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We will remember them.

We will remember them.

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In spite of the Remembrance Day parades having been cancelled this year, members of SI Beverley and District visited the Garden of Remembrance to lay a wreath.  The photograph shows President Myra, her mother and fellow Soroptimist Pat, with Trish and Berna at the War Memorial.

The end of a busy year.

The end of a busy year.

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    As the club year comes to an end, we say huge thank yous to all members who have contributed to the  Club’s success. Special thanks go to President Jenny who stepped into the breach when needed.  Jenny has led a varied and fun year with considerable contributions going to local and international causes.   Thank you Jenny. Thanks were also given to Liz Hallett who has managed our Fund Raising events with such efficiency and good humour.  Thank you Liz. We have to say farewell to our long standing Soroptimist member, Barbara Evamy.  Barbara has been a Soroptimist for 38 years and has served  in her Club as President, Secretary, Treasurer and Programme Action Officer, as well as becoming President of the Yorkshire region.  She has served on the 63 Committee and attended Conferences and events around the world.  Barbara has decided it is

Soroptimist Spring fashion funds Macmillan Nurses.

Soroptimist Spring fashion funds Macmillan Nurses.

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As the Club year comes to an end, the members of Soroptimist International of Beverley and District were delighted to be able to present a cheque for £1257.56 in support of the vital work of the Macmillan Nurses team at Castle Hill Hospital. This magnificent total was raised at the recent Fashion Show held at Tickton. Sue Spence, Macmillan Nurse with the Urology Department, joined Club members, to receive the cheque on behalf of the Nursing team.  She described some of the work that the nurses undertake in supporting prostate cancer patients from diagnosis to end of life, and through cancer and beyond. They are there to help patients understand the treatments they will receive and cope with the psychological, sociological and physiological impacts that they will experience. The greater awareness of prostate cancer and the importance of early diagnosis has encouraged more men to

Spring Fashions to banish the winter blues!

Spring Fashions to banish the winter blues!

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On a cold and blustery evening, members of SI Beverley & District turned out in full strength to delver the Spring Fashion Show.  There were tasks for all in providing a welcome for our 130 guests with wine and nibbles and a chance to win the beautiful raffle prizes.      The collections on show were provided by four local fashion boutiques – Collections of Angel Square, Molly Browns of Wednesday Market, Beverley Dresser of North Bar Within, and Estelle of Willerby. Soroptimists were among the glamorous models who presented clothes for all occasions.  Behind the scenes was a model of organisation and timing.      President Jenny welcomed the brave souls who had beaten the weather to be here, and promised a show with something for everyone and for every social event. Anne introduced each model and described her  outfit as she walked the length

A celebration of 100 years of women’s suffrage on International Women’s Day

A celebration of 100 years of women’s suffrage on International Women’s Day

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To celebrate  International Women’s Day (March 8th) President Jenny had asked members to think about women who had influenced them or had made a strong contribution to improving women’s lives.   Several members spoke about a memorable woman of the past 100 years PRESIDENT JENNY  spoke about ALICE BACON the first Yorkshire Woman MP. Alice was MP for Leeds North East from 1945 -1970. She entered the House of Lords as Baroness Bacon in 1970. She was born and lived in Normanton all her life. LIZ L recalled  RUTH NOBLE  the Founder of Beverley & District Soroptimist Club . We celebrated our 50th Anniversary in 2017. She was Headmistress of Beverley Girls High School. ANDREA  told us about  DAME CECILY SAUNDERS  born in 1918.  She qualified as a Nurse, a Social Worker and in 1930 as a Doctor. She founded the Hospice Movement. SUE B had research on FREDA MAY

Fashion Show and Afternoon Tea events

Fashion Show and Afternoon Tea events

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Lets hope that the worst of the winter weather is over and we can start to look forward to warmer days! With this in mind club members are planning two spring events to get us all in the mood! Fashion Show On 16th March 2018 the Fashion Show will be held at Tickton Village Hall from 7pm. Tickets are £10 each to include wine and nibbles. The items on show are from local shops –  Estelle of Willerby, Collections of Angel Square, Beverley Dresser, Molly Browns. Afternoon Tea On 22nd April 2018 at the Tickton Village Hall we will be serving tea and cakes in an entertaining afternoon with our speaker Alan Lavender who was the chef at Chequers and has many fascinating stories to tell! Tickets cost £12.50 and are available now.   Contact any Soroptimist member or message this webpage for tickets for either or

Home-Start – making a difference

Home-Start – making a difference

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Once again, members of SI Beverley and District have been baking items for Home-Start Goole.  They were able to contribute fruit cakes, jams, biscuits and chutneys to add to the Hampers and Christmas Fair stall. ‘We had lots of visitors, the school choir sang and the cakes and jams went down well – please thank the ladies who donated them.’ The Drop-In day was clearly a success in both publicising the work of this tremendous organisation and in raising much needed funds to continue their valuable work.  Trained volunteers support young families in those early, and sometimes stressful, days as new parents.  In addition, the Goole group have begun english language classes for some of  the many new members of the community.  In this small quiet community there is at least one school where  80% of its children  do not have english as their first

Postscript to the Tree decorating

Postscript to the Tree decorating

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Lovely letter of thanks from the Christmas Tree committee. Subject: Christmas Tree Festival thanks Can I thank everyone who helped to make this year’s “Festival of Christmas Trees” such a success? Thanks to our sponsors, the people who donated trees (65 in all), the School Choirs who sang (9 in all) and the Community Choirs who sang (5 in all) Thanks to the catering staff at St John’s Burlington  who provide refreshments throughout the “Festival” The two weekends were a great community event and altogether around 70 different groups were involved i.e. schools/uniformed organisations/churches/charities and local businesses. I’m pleased to report that the profit for the “Festival” was £2,751-49. That is divided 60% to St Catherine’s Hospice and 40% to Rotary local charities. None of that would have been possible without the help and co-operation of so many people – thank you to you all. John

Time to put up the Christmas trees!

Time to put up the Christmas trees!

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Club members are having a busy time leading up to Christmas.   SI Beverley and District Soroptimists decorated trees, in Beverley at the Minster, and in Bridlington at St John’s Church. The Beverley tree was decorated with White Ribbons to support the Campaign to engage men and boys in opposing violence against women and girls. The Sally symbol topped the tree and leaflets about the club offered more information on our aims and activities. The Bridlington tree was hung with the Soroptimist bookmarks which encourage children and young people to appraise their relationships.. The new symbol of Soroptimism – the dynamic ‘S’ – topped the Bridlington tree with information leaflets on Sorptimism  to raise the profile of the organisation. Many visitors enjoyed viewing the dozens of trees that illustrated the wide variety of voluntary and community organisations that thrive in the two towns.