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A Day at the Eisteddfod

A Day at the Soroptimist Tent

Written by Janet Murfin
On arrival in the morning, the weather was misty and chilly.  Myself (Janet Murfin) and Eirwen Kenrick were the first to arrive and we began to set up (and get the kettle on)!  Reinforcements soon arrived and we were all busy making sure everything was ready for the day.
The first day was children`s day and they soon began arriving and were drawn immediately to our activity table. Here they could colour wooden spoons like the Welsh love spoons or colour the paper template love spoons which had the Soroptimist logo on them. This activity was very popular and they took their spoons home to give to their families. The teachers liked this activity as they had a cup of coffee while the children were busy.
We had many visitors to the tent for tea, coffee and a chat and some even came twice!  The Blood Bikes tent was opposite and they came over regularly for tea supplies.  We went over to visit them and some of us even sat on the motor bikes.  They do excellent work and some clubs have had them as speakers.
The fire service were going round the tents with one of their members in a dragon costume.  We had photographs taken with them and they wanted to know what our organization did too.  All part of networking and information sharing.

There were a lot of enquiries as to “what is a Soroptimist”?  A good opportunity to give out a leaflet and have a conversation.
There was a lot of interest in the handbags and jewellery as well and we seemed to sell a good number of bags.
The weather improved during the day and it became very hot which was lovely.
There was a very festive atmosphere even though the event was not as big as usual and the air was filled with the sound of the children laughing and singing.  Everyone on the field seemed happy and were smiling and just glad to be back again.  And it was lovely meeting and working with members from other clubs as well as my own club.
A really enjoyable day.
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