Our Danish Soroptimist friends joined us for our February zoom meeting and it was lovely to see them. Following Jo and Sue’s welcome to the members of SI Kerteminde, President Kirsten, Ulla and Birte told us about the activities and events they had been able to do last year and their hopes for the coming year. Memories were shared of past visits to Buxton and Denmark!
CHRISTMAS TREE The Mayor of High Peak has treated us to a Christmas tree to be used in the Pavilion and we were delighted to accept the gift. Part of the Pavilion has now reopened and Anne and Jo have decorated the tree so, if you have a moment to spare, do pop along and have a look. The tree is in the entrance close to the Octagon. FUND-RAISING CALENDAR The twelve Soroptimist Clubs of Midland East Region have produced a calendar for 2021. Copies have been sold throughout the Region to raise funds for our Federation project “Empowering Girls in Nepal“. The twelve Clubs are Amber Valley, Buxton & District, Chesterfield & District, Derby, The Dukeries, Kettering & District, Leicester, Lincoln & District, Loughborough, Mansfield & District, Nottingham and Peterborough. We are February!! The central photo features the iconic Buxton Opera House in the
Buxton Soroptimists held their September meeting via Zoom, and a great meeting it proved to be. Joint Presidents Sue Barber and Jo Holdway welcomed Jasmit Phull, Region President who gave a fascinating, informative, heart warming and very personal talk about her arranged marriage. At the end of the talk Jasmit stressed that arranged marriages such as hers are far removed from forced marriages, which Soroptimists worldwide are fighting against.
The members of Soroptimist International, Buxton & District have been busy during the COVID19 lockdown. Some have been helping elderly, sick or vulnerable people by doing errands. Many have contributed, sewn and provided aprons, laundry bags and fabric facemasks. Joint President Jo is modelling one of the aprons and 40 of these have been donated to the local Scrub Hub charity, who will distribute them to local carers. Joint President Sue and her husband have been growing and selling vegetable plants to local people in Tideswell. So far they have donated £90 to Tideswell First Responders, £30 to Chesterfield Hospital (Calow), £60 to Tideswell Surgery and have £70 to donate to Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital shortly. Rules on social distancing have been followed at all times.
Great news for the Club, President Jo welcomed Anne and Marion as members of SI Buxton
On 11 March 2020, thanks to President Sue, we spent a really enjoyable evening at H & D’s restaurant in Tideswell which was a very successful fundraising event for Water Aid. Friends joined Club members for a delicious meal and fun activities at what has turned out to be our last get together because of coronavirus and lockdown!
President Jo’s Report: The conference in October 2019 was once again a wonderful, inspirational experience for all those who attended. THURSDAY EVENNG – OPENING CEREMONY Usual opening ceremony with flags being carried in by girls from STEM project, Bournemouth schools. Followed by Rock Choir. FRIDAY Baroness Susan Greenfield – Insights from Neuroscience What is the basis of each unique mind? How do brain connections develop. Talked of using your brain. The Hippocampus is larger in London taxi drivers! Also in musicians, mathematicians, basketball players, jugglers, golfers, linguists. Repeated taking of exams makes changes to your brain. Experimented with rats and put some in an enriched environment. These produced more exclusive branches in their brain than the control group. BRAIN CELLS NEED TO WORK HARD TO INCREASE. The biological basis of the brain is driven by unique experiences. Johnny Depp – tattoos – fragile mental attitude.
March Dinner Meeting President Anne Needham introduced local man, Bill Whitehouse MBE, Vice Chairman of the British Cave Rescue Council. He gave a fascinating presentation about the dramatic rescue of the junior football team trapped in Tham Luang Cave,Thailand last summer. The boys had been taken on a walk into the cave by their young coach, and unexpectedly they were trapped by rising water in a cave under the “Sleeping Lady ” mountain. Following bureaucratic setbacks with the military, Thai authorities agreed that the British team of experts should be allowed to help. Four Thai “SEALS” had attempted a rescue and failed. The intervention by the King of Thailand then ensured the UK’s team were allowed access. They were given just a few hours to mastermind a plan. Two Australian cave divers joined their team. One was an anaesthetist, the other a vet. The boys