We ran The Jacque Emery writing competition (in memory of Jacque who was a former region president) asked children to consider equality and to write an essay entitled “Are men and women equal in the world today?” and it was clear they felt the topic was very relevant in today’s world. The competition was open to all children in Year 6 across Shepway, was enthusiastically taken up by several schools, including the Folkestone Academy and their enthusiasm paid off as they scooped not only the winning prize, but also one of the runner-up prizes. The Judges praised two other entries from the school and the children received special commendation prizes. The other runner up prize was won by a pupil from Saltwood C of E Primary School. Linda Hardware, one of the judges said she felt that the children’s essays were both insightful and well-argued. Jan
At our March meeting, we welcomed two speakers Sarah Thorne who was a former magistrate and Jean Thompson from HM Prison Service. Both gave informative talks on their former careers, and their experiences of their working lives. Club members were able to ask questions about how women specifically are dealt with in these areas. Thanks to both Sarah and Jean, and we would like to welcome you back to talk to us in the future. Welcome also to Anita Chungbang, who joined us as our newest club member!
At our February meeting, President Rosemary Braid presented Robin McGovern, a volunteer from the local Alzheimer’s Group to provide refreshments to the drop-in centre clients ands their carers. This was from the funds we have raised at our latest events We also welcomed our 5th new member to join our club in 2015/2016, Olivia Roe who seems very excited to join us. Welcome Olivia!
Did you notice the campaign in March to clean up your local area? It was advertised everywhere from the press to motorway overhead signage. SI Folkestone did and decided there was no better way to spend a Friday evening with friends, doing something for the local community. A few club members spent an hour litter-picking in Folkestone, as part of the annual Great British Spring Clean. In less than an hour, two bags of litter were collected and we were thanked by members of the local community for “doing our bit”. We all want to live in a cleaner country free from litter, so it is important that we all take part in Spring Cleaning our local area. Same Month, next year ladies?
February 17th saw the official launch of the Older Women Rock! Poetry and Fashion Shop in the Space Gallery, High Street, Folkestone, which will run through until 12th March. The purpose of the Old Women Rock is to raise awareness and explore issues facing women in their late 50’s ands 60’s. The pop-up shop features an exhibition of retro clothes embroidered, printed, burned and beaded with poetry that explores issues being faced by older women. We have been working with Poet Leah Thorne on obtaining funding for Old Women Rock! as well as taking part in some of the events including the flashmob. At the launch event, two of our members Nicky and Olivia spoke about Soroptimists International in general and our club and the work we do, which was great publicity for us. The feedback were received from
On Friday 2nd December 2016, club members manned the stand at Tesco in Folkestone, persuading members of the public to make a contribution to the Shepway Food bank. It was great to see some of our new and prospective members adding their support to the day.
November 2016, saw club members with a stall at the Hawkinge Craft Fair, Hawkinge Village Hall selling produce and crafts made by members and their families. £136 was raised for Alzheimers and other dementia support charities from the proceeds of the stall. President Rosemary joined in the spirit of things, and made some new friends, so some fun was had on the way.
Pauline Hobson-Smith who spoke about her work with sufferers of Domestic Violence at our club meeting on 9th November 2016.
A very successful fund raising event was held at the SUNA Restaurant in West Terrace, Folkestone on Sunday 23rd October. Teaming with SUNA, a donation of £7 per meal was given by Chung, the owner, to Soroptimist International Club of Folkestone for every carvery sold between 3pm and 7pm. Members encouraged their friends and family to attend as well as advertising the event locally, meaning that this was a good social event too. Club members were delighted that a sum in excess of £500 was raised. Club President, Rosemary Braid thanked Chung and his staff for their wholehearted support. ‘Rosie’s Moments’, a support group for those with memory loss and their carers, run by Jo Clifford at Folkestone Sports Centre, will be among the recipients.
Club members gave members of the public in Folkestone leaflets about Human Trafficking Awareness in Shepway on Friday 21st October 2016. Twenty three local business also agreed to display the leaflets on the counters within their premises. The leaflets gave telephone numbers of the agencies to contact if the persons suspicions were aroused to Human Trafficking.