On a beautiful April evening it was a pleasure to join with Gwyneth Poacher and friends of the Sandville to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the present building. Joint Presidents Joy and Rayner, accompanied by 5 Club members, presented Gwyneth with a cheque for £1,700 which had been raised from a Garden Party and a concert during the year 2010- 2011.
At a recent meeting members were very pleased to be able to celebrate the 85th birthday of longstanding, very active and faithful member, Janet. During a supper meeting Janet was presented with a birthday cake which we all enjoyed. Congratulations Janet.
On a beautiful March morning members walked the Sunnyside and Newcastle Hill area of Bridgend to raise money for Water Aid . Along the way members shared memories and learned more about the history of the area following on from an illustrated talk given at a Club meeting. At the top of Newcastle Hill we were lucky to be able to visit the Church as sadly it is often locked due to vandalism. We finished the morning courtesy of Club member Carys, who lives on the Hill and who provided us with a lovely lunch and a chance to relax and chat.
Past President Joyce Chatterton demonstrating the talking book for blind and partially sited young people for the recording of which the Club had raised funds during her year as President, 2009 – 2010. The book is “Shadow Forest” by Matt Haig.
Several members met for a fun evening at the home of Regional President Carys to pack shoeboxes towards the Club’s donation to Operation Christmas Child run by the Charity Samaritan’s Purse. More boxes were delivered to Club by members and will be taken to the transport depot by Club member Eileen who is organising our donation.
Several members supported Barbara at her Bridgend Town Mayor’s service at Nolton Church on Oct.31st. We really enjoyed the service and the tea afterwards! Thank you Barbara and Best Wishes for the rest of your year.
Joy, Rayner, Lily, JeanD, Christine, Joyce, Barbara P and Carys travelled by coach to Manchester and had very good conference. We met up with Talat again and Rayner gave her the money from the Club and the ESU for the books and shelves at the Primary school. Carys was very grateful to everyone for all the support they gave her as incoming President of Wales South. The speakers, organisation and the parties were all great! More info. on the main Sorops website. (Joyce is photographed with Liz Morgan Lewis the new Federation President whose joined Soroptimists in Bridgend many moons ago!
On a lovely summer afternoon, members, friends and guests joined together in the home of Soroptimist Frances, for an enjoyable afternoon to raise funds for the Sandville Self Help Centre . http://www.sandville.org/ Presidents Joy and Rayner have chosen the Sandville as their charity for the year and Gwyneth Poacher, founder and Nurse Director of the Centre attended the Garden Party to give everyone an overview of the services they would be helping to provide. Also at event were the members of the Bridgend Soroptimists Contact the Elderly group as guests of the Club.
At their annual garden party, held at the garden of Sir Geoffrey and Lady Inkin, the members of the English Speaking Union presented Rayner, with cheque for £500 for Soroptimist International Bridgend Club’s Kirachi project and specifically for our Soroptimist Friendship Club in Kirachi to buy books for their book project. They provide sets of books to each girl staying on at school beyond school leaving age. Rayner, Anne H and Carys ran a tombola and sold cards and bears and raised another £140 for the project.
Joint Presidents Joy and Rayner, accompanied by Club members , visited the Sandville Self Help Centre on Wednesday June 23rd. We were taken on a tour of the centre by the inspirational founder Gwyneth Poacher. The Sandville http://www.sandville.org/ is a centre staffed by 83 volunteers who provide many services for those with problems, check out the website. It was a beautiful evening, the views across from the centre were spectacular whichever way you looked. The Sandville has been chosen as the Presidents’ charity this year and SI Bridgend are holding a Garden Party and a Concert in Ewenny Priory (See Programme http://soroptimist-gbi.org/bridgend-and-district/programme-2010-2011programme-2010-2011 ) to raise funds for this very worthy charity. The evening was rounded off by a delicious hot buffet in the nearby historic Prince of Wales Inn at Kenfig where the landlord Gareth Maund gave a short sketch of the history of the building.