Child Okeford Centre for Care and Learning (COCCL).
Grahame Downer – Chairman
Sandra Abbott – Treasurer
Kate Mather – Secretary
COCCL is a registered charity committed to life-long learning for all ages, together with The Ark Pre-School Nursery and St. Nicholas’ Primary School.
Each winter, we hold informal monthly talks with invited speakers, covering a wide range of interests. Everyone is very welcome. Any surplus funds we have at the year- end are donated to good causes.
Past speakers have include Lord (Julian ) Fellowes (screenwriter and author), Colonel John Blashford-Snell (explorer), Paul Atterbury (antique expert), Julian Richards (archaeologist), Simon King (wildlife photographer and TV presenter), Jubilate (music and song ) and Jennie Spiers (Art Historian). Speakers on more local topics are also very popular.
We meet in The Ark Pre-School Nursery which is attached to St. Nicholas’ Primary School. Station Road, Child Okeford, DT11 8EL. There is plenty of parking on site.
Admission is £5 for adults and £3 for under-16s, including tea, coffee and biscuits.
Doors open at 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm
Programme cards are available from the Village Shop and upcoming events will also be published in The Hill and on this webpage.
To book and for more information, contact Grahame or Christine Downer on 01258 860767.
John Combes returns to complete his outstanding pictorial trip up DORSET’S RIVER STOUR. Last year, he took us from the coast to Wimbourne . We now complete that journey to the river’s source on the Stourhead Estate.
Another popular speaker, Gordon Le Pard, returns. His title this time is “A CUP OF TEA”. Using “a selection of tea paraphernalia”, Gordon will tell us how “the most important drink in the world” led to social revolution and the rise and fall of an empire. He will also try to answer the hardest question of all – Milk or tea first?
DECEMBER – No meeting
Our Chairman celebrates a landmark birthday with “DOWNER ISLAND DISCS”. Interviewed by Dr. Richard Hall of the Rural School of Music and with readings by Nicky Johnson, Grahame will share some of the words and music which have enriched his long life.
A speaker from the DORSET AND SOMERSET AIR AMBULANCE will describe their acclaimed work which has brought emergency relief to so many sick or injured people in our area.
David Smith, well known to us from his Kingston Lacy days, takes us ‘WALKING TO SEE GRANNY’; a humorous re-telling of the diary of a former estate worker, David Gould, who walked from the outskirts of London to his grany’s house in Sussex many years ago.
MARCH 30th.a humerous re-telling of the diary
Steve Etches will give an illustrated talk on his KIMMERIDGE FOSSIL MUSEUM, which contains stunning examples of fossils found close-by on The Jurassic Coast.