We were joined by local MP Alison McGovern, who helped us clean up the litter that was washed up on the beach. We were also assisted by 8th Bebington Scout Group. The weather was kind to us and a barbeque was provided for all who had helped.
On 5th April the Mayor and Mayoress joined us to present cheques to our nominated charities. Charities receiving funds included Charles Thompson Mission, SOBS, Wirral Narrowboat Trust, Develop with Dignity, The Women’s Refuge, Neo Natal Unit and Response. ODE TO GIVING AND RECEIVING We’ve been very busy We raised quite an amount And the time has come To give all of it out. We wrote to good causes “It’s our Cheque Presentation, Please come to our evening, You’ll get a donation.” Wirral Narrow Boat Trust And INCU babes came, Charles Thompson Mission And more I will name. Wirral Youth theatre replied Response came too, St Johns Hospice, SOBS, To name but a few. Mary’s Meals had some rucksacks, A cheque for the Refuge, We all had a buffet. The attendance was huge. Some pictures were taken, The Mayor gave a speech. The Charities were called
Birkenhead Soroptimists hosted Pauline Daniel’s fabulous one woman show ‘Shirley Valentine’ at Pilgrim Street Arts Centre in partnership with Creative Youth Development. The two shows raised £4,182 for local charities. The money will be distributed to: Creative Youth Development, Wirral Women’s Aid, Charles Thompson Mission, Arrowe Park Neonatal Unit and Wirral S.O.B.S. (Survivors of Bereavement and Suicide). All wonderful local charities making life better for Wirral people. Pauline Daniels gave two stupendous performances and richly deserved the standing ovations she received from the audiences. Pauline clearly enjoyed the part! Creative Youth Development formerly known as Wirral Youth Theatre/Youth Arts offers a wide range of arts based activities for young people. These include young people with disabilities, young people who are looked after, young carers and young people who are affected by mental illness in their families. This work takes place at Pilgrim Street Arts Centre
Birkenhead Soroptimists had a wonderful time at their Burns Supper in January 2017. This is organised every few years by member Marion Boden, an Ayrshire lass. The picture shows Ken, husband of member Val Crawford, addressing the haggis. Ken is also a native of Ayrshire. After being ‘piped in’, members were regaled by David Murray who spoke on the Immortal Memory of Burns with Jean and Chris ‘toasting the lassies’. Much laughter followed. President Linda and her guests enjoyed the food, the wine and, of course, the poetry!
Our 2015/16 year ended with a Cheque Presentation Evening at the Bridge Inn. The Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral came along and presented the cheques to the following charities: T4U – Develop with Dignity Educate to Lead: Nepal Toilet Twinning Water Aid Meru Women’s Garden Project Mary’s Meals Wirral Community Narrowboat Trust Home-Start Wirral Charles Thompson Mission Alzheimer’s Society Wirral Wirral Women and Children’s Aid (Refuge) Response It was a wonderful evening and we were inspired by the charity representatives who gave a brief overview of what they do and what the donations will be used for.
A group of members from the club visited Ness Gardens in March. We had a cookery demonstration/lesson and then enjoyed a very filling afternoon tea!
To highlight International Women’s Day, members of Birkenhead Soroptimists exhibited a display at Wirral Grammar School for Girls, showcasing the work that they do locally and the projects they are involved in internationally. On 7th and 8th March, Sue Cotton, who is one of our members, also gave a talk in the school assembly to approximately 500 girls in years 10, 11 and 12. Sue commented on how lucky the girls were both socially and educationally compared to other young women in the third world. She emphasised the importance of giving women the tools and life skills to create a better life for themselves and their families. We had a really good response from the girls, who are going to encourage other year groups to help with the Mary’s Meals project. Headmistress Elaine Cogan also spoke during assembly, endorsing SIGBI’s principles of educating, empowering and
We all got our brains into gear for a fund raising quiz night at Christ Church Community Centre, Bebington
Members of SI Birkenhead were on hand to help Father Christmas when he popped into Bromborough Fair on 28th November. Lots of happy children and their parents were delighted to meet him in the grotto which was prepared by the club.
Despite a cold and rainy night, everyone had fun at our successful fundraising race night.