Fantastic news. The Club stall at The Wetherby Christmas Market raised £250 on the day plus £120 taken for pre orders of the fabulous knitted pillar boxes and chocolate orange hats created by our own Maureen Ingleton. That’s a grand total of £370 for Club charities. This is after we paid for the stall that enables Wetherby Lions provide a NewYear Lunch and entertainment for Senior Citizens in the Wetherby area. #WetherbyLions #WelcometoWetherby #SIGBI #Soroptimist @soroptimist80 @SIGBI1 #SoroptimistInternationalofHarrogateandDistrict
Four Club members joined Yorkshire Regional President Chris Clark and 20 others on the 5th June for a two night trip to London to visit the Houses of Parliament and celebrate 100 yrs since some women were able to vote in parliamentary elections. It would be another 10yrs. before all women over the age to 21 could vote. We arrived the day before our visit to the Houses of Parliament with most of us staying No 63 Bayswater Road (The Soroptimist Residential Club). We had great views of the Serpentine and Kensington Gardens and enjoyed the late spring sunshine before preparing to go out for a lovely meal at Taormina Italian Restaurant just a short walk from where we were staying. We were up early the next day to get taxis to the Houses of Parliament – The House is sitting at the moment
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
Harrogate & District Soroptimists have raised over £700 towards the Meru Women’s Garden Project in Kenya, from a raffle of three magnificent hand made patchwork quilts. The Club is now well on target to raise the £3000 by the end 2018 to enable, empower and educate women and girls in Meru, Kenya. The Meru Women’s Garden project is a 3 year Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) project, launched on International Women’s Day on the 8 March 2016 in partnership with Child.org. The project aims to develop the well being and status of women living in Meru by helping them to develop the land (garden) around their houses, so that they can both feed themselves better and have additional vegetables, fruit and herbs to sell to provide an income. . This is combined with an education programme for girls to reduce the rate of
HARROGATE & DISTRICT SOROPTIMISTS RECEIVE REGIONAL GOOD PRACTICE AWARD The Harrogate & District Soroptimist Club were delighted to receive the Mary Hillary Award for the Yorkshire Region. The award is the Soroptimist International Good Practice Award, which the Club received for their ongoing contribution to the Meru Women’s Garden Project and their innovative methods of raising awareness of Soroptimist projects at last year’s Harrogate Autumn Flower Show. Their Kenyan Garden told the story of how women and families in Meru are getting the opportunity to be educated, enabled and empowered to be self sufficient and earn money through the sale of their cash crops. This is possible through learning good agricultural practices, getting the tools they require and being given on going support. President Nicola said ‘It is a great honour to receive the Mary Hillary Award. A big thank you to all the
Harrogate and District Soroptimists are raffling this beautiful handmade and embellished quilt (8’7″x 7’7″). It is hard to capture the beauty of this piece of work and the detail of the stitching and embellishment (see photos below) also in the raffle are two further quilts donated by the quilting group at Menwith Hil (5’7″x4’6″ & 4’7″x4′)l. All profits will go to the Meru Womens Garden Project that aims to enable, educate and empower women in Meru, Kenya – for more information visit SIGBI Meru Women The raffle will be held on the 13 December – for more information on how to purchase tickets email email@example.com
It proved to be a very busy day at St Peter’s Church, Harrogate as we raised over £600 for our Club Charities – The Alzheimer Society and the Harrogate Renal Unit. It was a lovely September day that brought people to town who wanted our tea, coffee cakes and light lunches, whilst enjoying a catch up with family and friends or just having a break from shopping. President Nicola Harding said: ‘The Soroptimist team worked really hard throughout the day. A fantastic result the will really make a difference, as we raise money four our charities’. Photos below of Club members in action St Peter’s Church, Harrogate Alzheimer’s Society
Starbeck Methodist Church, raised over £100 for Craft International a local charity that works locally and globally by “Enabling, empowering & supporting differently-able people in the UK and overseas, creatively.” Local MP Andrew Jones popped in for some tea and cake too. .
Club members, friends and family chased away the January Blues at our Charity Burns Night Supper on the 21st January 2017. Venue NineteenNineteen provided a warm welcome for over 50 guests as we celebrated the life and loves of Robbie Burns. Diane Walsh led the procession as she piped in the Haggis, with the Address to the Haggis being superbly recited by Keven Millar, ending with the haggis being raised in triumph and greeted by the guests with rapturous applause and a tot of whisky! A very tasty traditional menu of haggis, neeps and tatties was enjoyed by all, thanks to the Soroptimist Team and the staff of 1919. The Speech to the Immortal Memory was given by John Shore, with the Humorous Toast to the Lassies, being given by Roger Frier and responded to in a similar vein by Irene Kerr. Between the speeches,
Harrogate and District Soroptimists celebrated International Friendship Day with a candle lighting ceremony in recognition of our friendship links across the world. President Pat Shore welcomed members, guests and friends including Yorkshire President Liz Lyle. President Pat spoke about International President Yvonne Simpson’s Educate to Lead Nepal Appeal and how the appeal is helping educate women and girls in Nepal in some of the most remote areas of the world. Soroptimist International of Harrogate and District has 10 friendship links. Candles were lit for each of the Clubs as well as Soroptimist International. All the Clubs friendship links were asked to nominate a special woman. Some Clubs also sent gifts for the Silent Auction. The event, held at The Hub in Knaresborough raised a fantastic £530 for the International Presidents Appeal.