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. We run 4 adult weekend teams, midweek and ladies sides and have the reputation for youth cricket across all ages which is renowned. We also like playing to win!

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’.

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:

  • learn first aid skills
  • volunteer within your community by providing first aid cover at public events, such as football matches and music festivals
  • learn leadership and public speaking skills by teaching first aid to other young people
  • spend time on weekend residential camps packed with activities, and have the opportunity to compete in international first aid competitions

Badgers can:

  • learn first aid
  • go camping
  • do arts and crafts
  • take part in team games, and much more!

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.

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:

  • Friendship and fellowship to all members
  • Monthly meetings with a variety of visiting speakers
  • Regular outings to places of interest
  • Lunches out and opportunities for members to socialise

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

West Parley Gardening Club

What’s that I hear you say? You didn’t even know we had one? At each meeting we have a speaker on varied and interesting gardening and horticultural subjects. There is a raffle, tea coffee and cakes, a plant stall, a floral competition, and most importantly a mix of most friendly and sociable members. The club has grown from 22 to 55 members, and meetings are on the last Tuesday of each month at the Memorial Hall.

Membership to our club is just £10 for a year, or you can come along for £2 for one night to see what we are all about. Further information from Malcolm Plascott, Secretary. 01202 950521

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:

  • Repairing and restoring the stained glass windows.
  • Internal and external decorating.
  • Repairing and restoring tombs.
  • Fencing and hedging repair and upkeep.

Future events to include:

  • Regular Church Open Days hosted by FOAS volunteers.
  • Quiz Supper Nights at St Marks Church Hall
  • FOAS Volunteer working parties in the church and its grounds.

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

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 7.00pm 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 :

  • Outings for people with learning difficulties.
  • Caravan holidays for the disabled - see our web page.
  • "Message in a bottle" - see our web page.
  • and any number of other charitable activities.

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

Bournemouth & District MS Society

The purpose built centre is located on Church Lane, West Parley and opened in 1985. The branch offers Physio sessions, Yoga, Pilates, private consultation with a CAB member also a qualified Counsellor - lots more info our local MS Society Social activities include morning coffee and biscuits, a subsidised 2 course lunch and an afternoon cup of tea, make use of the craft room, pop in shop, hairdressers, and a Quiet Room for a nap if needed. There is a modern fleet of adapted mini buses to ferry the members in safety too and from the centre. Around 60/70 people visit the branch on each of the days its open.

Open: Mon, Tues, Thurs from 9am to 3pm.

The Osborne Centre, Church Lane, West Parley, Dorset BH22 8TS

Tel: 01202 570300
local Bournemouth MS Society website
email the local Bournemouth MS Society

Ferndown Stroke Club

The club meets every 3rd Wednesday of each month - 10.30am to 12.30pm.
Why not come along and enjoy our regular programme of events and meet other Stroke survivors who are learning about living a life that depends upon a positive attitude and a determination to achieve that which appears impossible. Meetings take place at: Ferndown Girl Guide Hall, Spinney Lane, Ferndown (Off Ringwood Road- leading to TESCO Car Park).
For more information please email Dr Peter C Pavier or call 01202 581502

The objectives of the club are :

  • To promote and encourage Stroke survivors to recognise their strengths to overcome their disabilities and take part in organised club activities.
  • To develop through friendship and mutual understanding how they may become stroke survivors.
  • To provide the facilities and infrastructure which allows for continued participation in the club event programme.
  • To increase community participation in club events by encouraging local people to join the members for special events.

"Don't be a stroke victim, be a stroke survivor"

West Parley Townswomen's Guild

West Parley Townswomen's Guild is part of the National Organisation of Townswomen's Guilds which was formed in 1929 when women were looking for interests additional to their homes. It is an organisation for women of all ages and nationalities wishing to meet together on a regular basis for educational, recreational and social activities aimed at educating women in the principles of good citizenship. Townswomen's Guilds are non party political and non sectarian.

ladies of the townswomens guild

The Guild at West Parley was formed in 2000 and at present has 44 members of all ages, interests and abilities. Our meetings are always lively with interesting speakers or demonstrators.

The main monthly meeting is held on the first Wednesday of the month from 10.00 till noon at West Parley Memorial Hall. The business part of the meeting is followed by coffee and then the main item. We also hold regular monthly group meetings for Skittles, Friendship Group, Gardening, Drama and Luncheon Club as well as outings and social events.

We are members of the Dorset Federation of Townswomen's Guilds and as such take part in their many events.

Our ladies are all pleasant and friendly and welcome visitors and new members. So, why not give us a try and be sure of a warm welcome and pleasant morning.

All enquiries please email Valerie Barker or call 01202 574627

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.

Pear Tree Fellowship

pear tree fellowship logo

Plese note the Mothers Union disbanded in January and there is a new follow on church group called Pear Tree Fellowship. They meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 2.30pm in the St Mark's Church Hall. The focus of the Pear Tree Fellowship is directed towards blessing and resourcing God's work in the church and the wider community.

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. Tel: 873561
Churchwardens, Mr Garnet Lambert 01202 840998 and Mrs Leila Lock 01202 533834

Services, times and places
1st Sunday of the Month
8.00am Holy Communion - All Saints
9.45am All-Age Eucharist - St Mark's

2nd Sunday of the Month
8.00am Holy Communion - St Mark's
9.45am Parish Eucharist & Stepping Stones - St. Mark's
6.00pm Evensong - All Saints (3pm in winter)

3rd Sunday of the Month
8.00am Holy Communion - All Saints
9.45am Parish Eucharist & Stepping Stones - St Mark's

4th & 5th Sunday of the Month
8.00am Holy Communion - St Mark's
9.45am Parish Eucharist & Stepping Stones - St Mark's
6.00pm Evensong - All Saints (3pm in winter)

Wednesdays 10.00am Holy Communion - St Mark's

Fridays 9.00am 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, 11.00pm Midnight Mass - St. Mark's
Christmas Morning 9.00am Eucharist & Carols- All Saints

Stepping Stones (Sunday School: ages 4 -11) meet at St. Mark's at 9.45 except on the first Sunday of the Month (All-Age Worship).

Refreshments are always served after services on Sunday (9.45am) and Wednesday (10.00am).

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

Stepping Stones - is for children of all ages and is held in the small hall on Sundays during the Eucharist. The children return to church for communion or a blessing, Mrs. Karen Hancock 01202 523548

Parish Magazine - Editor: Mrs. Sandra Clarke 01202 064904 email sandrabwclarke@talktalk.net

Flower Arranging - Administrator: Mrs. Sue Rutledge 01202 895116

Choir - Mr. Ralph Hebditch

Carpet Bowls 7.00 - 9.00pm Tuesdays, September to April. Mrs. J Stone 01202 868725

Lent Groups meet on Wednesday afternoons and Thursday evenings for the five weeks prior to Easter.

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 Parley, 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.