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What are Grange Soroptimists doing to help families at Christmas?

What are Grange Soroptimists doing to help families at Christmas?

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Eight members organised and packed  53 food hampers for  distribution by Barrow Women’s Centre as part of their help for families at Christmas.  Club members made donations and we were grateful to Kirkbie Kendal School for donations of food and gifts. It was a big task but most rewarding to see lovely hampers ready for distribution. Starting to pack!
What are Grange Soroptimists doing to mark Human Right’s Day Dec 10th ?

What are Grange Soroptimists doing to mark Human Right’s Day Dec 10th ?

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Ten members took part in letter writing as part of the Write for Rights campaign organised by Amnesty International. Members wrote letters of solidarity to  women and girl victims of  Human Rights abuses and letters to officials appealing for action. A total of 73  letters were written  and  we also wrote  E mails and Social Media posts. Dec 10th is the  anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. It has been translated into 500 languages and is the most translated document in the world.
What are Grange Soroptimists doing to mark UN Day for Elimination of Violence against Women – Nov 25th ?

What are Grange Soroptimists doing to mark UN Day for Elimination of Violence against Women – Nov 25th ?

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Soroptimists call for a collective global effort on International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women. A Shadow Pandemic of domestic violence is growing and we need to stem the tide. End violence against women NOW! Grange Soroptimists stand up for women and girls and also provide practical support to Barrow Women’s Centre and Springfield Refuge who support women who have suffered domestic violence. Club members all wore orange to their November meeting to show their support for women suffering violence worldwide. SI Grange Orange the World in solidarity with women across the world
Walk from Elterwater to Langdale

Walk from Elterwater to Langdale

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In Langdale valley Five members enjoyed a  round walk from Elterwater up the Langdale valley to Stickle Barn on 17th November. The weather was varied with glimpses of sun and a few small showers. The views and  autumn colours were magnificent and we spotted various fungi.  It was a great way to chat and enjoy exercise and friendship. The walk rounded off with refreshment at the Britannia Inn.
What are Grange Soroptimists doing to help Barrow Women’s Centre?

What are Grange Soroptimists doing to help Barrow Women’s Centre?

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Soroptimists and staff at Women's Centre Following a public appeal by the Club items were collected for Barrow Women's Centre on Sunday 7 November. The public response was brilliant,  and nine full to bursting car loads of items including clothes, shoes, lamps, kettles and toiletries were delivered  to Barrow. The staff at the Centre were delighted with the items. Twelve members were involved in the sorting and transport of the items which was hard work but good fun! If you are interested in finding out more about our work or joining us please CONTACT US. We would be delighted to hear from you.
GOLD and Oustanding awards for Grange Soroptimists

GOLD and Oustanding awards for Grange Soroptimists

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Our Soroptimist Sensory Garden group has won 2 awards from the RHS and Cumbria in Bloom. The Sensory Garden was classed as outstanding and we received a GOLD award for biodiversity.  Janet Maden from Cumbria in Bloom congratulated the members as she handed over the certificates in glorious sunshine. Along with appreciative comments from visitors, its great to have our hard work recognised! The group were particularly pleased to receive the biodiversity award and already had plans in place for a hedgehog house! Surprise Delight RHS and Cumbria in Bloom award Cumbria in Bloom Biodiversity GOLD award
Walk from Askham across Moor Divock to Cockpit Stone Circle October 13

Walk from Askham across Moor Divock to Cockpit Stone Circle October 13

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Overlooking Ullswater 7 members of the walking group enjoyed a 6.5mile  walk from Askham across Moor Divock  to the  bronze age Cockpit stone circle and The Cop Stone. There were beautiful views down to Ullswater and over to Blencathra with an atmospheric mist on the peaks at times! The walk rounded off with a sociable coffee at Askham stores At the Cop Stone , Moor Divock
What are Grange Soroptimists doing to help fight Climate Change?

What are Grange Soroptimists doing to help fight Climate Change?

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On Saturday 9th October Grange Soroptimists , with mayor Tricia Thomas planted a  tree  and placed a plaque near the library to mark  the Centenary of Soroptimist International.  A Paul's Crimson Hawthorn tree  was chosen primarily because hawthorns are excellent if not the best species for carbon capture. Secondly it will provide all year round interest from the deep pink blossom in May and the red haws and yellow leaves in Autumn/ wintertime. This was part of the Soroptimists involvement in tree planting to  fight climate change #PlantTrees. See the SIGBI Website for information about other Clubs tree planting and  SIGBI tree planting map  Planting Paul's Crimson hawthorn tree in Grange with Mayor Tricia Thomas
Grange Soroptimists celebrate 100 years of Soroptimist International and 67 years of SI Grange on 8th October 2021

Grange Soroptimists celebrate 100 years of Soroptimist International and 67 years of SI Grange on 8th October 2021

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Twenty two members and guests met for  a delicious lunch at the Grange Hotel to celebrate 67 years of SI Grange and 100 years of Soroptimist International. Penny Ward  spoke of the founding of Soroptimism and Violet Richardson's words " it's what you do that counts".  Members watched a slide show of photos taken  over  67 years depicting social events and the extensive projects undertaken.  Our guests included  mayor of Grange Tricia Thomas  and Regional President Elect Val Thomas. It was fun to wear hats for the occasion as these were just the thing for Club events  years ago! Club members and guests celebrating 100 years of Soroptimism