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S I Cannock go back to nature

S I Cannock go back to nature

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SI Cannock & District went back to nature for their third wellbeing event! They visited the Stadium Allotments, Cannock where they were shown around allotments maintained by the community for the community. Gez Hill of Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles (IHL) told how groups attend the allotments each week to plant and tend fruit and vegetables.  Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles (IHL), are a charity which, on behalf of Cannock Chase Council offers a wide range of activities to the community to improve their health and wellbeing. The amount of work that had been done at the site was very impressive! After the tour, the Soroptimists made a bug hotel for the site and planted some vegetables including onions, lettuce and radish, they were promised the pick of the crop when they were harvested!  President Jackie Prince said “It’s so good to be part of community projects such as

Soroptimists Go Back to Nature!

Soroptimists Go Back to Nature!

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SI Cannock & District went back to nature for their third wellbeing event! They visited the Stadium Allotments, Cannock where they were shown around allotments maintained by the community for the community. Gez Hill of Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles (IHL) told how groups attend the allotments each week to plant and tend fruit and vegetables.  Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles (IHL), are a charity which, on behalf of Cannock Chase Council offers a wide range of activities to the community to improve their health and wellbeing. The amount of work that had been done at the site was very impressive! After the tour, the Soroptimists made a bug hotel for the site and planted some vegetables including onions, lettuce and radish, they were promised the pick of the crop when they were harvested!  President Jackie Prince said “It’s so good to be part of community projects such as

Cannock and District Soroptimists meet George Eliot

Cannock and District Soroptimists meet George Eliot

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Each year SI Cannock and District hold a Summer Celebration with members, family and friends. Until last year of course – when because of Covid-19, no-one was able to meet in such circumstances. So this year was even more of a celebration when, in line with guidelines, 30 members and family were able to meet and enjoy each others’ company and a meal together. And this at the splendid Tutbury Castle, where the sun shone to help things along even more. SI Cannock & District President Jackie Prince said how thrilled she was to welcome everyone to the first formal occasion the club had been able to hold since February 2020 – 17 months ago!! The conversation and the smiles didn’t stop: everyone was so excited to be able to go out and to meet again. And the afternoon was completed by a visit from

Cannock and District Soroptimists supporting Ironman and raising funds!

Cannock and District Soroptimists supporting Ironman and raising funds!

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Following a break in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ironman 70.3 returned to Staffordshire at the weekend and Cannock Soroptimists were again pleased to be able to support their local community by volunteering for the event. In the week leading up to the race, 6 Soroptimists went along to Stafford to help with packing the bags for the athletes. They put in a full day’s work – particularly hard going at times because it was so hot, but even so they enjoyed each other’s company and prepared almost 1600 bags for the athletes. On race day, 4 club members rose early to be at Chasewater to marshall the first points of the bike race – as ever it was a fun occasion. Competitors had completed the one and a half mile swim in Chasewater and begun the 56 mile bike ride on their way

SI Cannock meets George Eliot

SI Cannock meets George Eliot

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Each year SI Cannock and District hold a Summer Celebration with members, family and friends. Until last year of course – when because of Covid-19, no-one was able to meet in such circumstances. So this year was even more of a celebration when, in line with guidelines, 30 members and family were able to meet and enjoy each others’ company and a meal together. And this at the splendid Tutbury Castle, where the sun shone to help things along even more. SI Cannock & District President Jackie Prince said how thrilled she was to welcome everyone to the first formal occasion the club had been able to hold since February 2020 – 17 months ago!! The conversation and the smiles didn’t stop: everyone was so excited to be able to go out and to meet again. And the afternoon was completed by a visit from

Getting Together and Keeping Fit

Getting Together and Keeping Fit

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Despite the delay to the relaxing of restrictions, SI Cannock and District members were determined to get together safely with the added advantage of taking some exercise on our beautiful Cannock Chase! Last Tuesday (21st June), many members enjoyed a guided walk in our local Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. One even brought her dogs along! This was the first of the wellbeing events that have been arranged in collaboration with Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles (IHL), a charity which, on behalf of Cannock Chase Council offers a wide range of activities to the community to improve their health and wellbeing. Just 30 minutes of exercise per day have huge physical and mental health benefits They were blessed with perfect weather conditions, ideal for a walk with friends, some of whom hadn’t met face to face for months. They were given a challenge; to take two photographs,

Cannock and District Soroptimists again supported Cannock Friends of St Giles by taking part in the St Giles Summer Solstice walk

Cannock and District Soroptimists again supported Cannock Friends of St Giles by taking part in the St Giles Summer Solstice walk

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Cannock and District Soroptimists again supported Cannock Friends of St Giles by taking part in the St Giles Summer Solstice walk. This year St Giles Hospice organised “Summer Solstice – Your Way” a 5K walk which could be done anywhere on any day during June. Soroptimists chose to walk on the Saturday nearest to the Summer Solstice and to do the walk suggested by St Giles at Marquis Drive on Cannock Chase. Nine club members and two dogs met to enjoy each other’s company and the beautiful views – and were ready for a coffee from the Visitor Centre Café when they finished the walk. They each wore this year’s Summer Solstice logo where they had written the names of those they were walking for and remembering and were delighted to meet others along the way also walking for St Giles Hospice. Those who walked

Membership Coffee Morning

Membership Coffee Morning

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Cannock and District Soroptimists were delighted to take advantage of the easing of lockdown and meet together in the garden of Soroptimist June Bould to mark Membership month and enjoy coffee, cake and friendship.  Everyone enjoyed the chance to actually talk to each other at long last! Newest member Jill Mason; one of the club’s longer serving members Carole Holdcroft (a member for 34 years) and Club President Jackie Prince all spoke of their reasons for joining Soroptimist International and what it is that they enjoy about their membership.  They each said that they had been drawn by what Cannock & District Soroptimists actually DO, certainly the things they do to help locally but also the work nationally and internationally to enable, educate and empower women and girls. Each of them likes to help others and recognises the strength of people working together to channel

Centenary Tree Planting

Centenary Tree Planting

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  It is the Centenary year of Soroptimist International and one of the projects for clubs worldwide is ‘Plant Trees for a Brilliant Future’. President of Cannock Soroptimists Jackie Prince is working with a team of club members to arrange for 100 trees to be planted during the year.  The project follows in the footsteps of our first Soroptimists, who, in 1921, lobbied to save the great Redwoods and established ‘The Redwood Grove’ in California, and is also in line with work Soroptimists do to protect the Planet. So far, 28 trees have been planted in the Club’s name and all are registered on the tree planting website.  The son of one member has planted 2 Olive & 2 Holm oak trees in his Cannock garden & a friend of his has planted 2 ash & 2 cherry trees. McArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands, situated