This year it was in aid of our two year Club charities Lifeskills – Learning for Living and The National Centre for Integrative Medicine. It is a very busy day with many members of SI Bristol and David S one of our Soroptimisters there to help and support. We are very grateful to the Bridge Club both in providing the venue free of charge and also from the many members who join us for this charity event. Mick Brown acted as Director for the day ensuring we had a professional day of Bridge for everyone to enjoy. It was a lively occasion and we provided prizes for the winners. Our delicious 2 course lunch was provided by Maureen and Pauline C. Lovely cakes were made by Soroptimists and sold under the direction of Gish and a raffle managed by Susan G meant that at the
Our annual visit our very own Soroptimist boutique hotel was as always a huge success. The weekend started with a visit to Hall of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries organised by Dr Tim Chambers, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, who had talked to us at out Supper meeting in October. This was followed by a visit to the theatre “Witness for the Prosecution” an excellent production in a court room setting. The second evening was spent in the usual Italian Restaurant that is very close to Number 63. The rest of the time we enjoyed the sights of London finding new events and fun places to visit. Many thanks to Pauline and Ruth for making it happen.
On 9th September 22 Soroptimists, including Soroptimisters, enjoyed a wonderful evening at St Mary Redcliffe Church, set in Redcliffe itself. We were greeted by Cecile Gillard whose knowledge of the church was amazing she left no questions unanswered. We saw the stained glass window commemorating John Cabot’s 1497 voyage to America aboard the Matthew and a small model of the Matthew too. The other stained glass windows were amazing and included a modern stained glass window in the Lady Chapel. There were towering pillars and Gothic arches, a wonderful view along the central aisle and the medieval stone font at the west end of the nave. There was so much to see and a return visit is essential to refresh our memories and see more. Many thanks to Susan G who organised the visit and to Cecile Gillard a volunteer with exceptional knowledge of this
On 9th May a group of Bristol Soroptimists enjoyed a very convivial day visit to Kelmscott Manor (a grade l listed house dating from around 1570) and Buscot Park, both situated near the river Thames and Lechlade. The visit was beautifully organised by Lucy. Kelmscott Manor was the inspirational Cotswold retreat of William Morris and his family – poet and craftsman from 1871 to his death in 1896. He described Kelmscott as ‘heaven on earth’, with good reason. He signed a joint lease for the property with his friend and colleague Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the Pre-Raphaelite artist. The house contains an outstanding collection of the possessions and works of Morris, as well as of his family and associates (Benson, Edward Burne-Jones, Rossetti and Webb among them) that includes furniture, original textiles, pictures and paintings, carpets, ceramics and metalwork. It holds a beautiful English style garden
How many times have we heard, that no one has heard of Soroptimists? With this in mind, we decided to advertise an ‘Open Evening’ in local, monthly free magazines. Through this medium five people contacted us, which together with other interested women meant 10 ‘new’ people attended. We wanted presentations to be short and interesting and Programme Action focused. After some refreshments and introductions, one of our members explained why she is a Soroptimist followed by several examples of the projects, that SI Bristol is engaged in supporting. Feedback has been very positive; the friendly and welcoming ambiance and our obvious commitment to projects that will change the lives of women and children.
2018 Watch this space for events in this coming year