Carols on the Petwyn

Christmas Carol Night in West Moors


The Carols on the Petwyn is a very special evening in West Moors, traditionally held on the first Friday in December.

In the 2 decades it has been hosted, it has created many memories for people of all ages there.
Churches Together can be thanked for the popular procession, range of favourite Carols and readings and the schools that support the talented children that are the heart and soul of the service. Bournemouth Youth Marching Band bring their enthusiasm every year, during the procession and the Carol Service.

West Moors Youth Club coordinate the stalls, hot food and drink, the road marshals, fairground rides, the road closure, Santa’s visit, and more.
All money raised goes to the Youth Club.

In 2023, sadly, we did not see the famous Barrow racing return, as no entries were received.
There was the introduction of an Elf Hunt, where children had to go around the village, ticking each box, as they find each elf in a window, and the name of the shop they found them in. They returned their completed sheet to the truck, to have their names put in a draw. Four names were picked out at 7pm, and those winners received an arts and craft prize.
Due to this initiative not being very successful, it will not be repeated in 2024, as the evening tends to be too cold for the children to concentrate and walk around!
Charlotte Geary, local Songwriter and Singer, graced the stage with a 20minute performance, which topped the evening off nicely.

For many years, West Moors Town Council has taken pride in presenting the winners of the Council Christmas Card Competition their prizes after the carol service, introduced by the elaborate local Town Cryer, with his proclamations and impactful presence.

The Town Council always ensure the trees on the Petwyn are decked with their twinkling lights and the motifs on all the lampposts are illuminated, as well as the Christmas Tree they provide.

A huge thank you should go to all those that support the event in different ways; Road marshals, donation bucket volunteers, Santa, Churches Together and the event Sponsors (2023 Sponsors were; K&B Installations, Brewer & Brewer, Blue Barber Shop, Nicholas 'O Hara and Flooring Elegance)

We are very lucky to have such a wonderful group of volunteers in West Moors.
It was icy temperatures that night, yet the road marshals still gave up their time and fingers in their feelings and toes, for the community, that were able to enjoy themselves.

A wonderful amount of £1,245.98 was raised.
Our Carols on the Petwyn Angels were;
Mr and Mrs Postawa, Malcom Adam, Mr and Mrs Ellard, Cllr Mrs Penny Yeo, Stephen Linford, Dee Elston, Jayne Phillips, Cllr Trevor Salt, Cllr Colin Way, Paul Brealey, Nigel Barclay, Rosie Brown and Cllr Mike Hawkes.
An event cannot happen without volunteers. Thank You.
Adult Barrow Racing

Requried sponsorship
1 driver and 1 passenger in a wheelbarrow supplied by the entrants

Hamper of goodies and a trophy for the winning team.
All proceeds were to go to West Moors Youth Club

Mini Barrows

U7's - First School Age

£5 to enter with the child pushing a teddy in a pram or tricycle or similar).

Prize for the winner and a trophy
All proceeds were to go to West Moors Youth Club

Elf Hunt Competition

Was £1 to enter on the night.
Entry sheets were available from the truck in Penn Court.

Arts and craft prizes for winner and runners up X 2.
All proceeds went to West Moors Youth Club charity.