26 May 2014
Ability Counts team wins the League!

ability counts wins the league

Parley Sports Ability Counts Team are Championship Div 2 Winners 2014!

Well done to Rob and the team!

26 May 2014
Bank holiday fun for the kids

Bank holiday fun for the kids in Parley Wood

The picture shows a group of children from Parley First and Junior schools and others very busy on bank holiday Monday building bug hotels, the Parley volunteers had assembled pallets and the children arrived with plenty of items, pebbles and crocks, fir cones, straw, moss, cardboard, sticks and plastic bottles which they pushed into the pallets to attract insects. The first hotel is on the pathway from Parley Country Club car park, the children then went to the right hand side of the woods over the bridge and had a great time foraging for more items to put in the second pile of pallets even managed to find beetles, centipedes and spiders so this hotel is already occupied. These items will compact down so children if you are walking in the woods try to add some more things to keep the hotel stocked up.

More family fun this week end with the Big Lunch at the country club, starts at 12 o'clock bring your own food for a nice picnic or buy from the barbecue.

Lots more children's activities planned for this summer, keep an eye on the website or advertisements for Nuts about Nature and Sting in the Tale both of these coming to West Parley during the summer holiday.

26 May 2014
Brand new van for the MS Centre!

new van for the MS Centre

The MS Centre received their new Minibus from suppliers Red Kite last week, thanks to the generosity of local people.

Pictured are some of the local groups who contributed towards the £32,000 cost of the vehicle.

The second picture is of Bournemouth MS President Alan Lindsay next to the new van.

new van for the MS Centre

26 May 2014
"Ask Dorset" is coming to town

On June 2nd Dorset County Council is kicking off a series of road shows all around the county inviting the public to come and tell them what they think is most important in the wide range of services they pay for through their Council Tax. The council doesn't want to stand still, and is ready to change as a result of listening to local people.

It's even more important that they listen now, as like all public services Dorset County Council's budget has been squeezed as part of the national austerity measures. So far the council has worked hard to find these savings and has reduced its overall annual budget by £60 million, whilst having minimal impact on front line services, and needs to save a further £43 million over the next few years.

The county council will though still be spending £250 million a year, so this is a real opportunity to make sure that the money is spent wisely, and to have the greatest positive impact on the things you think are most important, whether that is the state of our roads, running our outdoor education service and libraries, or providing social care services for older people.

We need your help. We need to know what you value the most, what is most important to you and your family and friends.

You can get involved in lots of different ways:
In person at one of our road shows. Come at meet us, at our road shows you will have the opportunity to talk to your local councillor, a member of our cabinet, our most senior officers or even possibly the chief executive.

You can also get involved online at Dorset for you website - You will also find more information in our newspaper Your Dorset which you will receive in June. Whichever way suits you, we really want to hear from you.

For the roadshow schedule please see the roadshow schedule document.

26 May 2014
Thefts in Church Lane

Please be aware that there were thieves about in Church Lane in the early hours of this morning. Cars were broken into, some not forced so may have been left have been left unlocked!

The resident who told us about this luckily heard movement and on realising what was happening called the police and two arrests were made.

We all need to be aware of our own security and this is a timely reminder. Also, please be vigilant in your own area - it's up to all of us, not just Neighbourhood Watch!!

7 May 2014
Help us help you!

Do you know of a local cause, project or person/s in need? If so Parley Rotary would like to hear from you now! How it works:
The Rotary Club of Parley is inviting residents and organisations in and around Parley to nominate worthy causes, projects or perhaps someone who needs help. All nominations received by the closing date 31/05/2014 will be considered and the winning nominations will be announced. The Rotary Club of Parley will then take whatever action/s are deemed appropriate to meet the requirements of the winning nomination/s. Please register your nominations/s (or enquiries) with any member of Parley Rotary Club or alternatively please email Paul Taylor: or call 07581 894120

7 May 2014
Support for community groups in West Parley

West Parley Parish Council is keen to encourage new community groups to form and to encourage the existing groups in a series of measures that will encourage residents to get involved in the community social scene. Groups or individuals can apply to the Parish Council for grant funding. The application form can be obtained from the Parish Clerk, Linda Leeding on 07477 514862 or Support for community groups grant form. For details of who is eligible Support for community groups eligibility info.

Anyone planning to set up a new group or event may not be sure of local reaction to this, so the Parish Council will pay for the hire of local public space for the first 3 meetings for new groups. This offer is for West Parley residents only and not for commercial organisations or political groups.

There are many groups operating in the village and residents are encouraged to get involved in local organisations and meet local people. Many residents help out keeping the village tidy, clear litter, distribute leaflets, help at coffee mornings and lunch clubs, and help local car transport schemes.

7 May 2014
Parish Council changes

It is with great regret that we have to announce the resignation of Dick Heaslip. Everyone knows that Dick has been leading the long campaign to oppose the plans to remove large amounts of West Parley from the Green Belt to allow housebuilding and was instrumental in pressing for a complete change in the Parish Council in 2012 to support the overwhelming views of Residents on this issue.

Dick was not planning to stand for re-election in 2015 and thought that now is the right time to step down as the Core Strategy has been accepted by the District Council and any planning application to build houses is unlikely for some time.

The whole Council thanks Dick for his huge contribution and commitment.

He will continue to Chair the West Parley Residents Association and support the Parish Council with any background research on the housing issue that is needed.

6 May 2014
new front garden competition for West Parley

The new front garden competition is open to all residents of West parley and we are relying on you to make this a success. We do not need bowling grenn pristine lawns just some nice plants or something novel for the judges to see. Please complete the garden competition entry form and send to Cllr Pat Couper by email - or post ASAP.