The centre will open as
follows but special events may have extended hours :-
09:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Monday -
Festivals & Fairs
- ex, Sun
1st Oct 2011
in the Pottery
The New Pottery
Exhibition is -
- Entrance FREE
- Coffee Shop entry FREE
Verwood Temperence Banner
the Heritage Centre project for
Verwood Temperance banner at the VHHC is an unusual survivor and is more
than a century old. It had to be taken down from the wall in the
Heritage Centre in 2007, partly because the silk from which it is made
was slowly perishing and also because it occupied a position where the
new projector screen was required to go. Since then it has been kept
boxed up in the loft of the Heritage Centre.
part of a VHHC project the banner was
carfully unrolled and hung so that your webmaster could take a high
definition picture in order that it could be printed on
material and put back on display.
Silver Star Tent No 2066 I.O.R
Verwood. (Circa 1891)
stands for the Independant Order of Rechabites and the Rechabites were
inspired by Rechab in the Old Testament who commanded his followers not
to drink wine and to live in tents. The name was adopted by those who
joined the Temperence Movement in the nineteenth century.
late victorian times when many people lived in poverty, drink was a
serious problem and was responsible for damaging many peoples lives. The
Methodist Church played a prominent part in the way that the Rechabite
motto 'Peace and Plenty - The Rewards of Temperance' is echoed by the
images on the banner shield. The sun and moon is a reminder that
temperence was a twenty-four obligation and the beehives are a reminder
Replica copy of the banner can be seen on display in the Heritage
new book about Verwood has been published in 2010,
Hall Jubilee Book"
recounts 50 years of memories and anecdotes with photos, some in colour,
of the Verwood Memorial Hall.
It is now on sale priced at £6 at the Verwood Heathland Heritage
Centre (9am – 12 noon, Mon. to Sat.).
Copies can also be ordered by post at £7 inc. post and
Angela Daymond, 24 Aspen Drive,
Verwood BH31 6TE.
(make cheques payable to Verwood Memorial Hall Trust),
Priced at £7.50 it can
be obtained from
Verwood Heathland Heritage
Dorset Family History Society
Priest’s House Museum,
Please visit the the Historical
Society Website for information about Postal Copies
What do you
want to know?
"Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre" project has
preserved and restored a unique Primitive Country Pottery
workshop, providing a Heritage Centre focusing on the Dorset
Heathland and local Crafts. The picture shows the Centre
pictured from Ferrett's Green.
The Exhibition Area,
contained in the original Potters' Workshop, has been
extended for further Exhibition Space and a Research Centre.
This extension was opened on the 13th June 2005 by the
Marquess of Salisbury.
The Initial Phase was also
officially opened by the
Rt. Hon, the Viscount Cranborne (now the Marquess of
Salisbury), Patron of the Centre, on Friday 28th February
The Coffee Shop and a
Gift Shop serves Tea, Filter Coffee, Hot Chocolate, soft
drinks, biscuits and locally home made cakes at reasonable
prices and in a convivial atmosphere. Don't forget your FREE 2nd cup of
Open to all!
The centre serves all
whatever their age, beliefs and culture. There is
wheelchair access to all the public areas of the building.
There is no entrance
How can I help?
a "Friend of Verwood Heathland Heritage
Centre" and offer your time, services, knowledge,
to its success more help is always needed for people to work
in the Coffee Shop and act as Stewards.
Please contact the Verwood Heritage Centre on: +44
(0)1202 900207 (during opening hours)