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.
We have also been busy keeping occupied during the “lockdown”
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.
|Child Okeford WI Committee 2020-21|
Normally (!!) at:
The Community Centre
Child Okeford DT11 8EL (unless otherwise stated)
However since June 2020, and until the restrictions are lifted, we are meeting via Zoom – please see Events below.
Email: [email protected]
The events calendar for 2020/21 has been disrupted as a result of the Coronavirus lockdown, social distancing etc and the Community Centre is currently closed.
However, that doesn’t stop the Child Okeford WI. We continue to get together and communicate in a variety of ways.
We are now holding our monthly meetings via Zoom, for those members and visitors who would like to join us.
In addition our other “lockdown” activities include our Socially Distanced Walking Group, phone calls, making of Scrub Caps, headband, Gizmos.
Below are the dates for our scheduled meetings and these will take place via Zoom whilst government restrictions are in place. Actual events will be updated
July 13th – We are on “Zoom” Meeting
& its our 82nd Birthday. Come and join the party!!
Socially Distanced Treasure Hunt*
bring a Picnic and sit and enjoy a catch up and natter with friends and learning about the village through the Child Okeford WI Treasure Hunt.
(This event is subject to weather conditions)
*A risk assessment has been carried out
September 14th – Carrie Diamond – Getting Gold at Chelsea
Subject to Government guidelines, room availability & members wishes, we will be trying to meet (socially distanced) together. However if this is not achievable, Carrie will do her talk via Zoom.
A risk assessment will be carried out
OUR CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION!
Now this is going to be interesting!!
January 11th 2021 –
GET THE INSIDE STORY:
Allan Peters, Former Royal Personal Protection Officer to HRH The Princess of Wales. An intriguing insight.
Final arrangements to be confirmed.
April 12th: ANNUAL MEETING
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
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.
Please see our web site for more http://childokefordwi.wordpress.com/
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Page last updated 19 March 2020