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Club Twins Three Toilets

The Club has now twinned 3 toilets for Toilet Twinning www.toilettwinning.org following successful fundraising and donations starting last November on World Toilet Day www.sigbi.org/st-albans/2016/toiletday/  We started by having a bottle sale which raised £67.55 and then Members took away disposable recycled coffee cups to “spend … Continued




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Long Service Awards – 25 for Rosemary and 50 for Joan!

The Club was delighted to be able to present long service awards to Joan Williams and Rosemary Cooper this year. Joan Williams has been a Member of the Club for 50 years! and was presented with her certificate at our … Continued


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Dragon’s Apprentice Challenge Finale – Fundraising for Rennie Grove Hospice

Soroptimist Dragons Jennie Redford and Jane Slatter were delighted to attend the 2017 Dragons Apprentice Awards Evening at the University of Hertfordshire. Fellow Soroptimist Jean Eaton, also attended as an Ambassador for Rennie Grove Hospice.Team Elite from St Albans Girls’ School (STAGS) … Continued


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AGM marks the end of a Diamond Year and the start of our 61st Year…

The AGM marks the end of a Diamond Year and the start of our 61st Year… Members of Soroptimist International St Albans and District enjoyed a lively Annual General Meeting in April. The AGM marked the end of the Club’s … Continued



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Glittering Diamond Celebrations for St Albans Soroptimists

Glittering Weekend of Diamond Celebrations for our Club – Women Serving the St Albans Community Since 1957 The highlight of our weekend of celebrations was the glittering diamond gala dinner on Saturday night at Aldwickbury Park Golf Club in Harpenden. … Continued


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Is it Still a Mans World? Yes but… Conclusion of the International Womens Day Debate

Is it Still a Man’s World? Yes but…… The women’s group Soroptimist International St Albans and District hosted a lively 2 hour long debate marking International Women’s Day and the Club’s 60th Anniversary on Tuesday 7 March at The Maltings Arts … Continued



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Girl Guide Sophie Fundraising to work on Nepal Projects

The Club was delighted to welcome Sophie Hicks to their meeting. Sophie gave a presentation on her forthcoming trip to Nepal 27 July to 9 Aug with Girl Guiding Anglia and Projects Abroad where she will be working with local … Continued


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Soroptimist Engages the Minds of Verulam School 6th Form

St Albans and District Soroptimist Jane Slatter gave a presentation to Verulam School 6th Formers about “Philanthropy” in the context of Soroptimists on 10 Feb for a programme called “Engaging Minds”. Jane was asked to speak as Director of Communications … Continued



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Soroptimists Provide Interview Practice at St Albans Girls School

Five Soroptimists volunteered this year to take part in St Albans Girls School (STAGS) “Big Interview day” for year 11 (GCSE year) students. Pictured here l to r are Pamela Rochford, Jennie Redford, Denise Powell, Amanda Brown and Barbara Saunders. … Continued


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Coffee for the Refuge at the Wesley Coffee Shop‏

Soroptimist Baristas at Wesley’s Church Coffee Shop High Street Harpenden Pictured here are St Albans Soroptimist  baristas Joan WIlliams, Allyson Walker, Jean Eaton, Denise Powell and Janet Audley-Charles. Coffee mornings at the Wesley Coffee Shop are a great way for … Continued


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Carol Singing Success at Harpenden Station for Womens Refuge

Soroptimist Carol Singing at Harpenden station – fundraised more than £500 for the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge – and marked Human Rights Day. This year the group had to switch to Harpenden Station instead of St Albans at late notice … Continued


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Dragons Apprentice Challenge Update

The Dragon’s Apprentice Challenge Team Elite from St Albans Girls’ School STAGS (the team the Club is Dragon to), have got their fundraising off to a great start for Rennie Grove Hospice  raising nearly £250 already. They held a fashion show, and also sold amusingly packaged … Continued


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Human Rights Day Celebration in Beaconsfield

Soroptimists from Clubs in the London Chilterns Region, including 8 Members of SI St Albans and District, gathered in Beaconsfield to mark Human Rights Day. Four candles were lit – one to remember those in the world who are denied their … Continued


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Making a Splash at the Malta Conference

Three Members of SI St Albans and District were excited to be able to attend Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland’s Conference in Malta this year – Denise Powell, Hilary Ratcliffe and Jane “Pinky” Slatter. The Conference was truly inspirational … Continued


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SuStAinable St Albans Evening – FoodCycle and Spice Drops

The St Albans Soroptimist Club had an inspirational evening as part of SuStAinable St Albans 2016. Group Members plus many guests explored sustainability with informative talks from FoodCycle and Spice Drops – this event was part of Sustainable St Albans Week 19-26 … Continued


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World Toilet Day, 90th Birthday and Refuge Gifts – busy Club meeting!

It was a busy Club Meeting on Nov 7th – the Club Marked “World Toilet Day” by having a bottle sale which raised £67.55 for “Toilet Twinning” www.toilettwinning.org – in addition Members took away disposable recycled coffee cups and  will “spend … Continued


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Autumn Capability Brown walk around Ashridge

This year is 300 Years since the birth of Capability Brown, so the Club set our on the 2nd of these walks to take in the beauty of Autumn. Our last one was in August – see: www.sigbi.org/st-albans/2016/brocket/ Although the air was cold, … Continued


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Workings of the Family Court – an enlightening evening

On Monday 24 Oct we held an evening to learn about the Workings of the Family Court. Our Violence Against Women Programme Team, led by Club President Denise Powell (pictured here centre) arranged for Peter Spencer JP (pictured here right) and Gladys … Continued


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Our President Travels and Meets Soroptimist Gold Coast Sisters

Our Club President, Denise Powell, took the opportunity whilst on holiday in Australia (Ed: lucky Denise!) to make contact with our sisters from Soroptimist International Gold Coast. Denise reports back here: “Although they didn’t have a meeting during my time there, 3 … Continued


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Yolanda – back from the Maldives with GOLD

Yolanda King gave an enthralling presentation of her trips with Guiding Overseas Linked to Development (GOLD) at our Club Meeting. Having participated in GOLD Guyana 2014, Yolanda achieved the Queens Guide Award in 2015 and was then selected to be Leader of … Continued


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St Albans Soroptimists are in Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge 2017

The Dragons Apprentice Challenge is run by CVS St Albans (Centre for Voluntary Service) . Over 80 ambitious students have taken up the Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge this year across St Albans and Harpenden; 11 different teams will compete over the … Continued


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Wet Day Won’t Stop Women – Soroptimist Charity Bookstall

The Club marks International Literacy Day every year, selling 2nd hand books on St Albans market. It rained all day but that couldn’t stop our Members from putting a smile on their faces (Soroptimists Lynda and Sarah are pictured here). The … Continued


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Obituary Mary Campbell

Mary Campbell, former headmistress of the Royal School, Bath, and Member of Soroptimist International St Albans and District, died peacefully, aged 92, on 3rd September 2016. Her funeral service will be held at The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St … Continued


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10 Members find Herts Hidden Heroines

10 Club Members went along together to the Hertfordshire Hidden Heroines exhibition at Verulamium Museum, St Albans. The project was initiated to discover, celebrate and present the stories of pioneering Hertfordshire women and there is more information on the HHH website: www.hertshiddenheroines.org.uk … Continued


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Perfect Day for Capability Brown Walk in Brocket Park

Members had the perfect day for their Capability Brown Walk in Brocket Park. This year is 300 Years since the birth of Capability Brown and the Herts Gardens Trust has produced leaflets detailing 10 different walks www.hertsgardenstrust.org.uk/hgt-events-and-outings.html The Club is planning to do … Continued


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Soroptimist helps StAR and HWSF sort donated goods for refugees

Soroptimist Pamela Rochford (pictured 3rd from right at the back) spent a busy morning at the garage sorting out items with Herts Welcomes Syrian Families and StAR to take to refugee camps. The Club recently held a meeting to find … Continued


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St Albans Soroptimists join Lewisham and SE London 50 Year Celebration

Soroptimist International Lewisham and South East London celebrated the Club’s 50th Anniversary with a lunch at the historic Clarendon Hotel in Blackheath. Bea Lawes (pictured front row left) welcomed everyone and after a delightful meal, Federation President Margaret Emsley proposed a … Continued


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Girls Cricket – Abbots Langley U13 – Winners of Soroptimist Audrey Collins Trophy 2016 – for the 3rd Year Running!

A grey start turned into a nice sunny morning as we watched 2 talented teams of U13 Girls battle it out for the Soroptimist Girls Under 13’s Audrey Collins Cricket Trophy. The finalists this year were the holders Abbots Langley … Continued


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£2075 Raised for the Womens Refuge!

Liz Perry, Manager of the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge was delighted to receive a cheque for £2075 raised by the St Albans & District Soroptimists in the Club Year 2015/16. Liz is pictured here (centre) receiving the cheque … Continued


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Soroptimists Support Harpenden Highland Gathering

St Albans and District Soroptimists supported the Harpenden Lions at the annual Harpenden Highland Gathering selling the Prize Draw Charity Raffle tickets which raised a super £670 in spite of a wet start to the day – sales really picked up … Continued


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Revealing Refugee Update for Soroptimist Club and Guests

What is happening about the refugee crisis in St Albans and Hertfordshire? was the question being answered at the Club’s meeting where Soroptimist Members and guests heard revealing updates from Herts Welcomes Syrian Families (HWSF), STAR (St Albans Refugees). A presentation … Continued


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SIStA Soroptimists – St Albans Supporting Southport

A production of ‘Grumpy Old Women’ gave President Denise (pictured left) a reason to visit her sister Lainie (2nd from right), well known to us as a Member of SI Southport, and to help the Southport Club with their Membership … Continued


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Women’s Conference/Soroptimist Regional Meeting

The June Soroptimist Regional Meeting/Women’s Conference was hosted this year by the Milton Keynes Soroptimist Club (St Albans hosted last year). The Milton Keynes Soroptimist Club was only started a year ago, and they did a brilliant job on creating an … Continued



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Successful Theatre Charity Night Raises £1000 for the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge!

The Charity Night at the Abbey Theatre St Albans raised almost £1000 for the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge! Huge thanks to Soroptimist Jean Eaton who organised the event (pictured introducing The Charity Night at the Abbey Theatre St … Continued


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Birth Companions: Pregnancy in Prison – the harsh truth

St Albans & District Soroptimists and guests had an excellent evening where they learnt about what it’s like to be pregnant in prison. Both speakers were subject matter experts, and were keen to tell us about the Birth Charter for … Continued


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Curry Night FUNdraiser for St Albans for Refugees

Soroptimists Amanda Brown, Janet Audley-Charles, Sally Graham and Ameeta Sabharwal had great fun when they attended the STAR St Albans for Refugees fundraising curry night at the Abbey Spice Restaurant in St Albans on Sunday 15th of May. Farhat ZIa from the … Continued


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Launch Party for Club’s 60th Year at AGM

Women serving the St Albans Community since 1957! The St Albans and District Soroptimists sparked off their 60th diamond year at their AGM and annual Club birthday party. President Denise launched the exciting diamond year ahead and plans for ’60 for … Continued