The Dorset Club
The Club in Dorset
This information relates only to the Countrymen Club in Dorset.
During Covid the club is operating on reduced numbers to make the experience feel as safe as possible, we are still welcoming new applicants.
To find out details please call 01963 210789 on a Tue or Thur, or 01963 210703 general office hours. Or email [email protected]
Due to Covid, government regulations and guidelines may be amended regularly, so if you are interested in joining the Club, it’s important to contact us before making any visits. We welcome new enquiries and we are happy to book you in for a look round the farm after the present lockdown situation has been relaxed.
Already a Member?
If you are currently a member of the Club, we are already keeping in touch with you by email, phone and newsletters. This will continue until things return to normal.
We will let you know when we are open, but all visits are by prior arrangement only, so that we can remain within government guidelines for numbers, activities and social distancing. During any visits to the farm, we ask everyone to follow our current farm guidelines as shown below:
- The local council (Dorset) has directed us to the new national guidelines on the gov.uk site, where it states that support groups (like Countrymen) can continue to operate throughout lockdown.
- All members were contacted and asked if they were comfortable with continuing with our restricted group sessions
- Benches were put outside with wives/carers responsible for putting wellies on their men before and after the sessions.
- Staff now wear masks at all times in the barn
- No wives/carers to go into the barn, but staff to meet and greet in the car park at beginning and end of all sessions
- Hand gel and cleaning of indoor spaces will continue as before
Thinking of Joining?
Complete this initial enquiry form and send it. We will be in touch,
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And, did you know?
Before being hit by Covid and Lockdowns, we normally opened 2-3 days every week, with up to 10 men attending at least one of the 4-hour sessions.
In addition to light lunches and tea/biscuit breaks, everyone had a choice of activities from a fairly lengthy list of options, which could have included many of the following activities:
Small building projects such as mending fences or animal enclosures and shelters.
Celebrations – from Burns Lunches to Birthdays and Christmas lunches
Planting flowers and shrubs
Preparing food for animals
Feeding the animals
Helping with chores around the farm
A garden party, bar-b-q or picnic
Creating seating areas
Making walking sticks
Painting and renovating trailers, fences, sheds etc
Planning, planting and picking vegetables
Using an apple press to make juice
Prep food for bird feeders
Making firelighters out of old newspapers
Making halters out of baler twine
Football/cricket/ badminton etc
Or, for something more restful, we had:
Reminiscing about the past; Travel; previous jobs, etc.
Talking about their skills, aspirations, family, etc.
Quizzes, Games, Puzzles, Jigsaws
Conversations about what’s in the news or what the issues of the day might be
Creating a personal diary and photo book
And we also had demonstrations from visiting experts:
A blacksmith – to demonstrate what they do and to involve the Countrymen in making a small item
A beekeeper – to speak about their work and to give out samples of honey that have been recently harvested
A cartoonist – to involve the men in creating some simple cartoon characters and possibly creating a caricature of the Countrymen themselves
A signer – to demonstrate and teach a few simple sign language words
Pyrography – see how to burn words and images into wood then Countrymen have a go at creating something
Links to local support and information
Here are some useful links to some of the help and support that is available in the Dorset area.
This is a directory of services and support for those living with memory loss and dementia in Dorset. It is published by the NHS and it has lots of local links
This booklet is written by Susan Hartnell-Beavis and it is written from her own personal experience as a carer in Dorset. It provides great insight into the role as well as lots of useful contact details.
helps unpaid carers access support
This is a public health service funded by the council to support the health and well being of residents in Dorset.
Lots of links on here from the council to support and provide for adults in Dorset
A local charity that supports individuals and groups to improve mental well being.
This organisation provides a free talking newspaper for anyone who is blind or partially sighted in the Dorset area. Talking books can also be found on the RNIB site and Calibre talking books. Your local library can also help you source books.
Lots of local information, plus a link to a great film called this good earth.
West Dorset vintage tracor and stationary engine club
Connections a 24 hour service for anyone experiencing mental health difficulties
0800 652 0190
You do not need to be known by our services, and can also phone for support and advice about a friend or family member experiencing poor mental health. Connection can also be accessed via NHS 111.Staff are trained to support anyone who calls, regardless of the level of mental health crisis, and can signpost you to the most appropriate service which meets your needs
Steps to wellbeing
We are a self-referral service, which means you can contact us directly to access support. We also accept referrals from GPs and other healthcare professionals.
0300 790 6828
Mental Health North Dorset
Offers peer support. Good website for local and national support.