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Dorset Women’s Day 2013

This year’s Women’s Day will take place on Saturday March 9th 2013 from 10AM – 4PM Dorford Centre Dorchester.  The event celebrates International Woman’s Day this year being celebrated on 8th March.

Admission to this event 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.

There will be something for everyone from a host of stallholders promoting everything relating to womanhood as well as a varied and exciting range of workshops.  These will include:-

  • The Poetry of Divorce – by WAND patron Tracey West – Poet, author and broadcaster
  • Jewellery making – with long-time WAND supporter Cath Coffin –  local artist and instructor
  • Singing Workshop – with WAND member Hilary Foggo
  • House of Colour – presented by Vicky Gray – a welcome return to a WAND favourite!
  • Basket weaving – with Cath Prately: £10.00 (please book in advance)

New this year will be THE RUMMAGE ROOM – an opportunity for people to donate any unwanted women’s clothes, accessorises and books (all clean and in good condition) and pick up something new to you – GOK WAN style comes to Dorchester!  Proceeds will go to WAND to support other events.

Click here to see the Final Programme DWD 2013 (4 March) (subject to minor changes).

Further information can be obtained from Emma on 01305 252204 or Toni on 01305 848689

If you would like to have a stall at this event or simply like to learn more about WAND, please get in touch.



Reclaim the Night 2012: a fantastic night

Reclaim 2012

Here is a photo from the Reclaim the Night event on Saturday to highlight the International end Violence Against Women day and campaign that was held by the Women’s Action Network Dorset (WAND) at Dorchester Town Hall on Saturday night.The event began with a drumming workshop with the excellent ‘Organic Rhythm’.  Once we were warmed up and had learnt some samba rhythms, we took to the streets, despite the rain, with our drums beating out a shared song to ‘reclaim the streets’.  We had a great response form those brave locals who were also out in the rain and had people joining in and dancing as well as waving us on.

Then we went back to the Town hall where we had a shared supper and held an auction to raise money for children living in the West Dorset Refuge this Christmas.

The auction prizes were donated by local business, who despite difficult times were extremely generous and helped WAND to raise over £200 which will be used for the children living in the refuge this Christmas to go to the pantomime and give them a bit of money to buy a present for their mum.

Despite the terrible weather conditions we had a good turnout for this event which helps to remind people of the very serious and devastating harm caused by living with domestic violence and abuse.  You can see an article from Dorset Echo at:

If there are any women out there who are suffering in this way there are places that they can go for help. They can call the West Dorset Refuge helpline which is staffed 24 hours a day on 01305 262444 or contact the countywide outreach service – Youfirst on 0800 0325204.

Reclaim the Night 2012

Reclaim will be taking to the streets on Saturday 24 November to highlight International End Violence Against Women Week. The march, preceded by a drum workshop at the Town Hall is an annual event, and is supported by West Dorset District Council.

The female only event begins at 7pm at Dorchester Town Hall. Following the march, a light supper and charity auction will take place at the Town Hall.  The auction will be raising funds to  provide a Christmas treat for the children who will be living at West Dorset Women’s Refuge over the Christmas period, and will also help provide them with an allowance to buy a Christmas present for their mums.

Please help us to promote the event by forwarding this email on to anyone you think might be interested in joining us and also putting up a poster (if you would like me send a hard copy just let me know).

Tickets for the Reclaim the Night event, which includes a light supper, and the auction, can be purchased priced £3 from West Dorset Tourist Information Centres. Call Emma 01305 252204 for more information, details on how to donate an item, or to buy a ticket for the event.

Craft Bitch sessions postponed

We’ve decided to postpone Craft Bitch at least until the new year – more details to follow in 2013.

Dorset Volunteer Centre Awards 2012

WAND was awarded by the Dorset Volunteer Centre Awards at a ceremony on 25 October 2012 for our work on raising awareness of dometic violence and abuse.  Thank you for our nomination.

No Excuse for Abuse – Friday 9th March

Through our partnership with Fairplay SW we are hosting a conference on domestic violence and abuse at Kingston Maurward on Friday March 9th

The aim of the conference is to challenge attitudes and behaviors that give rise to sexual violence and perpetrates myths around rape.  There will be a focus on the rights of victims, and ways to access support for those expereincing domestic violence and abuse.

The full programme will be circulated shortly , so make sure you are on our mailing list to receive an invite email :

Crafty Bitch – Next Session Saturday 7th July

Crafty Bitch Sessions run on the First Saturday of every month, except December, and take place in the Dorset Youth Association HQ in Lubbecke Way Dorchester- next to the Ambulance HQ ( note – NOT Dorchester Youth Club on Kings Road ! )

Bring your own lunch – we provide the drinks ( and sometimes cake if we’ve been baking) – cost £2.50 to cover the hall hire

They are open to women of all ages and abilities, and any craft is welcome – knitting sewing, beading, scrapbooking… whatever you do is fine by us!