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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.  During lockdown these were suspended and replaced  with Zoom virtual meetings

Latest News

November 2022
Kim Ann Wilkinson MBE and Jackie Jones presented a very interesting and informative talk on Modern slavery awareness at the club business meeting. SI Cwmbran members learned about legal definitions, the types of exploitations, signs and indicators to look out for and what we could do to help.
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Cwmbran members with items ready to be donated in time for Christmas. Comfort teddies are being given to Torfaen Santa Appeal, Croesy Foodshare Hub, Cyfannol Women’s Aid and the Grange Hospital Premature baby unit. Knitted baby sets were also being donated to the Grange Hospital as well as hats, gloves and scarves to Cyfannol Women’s Aid.
Our monthly collections also include bras and medicine blister packs to be recycled

Knitting Project – Purple Grief Hearts

Purple Hearts are included in memory boxes given to bereaved families by the Care After Death team. Each heart is placed with a deceased relative and a matching one given to family member, to help with their bereavement. These hearts will be donated to The Grange University Hospital, Cwmbran.

Knitting Pattern

Purple double knitting wool, No.8 (4mm) knitting needles

1. Cast on 5 stitches. Knit this row.
2. Increase the first stitch of this row, by knitting in the front and back of the stitch (KFB). Knit to the end of the row.
3. Knit the row.
4. Knit to the last stitch, and increase it (KFB).
5. Knit the row.
6. Increase the first stitch of this row (KFB), and knit to the end of the row.
7. Knit rows 7- 10.
8. Cut the yarn leaving a tail a couple inches long, and push your work to the bottom of the needle it’s currently on.
9. Repeat from No.1 to No.8
10. Now join the two pieces of knit work, by knitting a row across them.
11. Knit the next four rows.
12. Decrease the first and last stitches of this row, by knitting two stitches together (k2tog). Knit the stitches in between normally.
13. Knit this row. Repeat the two last steps, until you have only two stitches left.
14. Cut the yarn, take your tapestry needle with the yarn through the remaining 2 stitches and weave in all the ends.

Upcoming Events

9 December – Christmas meal – the Olway, Usk

1 March – coffee and cake event at the Friends’ garden at the Grange hospital.

5 March – St David ‘s Day lunch at Greenmeadow

 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.