Programme Action 2018-2019

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.