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Carnival Queen Selection for 2014
Sunday the 16th March 2014
in Verwood Guide HQ on Manor Rd.
at 02:00 p.m.
The Carnival Queen is set
to return this year and any candidate for the queen
(aged 14 or above) or princesses
(aged 9 to 13), should go
01202 826908 for more
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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
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.
Emma Graves-soloist winner
Rowan Powis-youngest player
new Youth Band gets off to a flying start with contest success.
Sunday 12th January 2014 history was made as it marked the
formation of the brand new Verwood Youth Band, set up as part of Verwood
Concert Brass, and only two weeks later it has already won trophies!
Verwood Concert Brass, now in its 150th year, has a long
tradition of nurturing brass players of all ages from beginners in its
Training Band, good players in its B Band and on to top talent in its A
Band, it has never had a Youth Band.
youngsters gain a lot from playing in a band alongside experienced adult
players there is also a lot to be gained from them playing in a group of
other like minded and enthusiastic youngsters. What’s more there are
youth band contests which are not only great fun but give a sense of
purpose and a measure of progress.
it was that the Verwood Youth Band or VYB for short was established to
not only give Verwood Concert Brass’ under 19 year old players such an
opportunity but also other young players in the area the chance to gain
Dunnings of Verwood Concert Brass and the driving force behind the
setting up of the Youth Band said “Although we already had a core of
good young players within Verwood Concert Brass we needed more to make
up a whole band. We put the word around that all young players would be
welcome to come along but to be honest it was a bit of a leap of faith
as to how many would turn up for the first rehearsal.
awarded the BEM
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,
“I still can’t really believe it,” said Pam, “I’m amazed and feel very honoured
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
On Sunday the 1st December 2013, the Mayor of Verwood Cllr Peter
Richardson and the Town Council welcomed dignitaries
from the local area with a visit to the Heritage
Centre. Later they were entertained by a
group of musicians from the "Verwood Concert Brass" before enjoying a reception and meal in the
- Stuart Clifton
All the ladies of Verwood Concert Brass recently formed an all
Blushing Brass, to hold a special fund raising concert in 2013.
raised for Breakthrough Breast Cancer
Jan Tiller, the driving force behind the initiative commented “I was
inspired by the fund raising activity of another all female band
“Boobs & Brass” and thought we have more than enough ladies in
Verwood Concert Brass to do something similar.”
Jean Murray accepted the cheque on behalf of Breakthrough Breast
Cancer for £1000. She said "this money will allow us to
continue fighting breast cancer by finding the cause of breast cancer,
improving detection, diagnosis, treatment and services.”
Ever Result for Verwood Concert Brass at the West of England Brass Band
Regional Finals in March 2013 in Torquay.
musicians from the A and B bands travelled to Torquay and became known
as the VCB Green Army. The A Band competed in the 1st section and came
3rd overall amid cheers, beating relegation to the second section.
Verwood concert Brass consists of 3 bands and any players of any ability
wishing to join then please contact:-
enquiries @ verwoodconcertbrass.co.uk
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
House (Hampshire) and Julia's
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
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.
Open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday in the Memorial Hall.
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
For enquires/table hire please call Sue 01202 890001
verwood & Three Legged Cross
Official Guide is now available.
can pick up
your Personal copy
from the Town Hall in Vicarage Road.
Historical Society are pleased to
the publication of a new book
"VILLAGE TO TOWN"
Written and compiled by
£5) it can
be obtained from
Verwood Heathland Heritage
the reduced price it is fantastic value
Please visit the the Historical
for information about Postal Copies