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We have fun and work on projects with the aim of making a difference and helping improve the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and worldwide



international womens day

Jubilee Picnic in the Park

Maisie with h who she has called Neller raffle prize of big dog

Maisie was absolutely delighted to win her and says thank you very much! Nell has already enjoyed sharing Maisie’s bed although I’m not sure there was much room for Maisie!!! 



Well done Maisie.


Litterpick in Rock Park


Dawn welcomed two new members to the club


Members were joined by the mayor at the Picnic in the Park.



Working with children from a local Special school to plant trees on a former member`s land.


Sorting clothes for the Knickers for Knowledge project.





The Soroptimist Rose has now been planted
in the Women`s Refuge garden at Barnstaple.
Members visited the garden on Saturday to
also plant Spring bulbs.

badge celebrating 100 years

International President of Soroptimist International
Marion Stallard 1nternational president 1967 - 1969

In October 2021, we  celebrated 70 years of the  Soroptimist club being formed here in Barnstaple. At our celebrations we remembered all past members who have contributed to the work that the club has done over the years.

We especially remembered past member Marion Stallard, a Barnstaple solicitor who had the honour of becoming International President 1967 -1969,


Picture of Vanessa Billing to accompany video of her talking about her experiences as a long term member of the club.

Vanessa Billing, a long standing member of the Barnstaple and District Club, appears in this video and talks about the advantages of becoming a member.



If you want any more information about our  club  or might be interested in becoming a member please contact us

We have worked closely with SI Bulawayo on the ‘Knickers for Knowledge ‘ project for a number of years.

When conditions permit we will be ordering and exporting  the sanitary making machine that we have already raised the money for.

The money the club  raises here in Barnstaple, from the sale of second hand clothes, helps provide sanitary protection, pants and other essentials, helping keep girls in a school that the club supports in a remote rural area.

The money we sent them recently has been used for the latest delivery of pants to the little girls, oranges to all the learners and  sanitary towels to the older girls. Also the money paid for new uniforms for the netball teams, who can be seen with  their new flag.

Club member Irene bought them their last flag but sun/wind had wrecked it so they’ve been donated the money for the new one of which they are very proud.

infographic of a tree marking 1921 - 2021.

Working in the Women`s Refuge Garden at Barnstaple

working in the Refuge gardenworking in the Refuge garden

silhouette of girls against a pink and orange sky

Club members making blankets from the knitting squares from the knit and natter challenge
Club members sewing up squares from the knit and natter challenge raising money for the North Devon hospice

infographic of a tree marking 1921 - 2021

Tree Planting to mark the Centenary 
Barnstaple and District have recently planted 7 trees as part of #PlantTrees campaign to celebrate #100Years of Soroptimism and also 70 years of having a club in Barnstsple The seven trees have been planted on a member`s working cider orchard adjoining a conservation village three miles from Barnstaple. It was decided to plant seven trees to celebrate the seven linked clubs.
Petal scattering to remember victims of domestic violence
Scattering petals in the River Taw to remember the victims of domestic abuse.
Diane Hill presenting the Ellen Braun trophy to Jenny Arnold of SI Barnstaple for winning the South West and Channel Island programme Action Award.
Diane Hill presenting the Ellen Braun trophy to Jenny Arnold from SI Barnstaple for winning the South West and Channel Island Programme Action Award.

women together against a gold background


Members of clubs across the South West & Channel Islands Region Choose to Challenge gender inequality for International Women’s Day. There’s plenty to smile about despite the pandemic as we continue to work for equality for women and girls globally. Our support for women’s refuges, food banks, fund-raising, signing petitions and much more hasn’t stopped. “
Marking mental health Day
Marking Mental Health Day by revisiting the special bench the club installed on the Strand at Barnstaple last year.
litter pick Rock Park, Barnstaple
Club members collecting litter in Rock Park, Barnstaple

Over the years Barnstaple and District Soroptimists have fundraised to build toilets in various deprived areas of the world with the Toliet Twinning NGO. Below are examples of some of the toilets we have helped provide.