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The Big Knit

The Big Knit

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The Big Knit Angela St John of S I Ilkley was challenged by the Knit and Natter Group of the Together Women Project in Bradford. Having taught some of the women to knit and encouraged knitting of squares, and garments, others attending this Thursday Group were keen to try their hand at knitting a rug! Husband Graham made these giant needles, about two feet in length, to enable Angela to start an exciting new phase of creative rug making. No orders for carpets are being accepted, to date.    

Breast Cancer Now

Breast Cancer Now

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I am thrilled at the results from our Quiz and raffle on 24th September and our Street Collection on 3rd Oct. All of you, your friends, local businesses, musicians ( we had a jazz band in the Bandstand ..thank’s Pat ) and the people of Ilkley, deserve a big’ Thank you ” for your help and support. In total we have raised a magnificent £ 1,473 ( £839 Quiz and raffle , £634 from the street collection ) I wanted to do a bit extra this year and we certainly have ! It is so worthwhile to be supporting work on breast cancer research. Many of us know, at first hand, or through family and friends, just how important that is. We will be sending a cheque to Breast Cancer Now and also present a BIG (pretend ) cheque to Liz Macpherson, local rep for

Walking the Leeds to Liverpool Canal

Walking the Leeds to Liverpool Canal

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Ilkley Soroptimists have completed walking along the Leeds Liverpool canal from Leeds to the Lancashire Border, so just another 90 miles to go! Each Wednesday, a group of walkers meet for a walk from 5 to 8 miles followed by a well earned light lunch. Previous destinations have been local reservoirs, the  use of The Dales Bus and walks from the Saturday Yorkshire Post. A second group is also being set up to simply encourage Walking for Health over the winter months.

Ilkley Bake off!

Ilkley Bake off!

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Ilkley Soroptimists added a Bake Off to their annual collection for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Organised by Pat Booth, club members sold cake, mainly with pink toppings from the Ilkley Bandstand. The day raised £390.

Refugee Voices – The Zephaniah Trust

Refugee Voices – The Zephaniah Trust

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Ilkley Soroptimists, continuing the theme of Every Voice Counts, heard a presentation of Refugee Voices given by the Bradford based Zephaniah Trust. Given home is where the heart is, the group of eight players explored dramatically what happens when home is not a safe place, and told of arduous and circuitous journeys to Bradford by three people seeking refugee status and UK citizenship. The  group also informed members of the  Schools of Sanctuary established  in Bradford and the work of the Trust in primary schools across the Bradford District. Soroptimist meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at the Clarke Foley Centre.

Visitor from Plauen, Germany

Visitor from Plauen, Germany

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Ilkley Soroptimists  entertained  a visitor from the Soroptimist Club in Plauen ,Vogtland , Germany last week, prior to her being a guest at  the Regional Conference in York.  Formerly, in East Germany, Plauen famous for its lace was the very first town to hold demonstrations in the Peaceful Revolution that culminated in The Wall coming down. llkley Soroptimists heard about life under differing regimes, the culture of the region and the work of the Plauen Soroptimist club. This  included  leading service groups in Plauen to erect a  60,000 Euro memorial to remember the Peaceful Revolution. Ilkley members were especially invited to visit Plauen. As Soroptimists, members are welcome to visit any other club in the UK or worldwide. There is also a London Residential Club on Bayswater Road that Soroptimists can use to entertain, visit London or stay before travelling overseas.

Visit to Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Centre

Visit to Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Centre

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Fifteen Soroptimists have visited the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Reseach Centre at the Institue of Cancer Research in Chelsea,, next to the Royal Marsden Hospital.  An initial presentation included reporting the progress of research over the last decade, the substance of the ten ongoing clinical trials and results coming from  longitudinal research such as the Breakthrough  Generation Studies. A tour of the  laboratories followed, where scientists and researchers explained their particular expertise, whether it be analysing the DNA of particular faulty genes or developing new inhibitors for better targeted treatments, or drug discoveries.  State of the art sequencing machines able to decode a genome in two weeks rather than a decade were demonstrated.. After the tour The Challenge Wall of donors was viewed.  Ilkley is named on the Wall, as research at this world leading Centre is the beneficiary of the annual breast cancer collection by

Freedom Personal Safety

Freedom Personal Safety

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SI Ilkley members enjoyed a training session with Julie Tweedale of Freedom Personal Safety. I’d guess we all thought this would mean learning a bit of the old Kung Fu. Well there was an element of this but we also spent time discussing the approach we would take to our safety in a variety of situations and it really got me thinking. Here we are, poised, ready to defend ourselves and preparing to vent some anger on a punch-bag.  

STUCK in chains

STUCK in chains

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5 members attended an event run to highlight Bradford MDC’s Safeguarding Week. Young people whose lives had been affected by domestic violence wrote and produced this video. You can check it out on YouTube and give them a “Like” for their excellent efforts! http://youtu.be/zzL2o9LR56w