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Reclaim the Night 2018 Invitation

Reclaim the Night 2018 Poster

Everyone in Dorset is invited to join WAND for our tenth annual Reclaim the Night event on 24 November, from 6.30-10.30 at the Town Hall in Dorchester (upstairs at the Corn Exchange, DT1 1HF).

WAND – Women’s Action Network Dorset – is hosting the night to link in with “International End Violence Against Women Day” held each year on 25 November.

Tickets cost £5, 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 march through the streets is our way of raising awareness of the vulnerability faced by many women through domestic violence and abuse, rape, and honour-based violence.  While the event has a serious theme, it’s a really fun evening.

The money raised from the auction will go to support the Dorset Women’s Crisis and Information Centre and The Shores (Sexual Abuse Referral Centre) in Bournemouth to support their valuable work.  Last year we raised over £650 at event.

We are again welcoming anyone who wishes to contribute towards ending violence against woman – so this will not be a female only event – it is open to everyone.

While WAND recognises that domestic violence doesn’t just affect women and that men can also be subjected to it, as a women’s organisation Reclaim the Night is still focused on support for women.

So please come along to our friendly event which promises a fun evening despite its serious message.

If you would like to donate a prize for the charity auction please contact: wanddorset@gmail.com or call 07956 896114.

Download poster here.

For more information or if you would like to make a donation to the charity auction please contact wanddorset@gmail.com or call 07956 896114.

 

WAND AGM 2018 – Dorset’s Rebellious Women

The WAND AGM 2018 will be held on Wednesday 18 July, from 6pm-7.30pm at Borough Garden’s House Dorchester.  After a short report from the chair about our activities over the last year, treasurers report and the election of our core group and key officers there will time for networking and a delicious cream tea!  The whole event is free to attend.

We are excited to guest speaker, Harriet Still, join us to talk about the Radical Dorset Project and Dorset’s rebellious women.

The Radical Dorset project was carried out by Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum in Dorchester, with a group of local, young volunteers. Along the way, the group unearthed records of Dorset women who had stood up for what they believed in, in very different ways.  In September, the Radical Dorset project will make way for the Rebellious Sounds Archive.  This project was created by Dreadnought South West, with HLF funding, to record the oral histories of women in the South West who wanted to share their stories of activism.  It picks up where Radical Dorset leaves off, charting the ongoing stories of women who have rebelled against injustice today.

Harriet, Shire Hall’s Events and Exhibitions Manager, will go through some of the fascinating accounts of these radical Dorset women at the AGM, as well as linking to the recent stories collected as part of the Rebellious Sounds Archive and the way that you can contribute to this project.

Harriet said “I’m really excited to be sharing these stories of Dorset women of the past with Dorset women of today.  Working within a courthouse that was dominated by men until 1919, it was really interesting to discover these cases of women who found ways of rebelling against politics or injustice outside of the legal system. I’m delighted to be able to bring this legacy into the present with the Rebellious Sounds Archive touring here in September, and to be able to share this opportunity to record contemporary stories”.

WAND Chair said: “Our AGM is a great opportunity to find out about WAND and what we do.  It’s also a great place to meet up with friends, have a delicious cream tea and hear about some fascinating Dorset Women – and all for free! We’re always looking for new volunteers to join the Core Group or to help with our events. We hope you’ll join us.”

WAND AGM 2018 Poster

For further information, contact WAND wanddorset@gmail.com or call WAND on 07956 896114.

(Borough Gardens House is located on the south west end of Borough Gardens – close to the Fairfield (market) car park).

Dorset Women’s Week 2018 – Programme Published

WAND is excited to publish the Dorset Women’s Week 2018 Programme!  The week runs from 3-10 March and culminates again in Dorset Women’s Day.

We have lots of fantastic events and opportunities during the week including events at Bridport Art Centre, The Successful Women Conference and a session ‘Post-Domestic Abuse: Creative Strategies for Coping with Life’ being run by our patron Tracey West. See programme for details.

Dorset Women’s Day is on on Saturday 10 March (at the Dorford Centre, Dorchester) and has a wide range of exciting workshops including cross stitch, bookbinding, healthy eating and how to sleep well to name just a few!  Following the success of last year we have the Borough Garden’s House as our additional location again which will host workshops including African drumming, belly dancing and yoga. You’ll need to book at the Dorford Centre for workshops at both locations. 

We have some brilliant performances in the main hall throughout the day, along with stalls selling a range of products and information stands. See the Programme for more details.

Our amazing catering team will be selling drinks and delicious sandwiches and cakes. We also have our Rummage Room so come and have rummage and pick up some new to you.  If you have anything you’d like to donate please bring it along on the day.

A huge thank you to everyone who is giving up their time to run a workshop, perform, have a stall as well as the brilliant team behind the scenes making this a fabulous day.

This year is extra special as we celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage.  WAND patron Tracey West says:

“‘Suffrage’ is the right to vote in public affairs and political elections. It commonly marks the long and winding road that describes female emancipation and universal suffrage for women, which is being highlighted throughout February across the country.

WAND is hosting a week of inspiring events that chime with the passion roused within the suffrage movement. It happens to coincide with the centenary of The Representation of the People Act, 1918, the commencement of which finally allowed British women over the
age of 30, who met certain property qualifications, to vote for the first time. They went on to exercise that right at the general election later that year.”

We hope you can join us!

If you have any queries please email wanddorset@gmail.com or call WAND on 07956 896114.

 

Thank you to everyone involved in Dorset Women’s Week 2017

WAND would like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved in making Dorset Women’s Week a success!

The week ended in Dorset Women’s Day which was fantastic!  Thank you to all the workshop leaders (especially those who stepped in at the last moment due to sickness), to the stall holders, and the amazing performers!  And thank you to everyone who came along.

Congratulations to Sheonagh Ravensdale and Angie Rolph who won the prizes for giving us feedback.

We hope you all enjoyed it.  Please see below for a selection of photos from Dorset Women’s Day.

Dorset Women’s Week 2017 – Programme Launched

WAND is excited to launch the 2017 Dorset Women’s Week Programme!  The week runs from 4-11 March and culminates again in Dorset Women’s Day.

We have more fantastic events and opportunities this year during the week including a Guided Tour of Arne Nature Reserve, Feminine and Fabulous confidence building workshop, Well Women Yoga and free swimming and exercise classes at Oxley Leisure Centre.

Dorset Women’s Day on Saturday 11 March, at the Dorford Centre has a wide range of exciting workshops including bike maintenance, flower arranging, assertiveness, African drumming, a ukulele crash course, ballet, and permaculture principles, to name just a few!

We have some brilliant performances in the main hall throughout the day, along with stalls selling a range of products and information stands. See the Programme for more details.

Our fabulous catering team will be on hand to sell drinks and delicious sandwiches and cakes. We also have our Rummage Room so come and have rummage and pick up some new to you.  If you have anything you’d like to donate please bring it along on the day.

A huge thank you to everyone who is giving up their time to run a workshop, perform, have a stall as well as the brilliant team behind the scenes making this a fabulous day.

Women’s Week is support by our WAND patrons:

“It’s Dorset Women’s Day again, how fabulous! We meet once more ladies, in the wake of the most powerful women’s marches on the planet too. All across the world, the value of sisterhood was shaken up that day and continues to be fully realised.

Women are incredible humans; we’re equals, we have value, we have a voice and we shouldn’t be afraid to use it to protect our rights and to make the world a better place. I look forward to seeing you all today and celebrating the very best of West Dorset’s women.” Tracey West

“Congratulations and thanks to WAND for using today to bring focus and attention to women locally and across the world. It has seldom been more important to preserve our gains and continue to champion women in all walks of life and connect with women of other cultures, and not just on International Women’s Day but on each of the remaining 364 days of the year, every year. But for now Enjoy the Day!” Harriet Waters

We hope you can join us!

If you have any queries please email wanddorset@gmail.com or call WAND on 07379 426525.

 

Reclaim the Night Coming Soon

reclaim-poster-2016Everyone in Dorset is invited to join WAND for its annual Reclaim the Night event on Saturday 26 November from 7pm at the Town Hall in Dorchester.
WAND is hosting the night 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 march through the streets is our way of raising awareness of the vulnerability faced by many women through domestic violence and abuse, rape, and honour based violence.  While the event has a serious theme, it’s a really fun evening.
Some of the money raised from the auction will go to support the West Dorset Woman’s Refuge, including paying for an outing.  The remaining money will be going to SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) in Bournemouth to support their valuable work.  Last year we raised an amazing £1,181 at event (including a couple of generous donations).
We are again welcoming anyone who wishes to contribute towards ending violence against woman – so this will not be a female only event, it is open to everyone.
While WAND recognise that domestic violence doesn’t just affect women and that men can also be subjected to it, as a women’s organisation Reclaim is still focussed on support for women.
So please come along to our friendly event which promises a fun evening despite its serious message.
For more information or if you would like to make a donation to the charity auction please contact wanddorset@gmail.com or call 07980 140216 (please leave a message because the phone is not monitored all day).

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.

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.

Dorset Women’s Week – the programme is here! (Includes Dorset Women’s Day)

Dorset Women's Week and Women's Day PosterWe are excited to announce that the programme for Dorset Women’s Day and Dorset Women’s Day is now available!

For the full list of activities and event download the Full Programme (or you can view a pdf version).

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 wanddorset@gmail.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!