Community Information & Events

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Council Newsletter for January ... now available! 

Find out what's going on in our community: the Town Council issue regular newsletters which are available on this website: the latest incarnation (No. 1 / 2022) includes articles on (among others) ... Christmas Card competion - results ... Carols on the Petwyn - a roundup ... a summary of the Community Tree Planting (behind the new Skatepark) ... regulations regarding E Scooters ... and contact points for the Council officers and Councillors.
[entered: 21/01/2022]

Free Tree "Giveaway"!

As part of the drive to offset the current concerns regarding 'climate change', and also to commemorate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee "Green Canopy" campaign, an event will be held in the Memorial Hall car park on Saturday 19th February (10.00 am to Noon) to distribute container-grown saplings for planting. More detail can be found by following the link on the Council main page or the entry in the Community Diary.
[entered: 19/01/2022]

A31 Ringwood Improvement Scheme: Source of information

The A31 roadworks are now in full swing and will produce significant disruption to traffic using the stretch of the A31 adjacent to Ringwood, but also affect roads in the surrounding area; the local bus services (see elsewhere, particularly the Bus Information page) have already had to be re-timed.
In addition to the usual restrictions involved in such work, there will be closures/diversions in place in the latter part of January: for more information and to keep up to date with latest progress, visit National Highways web site.
[entered: 11/01/2022]

Oakhurst Road: temporary closure 

Due to unforeseen circumstances the original work requiring a closure of Oakhurst Road did not take place as planned last year. The revised dates for the work will be between 17th January and a date in early February, provisionally the 4th. The closure will enable the installation and replacement of the gas main running along the highway.
[entered: 01/01/2022] 

Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP): Dorset Council

In March 2021 the UK government published its strategy ... " Bus Back Better: national bus strategy for England ".  This sets out the vision and opportunity to deliver better bus services for passengers across England. In response, Dorset Council are developing a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) to make bus services: more attractive .. cheaper .. easier to use .. faster .. more reliable .. greener.
Read more about the 2021 Bus Service Improvement Plan on the Dorset Council web site - opens in a new window.
[entered: 30/12/2021]

Castleman Trailway - significant work to come - and temporary closures!

Beginning early January and continuing until March, Dorset Council are carrying-out significant work along the Castleman Trailway (the old railway track) between Ashley Heath and West Moors.  The trail is a popular local leisure route used by walkers, cyclists and horse-riders, but the surface quality has deteriorated and becomes extremely muddy after wet weather, reducing year-round access.​ The work will improve drainage, widen the path, provide more accessible access points and install a higher quality stone surface. The Trailway will have to be closed in those areas where work is being undertaken.
Read more about the work on the news section of the Dorset Council web site (opens in a new window).
[entered: 30/12/2021]

Bus service - changes to timings ( Ringwood road works ) 

The changes to bus timings of the X6 and 38 which were originally intended to come into force in November, are now scheduled to operate as of Tuesday 4th January, 2022 ... the first 'working' day after the New Year period. See our Bus Information page for more detail and a link to timetables. In essence, be prepared for your usual service (after the early morning ) to run some 10 or so minutes LATER than you've been used to.
[entered: 16/12/2021]

Recycling & Refuse collection dates ... calendar available 

Dorset Council have now issued the latest collection timetable for recycling and refuse from households. Visit the site to view and/or download the calendar (... opens in a new browser window) and also find other useful information regarding waste collection: note that for the Christmas/New Year period, collections will be made as normal, despite the plethora of Public Holidays!
[entered: 14/12/2021]

[ For events further ahead that just the next few weeks, refer to the 'Community Diary' ]
Brief listing of 'one-off' events for the next few weeks (for routine events ... see below)

[ This list is intended to convey a handy "short listing" of events in our village: for full details see the Community Diary or the appropriate entry under " Groups & Organisations ". With the Coronavirus still very much with us, please check with the venue / organisation before attending for restrictions, confirmation of the event etc. ]


Saturday 8th: Old BMX park/behind Skatepark ... Community Tree Planting ... from 10.00 am
Monday 10th: Memorial Hall ... Horticultural Society illustrated talk " New Beginnings - an all year round Garden " ... 2.30 pm
Monday 17th: Library ... Dementia Action Group (DAG) "open meeting" ... *** POSTPONED ***
Wednesday 19th: Memorial Hall ... Flower Group ... Coffee morning ( all welcome ) ... 10.00 am
Thursday 20th: Memorial Hall ... Historical Society ... Inaugural meeting ( all welcome ) ... 7.00 pm
Saturday 22nd: Town Council Office (meet) ... Litter Pick around West Moors ... 10.00 am [BOOK AHEAD]
Saturday 22nd: Memorial Hall ... Horticultural Society - coffee morning ... 10.15 am


Saturday 5th: Memorial Hall ... Horticultural Society ... Road Wardens Coffee Morning ... 10.30 am
Saturday 5th: Memorial Hall ... Barn Dance & Fish and Chip Supper ... 7.30 pm
Monday 14th: Memorial Hall ... Horticultural Society ... AGM & illustrated talk ... 2.15 pm
Saturday 19th: Memorial Hall Car Park ... Free Tree Giveaway (Green Canopy campaign) ... 10.00 am - Noon
[see the Community Diary or main News page for detail]
Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd & Thursday 24th: Library ... Stories, games & puzzles for youngsters ... 2.30 - 4.00 pm
[Booking required! See the Library page for more detail]

MARCH 2022

Friday 4th: St. Mary's parish church ... World Day of Prayer ... 11.00 am
Saturday 12th: St. Martin's URC Hall ... Charity Lunch/Trussell Trust ... Noon - 2.00 pm
Monday 14th: Memorial Hall ... Horticultural Society ... Illustrated talk ... 2.30 pm
Saturday 19th: St. Mary's parish church ... Concert ... 7.30 pm
Saturday 26th: Memorial Hall ... Horticultural Society ... Spring show ... 1.30 pm

APRIL 2022

Monday 11th: Memorial Hall ... Horticultural Society talk " Namibia & Botswana " ... 2.30 pm
Thursday 14th: (venue to be determined) ... Annual Town Council (public) meeting ... 7.00 pm
Saturday 30th: St. Mary's parish church ... Concert " Bourne2Sing male voice choir " ... 7.30 pm




Brief listing of regular events by day of week [ subject to virus restrictions ]


Each Monday: Art Society ... Memorial Hall ... 9.15 am
Each Monday: Knit & Natter ... Library ... 2.15 - 3.30 pm [ Book ahead with Library - maximum number = 8 ]


Each Tuesday: Knit & Natter ... Library ... 2.15 - 3.30 pm [ Book ahead with Library - maximum number = 8 ]
1st Tuesday: Coffee morning ... Pinehurst Community Church ... 10.00 - 11.30 am


Each Wednesday (but with a summer break in August): Lunch & Friendship Club ... St. Anthony's Church Hall ... 11.00 am - 3.30 pm
3rd Wednesday (but variations pre-Christmas & with summer break): Flower Group ... Memorial Hall ... 10.00 am


Each Thursday: Health Walks ... (meet) Penn Court/Petwyn cafe ... 10.00 am
Each Thursday: Rhyme Time ... Library ... 10.30 - 11.00 am and 11.30 - Noon [ maximum 6 children/book ahead ]
Fortnightly Thursdays ( contact Group for full information ) ... Writers' Study ... 9.00 am
1st Thursday (but occasional variations): Community Sing-a-long ... St. Martin's URC ... 10.30 am (from October 7th)
1st Thursday: Women's Institute ... Memorial Hall ... 2.15 pm
2nd Thursday: Adult Colouring & Games ... Library ... 10.30 - Noon [ book ahead ]
3rd Thursday (but occasional variations): Community Sing-a-long ... St. Martin's URC ... 10.30 am
3rd Thursday: Townwomen's Guild ... Memorial Hall ... 2.00 pm
4th Thursday: Adult Colouring & Games ... Library ... 10.30 - Noon [ book ahead ]


2nd Friday: Digital Champion ... Library ... sessions between 10.30 am and 12.40 pm [ BUT BOOK WITH LIBRARY! ]
4th Friday: Digital Champion ... Library ... sessions between 10.30 am and 12.40 pm [ BUT BOOK WITH LIBRARY! ]


2nd Saturday: Coffee morning ... St. Martin's URC ... 10.00 am
[no event in January ... kitchen being refurbished!]


1st Sunday: (h)ALL@4 [Coffee, cake & worship] ... St. Mary's Church Hall ... 4.00 pm [ contact Vicar/01202 893 197 for information - download poster ]

Memorial Hall
Gullivers Farm Shop

Gullivers Farm Shop
Station Road Shops

Station Road shops
War Memorial

War Memorial