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Bridgend Soroptimists welcome new member Lesley

Bridgend Soroptimists were delighted to open the new term by welcoming a new member to the Club. Lesley Dunlop has recently moved to the area and was invited to join Soroptimist International by Joyce Chatterton. Joyce said, “I was aware of Lesley’s interest in getting involved in local charities and felt that she would enjoy being a Soroptimist. She joined us on several zoom meetings, as well as our summer outing and I was so pleased when she agreed to become a member.”

Lesley explains, “A newcomer to the Vale, my primary draw to Soroptimist membership was to join local women helping womens’ and girls’ causes and contribute to their charitable endeavours.

My main career was in government service before and after having a family. Writing has also always been an integral part of my life, both at work and at leisure.
Since editing and publishing a Watford local history book (, I am now writing a companion volume combining family and social history with particular WWI and WWII military campaigns. I also write fortnightly local history articles for the Watford Observer and, prior to moving to the Vale, was Assistant Editor of a community magazine.

I’m looking forward to making new friendships in Bridgend Soroptimists and to strive in practical ways to help women and girls achieve their potential, for the benefit of all.”

President Gaynor welcomed Lesley to the Club, presenting her with her Soroptimist badge virtually with the hope that our future meetings will be face-to-face.