Local Organisations

Neighbourhood Watch

The Parish Council is pleased to be able to link up with Neighbourhood Watch, such a valuable help in the community. See the latest Neighbourhood Watch newsletter.

Parley Lunch Club

Parley Lunch Club meets at different venues in the area on the second Wednesday of each month at 12.15. New members are always welcome and we try to match up transport for those who no longer drive. The group is predominantly retired members with 30 people on the books. If you would like to find out more or book a place email Hilary at hlmoody79@gmail.com or leave a message on the answer machine at 01202 896738 and she will return your call.

Parley Cricket Club

Thriving, friendly, well-equipped, family club offering good playing facilities, excellent practice and coaching opportunities and a lively social atmosphere for men, ladies, youth and girls. We are keen to welcome new players of all ages who have moved to the area or are looking for a new challenge at a fresh Club. Parley Cricket Club runs 5 Adult sides, Women’s and Girls teams and Youth aged from 8 to 19. All new players, both male and female, of any age and ability are afforded a warm welcome. Equally there is always a need for volunteers and helpers whether running sides or through an involvement working on the ground.

Playing days over – fancy scoring, umpiring or happy to volunteer to help the club? Maybe you can consider a sponsorship package? For whatever reason you are viewing this notice please check the Parley Cricket Club website for all contact details. Parley Cricket Club would be pleased to hear from you. You will not be disappointed. Club games or activities take place every Saturday and most evenings between May and September so do come along to support your local team, enjoy a walk around the ground and say ‘Hello’.

23 November 2022
Great news! Parley Cricket Club is delighted to announce it has received notification of the promotion of its First Team to the Southern Premier Cricket League for the 2023 season. full details of our promotion!

Parley Petanque Club

Parley Pétanque Club began life in 2014 and has enjoyed steady growth and great success in local and regional leagues.

Pétanque really is sports best kept secret and is certainly the only sporting activity where age and gender have no bearing on the quality of the game. It is a very simple game to learn but can be difficult to master.

Come and have a go. Bring your family and friends to see what a wonderful and inclusive sport this is. Our players come from across the county with ages ranging from eleven to almost eighty.

On your first visits our members will be happy to help you understand the game and learn the skills necessary to enjoy it at all levels. Our coaches will introduce you to the game and our members will show you how rewarding it can be.

No boule? No problem, we will lend you some. Come and have a go.

See the Parley Petanque website for session times and other information.

West Parley Gardening Club

West Parley Gardening Club meets on the last Tuesday of the month at the Ms Centre Dorset, Church Lane, West Parley, BH22 8TS.

We have a full programme of speakers throughout the year, covering such topics as all things horticultural, wildlife and local history.

Membership costs £15 per year or £3 per meeting as a visitor, and all are very welcome.

We have a raffle, a flower competition, a sales table, and last but not least the opportunity to enjoy tea, coffee and cake!

The club organises an annual coach trip to RHS Wisley, some visits to local gardens, and a summer show that gives members a chance to exhibit flowers, vegetables and home-made produce.

Please contact Rod Darch 01202 896711 email on rod@rdconsulting.co. You can also visit the Gardening Club website or see their latest poster for the latest news, events and speaker programme.

Speakers booked for 2023.

Friends of All Saints (FOAS)

The Friends of All Saints Church (FOAS) has been set up to help restore and maintain this historic 12th century church which is at the very heart of the community of West Parley.

Everyone is welcome to join FOAS: churchgoers and non-churchgoers, residents of West Parley and those who no-longer live here but may still have links with the community. Perhaps you were christened or married at All Saints, or you may have a relative buried there. Whatever your interest or association is we would really appreciate your support. You might wish to offer financial or practical support, or to participate in one of our events. Please join us and help us ensure that All Saints Church is still a beautiful place of worship and an important link with the whole community for centuries to come.

We aim to raise awareness of the church within the community and to raise funds to help restore, maintain and preserve the church and its grounds. A great deal of work has already been achieved but there is still much more to do. Such as:

Future events to include:

To join us, please print out the FOAS Membership Form, or pick up a leaflet from St Marks or All Saints Churches. If you have any questions or would like to know more about FOAS please contact Eve Elliott 01202 572611 or email eveatmead@yahoo.com

St John Ambulance Cadets, Ferndown

Cadets 7pm - 8.30pm
Young people aged 10-17 can join one of our Cadet units, which operate throughout England. These are a great way for teens and young people to take part in volunteer work and learn valuable life skills. Badgers 6pm - 7pm
Anyone aged 7-10 years old can join one of our many Badger Setts, after school clubs which operate throughout England. At Badgers it's all about fun and adventure! St John Ambulance Badgers Setts offer a great range of activities for children.

Cadets can:

Badgers can:

The local unit meet every Tuesday (excluding school holidays) 7pm - 8.30pm at Longham Church, Cadets 07900 017951 or email Penny.Gliddon@sja.org.uk, Badgers email Paula.Penny@sja.org.uk or see the St John Ambulance website.

Ferndown PROBUS Club

Now is an excellent time to meet new people and make new friends. Why not join our members for lunch each month at the Dudsbury Golf Club, Hotel & Spa? Good food, good company and interesting speakers, just what you have been waiting for!

Ferndown PROBUS is a members’ club for retired or semi-retired professional men and our aim is to create a positive ambience of fellowship, friendship and fun.

We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the Brabant Function Room, Dudsbury Golf Club, Hotel & Spa, Ferndown commencing at 12 noon. Meetings are centred around a two-course lunch, followed by a talk given by invited Speakers covering a diverse range of subjects. Many of our ladies meet for a more informal gathering in the Spikes Bar at the same venue at the same time or arrange to meet at an alternative location.

We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the Brabant Function Room, Dudsbury Golf Club, Hotel & Spa, Ferndown commencing at 12 noon. Meetings are centred around a two-course lunch, followed by a talk given by invited Speakers covering a diverse range of subjects. Many of our ladies meet for a more informal gathering in the Spikes Bar at the same venue at the same time or arrange to meet at an alternative location.

New members will be made most welcome. For further details please ring the Secretary, Alan Stevens, on 01202 876826, or email: alan_stevens@talk21.com

More detailed information can be found on the PROBUS club website.

Help and Care

Are you a Carer? Do you care for a family member or friend? Caring for a family member or friend can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. However, it can also present challenges especially when faced with new situations. Most carers need help and advice at some point so that the best of care can continue to be given.

Help and Care, in partnership with Dorset HealthCare, are running free, informal information workshops. You can attend any of the workshops listed in the full Help and Care information (pdf).

Call 0300 111 3303 - Help and Care website - email Help and Care

NHS Retirement Fellowship

Did you work for the NHS, related health services or any other caring organisations? If so, why not join your local (East Dorset and Ringwood) National Health Service Retirement Fellowship? Your family members are also welcome. We provide:

We meet at 10:00 am on the second Tuesday of each month at the St. Leonards Village Hall, Braeside Road, BH24 2PH.

For a friendly chat and further information please contact our Membership Secretary, Deirdre, on 01425 472940 or email our Secretary Jenny

Ferndown and Parley Rotary Club

Two Into One Does Go
In July 2019 two East Dorset Rotary Clubs namely Ferndown and Parley joined forces to form a single stronger group of approximately 40 members. Rotarians are people who want to give back to Society especially their local community both in terms of Service and fundraising.

The Ferndown and Parley Rotary Club has a Lady President, Madelaine Phillips, and an active programme is planned. President Madelaine's chosen charity is the John Thornton Young Achievers, a local charity based in Ferndown which provides support and inspiration to young individuals in our community.

The Club meets every Wednesday at 7pm at Dudsbury Golf Club. Meetings have both a business and social content with speakers and visitors joining us. Rotary welcomes new members. If you are interested in any of the above you would be welcome to join a meeting and see for yourself contact 07983 681583 for more information.

Wimborne and Ferndown Lions

We are members of Lions Clubs International, which is the largest Volunteer Service Organisation in the World with a universal motto of "WE SERVE". Membership is by invitation and we have some 1.3 million members worldwide, in 35,000 Clubs within 202 countries. In the British Isles, we have some 19,000 members in 900 Clubs.

Some of the things we do are :

For more information: email Godwin Micallef or Wimborne and Ferndown Lions website

MS Centre Dorset

The MS Centre at West Parley is a Day and Therapy Centre for people and families in Dorset who are living with Multiple Sclerosis.

Social activities include morning coffee and biscuits, a subsidised 2 course lunch and an afternoon cup of tea. There is a charity shop, a hairdresser, and a Quiet Room for a nap if needed - lots more info our local MS Society

Open: Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 3pm.

The MS Centre - Dorset, Church Lane, West Parley, Dorset BH22 8TS click for map

01202 570300
Email the MS Centre Dorset
Charity Number 1182285
MS Centre Dorset website

Ferndown Women's Institute

Absolutely WI is based in Ferndown and was started in 2009. Members have swelled to over 130. Meetings are at the Osborne Centre , MS Society on Church Lane, West Parley on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Church of England

West Parley is one parish with two places of worship.

All Saints, the 12th C parish church, and St. Mark's, a 20th C building. We are very fond of both of our churches and consider it a real blessing to have the contrast of ancient and modern. But whether at All Saints or St. Mark's our purpose is to worship God who is made known in Jesus Christ. We do so conscious of our limitations and failings and yet rejoicing in the grace that is both forgiving and renewing.

All Saints Church, Church Lane

St Marks Church, 250 New Rd

All Saints and St Marks website

A parish of the Church of England we are proud of our Anglican inheritance in both word and music. It is a rich and evolving tradition, and one which we celebrate in our worship. But we do not want to keep it all to ourselves. We would be delighted to share it with you. If you come along be assured of a warm welcome.

Revd. Charles Booth, The Rectory, 250 New Road, West Parley, BH22 8EW, 01202 873561
Churchwardens, Mr Derek Lewis 07970 351611 and Mrs Jenny Lewis 01202 872314

Services, times and places

1st Sunday of the Month
8am Holy Communion - All Saints
10am All-Age Eucharist - St Mark's

2nd Sunday of the Month
8am Holy Communion - St Mark's
9am Breakfast@Nine - St Mark's Hall
10am Parish Eucharist & Stepping Stones - St. Mark's
6pm Evensong - All Saints (3pm in winter)

3rd Sunday of the Month
8am Holy Communion - All Saints
10am Parish Eucharist & Stepping Stones - St Mark's

4th & 5th Sunday of the Month
8am Holy Communion - St Mark's
10am Parish Eucharist & Stepping Stones - St Mark's
6pm Evensong - All Saints (3pm in winter)

Wednesdays 10am Holy Communion - St Mark's

Fridays 9am morning Prayer - St Mark's

Other services include

Ash Wednesday - Holy Communion with Ashing - St. Mark's
All Souls' - Commemoration of the Faithfull Departed - St. Mark's
Advent - Carols and Readings by Candlelight - St. Mark's
Christmas Eve, 4pm Crib Service - St. Mark's, 10pm Midnight Mass - St. Mark's
Christmas Morning 9am Eucharist & Carols- All Saints

Refreshments are always served after services on Sunday (10am) and Wednesday (10am).

Church Organisations and Activities

For the latest list of activities in St. Mark's Church Hall - All Saints and St Marks website

Flower Arranging - Administrator: Mrs. Sue Rutledge 01202 895116

Baptisms (Christenings) at All Saints & St. Mark's
We are always delighted to receive inquiries from parents who wish their children to be baptised, and also from adults who were not baptised as children. Baptisms take place at St. Mark's on the first Sunday of the month (9.45am) or on another designated Sunday at All Saints at 12 noon.

Preparation for confirmation in a relaxed and convivial setting is by arrangement. If you have lost your Baptism Certificate, then confirmation can still be undertaken subject to conditional baptism beforehand.

Marriages at All Saints & St. Mark's
If you are planning to get married and live in the parish or have connections with the church in this parish then please get in touch. A church wedding need not be very expensive and marrying in the context of Christian community and worship can be very joyful and rewarding.

Home Visiting
The Rector and Lay Pastoral Assistants are always willing to visit people in their homes whether for a chat, or for prayer ministry, or Communion.

Inquiries about any of the above can be made to the Rector, Revd. Charles Booth (01202 873561)

Roman Catholic

St. Anthony's Church

8 Pinehurst Road, West Moors, Ferndown BH22 0AP
Tel: 01202 874811

United Church Ferndown

505 Wimborne Road East, Ferndown
Tel: 01202 871440 email unitedchurchferndown.org.uk

The Carpenter's Lunch - every Thursday from 12.30 a two course meal plus tea and coffee is open to all senior citizens.