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Floor covering for sale


DACA is selling a large heavy-duty canvas drugget suitable for protecting floors. 


We no longer have any use for this and it is taking up valuable storage space.  There are 5 pieces, each measuring 4.35m x 11.75m.  Each comes in its own storage bag.  The pieces are joined using hook and loop fastener tape.  The photos show one of the five pieces. 


We are asking for £1,000, but will consider any reasonable offers.  To purchase a similar item new would cost around £4,700.   We are willing to sell the pieces individually. 


For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust


If you are looking for funding to support training in craft skills, you may be interested in the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), which supports the training and education of talented and aspiring craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-to-one training with master craftspeople.  


There are two categories of funding: Scholarships and Apprenticeships.  


The next application period opens on 9 January 2019.  Online submissions only - visit the QEST website for more information.  



John Stork

 Clock by John Stork

We are sorry to learn of the unexpected death of John Stork.    John was a talented wood turner, making decorative and practical items for the home, and had been selling his work at our Summer Exhibition for the last couple of years.  He enjoyed talking to the public about what he did and was delighted with the response to his work.


We send our sympathies to his wife Daphne, and to his family and friends. 


John's funeral will take place on Wednesday 7th November 2018 at 1:45pm at Weymouth Crematorium.  


(published 31st October 2018)




Dorset Arts & Crafts Grant 2018

 Grant cheque presentation 2018

The Dorset Arts & Crafts Grant for 2018 has been awarded to Westfield Arts College.  We are delighted to be able to continue to support the college students.


At our recent AGM, a cheque was accepted by our Arts & Crafts Officer, Dot Karley, on behalf of the college. 


More information about the grant and recent awards can be found on the DACA Arts & Crafts Grant page.  


Annual General Meeting election results


At the Annual General Meeting held on Saturday 21st April, elections took place for the Association Officers for 2018 and for members of the committee.   


The Association Officers for 2018 are

Chairman - Jenny Gurden

Treasurer - Tim Morris

Secretary - Karen Erlebach


The following committee members were elected

Celia Morris

Malcolm Macnaughtan


The following committee member was re-elected, having served a three year term and offered himself for re-election

Andrew Child 


A full list of officers, contacts and committee members can be found on the Contacts page


Annual General Meeting postponed


The Association's Annual General Meeting, which was due to be held on Saturday 3rd March, has been postponed in view of the weather forecast.


A new date will be advised to members in due course. 

Dorothy Watson receiving the trophy from Association President, Sally Weld

Dorothy Watson

We are sorry to report that Dorothy Watson passed away on 3rd August, after a period of ill health.  Dorothy was an enthusiastic supporter of the Association and was particularly keen for young people and schools to enter work into the exhibition.   She would regularly visit schools in the Wimborne area to tell them about the exhibition and would collect work in herself from schools to encourage them to take part.  


Dorothy was highly skilled in lace-making, crochet and knitting, most recently winning the Mackenzie-Edwards Challenge Cup for her knitted lace coffee cloth at our 2015 exhbition.  


She will be much missed by the Association, and we send our sympathies to her daughter Jo, her granddaughters, and to her family and friends. 


Dorothy's funeral will take place on Thursday 17th August at 11am at St Michael's Church, Colehill. 


(published 14 August 2017)




Would you like to learn something new or develop your skills?  Some members of the Association provide tuition in a variety of art and craft subjects.    We are developing a Tuition listings page where you can find details of members offering classes and courses.      


If you are a current member of the Association, we will list details of your courses or classes here free of charge.  Please send brief details to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


(published 24 March 2017)


Junior Membership

At our 2017 AGM, members agreed to introduce a new Junior Membership category, for those aged 18 or under.


More information about membership can be found on the Membership page.


(published March 2017)

DACA Arts & Crafts Grant 

The DACA Arts & Crafts Grant for 2017 has been awarded to Westfield Arts College.   We are delighted to be supporting the college and its students.


More information about the grant and recent awards can be found on the DACA Arts & Crafts Grant page.


(published March 2017)

Annual General Meeting 2017

The Association's AGM will be held on Saturday 4th March at Purbeck School, starting at 10:30am.    Paid-up members have been sent the Annual Report and AGM notice by e-mail or by post.   If you haven't received this, please contact the Chairman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  


As well as the formal business of the meeting, there will be plenty of time for you to talk to committee members and and have your say on the activities of the Association.


Refreshments will be available.  


(published 26 february 2017)


Christmas Craft Fair 2016

Christmas Craft Fair visitors

We had an amazing day on Saturday 19th November with our first ever Christmas Craft Fair at Allendale House in Wimborne.  A variety of high quality crafts all hand-made in Dorset attracted well over 500 visitors who came along to support us and spend their money.   The cakes, all made by members of the committee, went down very well too!  


The Craft Fair was held to raise funds for the Association Bursary Fund, which each year provides arts and crafts grants up to a total value of £600.  This can be awarded to individual groups for practical projects or equipment.   We were delighted that the event raised over £300 for the Bursary Fund.  If you are interested in applying for a grant in 2017, more information can be found on our Bursary Award page.  


If you would like to contact any of the stallholders, their contact details can be found here.    Please mention that  you saw their work at the DACA Christmas Craft Fair.  


Thanks to everyone who helped and to Allendale House for providing such a lovely venue.


(published 27th November 2016)

 Member's discount - new supplier

The Half Moon Bead Shop, Poundbury has joined the list of local suppliers offering a discount to members.   Members will receive 10% discount on shop and web orders (quote DACA at checkout).   See their website at


Full details of current membership rates and benefits are on the membership page.


(published 11 July 2016)

 Trisha Macnaughtan

We are sorry to report that Trisha Macnaughtan passed away peacefully on 6th April at the Weldmar Hospice in Dorchester, surrounded by her family, after a short illness.  Trisha was responsible for arranging the very successful programme of children's workshops at our exhibition in 2015 and was an enthusiastic member of the committee.  She will be much missed by us all and we send our deepest sympathies to her husband Malcolm and her family and friends.


Trisha's funeral was held on Tuesday 26th April at 12 noon at the Higher Ground Meadow natural burial ground near Corscombe.   The Association was represented by many members of the committee. 

 Bursary Award

We are pleased to announce that the Association's Bursary for 2016 has been awarded to Kate Seeger, Festival Director for the Free Expressions Art Festival Blandford.   The award will be used for projects involving local school children, who will be producing decorations for the town as part of the community arts festival taking place in June.


More information about the festival can be found at

To find out more about the Association's bursary, click here.


(published 22 March 2016)

 Roger Ffooks

 We were sorry to learn of the death of Roger Ffooks on 29th August 2015. 


Roger's grandfather, E Archdall Ffooks was one of the early promoters of the Dorset Arts and Crafts Association, chairing one or two of the committee meetings in 1909 and 1911.   Our treasurer had been in touch with Roger recently and discovered he was a keen woodworker.  Roger was delighted to make contact with the Association and entered work in the 2014 and 2015 exhibitions.


Roger was highly respected in the shipping world and a brief obituary can be found here  


The Association was represented at Roger's funeral by our treasurer, Roger Caves.