The sun truly shone on the righteous as members of the Bridgend Soroptimists once again joined the South Wales Branch of the English-Speaking Union for their annual summer garden party at Fonmon Castle. With rain a-plenty before and after the festivities, guests had every reason to bask in the beautiful castle gardens. The Soroptimists Tombola stall, filled with many enticing presents, drew many visitors, as well as the raffle, organised by Soroptimist and ESU member Anne Morgan. Funds raised will go towards the Clubs varied charity commitments. Guests were gently lulled by musical entertainment provided by music graduates from the Welsh Royal College of Music and Drama, known collectively as the EU4IA Euphonium Quartet comprising Jack, Matthew, Sion and Grant. The quartet hit just the right note with a wide repertoire ranging from Joplin through Mancini to Tchaikovsky. The event was rounded off with scrumptious sustenance
Bridgend Soroptimist Club held a coffee morning on July 15 at the home of club secretary Marjorie Page. The event raised the sum of £248 for the Meru Womens’ Garden Project in Nepal. The goal is to provide women in that area with the means to grow their own food products and sell on any surplus which will enable them to expand. This project is currently being supported by all Soroptimist clubs in the UK and will run for a year. Members and guests enjoyed a magnificent array of cakes and pastries and were joined by two young pupils visiting Wales from Estonia and Spain. They are studying English and will be taking home some good memories of the Soroptimist movement, both in Wales and throughout the world.
Two Bridgend Soroptimists celebrate their birthdays on the same day in July. And this year was a special as they both turned 80! As Lily says, “I always refer to Sylvia as my “twin”. It is lovely to share our special day, and this year was extra special.” The Club enjoyed a celebration tea t their July business meeting with many good wishes, cards and a celebration birthday cake.
There was excellent coverage of Bridgend Soroptimist Club in the local press. Not only did the report mention our new President and AGM, but also featured a colourful photograph and report on the 65 blankets knitted and crocheted by Club members for the charity ‘Life for African Mothers’. There was also a second report showing the presentation of a cheque for £1000 to Barnardo’s to support the Literacy project at Parc Prison. Well done to Club Communications Officer, Eileen Bayley!
Following a very busy and colourful AGM, the Club was delighted to welcome our new President Sue Davies and wish her every success for the coming year. President Bethan’s theme for the year is ‘Let us help the children’ and her chosen charity is Barnardo’s. President Sue explained that her goal for her year as our President is to encourage members to put their heart and soul into the projects that we are already involved with. We are urged to reuse, recycle and reduce and to use the resources we already have at hand to support others. One way we can do this is to provide Mother’s Day gifts for the Women’s Refuge, filling handbags with toiletries and other goodies. As President Sue says, “We’ve all had unwanted gifts and we can put these to good use instead of letting them gather dust at home!”