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.


+ + + SUMMER IN WEST MOORS + + +
Summer-time is with us - we hope! Whatever the weather, there's plenty to do in and around the community; also some odds and ends to be aware of that might prove useful . .

> Many activities are planned right here in West Moors: these are entered in the 'Diary' (repeated in brief above) when detail is known - highlights (presently) are  Barn on the Farm (Sturts Farm), Armed Forces Day (Library), Farmival 2019 (Gullivers Farm), 'Westival' (Fryer Field), Horticultural Society Summer Show (Memorial Hall) & various school-based summer fairs.
> Morebus introduce their Summer timetables on Saturday 25th May: none of the changes affect routes passing through West Moors (X6 & 38); however, the Wimborne - Ferndown - Bournemouth (13) will revert to pre-A338 works timetable pattern. There are changes further afield which might be useful to know - particularly to the 'Breezer' services. See the Morebus site . . . HERE to stay up to date.
> Note that once the local schools are on their summer break, then local timetables adopt the "NSch" (Not Schooldays) pattern: check carefully for time / availability changes.
> One useful facility that might be of use if you are planning a trip via bus or train is the 'Traveline' route-planner application. See it . . . HERE, where you can also monitor timetables etc.
> If you're stuck for a quick time-filler on your doorstep, why not have a look at the two files on this site entitled Village Trail & Nature Trail. The first file takes you on a journey through West Moors noting its history and structure - you might be surprised what's around you! Nature Trail, as its name implies, describes the natural environment within a short walk away from home. It also has links to other sources of information.
> If you want a quick idea of what attractions are nearby, then have a look at the 'Visit Dorset' web site . . . HERE. Although obviously intended for people travelling from elsewhere, there's lots of useful ideas for those of us already here!
> One problem that has bedevilled travellers locally for some months are the A338 works. These are scheduled to end by 30th June.


Westival Logo

Saturday July 13th: put the date in your Diary! West Moors 'Westival' takes place on Fryer Field between Noon and 4.00 pm, with proceeds donated to Amelia's Rainbow, a local charity: for more on the work of the charity, follow this link . . . HERE and to see the Westival page on this web site, see . . . HERE: and of course the Parish Office in Park Way will be pleased to help with any queries.
Latest: don't forget there are two competitions to enter . . . see the Westival page for more detail - link above.


News & Information . . . . .
 * * * Dementia Action Week 2019 * * *
Dementia Action Week is sponsored by the Alzheimer's Society and is designed to raise awareness of the condition, provide support and encourage local organisations to make available information and advice in the community. West Moors has had an Action Group for several years (since 2015) - find their web page (hosted on this site) . . . HERE, where other links are provided to sources of useful information. Specific events, where known, will be listed in the Diary and "What's On Soon" listing below. Regular meetings of the Action Group are held in the Library - all welcome to attend: dates of meetings will also be listed below  
 * * * Elections to the European Parliament * * *
The government have now confirmed that elections for the European Parliament will go ahead this month. Polling day will be Thursday 23rd May: see this page . . . HERE for more information; this means of course that any events planned for the two 'usual' polling stations in West Moors (St. Anthony's church hall and the Memorial Hall) will have to be rescheduled or cancelled - contact the venue for more information  
* * * Bin collection dates / kitchen caddy bags * * *
> The Dorset Council web site has a handy link to help you find when your next bin collection day is, which bin it is, and what to put in said bins! To make use of this facility, go to the Dorset Council home page . . . HERE, choose "Check your bin day", then put in your postcode. Then follow the instructions, particularly when you get to the 'Bins and planning' stage - look for the link "View calendar" and download a printed copy.

> If you use a waste food caddy (you can line the caddy with newspaper of course), you can buy compostable liners from the parish office in Park Way . . . to find times of opening of the Office, see . . . HERE

 * * * Results of Dorset County election 2019 * * *
The results of the Dorset County election on 2nd May can be viewed via this page . . . HERE
 * * * Veterans Day: activity in the Library * * *
In late June there is a Veterans or Armed Forces Day (Saturday 29th June) and the Library would like to ask all Veterans to come to a 'Memory Box' session on Saturday 22nd June to share a 5 minute recap of their experiences for others - refreshments served. Also, on Thursday 27th June, there will be an information session (10.30 - 11.30 am) to make all interested aware of facilities the Library has to offer. If you feel you could help or take part please contact the Library - see the Library page on this web site . . . HERE
* * * Memory Box at the Library * * *
Memory Box sessions (monthly) will be offered by the Wessex Heritage Trust at the local Library. This is a reminiscence project funded by the National Lottery to celebrate and share your memories. Free sessions are open to all groups of people including those with memory loss and those supporting them. More information can be obtained from the Library - and on the appropriate page . . . HERE. The dates/times will be entered in the listing below
 * * * "Plastic Free Community" * * *
Following a presentation & representations made to Full Council on the 28th March (see the Spring 2019 newsletter - linked from item below) by Janine Pulford (Community Leader - Ferndown Plastic Free Community) and several pupils from local schools, it was agreed at the 25th April Full Parish Council meeting, that support would be given, upon reasonable request, to advance initiatives that may be created within the village to assist West Moors in its quest to become a 'Plastic Free Community'. More information on the project nation-wide can be found . . . HERE  
 * * * West Moors Home Watch: AGM * * *
The Annual General Meeting of the Home Watch committee will take place in the Memorial Hall (Station Road / opposite parish church) on Wednesday 12th June at 7.00 pm; all are welcome to attend and take part - more volunteers are urgently needed! For more on West Moors Home Watch, see this page . . . HERE 
 * * * Parish Council Newsletter - April 2019 - out now! * * *
The April issue (No. 3 for 2019) is out now: pick up a copy from the Parish Office in Park Way, or download a pdf version from this web site . . . HERE
 * * * West Moors: Skatepark * * *
West Moors has had a Skatepark facility since 2003; next year, the Summer Olympics taking place in Tokyo, Japan, will host Skateboarding events for the first time in the history of the modern Games. To try and raise the profile of our local facility - and increase awareness of this sport in general, the Parish Council is embarking on a project to enhance/promote the facility. More information can be found . . . HERE (the dedicated page on this web site relating to the Skatepark), where you can also find the link for the newly-created 'Facebook' page to support this endeavour. There is also a link to the official Olympic site which describes the history and current state of the sport - most useful if you don't know anything about it!  

What's On Soon . . . . .

+ + + MAY 2019 + + +

Sunday 19th: Celebration of Life, Brook View: 2.30 pm (see Diary)
Monday 20th - Sunday 26th: Dementia Action Week (see Diary)
Monday 20th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Monday 20th: Samaritans - Talk, Brook View: 2.30 pm (see Diary)
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: Elections to the EU Parliament - see News listing above & Diary
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: " The Tiger who came to tea " fun half-term activity, Library: 2.30 - 3.30 pm [book with the Library for this free event - see Diary entry]
Tuesday 28th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Thursday 30th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am
Friday 31st: Cheese & Wine Evening, Brook View: 6.30 pm (see Diary)

+ + + JUNE 2019 + + +

[*** At some point, it is assumed that the monthly 'surgeries' by local councillors will resume - obviously just the one council (Dorset County) at this time; however no detail or indeed confirmation is to hand. *** ]
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: "Barn on the Farm", Sturts Farm: 6.30 - 10.30 pm [see Diary]
Monday 3rd: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Tuesday 4th: Coffee Morning, Pinehurst Community Church: 10.00 - 11.30 am
Tuesday 4th : Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Wednesday 5th: Carers Support Group, The Pavilion: 10.00 am - Noon [see Diary]
Thursday 6th: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.15 am - Noon
Thursday 6th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am
Thursday 6th: "Local matters" (WI presentation): 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: 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
Monday 10th: "The Hedgehog Dilemma" (Horticultural Society talk) - also Members Rose Show, Memorial Hall: 2.30 pm
Tuesday 11th: " Memory Box ", Library: 2.30 - 3.30 pm [see Library page for more]
Tuesday 11th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Tuesday 11th : Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Wednesday 12th: Home Watch AGM (all welcome!), Memorial Hall: 7.00 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!][sessions are also available each Thursday - contact the Library for detail]
Friday 14th: Summer Fayre, West Moors Middle School: [times to be notified]
Saturday 15th: MP's 'Surgery', Library: 10.00 am onwards [prior booking ONLY]
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: Ancestry session, Library: 2.00 - 4.00 pm [book with Library!]
Tuesday 18th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Wednesday 19th: "Inspired by ... ", Flower Group talk, Memorial Hall: 10.00 am
Thursday 20th: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.15 am - Noon
Thursday 20th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am
Thursday 20th: Townswomen's Guild - monthly meeting, Memorial Hall: 2.00 pm
Saturday 22nd: "Memory Box for Veterans", Library: 10.00 am - Noon [see News & Information panel above]
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
Monday 24th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Tuesday 25th: " Games & Puzzles ", 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
Thursday 27th: Armed Forces Information, Library: 10.30 - 11.30 am [see Library page - this event marks 'Armed Forces Day' which occurs on Saturday 29th]
Friday 28th: "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 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: some sessions run only once a month

+ + + JULY 2019 + + +

Monday 1st: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Tuesday 2nd: Coffee Morning, Pinehurst Community Church: 10.00 - 11.30 am
Tuesday 2nd: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Wednesday 3rd: Carers Support Group, The Pavilion: 10.00 am - Noon [see Diary]
Thursday 4th: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.15 am - Noon
Thursday 4th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am
Thursday 4th: "Brownsea Island" (WI presentation): Memorial Hall: 2.15 pm
Thursday 4th: Dementia Awareness Session, Library: 2.30 pm
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
Saturday 6th: "Farmival 2019", Gullivers Farm: Noon - 5.00 pm [see Diary]
Monday 8th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
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
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: 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 13th: Coffee Morning, St. Martin's URC: 10.00 am - Noon (provisional)
Saturday 13th: MP's "Surgery", Library: 10.00 am onwards (by prior appointment ONLY & subject to confirmation)
Saturday 13th: West Moors "Westival", Fryer Field: Noon - 4.00 pm [see panel above]
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: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Wednesday 17th: Flower Group presentation " The World is your Oyster ", Memorial Hall: 10.00 am onwards [see Diary entry]
Thursday 18th: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.15 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
Saturday 20th: 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 21st: Charity garden event - Cottesmore Farm, Newmans Lane: 2.00 - 5.00 pm [see Diary for more details]
Monday 22nd: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
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: 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 28th: Charity garden event - Cottesmore Farm, Newmans Lane: 2.00 - 5.00 pm [see Diary for more details]
Monday 29th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Monday 29th: "Summer Reading Challenge"- start (see Library page), Library: 2.00 - 5.00 pm
Tuesday 30th: " Memory Box ", Library: 2.30 - 3.30 pm [see Library page for more]
Tuesday 30th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
 
[ +++ 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


Contact . . .  E: westmoorsman@gmail.com