Spring-time in West Moors

Spring Trees

Easter is a time of hope, new beginnings and renewal. Spring-time this year is very different from 12 months ago, when the Coronavirus pandemic was tightening its grip on our life. This year, with care (and the vaccine), we can look forward to a cautious relaxation of controls that have had to be put in place to control the spread of the infection.

Already, schools are back and in a limited way, those in care homes can see at least one family member. The next few weeks will, subject to confirmation, see more significant changes:
From the 29th March: outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households will be allowed. This will include gathering in private gardens. Outdoor sport / recreational facilities will reopen and organised adult and children's sport will also return.
After the 31st March: the 'shielding' scheme for 'clinically extremely vulnerable' people will be suspended. Those affected should by now have seen a letter / email / text advising of this change.
From the 12th April: now confirmed, major relaxation ...
Non-essential retail opens ... hairdressers back ... public buildings ( including libraries ) open ... outdoor alcohol takeaways, beer gardens, theme parks etc., can open ... indoor leisure like swimming pools and gyms will reopen ... as will self-contained holiday accommodation, such as self-catering lets and camp sites.
From the 17th May: (no earlier / to be confirmed) ...
Can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors ... Six people or two households can meet indoors ... pubs/restaurants etc., can seat/serve indoors ( with appropriate restrictions ) ... up to 30 can attend weddings ... indoor entertainment can re-open ... performances and large events can restart ( but with limited numbers ) ... hotels/hostels and B&Bs can re-open ... adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can re-start.
More detail and links to official sources of information can be found on our Covid-19 " Coronavirus Information Hub ".

Community Information & Events

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Churches News!

Pinehurst Community Church re-opened for public 'in-person' worship on Sunday 18th April and this marked another step along the way of bringing our community to life ( other than the extensive 'on-line'  presence that all churches have offered ); these relaxations have been under-way for a week or so.
And St. Martin's URC church plans to reopen for worship on Sunday May 23rd, Pentecost Sunday.  As with all our churches for the forseeable future, "social distancing" will be in force together with other restrictions.
Use the links on our "Churches" web page to find our more ... and to make contact for more detail.
[entered: 18/04/2021]

Monday April 12th: re-opening of many retail & allied services 

As long as there is no last-minute change in regulations / guidance (in fact confirmed on 5th April), then many non-essential retail outlets ( e.g., most non-food shops, hairdressers ), the Library, outdoor leisure settings ( e.g., alcohol takeaways, beer gardens, zoos/theme parks ), indoor leisure such as swimming pools and gyms and self-contained holiday accommodation, such as self-catering lets and camp sites. Wider social distancing rules will remain in place. See our Covid-19 advice page for links for more information.
[entered: 02/04/2021, updated 05/04/2021]

Eco-Garden of Wonder! Competition 

West Moors Town Council are launching a new environmentally and climate friendly garden competition, with sponsorship provided by Brewer and Brewer Estate Agents.  There are several categories but the gardens must be viewable from front or rear of the property ( photographs not admitted ) and must be accessible to the judge - following any Coronavirus restrictions in place at the time. Entry forms will need to be received by Friday 2nd July, 2021 and the viewings will be on Wednesday 7th July. The following documents contain more information & entry form ...
Poster advertising the event & basic information.
Terms and Conditions for the competition.
Entry form ( to be returned by post or email to the council office by closing date as given above. )
[entered: 27/03/2021] 

New website address! 

Following the change of name of your council ( from 'parish' to 'town' ) last year, and the introduction of this new website - the content has now migrated to a secure server: this means that the address in the browser bar has changed .... full url is https://www.westmoors-tc.gov.uk/ though most properly configured browsers will only need " westmoors-tc.gov.uk " to be entered to reach the home page.
[entered: 24/03/2021]

National Day of Reflection .... call for reminiscences for a special newsletter 

Tuesday 23rd March, 2021 marked the calendar anniversary of the first national 'Lockdown'. The Council want to issue a special newsletter to commemorate this event and the past year. View the documents that are listed on the Council News section of this web site.
[entered: 23/03/2021]

Pinehurst Community Church: Food Bank scheme - ending 1st April 

Pinehurst Church recently posted the following on their Facebook account ....
" Our foodbank will be closing on Thursday 1st April. If you are in need, or know someone who is, there is still time to come and collect some food. Please message us on Facebook to make an appointment.
After 1st April, any spare food will be collected and taken to a local foodbank. We will always have our 'blessing bin' in the Church, where we collect donations of food and deliver it to a local foodbanks.
We are looking at further ways to help West Moors and the surrounding villages in the future. We will always do our best to help and serve those in our community. We have loved being able to support our community during these past few lockdowns.
When things begin to reopen, please know that we are always here for you. If you ever need us, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. "
[entered: 20/03/2021]

West Moors Town Council: Apprentice & Vocational Training Grant 

In recognition of the difficulties often faced by young people entering into apprenticeships or vocational training schemes, particularly the costs often incurred in that training, the Town Council has a scheme whereby small grants are made to youngsters between 16 and 20 years of age to assist them. More detail can be found by looking at the appropriate documentation on this web site .... and a poster has recently been produced which can be downloaded & displayed for information.[ will open in a new browser window ]
[entered: 20/03/2021]

Morebus restore service-level to pre-pandemic levels ( effective Sunday 4th April, 2021 ) 

Morebus have announced that with effect from Sunday 4th April, 2021, they will restore the majority of their services to those prevailing pre-pandemic. The importance for West Moors is that the X6, which has been terminating at Ringwood, will now run through to Bournemouth ( RBH & Town ) for much of its daytime schedule. Have a look at the Morebus web site for more detail ... and the Bus Information page on this web site also has information - and composite timetables.
[entered: 19/03/2021]

Jean Ware Legacy Award: nominations invited for 2021/22

Applications are now open for this Award for the year 2021-2022. Full detail regarding the Award and how you can nominate an eligible youngster are contained in the documents as linked:
Award poster - print and display!
Award press release.
Award poster - updated - print and display!
For more information contact the Council office following the link at the head of this page.
[entered: 19/03/2021, updated 22/03/2021]

BMX area - Fryer Field - Update

[ Following posted on the Town Council Facebook account 18th March ]
" In November 2018, West Moors Town Council (WMTC) agreed to allow local volunteers to undertake works at the BMX area, in order to make it a useable safe facility. Work started well and looked very promising, however eventually, work stopped and in September 2020 we were informed that the task was much bigger than anticipated and they could no longer continue. The site became a general state of disarray with vandalism making the site unsecure in various ways. The Council have a responsibility to put the public’s safety first, so it was agreed after extensive discussion, that the area should be flattened used as general amenity land as there were not sufficient funds available to regenerate it as a BMX track and that the skatepark project should be taking precedence. The area has recently been cleared of all rubbish and debris and levelled appropriately.
This area will now be used to create a new small woodland using free saplings from the Woodland Trust.

The community will be encouraged to become involved and help with the planting and maintaining. This work can only commence when the Woodland Trust services return to normal and COVID-19 restrictions allow. "
[entered: 19/03/2021]

Council-run sports facilities - reopening 

Subject to any last-minute changes, it is intended that all West Moors Town Council owned sports facilities will become available again with effect Monday 29th March.
[entered: 05/03/2021]

Phased relaxation of the 'Lockdown' regime - announcement made Monday 22nd February

The UK government ( though changes only apply to England ) have today announced the tentative plan to relax restrictions ( "Lockdown III " ) introduced in early January. The COVID-19 page on this web site has some preliminary information regarding the planned changes and links to the gov.uk site where full, authoritative regulations and/or guidance can be found.
A handy graphical summary has been produced by the BBC ... opens in a new window.
[entered: 22/02/2021, updated 23/02/2021]

Council-sponsored Litter Pick - postponed for now .... but read on!

The 2020 Council-sponsored Litter Pick last year was cancelled for obvious reasons ... and this year, it's going to have to be 'pushed back' from its usual 'slot' of sometime in March to the autumn (provisionally September) in the hope that as many as possible can take part safely. The Town Council have issued a handy leaflet which helps with advice on how to 'litter pick' safely; and of course, please make sure that YOU don't drop litter!

[ For events further ahead that just the next few weeks, refer to the 'Community Diary' ]
Brief listing of events for the next few weeks

[ Although many routine and special events are cancelled / suspended at the moment, eventually this list will be populated with short descriptions of 'happenings' in our village: for full details see the Community Diary. ]

MAY 2021 

EARLY SPRING HOLIDAY (Public Holiday): 3rd
Thursday 6th: Election for Police & Crime Commissioner ( see Community Diary / right-hand panel for more detail ).
LATE SPRING HOLIDAY (Public Holiday): 31st

JUNE 2021

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Memorial Hall
Gullivers Farm Shop

Gullivers Farm Shop
Station Road Shops

Station Road shops
War Memorial

War Memorial