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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

We meet the first Monday in the month for a Business Meeting at the Barnstaple Hotel, Braunton Rd, Barnstaple EX31 1LE

We have a Social Evening every third Monday in the month at various locations around North Devon




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January Challenge

Irene  has challenged club members  to commit to an activity for 2021 minutes in January.

That equates to 33 hours 41 minutes for the month, or just over an hour per day.

The activity should be pleasurable – not necessarily exercise, unless, of course, this makes you feel good.

This is all about feeling better in oneself, but if anyone wants to make a donation to charitable funds whilst doing so, £5 or over will earn you a medal at the end of the month.

She suggests everyone  needs something to jolly themselves along, and together say goodbye to 2020 and welcome 2021 with a new heart.


As part of the celebration of the first centenary of Soroptimist International in 2021, more than 100 Soroptimists have been selected to be commemorated as part of the #WhoIsShe? Campaign.

The centenary of the organisation seemed a fitting opportunity to recognise and celebrate the professional and personal commitments made by these outstanding members through the years.

To read more about the #Who is She project and the other amazing Soroptimists click here

infographic of a tree marking 1921 - 2021
For more information about how different clubs are celebrating the centenary by planting trees click here

Irene Hockin came joint fifth in the SIGBI big story raising funds for the Nepal projectr

We are delighted to report that 
Irene`s story about her early 
life has won joint fifth place 
in the Big Story competition 
run by SIGBI.  

Listen to Irene`s Story beautifully read by 
Sagar Radia an actor from the TV
drama Good karma Hospital.

Petal Scattering Monday 7th November

Scattering petals in the River Taw to remember the victims of domestic abuse.

A small group of members, in line with covid restriction rules , met on the Square  to tie orange ribbon on the seats.

I had been decided to use orange this year, in line with the UN ‘Orange the World’ initiative.

Then the group crossed to the river and scattered rose petal to remember all the victims pf 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.


The trophy is awarded each year to a  club for their outstanding Programme Action work. Jenny Arnold of SI Barnstaple is seen here receiving the award from Regional Programme Action officer Diane Hill.


We are delighted to report that the late Deri Rundle of,Westward Ho!, from the Barnstaple and District Soroptimist club has been chosen as one of the 100 members to be commemorated for her amazing work in Rwanda. To read about Deri click here

64th Charter Evening 2015  Deri in the centre, Jenny on her right, Beryl on her left.

Despite the very bad weather !

Members of SI Barnstaple and District didn’t let driving rain and biting wind deter them from planting seven trees, one for each of their Friendship Links, Bulawayo (Zimbabwe), Bangor (Northern Ireland), Geelong (Australia), Skipton-in-Craven (Yorkshire), Uelzen (Germany), Harare (Zimbabwe) and Pune (India).

The trees were planted on the edge of an apple orchard that has been in the ownership of the family of one of their members for many years.  

The apples growing there are used by a local cider maker who makes cider in the traditional way and the site is immediately adjacent to a village which has conservation status.

Trees planted planted were two common Holly, two Mountain Ash, one Holm evergreen Oak, one Silver Birch and one small leaved Lime – all of which were sourced to suit the site.  The trees chosen will support a variety of wild life – although rabbit guards were fitted to detract from the nibbling of the bark!

poster for virtual run to raise funds for Knickers for Knowledge charity

Alex giving out a 10k Virtual Walk medal to Susie at the Tea party we held in Irene`s garden.
FUND RAISING Alex giving out a 10k Virtual Walk medal to Susie at the Tea Party we held in Irene`s garden.



Picture of Caroline to accompany our memories of Caroline.Click here to read our memories of Caroline

President Carolanne laying the wreath at 2020 Remembrance Day Ceremony.

The service was adapted in line with covid restrictions and was well attended with people socially distancing.

Here is Jeannette receiving her 10 k Virtual Run baadge from Alex
FUND RAISING   Here is Jeannette receiving her 10k Virtual Challenge badge from Alex. Jeannette adapted the challenge for herself and her son Adam. They  managed to complete the challenge  by doing 60 laps of their back yard in a convoy of wheel chairs.

LITTER PICK in Rock Park, Barnstaple September 2020

litter pick Rock Park, Barnstaple


Marking mental health Day

To commemorate Mental Health day on 10th October a few members met up by the bench that the club had placed on the Strand Barnstaple in 2019 in order to raise awareness of the issue of mental health.

sorting clothes lockdown style

Sorting used clothing for Knickers for Knowledge

Coffee break during K4K project - sorting clothes lockdown style

Club members taking coffee during a break from sorting

2.6 challenge the alternative London marathon during Lockdown

FUND RAISING During lockdown club members raised a total of  £578 with this challenge. Proceeds went to: Age Concern £163,  North Devon Hospice  £85.50, and  Knickers for Knowledge £60.00  Also SI Bulawayo were given £269.50 (to help continue their club`s  work during the Covid – 19 crisis)


Welcoming new members .Freda who joined during 'early lockdown' andLLouise whoo joined at the ceremony in Rock Par.
NEW MEMBERS   Carolanne ( centre ) welcoming two new members Freda ( on left) a former member of Taw and Torridge and Louise ( on right ) who joined 20th July 2020 at the outdoor ceremony.

Easy Fundraising logo

People often ask, ‘ How can we support the Barnstaple and District Soroptimist club ?’

An excellent way is to register with Easy fund Raising. Then every time you shop online you can raise money for the club. Over 4000 companies are registered with this scheme.


2.Every time you shop online, go to easy fundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.

3. After you’ve checked out, the retailer will make a donation to Soroptimist International Barnstaple and District at no extra cost to you whatsoever!

The club currently has 28 supporters all signed up to Easy funding. We have so far raised £469,31. You do not need to be a member to register and support us any one can take part.

To register with Easy funding click here



Susie was the winner of the Virtual Ascot Hat competition.
FUND RAISING Susie won the Virtual Ascot Ladies Day Hat competition which we ran during Lockdown to raise £103 for Empowering Girls In Nepal.FU
President Carolanne performed an out door induction ceremony in Rock Park to welcome new member Louise to the club.
NEW MEMBERS  President Carolanne performed an outdoor induction ceremony in Rock Park to welcome new member Louise to the club.
NEW MEMBERS   Members in Rock Park, Barnstaple for the induction ceremony welcoming Louise into the club. Freda had had an induction ceremony on video by Past President Christine in  the early days of Lockdown.

Left to right in photograph of Picnic and Induction Ceremony in Rock Park Zena, Vanessa, Jane , Mary,  Jenny, Sandra, Louise and Freda