Club Programme of Events

Programme of events for the Club’s 61st Year 2017-2018 

The Soroptimist Club of St Albans and District holds Club Meetings on the 2nd Monday of most months at  Chiswell Green United Reformed Church Hall, Watford Road, St Albans, AL2 3HG. Doors open at 7.45pm for 8pm start, coffee break during the meeting and end at 10pm. Club Members also meet on the 4th Mondays of most months – either at the URC Church Hall (as above) – or out and about at other venues. Coffee mornings are usually a morning in the 1st week of the month from 10.30am to 12.30pm and are held in different members’ homes. In addition there are social and fundraising events. Details of the programme are included here.

If you would like to attend an event, be a speaker, or are considering membership, please click on “Contact Us” on this website, or email


Mon 22 May – “Reduce Your Carbon Footprint one step at a time” – Speaker Catherine Ross from Transition St Albans “working towards a sustainable district” (the group behind SuStAinable St Albans week). Guests are very welcome. For more info see the page If you would like to attend please click on “Contact Us” on this website, or email This event is part of the May Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland “Ask me why I’m a Soroptimist” campaign  #WhySoroptimist – Soroptimists are not afraid to tackle tough issues.

Mon 5 Jun – President’s Coffee morning at the home of Club President Rita Andrews – 10.30 to 12.30 – just drop in.

Mon 12 Jun – Club Meeting, life talk from one of our Members, start collecting paperback books for Sep bookstall.

Tue 13 Jun – Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline ‘Company of Ten’ Musical show at Abbey Theatre. Tickets from Denise Powell.

Sat 17 Jun – SI London Chilterns Region Summer Meeting  to be held at Beaconsfield Golf Club, Seer Green, Beaconsfield, Bucks, HP9 2UR 10am to 4pm. The cost will be £19.50 to include lunch, teas, coffees, refreshments. These meetings are inspirational “mini” Soroptimist Conferences – anyone is welcome to attend. If you would like to attend please click on “Contact Us” on this website, or email

Mon 26 Jun – “The Health of the 51%: Women” Speaker – Dr Edward Mullins, Senior Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital and Editor-in-Chief of the recent “Annual Report on Women’s Health”  will introduce the findings of this ground-breaking report prepared for the first female Chief Medical Officer. Visitors – patients and medical professionals alike – are very welcome. For more info see the page If you would like to attend please click on “Contact Us” on this website, or email

Sun 9 Jul – Harpenden Highland Gathering

Mon 10 Jul – Club Meeting – Emma Gamble from St Albans CVS will talk to us about the Dragon’s Apprentice Challenge – the Club were Dragons this year, to a STAGs Team of Apprentices raising money for Rennie Grove Hospice

Mon 24 Jul – Social Evening – from 7pm Pasta Cibo Restaurant, Station Rd, Harpenden AL5 4SW

? Summer garden event in support of the SIGBI Meru Women’s Garden Project?

? Aug a visit to Luton Hoo walled garden one Wednesday afternoon – TBC

Mon Sep 11 – Club Meeting + Sophie Hicks will come back and tell us all about her girl guiding trip to Nepal – see the news item on the website from February

Sat Sep 16 – Charity Bookstall St Albans Market to mark International Literacy Day – selling 2nd hand paperbacks.

Mon 25 Sep – Club Event – Speaker TBC

Fri 29 Sep – President’s Lunch – venue TBC

Mon Oct 9 – Mental Health – “you can’t put a plaster on it” – an evening exploring this complex part of our well-being that affects most of us – marking World Mental Health Day 10 Oct

Sat 14 Oct – SI London Chilterns Annual General Meeting Lancaster Hall Hotel London 10am to 4pm  – £2 for refreshments, bring packed lunch  or buy something locally.

Mon 23 Oct – Club Meeting + Report back from Regional meeting + Conference Resolutions

Thu 26 to Sat 28 Oct – SIGBI Federation Conference in Cardiff  Our conferences are truly inspirational – an opportunity to hear from great speakers, meet with close to 1500 Soroptimists from across the 27 countries of our Federation and generally charge up our Soroptimist batteries. Members and non-Members are all welcome!

Mon 13 Nov – Club Meeting + Bottle Sale in aid of Toilet Twinning to mark World Toilet Day + report back from Conference

Fri 24 Nov – SI Hertford Quiz Night – the St Albans Club usually puts a team of quizzers together so let Helen Byrne know if you want to exercise your synapses.

Mon 27 Nov – Club Event – Speaker from the Violence Against Women Team TBC

Mon Dec 4 – Carol Singing St Albans City Station – our annual fundraiser gets us all in the Christmas mood – we sing from 6pm to approx 7.30pm – all are welcome to join in or add to the content of our buckets! Afterwards we retire to a local hostelry (venue TBD).


Mon 15 Jan – Club Meeting + TBD

Mon 29 Jan – New Members’ Evening 

Mon 12 Feb – Club Meeting + TBD

Mon 26 Feb – SISTA Social at Rose and Crown in Sandridge – come for a meal and/or a drink and a catch-up with Members

Sat 3 Mar – SI London Chilterns Regional Meeting and International Women’s Day celebration Lancaster Hall Hotel London 10am to 4pm  – £2 for refreshments, bring packed lunch  or buy something locally.

Mon 12 Mar – International Women’s Day event TBD

Sat 24 March – The Club’s Ever Popular Quiz Night at the Homewood Rd URC Church Hall St Albans.

Mon 26 Mar – Club Meeting + TBD

Mon 9 Apr – Club Meeting + TBD

Mon 23 Apr – AGM transept at St Mary’s Redbourn from 7pm.Hemel Hempstead Road Redbourn AL3 7DU – a review of the year just gone, a look forward to the year ahead – we will celebrate together with a light buffet and refreshments.

Sat 21 – Sun 29 Apr is Sustainable St Albans Week

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