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Chronological order of significant events in Verwood from 2000 AD


The Chronoligical list for Verwood will gradually be expanded as a list of Verwood events in Chronological Order as time permits. The list has been split into shorter lists due to length. Please contact the Webmaster if you discover any errors or with any Significant event which you think should be included. 



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The 2001 census put the population of Verwood at 12,069.

Sept 9th

The new guides "Verwood District Headquarters" was opened with a speech given by the district Commissioner Mrs Peggy Ganderton. Ray Reeks unveiled a plaque naming it "The Paddy Reeks Verwood Guide Headquarters" in memory of his wife, a guide leader for many years who had been instrumental in initiating and raising money for the new headquarters. Paddy sadly died before its completion. It is situated in Manor Road alongside the Scouts Headquarters.


The current Car Park situated behind the old Cross Road Pottery was opened. this meant that the car park in front of the Crossroads Pottery which had been the original clay pit, was remodelled as Ferret Green.

Feb. 28th

The Initial Phase of the Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre (museum and Coffee shop) was  officially opened by the Rt. Hon, the Viscount Cranborne.

Jun. 13th

Phase II of the Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre which was extended for further Exhibition Space and  Research Centre, was opened  by the Marquess of Salisbury (previously the Rt. Hon, the Viscount Cranborne). 


Verwood's Safeway's Supermarket becomes a Morrison's Supermarket.


Verwood Town and the Twinning Association was awarded the European Diploma.

March 16th

The Verwood Day Centre in Dorset will provide services, including a multi-sensory room, for 25 people. Toni Coombs, local county councillor for Verwood, said: "I'm delighted that the centre is open.

2005 - Sept.

Hopkins Newsagents - The longest surviving shop in Verwood closes when its current owner Julian King Retired.

2005 - Dec.

Verwood & Three Legged Cross Twinning Association visit to to Liederbach in Germany - Report.

2005 - Dec.

The Rotary  "Christmas Extravaganza" took place on Ferrett Green.
 - Select the info button for pictures.

Dec 11th

Local Mayors from the area at the Civic Function held in the Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre and the Memorial Hall. 


The Building of Verwood's new community Centre at Bakers Farm commenced. It became know as the HUB shortly after.

Mar 3rd

The magnificent quilt made over a period of two years by the Crane Valley Quilters and donated to Verwood Memorial Hall, raised £470.  Edna Cutler, aged 81 and one of the quilters, drew the raffle on 22nd February.

July 9th

Forest FM ("East Dorset's first Community Radio Station") broadcasting from Ebblake in Verwood  had their Official Launch at 10 am Sunday when the Member of Parliament Chris Chope OBE, officially opened the station. 

Aug 25th

The Heathland Heritage Heritage hosted the 1st "Tales at the Pottery event" as part of East Dorset Councils "Sting In The Tale" Festival of Stories with Michael O'Leary.

Aug 28th

"Classic Pam and Ron" - Retirement of Pam and Ron Reeks from the organisation of the Vintage Vehicles displays at the Rustic Fayre.


The extension to the Three Legged Cross Recreation Ground was opened.

Nov 30th

"The Golden Oak" tree commemorating the Silver Jubilee of King George V & Queen Mary, planted by Harvey Sims (aged 5) and Lady Limpus in 1935, was removed in August 2006 for road improvements. A new Japanese Oak replacement was planted by an older Mr Harvey Sims and the 2006/7 Mayor - Jane Russell. Harvey worked in the family building firm (Sims Brothers) based at Eastworth Farm all his life. He was presented with a wooden bowl made by Chris Albray. The picture shows Mr Harvey Sims and the 2006/7 Verwood Mayor - Jane Russell.

Dec 3rd

Local Mayors from the area at the Civic Function held in the Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre and the Memorial Hall on the 3rd December 2006.

2006 - Dec.

The Rotary  "Christmas Extravaganza" took place on Ferrett Green.
 - Select the info button for pictures.

Jan 22nd

Mr Chris Cheesman, who was previously the Manager of the Barrington Centre in Ferndown, took up his post as the manager of The new Verwood HUB when it opened its doors for the first time.

Mar 12th

The new Verwood HUB is officially handed over to the Trustees by East Dorset District Council. (It has now become Lifestyle Verwood after extensions in 2013).

2007 - May

"April Cottage" situated between the URC Church and the Heritage Centre was demolished for flats and shops. This site had previously been the site of the Crossroads Pottery Kiln and an Archeological dig was organised. Mr. Fred Thorne who worked at the pottery said that he made perfume pots for the London store of Liberty's, but there was no evidence, till one was found during this dig.

May 22nd

For a full report (and pictures) on the  twinning visit by our friends from Champtoceaux then please  visit the Twinning Website.

June 4th

On the 50th anniversary of the European flag, through the Twinning Association, "Verwood & Three Legged Cross" was the only UK municipality in Europe to be awarded the "European Flag of Honour" in 2007 along with 23 others in Europe. Rushmoor in Hampshire was the only UK town to be awarded the "European Diploma" which "Verwood and Three Legged Cross" was awarded in 2005. Nuremberg won the overall 2007 "Europe Prize".

2007 - August

East Dorset were invited in to run the Verwood Hub on a short term basis due to the retirement of the previous manager due to Ill health. Tracy Cooper became the temporary Marketing Manager.

2007 - sept

A new book "VERWOOD VILLAGE TO TOWN" written and compiled by Jill Coulthard
was published under the auspices of the Verwood Historical Society.

Oct 19th

Verwood extended a warm welcome to the Hon. Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of Europe, Kerstin Eckman who presented Verwood and 3LX with the European Flag Of Honour at a Civic Celebration held at the Verwood HUB

Oct 20th

A Special Fun Day was held in the Centre of Verwood to celebrate the awarding of the European Flag of Honour to Verwood & 3LX.

2008 - April

A new manager was appointed to run the HUB taking over from the temporary management of EDDC.

2008 - May

The new row of shops facing Ferrett Green and adjacent to the Heritage Centre is inaugurated with the opening of the new SPAR store. This was the site of April Cottage which previously had been the site of the kiln for the Crossroads Pottery.

2008 - May

Verwood Carnival - For the first time in its history this was cancelled due to bad weather. (it rained and rained and rained.)

May 19th

New finger post on Ferrett Green.
The sign situated near the new "Spa" shop shows the distance and direction of Verwood's Twin Towns of Chmptoceaux (246 mls) & Liederbach (485 mls). It was presented by Mr Terry Bright (centre), the chairman of the Verwood and 3LX Twinning Association to The Town Council represented by incoming Mayor Cllr. Lucy Clark (L) and its outgoing mayor Cllr. Alec Nicholls (R)

June 20th

"The Pavilion" in memory of Teresa Tanner (The Deputy Head who died of Cancer) was opened at Hillside 1st School. Allan Wells & Harold Foster from Verwood's Rotary Club presented a cheque for £500 (raised at the Rustic Fayre) as a contribution to the cost.

2008 - Sept

Verwood's record breaking paralympic cyclist Darren Kenny, who has cerebral palsy after an accident during a tour race has, since winning 1 silver and 2 gold medals at the Paralympics in Athens, gone on to  increase his medal count at the Paralympics in Beijing with 1 Silver and 4 Gold Medals.

Nov 23rd,

Verwoods Mayor Cllr Lucy Clark and the Town Council welcomed dignitaries from the local areas with a visit to the Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre and  Verwood HUB

2009 - Jan.

The new "Tesco Express" store opened, which replaced the "One Stop" shop, purchased by the Tesco Group a few years earlier


Verwood Methodist Church Celebrates its 100 year anniversary.

13th April

Well known resident Brian Hall died aged 77. Brian lived his entire life in the village/town, serving on the council and being involved in many local charities including the annual carnival. He was also a strong supporter and later president of Verwood "Rugby Union Football Club" as well as the local cricket club. He was also the owner of the the local Estate Agency that bore his name untill its sale.

2009 - July

Verwoods New British Legion was threatened with Imminent Closure and attempts to revert to a British Legion Club allowed an initial stay of execution till December 31st.

9th May

Verwood MemorialHall celebrates the Jubilee of its opening, It was opened on the 9th May 1959 after many years of gestation. Select here for an article on its history.

14th Sept

Mr William Wells (who retired as a councillor in 1993) opened the new extension to Verwood Town Council's Offices to contain their help centre (which was originally opened in 1996). Attending the ceremony were Cllr Michael Dolan (Mayor), Cllr Mrs Pauline Reynolds (chairman of EDDC) and Mr John Wilson (chairman of DCC).

26th Sept

Past members and their partners held a re-union in Verwood Methodist Church where they enjoyed a meal and presentation.

11th Oct

Dorset Dignataries joined Verwoods Mayor Mike Dolan and residents for a civic service held in St. Michaels and All Angels church. They included the Deputy Loeutenant Professor Gillian Slater and her husband, Councillor Pauline Reynolds (chairman of EDDC) and mayors from Bridport, Chickerell, Ferndown, Gillingham, Lyme Regis, Poole, Portland, Ringwood, Shaftesbury, Swanage, Wareham, Weymouth and Portland, Wimborne and Yeovil. Chairman from Colehill, St. Leonards * St. Ives, and West Moors parish councils.


Railway history was made when the first steam train ran from Swanage to London since the Swanage line was closed in 1966. The 11 coach train was pulled by "Tangmere", a Bullied Pacific steam locomotive which had been rescued from the Barry scrapyard in 1981; its long restoration was completed in 2003.

Dec 6th,

Mayors Reception - Verwoods Mayor Cllr Mike Dolan and the Town Council welcomed dignitaries from the local areas with a visit to the Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre where they enjoyed an illustrated talk on the area given by Pam Reeks and  later enjoyed a reception and meal in the Verwood HUB.

8th Dec

On tuesday the 8th Dec 2009 at 1 p.m. the funeral of Rifleman Philip Allen from Verwood took place in Wimborne Minster. The soldier who was 20 years old died in Afghanistan in November 2009 where he had been serving in Helmand Province when he was killed by an IED. He left behind his Family fiancé Karina.

21st Dec.

The Royal British Legion announces the sale of the Verwood Legion Branch which it is now planned to close in February 2010.




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