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Region Centenary Celebrations

Region Centenary Celebrations in Llandudno

On a beautiful warm October day in Happy Valley Llandudno, the Region came together to celebrate 100 years of Soroptimist International.

Region Time Capsule

Region President Louise buried a Time Capsule which included contributions from clubs in the Region, these included:

Region – a Photo of Banner created for centenary, SI Anglesey- Craft Items made by former members, SI Bebington – ,Soap, SI Birkenhead – Badge and ribbon, SI Chester- Booklet for first Club, and Information about new club projects, SI Denbigh & Ruthin – Club Badge, SI Ellesmere Port – Badge created for 100 years celebrations, SI Heswall – Embroidered Insignia of club, SI Nantwich – Flyer for Modern Day Slavery Project, SI Northwich – Embroidered insignia of town and some salt, SI Rhyl – Honey and a bee, SI Runcorn/Frodsham – -Copy of play “100 Years of Soroptimist Heroines”, South Caernarfonshire – a photo of Hellen a young mother from Zambia who the have supported to go back to school and then on to university

The Time Capsule was buried in front of a memorial bench, made locally from recycled plastic, and  dedicated to 100 years of Soroptimists –  Please click here for more information about the bench

Celebrating 100 Years

The event was wonderfully organised by club members from SI Llandudno and the Region. Special guests invited to the event included:

Robin Millar MP, Mayor of Llandudno Harry Saville, Mayor of Colwyn Bay Merrill Jones,  Senedd Assembly members Mark Isherwood, Janet Finch Saunders and Sam Rowlands, Local Councillors Louise Emery, Greg Robins, and Frank Bradfield.

The event began with SI Llandudno planting 2 Japanese Cherry trees as their contribution to #PlantTrees for the Centenary

Region President Louise and Club President Janet Murfin spoke with enthusiasm and pride about the history and work of Soroptimist International at local and global levels.

There was some regret that SIGBI 87th Federation Conference  is  not taking place ‘Face to Face’ in Llandudno, however Anne MacDonald Chair of conference #SoroptimistLlandudno2021 was present  and will hopefully show some images from the event at the Virtual Conference.

Blessing and Dedication

Revd Mary Stallard, Arch Deacon of Bangor and member of SI Llandudno offered a prayer to “grant us all the courage to continue to stand for a more just, healthy and fair world: to uphold the goodness of creation, and celebrate the inspiration and delight it provides”. Pleaseclcik her for the full Prayer

Special Thanks

A special mention and thanks must go to Phil Vipond, Peter Barton-Price and the ‘Happy Valley Crew’ who did an amazing job to provide this beautiful space, tend the garden, plant the trees, and position and fix the bench with the most stunning view of the Welsh coast.

Thanks to all who made this event possible with special thanks to Kelly Bowsher for donating and engraving the memorial plaque, Region President Elect Yvonne for the delicious cake & Alan Dixon and Helen Owen for Photographs