Wow – Thank you Harrogate Borough Council Parks and Environment Dept for a fantastic display of flowers to celebrate 100 years. The display is on Montpellier Hill, near the famous Bettys tearoom. It was great to meet Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate, Cllr Trevor and Janet Chapman along with the Sue Wood and her team of gardeners. They spent 8 hours laying out and planting the colourful display. We met Cllr Andy Paraskos who is the council lead for Parks and Environment. The nearby Information Board lets people know more about who we are and what we do. What a great way to celebrate Soroptimist International’s Centennial year.
Club President Sandra Frier address: It is an honour to be the President for Soroptimist International of Harrogate & District for 2020-21. Although our AGM was not the usual formal Presidential handover of chain of office and celebration, eighteen of our members joined our virtual AGM on Zoom. We raised a toast to all our members as well as outgoing and incoming officers. We look forward to a time for celebration on a much larger scale when all our members can meet together again and we can return to a new ‘normal’. As a Club we are finding ways to communicate and look after each other. In the first week of lockdown our priority was to put a buddy system in place, whereby a team of Soroptimists regularly contact all of us to find out how we are and making sure none of our members
Club members Visiting Allerton Waste Recovery Park Do you ever wonder what happens to the rubbish you put in your black bin bag? Club members visited Allerton Waste Recovery Park to find out what happens to North Yorkshire and York’s rubbish. Its mantra is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover. Rubbish into Engergy Turning our rubbish into energy – enough electricity for 40,000 homes. It’s sifted, sorted and incinerated at over 850 degrees Celsius. Why black plastic is so bad? Its not detectable by the infrared sensors that sort out plastic waste for recycling. The average household generates 1 tonne of rubbish a year! We saw how much rubbish is collected in just one week (and this was after everything recyclable is removed). Frightening. Energy not Landfill The content of the black wheelie bins used to go into landfill. Now more than 90% is processed by the
All meetings take place at the Yorkshire Hotel Harrogate unless otherwise stated. If you are interested in attending one of our meetings please email firstname.lastname@example.org – Meeting start at 7.30 DATE 2019 EVENT May 1st Club meeting May 15th Speaker meeting The history & families of Kiplin Hall, Scorton, Richmond Cathrien van Hak June 5th Club meeting June 19th Summer Outing Visit to Kiplin Hall, Nr Scorton, Richmond at 2pm followed by afternoon tea July 3rd Club meeting July 17th Speaker Meeting ‘Park Life’, The Parks of Harrogate District, Sue Wood July 19th ‘End of term’ Social event Community Venue to be confirmed September 4th Club meeting September 18th Speaker meeting Renowned Gemologist takes us through the ‘History of Diamonds’. Demonstrates with samples! Robert Bolton October 2nd Friendship Evening Featuring the Club
Club members Celebrated reaching our target and more by raising £3500 for the Meru Women’s Garden Project in Kenya. This is equivalent to providing the resources to establishing twelve gardens.We were delighted to welcome three prospective members and enjoyed an excellent supper meeting at the White Hart Hotel on 6th February. The Club’s three year project to support our Federation project included raising funds and awareness in many different ways to support women and their families in Meru Kenya .The ladies in Meru have developed sustainable market gardens producing food for their own families and extra produce to raise family income. The project has also introduced education programmes for girls and boys with the aim of stopping Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), still widely practiced in this part of Kenya though illegal. The picture shows Soroptimist Penny Broadley, Joint President Hilary Waddington, Soroptimist Val Hills and
The summer social for Harrogate and District Soroptimists, their partners and friends took place on Friday, July 20th at Darley Christ Church Community Centre. 6 teams competed in a cheese and wine “Call My Bluff”. 4 different wines and 4 different types of cheese were variously described by a panel and the competing teams had to decide which descriptions they believed. The choice between Champagne, Cava and Prosecco caught out many teams and virtually nobody guessed the Orkney Cheddar. Amazingly the real winner was one Soroptimist who does not drink but who guessed the wines from their bouquet (or scent). However, her team chose to ignore her answers! As the evening wore on the noise levels and laughter grew as people threw themselves into the competition. The evening was rounded off with a foodie quiz, raffle and a light supper. President Hilary thanked the panel
Harrogate & District Soroptimists raised a further £421.25 at their latest Meru Women’s Garden Project fundraising evening supporting women and children in Kenya to start their own market gardens, thereby empowering the women to feed their families, create security and aid financial independence . In total Harrogate and District Soroptimists have now raised over £3000 since they started the project at the Autumn Flower Show in 2016 when they gained a Silver medal for their innovative garden. Club Members and guests alongside Yorkshire Regional President Chris Clark and Yorkshire Regional President Elect Pat Kilbane enjoyed a wonderful summers evening at the Hub in Knaresborough. Belebele an African Drumming and Singing group really set the mood before an excellent African supper after which Di Flemming and Jen Berry had everyone on their feet singing a couple of Kenyan songs ably translated by Eunice Kwallah a guest
President, Nicola Harding and member Judith Webb, welcomed members and guests to their March meeting, to hear speaker Professor Tink Palmer MBE, Chief Executive and Founder Member of the Marie Collins Foundation. Among members and guests present was Chris Clark, President of Soroptimist International of Yorkshire. Professor Tink explained that The Marie Collins Foundation (MCF), a registered charity since 2011, has been created to offer a cohesive approach to addressing the recovery needs of children, and their families, who suffer harm online. Their vision is to ensure that all children who suffer abuse via the internet and mobile technology are able to recover and live safe and fulfilling lives. She emphasised that both within the UK and the international environment, the service response is ad hoc, ill informed and sparse. The MCF is the only known organisation within the UK, Europe and further afield that