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.


News & Information . . . . .
 * * * Skate Party: September 27th (6.00 pm onwards) * * *
This will be an opportunity to say what you want from the Skate Park on Fryer Field. The facility has been in existence since 2003 and needs an upgrade and a 'boost' to its profile; Skateboarding is to feature at the Summer 2020 Olympics for the first time. See the poster for the event . . . HERE and also the dedicated page on this web site for the Skatepark (with a link to the Facebook account to keep up to date with developments) . . . HERE
* * * School & College this autumn * * *
In early September local schools and colleges start the new academic year 2019/2020. Find links to the web sites of our local schools by following the 'Education' tab in the index on the left-hand side of this page; for more general information, the Dorset Council site has many useful links including detail of school transport, term dates etc. Find the 'top-level' page for 'Education & Training' at this link . . . HERE 
 * * * Digital Champions - at the Library * * *
If you're having problems with all the fancy 'new technology' that seems to be about these days - iPads/Tablets, 'smart phones', laptops, PCs, etc., and how to access the various and rather bewildering array of applications that supposedly make life easier (!), then the Library may be able to help. Every Thursday afternoon, and once a fortnight on Fridays, 'Digital Champion' sessions take place in the morning to help you through the mysteries of electronic life. Have a chat with the Library staff for more information and to book a help session - these last up to one hour
 * * * Parish Council Newsletter - Summer issue now available * * *
The Summer 2019 (No.4) issue of the Newsletter provided by the Parish Council is now available to download (or collect a paper copy from the Office in Park Way). It contains a full write-up of 'Westival 2019', a very successful event, amongst other interesting items. The on-line version of the Newsletter can be found . . . HERE
* * * Gardening Group: Dementia Action Group * * *
A gardening group for local folk with memory loss or dementia (and their carers) meets fortnightly on Tuesdays at Sturts Farm, 10.30 am - Noon: if you know anyone who would benefit from a relaxed informal gardening group, some gentle exercise and fresh air and being with other people, see the contact details on the Dementia Action Group page on this web page . . . HERE
 * * * Local Councillors: advice/consultation sessions * * *
Now that the new Dorset County authority is 'up and running', the regular Saturday morning sessions whereby local councillors make themselves available for advice & consultation have re-started at the local Library on Station Road. These will take place on the first Saturday of each month (but check with Library for confirmation), between 10.00 and 11.00 am. The dates will appear in the "What's On Soon" listing below: a reminder that local Parish councillors are also available on a regular basis on Saturday mornings at the Parish Office in Park Way - details available from the Office

What's On Soon . . . . .

+ + + AUGUST 2019 + + +

[ Many activities 'take a break' in August - only those that are known to definitely be running will be shown below. The list will be marked up over the coming couple of weeks. ]
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: MP's "Surgery", Library: 10.00 am onwards (by prior appointment ONLY & subject to confirmation)
Monday 19th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Tuesday 20th: Ancestry session, Library: 2.00 - 4.00 pm [book with Library!]
Tuesday 20th: " Memory Box ", Library: 2.30 - 3.30 pm [see Library page for more]
Tuesday 20th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
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!][sessions are also available each 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
Saturday 24th: Horticultural Society "Summer Show", Memorial Hall: 1.30 - 4.00 pm [ see Diary for more information ]
Saturday 24th: Induction - new Minister for St. Martin's URC (at Verwood URC - see Diary)
Monday 26th: Late Summer Holiday
Tuesday 27th: " Games & Puzzles ", 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: "Fun Quiz at the Library!", Library: 6.00 - 7.30 pm [see Diary]
Saturday 31st: 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

+ + + SEPTEMBER 2019 + + +

Sunday 1st: Garden Open, Brook View Care Home: 11.00 am - 5.00 pm [see Diary for much more detail]
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: Carers Support Group, The Pavilion: 10.00 am - Noon [see Diary]
Sunday 4th: Garden Open, Brook View Care Home: 11.00 am - 5.00 pm [see Diary for much more detail]
Thursday 5th: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.15 am - Noon
Thursday 5th: "Rhyme Time": for babies/toddlers, Library: 10.30 - 11.15 am
Thursday 5th: WI monthly meeting - "Wildlife Photographs", Memorial Hall: 2.15 pm
Saturday 7th: Councillor advice/consulation '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
Monday 9th: "Knit 'n' Natter", St. Mary's Church Hall: 2.00 - 3.00 pm
Monday 9th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Monday 9th: Horticultural Society - "The Gardens of Singapore", Memorial Hall: 2.30 pm
Tuesday 10th: " Memory Box ", Library: 2.30 - 3.30 pm [see Library page for more]
Tuesday 10th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Tuesday 10th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Wednesday 11th: Chinese Evening, Brook View: 5.30 pm onwards [see Diary]
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: "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 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
Saturday 14th: Coffee Morning, St. Martin's URC: 10.00 am - Noon (provisional)
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: Flower Group - "Women of Influence", Memorial Hall: 10.00 am
Thursday 19th: 'Community Sing-a-Long', St. Martin's URC: 10.15 am - Noon
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: Charity Dog Show, Brook View: 2.00 pm onwards [see Diary]
Monday 23rd: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Tuesday 24th: Induction/installation new Vicar of St. Mary's (7.30 pm see Diary)
Tuesday 24th: " Games & Puzzles ", Library: 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Tuesday 24th: Lego Club, Library: 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Wednesday 25th: Quiz Night, Brook View: 5.30 pm onwards [see Diary]
Thursday 26th: Writers' Study - new term starts (check with Diary & with group for last-minute changes to the schedule), Memorial Hall: 9.00 am - 1.00 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!][sessions are also available each Thursday - contact the Library for detail]
Friday 27th: Skate Park activity/demonstrations etc., Fryer Field: 6.00 - 8.00 pm [see Diary for more information]
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: some sessions run only once a month
Saturday 28th: MP's "Surgery", Library: 10.00 am onwards (by prior appointment ONLY & subject to confirmation)
Monday 30th: "Knit & Natter", Library: 2.00 - 3.30 pm

+ + + OCTOBER 2019 + + +

[ October events will be marked-up in the coming days ]
Tuesday 1st: Coffee Morning, Pinehurst Community Church: 10.00 - 11.30 am
Wednesday 2nd: Carers Support Group, The Pavilion: 10.00 am - Noon [see Diary]
 
Monday 14th: Horticultural Society - illustrated talk: "Spring in Japan", Memorial Hall: 2.30 pm
Wednesday 16th: Flower Group - "Women of Influence", Memorial Hall: 10.00 am
Thursday 17th: Townswomen's Guild - monthly meeting, Memorial Hall: 2.00 pm
 
 
Thursday 24th: Hobbies Day, Library: 2.00 - 4.30 pm [see Library page for more]
Saturday 26th: MP's "Surgery", Library: 10.00 am onwards (by prior appointment ONLY & subject to confirmation)
Tuesday 29th: " Memory Box ", Library: 2.30 - 3.30 pm [see Library page for more]
 
 
[ +++ 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, a correction to the current information displayed or difficulty accessing the various pages 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