Club Events 2018-2019

Programme Action 2018-19


Wirral Under the Stars 2019

Extinction is Forever!!
Heswall Soroptimists had a display showing their projects which link to Endangered Species and Extinction. The information focused on Bees for Development and its international work ( and, more locally, Dee Estuary beach cleaning and endangered natterjack toads. We also had a few enquiries from women about the work of Soroptimists. Over 900 children and adults attended and a few dinosaurs roamed.

Despite the cold  hundreds of visitors watched the big outdoor screen to see the film Extinction is Forever made by 6 local schools. The event was hosted by Heswall Primary School on Thursday 24th January,

Royal Visit to Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, January 2019

S.I. Heswall & District member, Maureen Thompson welcomed their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Tomorrow’s Women Wirral on January 14th 2019, where they toured the centre and unveiled a plaque to mark their visit. Maureen was instrumental in setting up the centre in 2011, since when she has been Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Due to tight security, attendance was limited to Soroptimists who volunteer on a Monday, so Soroptimist Jean was introduced to them at the breakfast bar in the Community Room and Christa, one of our counsellors, was also present


Wirral Women and Children’s Aid

SI Heswall always asks our refuge what they would like for Christmas so here is our second load of pyjamas, underwear, towels and cleaning materials etc waiting to be delivered. (








Pensby Wood Centre

SI Heswall member, Janice Moon , shares her craft skills at the Heswall Day Centre for adults with disabilities. During the construction of a nearby centre for the profoundly handicapped the builders visited and saw one of the collages done by Janice and the attendees. They asked if one could be done for the new Pensby Wood Centre. Janice set to work with her son and here it is , bright and colourful, cheering up the entrance.
The centre has wonderful specialist equipment and a warm pool which can be used by other groups too. Janice (right) and a few other members were given a detailed  guided tour of the centre after the users had gone home. They were staggered at the cost of the facilities but also to the thought that had gone in to the different rooms including interesting ceilings in the bathrooms since the severely handicapped usually have to lie there.

Activism against Gender-Based Violence

At a recent club meeting members showed their support for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence  and looked at the display boards used at the TWW event and the ‘Loves Me, Loves Me Not’ bookmarks.



Tomorrow’s Women Wirral awareness day

Tomorrow’s Women Wirral held a combined day about Alcohol Awareness and Violence Against Women on Tuesday 20th November giving an early start to the 16 days of activism. SI Heswall display boards were changed to give this focus and President Maureen, Pat and Jill manned the display. There was a lot of interest especially in the ‘Loves Me Loves Me Not’ bookmarks which were purchased from S.I Poole. Several women said they would use it to remind themselves at bedtime about how they should be treated. There were some powerful and emotional presentations and all contributors were given a minute to say what their display was about. We  also had a couple of serious enquiries about being Soroptimists too.


Beach Clean 2018

In October 2018 we completed our 16th Anniversary Beach Clean. Soroptimists and friends collected rubbish from a busy stretch of beach at Thurstaston. The project is run in conjunction with the Wirral Ranger Service.  Some beach cleans  take place  under  beautiful blue skies while others are a battle against wind or rain. Nevertheless the team tackle the litter and leave the beach looking well. The Shore Cottage Studio overlooks the area which the team visit and their hospitality with refreshments is always welcome.



Retired Friends’ afternoon tea 2018

This annual event was again held at St Michael’s hall in Pensby. Approximately 30 retired friends attended the tea party, as sadly we had a few people cry off due to illness. Club members supported the event by providing food, transport and valuable help on the day. A sing a long for guests and members was well received.


Social and Fundraising 2018-19


Coffee morning for Meru Women’s Garden Project, April 2019


Meru Women's Garden Project

Despite poor weather a successful drop in coffee morning was held at Pam’s home to raise funds for the Meru Women’s Garden Project which has been the SIGBI Federation Project for 2016-2019 ( Over £300 was raised and also doubled by the government matched funding scheme. Thanks to all concerned!




Wirral Singers and Wirral Ringers concert, April 2019

The last event of President Maureen’s year to raise funds for SUDEP Action (sudep.orgwas a concert by the Wirral Singers and Wirral Ringers. Entitled ‘Sing into Spring’ the large audience was entertained by a programme of excellent music. The choir and the handbell ringers, together with a guest trumpet player, created an evening to remember.





Visit to Port Sunlight, March 2019

A group of SI Heswall members enjoyed visiting Port Sunlight – a well known village and on our doorstep. We met at the War Memorial and walked via the Hillsborough Memorial Garden and the rose gardens to the Lady Lever Art Gallery. An interesting sun dial caught our attention on the way! A short tour of the gallery and a return walk was followed by lunch at the garden centre.





Wine tasting evening, March 2019

A popular wine tasting evening was held to raise funds for Soroptimist charities including Women, Water and Leadership – SI President’s Appeal 2017-19. A panel of three, ably chaired by David Codling, gave their individual descriptions of the wines tasted for the guests to make their decision! Along with light refreshments it was a lighthearted event and raised over £500. Bob Spencer made the most accurate assessment of the 6 wines and their prices and won a book to help him recognise even more wines!

SI Heswall & District Charity Dinner, March 2019


Members and friends enjoyed a busy and interesting evening at the recent Charity Dinner. Representatives of three charities (shown here with President Maureen) which we have supported this year gave us accounts of their latest developments. These were SUDEP Action (, Maggie’s at Clatterbridge ( and Meru Gardens ( which benefitted from the current scheme of doubling of donations. Other charities have received cheques/goods during the year.

The evening concluded with the winner of the raffle receiving a large Easter Egg!

Afternoon Tea, January 2019

SI Heswall & District held an afternoon tea with entertainment from ‘Sing Me Merseyside’.

It raised £600 for the President’s charity SUDEP Action  ( (Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy). It was a most enjoyable afternoon with a great, tasty spread for tea prepared by members.

New Year social evening

Soroptimist International Heswall and District Club started the New Year when a member, Sandra, opened her home to hold a social for the Soroptimists with mulled wine and refreshments.The purpose of this was to raise funds for SUDEP Action ( by donations at the door and through an Auction. Each member brought a disguised present with them which was then auctioned to the highest bidder. Much laughter ensued when each member tried to outbid each other sometimes by only 5p.

Christmas flowers

Hare and Hatter’s florist gave tips and hints for Christmas decorations while demonstrating how to make them. The arrangements were then raffled to raise funds for SUDEP Action which supports people bereaved by sudden unexpected epileptic death. The raffle and the speaker’s donation raised £60.00 for the charity.


Christmas lunch

Through the year the retired Soroptimists meet informally on a regular basis. In December they met for a Christmas lunch and enjoyed an excellent meal and good company. Friendship through Soroptimism.








SUDEP Action Speaker Evening


President Maureen has chosen SUDEP Action as her charity for her year in office. She arranged for members to hear about the work of the charity which is dedicated to raising awareness of epilepsy risks and tackling epilepsy deaths including Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy. (




Coffee morning for members and friends

A recent coffee morning, hosted by Ann, was doubly successful. Not only were members able to share coffee, cake and a chat but over £200 was raised for Maggie’s Centre at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. Many thanks to Ann for her hospitality and welcome.



Walk an extra mile with a smile  

This is the theme chosen by Hilary Laidler, Regional President, to support her chosen charity – DentAid.  Several members raised funds for DentAid when they walked along the Dee estuary at Parkgate.  Members were surprised to find that they had actually walked 2.2 miles! All enjoyed coffee afterwards at the Elephant coffee lounge.


Afternoon tea


Thanks to the support and generosity of members and friends a successful afternoon tea was held in Jean Schroeder’s garden in August and  £575 was raised for SUDEP Action – (




Summer events

Over the summer months the social group has held several successful events  including a bottle fund raiser at a club meeting, a quiz at Jill’s social/business meeting and a coffee morning at the Beacon Café. Raising welcome funds for our President’s charity (SUDEP Action – but also bringing club members together to socialise, have fun and refuel friendships.

Suffragette Centenary

Wearing the suffragette colours of green, white and purple Heswall members arranged a walk at Parkgate to celebrate the centenary of women getting right to vote.

Visit to Hillbark

The club’s recent Development trip to Hillbark, in Frankby, for a Historical tour of the house proved to be an interesting and enjoyable event.  The tour ended on the terrace, sitting in the sunshine, enjoying afternoon tea.   The weather was kind to us, as quite warm for a May afternoon, and we all left with a smile on our face and a ‘goody bag’. The tour guide did know about Soroptimists which was pleasing to know that word is getting around.


Regional fundraising for Llangollen Eisteddfod 2018

SI Cheshire, North Wales & Wirral Region’s Llangollen International Eisteddfod Committee (LIME) held a Charity Fashion Show and Afternoon Tea at the Duke of Westminster’s Eaton Park in Cheshire. The event was attended by the Lord Mayor of Chester Cllr Razia and her consort and SIGBI Regional President Hilary Laidler. The event raised a magnificent £1921. Each year the Eisteddfod Committee sponsors a girls’/womens’ group and this July the choir is from South Africa. Proceeds of this event will also go to the International President’s charity: Women, Water and Leadership Appeal.


Heswall members in the picture are Jean, Helen, Maureen and Jenny who is the Chairman of the LIME Committee.