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. Use the main 'drop-down' menus above or the index set out to the right of this text to find what you want.
If you have a suggestion for inclusion, a correction to the current information displayed or difficulty accessing the various pages please email me.
If you are reading this then the new site is live! Those of you who have entries on this site that are written / developed by us will be contacted - eventually! With the current emergency situation it will take a while to restore some semblance of normality to the checking procedure, as well as waiting for the new web site to settle down!
LATEST INFORMATION ... AND SOME NEWS FROM AROUND THE COMMUNITY
The " Three-Tier" Coronavirus classifications: what it means to us
The Government announced on the 12th October a new '3-tier' system for controlling the spread of Coronavirus: " Medium/Tier 1 ", " High/Tier 2 " and " Very High/Tier 3".
West Moors, together with Dorset / Bournemouth-Christchurch-Poole [BCP] and much of southern England is in the "Medium" category. This means, effectively, no change to measures introduced in September regarding closing hospitality at 10pm, 'Rule of 6', giving contact details to hospitality venues, limits on guests reduced, etc., in addition to the 'core' requirements: Wash hands - Wear face covering (where required) - Keep distance.
Full advice can be found by following the links on our 'Covid-19' web page. There are also links to sites telling you what to do if you have the virus ( "Test & Trace " procedures ) and support across a wide range of situations - personal and commercial.
Also, to keep up to date with what level we're in ( or what level the area you're visiting is in ) and applicable restrictions, use this tool provided on the BBC web site ...
or see the full list of local authority areas involved by using the gov.uk web site
Remembrance Day: 8th November
As noted a couple of weeks ago, and similar to many other such events this unusual year, there will NOT be the usual parade and religious service to honour & remember those who suffered & died in the service of their nation. There will be a very small service with local church and Legion representatives to enable wreaths to be laid. This is not a public event as current government restrictions do not permit of such and the risk of enhanced virus transmission is too great.
Temporary closure: Newmans Lane ( 22nd October, for maximum of 5 days. )
For a (maximum) period of 5 days, beginning Thursday 22nd October, Newmans Lane will be closed for vehicular access between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm. This is to allow carriageway
maintenance & re-surfacing to be undertaken safely - the period of
closure may be much shorter
- if all goes well, the operations will be complete by end of Friday 23rd October. See the Dorset Council traffic notice linked for more information
Cancelled events autumn / winter due Covid-19
Announcements recently made regarding ( normally ) regular events in autumn & winter of each year ....
1. The West Moors Remembrance Day Parade ( this year it would have been Sunday 8th November ) will NOT take place. There will be a small memorial service and laying of wreaths.
2. The 'Carols on the Petwyn' event, held normally first Friday of December, is CANCELLED for this year.
3. The West Moors Christmas Tree Festival ( held within the United Reformed Church building ) will NOT take place.
West Moors churches: latest
St. Anthony's RC & St. Mary's CofE churches have already re-started physical worship, and Pinehurst Community Church is considering whether to do the same at some point, though they are 'holding-off' for the immediate future.
However, St. Martin's United Reformed Church have announced that from 10.30 am on Sunday 11th October, they will recommence services on a fortnightly basis with full 'Covid-secure' measures in force - to find out more, see their web site which is linked from the list below.
As always, to keep up to date with all developments at all the churches in West Moors, follow the links as set out here ......
Pinehurst Community Church
St. Anthony's Catholic Church
St. Martin's United Reformed Church
St. Mary the Virgin Parish Church
Restricted availability of Oakhurst Play Area
The play area adjacent to Oakhirst First School will not be available during the week - open weekends only. This is to ensure ' social distance ' measures can be met with the pupils in the adjacent play ground of the School / Nursery. This temporary restriction will be reviewed after the October half-term.
Library opens for 'walk-in' access!
The local Library on Station Road will re-open for 'walk-in' access [ entrance at the back - exit at the front ] on a limited basis with effect Thursday 3rd September: the days / hours of availability will be ... Thursdays and Fridays 9.30 am - 1.00 pm and Saturdays 10.00 am - 12.30 pm. Restrictions / requirements are in place to be able to use the facility - see the information by following the appropriate link on the Library page on this web site.