About Our Club

Jenny in Appledore Library with the SEVENTH display she has arranged in the last year.
Barnstaple Mayor joined us for a wet International Women's Day
Jenny Arnold has been successful in having displays of club projects in six local libraries in the past year, the most recent in Northam
Nine members, one prospective member, one past member and four friends took place in the North Devon Hospice’s Knit and Natter. Much knitting, nattering and coffee drinking took place, and £140 was raised for the Hospice.
Santa's Little Helpers - We held a mince pie and cream event in Westward Ho! and raised funds for local charities
We had displays in four libraries last year, this one in South Molton, from where we have obtained a prospective new member.
Ask Me Why I'm A Soroptimist
International President, Yvonne Simpson, visited us and we were able to show her some of the delights of our coastline
The display was for one week in Barnstaple and will then be at Braunton Library for two weeks.
A huge Thank You to Petroc Students who raised £1406.35 for our Knicker for Knowledge
Members were joined by the Mayor in celebration, and to raise awareness, of International Women’s Day.
Our oldest member, Cecil Maule-Oatway, celebrated her 90th Birthday with members at the end of the December business meeting. Cecil joined Soroptimist International of Exeter in 1952 and transferred to SI Barnstaple in 1971. She rarely misses a meeting, and is still interested in all aspects of the organisation.
We obtained 100 signatures on the Purple Teardrop petition against Sex for Sale advertising.
Members adopted and maintain the front flower garden of Pilton House Residential Home and are pictured after planting spring bulbs.
SI Barnstaple members joined with a group of men and women who represented local organisations, the Council and staff from North Devon Against Domestic Abuse, to remember those women and children who had survived domestic abuse, and those who had not.
International
Members met with Regional President Kay, and the joint Presidents of SI St Austell, for lunch. It was Club Friendship Day, and so it was especially nice to have Philine Haase from our Friendship Link of Uelzen with us.
Winning the Ellen Braun Award
Eleven of us met with the two ladies from SI Denbigh, Ruthin and District at the Commodore Hotel, and had a lovely couple of hours of chatter, coffee and cake.
Cream Tea
The wind and rain didn’t delay the opening of the Stop the Traffik Gift Box on Library Square.
International Programme Director, Hilary Ratcliffe and Regional President, Kay Turner, when it was announced that we’d won the Ellen Brawn Award.
SI Barnstaple Plaque mounted on the Barnstaple Hotel entrance
Members raised funds to supply ‘goodie bags’ for distribution to forty rough sleepers and those in desperate need, at their Christmas lunch. The bags, donated by a local Co-operative store, contained items of food and drink that are easily heated, as well as chocolate bars, biscuits, a hat and a scarf.
Elephant day 2
Tea and sunshine
Elephant day 1
In the absence of Her Majesty, the Mayor of Barnstaple and her Consort toasted the Queen in elderflower fizz at the Club’s tombola stall at the Lions Picnic in the Park. Of course, stallholders wore their tiaras !
We were joined, at our 65th Charter celebrations, by our Regional President, Diane Steele, and Mark Parkhouse, who told us of his role as a Deputy Lieutenant of Devon.

Soroptimist International of Barnstaple is part of the world’s largest service organisation for women. We welcome new members of all ages and from all walks of life, to join us and make a difference to the lives of women and girls.

 

Soroptimist means Best for Women – Soror for Sister and Optima meaning the best.

 

Some of the things we do:

 

Fund-raise for Water Aid

 

Take action against Domestic Abuse

 

Support our local Women’s Refuge

 

Raise awareness of Human Trafficking

 

Lobby for Change

 

Petition

 

Educate, Empower and Enable women and girls

 

We have no religious or political affiliation.