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!

Dorset Women’s Day another huge success!

DWD 2015 Main Hall 2Another fantastic Dorset Women’s Day was held on 14 March at the Dorford Centre in Dorchester.  Around 350 people attended the event and over 270 workshop spaces were taken up plus demonstrations and talks in the main hall from cooking the Italian way to stress busting techniques to crochet to the experiences of a local female plumber.

Do have a look at some of our photos from the day in the gallery below (please add any of your own to our facebook page).

WAND would like to say a big thank you to those who made the day so special from the workshop leaders to the stall holders to all those that volunteered at Dorset Women’s Day helping it all to run smoothly.  As one stall holder said, it is the “highlight of her calendar” – and it is ours too!

Thank you to our sponsors including Vitabiotics Wellwoman, Dorset Tea and the wonderful Lush who generously provided lots of lovely items for goody bags.  Also thank you to Carluccios for donating an amazing prize – the lucky winner was Jane Jones from Poole – thank you to eveyone who gave us their feedback on the day (see a selection of comments below).

WAND would also like to thank all those who contributed to Dorset Women’s Week including our partners Bridfem who hosted a range of fantastic event in Bridport, the Dorset Library service, the Gryphon Leisure Centre, Naturalife health food shop, Oxley Sports Centre and the RSBP.

We’ve already starting planning for 2016 – a date for the diary Saturday 12 March 2016 is the next Dorset Women’d Day!

If anyone would like to get more involved in WAND then they just need to email Wanddorset@gmail.com or give Emma a call on 01305 252204.

Just a few comments about Dorset Women’s Day:

“Thank you for all your hard work in organising a very fun and inspiring day.  I loved the workshop – I chose art and creative writing and can’t wait to get my pencils and pens out at home.”  Anthea, Dorchester

“It was a well organised and wonderful event. I am so pleased to be part of it.” Deepali, Broadmayne

“What a well organised event. Great mix of stalls that complemented each other and a really lovely atmosphere.” Cathy, Bournemouth

“Powerful. Explosive. Dynamic. Informative. Empowering. Important. Just some of the words that immediately come to mind.” Marlene , Dorchester

“My first visit but it wont be my last.  Really enjoyed my day. Lots of new and different things to learn and enjoy.” Jane, Dorchester

More comments to be added later.

 

Parliamentary candidates quizzed at the Women’s Manifesto

Getting reading for the Hustings - left to right: Ros Kayes (Lib/Dem), David Glossop (UKIP), Katie Martin (chair – BBC Radio Solent presenter), Peter Barton (Green), Rachel Rogers (Labour), Oliver Letwin (Conservative).

Getting reading for the Hustings – left to right: Ros Kayes (Lib/Dem), David Glossop (UKIP), Katie Martin (chair – BBC Radio Solent presenter), Peter Barton (Green), Rachel Rogers (Labour), Oliver Letwin (Conservative).

On Friday 6 March WAND held a Question Time style event with parliamentary candidates for West Dorset to launch a week of activities and offers to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The panel, which included Oliver Letwin MP (Conservative), Ros Kayes (Lib/Dem), Rachel Rogers (Labour), Peter Barton (Green) and David Glossop (UKIP) were asked 4 questions relating to women’s issues and how they proposed addressing them.

Topics covered included improving safety for local women and tackling domestic violence, reducing the impact of austerity which has particularly adversely affected women, improving equality and representation for women in all walks of life, and safeguarding workers from exploitation through the use of zero hour contracts.

The evening, which was held at the Town Hall in Dorchester, was very well attended and those who went said what an interesting an informative session it had been.

Emma Scott, WAND member, said “ It was a very lively and animated evening and it was obvious that the people who came were very engaged with the political process and concerned to hear what the prospective candidates had to say. Many of the topics covered also relate to men and of course equality is an issue that both genders should be concerned with so it was good to see lots of men coming to the evening too. It was a great debate and a good way to really learn more about those that are seeking to represent us in Parliament. I would certainly encourage anyone who could not make it to this event to attend one of the other public hustings that are being organised in the run up to the election – details should appear on candidates websites”.

WAND would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped run the debate and in particular Katie Martin, BBC Radio Solent’s afternoon show presenter, who chaired the discussion. Katie did a great job of making sure that we heard from all of the candidates and that they answered the questions posed fully.

WAND will be ending the week with our flagship Dorset Women’s Day at the Dorford Centre in Dorchester. This event, which is free to attend, includes 25 different workshop sessions where women can learn a whole range of new skills from how to crochet to basic plumbing.

For more information contact Emma Scott on 01305 252204 or pick up a programme at your local library, West Dorset Tourist Information Centre or at Waterstones in Dorchester.

Less than a week until Dorset Women’s Week!

Dorset Women's Week 2015 Window TICIt’s nearly here and it’s promising to be a fantastic week – Dorset Women’s Week kicks off on Friday 6 March.

Check out the full programme (or pdf version) to see what’s on – events and activities are taking place in Bridport, Dorchester and Sherborne.

There are still places at the talk on Rwanda’s Women and at the Women’s Manifesto both on 6 March – booking essential for both these events.  Contact Emma on 01305 252204 to book the Rwanda’s Women talk.  Don’t forget to submit your question for the Women’s Manifesto and book a place here.

If you’re in Dorchester check out our window display in the Tourism Information Centre which focuses on Dorset Women’s Day on 14 March (details of the day are included in the programme).