Mary's church: 6.00 pm
Thursday 27th: Coffee morning/adult colouring, Library: 10.00 - 11.30 am 

+ + + JANUARY 2019 + + +

[ Treat events as preliminary until confirmed - routine entries have simply been copied across from the past months' patterns and may not be replicated in the New Year. ]
Thursday 3rd: WI Social, Memorial Hall: 2.15 pm (see Diary & WI pages)
Monday 14th: "The Shady Garden" (Horticultural Society talk), Memorial Hall: 2.30 pm
Wednesday 16th: Coffee morning, Flower Group, Memorial Hall: 10.00 am
Thursday 17th: Townswoment's Guild - meeting, Memorial Hall: 2.00 pm
Thursday 24th: Writers' Study - new term starts! (see Diary): 9.00 am - 1.00 pm
Saturday 26th: 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) . . . 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

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