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Soroptimist International - Cwmbran and District

Soroptimist International of Cwmbran and District is part of a worldwide organisation of women, which is linked to the United Nations.

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

We had decided to celebrate Soroptimist International’s centenary at our October meeting . What a lovely night ! You know sometimes everything just gels and goes really well . Most of our club members were able to attend and we were delighted 3 members of Abergavenny club were able to join us . People were invited to dress in 1920’s style or wear hats and gloves . We were delighted how many did !! Family photographs from the 1920’s were shared .
We started the evening with Edith Price our founder member lighting a candle and proposing the toast to Soroptimist International .
Following a lovely meal (thank you to Greenmeadow Golf club ) we were entertained with 1920’s music and singing . Thank you to Veronica, Jordanna and Ruth hope you enjoyed it as much as we did .
Thank you to Yvonne, Pat and Lynne for the surprise of wonderful dancing . The evening ended with the delicious cake made by Jen
Friendship, fellowship and fun a typical Soroptimists evening really !!

Latest News

Members of SI Cwmbran enjoyed a visit to the Grange University Hospital walled garden on Friday,17th September. We were met by Dr. Jane Nehaul (Trustee) and Angela Fry (Secretary) of the walled garden. The sun was shining as we were given a conducted tour to view the Cherry tree that SI Cwmbran planted to celebrate 100 Years of Soroptimists International 2021.

Upcoming Events

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 .

July

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.

June

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,

May

Alison Pope from the Little Welsh Chocolate Company

March

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

February 

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

Lockdown Knitting

The ‘Lock-down knitting’ completed by members, family and friends.
included
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.

 Join Us

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.