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‘She Inspires’

‘She Inspires’

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The ‘She Inspires’ awards have their origins in Bolton and we are proud to have our Past President Carole Swarbrick recognised for her leadership and achievements.  She received  a Lifetime Achievement Award as a Councillor and former Mayoress of Bolton. Her second trophy was for being North West Woman of the Year 2021.  Carole’s involvement in education meant she was Executive Member for Children’s Services for several years; being North West Woman of the Year for 2021 speaks for itself.

Backup in Bolton

Backup in Bolton

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Our first project in the autumn was to create eight boxes of useful and comforting items for young people setting up their first homes alone with the help of the charity ‘Backup’. If you have no family support to help you get started in your new life its a long and lonely road. 

A President for the Times

A President for the Times

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Our new President Glynis Hughes is the owner of two nursing homes in Bolton and so more involved than most of us in the long battle against Covid 19. We all admire the way that  she and her staff have kept their residents safe and well. At our first ‘real’ meeting, past President Carole Swarbrick hands over the Chain after her two years keeping the Club alive with frequent Zooms and friendly emails.

Getting used to life again!

Getting used to life again!

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Since we emerged from isolation last month we have enjoyed two meetings at the Mercure, picking up the threads of Projects in Bolton such as support for ‘Backup’, and considering the entries to our Young Achiever Award. Social events have included a lunch and a visit to Bolton Little Theatre, and coffee mornings will resume shortly. The sixteen clubs in our Region held a lunch yesterday to welcome seventeen new members and to celebrate the best of our Projects, and all are arranging to plant trees to celebrate 100 Years of Soroptimism.  Our own Celebration in November will remember three active and greatly missed members who left us during the dark days of lockdown. By Christmas we hope to be able to resume Speaker Meetings (varying from travels in search of wild life to the work of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust UK). In March we

Meeting after 15 months!

Meeting after 15 months!

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At our first ‘real’ meeting for fifteen months we celebrated a number of things – the pleasure of friends not seen for a long time, the celebration of President Glynis’s ‘takeover’ from President Carole, a new venue for our meetings, a buffet supper and an interesting presentation from a charity which we have supported during the last year Create Bolton. Their website explains what they do but it was a real pleasure to meet them in person.      

Volunteer and meet ‘old friends’ and new.

Volunteer and meet ‘old friends’ and new.

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During the last two years we have certainly learned to value the friendships that are part of being a Soroptimist and difference we can make to society. There is no substitute for meeting old friends  face to face, and sharing our projects and helping women and girls make a success of their lives. Our message now is Volunteer and Make Friends. As we start a new Soroptimist year and celebrate our Centenary, our first meeting at our new venue,  the Mercure Bolton Georgian House Hotel, will be on Tuesday July 6th. We care about victims of domestic abuse, food poverty, social isolation, the education of girls, the safety of women in the streets, the chance to combat racism —–and many issues common to the world.

Inspirational Women

Inspirational Women

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Bolton Soroptimists decided to celebrate International Women’s Day with a Balloon Debate. One by one some splendid ‘inspirational’ woman had to be sacrificed for the sake of the rest. Climate activist Greta Thunberg was the youngest candidate and the Queen the oldest. The Mayor, Councillor Linda Thomas, chose Barbara Castle as her political heroine and journalist Melanie Read was greatly admired for the way she tackles her life as a tetraplegic. Maya Angelou, Baroness Newlove, Sue’s teacher Miss Floyd and all the teachers who made such a difference to girls education had our votes; Professor Sarah Gilbert , leading the Astra-Zeneca vaccination Project, would not have done that without the rest. In the end only Sarah Gilbert and the Queen were left to navigate the balloon to safety. Who would you have chosen?

Call My Bluff

Call My Bluff

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Our Social Secretary Val has managed to keep us all amused in lockdown with cheese and wine parties and books to read. Do you remember ‘Call my Bluff’? Three members of the Club did their best to persuade us that their definitions were ‘true’.  SHABBLE HEGUMEN PALPEBRA TELLURIAN UNITARD RUBIGINOSE Thank you to Margaret, Maureen and Ruth who called the bluffs and helped to raised money for the Charity Account.

Young Achiever Award 2020

Young Achiever Award 2020

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We are proud to present the winner of our Young Achiever Award 2020, Caitlin Whittle. She was nominated by Youth Leader Sarah Saxon for her work with her local youth club since 2016, for her Duke of Edinburgh bronze award last year, and for her leadership with the children and families at St Peter’s Church ‘Messy Church’, all the while coping with challenging family circumstances. She is a worthy winner of the award which celebrates young women’s achievements. We wished to present Caitlin’s Trophy at our annual Charter Dinner but had to meet in Moss Bank Park where social distancing was possible – it was a pity about the rain!

A Tragic Loss

A Tragic Loss

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Gay Wharton, pictured here with President Carole, was a former Mayoress and a valued member of S I Bolton. She lost her life one Friday in November as she crossed a pelican crossing near her home. Not only family mourned her death, but also do her many friends and fellow Soroptimists and the wider Bolton community. Many charities benefited from her tireless fundraising – as a Patron of Fortalice, a supporter of Community Kitchen’s food project for the homeless, and of Caritas. The evening before she died she was putting together Caritas parcels for women and babies. Gay featured in a recent book ‘100 Women’s Stories’ celebrating women who have made an impact in our town. We are the poorer for her loss, but the richer for her example as a valued member of our Club.