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24/6/19 Speakers from local youth clubs and Sioned Evans ,Healthy relationship Officer talked how our bookmarks LovemeLovemenot are assisting young people


11/7/19 Friendship Evening with a Colours theme with guests from Bangor Soroptimists.Entertainment from the Coffin Dodgers and a quiz on  


9/5/19 Club meeting Speaker Clare Bailey from Ynys Mon Mind- former President Averil’s Main Charity and club members wore green at meeting




April 2022 – Chains of office change – duly accepted by Mal Blackburn from Gwenda Parry . Janet Rowlands was passed the President Elect chain on behalf of the club which wished them all luck and friendship.



May 2022 – Regional meeting in Llandudno – super speakers on International Climate Change events by Clair Nasir (advisor to UN and COP 26 attendee) and the Recycling Project in Conway, which is breaking through boundaries and being held up as a national trailblazer. Our Regional President Yvonne carried the theme through with lots of information about recycling, reusing and reducing.


June 2022 – welcomed speaker Elaine – who put the group through their paces with Chair Yoga – real benefits to physical and mental health





July 2022 – Anglesey Soroptimists support the Regional Soroptimist – Cheshire, North Wales and Wirral at our stall at the Llangollen Eisteddfod 3 day event 7 – 10th July 2022.  What a truly fabulous event this is, a real celebration of music, dance, merriment and friendship. We  attended on children’s day, which was emotional and heart warming to see the school children from this country and across the world, come together in harmony and support. The Young Peace Makers award 2022 celebrated contributions to Peace, Climate Justice and Equality – a real reason to be thankful that these young people are trying to make the change required!

Well done to all contributors, guests and organisers – it is great to see things like this back up and running post pandemic.

Mal quite enjoyed her ride on the Emergency Blood Transport bike too  ………..

Our Soroptimists Eisteddfod sponsored choir ‘The Choir of E.Mikeladze Central Music School’ from Georgia, joined the Soroptomist’s tent and the team welcomed this modest group of young people, to join us for refreshments. With an inspiring philosophy of ‘Singing Makes Perfect’ they went on to give an impromptu performance to the delight of all.



July 2022 – completing lots and lots of ‘mastectomy’ cushions that will be sent to support ladies post surgery, we have had letters of thanks letting us know that these cushions really do make a difference to the comfort and recovery of these ladies. Diolch yn fawr Anglesey members for the time, effort and love that you have put in to making them.



July 2022 – a great Friendship Evening at Y Caban Newborough, Fabulous Food, Friendship and Fundraising with an excellent ‘Fairtrade’ raffle, three very luck winners. a delicious super and great bi-lingual music from The Coffin Dodgers. Thank you everyone who attended, contributed or supported. Here’s to next year!!



August Beach Clean, Diolch yn fawr Sue for organising (as always) at the inland sea flood gates in Treaddur Bay. A great session removing 4 full bags of rubbish, mainly plastics and fishing line,  and special thanks to a passing family who stopped with their children to help (blurred as permissions not obtained) it is great that the children (whom are our greatest hope in the war against rubbish, particularly plastics) were so keen to get involved, work hard and know that they are doing our planet a great service in litter collecting – well done all !



September – Post Operative cushion making. Cushions that provide some comfort for ladies recovering from breast surgery are made and donated to Ysbyty Gwynedd every few weeks and it is a lovely chilled afternoon cutting out templates too.



Paul Minter who has established a charity called Heads Up is running around Britain and Ireland raising funds for the charity which supports veterans with mental health issues, assisting recuperation and recovery. he has been running 5000 miles (phew!) and we caught up with him in Cemaes Bay as he finished for the day. Gwenda hosted him that evening and we donated to this incredibly worthwhile charity – well done Paul! (who btw finishes on the 1st October in Liverpool).



Anglesey Soroptimists had a ‘pop-up’ charity shop in Holyhead for 5 days. we had lots of great donations to sell and our customers snapped up bargains everyday. Thank you to all who donated, supported,  worked in the shop and helped us carrying boxes! a HUGE success and lots of money raised for our local charities – Diolch yn Fawr.



October – we held a pop up Breast Cancer Awareness stall in our local co-op. We gave away lots of leaflets, freebies and had chats about the importance of checking. we also raised some money which we will put towards materials for our Mastectomy cushions. We also emphasised the importance of men checking their breast tissue too, helped by Richard from the windmill in Melin Llynon!



We had a fabulous talk from Polly, who is a young lady undertaking an Apprenticeship in boat building here on Anglesey. we are delighted to support her with a donation towards her training and we look forward to visiting her and the boatyard in summer.



November brought plenty of us coming together to finish our post op cushions, what a lovely afternoon we had. These are just 10 out of the 80 we completed! We had lots of lovely cake to keep us focused too courtesy of Rhiannon and Janet x



HUGE congratulations to Frankie, one of our members, who won the ‘Entrepreneur for Good’ award at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards – there were incredible entrants working on super projects, schemes and businesses, congratulations to all who applied to this worthwhile and prestigious award on their 10 year anniversary.

Our very own Frankie won! We are all delighted for you, the award is very well deserved.


November – Our Anglesey Soroptimists committing to promoting the end to Gender Based Violence by raising awareness and promoting local services where help and advice is available. it also saw Anti – bullying week and we raised awareness with family and friends via social media and leaflets.


December – saw us celebrating Christmas with our Christmas meal and supporting local charities with gifts, chocolates and best wishes.


January – brought us cold winds but not cold enough to stop the Walking Group getting together and getting out and about. here’s to a very happy and healthy 2023

February – when we heard that some of our Emergency staff on our Ambulances were going with out foods on their snack breaks – our lovely Gwenda went to the aid with snack bags for them.  Gwenda is a super foodbank collector too and also collects kilos and kilos! we all kept busy during the cold evening knitting and crocheting too.


March – we had a really busy March ! – We celebrated our Gwyl Dewi with a lovely soup and sandwich at Nant Y Odyn and had a super evening with friends Welsh and English. we always keep Violence against women at the forefront of our awareness. with statistics rising, especially during times of stress like economic pressures – we have (and will) continue to raise awareness and offer support. we also celebrated International Women’s Day with social media posts and HUGE thanks to all those incredible women in our lives. finally we topped off the month buy supporting a weekend event held by CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) where we invited local young people to attend and have an ECG to detect any potential abnormalities. we tested nearly 200 and 4 were invited back for further tests. another big thank you to Gwenda – super project and a lovely photo of the team that accepted the Soroptimists cheque  x


April 2023- we celebrated our Change of insignia and Mal Blackburn (President 2022/23) handed over to Janet Rowlands (President 2023/24) we are looking forward to Janet’s year and we will carry on our ‘usual’ projects (e.g litter picks) with some new activities planned too. We also remember Dr Barbara Dixon with a climbing rose and a dedication plaque.


we continued a busy April with – Our very own Frankie Hobro from the Sea Zoo was featured on Blue Peter and was awarded a Blue Peter badge, we are all very envious of the badge – how we all coveted one of those, when we were younger!  we are very proud of Frankie.


We welcomed our new member Rebecca Ode, who has a Girl Guiding background and we are hoping to utilise her expertise and try out some new ideas. We also spent the evening at club deciding on our 2023/24 Programme Action plans.

We had a lovely walk with some of the walking group – the weather was kind


We presented a cheque to our local Guide leaders on behalf of our former President Mal Blackburn. the money is to be used to help fund a guide to go to a camp or training event. The cheque was presented by Janet our current President as Mal was unable to attend.
Mal also presented a cheque  to an Anglesey Cylch Meithrin (nursery school) to support their newly appointed Apprentice with travel costs, enabling her to get back and forward to work more easily – this is a real problem for young people working in rural communities. Thank you Mal, this will support another young lady in fulfilling her education, training and work placements goals.   (photo to follow)
May 2023 – We have started making our 2023 mastectomy cushions again – last year we made 150 – here to getting sewing and helping post surgery ladies with their comfort and recovery! Get cutting and stitching you fabulous soroptimists!


We welcomed our new member : Judy Campbell-Royle and hope that she will enjoy working with us and our friendship and support



May 2023 ended with two events – firstly a great round of applause for our Soroptimist Frankie Hobro, who runs Anglesey Sea Zoo, winning the Institute of Directors award for Sustainability – what an incredible achievement and shows just what an Inspiration she is to us all.

and secondly,  we at Anglesey Soroptimists,  entered the Barbara Dixon award at the Regional Conference in Chester – we thought our table looked really great and celebrated over a decade of working with local shops and businesses’ each year to raise awareness about Breast Cancer.

Along with 8 other brilliant projects that inspired us and made us proud to be part of Cheshire, North Wales and Wirral Soroptimists region, we all applauded Llandudno for the winning project.


June 23 – We start June 23 with a members ‘community clean up’ to celebrate World Environment Day on the 5th – members went out and about with bags and litter pickers and collected over 10 bags of litter – mostly single use plastics (sadly) members either met as groups or went out and about with family. Thank you all for joining in. Our communities are very grateful, as will is wildlife and visitors too .

August 23 found us again stuffing post operative mastectomy cushions , tea and cake provided by Rhiannon


September is here and after the summer break we delivered 50 post operative mastectomy cushions to our local hospital to help and support those ladies that are undergoing operations


September also saw us creating a International Peace Day installation on our town , the weather was not kind at all but the ladies kept up their spirits and promoted World Peace – and we certainly need to be promoting Peace all around the world!                       

October, we welcomed Autumn and as the days grew shorter, many of our ladies produced  more lovely items for  Ysbyty Gwynedd and Ysbyty Glan Clwyd , our local hospitals including 113 Premature baby hats,  well done ladies, these items are really appreciated by those that receive them

our members also collected sanitary protection and donated these to our local foodbank and our local women’s refuge, because we must stop period poverty and the indignity it causes. we also collected food to donate to our Foodbank in celebration of World Food Day

We held a really useful Breast Cancer Awareness event during October Breast Cancer awareness month in Asda Llangefni – where we handed out lots of leaflets, chatted and generally had a super time with our local community , whilst raising awareness. Our lovely new member Karen got into the spirit with her spectacular pink feather hair !!                                     


November and December saw 16 days of Action Against Gender based Violence.

To support this ‘whole Soroptimist action’ Anglesey held an awareness raising event , where we chatted to local people, this event was driven by another lovely new member Emma, who did most of the preparation and then spent hours at Mona Car boot with our stall, and despite the cold, she still smiled and welcomed all our stall visitors!

We raised awareness around new ways that people are controlled, abused and made to feel vulnerable through the use of technology and other shocking methods. We gave out leaflets cards, phone numbers and free items such as lip salves and bar code stickers with helpline phone numbers on. We had huge support from our local charities too. Along with this event we held orange coffee morning, where members chatted and handed out leaflets.

Which brings us to December and the end of 2023, what a busy year its been? We have worked hard, volunteered often, laughed much and supported each other in all our projects. we are looking forward to 2024 and we will have lots of things planned to support women and girls,  locally, nationally and globally. If you think that these are the sort of activities you may like to get involved in , please contact us and pop along to chat with us.


Blwyddyn Newydd dda Pawb! Happy New Year all!

lets hope that 2024 it good to us all, that we keep our health and we continue to achieve our Soroptimist goals

January sees a very cold wet Anglesey, we continue to make and deliver our Post Operative breast surgery cushions and collect food to support our local families through the foodbank. the wet weather is also letting us take stock of what we have achieved through 2023 and how our club will develop through 2024.

February brings our 60th Birthday celebrations which were held at a local restaurant – The Lastra. A celebration meal was shared and members past and present attended. It would be interesting to have gathered all the projects undertaken, all the impacts achieved , all the friendships formed and changes that happened in the 60 years since Anglesey soroptimists were formed.

March focused on our Presidents fundraiser event, where Janet organised a superb concert supported by nationally renowned singers, musicians and performers! a real celebration of Welsh music and culture. the event raised £1900 towards Janet’s charities and we all were incredibly proud of her in doing so. Well done Janet and all those that helped make this event a success. 

The end of March sees us attending the ‘Change of Insignia’ which involves our AGM and then our celebration and heartfelt thanks to our 2023/24 President Janet Rowlands as she hands over to our 3 new presidents Avril, Rhiannon and Rochelle, who will be sharing the Presidency through 2024/25