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Charities Fair Wimborne - November 2016

 For the first year Wagtails joined over 30 other local charities at the Charities Fair at the Allendale Centre operated by Wimborne in Bloom.  The stand consisted of the ever popular tombola (from items donated from members), some Christmas stocking filler items, some useful items and some Wagtails promotional items.  Over £130 profit was made and useful contacts made so thank you to all those that took part and donated items.

Christmas Meal 2016

Saturday 10th December 2016, the Wimborne Wagtails held their Christmas Dinner in Bentleys Restaurant at Dudsbury Golf Course.  As ever it has proved a great venue for this event.  A large room specifically allocated to our club – with over 50 attending.  Great hot food, efficiently served by attentive staff. Read More………..

Pool Party 2016

The pool party after the last swim of the year was a great success this year and very well attended.  The shared lunch went down very well and this year some delicious home-made cakes and sweet items with a Christmas theme were entered into a competition. Read More ………….

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As a growing and thriving Club we are actively seeking enthusiastic volunteers of all ages to assist our disabled members

Roles include assisting in the swimming pool and changing rooms, helping with “meet and greet” on a Saturday morning, helping at Galas and helping at social events etc. Training will be provided and the Club will arrange a DBS.

You will be entitled to some free swims and travel expenses.

Don’t forget volunteering can seriously improve your CV.

For more information email admin@wimbornewagtails.org.uk or speak to a Trustee at a Saturday morning swim  session.





Polo Shirt

Sweat Shirt

Logo On Shirt

Back Of Sweat Shirt

At last the Gala team have a new club uniform- these were kindly sponsored by the Wimborne Rotary Club and used for the first time at the Keynsham Gala. Thanks to Liz for choosing such an amazing colour and working so hard to get the shirts looking so good.

New Gala Polo Shirts and Sweatshirts

Wimborne Wagtails – A Charity at Last!

After two years of hard work The Wimborne Wagtails Swimming Club for the Disabled is now a registered charity in its own right – charity number 1162701.  Details can be found at www.charitycommission.gov.uk.  Search for Wimborne Wagtails.

Our “charitable objects” are listed as “the promotion of good health by the provision of swimming lessons, water therapy, career respite and social activities to people of all ages who have a physical, mental health or learning disabilities (and their careers) in the Wimborne and surrounding East Dorset area, in a safe and friendly environment (which is not normally provided by statutory authorities)”

We will now be able to claim Gift Aid and hopefully receive some corporate sponsorship.

Other Dorset Charities supporting the Disabled

Poole Sailability


They welcome anyone with a disability to enjoy active sailing in a friendly club environment during the summer months on the beautiful waters of Poole Harbour.

Ellingham Water Ski and Wakeboard Club


 They aim to introduce newcomers to the sport of water skiing who, due to their disability would not have previously considered the sport accessible.

See our Club’s Testimonials. Click here to read them

Why not write one for the website, email to click on


Elsie’s 90th Birthday Party February 2017


This was a great success attended by 50 of Elsie’s Wagtails friends (past and present) and her family at Wimborne’s British Legion.  Elsie was presented with a large collage of her Wagtails history spanning over 20 years and an amazing cake.  There was also a display of her 96 medals, certificates, awards, photos and her life history.  Rita toasted Elsie and spoke warmly of her contribution to the Wagtails and her many Galas.

The Club’s AGM, held at Hamworthy Club, was well attended with 44 members and friends enjoying the evening. This year it was food first before getting down to business.  David welcomed everyone and summed up the past year for the Club - now thriving, strong and happy with 18 new members last year.  The Club now has a strong team of helpers including Rita back after 10 years and Jacqui with very strong swimming and training experience.  This year new events are planned – Sailability at Poole Harbour, a new social (Wareham cruise), a first aid course and the possibility of a Gala and a fitness class.  The cups were presented to Sam, Di and Emma for their achievements in the year. This was followed by the ever-popular raffle and skittles - won by Greg.  

Thanks to Keith and Beryl for organising the evening.



Steve Evans – Chairman (07854 978913)

Alexandra Tuckey – Treasurer & Secretary (01202 826443)

Ros Barton – Safeguarding Officer (01202 883548)

David Allen – PR Officer (01202 659787)

Committee members:

Keith Wainwright - Social Secretary (01202 980452)

Liz Burrows - Galas and Helpers (01202 882676)

Rebecca Oliver -  “Meet and Greet” Saturdays