COCCL (Child Okeford Centre for Care and Learning)

Child Okeford Centre for Care and Learning  (COCCL).



Trustees are:

Grahame Downer – Chairman

Sandra Abbott – Treasurer

Kate Mather – Secretary

 Christine Downer                                                                    

 Rosemary Blundell 


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.


1919/1920 PROGRAMME


DECEMBER – No meeting


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 Granny’s house in Sussex many years ago.  Please note this is a change to our published programme.



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.


MARCH 9th.

Details to follow


MARCH 30th.

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.


Updated 12/11/19

Comments are closed.