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Soroptimists in Wonderland

Crosby’s Soroptimists celebrated the club’s 85th anniversary in style by going ‘down the rabbit hole’.

Guests sat at ‘Alice’-themed tables in the historic setting of the Barn at Crosby Hall. Flowers sprang from teapots and – “curiouser and curiouser” – dormice peeped through the foliage.

Club President Jill Boggan introduced representatives from Sefton Baby Baskets – the charity’s founder Gill Ruane and her colleague Sue Hall. This local organisation has been highlighted as part of SI Crosby’s community action this year. Guests were able to hear from Gill about its impact on mothers – and all could admire one of the baskets full of essentials for a new family.

SI Crosby welcomed Pam Wright, SI South Lancashire Region President as a special guest. Members were also delighted that Soroptimists from clubs in Liverpool, Keighley, Southport, Manchester and Grange-over-Sands, plus Crosby Lions President Tom Tyson and his wife Sue, came to the celebration.

For three club members the event was extra special. Sheila Chatterton and Cynthia Ashworth each celebrated 30 years as Soroptimists. To complete the trio, Jane Daly’s ‘golden day’ had come – 50 years of service to Soroptimism and the Crosby club. All received their long-service certificates from Region President Pam – and for Jane, a golden cake.

President Jill and her team planned and plotted, created and cajoled to achieve the White Queen’s “six impossible things” on the day. This was a splendid culmination of SI Crosby’s celebration.