Clubs

Clubs & Societies in Verwood & Three Legged Cross

Our communities offer a rich array of clubs and societies for all interests. The local Guide and Scout groups cater to young members, meeting at the Guide Hall and Scout HQ on Manor Road. Cultural activities include the Fayrewood Singers, the Fireside Theatre, and Forest FM radio.

The community also supports specialised groups like the Ferndown Blind Club, the RAF Association, and various hobby clubs such as dog training, painting, and horticulture.

Additionally, the Rotary Club of Verwood, the Verwood Pantomime Society, and the Verwood & District Rambling Club provide numerous opportunities for social engagement and community involvement.

Guides, Brownies & Rainbows

Verwood Guides, Brownies and Rainbows meet in the Guide Hall on Manor Road.

Rainbows

3rd Verwood “Butterfly” &
3rd Verwood “Ladybird”.

Meetings on alternate Thursdays.

Leader –   Ms. Sue Parkin

Brownies

1st Verwood – Mondays

Leader:  Mrs. Sue Portnell

2nd Verwood – Tuesdays

Leader: Mrs Suzannah Wood

3rd Verwood – Thursdays

Leader: Mrs. Mary Selby

Guides

2nd Verwood – Wednesdays

Leader: Ms. Linda Rose

3rd Verwood – Tuesdays

Leader: Mrs. Kerry Stopa

To register your interest in joining any of these units, please visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.
Any queries regarding the above units can be emailed to the District Commissioner, AJ Windsor –

Three Legged Cross falls under the control of West Moors District.
5th West Moors Brownies meet weekly on a Tuesday 6pm to 7.30pm

For further information please visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.

Scouts, Cubs & Beavers

Scouts are organised in Districts, within which are Scout Groups. A Scout group may include Squirrels, Beavers, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Scout Network. These days, girls, as well as boys, are included.

The Scout District includes Ferndown, West Moors, Verwood and Three Legged Cross, and surrounding towns and villages. The Verwood Scouts are known as 2nd Verwood, with HQ on Manor Road, Verwood, BH31 6DX.

District Commissioner:  Claire Mitchell

Group Scout Leader: Carolyn Inge

Beavers

Tuesdays & Fridays 4.30pm – 5.45pm
Age 6 – 8 years

Leader – Carolyn Inge

Mercury Cub Pack

Wednesdays 6pm – 7.30pm
Age 8 – 10½ years

Leader: Kim Whitehead

Apollo Cubs

Mondays 5.45pm – 7.15pm
Age 8 – 10½ years

Leader: Jacqueline Still

Ararat Scouts

Wednesdays 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Age 10½ – 14½ years

Scout Leader: Matt Jones

Verwood (Tiger) Explorer Unit

Mondays 7.30 pm
Age 14 – 18 years

Contact: Charlie Dixon

Apollo Cubs

Mondays 5.45pm – 7.15pm
Age 8 – 10½ years

Leader: Jacqueline Still

The Fayrewood Singers

The Fayrewood Singers rehearse with Conductor Peter Coole at the Verwood Hub every Tuesday at 2.00pm.

The 20 members enjoy singing various music in two/three parts and put on two yearly performances plus some ‘mini-concerts’ by invitation. All voices are welcome.

For more information please telephone Linda:

Ferndown Blind Club

The Ferndown Blind Club is a friendly, well-established club with blind and visually impaired members from the Verwood and Three Legged Cross area.  It is run entirely by local volunteers under the umbrella of the Dorset Blind Association.

For further details on membership or volunteer work, please telephone:

(or via Social Services)

The Fireside Theatre

The Fireside Theatre was launched in September 2006. The group aimed to promote good theatre by reading quality plays in members’ homes around their fireside. Some members came to read, others just to sit and listen. The local press described the society as an “East Dorset-based group of theatre lovers.”

The Theatre aims to:

  • Provide confidence building to young people who have not yet found the courage to “tread the boards.”
  • Help those who are prevented by their workload from taking an active part in dramatics; this will keep them in contact with the theatre.
  • Support those who have retired from the dramatic world, which will allow them to enjoy a variety of roles once more.

The season is divided into autumn (September to December) and spring (March to June). The December reading always concludes with a Christmas buffet supper. In July, they have a summer luncheon at the home of one of our members.

One of their life members organises trips to professional theatres, such as those in the West End and the major theatres in the South of England.

For further information, please contact:

Glenwood Carlyon, the Co-ordinator on 01202 813517 or
Jenny Brown, the Membership Secretary on 01202 825178.

Forest FM

Forest FM is our local radio station providing news and information. Run by volunteers, the station provides airtime free of charge to any individuals, groups, societies or clubs that are non-commercial concerns.

For further information, please contact:

01202 820003 (Office)

01202 820006 (Studio)

RAF Association

The RAF Association is a Registered Charity with a local Branch and Hall at 34 Leigh Road, Wimborne.

Full membership is open to all serving and ex-service personnel and families. Associate membership is also available. For further information on the branch, social events, and welfare or to enquire about hiring the hall, please contact the Branch Secretary:

Ringwood & Fordingbridge Club for The Blind

The Ringwood & Fordingbridge Club for The Blind offers social contact, entertainment, and advice. Meetings are held twice a month at Greyfriars Activity Centre, Ringwood, and new members are always welcome, including people from Verwood and Three Legged Cross.

The Club is always looking for volunteers and drivers from Verwood and Three Legged Cross to help transport partially sighted people to the Club. 

For more information please phone Mrs Henderson:

Ringwood & Fordingbridge Talking Newspaper

Registered Charity: 1025970

Talking newspapers have been set up in many areas of the British Isles for over 25 years. Most of these are affiliated with the Talking Newspapers Federation.

Although blind and partially sighted people can listen to television and radio, they are cut off from really local news unless a friend or relative can spare the time to read to them. A Talking Newspaper, therefore, fills a need which allows blind and partially sighted people to take an active interest in the local community. 

A blind or partially sighted person may receive a sixty-minute CD each fortnight free of charge. Now includes Verwood and West Moors.

For further information about any of their activities, please contact the Chairman, Mr Peter Ansell:

The Rotary Club of Verwood

Rotary Club logo

Verwood Rotary Club meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm for 7.30pm. The third Tuesday is a social event: we have a meal together at Crane Vally Golf Club with a guest speaker, and on the first Tuesday, we meet at The Hub here in Verwood to discuss our ongoing programme.

Our main fund-raising event of the year is The Rustic Fayre, held at Potterne Park on August Bank Holiday Monday. This event aims to provide a fun day out for all the family while raising funds for local charities and organisations. Other events include the annual Swing Band Dance at the Memorial Hall and Santa’s Grotto at the Christmas Extravaganza.

As part of Rotary International, we help provide shelter boxes and aqua boxes to people suffering from war or natural disasters. One of Rotary’s main objectives is supporting the International Polio Plus Project, which has almost entirely eradicated Polio globally. We also collect and sort the boxes for the annual Shoe Box Appeal to gift Christmas presents to children in need worldwide.

We are a community-based organisation and are happy to support local organisations’ events as needed. We welcome new members throughout the year alongside volunteers for our events, so if you are new to the area or you want to make some new friends, please feel free to contact the Rotary via Facebook (Verwood Rotary) or our website:

Three Legged Cross Dog Training Club

Kennel Club Registered – Established over 50 years
Dog training classes held at Three Legged Cross Village Hall every Tuesday evening 7pm to 10pm.

Beginners to Advanced Level, Kennel Club Good Citizen Tests & Beginners’ courses. Experienced Instructors available at all times.

Contact Rosemary Turner:

3LX Painting for Pleasure

This group provides an opportunity for people who have had lessons to develop and practice their drawing and painting skills. Most painters will agree that getting motivated is their biggest problem; Painting for Pleasure provides and nurtures this motivation.

We provide no formal tuition, but members have a wide range of skills in most media and are always willing to give advice and encouragement to less experienced artists.

The Three Legged Cross venue offers a pleasant atmosphere and plenty of free parking.  The club meets in the Three Cross Village Hall most Mondays between 2pm and 4.30pm. All new members are welcome.

For more details, please contact Jackie Taylor:

Three Legged Cross Short Mat Bowls Club

Runs on a Friday afternoon 2pm – 5pm and again in the evening 7pm – 9.30pm in Three Legged Cross Village Hall.

Chairman: Geoff Green
Club Secretary: Linda Green

For more information, please contact:

Tuesday Afternoon Group

T.A.G. (Tuesday Afternoon Group) meets fortnightly at Verwood Methodist Church 2.30pm – 3.45pm. A friendly group, open to anyone to enjoy a social, varied programme and a cup of tea and biscuit.

For more information, please contact Val:

Verwood Afternoon Townswomen’s Guild

A busy and active guild which meets on the first Thursday of each month at 2pm in the Verwood Memorial Hall. They enjoy a varied programme of activities, events and speakers, both educational and social. An annual holiday and coach trips are also arranged.

For more information, please contact the Hon. Sec. Mrs Sally Jenn-Board:

Verwood Allotment Holders Association

Verwood Allotment Holders Association was created in 2009. Since then, the allotments have matured into an established garden with 34 half plots, some further subdivided into quarter and eighth plots.

A variety of crops are grown, from mixed vegetables to fruit trees, berries, and flowers. There is an active committee that meets regularly to schedule maintenance, improve the site, and organise events. 

For membership and for further information, please or see our website or email our Secretary:

Verwood & District Arts and Craft Society

Meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in the United Reformed Church Hall. A group, not for experts, but for those who enjoy arts and crafts and want to make friends.

There are meetings with speakers, demonstrations and some workshops. The Society organises an annual exhibition of members’ work at a local craft fair. There are also social events during the year. New members are very welcome. 

For more information, please contact Ann Aitken on 07876 288042 or Janet Stride on 01725 517434.

Verwood Bridge Club

Meet at the United Reformed Church Hall at 6.45pm Wednesday evenings. Join them for friendly duplicate bridge.

For further information, please contact Mr Neil Gibson:

Verwood Choral Society

Practices are held at St Michael and All Angels Church, Church Hill, Verwood on Mondays at 7.00pm. All voices are welcome, no experience is necessary. 

Please contact Ann Mayo:

Verwood Concert Brass

Verwood Concert Brass is a brass band organisation that has been an important part of the Verwood community for over 150 years, starting in 1864. We pride ourselves on supporting local events such as the Verwood Carnival and performing sell-out concerts at the Verwood Hub. Our bands have also won many awards through competing in brass band contests.

We have a policy of encouraging players of any standard and age to join us. Even with over 90 members, our doors are always open to brass and percussion players who want to share the delight of making music together. We can achieve this by having numerous bands within the organisation as follows:

Acorns Group

Thursday 6:00pm  – 7:00pm

Tuition for complete beginners of any age.

Community Band

Monday 6:15pm  – 7:45pm

For beginners to early intermediate standard of any age.

Town Band

Tuesday 7:30pm – 9:30pm

3rd Section Band, for intermediate to early advanced players.

Concert Brass Band

Monday & Thursday 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Championship Section Band, for advanced and expert players.

We are a very family friendly organisation with the benefit of our own purpose-built band hall in Moorlands Road. Membership fees are very reasonable and instruments are available for use.

If you are interested in joining us, hiring a band or the band hall, please contact our Secretary, Louisa Elliott:

Verwood & District Horticultural Society

The Society usually meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30pm in the Verwood Memorial Hall. It offers illustrated talks on a variety of topics related to gardens, horticulture, nature, or local interest.

The Society also arranges social events and outings for its members and holds two horticultural shows annually. Visitors or new members are welcome.

For further information, please Contact Ollie Greensmith (Chairman):

or visit the website for further details:

Verwood & District Rambling Club

We are a friendly and active walking group that organises three walks each week:

On Tuesdays, a three to four-mile easy walk on level ground, with no styles; on Wednesdays, a slightly more challenging walk of five to six miles; and on alternate Fridays and Saturdays, up to ten miles for the more experienced walker.

In the summer months, we also offer a Sunday walk of medium length.

For the current programme and an application form, please visit www.verwoodramblers.org.uk
or contact Ron Walmsley on 07874 703300.

Verwood Evening Townswomen’s Guild

Verwood Evening Townswomen’s Guild is a small, friendly group that meets at 7.30pm on the second Thursday of each month at the United Reformed Church Hall, Manor Road. We are always looking for new members or visitors.

We have a varied programme, and if anyone would like more information or to come along, please get in touch with Carol Weaver:

Verwood Evening W.I.

Verwood Evening W.I. meets at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of the month in the United Reformed Church Hall, Manor Road. It is a friendly and sociable group offering a varied programme of speakers, activities, and outings. So, if you’re new to the area or have some time, come along and meet some new friends.

For more information, please contact Annette Williams:

Verwood Friendship Club

The Verwood Friendship Club is a popular social club for the elderly residents of the local community. They meet on the second Thursday of each month between 2.15 and 4.15pm at the Verwood Memorial Hall, providing a lively afternoon of entertainment, refreshments, and a raffle.

During the summer months, they arrange additional outings to local places of interest and a New Year’s Lunch in January. Transport to and from the meetings can usually be provided if you cannot make your own way there.

For more details, please contact Lesley Ralph:

Verwood Pantomime Society

Verwood Pantomime Society was formed in 1984 and has grown from a small group of friends performing in the village hall to a large society now performing in Verwood’s own theatre at the Hub. 

The Society meets throughout the year for social events and holds a Read-Through and Auditions in September. Once a cast is chosen, they rehearse once or twice a week until the show in the last week of January.

New members are always welcome from school year 7 upwards, and there is no maximum age. Tickets will go on sale at the Hub starting November 1st.

For more information, please visit www.verwoodpantomimesociety.co.uk, or call Clive Matthews on 01202 821802.

Verwood Probus Club

Verwood Probus Club is the local branch of a national organisation for retired and semi-retired professionals and businessmen. The club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at Crane Valley Golf Club for lunch, followed by a guest speaker, and organises other social events.

For more information, please contact Peter Richardson, Verwood Probus Secretary:

or visit the website for further details:

Verwood & Three Legged Cross Dementia Friendly Community Association

The Society provides fun physical and mental activities for carers and people living with memory loss in a supportive, friendly, social group. They meet on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at St. Michael’s Church Meeting Room, Church Road, Verwood, BH31 5DZ –

1st and 3rd Wednesday at 11am -12.15pm
2nd Wednesday 2.30pm – 3.45pm

All are very welcome!

For further details, please contact Ann Mayo:

or visit their website:

Verwood & Three Legged Cross Twinning Association

In 1985, Verwood Town Council decided to twin with nine French communities in Champtoceaux, an area on the river Loire between Nantes and Angers. In 1992, Verwood also twinned with the small German town of Liederbach am Taunus, close to Frankfurt. 

We celebrate the twinners in the names Champtoceaux Avenue, Liederbach Drive, Champtoceaux Green, and Liederbach Green. In 2005, the town’s achievements in promoting international friendship were recognised when it was awarded the European Diploma.

In 2007, the town was further honoured with the European Flag of Honour. Plaques and photographs marking the formal twinning ceremonies, the Diploma and the Flag of Honour are on display in the Town Council chamber. Various gifts from the twin towns are displayed in the Council offices, the Library and the Heritage Centre. 

The Association organises monthly members’ evenings during winter and various social events and outings during summer. Members visit one of our twin towns each year or host French or German visitors. 

New members are always welcome; membership costs £4 per person annually. An introductory leaflet and copies of the latest newsletter are available from the Council offices, the Library or the Heritage Centre.

For further details, please phone Clive Grove:

or visit their website:

Verwood U3A

Verwood u3a is a charity for people who are no longer in full-time employment. It runs a range of groups, activities, and events that offer social, physical, creative, educational, musical, and recreational opportunities to people in our local community. 

For more information about their activities and how to become a member, please visit their website:

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