We’ll be posting the detials here soon – it’s going to be another fantastic year!
Another 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.
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).
Dorset Women’s Week runs from 6 – 14 March 2015 and includes:
A free talk entitled “Rwanda’s Women – Stories of Courage, Forgiveness and Resilience during the Genocide & the Journey of Rebuilding”. The talk is taking place on Friday 6 March at the West Dorset District Council offices in Dorchester. The speaker, activist and humanitarian, Carl Wilkens, will share his experiences of remaining in Rwanda during the genocide of 1994. We are happy to offer a free buffet from 12.30pm-1pm. The talk itself is taking place from 1pm-2pm. Booking is essential (call 01305 252204 or email email@example.com).
In the evening of the 6 March WAND are hosting a Question Time style debate with key parliamentary candidates standing to represent West Dorset. The Women’s Manifesto event is being held at the Town Hall in Dorchester from 8pm-9pm (doors open 7.30pm). The audience will be able to put their questions to candidates so that they can explain what they’re planning on doing for women in Dorset around topics such as equal pay, women’s representation, childcare and health. The debate will be chaired by BBC Radio Solent’s afternoon show presenter Katie Martin. Again booking is essential and questions must be submitted in advance – click here for more information on how to book and submit a question.
Other Dorset Women’s Week events include some wonderful performances and activities taking place in Bridport hosted by local group Bridfem. Plus there are some fantastic offers to try something new at a local leisure centre. Also there is an uplifting nature inspired talk on offer from the RSPB showing how the organisation was set up by a group of women in 1889 as well as the chance to try out a very relaxing and creative movement and yoga session known as Shakti Dance. Plus there will be free goody bags available throughout the week – but you will have to read the programme to find out where from!
Dorset Women’s Week culminates with the 10th annual Dorset Women’s Day to be hosted by WAND! This will take place at the Dorford Centre Dorchester on Saturday 14 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 performances including: crochet, jewellery making, self empowerment techniques and creative writing. Plus we’re offering a delicious cookery demonstration that will teach you how to make authentic Italian style bread and home made ravioli.
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.
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. On the day there will be more.
Please note that free hard copies of the programme will also be available from the following locations:
- Bridport, Dorchester, Sherborne and other local Libraries
- Bridport, Dorchester and Sherborne Tourist Information Centres
- Bridport Arts Centre
- Dorchester Town Council
- Bridport Town Council
- West Dorset District Council
- Sherborne Town Council
- Oxley Sports Centre – Sherborne
- Gryphon Sports Centre – Sherborne
- Naturalife – Antelope Walk, Dorchester
- Waterstones – Dorchester
- Local Village Halls
We hope you can join us!
To launch a week of activities to celebrate international Women’s Day, WAND are hosting a Question Time style debate with key parliamentary candidates standing to represent West Dorset.
The Women’s Manifesto event is being held on Friday 6 March at the Town Hall in Dorchester, DT1 1HF and doors will open at 7.30pm – the debate itself taking place from 8pm-9pm.
Key representatives including Oliver Letwin (Conservative MP), Rachel Rogers (Labour candidate), David Glossup (UKIP candidate), Peter Barton (Green candidate) and Ros Kayes (Liberal Democrat candidate) have all confirmed they will be attending the event.
During the session itself, the audience will put their questions to the candidates, so that they can explain what they’re planning on doing for women in Dorset around topics such as equal pay, women’s representation, childcare and health. Questions may relate to local concerns or reflect national issues.
The debate will be chaired by BBC Radio Solent’s afternoon show presenter Katie Martin.
Katie says “It’s great to be involved in an event such as this, where women from all walks of life can make their voices heard, and for those in the positions of power in our community to put the issues that matter to women in Dorset at the top of the agenda.”
Places are limited so book your free place here.
For the opportunity to get involved, please submit your question below by 4pm on Wednesday 4 March – contributors will then be invited to pose their query on the night (so don’t forget to book your place above).