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It is also hosts the official Websites of the following:-


 "Verwood & 3X Twinning Assoc." 

"Heathland Heritage Centre" 

"Comprehensive history site".


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 Latest News & Updates - Verwood Dorset UK.
also check the Verwood Noticeboard.

Verwood Mayors 2018 Reception

On Sunday the 2nd December 2018, the Mayor of Verwood Cllr. Sandra Grove and the Town Council welcomed civic dignitaries from the local area at the Verwood Heritage Centre where they could visit the Museum and local children demonstrated items.  Later at the Verwood Hub they were entertained by two talented teenagers and the Verwood Community Choir after which they then enjoyed a delicious meal served up by Beales Gourmet.

photo Stuart Clifton

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 illness.

The Service was held in Verwood Methodist Church on Wednesday the 21st of November 2018 with over 300 people attending.

Pam 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 "The 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 List.

photo Stuart Clifton

Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance.
Sunday the 11th November 2018
This special event in Verwood celebrated the
100th anniversary of the ending of WW1.

At 09:45 a 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 Ferret Green. Everyone was welcomed by the Mayor (Mrs Sandra Grove),  followed by the holding of a 2 minutes silence at 11 O'clock.

After 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. The large display of over 3000 knitted poppies arranged by Verwood Rotary Club added to the occasion.

photos Stuart Clifton

Verwood Remembers

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War.

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.

The Rotary Club will donate 50p for each poppy (up to £1000) to the Royal British Legion.


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 and representatives of some of the Verwood Memorial Hall's regular hirers.

Memorial Hall Upgrades & Improvements

Grants of £5000 was given by the Town Council and Verwood's Solar Farm with Morrison's giving £20 towards the buffet. The photo shows (L to R), Mayor's Escort Vivien Clifton, Dennis Wright (chairman), Cllr Sandra Grove, Ann Abernethie (sec/treasurer) and behind them the members of the committee.

photo Mike Daymond

September 2018 Twinning / Partnershaften.
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 Frankfurt.
(Select here for the full report.)

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Volunteers Needed
for maybe an hour a week, fortnight or only once a month to visit an elderly person in your community. (Select "i")

In Verwood and Three Legged Cross.


Age Concern Verwood - Meetings.

Current meeting venue is
Day Centre - the
BANDHALL, Moorlands Road, Verwood.

 Teas, coffees, lunches and chat etc.....
Mondays and/or Wednesdays 10am-3pm. 
Transport within Verwood is possible with our minibus.  


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.


Verwood Indoor Market
Open from 09:30 till 1300 
every Friday in the
Memorial Hall, Verwood.

A Friendly Indoor Market 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.
 Afterwards then sit having a chat over a lovely steaming cup of tea/coffee
. Free Parking and admission.

For enquires/table hire please call Sue or John on 01202 890001  






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Snippet ...
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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