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31st Jan.
Verwood Youth Bands success at the Wessex Youth and Training Band Festival on the 31st January 2015.
The New Morrisons Store opens its Petrol Station and final upgrades to the Car Park which now completes the rebuilding of the new store.
25th May
Verwood Carnival took place at the Fuzzy Bit off Crane Drive. The procession left the Carnival Field, went past the recreation ground, along Vicarage Road and back to the the Carnival field via Church Hill. After which "The Tigers Motorcycle Display Team", "Meredown Falconry and "Dingle Fingle Comedy Clown Act" entertained the crowd.
12th July
An Afternoon "Lyons" Tea held by the Mayor of Verwood on, raised the sum of £490. for her Charities which for 2014/2015 are:- The Verwood "Heathland Heritage Trust" and the "Dorset Search Dogs" which is a charity assisting the Police, Coastguard and other Search and Rescue teams look for missing persons across the South.
Billy Andrews (Butcher) in Manor Road has now handed over the reins of the business to Mark Drinkall and Martin Moores who are the first non-family owners though they have worked for Billy Andrews for several years. The shop opened in 1954 originally.
29th August
Arthur Michael Wareham (Mike), producer of the Desert Rat stencil died on the 29th August 2015. In 1941 Mike was in North Africa as an Ordnance Corps electricion attached to the 5th Royal Tank Regiment........ Select for Information
31st August
VERWOOD RUSTIC FAYRE 2015 was held at Potterne Park Verwood on August Bank Holiday Monday from noon - 05:30 p.m. It was thought that it wouldn't rain again but it did until lunchtime when it eased and though not as bad as the previous year manged to carry out most events.
6th Dec.
Mayors Christmas Reception 2015

On Sunday the 6th December 2015, the Mayor of Verwood Cllr. Sandra Grove and the Town Council welcomed civic dignitaries from the local area whp were met at the Verwood  Heritage Centre by the Hillside Choir and given a talk on Verwood. Later at the Verwood Hub they were entertained on arrival by the "Verwood Choral Society"and later on in the hall by local singer Courtney Manston. A contingent of the "Verwood Concert Brass"  closed the Reception. 

Photo - Stuart Clifton

31st Dec.

Brenda Slade of Verwood is awarded the British Empire Medal.
The civil Division of the Centre Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood at St James Palace, London SW1 announced -"The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the BEM (Civil Division) to Mrs Brenda Margaret Slade" of Verwood "for services to Westminster Abbey and the Creation & Preservation of Ceremonial Garments."

2016 - January Verwood Pantomime Society presented its Annual Pantomime at the HUB.
Beauty and the Beast by Alan P Frayn.
The Society has been running for 31years and performed many traditional pantomimes, and has used the HUB since 2008.

29th January

The Hideaway -  Restaurant and Bar - which occupied the "Old British Legion" and "Club 31" premises at 17 Moorlands Road, Verwood, BH31 7PD closed on Friday the 29th January 2016. It survived for 3 years but although serving excellent food was not popular enough..

Fred Bailey who founded Baileys Electrical (F.C.BAILEY (UK) LTD) in 1954 died in February 2016. 
ed founded the shop in a wooden hut in Edmondshamm road. He then moved the business across the road into the vacant Crossroads Pottery Building which is currently the home of the VHHC. At this point he was joined by his brother Maurice Bailey and also by Mike Hudson. In March 1960 the Bailey family bought the Restynge House building and moved into the right hand side of the building which  had a much bigger showroom and named it "Television House". In 1989 the  Restynge House was rebuilt as it is today. It was carried out in such a way that "Television House" could continue trading, finishing on the left of the site where it remains to this day. It later became under new ownership and since 2003 has been  co-owned by Steve Upton and Steve York and continues to trade under the name of "F C Bailey" and is also in the Euronics group
- the picture shows Fred in 2009 at the  Memorial Hall Celebrations.

28th Feb.

Cllr. Mrs Sandra Grove, the Mayor of Verwood with Invited Guests for the Civic Service held in St. Michael and All Angels Church.


Our friends from Champtoceaux et Orée-d'Anjou visited Verwood from the 7th of May to the 8th May 2016. 

30th May
Verwood Carnival took place at the Fuzzy Bit off Crane Drive. After the procession, "The Poole Field Gun Display Team", "Solent Dogs", "Falconry", and "Meridian Marching Band", entertained the crowd.
29th Aug.
VERWOOD RUSTIC FAYRE 2016 was held at Potterne Park Verwood on August Bank Holiday Monday from noon - 05:30 p.m. After 2 poor years the weather was much better and a successful and profitable day was held.
9th Nov
Hillside First School celebrated its 50th anniversary with a "Celebration Tea Party" held in the afternoon at the school. Hillside first opened its doors in 1967 on its present site where it has recently undergone major rebuilding work.
2018 Peggy Ganderton was made a Verwood Freeman
Renoufs WineC and heese bar opens in the old Barclays Bank premises in the centre of Verwood..
7th Dec.
Verwood's Christmas extravaganza held on Ferret Green. Father Christmas in his Grotto, The Concert Brass training band, coffee mulled wine, mince pies plus local stalls and rides.
Covid-19 Pandemic restrictions brought in by the UK Government. Most activities ceased including the suspension of all club meeting and with many people working from home.
Building commenced on the new Lidl store on Ringwood Road Verwood opposite the petrol station. The plot had previously been used for Caravan Storage and 2 residential houses.  It is expected to create 40 new jobs and the car park will have 79 car parking slots with 6 disabled and 6 for parent and child.. Cycle storage will also be included
Covid-19 Pandemic restrictions withdrawn due to the success of the vaccination program. But care is still required and the wearing of Masks is still recommended in enclosed places
9th Dec.
The new LIDL opened on Ringwood Road Verwood opposite the petrol station. The plot had previously been used for Caravan Storage and 2 residential houses.  The car park will has 79 car parking slots, including 6 disabled, 6 for parent and child and electric car charging points.. Cycle storage has also been included
More restrictions were applied by the government due the emergence of the new Covid-19 virus mutalation.
Corona restrictions finally lifted in England...
7th Feb.
"Cafe Aroma" opened in Vicarage Road, which replaced the previous food venues of "The Hollow" and earlier "Plane Cuisine". Prior to that it had been a betting shop, Brian Halls estate agents and Everson's Grocers.
8th Sep.
Death of Queen Elizabeth the II at Balmoral.
8th Sep.
King Charles the III becomes king.
19th Sep.
Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her internment in King George VI chapel
2022 Lloyds Bank (The last bank in Verwood) closed its doors for the last time and is currently expected to become a Pharmacy.
23rd July
Five people were made honorary Freemen of Verwood:-
Val Bright, Royston Slade, Gordon Thorne, Hilly Chittenden, and Adrian Wareham.
They were presented with their Freedom Scrolls and Honorary Freeman badges by last year's Town Mayor Cllr Simon Gibson and the current Town Mayor Cllr Tony Coombs.
Angela Daymond who was made an Honourary Freeman in 2012 was also presented with her Freedom Scroll.


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