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Welcome to Verwood and Three Legged X Community website.
(Select here for a Short History of Verwood)

 

This is the place for all your information about Verwood and the surrounding area and is an independent, non-commercial site  with no paid advertising.  
It also hosts the official Websites of the following:-

"Verwood and 3X Twinning Association"  & the

"Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre"   & a   

"Comprehensive history site".

Local Societies and event organisers who have any updates, or event dates, that they would like  included for FREE in the "WHAT'S ON" page (normally local and none commercial). Information/articles may be emailed to the.

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Verwood Details

 Post town  Verwood 

Constituencies

 District Postcode  BH31 ---
 District  East Dorset  UK Parliament

 North Dorset

 Dialing code  +44 (0)1202 ----
 Shire county  Dorset  European Parliament

 South West England

 OS grid reference  SU0808
 Region  South West  Why not listen live to Verwood's Own 
Community Radio Station

 "ForestFM" 
while you browse this site. Select the AE. 
 Police  Dorset
 Constituent country  England   Fire  Dorset
 Sovereign state  United Kingdom Ambulance  South Western

 

 Latest News & Updates - Verwood Dorset UK.
also check the Verwood Noticeboard.
(next website update mid June)

From July 2014

the Verwood and Three Legged Town Plan

is available from the Town Hall

Solstice Renewables 
has gained planning consent for a 
20.4MW solar park 
near Verwood 

http://sfwcommunications.co.uk/ 

In July 2014  Solstice Renewables announced that it has gained planning consent for a 20.4MW solar park near Verwood in Dorset which will generate enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent of 6,000 average homes – almost all the homes in Verwood. It will protect the green belt land for 25 years.

The site will cover a total area of 113 acres/45.7 ha, over four separate flat fields which is very well screened by existing hedging. The panels will cover 85 acres and the rest of the land is set aside for ecological habitat enhancement and will continue in agricultural usage, with sheep grazing between the panels during winter, while in summer the land will become a haven for wildlife.

 

"2014 STING IN THE TALE"

Friday the15th August to Monday the 25th of August.

This Storytelling Event returnes to East Dorset for the 11th Festival of tall tales, sizzling stories, audience participation, mystery, fun, suspense with the occasional Sting in the Tale. Stories in some of East Dorset and Christchurch's most resplendent, atmospheric settings and unique locations.

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"The Very Big Caterpillar" in West Parley Country Club (Up to 7)
"Magical Mysteries and Hairy Histories" in West Parley Country Club (for 7 - 11's)
"The Smuggler and the Singer" with Tim Laycock - Priest House Museum. (all)
A Potted History of Wimborne - Facts, Myths & Legends’  (all)
 - A guided walk with Malcolm Angel.
"Fairytales for Grown-ups" at the Earthouse Cranborne. TROLLS! by Abbi Patrix
Pantaloons Theatre Company presents ‘The History of Britain’ at Hichcliff Castle.
‘The Dreaming Land’ a story walk with Lizzie Bryant.
 - Down Farm, Woodcutts, Salisbury SP5 5RY
"Mermaid of the Sea and other Mythical Tales" - with Taprisha. (for 7 - 11's)
 - Christchurch Library, Druitt Bulidings, Christchurch, BH23 1AW
"Granny Cousins Ghost Walk of Old Poole Town" with Michele O’Brien.
 - Meet outside Scaplen’s Court Museum, High Street, Poole. BH15 1BW
Booster Cushion Theatre presents "Hansel, Gretal and ….You Who?" (3 up)
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Leigh Park Community Centre, Leigh Park, Gordon Road. Wimborne. BH21 2AP
‘Pirate Paye of Poole’ with Bok Theatre.  (for 7 - 11's)
Poole Museum, 4 High Street, Poole, BH15 1BW
‘Travellers Tales’ With the Heads and Tales Storytellers.  (for Adults)
 - Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne. BH21 5RP
"Mermaid of the Sea and other Mythical Tales" - with Taprisha. (for 7 - 11's)
 - Gillingham Library, Chantry Fields, Gillingham, SP8 4UA
Tree House Theatre presents: ‘Pied Piper of Hamelin’  (3 up)
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Red House Museum and Gardens, Quay Road, Christchurch, BH23 1BU
"Hengist the Dragon" and other stories with Jill Barr  (for 5 - 10's)
Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre, Broadway, Southbourne, BH6 4EW
Stories, Poems and Trickster Tales from Africa with Beverley Naidoo (for 6+)
 - Gullivers Book Shop, 47 High Street, Wimborne Minster, Dorset. BH21 1HS
Pickled Image perform: ‘Fireside Tales with Granddad’ - (for 4+)
 - Barrington Centre, Ferndown, Penny’s Walk, Ferndown. BH22 9TH
Children’s Art Fun Day & craft workshop with Rose Perry - (for 4+)
 - Barrington Centre, Ferndown, Penny’s Walk, Ferndown. BH22 9TH
‘Eating the Apple’ -  Mike Rogers & Madeleine Grantham
 -.Drusilla’s Inn, Wigbeth, Horton, Wimborne, BH21 1DY (Saucy Stories for Adults)
Heads and Tales Storytellers present: ‘The Field of Stories’   (Families)
 - Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne. BH21 5RP
Tree House Theatre presents: ‘Pied Piper of Hamelin’  (3 up)
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Wimborne Model Town, King Street, Wimborne Minster. BH21 1DY
Teddies in Togas’ -  storytelling from Amabel Clarke and Glenys Newton. (5+)
 - Rockbourne Roman Villa, Fordingbridge, Hampshire. SP6 3PG
"Granny Cousins Ghost Walk of Old Poole Town" with Michele O’Brien.
 - Meet outside Scaplen’s Court Museum, High Street, Poole. BH15 1BW
‘From the Waterside to the Chase’ with Mike Rogers  (7 to 107 yrs)
 - Allendale House, Hanham Road, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 1AS
‘Stories of the Sea’. with storyteller Chris Gaston  - (for 4+)
 - Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth BH1 3AA
Heads and Tales Storytellers present ‘News Today’ - (for Adults only)
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Boston Tea Party Cafe, Furlong Centre Ringwood. BH24 1AT
"Pixies and Pillywiggins of Parley Wood"  - A story walk - Lizzie Bryant. (for 6+)
‘The Secrets of the Trees’ and ‘Tales of the Creatures of the Night’
 - Woodland Story Walk with Amabel Clarke & Glenys Newton - (accompanied U8)
 - Moors Valley Country Park, Horton Road, Ashley Heath BH24 2ET
Shakespearean Classic "The Merchant of Venice" with Rain or Shine Theatre
Walford Mill, Stone Lane, Wimborne BH21 1NL
‘Enthroned!’ Silly Stories for Safer Sanitation with Madeleine Grantham & Jill Barr
 - All Saints Church Hall, Mudeford, Christchurch. BH23 3HS - (for 8+)
Legendary African Animal Stories with Bevin Magama and Ceri Ivins (Families)
 - Colehill Sports Club, 108 Wimborne Road, Colehill, Wimborne. BH21 2QR
The 47 Ronin and other Japanese Tales’. with storyteller Chris Gaston
 - Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth - (for Adults only)
Squash Box Theatre presents: ‘Stones and Bones’
 -‘Red House Museum and Gardens, Quay Road, Christchurch BH23 1BU
‘Fossil Lady of Lyme’ with Alison Neil  (12+ and Adults)
 - Barrington Centre, Ferndown, Penny’s Walk, Ferndown. BH22 9TH
Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ set post WW1 with SISATA
 - Edmondsham House Gardens, Wimborne, Dorset. BH21 5RE
Raven and the Eye Juggler’ with Graham Rogers. -  (5+)
Colehill Library. Middlehill Road, Colehill, Wimborne. BH21 2HL
Secret Stories of Dean’s Court with Tony Horitz.
Animal Tales Family Fun Day with storytelling by Suzanne Houston
 - Walford Mill, Stone Lane, Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 1NL

Verwood Civic Service

Verwood's Mayor hosted a "Civic Service" for local mayors and Dorset Dignatories, held at "St Michael and All Angels" on the 
27th April 2014.

photo:- Stuart Clifton

Dorset Dignataries joined Verwood's Mayor Cllr. Peter Richardson and residents for a civic service held in St. Michaels and All Angels church followed by refreshments.
Seated from L to R :- The Mayor of Bournemouth - Dr Rodney Cooper, EDDC Chairman - 
Cllr Malcolm Birr, Mrs Richarson, Cllr Peter Richardson - Mayor of Verwood, 
High Sherriff of Dorset - Catriona J Payne and consort of the High Sheriff.

   

Library books Delivered to your door for FREE by Royal Voluntary Service volunteers.

The Church of the Ascension, Woodlands
In January 2014 a new article (with pictures) written by the Rector has been added to the Verwood History Site.
The architect was G. F. Bodley R.A. who not only designed great cathedrals in Tasmania and Washington, but also the "Church of Ascension" in Woodlands.

photo: Stuart Clifton

Pam Reeks awarded the BEM 

On Friday the 25th April 2014 the Pam was presented
with her BEM, by the Lord Lieutenant in Dorchester.

Verwood’s Pam Reeks has been awarded the  British Empire Medal for services to the community in the 2014 Honours List. Pam has said that she found it very difficult not to say anything since she fist knew about it last November. 

Pam worked at Hillside First School as a class teacher and specialised in Music. This is not suprising as she has been heavily involved with Verwood Concert Brass for many years where she plays 2nd Horn in the B Band. She also had particular involvement with the Training Band 

Pam was also a founder member of the "Heathland Heritage Centre" and is now a Trustee / Archivist and gives talks about the pottery to visiting groups. Pam arranges many of the exhibitions held in the VHHC and is also the archivist of the "Verwood Historical Society" where she has written or been involved with a number of publications about the history of Verwood. Her thesis about Verwood Crafts can be found at http://verwood.org/history/crafts_in_verwood.htm on the History Site.

It was back in 1982 that a young teacher and her engineer husband, were asked if they would bring their vintage vehicles to a Rustic Fayre being held in Reg. Day's field down at Ebblake. So Ron and Pam Reeks turned up with a car, motorbike and lawnmower. This event was such a huge success that it was decided to continue with the Fayre  with Ron and Pam organising a display of Stationary Engines and vintage Vehicles until they retired from it in August 2006.

77-year-old Pam Reeks was also honoured with the title "Freeman of Verwood" in December 2012 and has been is involved with many elements of town life including the Train Girls and Twinning Association, etc, etc.. 

“I still can’t really believe it,” said Pam, “I’m amazed and feel very honoured indeed".

The Jenny Porter Singers

Since founding the singers 22 years ago, their conductor Jenny Porter has retired so that she can go travelling with her husband. The last concert under her baton was the  'Christmas Reflections' concert at the end of November 2013. Their new conductor, Peter Coole will take over in January

Plastic Milk Bottle Tops charity collection.
As many people are aware plastic milk bottle tops are being collected in Verwood for funds to support the disabled and terminally ill children in respite care 
at
Naomi's House (Hampshire) and Julia's House (Dorset).
If you collect already or wish to do so then they can be taken to known collection points or Verwood Town Hall,
 but please note the following important information.
Only those lids with the recycling label shown (including the 2) are required and raises £30 per tonne. If any other lids are included it is classed as "mixed plastic" and raises only £3 per tonne.
Please continue to collect for these worthwhile charities but please be aware of the above. Thank you to all those of you who do collect for your support.

Verwood Friday Market

Open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday in the Memorial Hall.
A Friendly Indoor Market (free entry) comprising only of non-commercial market stalls selling handmade gifts and crafts, bakery and produce, plus refreshments. A great place to shop for locally grown, made or produced produce, crafts or gifts and then sit having a chat over a lovely steaming cup of tea/coffee and tea cake. Free Parking and admission.
For enquires/table hire please call Sue 01202 890001  

The latest 
verwood & Three Legged Cross 
Official Guide is now available.

You can pick up 
your Personal copy
 from the Town Hall in Vicarage Road.

  Verwood Historical Society are pleased to announce    
the publication of a new book

"VILLAGE TO TOWN"
Written and compiled by
Jill Coulthard.

Priced at £10  (Now £5) it can be obtained from

Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre

At the reduced price it is fantastic value

Please visit the the Historical Society Website
 for information about Postal Copies

 

 

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Some think that Three Legged Cross may have been named after the gallows,
       which were often nicknamed the three legged mare.

Verwood has a namesake ...
 ... in Saskatchewan, Canada. It appears now to be mainly a Ghost Town with few families remaining It has many old buildings included houses, church, grain elevator and an old wooden pavement.
 

 

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