Wagtails at The Bournemouth Marathon

Wagtails manned a water station at The Bournemouth Marathon Festival for the second year.  Over 2,000 runners passed through the station and again we had a wonderful day if a little windy. £210 was raised for the Club from this event. Thanks to Hayley, Ros, Laura, Alex, Mark, Greg and Sarah. 
"Thank you it was a beautiful day - lots of fun."  Ros

October 2019

Sailability

This wonderful event was hosted by Poole Sailabilty at Rockley Park Poole and enjoyed by Jemma, Brenda, Robbie, Lucy, Sarah, Robin and Laura.

"What a glorious Sailing experience! Conditions were near perfect and the Sailability crew had everything so well organised.

Our leaders Paddy and Peter were very informative and encouraging and after motoring out towards Arne the engine was cut and the sails were hoisted. Lucy and I took it in turns to take the tiller to steer the boat It was an amazing experience which we would love to repeat.

Thank you SO much Ossie and Di for organising such a wonderful event."

Jemma

July 2019

Stall at Farmival

£140 was raised from the tombola, lucky dip and sale of other items at our stall at Farmival at Sturts Farm.   Thanks to Di, Ossie and Laura.

Alex

July 2019

Folk Festival Wimborne

Wagtails joined other local charities for the popular Minster Green Fair at The Folk Festival.  It was a successful day for fundraising and Club awareness and £112 was raised from the tombola, lucky dip and sale of other items.  Many thanks to Amy, Laura, Sarah and Jack for helping to run the stall.  Also many thanks you to everyone who donated prizes.  

Alex

June 2019

Hydrotherapy Session


Our second popular hydro session took place at the hydrotherapy pool at Victoria Sports
and Education College in February.   Led by chairman and swim instructor Jacqui, members were guided though
a range of exercises, experienced flotation and relaxation techniques as well as swimming.  
Thanks to Jacqui for organising and running the session and to Rita, Amy and Paul for helping.   The feedback again was very positive.

February 2019

Santa Fun Run

This annual fundraising event took place at the point to point course at Badbury Rings Wimborne.  We were luckier with the weather this year and no-one got blown over.  Unfortunately The Rotary Club had had to pull out at the last moment from running the event so we decided to carry on regardless by ourselves.  It all ran smoothly and we walked in two teams.  Most impressively our youngest swimmer Jamie completed the course (with a little help from his Mum)!  We followed all this with well deserved hot drinks and cakes at The Cloisters Cafe.

Many thanks to Hayley, Greg, Laura, Alex, Jack, Lucy, Steve, Sam, Liz B, Jamie, Kerry and Sinead.  Last year over £800 was raised so this is a very important event for the Club.

December 2018

Charities Fair Wimborne

Wagtails joined over 30 local charities at The Charities Fair at the Allendale Centre operated by Wimborne in Bloom.  The stand consisted of a lucky cards Tombola (from items donated by local businesses and members) and some Wagtails promotional items.  £50 profit was made and thanks to Liz, Colin, Amy, Laura, Jack, Lucy, Liz and Julian for manning the stall.

November 2018

Wagtails at The Bournemouth Marathon

Wagtails were given a last minute opportunity to man a water station at The Bournemouth Marathon Festival on 7th October.  30 helpers were required but we managed 8 and with 4 others helping we successfully supplied the marathon runners with water and energy gels at the 18 mile mark. Over 2,000 runners passed through the station!

£165 was raised for the Club from this event. Thanks to Hayley, Ros, Laura, Alex, Mark, Katie, Bethan and Dot.

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October 2018

First Aid Training

Funded by Big Lottery this full day course was very informative, covering CPR, use of a defibrillator and dealing with various injuries. 9 Wagtails members attended including swim teachers, club helpers and carers.

 

Assessment was made by observation and a written test at the end and I am please to report everyone passed.  Well done everybody!

September 2018

Dreamboats Raft Race

The Dreamboats Wimborne raft race day gave the Wagtails awareness stand and gazebo it's second outing of the summer.  Sales from Wagtails merchandise and the tombola raised £52.

Many thanks to Alex and helpers, Laura,
Amy and Lucy.
  

August 2018

Hydrotherapy Session

Our first session took place at the hydrotherapy pool at Victoria Sports and Education College. Led by chairman and swim instructor Jacqui, members were guided though a range of exercises, experienced flotation and relaxation techniques as well as swimming.  Thanks to Jacqui for organising and running the session and to Rita and Ossie for helping.   

Here is some feedback from members who attended:

The pool was fabulous!

Warmth relieves muscle pain.

The hoist was beneficial to me.

Plenty of people to ask advice of.

Thoroughly enjoyed it.

It was relaxing & also very good for building up my strength.

It was very helpful to our members.

The heated water was a relief for sore muscles and enjoyed the structured exercises given by Jacqui.

Although I had not swam for eight years, everything came back to me as if it were only last week.  I saw and received great benefit from the exercises set out for us. So, if we are lucky enough to get another session in the future, I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone is able to attend. Naturally, including myself.

August 2018

Waitrose Community Matters cheque presentation.

Wagtails were delighted to be chosen as one of the recipients of the Waitrose Community Matters green token scheme for March.  Members were invited to the Wimborne store to be presented with a cheque for £462.  

July 2018

Folk Festival Wimborne

Wagtails joined other local charities for the first time at The Minster Green Fair at The Folk Festival.  It was a very successful day for fundraising and Club awareness.  Many thanks to Amy, Laura, David and Diane for helping to run the stall £137 was raised.  We were able to use our new Gazebo, bought for such events.  Thank you to everyone who donated prizes.  

June 2018

Presentations

Co-op Community Fund - £4,323 presentation at Bentley's by Steve and Gemma Manager and Assistant Manager Co-op Wimborne.

Louis Ross Foundation - £1,235 presentation by Penny Ross at the Santa Fun Run.

Douch & Small - £500 presentation at Bentley's by Tina Sartain Funeral Director.

December 2017

Santa Fun Run

This annual fundraising event took place at the point to point course at Badbury Rings Wimborne on a very cold, wet and blustery day on December.  In spite of the challenging weather everyone finished the course so well done to all.  The event was very well organised by The Rotary Club at Wimborne.

This year 13 Wagtails ran for the Club - so many thanks to David, Hayley, Greg, Jacqui, Laura, Alex, Jack, Amy, Lucy, Steve, Kerry, Diane and Layla.  Last year over £1,000 was raised so this is a very important event for the Club. 

Penny Ross of The Louis Ross Foundation handed over her recent donation to the Club.  Many thanks.

December 2017

Charities Fair Wimborne

Wagtails joined over 30 local charities at The Charities Fair at the Allendale Centre operated by Wimborne in Bloom.  The stand consisted of a lucky cards Tombola (from items donated by local businesses and members) and some Wagtails promotional items.  £100 profit was made and thanks to Liz, Diane, Amy, Lucy, Liz and Julian for manning the stall.

November 2017

Cherry Tree Plant Sale Day

The Club had a stall at the popular Cherry Tree Nursery Plant Sale Day.  £65 was raised from the tombola and the Club was able to promote its services to a wide group of people.  Cherry Tree proved work opportunities for adults with mental health issues.

September 2017

The Club held a Consultation Meeting at the newly opened Café at QE Leisure Centre on Saturday 17th June after a swim session. Over 40 members came in to share a sandwich lunch and hear the latest Club news. Jacqui Sainsbury was announced as the new Chairperson and she described the Club’s new affiliation with the STA (Swimming Teachers’ Association). There will now be the opportunity to complete distance and swimming awards.
A questionnaire was handed out to gather members’ opinions on the Club – this information from which will be used for fundraising bids and to improve the Club’s services.

Consultation Event

June 2017

Elsie celebrated her 90th birthday at The British Legion in Wimborne with many of her Wagtail friends.  There was a magnificent cake depicting her in the pool.  Elsie, an ex Chairperson, has been a member of Wagtails for over 20 years and has competed in numerous Galas notching up 96 medals!  She was presented with a montage picture celebrating her time with Wagtails.

February 2017

Elsie's 90th Birthday Party

Santa Fun Run 

This annual fundraising event took place at the point to point course at Badbury Rings Wimborne on a beautiful sunny day in December.  This was a major fundraising event for the Club and raised £1,365.

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

This year 10 Wagtails ran for the Club - so many thanks to David, Rebecca, Hayley, Sharon, Laura, Luke and his parents, Lucy, Robyn, Jack and Sam.

All the Wagtails joined in the spirit or the event and some even ran the circuit twice including Rebecca who stripped off her Santa suit after the first run.  She resisted the hurdles maybe not seeing them through her sunglasses!

December 2016

Charities Fair Wimborne

For the first time Wagtails joined over 30 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 by local businesses and members), some Christmas stocking fillers and some Wagtails promotional items.  Over £130 profit was made and useful contacts made.

November 2016

Santa Fun Run 

For the first time Wagtails joined 100 other Santas at Badbury Rings for the annual Fun Run organised by the Rotary Club.  4 Wagtails entered and they raised £600 so thanks to David, Hayley, Laura and Sharon.  There was a terrific atmosphere and it was quite a sight watching the Santas complete the 2 mile point to point course.

December 2015

Charity Party 

On 16th July 2015 Wimborne Wagtails Swimming Club for the Disabled officially became a charity (a CIO a Charitable Incorporated Organisation). The Club celebrated after a swim session with a shared lunch and were joined by Annette Brooke our President.  There will be opportunities now to apply for funds as a charity and claim gift aid.  

July 2015

Charity Number 1162701

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