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Club members celebrate the Domestic Abuse Bill gaining Royal Assent

Club members celebrate the Domestic Abuse Bill gaining Royal Assent

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 The Domestic Abuse Bill is now law!  Members of SI Grange have lobbied the Ministry of Justice and their MPs re various changes including the successful addition of non fatal strangulation as a new offence. In particular, this Act will, amongst other things: 1. Create a new statutory definition of domestic abuse, emphasising that domestic abuse is not just physical violence, but can also be emotional, controlling or coercive, and economic abuse. 2. Establish in law the office of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner and set out the Commissioner’s functions and powers. 3. Clarify by restating in statute law the general proposition that a person may not consent to the infliction of serious harm and, by extension, is unable to consent to their own death (the so called “rough sex” defence). 4. Create a new offence of non-fatal strangulation or suffocation of another person. 5. Extend
Walk from Sedgwick May 5th

Walk from Sedgwick May 5th

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Six members enjoyed a walk in glorious sunshine from Sedgwick, through Levens Park to Levens Hall and then along the  route of the disused canal, and back along the River Kent.  Views of snowy peaks were an unusual sight in May! We enjoyed coffee at Levens Hall,  saw the Bagot goats, deer and  beautiful wild flowers. The old canal bridges straddling the footpath  and the  quay at Sedgwick where gunpowder was loaded were a reminder we were walking along the route of the old canal.   Anyone interested in finding out more about our activities or how to join please contact us
Talk by Susannah Bleakley from Morecambe Bay Partnership May 4th

Talk by Susannah Bleakley from Morecambe Bay Partnership May 4th

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Susannah Bleakley from Morecambe Bay Partnership talking at Club meeting on Zoom The club was delighted to welcome Susannah Bleakley from the Morecambe Bay Partnership to speak at the club meeting.  She spoke about the many activities of the organisation including cycle ways,  education of the public particularly around birds ,  beach cleans and conservation. The work trying to  protect curlews is very active at the moment as curlews are nesting currently and at risk in fields about to be cut for silage. Morecambe Bay has 50% of the UK curlews. Susannah thanked the Club for their support with beach cleans and urged us to help such as reporting possible curlew nests so that they can be protected.
Walk up Whitbarrow from Mill Side April 21st

Walk up Whitbarrow from Mill Side April 21st

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Five members enjoyed a walk up Whitbarrow on April 21st, starting from Mill Side. We ascended through the woods enjoying the bluebells and clumps of primroses . The walk along the ridge to Lords Seat was blustery and the view slightly misty but it was most enjoyable. The return through the wall and down through the wooded valley to the cow shed was sheltered with  primroses, a few cowslips and wood anenomes. We  descended to Ransoms Farm and back to the car. An enjoyable 6 miles!  
How did Grange Soroptimists raise funds for ShelterBox with a virtual Swimathon?

How did Grange Soroptimists raise funds for ShelterBox with a virtual Swimathon?

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Club swimmers were unable to take part in the usual Swimathon raising funds for ShelterBox, so they formed a virtual team. Club members gave donations rather than their usual sponsorship and the total with Gift Aid was  £578. ShelterBox provides essentials such as tents, cooking utensils, water purification kits and much more to families suffering natural or man made diasters all over the world. Club members have swum in the Swimathon for over 25 years and for ShelterBox since 2009 supplying over 10 ShelterBoxes which have been deployed all over the world including Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Japan. Women and girls tend to be most affected in disaster areas. This may be due to the  direct effect of the disaster, or infections, sexual violence or human trafficking.
How did Grange Soroptimists mark St Patrick’s Day?

How did Grange Soroptimists mark St Patrick’s Day?

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7 members calling themselves the Grange Guinness Gang formed a team to take part in a  Zoom St Patrick's Day quiz run by SI Blackburn in aid of PIES ( Partners in Education Swaziland). It was  a great evening with suitable outfits and although we didnt win there was fun and friendship with other Soroptimists from the Region and donations made to PIES. The Grange Guinness Gang
International Women’s Day 8 March

International Women’s Day 8 March

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International Women's Day is March 8th and the theme this year is Choose to Challenge.  "A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change". We need to challenge inequality. Club members enjoyed an afternoon of friendship on Zoom celebrating International Women's Day, with tea, a quiz on inspirational women and some cameos of inspirational women.  
Burns Night fundraiser to help eradicate FGM in Kenya

Burns Night fundraiser to help eradicate FGM in Kenya

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6 February is International day for Zero tolerance of FGM  ( Female Genital Mutilation) and Club members organised a  Zoom Burns Night Supper on 25 January to raise funds for the charity Beyond FGM and Springfield Women's Refuge in Kendal.  Beyond FGM  works in Pokot in Kenya to provide an Alternative Rite of Passage Ceremony for girls and education to all of the community to stop FGM. Springfield  provides a refuge for women fleeing domestic abuse and also provides support through their Community Hub. The evening was a great success with plenty of fun but also fundraising, with an amazing £1100 raised.  There was the usual Address to the Haggis, The Selkirk Grace, The Immortal Memory,  The Toast to the Lassies and the Reply on behalf of the Lassies. There was no communal haggis eating but the evening was rounded off with a Scottish Quiz
What are Grange Soroptimists doing to mark International Day for Zero Tolerance for FGM on 6th Feb?

What are Grange Soroptimists doing to mark International Day for Zero Tolerance for FGM on 6th Feb?

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Feb 6th is International Day for Zero Tolerance for FGM. The UN has set a target to end  Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by 2030 but with 3 million girls annually at risk, its a mammoth task.  The  numbers are  likely to  worsen because of Covid as with schools closed  and families in poverty the girls are less protected from  FGM  and Child marriage. What is FGM?   Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. See Comfort Momoh's video on types of FGM The physical complications can be fatal and the severe psychological trauma and physical effects last a lifetime. The use of a razor blade or crude knife and no anaesthetic make it a terrifying event, almost always perpetrated by