About our Club
Welcome to the Soroptimist High Wycombe and District website
We are a group of friendly women who enjoy fun, food and good company. We meet monthly at ‘The Papermill’, Loudwater, High Wycombe to eat together, to hear about the work of local and National charities and to organise fund-raising events for our chosen charities.
RECENT ACTIVITIES IN OUR CLUB
Christmas Boxes for the Ladies at Wycombe Women’s Aid
Again this year the members of Chalfont St Giles Rangers UK helped us in providing Christmas boxes for the Wycombe Women’s Aid and they also made bowls for Women who are moving on from the refuge. They are pictured at their meeting as they packed a range of toiletries and household necessities. Members of SI High Wycombe and District made their boxes at their meeting on 6th November.
A letter received from Wycombe Women’s Aid thanked us for the gifts:
‘On behalf of all of us here at Wycombe Women’s Aid could you please thank all concerned at Soroptimist International High Wycombe & District, and Chalfont St Giles Rangers, for the wonderful boxes and washing up bowls that were delivered to us earlier today. We really do appreciate your kindness and generosity, as well as the huge amounts of time that must go into preparing and wrapping the boxes and washing up bowls, and your gifts are very much appreciated. We have stored everything safely, ready for Christmas, and we know that the boxes will be really enjoyed by the women and children we are working with. This was our first Christmas donation so you have started the ball rolling for us! The women do appreciate that others in the local community are thinking of them and your generosity will bring them a huge amount of joy.
Thank you for your ongoing support of Wycombe Women’s Aid – we are extremely grateful for everything that you do for us.’
Thursday 25th October – Saturday 27th October 2018
Three members of SI High Wycombe & District attended the SIGBI Conference in Liverpool. We heard some interesting and motivating speakers and met with many old friends. Below is a photograph of two of us with two members of our Friendship Club. SI Bath and District.
Friday 4th October 2018
SI High Wycombe and District held a dinner at Beaconsfield Golf Club in aid of Wycombe Homeless Connection.
SATURDAY 13TH OCTOBER 2018
Two members of SI High Wycombe & District attended the ‘Day of the Girl’ event held at Buckinghamshire New University in High Wycombe where we met up with old friends from Rape Crisis and DOSTI and introduced Soroptimists to attenders at the event.
SUNDAY 14TH OCTOBER 2018
Two members of SI High Wycombe & District attended the 60th Charter (Anniversary) lunch of SI Aylesbury, held at Weston Turville Golf Club.
SATURDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 2018
Two members of SI High Wycombe & District attended the 80th Charter Dinner of SI Worcester & District, one of our Friendship Clubs.
We met many ex-SI High Wycombe members and their partners there: 1. Anne McLucas President SI Worcester; 2. Two members of SI High Wycombe with new friends; 3. Gillian Horigan, SI Bath; 4. Jenny Vince Past President SIGBI and Oxford;5. Anne McLucas welcomes the guests.
SATURDAY 7TH JULY 2018
One of our members attended the 60th Charter dinner of SI Oxford & District
‘BOWLS EVENING’ 17TH AUGUST 2018
Members had collected a load of items for our annual summer ‘Bowls Evening’ where we get together (with food and a glass) to prepare gifts for the families at Wycombe Women’s Aid. The gifts are practical – washing up bowls filled with items that any new household needs when setting up. These are given to the families when they move from the shelter of the refuge into their own homes.
Only four members were able to attend on the Friday night selected and they had a mountain of household items to assemble and pack. A bottle of Prosecco provided by our President, Jan Still, helped the proceedings.
On Tuesday 6th February we joined members of our friendship Club in Bath and other Soroptimists from the South West for an event to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage.
The event held in St Michael’s Without, Bath. The Rev. Roger Driver and the Rev. Jane Haslam welcomed the guests and Pat Stevens told of her great aunt Laura Ainsworth’s exploits as a Suffragette. Young people were represented by local Girlguiding groups and Tilda Snook described her vision of the place of women in the future, while Becca Tucker made a passionate plea for equality in all things. Guests were entertained by Walcot State Choir with their rendition of ‘Unison in Harmony’.
The phoograph shows the speakers and guests: (L-R) Tilda Snook, Julie Cooper (Bath Business Women’s Association), Pat Stevens (Great Niece of Suffragette Laura Ainsworth), Anne Maw (Lord Lieutenant of Somerset), Cherry Beath (Chair of BANES Council), Professor Helen Young (President SI Bath), Daphne Dowsing (Regional SI President). Ian Gilchrist (Mayor of Bath). Rev Jane Haslam, Becca Turner and Rev Roger Driver.
International Day of the Girl
7th October 2017
Six members of SI High Wycombe attended the celebration for International Day of the Girl at High Wycombe Town Hall. The day was one of friendship, sharing, and food! We set up a Soroptimist stall with information and photographs of our projects, and we all wore blue and white fascinators. Why? Well, we are fascinating women , belonging to an active, community-minded, internationally recognised organisation and having fun doing so. We welcomed old friends from organisations we have helped in the past, and made new ones. We hope we have gained several new members and enjoyed a vibrant, fun day.
Members at our 50th Anniversary Charter lunch
High Wycombe and district club is a lively, friendly and welcoming Soroptimist club.
Soroptimist International is the world’s largest classified service organisation for women, working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women.
- Are you looking for a club which acts locally and thinks globally?
- Do you want to meet women from different walks of life?
- Would you like to diversify your knowledge and find out more about human rights issues, child labour, trafficking of women, landmines?
Then perhaps Soroptimist international is for you…….
What is Soroptimist International?
- A non-governmental organisation with direct access to the United Nations
- Over 3,000 clubs in more than 120 countries working together to make a difference
- Soroptimists are working women…artists, farmers, scientists, voluntary workers, accountants… of all ages, cultures and ethnic groups.
And you could be one of them …..
The local Soroptimist club is “High Wycombe and District”. It is a lively and diverse group of women members from High Wycombe and the surrounding areas. Throughout the year we arrange and challenge speakers on local and national issues, and participate in activities so that we are “women working together to make a difference”.
Soroptimists are always delighted to welcome new members and guests. For more information please click on contact on the left of your screen.