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, 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. During lockdown these were suspended and replaced with Zoom virtual meetings
We had a lovely afternoon tea in Mary’s beautiful garden and could have asked for better weather and company as well as raising money for our charities.
Our speaker at our business meeting was the former High Sheriff of Gwent who gave a talk on Local Government, but not as you know it which was very amusing and engaging.
Our coffee morning this month was at one of our favourite places the cafe at St David’s hospice in Malpas, where we presented them with a cheque. Over the years we have been very supportive and donated thousands of pounds from different fund raising activities.
0n 24 April we had our AGM where we were also pleased to induct our latest member, Pam. After the formal meeting we were pleased to welcome Sam and Rachel from New Pathways SARC (sexual assault referral centre as our speakers who talked to us about their work and the people they support.
We have been giving teddies to them since 2018 and presented them with some more.
At our March meeting Juliet and Pam talked about their work with Caring Canines and the benefit the dogs bring to children in nurseries through to the elderly in care homes. Juliet and Pam were also accompanied by Kate the dog.
St David’s Hospice Care has for many years been our ongoing charity and since 1990 we have donated nearly £22,000 since then and in March Sallie donated 20 comfort bears to them.
We celebrated St. David’s Day at the Grange University Hospital Walled Garden. We enjoyed a Coffee morning with Welsh cakes and Bara Brith while raising money for the Walled Garden. Thank you to Jane Nehaul for the welcome and keeping us warm and cosy in the greenhouse.
13 October – Musical evening Ponthir Village Hall
8 December – Christmas Meal – Junction 28
3 March 2024 – St David’s Day lunch – Greenmeadow
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 please click on the ‘Join Us’ button below.