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Another brilliant Reclaim the Night

We held another fantastic event on Saturday 25 November 2017.  The amazing Organic Rhythm led us in a drumming workshop.  We then took to the street and drummed as we marched to ‘Reclaim the Night’ in Dorchester.

We enjoyed a delicious supper by our fab catering team and then raised a wonderful £650 from the charity auction run by our marvellous Patron Tracey West (including a donation).  The money raised will be split between The Shores (sexual abuse referral centre) in Bournemouth and the Dorset Dorset Women’s Crisis and Information Centre (the new name for the West Dorset Women’s Refuge since it moved).

A huge thank you to the WAND Core Group for organising, to everyone who attended (including Organic Rhythm, and of course to all the generous people and organisations who donated:

  • Aster Housing
  • Blue Wizard Tattoo
  • Cook
  • Ford Farm
  • Goulds
  • Great Western Camping
  • Homechester House Residents
  • Lush
  • Magic Oxygen
  • Medusa
  • Melbury Gallery
  • Neals Yard Remedies Organic Consultant Jo Saunders
  • New Street Bakery
  • Toymaster
  • Walnut Grove
  • Wessex Photo
  • Yarlbury Cottage
  • Plus a number of individual donations

Reclaim the Night 2017

Everyone in Dorset is invited to join WAND for its annual Reclaim the Night event on Saturday 25 November from 6.30pm-10.30pm at the Town Hall in Dorchester.

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 £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 children of the West Dorset Woman’s Refuge, including paying for an outing. The remaining money will be going to The Shores (the Dorset Sexual Assault Referral Centre) in Bournemouth to support their valuable work.  Last year we raised over £700 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 focused 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).

WAND AGM 2017

The WAND AGM for 2017 is nearly here and this year we are excited to welcome Louise Johnson who will give us ‘An Introduction to Burlesque’ including a bit of history and a demo with audience participation!

The meeting is taking place in Borough Gardens House in Dorchester on Wednesday 21 June from 6pm – 7.30pm.  The whole event is free to attend.

Following a short report from the organisation detailing the work they have done over the previous year to host events such as Dorset Women’s Day and Reclaim the Night plus the support they have offered to partner organisations such as the Women’s’ Refuge and the Shores (Sexual Abuse Referral Centre) in Bournemouth, attenders will be offered a FREE delicious cream tea.

WAND Chair said : “Our AGM is a great opportunity to come along and find out about WAND if you’re not sure what we do.  It’s also a great place to meet up with friends, have a delicious cream tea and this year learn about Burlesque (and have a go!)  – 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.”

For further information, contact WAND wanddorset@gmail.com or call WAND on 07379 426525 (please leave a message because this is not answered all day).

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

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.

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

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.

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).