Bridgend Soroptimists had a busy run up to Christmas with a festive itinerary beginning with the Christmas Tree Festival in All Saints Church in Porthcawl. This year our tree was decorated with stars that highlighted some of the projects members have been involved with in 2023, with a QR code appearing on the accompanying poster to direct those interested to further details on our Club website.Members enjoyed a Christmas Carol Service at St David’s Church in Laleston on 6 December, rounding off their celebrations with a fish and chip supper at the adjoining Blandy Hall. A total of 35 Christmas Selection Boxes were provided for children currently under the care of Llamau Women’s Refuges in Bridgend, Caerphilly and Merthyr. There were also pamper bags full of toiletries and Christmas goodies for the mothers. A further 25 Selection Boxes were delivered to SPLICE, a children’s charity
Bridgend Soroptimists and guests enjoyed a fascinating talk from Porthcawl RNLI Lifeboat this evening. Thank you to John and Ian, two members of the Porthcawl Lifeboat team, and to all who volunteer to keep our coast safe.
President Lesley Davies laid a wreath at the centotaph in Bridgend on Remembrance Sunday on behalf of memebrs of SI Bridgend. Despite the rain, there was a wonderful turnout.
Two members of Bridgend Soroptimists attended the packed Light a Candle event at Llandaff Cathedral organised by BAWSO to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls. It was inspiring to hear from such powerful speakers and to see so many united in seeking to make change. Helen and Judith joined Tina Fahm, CEO of BAWSO, to light a candle beginning our 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence.
Congratulations, Sharon on an amazing year as Regional President for SI Wales South. You have had a fantastic year and we are very proud of you. We wish incoming President Rachel the very best for her year in office.
As many of you may be aware, as Soroptimists we hold 16 days of Activism from 25 November through to 10th December. In addition we join with many other Soroptimist clubs to hold an Orange Cafe on 25th of each month – raising awareness of Soroptimism as well as our ‘Say No to Gender-based Violence’ Campaign. On 25th September, a group of Bridgend Soroptimists met in Cowbridge for coffee and a chat – with our ever-present Orange Shoe and Poster. We generated a great deal of interest and enjoyed fun and friendship.
Members of SI Bridgend gathered at the home of Joyce Chatteron to celebrate Honourary Membership being awarded to Lily Laesser. Lily has been a valued member for 37 years and has served as a club officer on several committees and was Club President twice. Lily continues to be involved in club matters and attends club meetings and functions whenever possible. Always smiling and full of fun, Lily was delighted to receive her Honorary Membership Certificate from President Lesley.
Bridgend Soroptimists enjoyed a visit to the the lovely gardens at Gileston Manor. We were joined by friends, family and Soroptimist friends from across the region. A fantastic history to Gileston Manor was shared with us through the very knowledgeable Head Gardener, Jack. The rain certainly didn’t dampen our spirits as we knew there was a sumptuous afternoon tea awaiting us. Thanks to Anne Hughes and Sue Davies for organising our lovely afternoon.
Soroptimist International is a world-wide organisation with 72,000 members in 122 countries and is a Global Voice for Women. Alongside our annual Federation (SIGBI) conference, Soroptimist International holds a quadrennial Convention and in 2023 this was in the historic city of Dublin, in Ireland. Two Bridgend Soroptimists, Judith Lewis and Rayner Rees, joined 1600 Soroptimists from all five Federations including Soroptimist International Africa Federation, Soroptimist International of the Americas, Soroptimist International of Europe, Soroptimist International of Great Britain & Ireland and Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific. The theme of the Convention was ” Challenge the Future” and brought together speakers from across the globe, as well as a series of seminars, workshops, round table discussion and poster sessions. Take this visual trip through the convention. SI Bridgend was delighted that it’s Programme Action poster was selected for display. The poster highlights the work
Pamper, chocolates and chat. Two Bridgend Soroptimists, Sue Newton and Sharon Dixon, spent a busy afternoon at a local women’s refuge making the ladies there feel special. Pamper time. Face packs. Hand Massage. Nails. Music, a cheeky glass of chilled Schloer and lots of chatter! A good time was enjoyed by all and brought positive benefits all round.