We reached our ambitious target and raised £1,590. Donations were made by Club members, but read on! This included their participation in a virtual event (in place of a porridge fundraising event on the Downs) as part of International Porridge Day (10th October) and the Christmas ‘lay a spare place’ appeal. By sending the money before January 31st 2021, the £1,590 was matched through the UK Government’s ‘double the love’ funding programme. Thus, SI Bristol’s donation instead of only supporting 100 children supported 200 children for a school year. Well done indeed.
We welcomed our speaker Allie Dillon our first speaker in 2021. She started by describing the purpose and importance of the archives which are based at the Create Centre in B Bond Warehouse close to Cumberland Basin. The team of 19 maintain the archives of the City of Bristol and surrounding areas, as well as the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection. Some are stored as hard copy and some have been digitised. It is both an historic and cultural resource. The public have access free of charge and the records are used for many reasons including accessing records for public enquiries. Bristol Archives was established in 1924 and it was the first borough record office in the United Kingdom and holds documents going back to the 12th century. There are many valuable documents such as the Royal Charter circa 1190 (this is still a valid
Jen Challenged herself to raise funds for SI Bristol’s Club Charities and for Methodist Women in Britain, Bristol District. She has achieved her goal, many thanks goes to Jen for a very successful fundraiser. Jen Said: “It doesn’t seem possible that I have finished my six months walking challenge, which started in June 2020 and finished in November 2020. Donations were still being made into December so my charity account wasn’t finalised until last week when JustGiving paid into my charity account which is £1715. This is an amazing result and well over my original target of £1000. I want to take this opportunity to say a very big ‘thank you to all my supporters. I knew no one when I came to Bristol two years ago and I feel very humbled by all your support. I couldn’t have achieved it without your generosity. There
Soroptimist International is almost 100 years old and is celebrating the lives and contributions of members who have made a difference. Our current member Sue Perry was the first to be published (see post 4th September 2020). Quote from SIGBI: “As part of SIGB’s the celebration of the first centenary of Soroptimist International in 2021, more than 100 Soroptimists have been selected to be commemorated as part of the #WhoIsShe? Campaign. The centenary of the organisation seemed a fitting opportunity to recognise and celebrate the professional and personal commitments made by these outstanding members through the years. These #WhoIsShe? campaign members, both past and present, from Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland have all been nominated by Soroptimist Clubs for their noteworthy contribution to society in the furtherance of the aims and objects of the organisation. We will be Showcasing 12 Outstanding Soroptimists each month.” The
We are delighted to see that Clifton and Hotwells Improvement Society’s (CHIS) December newsletter features our article about SI Bristol’s book “100 Years of Sisterhood: Bristol Fashion”. It tells residents that it was “written by Clifton resident Dr Marion Reid, it describes the 100-year history of the Bristol Venture/Soroptimist Club.” The article goes on to give a taste of the book and Marion says “for anyone interested in the history of Bristol and the people who live here, this book is a must”. It can be purchased from www.redcliffepress.co.uk or through email@example.com.
This is the third year that SI Bristol has participated in the St Mary Redcliffe Treefest. Until this year, it has been a spectacular festive display of Christmas trees in the gothic church of St Mary Redcliffe. This year, due to the restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic, it was an online event. The Treefest Gallery consists of 35 trees decorated by resourceful people in local charities, schools, businesses and other organisations. SI Bristol’s entry is the first one in the Gallery. Thanks go to Denise, Ivete, Jen, Sally and Yvonne for decorating the crab apple tree and to Ivete for taking and submitting the photographs. As of 15th December, SI Bristol’s tree had secured 5% of votes. Check it out and vote. There is an opportunity to donate to this year’s charities: Treeaid (www.treeaid.org.uk) and St Mary Redcliffe Community projects.
SI Bristol embraced the ‘16 Days of Activism’ for 19 days! (22nd November to 10th December) A cohort of our members ‘attended’ The Creative Forum that Tara Arkle organised to replace the SI Weston super Mare annual Railing Against Abuse planned to gather in London this year. This Forum was on 22nd November – three days prior to the United Nations (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women annual awareness day. This multi-year UN End Violence against Women campaign is an effort aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls. This year the focus was “on amplifying the call for global action to bridge funding gaps, ensure essential services for survivors of violence during the COVID-19 crisis, focus on prevention, and collection of data that can improve life-saving services for women and girls.” The 2020 theme was “Orange the
Our 16 Days of Activism (see programme Action Report “Orange the World”) culminated with a talk delivered via Zoom by Andrew Wallis. In addition to members of SI Bristol, the talk was ‘attended’ by members from our Friendship Link clubs: SI Chester, SI Halifax and by SI Weston super Mare. Unseen has been operating in Bristol and beyond for over 10 years and we have been involved with them in many different ways since 2013. “Human trafficking is a crime. It does not always involve international transportation. Trafficking in the UK includes commercial, sexual and bonded labour. Trafficked people have little choice in what happens to them and often suffer abuse due to violence and threats made against them or their families. In effect, they become commodities owned by traffickers, used for profit”. Andrew is an inspirational speaker and he started by telling us
Unfortunately, this year because of lockdown, the annual Act of Remembrance at St John’s War Memorial in Whiteladies Road on 11th November had to be pared down and held without the usual attendance of 200 school pupils, a bugler, and music from a brass consort. So, it was different but memorable and special nonetheless with clergy from Churches Together in Clifton, Redland and Cotham, a representative from the police, a Police Community Support Officer and a number of well distanced passers-by. Four wreaths were laid including one by Sue P, President Elect, Soroptimist International Bristol.
On 4th November, President Elect Sue was honoured for her work at Abbeyfield. Due to the impending Lockdown (starting 5th November), the event was smaller than planned for such an auspicious occasion. The ceremony took place in All Saints Church, Clifton where it was possible to self-distance. Two representatives from Abbeyfield presented Sue with a stylish broch, a framed certificate and a large bouquet of flowers. Following a thanks from Sue, a toast was given in Champagne. Congratulations Sue – a truly worthy recognition of your commitment and service to Abbeyfield; first as a volunteer, then as a staff member and now as a volunteer. Sue’s Certificate reads: “In grateful recognition of your outstanding and valued commitment to the care of older people, in particular for your incredible 45 years of commitment to Abbeyfield in the Bristol area and beyond, and for using your