The meetings are generally on the third Wednesday of the month starting at 6.30pm (apart from January when we have a daytime meeting) and refreshments (light bites) are included in the £5.00 meeting cost (£7.00 for non-WiRE members). We are the only group in Derbyshire and we try and rotate venues, so that members who don’t live in the immediate vicinity of Ashbourne feel a bit more included!
We are an informal, friendly group – professionally run, with a supportive approach to other members. Networks are for WiRE Members only but guests are welcome to attend twice before joining or join now
Contact Lindsay: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Victoria vic@SMEtouchpoints.com
Here is the Doves programme up to July 2017:
WEDNESDAY 18 JANUARY – Sunshine Barn, Osmaston DE6 1LX, 11.30am
A meditation and qigong session, followed by a potluck lunch. If you are coming, please let me know what you are bringing for lunch. (Don’t want too many chocolate cakes!)
WEDNESDAY 15 FEBRUARY – Dove Farm, Ellastone DE6 2GY, 6.30pm
The Dignity Project – empowering teenage girls in rural Kenya – Victoria Prince
How, on one day in Kenya, girls learnt that periods are healthy and that they can say no to sex, even if a man buys them a bowl of rice; about the difference between a job interview and a sex trafficker befriending them; when the girls received a bag with pants (some didn’t have any at all) and re-usable sanitary pads, which means they can continue to go to school when they have their periods. “And then we fed all 850 girls rice and beans, goodness knows how!” If you can, please bring along a pack of three or four size 12 pants.
MONDAY 13 MARCH – Red Lion, Leek ST13 5HH, 6.30pm
Experience shiatsu! – Paula Charnley
Joint meeting with WiRE – Leek and Staffordshire Moorlands
Shiatsu is a form of oriental bodywork, based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Paula, a Shiatsu therapist and yoga teacher, who trained and worked in the Netherlands, will explain how shiatsu works and which health problems it is beneficial for. We will learn some simple acupressure points effective for de-stressing, digestion and sleeplessness. We’ll practice some self-shiatsu and maybe get to try some acupressure points on each other!
WEDNESDAY 12 APRIL – The Haybarn, Beechenhill Farm, Ilam DE6 2BD, 6.30pm
Living the Green Dream – Sue Prince, Sarah Cross, Carolyn Trafford
Sue Prince‘s home is an organic diary farm in the Peak District National Park, complete with eco venue available for hire; Sarah Cross runs Derbyshire Dales Organics (organic meat including gluten-free sausages) and Carolyn Trafford is a Neal’s Yard Remedies consultant. Join us for a healthy living evening, inside and out. (Vegetarians also catered for!)
WEDNESDAY 10 MAY – The Barn, Green Farm, Thorpe DE6 2AW, 6.30pm
Nordic walking taster – Janneke Gorzeman
In Nordic walking, poles are planted behind you in order to push you forward with your arms, which engages the upper body and makes you feel lighter on your feet with less pressure on your hips, knees and ankle joints. This means you use 90% of your major muscles so your upper body gets toned as well as your legs and backside. We’ll go out for a short walk to experience the difference from normal walking. Nordic walking poles will be provided: please wear walking boots and dress appropriately for the weather.
WEDNESDAY 21 JUNE – Chapel on the Hill, Somersal Herbert DE6 5PE, 6.30pm
How social enterprise works – Julie White
We’ll be at the home of the WELLIES Project, which offers therapeutic activities with animals, plants and the countryside for people recovering from mental ill health such as social anxiety, depression or agoraphobia. We’ll prepare and cook our own supper of muffin pizzas and explore the concept of care farming and the role that social enterprise can play in therapeutic projects.
WEDNESDAY 19 JULY – Meet at One Small Step, 9 Hall Bank, Buxton SK17 6EW, 6.30pm
The Wonder of the Peak – a summertime social and networking event
We’ll be taking a journey back in time to experience a bygone age aboard a Victorian tram, as our knowledgeable costumed character guide reveals the historic and architectural gems of the ancient spa town of Buxton during Tudor and Victorian times, WW1 and more. Followed by food!