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Diverse Abilities Plus


Diverse Abilities Plus is Dorset charity founded over 50 years ago by a local family whose child was born with cerebral palsy.  The charity has steadily grown to support people living with physical and learning disabilities in our local community through a range of invaluable projects and services.

The charity provides a lifetime of care and support for hundreds of children, young people and adults with physical and learning disabilities in Wimborne and the surrounding areas.  The charity runs a specialist school for children with profound disabilities and complex needs, which provides nursing and therapy as well as specialist teaching to help children become as communicative and independent as possible.  To help families the charity also runs a short break respite home, domiciliary care to help families in their own homes, school holiday activities and after school clubs, plus a parents’ support group. 

This support continues into adulthood as the charity provides supported living in specially adapted bungalows with 24hr care from a dedicated team plus a day opportunities centre for adults.  In addition to this the charity also offers an advice service and advocacy service to help people access benefits or create lasting powers of attorney.

Together these provide close to a quarter a million hours of support every single year. Funds raised at the Wimborne Food festival will enable this vital support to continue and to grow to support more local families.

How to get involved

Diverse Abilities is keen to work with local people and organizations to raise awareness, funds and is also keen to hear from anyone interested in volunteering.  Please contact us on 01202 718266 or email for fundraising ideas or information about some of the charity’s great events.  

To find out more about the charity’s work please visit, phone 01202 718266 or email 



Andrew David Associates Ltd


  "The Wimborne Food Festival is a fabulous opportunity to show off the town and we're delighted to be both sponsors and also actively involved with our wine tutorials which we hope to be a regular addition to this great event going forward. The aim of the wine tutorial is to dove-tail with the Food Theatre to discuss and sample wine with a whole host of Wine Experts. We look forward to seeing you at the event and hope you enjoy this new addition to the weekend.
Andrew David Associates is a Wimborne based, family run, Wealth Management business that offers considerable experience and expertise in the following areas of financial planning:-

Commercial Mortgages (Not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority)

With offices in Wimborne and London we aim to offer a tactile relationship to personal and corporate clients alike in the local area and the South East. Feel free to contact us on 01202 233390 or via our website

Your home or other property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

Representing only St. James's Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) for the purposes of advising solely on the Group's wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the Group's website

Waitrose   Waitrose Branch Manager, Ian Burdekin, comments

"The Wimborne Food Festival is an extremely important event in the town's calendar, and one that we are especially delighted to be able to sponsor. We are passionate about supporting local producers, and with over 2,500 local and regional products sold throughout our stores, we feel that our funding of the festival further builds on this commitment.

This year we'll hopefully be able to encourage even more people to come and visit the festival and find out about the delicious food and drink that Wimborne, and it's talented producers, have to offer. I'm especially looking forward to talking to local producers and tasting any new and unusual products that we may be able to stock in the future.

Throughout the weekend we will be sampling the Waitrose products as well as demonstrating some of our delicious recipes, all of which can be found on our website.

We even have a jazz band coming to the show in order to get people in the mood for trying and buying local produce."

Lydia Oliver Bell   Lydia Oliver-Bell is a Partner of the St. James's Place Partnership which is the advisory channel for St. James's Place Wealth Management and is delighted to be sponsoring the Wimborne Food Festival again this year.

Lydia has been a Wimborne based adviser for nearly 20 years who can offer help and guidance on Savings, Investments and Pensions as well as specialist advice on Inheritance Tax and Long Term Care. Lydia says that she keeps things simple and tries to take away some of the complexities of what is sometimes a bewildering financial world!

CK Events   At Clare Kavanagh Events, our Team has a passion for creativity and apply our vision and expertise to arrange product launches, conferences, award ceremonies, hospitality events for corporate and public sector clients, fundraising events for national charitable organisations and international festivals.

For private clients, we have used our design, management and production skills to turn dreams into reality, creating bespoke events that have included international weddings and parties.

Clare Kavanagh Events are based in Dorset, UK and work internationally. We are very excited to be working with the Wimborne Food Festival for the fourth year and are looking forward to another fantastic event in October.

Honeybrook Coutry Park - sponsors of Wimborne Food Festival 2012

  Honeybrook has been a working farm for over 500 years. Nestled beside the river Allen, Near Wimborne, we are still farming and producing food. We rear pork, lamb, and beef and our own free range eggs.

There's lots to see and do, with a children's play area, friendly farm animals to meet and lovely places to picnic, or you can treat yourself and have a coffee and a snack in our cafe, and you can visit our butchers and bakery and take home a taste of the countryside.

England and Company - sponsors of Wimborne Food Festival 2012

  We are Chartered Certified Accountants, Chartered Tax Advisors and Registered Auditors based in the heart of Wimborne. Headed by Directors Cheryl Lawes and Daniel Whitcher, our firm works with over 1000 of the area's entrepreneurs and businesses.
At England & Company, we wholeheartedly believe in a partnership approach. Long term relationships are pivotal to our ability to understand the approach, objectives and apprehensions of our clients and their businesses. We have a team of 25 qualified and talented staff ready to put their brain power and expertise into showing you how to use your assets to their full potential.
England & Co are delighted to be involved with the Wimborne Food Festival again in 2012. We view the event as a fantastic opportunity to showcase our wonderful town and the marvellous restaurants and producers in the area. Our role with businesses in the area makes us ideally placed to host the launch event and reception for all the sponsors and we are looking forward to meeting with local residents and businesses during the festival.

Merley House Events - sponsors of Wimborne Food Festival 2012

  Merley House is an18th Century Manor, set in peaceful surroundings overlooking Wimborne Minster, reflecting the changes that have occurred over the last two and a half centuries, by continually remodelling itself to ensure its survival as a local venue of architectural and historical importance. From its prime in the late 18th Century as an opulent home, to the caravan park developed during the 1960's, Merley House has enjoyed a varied history. What remains of the once sizeable estate now plays host to a diverse array of different events ranging from private to corporate.

"We are delighted to be sponsoring the Wimborne Food Festival. The local community is very important to Merley House and we look forward to welcoming local residents and businesses on opening night, where they can view our beautiful rooms and enjoy delicious canopes and live music".

Tops Day Nurseries

  Tops Day Nurseries based in the South and South West are proud partners at this year's Wimborne Food Festival.

Tops Day Nurseries offer flexible childcare for children aged from 3 months - 11 years across Somerset, Dorset and Hampshire. Tops are sponsors of the family events at the Wimborne Food festival.

There will be lots of free activities for children of all ages in the Tops Fun Food Factory. Children can make their own cress potato heads, play 'guess the food' and design their own vegetables with play dough! There will be face painting and competitions and prizes to be won.

At the Tops Fun Food Factory there will be workshops for babies too. New mothers or mothers-to-be can attend workshops on making home-made baby food and baby weening, and can gain some tips on how to make food fun and nutritious for children.

Performances from Cbeebies and theatre company 'Stiltskin' will be scheduled throughout the weekend.

Managing Director Cheryl Hadland says,

"We are delighted to be a supporter of the Wimborne Food Festival for the third year in a row. We attach great importance to food and nutrition at our nurseries and out of school clubs and hopefully more children and parents will benefit from our experience and knowledge when they meet us at the Food Festival. A major part of any child's early years is the food they consume and how it affects their well being and growth!"


  Organix creates food by real people in a real kitchen, using nothing but the best organic ingredients. With nothing artificial added and nothing taken away, our food is just as it should be – full of goodness and perfect for giving your baby great food foundations for life. We're delighted to be supporting the Wimborne Food Festival and participating in this important local event. Over the weekend we will be on hand to speak to parents, offer advice and share the Organix goodness with yummy samples for festival goers!

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East Dorset District Council

  East Dorset District Council's Community Services, Tourism, Cultural and Youth sections are pleased to be supporting the Wimborne Food Festival through part sponsorship of the superb street arts programme. EDDC is committed to working with local businesses and events such as the Wimborne Food Festival providing vibrant and engaging arts and cultural events.

East Dorset District Council

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Community Learning & Resource Centre

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Blackmore Vale/Stour and Avon - sponsors of Wimborne Food Festival 2012

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The Dorset Country Magazine

  Dorset magazine is Dorset's best selling county magazine offering a wealth of fascinating articles and beautiful photography every month on all that is good about Dorset. Available on subscription 01858 438832

Edwards Estate Agents


Edwards are pleased to sponsor another popular local event.  With Branches in Ferndown, Wimborne and Verwood our aim is to provide the highest standard of Estate Agency service in the area and we are committed to providing each and every client with the service they deserve. We are passionate about what we do and about how we do it.

Bournemouth and Poole College - sponsors of Wimborne Food Festival 2012

  The Bournemouth and Poole College Catering Department is home to one of the finest training establishments in the country with a national and international reputation. We offer catering apprenticeships for young people across Dorset, Hampshire and around the country on our local programmes and Specialised Chef Scholarship supported by Waitrose.

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Wimborne Business Improvement District (BID) - sponsors of Wimborne Food Festival 2012

  Wimborne Business Improvement District (BID) is an initiative led by the local business community to develop projects and services that will benefit the trading environment of Wimborne. The money raised through the levy on all businesses is managed by a board of directors elected by the businesses that pay the levy.

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AHL, The Minster Press - sponsors of Wimborne Food Festival 2012

  At The Minster Press and AHL we believe tradition does matter along with some other old fashioned values like honesty, reliability, responsibility, consideration and value for money.

So for Printing, Publishing, Magazines, Directories and much more call us on 01202 882277 or visit

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