The Club held its AGM on Thursday 18th April 2019. We welcomed our new president Gerry Goodwin, and thanked the (now) immediate past president Ellish Trow for her service during her term. President Gerry has recorded her presidents message so watch this space!
The Ellesmere Port and District group held their AGM at the Holiday Inn, Ellesmere Port on Thursday 19th April 2018. Members enjoyed a meal and drinks together before the official business of the transfer of club presidency from outgoing President Jean Diamond to incoming President, Eilish Trow. President Elect is Gerry Godwin and vice president is Hilary Laidler. Sincere thanks were given to IPP Jean Diamond for all her hard work over the past 12 months and she was presented with a gift from the club in honour and gratitude of her year as Club President. President Eilish presented all members with a box of Smarties – once the sweets have been enjoyed, the tubes can be filled with 20p pieces – all funds raised will go towards Mary’s Meals. Dot Cartwright, MBE, kindly received two long service awards for members who
SI Ellesmere Port and District joined with SI Birkenhead and SI Heswall on Saturday 10th March 2018 to walk along the parade in Parkgate on the Wirral in recognition of International Women’s Day which was 8th March 2018. Signatures were gathered from members of the public along the way to support the Purple Teardrop campaign ‘Stop the Trafficking – Stop the Tears’. This petition calls on the Government to introduce legislation which will make it illegal for ‘Sex for Sale’ advertisements to appear in any media. Despite the blustery weather, a pleasing number of members turned out with banners, sashes, rosettes and badges proudly worn in support of the campaign. After the walk, members of the groups had coffee in a small restaurant, and the Ellesmere Port members then enjoyed lunch at the Boathouse Inn in Parkgate.
SI Llandudno Club President Elaine Bullock and other club members celebrated the 55th anniversary of the Club Charter on Sunday 4th March 2018 at the Imperial Hotel Llandudno. Members from around the region also attended; from Ellesmere Port, Regional President, Hilary Laidler, and Club President, Jean Diamond, were accompanied by club members Eilish Trow, Gerry Godwin, Heather Duggan, Lindsey Brett, and the club’s newest member, Carol Warrington. Their guest speaker, Sara Jones, spoke about the importance of International Women’s Day and marking the centenary of the Suffragettes Votes for Women Campaign. Members of SI Ellesmere Port and district will be joining the walk at Parkgate on the Wirral on Saturday 10/03/2018 to commemorate International Women’s Day and raise awareness of the achievements of the suffragist movement.
Lullaby Africa helps traumatised and disadvantaged mothers, fathers and carers in Kenya and Uganda to form a healthy, natural attachment with their babies and toddlers. Depression, war, rape and aggression have stifled the natural bonds between the generations. Lullaby Africa uses qualified play specialists who work with parents and children to regrow those bonds. To help with this work we were asked to knit teddy bears which are used in role play and singing games with the parents and their children. Thanks to Soroptimist cousin Lesley Hirst, Soroptimist friend Carol Warrington and to Jenny Schafer and her band of Hope Farm Methodist Church Knit and Natter group we have this bunch of fine fellows to send to Lullaby Africa. Thanks also to Liz Batten and SI Winchester who are going to deliver the teddies to Lullaby Africa’s headquarters in Winchester for us.
To mark World Food Day our club collected food items to be donated to West Cheshire Food Bank. Some of our members are volunteers with the Foodbank and one of them, President Jean, is pictured with Colin and Tony, volunteer Foodbank van drivers, who came to collect our gifts.
Our latest bucket collections took place in June and October 2017. Thanks to the generosity of local people and the kindness of Burleydam Garden Centre who allow us to collect here each year, we are able to send a further £420 to our friendship link SI Colombo in Sri Lanka, for their educational projects.
Several members of SI Ellesmere Port recently visited the Share Shop in Chester to deliver 90 bras which had been collected by members and friends. These bras will be forwarded to the charity ‘Smalls for All’ to be sent to African countries, where wearing a bra is a sign of status. This not only provides dignity to the wearers of the bras, but also protects them from sexual abuse and even rape. Our photo shows President Jo Silk, President Elect Jean Diamond and a volunteer from the Share Shop. While we were at the Share Shop, we also enjoyed a coffee and bought some ‘suspended coffees’ to be enjoyed by the homeless who find a very warm welcome here. Update – October 2017 Since first posting about this project we have continued to collect bras and a further 80 have now been delivered.