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All photographs by Ferndown Camera Club unless stated Font cover photo of The Ferndown Centre © mags4dorset

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New Road, Ferndown © Hazel Thorby

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Constructing the Garden of Memories

Garden of Memories © mags4dorset

FERNDOWN PAST AND PRESENT – KEY FACTS Ferndown is the largest settlement in the East Dorset District Council area with a population of some 18,090 (2009 mid year estimate). Up to 1925 the Ordnance Survey Maps recorded the settlement here as Fern Down. The early history of the town in the mid 19th Century owes a lot to the Stewart family and their commercial business dealing with plants and seeds etc. The countryside in the early days was mainly heathland, both wet and dry and whilst much of this has disappeared under development there are still tracts of open land. Ferndown Common was registered as a Town Green in 2003 and is used by the public for recreation purposes. Slop Bog which is on the outskirts of the town is a local nature reserve. Ferndown is situated within easy reach of the sea at Bournemouth, the New Forest at Ringwood and Burley and the ancient boroughs of Poole and Christchurch. It is well positioned near to the A31 Trunk Road with good access to other parts of the county. The town is also in close proximity to Bournemouth Airport. At 2010 the town had some 91 shops mainly local but include nationals such as

Boots, Iceland, Wilkinsons, Sainsbury and Tesco. The catchment population for the town is around 28,100. The total number of people working in the town is approximately 11,600 with around 1,300 firms (excluding the self employed). There are a number of Industrial Estates within the town such as Ferndown Industrial Estate (45.0 h), Uddens Trading Estate (4.3h) and East Dorset Trade Park (13.5h). Ferndown is a very popular place to live and average house prices in September 2009 were £324,068 for detached properties, £219,342 for semi detached, £169,562 for terraced and £175,261 for flats / maisonettes. There are a large number of community groups who operate throughout the town. There are several playing fields within the town as well as a Leisure Centre which provides a extensive range of facilities. There are two Championship Golf Courses within town, Ferndown Golf Club and Dudsbury Golf Club. FERNDOWN Official Guide 5

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT Major changes in local government were introduced in England and Wales in 1974 which created two tiers of local authorities (County and District Councils) together with minor authorities called Town and Parish councils. Each local authority has different functions although some functions can be carried out by joint bodies. Generally the allocation of functions is as follows;County Councils: Education; strategic planning; traffic, transport and highways; fire service; consumer protection; refuse disposal; social care, libraries. District Councils: Local Planning; housing; highways (maintenance of certain urban roads and off street car parks); building regulations; environmental health; refuse collection, cemeteries and crematoria; collection of council tax and non domestic rates; calculation and payment of Housing and Council Tax Benefit. The relevant authorities within Ferndown are Dorset County Council and East Dorset District Council. Currently the collection and disposal of refuse is dealt with by a joint body called the Dorset Waste Partnership. Dorset is proud of its recycling efforts over the years such that currently just short of 60% of refuse is recycled. The Town Council covers the main community of Ferndown together with the communities at Longham, Hampreston, Little Canford, Stapehill and Heatherlands. There are 23 Town Councillors who serve for 4 years. Meetings of the Town Council and its Committees are normally open to the public. The Town Council has a Planning Committee which makes observations to the District Council on all Ferndown Planning Applications; an Environment Committee which is responsible for the maintenance and improvements of the Ford Lane Recreation Ground and associated Play Areas within Heatherlands, to provide additional street furniture and lighting where appropriate and maintain items currently under the control of the Town Council, to help keep the town clean and tidy by making use of the services of a Town Lengthman, to work with other bodies to promote the town attractions / facilities, to monitor conservation areas and issues etc.; a Grants Committee which provides financial support for voluntary and charitable organisations

within the town working with children, the elderly, arts projects etc.; a Finance and General Purposes Committee which deals with all matters concerning administration and general management of the council and its financial responsibilities. The Town Council is also Sole Trustee of the King George’s Fields Charity which is responsible for some 50 acres of land which is used for playing fields. Sports available include 6 tennis courts, a bowling green, a cricket square, a skate park, and 4 football pitches. The Charity hopes to increase the facilities to provide two multi sports use pitches for 5 a side football, basketball and additional skate park facilities. A Children’s Play Park is also included on the site for all children whatever their level of ability or disability. The Council Offices are open Monday to Thursday from 0900 to 1600hrs and from 0900 to 1530hrs on a Friday. All enquiries should be addressed to:The Town Clerk, Ferndown Town Council, King George V Pavilion, Peter Grant Way, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 9EN Tel: 01202 892249 Fax: 01202 877442 Email: The Town Council’s website address is: The addresses of the other Principal Authorities are:Dorset County Council, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XJ Tel: 01305 221000 Email: The County Council website is: East Dorset District Council, Council Offices, Furzehill, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 4HN Tel: 01202 886201 Email: The District Council website is: FERNDOWN Official Guide 9

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Ferndown Bowlers

SPORTS AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES The Ferndown Leisure Centre is located off Cherry Grove near to the Ferndown Upper School. The Centre provides the following activities:• 5-A-Side Football • Basketball • Netball • Baseball • Badminton • Swimming • Squash • Table Tennis etc Next to the Leisure Centre is the King George V Playing Fields which the Town Council as Sole Trustee looks after. It provides a range of outdoor sporting facilities including 6 football pitches, a cricket square, 6 tennis courts, a bowling green, a children’s playground and a skateboard park. For further information on the facilities available and to book contact the groundstaff on 01202 897050. Near to the fields in Peter Grant Way is the Ferndown Memorial and Garden of Memories which forms part of the Millennium Park. The Memorial and Garden of Memories was opened in March 2011 and commemorates people from Ferndown who have died and who have inspired others. Golfers will be pleased to know that Ferndown has superb golfing facilities within its boundaries. There are two Championship Courses at:Ferndown Golf Club, 119 Golf Links Road, Ferndown, BH22 Tel: 01202 653950

Dudsbury Golf Club, Hotel and Spa, 64 Christchurch Road, Ferndown, BH22 8ST Tel: 01202 593499

Events in and around Ferndown in 2012 The following events have been planned for 2012. 7th May 2nd June 4th June 16th June

7th July

Ferndown Fun Day at King George V Playing Fields organised by Ferndown Rotary Club.

Queens Jubilee Celebrations at King George V Playing Fields (afternoon and evening)

Queens Jubilee Beacon, King George V Playing Fields (evening event)

Dog Show etc organised by “Waggy Tails Rescue”. (late morning / afternoon event). More information Tel: 01202 875000 Ferndown Carnival, King George V Playing Fields

Early Sept Pro – Am Charity Event at Ferndown Golf Club

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Barrington Centre

Children’s Playground, King George V Playing Fields

Slop Bog Boardwalk

ATTRACTIONS IN AND AROUND FERNDOWN BARRINGTON CENTRE In the centre of the town is the Barrington Centre which has been described as more than your average Community Centre. This is because it enjoys the benefit of providing the population with theatre performances, dances, music of all descriptions as well as the usual fundraising events. The Centre also has a well respected public restaurant called “Raffles” where you can get a midday meal as well as tea / coffee and light refreshments. In addition the centre has a number of meeting rooms. The Centre is run as a Charity with both paid staff and volunteers helping out. Details of events taking place at the Barrington are available online at www.barringtoncentre. or telephone 01202 894858 for further information. KNOLL GARDENS BH21 7ND The gardens are found on the outskirts of the town centre near to Hampreston Village. A number of brown traffic signs on the main roads will help you get there. The gardens are usually open from Tuesday to Saturday from 1000 to 1700hrs (1600hrs in November / December). The gardens are closed from 18th December 2011 to 31st January 2012.The gardens are also open on Sundays in September and October. 20 FERNDOWN Official Guide

Knoll Gardens website gives you more information about a new way of gardening using beautiful grasses / plants which look great throughout the year. You can also telephone the gardens on 01202 873931. SLOP BOG This is a Local Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest, home to some very special wildlife including Bog Ashpodel, Palmate Newts and several species of damselfly and dragonflies. HARMONT COMMUNITY WOOD AND TOWN POND This is being developed by the Town Council and the King George’s Field Charity into a mini nature reserve and community space. The small site is off Wimborne Road West and offers accessible paths, seating and interpretation boards. FERNDOWN COMMON This is a well used site by walkers and contains several bronze-age tumuli, clay and gravel pits, ponds and boundary enclosures dating to the 18th and 19th centuries offering clues to its past. The Common offers valuable habitat to rare creatures such as the Sand Lizard, Smooth Snake and Dartford Warbler.

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Kingston Lacy

Ferndown Common

Moors Valley Railway



Kingston Lacy, Nr Wimborne Minster, BH21 4EA This is a 17th Century house with a large collection of paintings including Rubens, Van Dyck and Titian together with a collection of Egyptian artefacts. Tel 01202 883402 for more information.

Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Ashley Heath, BH24 2ET The Country Park comprises of 1000 acres of Park and Forest which can be explored on foot or by hiring a bike. You can relax by the lake and browse in the Country Shop and take tea in the 18th century barn restaurant. The Rangers organise a large number of events during the year and the park is open every day except Christmas Day. Further details can be obtained on line at or by telephoning 01425 470721.

Corfe Castle, Wareham, BH20 5EZ These are romantic castle ruins with links to Kingston Lacy. On a fine day there are spectacular views from the castle. Tel 01929 481294 for details of opening hours etc. Brownsea Island, Poole, BH13 7EE Brownsea Island is rich in history and wildlife as well as having connections with the formation of the Scout Movement. There are red squirrels to be seen on the island. The island has been described as “The best place for seeing wildlife in Dorset”. Details of opening hours / ferry services to the island can be obtained by telephoning 01202 707744.

Adventure Wonderland nr Bournemouth Airport, BH23 6BA Dorset’s number one family theme park with rides, an indoor play centre, maze and more.

Studland Beach and Nature Reserve. This is a four mile stretch of sandy beach with views across on fine days to the Isle of Wight. The heathland behind the beach has deer, other wildlife as well as fauna and flora. Further details can also be found on

Wimborne Minster, BH21 1HT Marvel at the Model Town, learn about the area’s history in the Priest’s House Museum (the Museum of East Dorset), enjoy contemporary crafts at picturesque Walford Mill and of course call into the gracious Minster Church itself.

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Bournemouth Aviation Museum (adjacent to Adventure Wonderland) BH23 6BA Hands-on exhibits showing 50 years of aviation history, simulators, models and regular events.

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St Mary’s Church

CHURCHES AND PLACES OF WORSHIP All Churches have a varied and busy programme of community support for all ages. CHURCH OF ENGLAND

St. Mary’s Church, Church Road, Ferndown Rector: Rev. Martin Howard Tel: 01202 876552 Associate Minister: Rev Sarah Pix Tel: 01202 890798 St. Mary’s Parish Office Tel: 01202 897087 All Saints Church, Hampreston & Stapehill Leader: Rev Laurie Clow Tel: 01202 884796 Parish Administrator: Emma Sherred Tel: 01202 881647 St. Marks Church, West Parley Vicar: Rev Charles Booth Tel: 01202 873561


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Ferndown United Church (Baptist and United Reform) 505 Wimborne Road East, Ferndown Minister: Rev. Mike Roberts Tel: 01202 922936 Longham United Reform Church Ringwood Road, Longham, Ferndown Minister: Vacancy Tel: 01202 572210 Hope Church, Ferndown (Non denominational) Heatherlands Centre, Corbin Avenue, Heatherlands, Leader: Mike Mellor Tel: 07541139975 Kingdom Hall (Jehovah’s Witness) 83 Wimborne Road, Stapehill Tel: 01202 840075

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USEFUL CONTACT NUMBERS Police 101 (non emergency)

Tesco in Store Pharmacy, Penny’s Walk, Ferndown

01202 457849 HOSPITALS

Royal Bournemouth Hospital


01202 303626

Fire & Rescue

023 8077 7222

01392 261500 (non emergency) 01202 872222 (Ferndown, non emergency) POST OFFICES Ferndown

01202 873552 Parley Cross

01202 573191 West Moors

01202 593100 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ETC Ferndown Library

01202 874542

Synergy Housing Association

01202 864200

HEALTH CENTRES / DOCTORS SURGERIES Orchid House Practice, Ferndown Medical Centre

01202 897000

Penny’s Hill Practice, Ferndown Medical Centre

01202 897200

Corbin Avenue, Heatherlands

01202 897989

Southampton District Hospital Poole General Hospital

01202 665511

Salisbury District Hospital

01722 336262

St. Leonards Community Hospital

01202 584200 SCHOOLS

Ferndown First School, Mountbatten Drive, BH22 9FB

01202 873747

Parley First School, Glenmoor Road, Ferndown, BH22 8QE

01202 874400

Hampreston C of E VA First School, Hampreston Village, BH21 7LX

01202 573074

Ferndown Middle School, Peter Grant Way, Ferndown, BH22 9UP

01202 876556

Ferndown Upper School, Cherry Grove, Ferndown, BH33 9EY

01202 871243

54 Glenmoor Road



The Bridge House – a City Lodge Hotel, Longham, Ferndown

01202 874302

Boots (No Pharmacy), 68 Victoria Road, Ferndown

01202 877399

Ferndown Pharmacy, 487, Ringwood Road, Ferndown

01202 578828 Carey B & B, West Moors

01202 861159

01202 892666

Premier Inn, Tricketts Cross

Rowlands Pharmacy, 77-79, Victoria Road, Ferndown

Dudsbury Golf Club Hotel and Spa

01202 874460

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBERS “they would appricate your support”

Whether you live in the area or are just visiting, Ferndown offers a range of useful serivces: A E Joliffe & Son, Funeral Director Barrington Centre & Theatre Bay Tree Health Store BBS Chartered Management Accountants Bournemouth Investments Ltd Chianti Restaurant Cinnamon, Indian Restaurant Co-Op Funeral Care Dorset Phoenix, Builder East Dorset Business Network Ferndown Electrical Ferndown Pharmacy Ferndown Physiotherapy Clinic Ferndown Photographic Freedom Mobility GD9, Social Media Hendersons Opticians Ken Allen Family Butchers Lloyds TSB Bank Luff Brook Carter, Solicitors Millside Technology Oakleigh Computers PSP Plumbing & Bathrooms PamPurredPets Parley Cross Pharmacy Pedals Cycle Centre Perry Optometrists Planit Mortgages Prevent Pest Control RT Knight Opticians RK Holman Ltd, Electrical Revigo, Hair & Beauty Salt & Vinegar, Fish & Chips Scissors Salon Southern Domestic, Electrical Striblings, Dentist The Ferndown & West Parley Directory The Merchant of Venice, Deli/Coffee Shop The Practice at Ferndown Ltd, Osteopathy The White Heather, Public House Trevor Philips Barber Shop Virtual Media, Sales, Marketing and PR Worldspan Travel Xerocad, Copying and Stationery 30 FERNDOWN Official Guide

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The Stour at Longham

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Ferndown Official Guide  

The official guide for Ferndown issued with the authority of Ferndown Town Council.