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 Heritage Centre News and Updates - 2005. 


December 17th :-



Thanks to the Town Council, who under the new licensing laws obtained a licence for the Verwood Christmas Extravaganza held on Saturday the 17th of December at the Heritage Centre and on Ferrett Green. The license covered both locations. During the evening the Verwood Rotary Clubs Father Christmas did his usual tour. The training band of Verwood Concert Brass played while the mulled wine or hot coffee and mince pies were thoroughly enjoyed. 


December 11th :-

 Local Mayors from the area at the Civic Function held in the Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre and the Memorial Hall on the 11th December 2005. 


December 8th :- The Twinning Sub Web includes the History of Twinning in Verwood now added to the site.



December 4th :- Verwood Twinning Association trip to Germany.

Verwood Mayor Mr Mike Daymond and Mr & Mrs Newman getting into the Christmas Spirit, manning Verwood's Stall at the Liederbach Christmas Market (in Germany) during the visit by Verwood Twinning.  Select here for full report!


November :- Thanks to Angela Daymond (the wife of Verwood's mayor) for providing this comment from Janine Pulford, Editor of Viewpoint in October/November 2005. (It is reproduced here with her permission.) 

“I’ve often heard it said that nobody knows where the real heart of the town (Verwood) is.  Well, I’m pretty sure I do – and it’s not in a shopping mall, nor in a high street as these don’t exist – Verwood’s heart is in its people.  In particular those volunteers who give their time and energy towards helping others and organising fund-raising events.  This in turn benefits the whole community, young and old.  Verwood definitely has a heart and it cares for itself in a truly remarkable way.”  



November :- Further pages added which include Chronological list of events in Verwood and an additional section covering Reminiscences from "Old Verwoodians". These will be expanded as further issues come to light.



October 17th :- The Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre AGM, 07:30 p.m. at the Centre. 


  1. Apologies

  2. Minutes of the last AGM and Matters Arising (if not in agenda).

  3. Chairman's Report.

  4. Treasurer's Report

  5. Adoption of Accounts

  6. Archivist's Report

  7. Elections

    • Executive Council: - appointed members remain VHS, VTC, EDDC.
      Elected Members: - Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Archivist.

    • Management Committee: 
      Ex officio members: - Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Archivist.
      Elected Members: - up 4 friends' Association Members.
      Note the committee can co-opt up to 2 members from sub-committees.

    • Election of Auditor.

  8. AOB

    • Subscriptions (£5) may be made after the meeting during Tea and Coffee.


Select here for the latest newsletter from the Secretary.



October 3rd :- The Heritage Centre opening hours changed - 09:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.



September 24th :- Hurdle making, Besom making and Pole Lathe Turning demonstrations will be held on Ferrett Green in front of the Heathland Heritage Centre with Mr Don Taylor, Mr Terry Heard and Mr Chris Albray. The materials for used by Terry for his besoms comes from sustainable wood taken from heathland and native woodland for the benefit of wildlife. The handle is normally made from coppiced hazel and the head is from birch. Terry Heard of "Dorset Coppicing Ltd." also make Bean poles, pea sticks, fence stakes, birdtables and traditional cleaved pegs. See the following 



September 13th 2005 :- The new "Verwood Churches" Exhibition opens at the VHHC. Note that the last day to see the current  "War Years" Exhibition will be on the 9th September. - please see the Exhibitions page.


September 10th to 18th, 2005 :-Dorset Architectural Heritage Week - This event  organised by the  EDHT (East Dorset Heritage Trust)

August :- It was announced that the Tapestry given to Verwood by its twinned French Town of Champtoceaux during the recent visit is to be framed and is displayed in the Heritage Centre along with the large pot gifted by Liederbach in Germany which already resides in the Heathland Heritage Centre.

August :- In her newsletter to the "Friends of the Heritage Centre", the Secretary says that due to the centres success the "merry band of volunteers" needs additional members/stewards, not only in the Coffee Shop but also covering the Museum/Exhibition Hall because on many days it is no longer possible for Coffee Shop volunteers to cover this area which leaves the Museum without a steward. 
If you are prepared to spare an hour or two as a steward then please contact the secretary, Ann Page. You do not need to know about Verwood's history or what all the Exhibitions are about, though it obviously helps if you are interested. 

June 13th:-  The Official Opening of Phase two of the Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre by the Marques of Salisbury, PC, DL occurred. Select here for more information.

May / June :-  The unit is now nearing completion and the decorators moved in and have now finished painting the unit.

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