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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.

Skittles Evening - Oct 2016

Friday 28th October proved to be a fantastic evening which was enjoyed by over 50 members and friends of Wimborne Wagtails, making it one of the most popular social events ever for the Club.

The evening started with a delicious meal at the Coach & Horses in Wimborne and then it was on to the Skittle Alley for more serious business.

It was brilliant to see that so many people wanted to take part and enjoy a bit of healthy competition.  

However, that wasn’t the only competition of the evening,  there was also a Guess the Baby Photo Competition.

Skittles was a very close result with Rebecca taking the lead, closely followed by Tom and Greg.

The top scorers in the baby competition were Laura, Tom, Greg and Lucy.  The bonniest baby (as judged by Elsie) was Tom.  So Tom was definitely the man of the evening!

The feedback from everyone who attended was brilliant and a huge thank you to Keith and Beryl for organising such a great evening.


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………..

Santa Fun Run at Badbury Rings

December 2016

This annual fundraising event took place at the point to point course at Badbury Rings Wimborne on a beautiful sunny day in December.  This is a major fundraising event for the Club and over £1,500 may be raised.

The event was very well organised by The Rotary Club at Wimborne. 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 ………….


Friday 28th October

Skittles and meal at The Coach and Horses, Wimborne

Saturday 10th December

Xmas Meal at Bentley’s


Saturday 17th December

Pool Party after swimming

Saturday 31st December

Panto – Sleeping Beauty at The Tivoli 2.00pm

For more information contact Keith

01202 980452     keith.bees@sky.com


Our recent achievements for the Club are new Gala polo and sweatshirts, new banners and flyers, a modern website, continued socials, successful Galas and a stand at the Wimborne History Festival.

We have recently updated our policies and suggest that you all read them (they can be found on our website under “About Us” and “Club Documents”).  This is so you can understand the Club’s rules and legal requirements, particularly as we are a group of vulnerable individuals

SANTA FUN RUN – Sunday 11th December

Please support your Club by taking part in this fun sponsored event.  It takes place at Badbury Rings (the 2 mile point-to-point course) from 10.00.  You can walk or run the course and everyone wears a Father Christmas costume (which you keep).  This is run by The Rotary Club and Wimborne Wagtails will pay your entry fee and then our Club keeps all the sponsorship money.


Last year we raised over £600 with only 4 Wagtails.

Please contact Alex for an entry form

01202 826443   admin@wimbornewagtails.org.uk


We are currently looking for new helpers to help run the Club.  Various roles are available:- swimming pool helpers, helpers in the changing room (ladies), various secretarial tasks, fundraising, promoting Facebook, writing for the website etc.  Training will be given, any expenses paid and a DBS may be required (we will arrange this for you).

Please contact any of the Trustees if you are able to help or have any skills that you may be able to offer.


We are pleased to be able to continue to fund swim passes for all our members.  Swimmers who swim at least 3 times a month should have the anytime pass and can swim at other sessions (with a contribution of £15).  Other swimmers have the 10 swim pass.  All passes are renewed at reception when they run out. Please remember to show your pass every week at the desk.

September Newsletter


Steve Evans – Chairman (07854 978913)

Alexandra Tuckey – Treasurer & Secretary

(01202 826443)

Ros Barton – Safeguarding Officer (01202 883548)

David Allen – PR Officer (01202 659787)

Keith Wainwright – Social Secretary (01202 980452)

Liz Burrows - Galas and Helpers (01202 882676)


Rita has recently joined our team of swim helpers.

A warm welcome to our new swimmers Ben and Elisa.

You can sponsor this space?


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.

A big THANK YOU to all those who helped at the Festival.  We made some very useful contacts