Welcome to Ipswich and District

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Despite Government agreeing to provide free sanitary products to children in senior schools who are unable to afford to buy them there is still a great need for these products. Food Banks clients are in real need of them and without sanitary wear there is a likelihood that children will miss out on school and adults will be unable to go to work.  So our next project is to donate a large carrier bag of sanitary wear at our Regional meeting in Cambridge later this year, as will the 9 other Clubs in our Region.  We will each nominate an organisation to receive it and all these names will go into a hat.  The winner takes all, so will need a big car to take them home.  We will have a speaker from East Suffolk Council to tell us about their sanitary products initiative involving businesses.

Soroptimist International  Ipswich & District raffled this lovely quilt, made by a former Soroptimist member, at the Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes Festival in October 2018 to raise funds for Lighthouse Women’s Aid.

We raised £100, and the winner, Jan Fish, received the quilt from Cllr Jane Riley, Mayor of Ipswich, at our club meeting last year, when the Mayor joined us to talk about her year and her interest in the smaller charity groups that do so much for the community.

At the meeting we also collected 18 filled toiletry bags for Lighthouse, making 30+ for the year.  This we do each year as ongoing support for the women who find themselves in need to use the refuge.

(In the photo: the Mayor, Joyce Boorman  (Secretary Soroptimist International Ipswich & District, quilt winner (Jan Fish))

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Ipswich Soroptimists are proud to have been involved in Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes 100 years on.

See our Club News for more photos and a review of the event.  It was amazing.

Go to the Festival’s website: www.womensvoiceswomensvotes.wordpress.com for more information.



IPSWICH AND DISTRICT club was established over 60 years ago and our meetings take place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the historic surroundings of the Ipswich and Suffolk Club in Northgate Street, Ipswich.

Originally the Archdeacon’s House, we are delighted to be able to use this listed building which provides us with safe, ample parking and good facilities for our monthly meetings.

As a forward thinking club, it is our aim to develop a club where members contribute their skills and talents and work together to meet the objects of Soroptimism in an effective and relevant way for women today. At the heart of what we do is a strong commitment towards Programme Action projects, raising our profile within the community and the Region as well as attracting new members to our vibrant club.

Where you will find our club slightly different to some is that we decided as a group, to work closely as a team and share responsibilities and ideas. We are all too aware that commitments on our time as busy women today means that sharing some of the key roles within the club makes things a little bit more manageable and enjoyable.

A strong club with a established history, we know that having fun is an essential element of enjoying our membership, whether through interesting meetings, working together on Programme Action projects or outside activities.

Our next meeting is on  9th October 2019 when we will be discussing the annual Resolutions that will be debated at Conference later in the month.  In September we had supper and our Book Reading of the Year ‘The Shock of the Fall’ by Nathan Filer, a disturbing but very informative account of a young man with mental health problems.

There are many reasons why our members are Soroptimists  – If you are interested in finding out more or would like to come along to a meeting to see what it is like, contact us and we will be delighted to welcome you.  Email Pat at ipswichsoroptimists44@gmail.com  or Jackie at jacalan@btopenworld.com..