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Verwood Freeman dies.
It is with regret that we have to report the death of
Pam Reeks BEM
in Bournemouth Hospital on the 5th of November 2018 after a long
The Service will be held in Verwood Methodist Church on
Wednesday the 21st of November 2018
Reeks had lived in Verwood since she was 12. She had always been keen on
this area's history and wrote her first thesis in 1968, this has been
reproduced on this site and can be read if you visit
History of Verwood". She then went on to publish further
books called “Verwood – Village Days” and “A Brief History of
Verwood”. She also collaborated in the publication of “Village to
Town” written by Jill Coulthard.
Pam was a founder member of the Historical Society and was the
Trustee/Archivist of the
"Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre".
Pam worked at Hillside First School
for many years as a
class teacher and specialised in Music and became the schools tennis coach.
She was also involved
in the schools BBC Doomsday project.
Pam was one of the founding members of
the Rustic Fayre and from 1982 with her husband Ron organised the display of Stationary
Engines and Vintage Vehicles until they retired from it in August 2006. A
full report is at "Retirement of PAM & Ron".
She became Organist in
her local Congregational Church at the age of 16, and later provided
accompaniment for Verwood shows (like the Gang Show). She was heavily involved with
Verwood Concert Brass where she played 2nd Horn, becoming the Training Band conductor, and
later president. She was also involved with many other elements of town life including the Train
Girls and Twinning Association, etc, etc.
Pam was honoured with
the title "Freeman of Verwood" in December 2012 and was awarded the
British Empire Medal for services to the community in the 2014 Honours
A book of condolence is available in the Verwood Heritage Centre.
British Legion Festival of Remembrance.
Sunday the 11th November 2018.
This special event in Verwood celebrated
100th anniversary of the ending of WW1.
Service was held in St Michaels Church Verwood. followed at 10:45 With the
Verwood Concert Brass leading the company from St Michaels Church to
Everyone was welcomed by the Mayor (Mrs Sandra Grove),
followed by the holding of a 2 minutes silence at 11 O'clock.
the silence Verwood and other groups were invited to lay their
wreaths at the Verwood War Memorial. Anybody else who wished to was
then invited to lay their own wreaths. The service was concluded
with the blessing.
The main road was closed by the Police and the largest crowds
seen in recent years stretched down both sides of the main road, and
into the entrance of the car park as well as those crowds
surrounding the Verwood War Memorial in front of the Heritage
Centre. After the Service the Salvation Army invited those who
wished to have a cup of tea or coffee in the Memorial Hall.
large display of over 3000 knitted poppies arranged by Verwood Rotary
to the occasion.
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World
To help celebrate this special centenary, the Rotary Club of Verwood
ran a "Knit a Big Poppy" project to raise funds for the British
Legion poppy appeal.
Many local organisations and community members of Verwood knitted
over 2000 BIG red poppies and on the 3rd of Nov. 2018 (Prior to
Remembrance Day) they were tied to the railings of the Memorial Hall
and War Memorial in time for the Remembrance Day service on
The Rotary Club will donate 50p for each poppy (up to £1000) to
the Royal British Legion.
the 8th December 2016
from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Father Christmas will visit his Grotto on Ferrett Green.
The lights will be switched on, the Training Band will play
& carols will be sung around the
tree. The Heritage Centre will supply Hot Coffee while outside the Twinning Assoc will supply mulled
wine and marshmallows, plus many
other local stalls and rides.
On Monday the 10th of
September 2018 the improvements to the Verwood Memorial Hall were
opened in the presence of the
Mayor of Verwood,
Cllr. Sandra Grove.
Hall Upgrades & Improvements
photo Mike Daymond
September 2018 Twinning /
Liederbach visited Verwood.
photo Stuart Clifton
On the 7th of September 2018 Verwood was visited by
its twin town of Liederbach in Germany. Guests were collected from
Heathrow and on the Saturday they visited "Milestones Museum" near
Basingstoke, after which they visited Winchester. On Sunday, they
visited Highcliffe Castle and had lunch at the Hermitage Hotel in
Bournemouth. They left on Monday the 10th of Sept. for the return flight to
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In January 2014 a new article (with
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