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Folkestone & Hythe Woman of the Year 2020- The Hunt is on!

Folkestone & Hythe Woman of the Year 2020- The Hunt is on!

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Nominations are invited to find that inspirational woman who lives, work or was born in the area covered by Folkestone and Hythe District Council. A woman could be nominated for her contribution to the community, for improving the role of women, for showing personal courage or for outstanding professional achievement. There must be thousands of women within Folkestone and Hythe who achieve this but their contribution to our community goes unrecognised – someone who seems to go the extra mile, does something selfless or difficult and who makes you proud to say “I am so glad to have known her – she has made a real difference” If you know someone who you feel should be recognised please nominate her, using the attached form.Inspirational Woman of the year entry form 2020 The prize of a donation to the charity of the winner’s choice will be

PROCESSIONS – June 2018

PROCESSIONS – June 2018

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On 10th June 2018, PROCESSIONS were held in 4 cities across the UK, London, Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh.  Women and girls were invited to make banners and to join the PROCESSIONS to celebrate 100 years of some women getting the vote. SI Folkestone decided to attend the event, so we needed to make a banner.  This was a fun and creative day, which involved lots of laughter, chatting about all varieties of subjects whilst working,  and coffee and cake. No better way to spend a Sunday. Some very vocal assistance was also given by the gorgeous Willow who then took to hiding in the fabric cupboard https://www.flickr.com/photos/165179304@N04/albums/72157692102113860/with/42742658881/ Armed with our banner we travelled to London, naturally with a cake and coffee stop enroute, where we joined 30,000 women and girls to walk from Park Lane to Parliament Square forming a giant moving artwork.  All attending

Announcing Shepway’s Inspirational Woman of the Year 2018…

Announcing Shepway’s Inspirational Woman of the Year 2018…

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On May 12th, at an Afternoon Tea awards ceremony held at the Clifton Hotel in Folkestone, we announced the Shepway Inspirational Woman of the Year for 2018. Many of our nominees attended with their supporters and nominators, and all proceeds raised from the event will be donated to The Shepway Foodbank.  Nominations were received from the public for a Shepway woman that they felt had made a significant difference to either their business, local community or overcome personal circumstances. Nominations were received for the following local women: Gillian Ayling,  Susan Carey, Julie Hanbury. Pam Jones, Paula McCormack,  Sarah Noble, Cllr Patricia Rolfe, Kerry Ryan,  Jo Shapter, Joanna Strickland, Maureen Walby, Joy White. – Our congratulations go to all of the Nominees!  All nominees were awarded a certificate and a pen by Mayor Ann Berry.   Highly Commended was given to Jo Shapter for her work with

Shepway’s Inspirational Women of the Year Launch – March 2018

Shepway’s Inspirational Women of the Year Launch – March 2018

We were pleased to welcome our guests to our inaugural event to launch  Shepway’s Inspirational Woman of the Year 2018 on International Women’s Day (8th March). The event was kindly hosted at Holiday Extras in Newingreen where Soroptimist  Nicola Boston works, and she welcomed all to the event.  President Jan then gave an overview of  our organisation Soroptimist International and our mission, vision and aims as well as talking about the work that we have do in the local area, as well as some of our international projects.  This gave the gathered audience a good overview of what we are about.     Jan then introduced the criteria for the Shepway’s Inspirational Woman of the Year 2018, and details of the form that needed to be completed for nominations.    You can find all of the details here.  Entries must be submitted by Sunday 8th

Invitation to Launch of the Inspirational Woman of the Year 2018 – February 2018

Invitation to Launch of the Inspirational Woman of the Year 2018 – February 2018

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To celebrate  International Women’s Day,  Soroptimist International Folkestone, we invite you join us at our launch event for Shepway’s Inspirational Woman of the Year 2018, at Holiday Extras Campus, The Wave, Newingreen, Hythe, Kent, CT21 4JF on Thursday 8th March from 4pm until 6pm. International Women’s Day was first launched in 1911 and is not specific to any country or organisation.  The 2018 campaign theme is #Press for Progress which, as Soroptimists is something we support.  Soroptimists International strive to improve the lives of women and girls through Enabling Educating and Empowering women and girls and we: believe achievement comes in many different forms value women’s individual and collaborative success ensure credit is given for women’s contribution celebrate women’s role and their journeys showcase women’s successes With these themes in mind, we are looking to recognise a woman from within Shepway who has made an inspirational

Bunnings Sausage Sizzles – Fundraisers 2017

Bunnings Sausage Sizzles – Fundraisers 2017

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A regular “fun” fundraiser for us for 2017 was running the Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings, Park Farm, Folkestone, on selected Sundays which allowed us to fund raise to support The Beacon, Folkestone  to purchase equipment for their sensory garden, and for us to continue to support the local Women’s refuge.   Bunnings have imported the Sausage Sizzle from their native Australian stores and allow community groups to run the Sausage Sizzle as a fundraiser .  Every Aussie worth their salt knows the glory of a Bunnings’ snag sizzle. It’s basically their national dish. The home brand bread, soft and laced with E numbers, the chargrilled snag served with caramelised onion and a lashing of tomato sauce (or barbeque sauce).  Don’t let this national delicacy pass you by, look out for us running the store in our bright yellow aprons and come and support our charities.   

Christmas Flower Demonstration

Christmas Flower Demonstration

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Friday 1st December 2017, saw Ashford Soroptimist International member Jean Allen, who is a NAFAS demonstrator run a fundraising flower demonstration  at the Broomfield Hallm Broomfield Road, Cheriton. The event was well attended and raised funds towards our charities as the piece that was made was raffled off.  Refreshments were also available.

Marine Conservation Society Beach Survey – September 2017

Marine Conservation Society Beach Survey – September 2017

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September saw us organising the Marine Conservation Society Beach Survey at our registered location on Princes Parade.   We organised this and invited the Folkestone Brownies and Guides, as well as the local primary school to attend to help us survey a 100 meter stretch of the beach.    This was well supported by the brownies as it allowed them to work towards their badges – so gave them a sense of achievement as well. Litter picks and equipment was provided by Shepway District Council. The criteria was that all “litter” should be collected, and then this data is analyzed and the results of this are sent off to the Marine Conservation Society to form part of their National Survey which takes place all throughout the weekend.  It was excellent to work with the local Brownies and Guides and gave us an opportunity to talk to

Supporting Headway Folkestone

Supporting Headway Folkestone

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Jeanette and Sandra supporting Headway East Kent’s coffee morning.  Headway are having an awareness week and hats were worn as part of this.  Don’t they look great?   Headway is a charity that we have supported regularly in different events and as part of our own fundraising.   Headway promotes wider understanding of all aspects of brain injuries and provides information, support and services to people with a brain injury, their families and carers. Headway East Kent is an independent charity working to provide social rehabilitation to adults with acquired brain injury as well as offering support to their families and carers. The charity has been established for 28 years and has five day centres, termed Headway Houses, in East Kent; Canterbury, Ashford, Thanet, Dover and Folkestone. The day centres have timetables which are structured across the week to include various activities to promote learning

Open Events – May 2017

Open Events – May 2017

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We are holding two Open Events in May 2017, at the Clifton Hotel for women to drop in and find out more about what we do.  The events are as follows; Saturday 20th May 10:30am – 12:30pm and Wednesday 31st  May 6:00 pm – 8:00pm. You can also make and sign a square to support the Stop the Traffik Global Blanket petition, in support of traffik -free fashion.