Child Okeford Women’s Institute


Child Okeford Women’s Institute

Message to all Members from Pam Morris, President

March 19th 2020

‘It is with great sadness that we have to confirm that the WI both locally and nationally has cancelled all meetings and face to face activities.

This decision has been made in the light of government guidelines.

We wish everyone in the village good luck in staying safe and healthy and hope we will all be able to continue our usual activities soon.

Kindest regards to you all

Pam Morris and the Ladies of the WI

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Welcome to the Child Okeford WI

The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to our communities.

We are a lively group with growing membership from within the village and from our neighbouring villages including Shroton, Shilllingstone, Ashmore, Iwerne Steepleton and Okeford Fitzpaine .

Our activities are non-party political, non-denominational and include support for local as well as national events. They include informative talks and activities on a wide variety of subjects, national concerns and issues, in addition to craft and cookery demonstrations.

In addition, we also have a Walking Netball Group & a Craft Group.

We enjoy taking part in all village activities and are becoming known for our fashionable and appropriate head-wear for these events.                                                                                                                                                                                           


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What can you buy for £43 today
A bunch of flowers? a meal out for two? a theatre ticket?    Or for £43 you can have a full years WI membership with all the WI variety, activities, learning experiences, opportunities and fun & friendship including:

  • At a minimum, eleven meetings a year and at Child Okeford you are always guaranteed a friendly welcome.
  • Additional craft and sports activities. In 2019/20 this includes Walking netball, Kurling, Skittles and many more.
  • Eight copies a year of the WI membership magazine, WI Life.
  • Nine copies of Dorset WI News magazine
  • Additional Federation and National Federation events and activities at WI member prices.
  • Denman College Courses at WI member prices.

Visit us and find out more.

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Visitors to our meetings are most welcome and the fee is £3.50


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Child Okeford WI Committee 2019-20  
President Pam Morris
Secretary Liz Thomson
Treasurer Gill Fuglesang 
Hospitality Helen Harrison 

Gaynor Waring

Kim Cowling 


Ann Pearce

Beacon Group

Liz Smith

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Where and When we meet
We meet at 2pm, Every 2nd Monday of the month

The Community Centre
Station Road
Child Okeford  DT11 8EL (unless otherwise stated)


Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @ChildOkeWI

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The Programme 2020/21


In Development – watch this space
We are, during the year, asked to participate in other  events or provide support : we are very flexible!  Keep up to date by checking our website


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Child Okeford are the South West Region WI Walking Netball Champions!

On Saturday 12th October, the first Women’s Institute walking netball festival took place in Paignton. The festival saw 6 WI’s from across the South West (Child Okeford, Sturminster Marshall, Wellington, Beaches & Cream, Bridgwater and Chippenham) take part in the Round Robin tournament throughout the day playing 6 games each

Child Okeford WI Walking Netball team (Child Okeford Roarers) are the new South West Region WI Walking Netball Champions!

They won 5 out of 6 competitive games against enthusiastic WI teams from across the South West Region and won by one point from their nearest neighbours Sturminster Marshall Evening WI. Dorset WI’s teams came first and second much to the delight of Karen Peaty, Dorset Netball Development Officer.

The Winners: L-R :Gaynor Waring (GK): Karen Peaty, Dorset Netball Development Officer: Kim Cowling (C): Rita Walder (GA): Vanessa Bastable (WA and Captain) Mel Fitzsimon (GD): Trisha Lawrence (WD):Pam Morris (WD and President): Gaynor Cox (GS): Sue Finklaire (GK)

Thanks to our two intrepid supporters, Liz Smith and Tina Anthony, who looked after ‘Blimey’ our mascot and cheered us on.

As one team member said ‘What a surprise win, this was more so because we never had any expectations other than getting to Paignton safely’!

A massive well done and thank you to the England Netball Staff, Karen Peaty (Dorset NDO), Kerry Brooks (Avon & Wiltshire NDO) Jenny Kelly (Devon NDO), & Laura Woodruff (South West Regional Coordinator) for hosting a great first event for the WI’s in the South West. A huge thanks to the England Netball South West team for their help in making the event happen.

Walking Netball is a slower version of the game; it is netball, but at a walking pace. The game has been designed so that anyone can play it regardless of age or fitness level.

Women the length of the country have begun playing the game of Walking Netball for the fun, laughter and camaraderie the social session brings, as much as the health benefits on offer. It can give those who feel isolated an outlet, provide an activity for those who don’t deem themselves fit enough to run anymore and offer a stepping stone for those looking for a pathway back into netball.



Gallery – Some photographs from our recent events and activities.
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Page last updated 19 March 2020

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