After an extremely successful Rustic Fayre 2013 organised by Verwood Rotary, the club are now calling for requests from local clubs and good causes for donations.

The deadline for bids for grants is October 18 th 2013 and should outline the reason for the request and the use to which any grant money will be put to.


They can be sent via email to


Or by post to

Vern Harris

Mumbles, Manor Lane

Verwood , BH31 6HX


Successful applicants will be notified and the presentation evening will be held on 26 th   NOVEMBER at   7pm at the �HIDEAWAY� Verwood.




Verwood Carnival Princesses 2013 !

Congratulations - Chloe Simpson and Erin Atyeo-Baker


Pitch, EHU, includes 2 adults. Children, doggies free (limited to 4 children)

Only £16 per night (including taxes etc)

Or £80 for 7 nights stay - an amazing £11.15 TOTAL per night.


So - How will Verwood's new Morrisons store look ? We have some exclusive artist's impressions

Members of Verwood Rotary Club at the unveiling of the AGFA equipment at the Recreation ground on March 24th 2012.

Verwood - The next 15 years

Significant changes have been made with regard to Verwood in the Christchurch and East Dorset Core Strategy Document.

Two areas - at Coopers Lane and Does Lane to become part of the Green Belt.

230 new homes at North Verwood

50 further homes at Forestside (North of Ringwood Rd)

Removal of 165 proposed new homes from the site off of Howe Lane

The overall housing numbers in Verwood in the Pre-Submission documents have now been reduced from 417 to 280 following the responses to the last round of public consultation.

The possibility of an Upper School subject to road infrastructure improvements (Verwood is the largest town in Dorset without upper school provision.)

Full details can be found in the latest pre-consultation. Click the picture above to link to the dorsetforyou website and to access the document.

Remembrance 2011

Rotary Hand out over £10,000 to the local Community

Purple Haze is a large sand/gravel extraction & landfill site which Hampshire County Council (HCC) proposes to locate south of the B3081. Will Purple Haze have a significant & detrimental impact on Verwood residents ? Links to two local action websites can be found below.

Spring arrived with a little extra help from Verwood Rotary club. Back in October, members of the club planted thousands of purple crocus bulbs at Ferret Green in the centre of town as part of the campaign to raise funds to rid the world of Polio. Long term Rotary member Ken Armstrong from the club organised a team of Rotarians and their dibbers one Sunday morning to plant the bulbs. He said �I'm glad they all turned out to be purple like they were supposed to�

The 2011 Verwood Carnival procession may be the last if more participants do not come forward this year say organisers. Check out the new website at

Local groups are encouraged to take part in the procession and enter a float on Carnival day Bank Holiday 30th May

The procession has been part of the carnival since it began in 1929. It is an opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy taking part in a fun filled day. The committee has also decided to increase the prize money for this year with first prize for the floats being £75 plus an additional £200 to be paid to a charity of the winner's choice.


Verwood Concert Brass Players of the Year

Every year the Musical Directors of the three Verwood Concert Brass bands choose their �Player of the Year�. This is an award for the band member who they feel has made an exceptional contribution to the band over the last 12 months. This year the awards were made at the Band Social held in Verwood Memorial Hall and the theme for the evening was �Hats, Wigs and Masks� which explains the slightly strange attire of the happy award recipients! The social was held after the B Bands successful afternoon �Cream Tea Concert� where they played a wide variety of popular music to an appreciative local audience.

From left to right our �Players of the Year� 2010 were Anne Mayo (Verwood B Band), Frazer Smith (Verwood Training Band) and Janet Tiller (Verwood A Band). The awards were presented by band chairman Paul Coward

Flameburst 2010

Mayor Jean Hazel's Coffee Morning in aid of Age Concern and MENCAP

End of an Era!

The audience at Verwood Concert Brass' Autumn Concert did not realise it until the last 10 minutes, but they were experiencing the band's final performance under the baton of MD David Johnson. Chairman Paul Coward announced David's departure just prior to the final number and presented him with an engraved tankard from all the band members.

David, a musician with the Royal Marines, has conducted Verwood Concert Brass A band for the last four years. Not only did he achieve great success on the contest field, taking the band from Fourth to First section in the National Rankings, but he also proved very popular with the bands loyal concert audience due to his combination of top rate musicianship and easy humour.

Paul said �David has done great things with Verwood Concert Brass and will be much missed. He takes with him our sincere good wishes for the future. Auditions for the new MD will start shortly with a number of applicants already having expressed their interest. Hopefully you can come along and meet the new conductor at Christmas�.

Such is the popularity of the band that there will be two performances in the Verwood Hub of their Christmas Concert on Friday 17 th and Saturday 18 th of December.


Verwood Carnival 2010 Cash Handouts total £2,300 !

The bench installed as a tribute to Verwood's Rifleman Phil Allen was unveiled on Saturday August 7th 2010 at Ferret Green.

Verwood Chamber Helps Local Scouts Go To 22nd World Scout Jamboree !

On the 5th July local businesses who are members of Verwood and District Chamber of Trade (VADCOT) combined with the local Verwood Ararat Scout Troop to hold VADCOT's annual summer BBQ. Activities provided on the evening included a Jazz band, 3 local girls who serenaded the attendees, a rifle range, BBQ, and tuck shop.

The Verwood Ararat Scouts group are raising money to attend the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden in 2011. The Scouts who have been rigorously tested to attended this once in a lifetime experience are Luke and Will Maw and Frankie Clarke.Each Scout has to raise £1800 each and the proceeds of the BBQ, raffle and donation from VADCOT's Chamber pot totalled a fantastic £427.95 !

If you would like to know more about the 22nd World Scout Jamboree then please visit or email for information or donations. Verwood and District Chamber of Trade were delighted to support this local initiative and would like to thank the local business community for the support they all provided in assisting to raise such a fantastic amount.

Age UK Verwood take delivery of their new minibus

Verwood's 2010 Carnival Queen and Princesses

Princess Nikita Chester - Queen Kristina Sawyer - Princess Katie Arnold


Verwood pays tribute to Phil Allen

1989 - 2009

Christmas Festivities Saturday 12th December

At Ferret Green - Verwood

Verwood Town Council's new Help Centre

Mayor Mike Dolan, William Wells and Val Bright

Builder Tim Rainford with Val Bright and Mayor Mike Dolan

To listen to the opening ceremony please click the player below

Verwood Carnival 2009

The sun shone and everyone had a great time - Mayor Lucy Clarke and the queen and princesses


Verwood Rotary hand out over £7,000 to local good causes for 2008

For more information on the Verwood Rotary club please click the photo.


Verwood welcomes home Darren Kenny

Winner of four GOLD medals and one SILVER for cycling at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics



Heavier Than Air - Vocal :Tim Taylor Drums :Chris Inman Guitar :Jordan Gregory Bass :Will Dop.

Verwood's Annual Talented Youth Concerts took place in the Merryfield Theatre at The Hub on 21 st June. There was a full range of music and dance items from classical to rock, from solos to group singing and playing; from ballet to tap, Irish to street dancing � all proving how talented Verwood's young people are. Organiser, Angela Daymond said - �the show is organised to give young people the experience of appearing in a theatre and showing off their talents to a wider audience than is achieved through school concerts. It's very rewarding to see the progress made by those who have appeared in previous concerts.�

Kristina Sawyer (solo) accompanied by brother Matt on guitar and harmony

Proving that the show must still go on, one performer hurt his thumb rather badly on the morning of the concert, but still managed to play the drums and do a handstand as part of a modern dance routine. The concert also gave an opportunity for musicians, who did not previously know each other, to get together when they volunteered to play the National Anthem for the evening concert.

Sam Eliot (drums); Catherine Evans (cello); Charley Fleming (flute)

Any proceeds from the concerts will go to the HYPA fund (Hub Young People's Activities) to provide equipment and events at the Hub for young people.

Trinity Dance School

Verwood's Mayor and Deputy Mayor

Mayor Lucy Clarke and Deputy Mayor Boyd Mortimer


Verwood Heritage Centre at Ferret's Green

Verwood Memorial Hall






Verwood Skatepark opens - Click for more pics


Verwood hosts East Dorset's first ever Community Radio Station !

Government telecommunications regulator OFCOM announced on Tuesday January 10th 2006 that Verwood is to have the first Community Radio Station in East Dorset. A full time licence has been awarded to the operators of Forest FM which has been broadcasting to Verwood on a part time basis for the past 6 years. The station started full time transmissions on July 9th 2006.

The station will be totally community focused and will be a 'not for profit' concern, run primarily by volunteers. Forest FM is on 92.3 FM



Verwood Local Action Group Minutes


Verwood's annual Rustic Fayre

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Verwood's FlameBurst

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