BACK IN 2021!

This annual event had to be cancelled in 2020 for well-known reasons. It's back in 2021 and should be a great event!
Join us around 6 pm on Friday 3rd December for the Candle Light procession with the Bournemouth Youth Marching band ... then join in the fun until around 9 pm ... see the poster for this years' event below ....

Carols On The Petwyn Poster 2021

Carols on the Petwyn

carolers in a van

" Carols on the Petwyn " is the West Moors Christmas Fair. A seasonal family event.

This has been an annual event in West Moors for several years - held early in December. Churches, local businesses and schools are involved, with the West Moors Youth & Community Club providing the 'back-bone' of the organisation . . . . some images from the events of the last few years are shown below: also at the bottom of this page is a short article written by Gillian Clarke (St. Mary's church) which describes the event well. 

Note: roads are closed through the village throughout the Fair - for safety reasons and so that people can enjoy the experience in a suitable atmosphere.  

Some images from the 2019 event are shown on this page: I am grateful to Gillian Clarke ( St. Mary's parish church ) and Amie Fawcett ( Parish Office ) for permission to include these. . . and who took the photographs!

vicar leading service

2019 West Moors Christmas Fair

Features of the 2019 service: carols by children from local schools; short readings; Santa handing out sweets; Red Barrows race; variety of stalls selling hot food, drink and Christmas gifts; many shops / businesses staying open late. Raffle tickets sold with all proceeds going to support the Youth Club; at least £700 raised from the event this year.

The Parish Council newsletter for winter 2019 / 2020, issued in December, contained a lot of news (with images) regarding the December 2019 event: see the appropriate section by downloading a copy.


This article was written by Gillian Clarke, of St. Mary the Virgin parish church: is is an excellent description of what 'Carols on the Petwyn' is all about. It was originally published on the Salisbury Diocesan Facebook page on the 18th December 2019. It is reproduced here with permission.

vicar and policemen

Simply Having A Wonderful Christmastime

The main (and usually pretty busy) road through West Moors got closed to traffic as the community gathered for a Christmas service. ‘Carols on the Petwyn’ in the centre of West Moors has become a strong tradition over the last few years, with people of all ages joining in this community event. It is achieved through lots of hard work and collaboration, organised by Churches Together, the Youth Club and the Parish Council. Children from the local schools tell the story of the nativity in readings from the gospel. It’s a joyful occasion with carols, prayers and a reflection from our priest, the Revd Andy Muckle. He talked about the film ‘Love Actually’, reminding us that Christmas *IS* love, actually. There was lots of fun and good humour as Santa arrived on a motor bike, crowds cheered on the 'Red Barrows' wheelbarrow race and stalls along the pavement raised money for local organisations with a focus on the local Youth Club, Scouts and Guides. The picture (below) suggests things didn't end well for Revd Andy, but fear not - he was just getting to know our local community police officers! There was a wonderful atmosphere, with church and community sharing together in the Christmas spirit, with love, joy, and hope at its heart. A Very Happy Christmas from West Moors!