Andy started by covering the last 40 years of his life. At the age of 16 he had career guidance, and it was suggested that he may like to become a journalist. 26 years later he is now doing media work as a publisher, publishing 2500 magazines per month. There then followed a resume of his career and life. In 2006 he was made redundant and reached for a magazine “Prima” and he bought the rights. He then bought BS9 and 17 years on it is still going strong. He showed us copies of the original BS9 and the current version. After running BS9 for a few years he bought BS6 and BS8 which he then merged. BS9 is a monthly magazine on a four-week cycle and a Welsh company does the print run as there are only a few companies with the
On Friday 25th November SI Weston-super-Mare yet again organised the “Railing Against Abuse” event to raise awareness and support the United Nations (UN) Day for “the Elimination of Violence Against Women”. Seven members from SI Bristol and Soroptimists from throughout the southwest (Bath, Bristol, Plymouth, St Austell and Tiverton) travelled by train (“railing”) to join this annual event. Most wore distinctive orange clothing because that is the colour designated by the UN for that day. The group walked in an orderly fashion from the train station to Grove Park. Many carried banners highlighting abuse against women. As they walked, they handed out “Loves me /Loves me not” bookmarks to members of the public. This publicity material pointed out in clear and simple terms the difference between a good relationship and a bad one. The group included other interested people and there were over seventy
On Saturday 19th November President Helen, Sue P, Marion, Maureen, Liz N. Ruth and Lizzie were delighted to meet up with Yuko who is a member of our Friendship Link from SI Aquamarine Kure near Hiroshima, Japan. This is the fourth time she has visited our club and, on this occasion, we met at Browns for lunch. We exchanged gifts and presented her with our Centenary Book signed by all the club members. She told us about her new job “Dyslexia School Search” where she assists in placing children in schools in the UK (for more information visit www.worldlinkyou.net) We had a really lovely time catching up and Yuko who said “It is great to be back in Bristol meeting up with friends. The pandemic kept us apart and it is with sadness that I remember our dear friend Lynn who is no longer with
We were pleased to welcome Bruce Simmonds at our club’s Speaker Meeting on Monday 14th November. Bruce was representing the Lord Mayor of Bristol’s Children Appeal. He appraised us of the incredible work the charity has done for the last 100 years (since 1921) raising funds to help disadvantaged children in Bristol with vouchers – one £20 voucher for food and one £20 voucher for clothing or a toy per child. The Lord Mayor’s Fund was started initially with the aim of providing a Christmas dinner and boots for the deprived children of the city. Today the appeal helps 1,650 children (under 16 or under 18 if they have a disability) every year, so their target is to raise £66,000 which is no mean feat! The children are nominated by health visitors, doctors and teachers, and approved by The Bristol City Council People Directorate,
As a fairly new member of the Bristol Soroptimists, I attended a Regional meeting on Saturday for the first time. It was being held in a new venue and my co-travellers and I had an interesting car journey on our way and must confess we did get a little lost. The new venue is really light and airy and the whole experience was truly lovely, especially meeting other groups within the region from as far away as St. Austell. The reports from the speakers were a real eye-opener regarding modern day slavery in the UK. The morning speakers were from the Medaille Trust telling us about the “Moving on Project” which provides women and their children with help and support if they have been affected by human trafficking and modern slavery. The “icing on the cake” was the Club Star Project Presentations
Yet again we were proud to join so many at St John’s War Memorial on Whiteladies Road to mark Armistice Day. As usual it was attended local school children and there were prayers and the observance of one minute’s silence in honour of those who served and fought to ensure our freedom over so many wars. Our own Sue P is very much involved with the event and organises our poppy wreath in advance of the event which President Helen presented on behalf of SI Bristol. We are proud to be Soroptimists as we remember the sacrifices of those who gave their lives in the wars and those who gave their support.
Welcome Nicki. Nicki has already attended a number of our meetings for a while, and we were very pleased to welcome her on Monday. Nicki first approached us at a fundraising event earlier in the year and she is already showing an interest in the work that we do. As is our usual practice she told us a bit about herself which is always interesting and helps us get to know our new members and why they want to join us. We are delighted that she is already following us and posting on social media.
Once again Ruth organised an amazing visit. This time a guided visit to the Victorian Garden Cemetery at Arnos Vale, a leafy setting rich in architecture where they hold events, including weddings. There were lots of interesting things to see but one of the most exciting graves very close to the entrance, in the Ceremonial Walk, we found the grave of a Bristol Soroptimist, Carmen Beckford MBE (1928-2016), opposite Raja Ram Mohan Roy’s monument. As a young Jamaican woman, Carmen travelled to the UK and trained here to become a nurse and then became a midwife. She was known as the Carnival Queen after helping to set up St Paul’s Carnival in 1967. She was a social activist, became the first Race Relations Officer in Bristol and was the first black recipient of an MBE in the South West. Our guide was Alan, a
On 11th October 2022, three SI Bristol Members (Denise, Laurence and Marion) participated in the Year 11 mock interviews at Oasis Academy John Williams. 160 students were interviewed one-on-one by 30 interviewers with the remit to encourage and instil confidence in the young people. Interviewers, who were volunteers from various local companies and organisations, each talked individually with 5 or 6 students for 10 to 15 minutes. The students were smartly dressed in their school uniforms and while most walked into the room looking apprehensive, they walked out with more confidence and a smile. As each interview ended, the interviewer completed a comprehensive Evaluation Form that covered many aspects of the student’s performance, such as appearance, clarity of the communication, or self-confidence. This document forms part of the student’s portfolio, is discussed at the forthcoming parents evening and is intended to support
Laura and Kat introduced us to the amazing work Bottle Yard Studios have been doing to encourage filming and economic growth in Bristol. Their recent expansions along with the current economic climate have boosted the industry exponentially. They were particularly proud of supporting the South Bristol Skills Training Programme lead by UNESCO which will allow young people to develop soft skills and more targeted skills giving them more opportunities in the future. As the only filming complex in the South West we are sure we will see them accomplish even more over the coming years. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to come and talk to us.