Welcome to our Club
From Presidents Paddy and Sallie
We are a group of women from different walks of life with a variety of interests who enjoy working together through fun, friendship and fellowship to make a difference to women and children locally, nationally and internationally. There’s more about us in Who we are
Locally we support St David’s Hospice Care, Women’s Aid, Tools for Self Reliance, collect and sell pre-loved jewellery for Alzheimer’s Society, make drain bags and comfort cushions for ladies who have had mastectomies. Knit Comfort Teddies which are kept by Social Services, Schools, in Police/Fire vehicles/ambulances and given out to small children involved in traumatic or upsetting circumstances. Give copies of ‘Women in Science’ to local primary schools. Internationally we support Plan (a global children’s Charity), Water Aid, Mary’s Meals, Empowering Girls in Nepal and much more to be found in What we do
We can also be found on Facebook under Soroptimist International Cwmbran and on Twitter.
Our business and speaker meetings are held on the second Monday of the month (with the exception of August and December) at Greenmeadow Golf and Country Club (just off the A4042 on Treherbert Road, Croesyceiliog) and we have other social and fundraising events throughout the year. These were suspended due to Coronavirus restrictions and replaced with Zoom virtual meetings (see below)
We continue with our monthly newsletter.
Monday, 12 July Creeping out of Lockdown
An informal meeting and catch up sitting at tables of six with no mixing at Greenmeadow.
Zoom Speaker Meetings
So far we’ve had the following speakers and events:
Jessica Morden MP.
Alison Pope from the Little Welsh Chocolate Company
With a glass in hand and plenty of daffodils on show we celebrated St David’s Day with readings, poetry, singing and a quiz.
A welcome back to John Sheen and his talk ‘4 Boys and a Pasty’ about his childhood in Port Talbot in the 1950’s.
January Robin and Chloe from Natural Weigh at Crickhowell
November Emma Saysell from St David’s
October Julian Hayman on the new critical care hospital, Grange University Hospital at Llanfrechfa.
September Anne O’Donahue on Track and Trace
International Women’s Day – 8th March 2021
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality.
Marked annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century is one of the most important days of the year to:
celebrate women’s achievements
raise awareness about women’s equality
lobby for accelerated gender parity
fundraise for female-focused charities
The theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is ‘Choose To Challenge’. From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.
150 Comfort teddies delivered to the Grange University Hospital
by Sallie and Marian on 15 December who gave them to the chaplain.
16 days of activism against gender based violence 25 November – 10 December
Every year Soroptimists use the 16 days of activism against gender based violence which is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women , to 10 December, Human Rights Day.
Normally we would have had marches, events and demonstrations, wearing orange as well as social media items but this year we have just had daily powerful social media images with an appropriate message and at our December Zoom coffee morning we all wore orange.
We are always pleased to have new members and if you want to know more, attend one of our virtual meetings or coffee morning or just have an informal chat over a cup of tea or coffee (depending on current restrictions) please click on the ‘Join Us’ button below.