Soroptimist International Ashton-under-Lyne celebrated 100 years of women getting the vote by organising a “Suffragette Tea Party” on Saturday 21st April at The Broadoak Centre, Broadoak Road, Ashton-under-Lyne OL16 8RS The Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Joyce Bowerman and the MP for Ashton-under-Lyne Angela Raynor both attended together with the President of Soroptimist International, South Lancashire Region Margaret Davies. Tea and cakes were served by members of the club to about 50 women and some men, some local and some from further afield, some of them Soroptimists and others who just wanted to join in the celebrations. Some of our members dressed in Edwardian costume for the event, which proved to be very successful and £450 was raised for the Pankhurst Centre. From left to Right this picture shows, Regional President Margaret Davies, Club Secretary (and President for the month) Norma Parry, The Civic Mayor
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At our Annual Charity Giving for 2017, President Janette Meadowcroft was delighted to hand over a cheque for £2680 to her chosen charity of the year, which has been Rueben’s Retreat and this was accepted by Jacqui Hibbert on behalf of the charity. Rueben’s Retreat is a place to relax, recharge, remember and rebuild in the beautiful countryside around Glossop in Derbyshire. The charity was formed in memory of Rueben who was only 23 months old when he died from a cancerous brain tumor. The care and support that Rueben’s parents received during his short life inspired them to start the charity which enables families who have a child with a life limiting or life threatening illness the chance to relax and rebuild in peaceful surroundings. It can also act as a bereavement centre. For more information contact www.rubensretreat.org A cheque for £50 from
INDUCATION OF NEW MEMBER In February we were finally able to induct Joyce Ryan formally as a member of our club. Although it is some months since Joyce decided to join us we have been unable to make the formal induction due to her ill health. We are delighted that she is now well enough to become a fully fledged Soroptimist in Ashton and she is the first member to receive the new Membership Certificate designed by SIGBI. Joyce on the left accepts the candle of friendship from President Janette Meadowcroft.
Theatre Lunch Amongst the many reviews received following this event were: “Excellent entertainment” “Value for money” “Splendid meal” All in all a very worthwhile event which raised over £800 for the President’s Charity – Rueben’s Retreat.
Ashton-under-Lyne Soroptimists held a very successful Bavarian Evening of Music on Friday 21st October. Everyone who attended had a superb time and over £500 was raised for the President’s Charity which is Rueben’s Retreat.
Our club’s dinner was held on Friday 24th June and the distinguished Guests this year were, from left to right: Geoff Mellor, President Rotary International Ashton-under-Lyne Dr Margaret Emsley, Federation President Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland Sandra Taylor, Regional President Soroptimist Internation South Lancashire Janette Meadowcroft, President Soroptimist International Ashton-under-Lyne The Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Philip Fitspatrick Maureen Ellerton, President Sprptimist International Widnes and the Mayor’s Guest Cllr Joyce Bowerman There were 76 guest in all at the dinner who were entertained by Peter Turner a Magican. President Janette was also delighted to present a bouquet of flowers to one of the club’s long serving members, Mildred Smith who will celebrate her 90th birthday on 27th June. Mildred of course shares her birthday celebrations with Her Majesty the Queen.
On Sunday 12th June members from all 15 Clubs in South Lancashire Region came together to celebrate Margaret Emsley as our Federation President at a lunch held at Statham Lodge Hotel. Margaret’s home club of Ashton-under-Lyne was well represented at this event and a good time was had by all. Ashton Soroptimists and one Soroptimister enjoy the lunch.