November 2016

SI Central Birmingham



CENTRAL MATTERS                                NOVEMBER 2016




Dates For Your Diaries







Tues 6 Dec

Business meeting at QAC


13 Dec

The Christmas meal – 6.30pm, at the White Swan in Harborne. Jean Nutt taking bookings.






Sat 10 Dec

Regional meeting at QAC, hosted by SICB – volunteers needed to help.



Other Clubs



Sat 28 Jan 17

SI Solihull & District are holding a quiz night and fish and chips supper, 7pm for 7.30pm at the Oliver Bird Hall, Solihull, B91 3RQ, £10 each. Bar available. Contact Mrs Judith James, 45 Winthorpe Drive, Solihull B91 3UW.


The Next Club Meeting and Raffle Prizes


The next Club business meeting will be on Tuesday 6 December 2016 at QAC, 6.30 for 7pm start.


As you will know from a previous email we are collecting raffle prizes for the Regional meeting on 10 December. Please bring prizes with you to the meeting on 6 December.


In particular, Beccie and Sandra Pearce are planning to:


 “make a hamper for a raffle prize and if anyone is able to donate (tea, biscuits, jams, etc) anything they think would be appropriate – they will be gratefully received! If members could bring things to the next meeting we can pick it up from there.”


There will be no raffle at the Christmas meal on 13th at the White Swan. Any raffle prizes which are not used on 10th will be used in a club raffle at the supper meeting on 17 January.





The following ladies wish to send their Christmas greetings to all at Club – donating the money saved on cards to charity instead:


Linda Curry

Sarah Francis

Mary Goodman





It is coming up to the time of year when we all hope to have some real post with real stamps. Could I please ask you to save the stamps and bring them to the next available meeting in the New Year so that they can be donated to St Mary’s Hospice? Many thanks.


Margaret Cannadine




Once again, Connolly’s gave us a splendid evening of tasting wines from countries which most of us might not have thought of as wine producing areas, e.g. Turkey. We were treated to a starter of a very good sherry and then proceeded to sample four white wines before we enjoyed the buffet supper, after which we continued with four red wines. In addition to the Turkish red and white, other wines were from Sicily, Portugal and Argentina, as well as France and Italy. Each wine was introduced with information on its origin, its particular qualities and why Connolly’s thought it worth stocking. It was interesting to hear the comments being made – everyone has a different preference – but I think we all agreed that the choice of wines was very good.

QAC produced a very good buffet of pate, cheese, chicken, samosas and salad, to accompany our wines. Many thanks to them for that.

Thanks are also due to Jean N for organising the evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by members and guests.

I think the local taxi firms had a bumper evening as very few of those present were driving!!

Pat Kirby




A reminder about the collection for the Crisis Centre Christmas boxes. Packing will take place on Friday 9 December at Jenny Saxby’s. Please bring items to the December business meeting.





Three  members of SI Birmingham Central attended the above conference which was held at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre at St Julians – myself, Celia (and Brian) and Linda.   I went on 3 November to join a six day tour of Malta and Gozo prior to Conference; Linda arrived in Malta on the 8th and left on 14 November thus having a few days to explore; and Celia and Brian arrived on 9 November and  left on 16 November thus having several days to acquaint themselves with the island.    Except for 9 November, we were blessed with good weather and therefore saw the area at its best and, I think, we would say that it is well worth a visit.


The Opening Ceremony on 10 November followed the usual pattern of introduction of countries in the Federation with the parade of their flags which were carried by Malta  Girl Guides.   These were followed by the UK flag (carried by Chair of UKPAC, Kay Richmond), UN Flag (carried by Hilary Ratcliffe, IP International Programme Director) and SI Flag (carried by Ann Garvie, Immediate Past International President accompanied by Yvonne Simpson, International President). There were welcomes from Her Excellency Marie Louise Coleiro, President of Malta and the President of SI Malta. Messages of good wishes for a successful conference were read out – including one from the Queen, as well as leaders of several political parties. I have to confess that the three of us crept out after the official part of the session because we had not eaten and needed to join Brian at a local restaurant. I understand the dancers were very good.


I am not going into detail about the individual contributions to the Friday and Saturday sessions because there is very good reporting on the SIGBI website (see below) but, on the Friday afternoon, Celia was our voting delegate at the General Meeting, and you will see from the website that the motion to apply for charitable status was approved, as was the follow up motion to establish a trading arm for non-charitable activities.   It was agreed that 18 – 25 year olds should pay a reduced capitation fee. The motion to reduce the Management Board by excluding the Immediate Past President of the Federation was defeated – which is what SICB hoped would happen.


On the Saturday, we heard from International President Yvonne as well as the Presidents of the Federations of America and South West Pacific. The President of SI Europe had intended to be present but had to send her apologies.  The Programme Action best practice awards were as inspirational as usual, with some amazing projects. The rest of the day was devoted to  some excellent key note speakers who all managed to include the theme of the Conference – Engineering the Future – into their presentations. Their presentations were interesting and dynamic, which the audience much appreciated. Again, details are on the website.    


The new Federation President is Ann Hodgson, President Elect is Sue Biggs and Vice President is Sue Williams.


SIGBI website is   Click on Events on right side, click on conference website, click on box beside each day to access details of the programme.


Pat Kirby