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
Celebrating 100 years of Soroptimism
Afternoon tea – 1 November – Trios £15. See Sallie for details.
What we did in lockdown
During lockdown members kept touch via Zoom speaker meetings, coffee mornings, activities and Sally and Paddy put together a monthly newsletter for us .
We had a socially distanced meal at Greenmeadow . Our first get together since March
Sheelagh and Pat took our jewellry stall to the clothing
event that Jane Clay held to support her London Marathon run into raise funds for Alzeimers society. They took an amazing £60 to add to Jane’s total that she made that day.
Jessica Morden MP.
Paddy and Sally went to Caerphilly County Borough Council to 4 schools to continue our distribution of books under our STEM project which the pandemic has stopped,
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.
At our coffee morning we celebrated the annual March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) which has occurred for well over a century to
celebrate women’s achievements
raise awareness about women’s equality
lobby for accelerated gender parity
fundraise for female-focused charities
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
December 16 Days of Activism
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.
In December Sallie and Marian also delivered 150 comfort teddies to the Grange University Hospital. Giving them to the chaplain.
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
The ‘Lock-down knitting’ completed by members, family and friends.
49 Bonding Square Sets
16 Baby Gift Sets
535 Innocent Smoothie hats 20 Fish and Chip Jumper sets 7 Baby Cardigans
17 Baby hats
8 Baby blankets
2 Knee blankets
200 + Comfort teddie
These items were delivered to – Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital, Grange Hospital, Lives for African Women, Age Concern at Widdishins, Age Concern Abergavenny.
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.