“Is your garden a pain or a pleasure?” was the question asked by Tony Featherstone at the September speaker meeting. A radical rethink of priorities was suggested and members were urged to have the courage to start again. Using a visual presentation, Mr. Featherstone showed how he had transformed his garden from a standard lawn surrounded by flower beds to an interesting low maintenance area of raised beds, incorporating a variety of textures. Many of the mature plants were transferred and proved to be most content in their new homes. The Soroptimist members were given a great deal of advice on how to make gardening easier so that more time could be spent enjoying the benefits of their efforts. They were given tips on growing herbs, fruit and vegetables amongst the flowers. An increased demand for container grown apricot trees should be anticipated by local
On a beautiful late summer evening, some members of SI Beverley and District took a trip on the Yorkshire Belle from Bridlington to the cliffs of Bempton. Although many of the nesting sea birds had already left their perches, there were still some young gannets learning to swim, fly and dive for fish. The ship’s Captain steered the boat close to the cliff face so that the nest sites, only accessible from the sea, were within a few feet of our eager cameras. His informative commentary ensured that we appreciated this very special and unique nesting site. Although rain earlier had threatened to spoil the event, our luck held and we enjoyed a golden sunset to escort us back to harbour.
‘How many knots to the inch in this carpet?’ was just one of the questions which had to be answered by Mrs, Anne Hines when she worked at Sledmere House, near Driffield. Margaret Jenkins introduced Mrs. Hines as the final guest speaker before the summer recess of the local Soroptimist club. She spoke about the history of the Sykes family and how each generation has developed the land and property now owned by Sir Tatton Sykes, the eighth baronet. Her narrative was greatly enhanced by anecdotes about some of the personalities of the family and their staff. During the years in which she worked at Sledmere House, Mrs. Hines was responsible for the day-to-day administration and also the organization of many prestigious events such as the launch of Hob Nob biscuits and photo shoots for House and Garden magazine. No two days were the same
Twelve members of SI Beverley and District went for the day to visit the Chantry Chapel & then the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield. This proved to be an interesting and enjoyable day for all. The contrast between the two buildings was fascinating. From the old to the very new. The guided tour of the Chantry Chapel ensured that members were able to fully appreciate this beautiful building. The Art Gallery, in contrast, has been open for only a short time, but has already attracted a steady stream of visitors. Among these are school children who are able to join in art related activities in the spacious workshops specially provided. Social occasions like this ensure that Soroptimists enjoy friendship and fun as well as giving their time, efforts and skills in support of others.
The Lairgate Hotel was the venue for the club’s first meeting of the new year. Mrs Berna Moody, a local Soroptimist, was welcomed as the guest speaker. Her subject was the Richard lll Society. Richard was the last Plantagenet king of England and ruled for only two years. He was killed, aged 32, during the Battle of Bosworth Field in August 1485 during the Wars of the Roses. In his youth, Richard demonstrated loyalty to his king and great skill as a military commander. He was fearless in battle and led his troops from the front. For this he was awarded large estates in the North of England and was appointed Governor of the North by Edward lV. His family motto was ‘Loyalty binds me’ and he used a white boar as his personal device or badge. After his death he was villainised by Henry
The main charity to be supported by the Soroptimists this year isAge UK East Riding. At the meeting on 23rd May, Mr John Perkins, the Chief Officer of the local branch, was invited to speak about the work carried out by this charity. Age UK promotes independent living & active life for residents over the age of 50. It has three main areas of activity: Age UK – the flagship services which give advice, deal with policy issues & help during crises; Age UK Trading- the retail section which organizes the charity shops, of which there are 10 in the East Riding; Age UK enterprises- the commercial arm dealing in insurance, funeral plans, wills and legal services. The charity gives free confidential advice on local services, financial matters and life changing issues. It receives no funding from the local authority for current services and is
SI Beverley and District held their AGM at the Beverley Arms Hotel on 25th April. Mrs Kate Goddard was granted Honorary Membership of the club in recognition of her 44 years of service to Soroptimist International. Kate continues as an active member and regularly meets Soroptimist friends at the SI Federation and International Conferences that she attends. President Jenny presented Kate with flowers and grateful best wishes on behalf of the Club. President Jennifer Heppenstall (left) with Mrs Kate Goddard. President Jenny Heppenstall agreed to continue her excellent Presidency for a further six months and to induct a President Elect during that time. Thanks were given to retiring Secretary Liz Lyle for her sterling work over the last four years. The post will be job shared by Chris Davidson and Juliet Novis. Catherine Driscoll agreed to take up the reigns of the Treasurers
At last week’s cheque presentation evening, members of the club welcomed Jean van der Ende, Dorothy Fagg and John Perkins. A cheque for £1,935 was given to Jean van der Ende for the Yorkshire Scan Appeal and a cheque for £250 was given to John Perkins for Age UK East Riding. This represents the two main charities supported by club members in the current year. These magnificent totals have been achieved by the organisation of several events including a Bridge afternoon, a Chocolate making demonstration, a Chocolate Tombola and a delicious lunch. Age UK will continue to be the focus of our fundraising into the new Club year. The Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held on 25th April at the Beverley Arms.
There were 54 players at the Soroptimists’ Bridge Day last week, which was organized by Helen Barr at Tickton Grange Hotel. Their generous participation and a wonderful array of raffle prizes, enabled a cheque for £675 to be handed over to President Jennifer Heppenstall. The proceeds will be added to other money collected this year to make a total of £1,935 raised by the Soroptimists in support of the Yorkshire Scan Appeal.
Chocaholics would have been in their element helping local Soroptimists raise funds for the East Riding branch of Age UK last weekend. Members hosted a tombola stall in Beverley Market where all the prizes were oozing with chocolate! After a busy morning, £250 was made for the chosen charity. Thank you to all who supported our efforts.