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26 January 2023
Annual Parish Meeting - Wednesday 26th April 2023, Save the Date!

Please save the date for what will be an informative and social meeting for the parish, to discuss any matters relating to our wonderful village.
Wednesday 26th April 2023, 7pm – 9pm, Parley First School on Glenmoor Road.

We will be inviting various community groups to have stands to provide information on local activities and volunteering opportunities, so it’s a great opportunity to find out how much there is on offer.

In addition, as one of the main causes for concern at the present time is the road network, we are inviting a representative from the Dorset Council Highways Team.

West Parley has a great community spirit so we hope you will come along to have a chat; meet new people and learn about local groups. More information will follow in due course.

24 January 2023
Cost of Living - Effect on the Nation’s Mental Health

Over the past year, fuel and energy prices have soared taking huge bites out of our pockets, on top of increased rents and food prices. The financial squeeze has been felt by everyone in the UK.

It’s only natural that this type of environment is having a serious impact on stress levels. For some, it’s exacerbating mental health illnesses, addictions, and physical ailments. Please see this excellent Infographic on Mental Health which shows how the cost of living crisis is impacting particular groups’ mental health.

23 January 2023
Photographic ID required when Voting

From 4 May 2023, voters in England will need to show a photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections. This will apply to local elections, Police and Crime Commissioner elections, UK parliamentary by-elections and recall petitions. From October 2023, it will also apply to UK general elections. The Electoral Commission’s public awareness campaign on photographic voter identification for the May 2023 elections is now up and running.

17 January 2023
Lost property - pair of glasses found

FOUND : Prescription glasses found along Glenmoor Road.

are these yours?

Please contact the Parish Clerk if they are yours.

17 January 2023
Roof fire at the Memorial Hall

Yesterday there was a roof fire at the West Parley Memorial Hall. Several fire crews were in attendance at 3.25pm, and Christchurch Road was partially closed in the Eastbound direction while the fire was attended to. No cause of the fire is yet known.

Please see the Bournemouth Echo article for more details.

Yesterday, West Parley Parish Council Chairman Andrew Parry issued this satement:
"This afternoon, the Emergency Services were alerted to reports of smoke coming from West Parley Memorial Hall. The building was safely evacuated before their arrival and thank you to those who first raised the alarm. The Fire Crews quickly assessed the situation and set about bringing it under control. They will be remaining on-site until they are satisfied that there is no risk of hotspots reigniting. I have spoken with the Incident Commander, in person this evening. On behalf of the Parish, I had the opportunity to thank him and the Team, for their swift response & highly professional service, limiting the damage to the building and ensuring everyone was kept safe. There have been traffic delays in the area. I hope given the exceptional circumstances, people will be understanding and wish to join me in expressing thanks to our Emergency Services, and relief that this serious incident did not escalate into something of much greater severity. Inevitably, there will be disruption to Hall bookings. I have spoken with the Memorial Hall Committee Chair, who I know will want to contact hirers once a time-frame for repairs to be carried out has been established. Please bear with them as they start the process of contacting those affected."

Anne Lane, Chairman of the Memorial Hall issued this statement:
"West Parley Memorial Hall will be closed for a while due to a roof fire. All Hirers will be notified in rotation as to when it will be available for hire. This I hope will not be too long. It wont be for the Hall Committee to take its time, it will be the Insurance Company. I will keep everyone informed as progression takes place. I like to thank all those who have contacted me asking to help in anyway they can. Do appreciate this. To-day is assessing the damage and what can be done to promote renewal. Keep warm and stay safe."

13 January 2023
Staffie Rehoming Parade

Staffie and Stray Rescue are having a Winter Rehoming Parade on Sunday 29th January, 10am at the West Parley Memorial Hall, it's a chance to meet some of the dogs in their care who are looking for their forever homes. . more parade info (jpg).

9 January 2023
Latest Neighbourhood Watch newsletter out now

Please see this latest Neighbourhood Watch newsletter for up to date local information from Neighbourhood Watch.

5 January 2023
Would you considered Fostering?

Dorset Council's fostering service puts the children who need loving, local foster homes at the heart of everything they do. Their focus is on keeping local children close to their schools, friends and birth families. Their foster carers come from all walks of life. Whether you’re looking for a new challenge or simply want to use your skills and experience to make a difference, they would love to hear from you. . . Dorset Council fostering website . . . . fostering contact details (pdf).

5 January 2023
Proposed Temporary Closure Of Access To New Road

An application has been received from Gracelands Ltd to close Access to New Road, West Parley between 113 New Road and New Road (in both directions), a distance of approximately 10 metres. The closure has been requested to allow Gracelands Ltd safe access to carry out a new mains diversion. These works are programmed to commence from 16th January 2023 until 4th February 2023. . amended access road closure information (pdf).

15 December 2022
Welcome to our New Councillor!

West Parley would like to welcome it's newest Councillor - Moya Magorian - to the Parish Council. We hope that Councillor Magorian enjoys her new role and we look forward to her contribution to wonderful West Parley!

22 November 2022
Street names? - Suggestions please!

We have been approached by Bellway Homes to put forward approximately 30 street names for the Land East of New Road development, at Parley crossroads. This is an opportunity for us to reflect West Parley's history in the naming of this new development and we would welcome residents' input. Please email your suggestions to

23 November 2022
Congratulations to Parley Cricket Club

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. This ECB Premier League is widely recognised as the highest level of amateur cricket across the South of England.

parley cricket club

It is a special moment and achievement for the Club bringing reward and recognition for the huge effort and the dedication shown on and off the field, both by past and present members.

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. Now the promotion will provide an increased exposure allowing Parley to offer a greater range of sponsorship packages to suit all business types. Any partnership will receive a value for money arrangement which also includes huge social media coverage. Players, volunteers and sponsors – Parley Cricket Club awaits hearing from you.

For all areas please check out the Parley Cricket Club website for full contact details or email the cricket club for more information.

22 November 2022
Many thanks to Gary

A reception was held to thank local resident, Gary Peskett, for his longstanding support for the community in West Parley.

gary peskett retirement party
Gary Peskett (centre) with Cllr Andrew Parry, WPPC Chairman

Gary had been secretary of the West Parley Memorial Hall Committee for some 40 years. Both the Memorial Hall Committee and Parish Council Chairman thanked him for his tremendous support and dedication in being key to the smooth running of this essential facility.

Some 30 residents and friends joined Gary in marking his celebration.

Gary has also been President of local dog clubs and organised many events at the Memorial Hall and has been a Neighbourhood Watch Contact for many years.

22 November 2022
Council says ‘Thank You’ to our wonderful Volunteers

The Parish Council held a reception last Friday at the Memorial Hall to recognise and say ‘Thank You’ for the tremendous contribution to the local community made by the large team of local Volunteers.

volunteer awards reception
Chairman Andrew Parry and main Community Award Winner Maz Bennett

The Volunteers carry out a whole range of activities to make the Parish as clean and tidy as possible. This includes maintaining footpaths and verges, assisting in the maintenance of the Parish Recreation Ground, the Millennium Gardens, repairing boardwalks in Parley Wood and keeping all the benches and signs locally in good condition. As well as planting and maintaining the tremendous planters seen on the main roads around the village. The volunteers also put in many hours of support for the Parish Council’s Platinum Jubilee event in June of this year.

Many Volunteers litter pick in all weathers across the Parish as well as a bit further, such as towards the Airport, gathering huge amounts of litter. Other Volunteers help keep the Volunteer NeighbourCar scheme going by acting as drivers. This is a scheme used by many residents over 60, for essential trips, who are unable to get out and about.

To make the most of the weather and our beautiful recreation ground, Councillors worked hard to prepare for the evening, which included and barbeque, along with a wide spread of food that soon disappeared.

Chairman Andrew Parry (pictured) handed out the main Community Award to Maz Bennett to recognise all her hard work. Other awards went to John Dinsdale, John Cullen, Terry Scott and June Scott.

Regrettably we have been unable to hold the event for the last 2 years due to Covid; but everyone agreed that the Parish Council had put on an excellent Reception.

22 November 2022
Notice of Vacany in Office of Councillor (2)

Please see the Notice Of Vacancy (pdf) for details of a vacancy in the Office of Councillor.

7 September 2022
Notice of Vacany in Office of Councillor

Please see the Notice Of Vacancy (pdf) for details of a vacancy in the Office of Councillor.

31 August 2022
Dug Outs given a facelift

In preparation for the coming football season and part of our ongoing commitment to improve the grounds, the WPRA Volunteers have kindly assisted us by undertaking a redecoration of the dugouts on the playing fields.

dugouts in parley recreation ground

We think they look very smart and we hope both the home and away teams feel it is an improvement. Unfortunately, they do attract litter and a degree of anti social behaviour, so if you witness anything please do report it to the Parish Council.

16 August 2022
Deadline Extension for land East of New Road

Please be informed that the deadline for the Land East of New Road Development has been extended for the public until 22nd August 2022. Comments can be made using the planning portal on the Dorset Council website.

Whilst he proposal for the site has been permitted, it is still important to make your views known on the detail which is still being discussed. eg height of the flats, density of the phases, parking provision etc. The link road has been permitted under a separate planning application, however the smaller 'estate' roads can also receive comment.

This extension will allow you more time to consider the information shared at yesterday's public exhibition and peruse documents by consultees recently uploaded to the Dorset Council website.

We encourage residents to submit their response to the Planning Application on the Dorset Council website.

Please see the Parish Council response, submitted with the assistance of the Planning Consultant employed.

16 August 2022
Update for proposed Temporary Closure Of Mags Barrow

Due to programme changes, this closure will not take effect today as planned. Works in this area will be replanned for a later date.

3 August 2022
Beryl bikeshare boost for Dorset, just in time for Cycle to Work Day

The UK’s leading micromobility provider, Beryl, and Dorset Council are offering thousands more people the chance to take up two wheeled travel from 1 August, a few days ahead of the UK’s biggest cycling commuting event

A new Southeast Dorset bike share scheme, embracing Wimborne, Colehill, West Parley, West Moors and Ferndown will link up with the existing Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) scheme, removing the barriers to sustainable transport for even more people. . . read the full article.

1 August 2022
Public Meeting On The Development At Land East Of New Road

Your Parish Council have been liaising with the developer and we are pleased to confirm that they are holding a public meeting for residents.

Community Event, Monday 15th August, between 2pm - 8pm at The Osborne Centre, Church Lane, West Parley BH22 8TS

This is a ‘drop in’ event where information boards with detail of the plans are available to be viewed and representatives present to answer questions. For more information, please visit the developer's website.

We have also arranged with Dorset Council Planning Department, an extension to the deadline for comment to allow residents the opportunity to attend the event and submit their responses by Wednesday 17th August.

We encourage residents to save the date; to attend the session at a convenient time and submit their response to the Planning Application on the Dorset Council website.

For more information please see the Bellway Homes leaflet (pdf)