WAND AGM 2016 – “Keep Young and Beautiful”

WAND AGM 2016This year we are excited to welcome Trisha Lewis to our AGM who will be giving us important advice from a 1950 women!

The AGM is on Wednesday 13 July from 6pm to 7.30 at the Borough Garden’s House, West Walks Dorchester, DT1 1RE.

Come along for a delicious cream tea, hear about what WAND has been up to over the last year and join us for some important advice from an earlier era.

 

 

Trisha LewisTRISHA LEWIS: “KEEP YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL”

A very amusing look at the health and beauty and relationship advice for women during the 1950s! Trisha (as 1950s woman) shares advice from REAL books and magazines – advice that she is going to pass on to her daughter who is having… um…. ‘marriage difficulties’. 

A Fantastic Dorset Women’s Week 2016!

Credit: Claire Vera

Credit: Claire Vera

A huge thank you to everyone who was involved in Dorset Women’s Week 2016 – what a week!

We talked about knickers and body confidence; we learnt to deal with stress and make jewellery; heard from (or about) some inspiring women; and we ate cake!

The week ended with another amazing Dorset Women’s Day!  Over 400 women came through the door and there was a brilliant atmosphere.

Also thank you to everyone who gave us their feedback on the day – we’ll use this to help plan next year!  Congratulations to Mrs D Harris from Weymouth who was picked out the hat as the winner of some fabulous prizes.

“This is a great event, lots of information, classes to try new things and meet interesting people. wil come again next year.” Danielle

“Brilliant Day.  Whoever got Kate Adie should be congratulated.” Jemma

“Fabulous feel good event.2 Jackie

So again a massive thank you to the organising team, the volunteers helping on the day, all the workshop leaders, the stall holders and everyone who came on the day (and the week) to make it such a special time.

See some highlights below from Dorset Women’s Day!

A thank you to Claire Vera for the following photos.

Dorset Women’s Week – programme launched!

Dorset Women's Week Poster 2016WAND is thrilled to launch the Programme for Dorset Women’s Week!

Running from 5 to 12 March it is in celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2016.

The week begins with a performance from Rosemary Hawthorne – aka the Knicker Lady! Rosemary, much loved actress, fashion historian and author, will be bringing her famous collection of knickers – and other things to the Brownsword Hall in Poundbury (Dorchester) on Saturday the 5th March from 7.30pm-9.30pm. Tickets at £12 are available here.

Other Dorset Women’s Week activities include: the opportunity to visit the Dorset History Centre and discover some surprising stories of women who have lived and worked in Dorset. You are also invited to a friendly evening session at the Winterbourne Hospital when you can get free advice and information on a range of women’s health issues. Or you could attend an empowering workshop to build your body confidence, join a stress busting workshop and learn techniques to manage your stress levels. Perhaps you would like to learn how to craft a beautiful necklace or spend an afternoon watching the film Suffragette. WAND also encourage you to join in with a very relaxing yoga class, attend a talk to hear the reflections of a female chief constable or join a unique session where you can develop your assertiveness skills through working with horses. If music is more your thing there is an inspiring concert programmed with singer-song writer Magdalena Atkinson. Plus you could take part in an uplifting guided nature walk with the RSPB or participate in some really super sports and leisure activities in Gillingham, Portland or Sherborne.

Dorset Women’s Day

Dorset Women’s Week culminates with the 11th annual Dorset Women’s Day to be hosted by WAND! This will take place at the Dorford Centre Dorchester on Saturday 12 March from 10am – 3.30pm. Regular attenders of the event will know that it offers something for everyone and this year is no exception. The day will be packed with a varied and exciting range of workshops and including: photography, crochet, mindfulness, jewellery making, laughter yoga, painting, singing and card making. Plus Gabriela Lerner, established Raw Food Nutrition and Health Coach will introduce you to the amazing health benefits of raw food and how you can easily integrate raw food into your diet.

A highlight for this year is that the esteemed author and broadcaster, Kate Adie who became a familiar figure to viewers through her work as BBC Chief News Correspondent, will be giving a talk entitled “A correspondent’s life”. Kate will share with her audience insights into her career, including how she came into journalism and key and historic moments she has faced. Reserve a place at Kate Adie’s talk here.

There will also be a range of stallholders promoting everything relating to womanhood with the opportunity to find some wonderful hand made items.

And following the success of last year, the RUMMAGE ROOM is back again! This is an opportunity for people to donate any unwanted woman’s clothes, accessorises and books (all clean and in good condition) and pick up something new to you. Proceeds will go to WAND to support other events.

WAND patron Tracey West – broadcaster and author says “as a proud Patron of WAND You have no idea how excited I am that this year’s Dorset Women’s Day is upon us. In recent months, I have been personally reminded of how hard it can be to dust yourself down from a painful past and to find your mojo again. Rising up above a difficult situation that you are seemingly unable to influence, is exhausting – I am sure our special guest this year, Kate Adie, will testify to that – but rise up above it you must. Dorset Women’s Week offers a crash course on precisely how to do it. You need a sprinkling of uplifting friends and sisterly support, you need creative projects and free workshops to immerse yourself in and kindred spirits within your circle who will not judge you. You need a boost to your self esteem and to believe in yourself again – get involved in Dorset Women’s Week and feast on the positive energy that surrounds it! I look forward to seeing you there”.

Admission to Dorset Women’s Day is free and is open to women of all ages and backgrounds.

Free crèche facilities will be available together with the opportunity to purchase delicious home-made cakes and refreshments lovingly prepared by WAND volunteers.

For full details of Dorset Women’s Week activities please check the Programme and contact the organisers directly.

Please note that free hard copies of the programme will also be available from the following locations (from 19 February):

  • Bridport, Dorchester, Sherborne and other local Libraries
  • Bridport, Dorchester, Sherborne and Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centres
  • Bridport Arts Centre
  • Dorchester Town Council
  • Bridport Town Council
  • West Dorset District Council
  • Sherborne Town Council
  • Oxley Sports Centre – Sherborne
  • Riversmeet Leisure Centre – Gillingham
  • Waterstones – Dorchester
  • Local Village Halls
  • Other locations – keep your eyes peeled

All details correct at time of press but may be subject to change.

The Knicker Lady! Tickets now on sale

The Knicker LadyWe are thrilled to announce that tickets are now available for the first of our announced events for this years Dorset Women’s Week – a performance from Rosemary Hawthorne aka The Knicker Lady!

Rosemary, much loved actress, fashion historian and author, will be bringing her famous collection of knickers – and other things to the Brownsword Hall in Poundbury (Dorchester) on Saturday the 5th March from 7.30pm-9.30pm.

Tickets cost £12 and are available via Eventbrite at www.theknickerlady.eventbrite.co.uk

Rosemary is happy to amuse, as she lifts each spry or weary vintage garment (it could be a hat, dress, bag, pair of boots, vest… suspenders) and, holding them aloft, makes a passing comment that has an audience in fits of laughter.

Rosemary Hawthorne has been described as ‘The Joyce Grenfell of Knickers’ and as ‘…having the style and timing of pure comic genius’.

For more information about the event please contact Emma Scott on 01305 252204

It’s almost time for Dorset Women’s Week and Women’s Day 2016!

DWD bannerPlans are progressing well for this year’s Dorset Women’s Week.  Running from 5 to 12 March the week will culminate in our 11th Dorset Women’s Day on Saturday 12 March.

We’ll be posting the detials here soon – it’s going to be another fantastic year!

WAND Reclaim’s the Night in Style

Reclaim 2015 WelcomeThis year’s Reclaim the Night Charity auction raised a fantastic £1,181 for the West Dorset women’s refuge!

It was a brilliant evening which included some drumming and a short march through town as well as a delicious supper followed by an auction where loads of great prizes had been donated.

The event was held to highlight issues of violence against women and to raise cash to help pay for Christmas in the refuge – including giving the children living there some money to buy a present for their mum and pay for them to go to the panto.

Lyme Regis author Tracey West has been a devoted Patron of WAND for five years and explains, “I am so proud to be a part of this incredible, vital resource for our community. The West Dorset Women’s Refuge and its sister organisation, the Women’s Action Network Dorset, work tirelessly to help countless women and children who are suffering at the hands of domestic violence perpetrators. As long as the crucial funding of this service continues, there will always be a safe haven for those who need it. The Reclaim the Night walk and auction is one of my favourite ways of raising money and awareness of the refuge. Thank you to every one who kindly donated prizes for the auction, there really was something for everyone and it helped us raised a record amount of money this year, which will make more of a positive difference than you’ll ever know.”

We would like to give a huge thank all those who helped by donating a prize or some money including their own members, Magna Housing, Jackie Yeoman, Audrey Burch, The HorseCourse, and local shops and businesses – SGM Hair, Tesco, Poundbury Garden Centre, Cook, Service Master, Waitrose, Walnut Grove, Gould’s, Alice’s Teddy Bear Shop, Vivo Lounge, Waterstones, Ford Farm, the Melbury Gallery, Serenity, Cakes by Cherie, The Horse with the Red Umbrella, Martildo, Lush, Neolimn Photography, Lush and all the museums in Dorchester!

In addition to the money raised, ethically minded local company Lush provided some gorgeous goody boxes for the refuge to give to the mums and their children.

Reclaim the Night 2015 is coming!

Reclaim 2015 PosterThis year’s Reclaim the Night event will be held on Saturday 28 November from 7pm-11pm at the Town Hall in Dorchester.

As usual WAND is hosting the event to link in with “International End Violence Against Women Day” held each year on 25 November.

Tickets cost £3, to be bought on the door, and include a drumming workshop with the wonderful Organic Rhythm, a buffet supper and a charity auction. The main event of the evening will be a short march through the Dorchester streets to ‘Reclaim the Night’.

The money raised from the auction will go to the the women and kids at West Dorset Woman’s Refuge, including enabling the e children to buy a present for their mums just from them. Last year we raised £480 at event (including a couple of generous donations).

Following the success of last year we are welcoming anyone who wishes to support an end to violence against woman so this will not be a female only event and is open to everyone. There was a real family atmosphere last year so please come along to event which promises to be a fun event despite its serious message.

If you’d like to donate a prize for the auction please contact wanddorset@gmail.com.

Our AGM Invitation

WAND AGM 2015 PosterWAND invites you to our AGM for 2015 which is being held on Wednesday 8 July from 6pm at the Borough Gardens House in Dorchester.

As well as the usual AGM business and a delicious cream tea, we are excited to welcome Fiona Heckels who will be giving a talk (and demo) entitled “Lovely for Ladies, Garden Herbs for Wellness and Nurture”.

Fiona is a local herbalist with many years experience and training who runs a business with her friend Karen called Sensory Solutions.  Fiona believes that our local environment contains all we need for a medicinal cabinet and this talk will introduce you to local herbs and plants that you can use to improve your health and well being.

Please email wanddorset@gmail.com or phone Emma on 01305 252204 if you have any queries.

The Borough Gardens are located on the south west end of Borough Gardens – the nearest car park is Fairfield (the location of the market).

View a printable version of the poster here.

Inspirational Woman Awards

Venus Awards LogoThis year Bournemouth University is supporting the Venus Awards (http://www.venusawards.co.uk/Dorset).

The award in question is the Inspirational Woman Award – for a woman that goes out of her way to help others.  Bournemouth university are keen that they receive nominations for female unsung heroes in the community.

In order to nominate you need follow this link: http://valasystem.com/login where you will be asked to register and fill in a short online form.  The nominations are now open and close on the 28 May 2015.

Cook the Italian Way – recipes from Dorset Women’s Day

DWD 2015 CookingA huge thank you to Anne Reed for giving us her recipes.

For those who were not at the workshop OO is an Italian flour which is graded by colour (English flour is graded by both colour and by gluten content or strength (e.g. plain, strong, extra strong).

 

Bread Dough

  • 1kg OO* flour
  • 300g semolina
  • 35g salt
  • 50g fresh yeast
  • 200ml extra virgin oil
  • 600ml 37° water

Sieve the flour, semolina and salt together. Whisk the yeast in to the water.  Then stir in the oil.  Pour the liquid into the dry and mix to a dough. knead well until it is smooth and pliable.  Put in a large oiled bowl and cover with cling film.  Place in a warm area of the kitchen until double in size.  When ready divide up to make a variety of different items.   Re-prove again before baking.

Pasta Dough

  • 300g OO* flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • Pinch of salt

Beat the eggs lightly.  Sieve the flour and salt together.  Combine and mix to a smooth dough.  Wrap in cling film and leave to rest for at least an hour.  Roll out on a well floured board and use as required.

Enjoy!