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Next Zoom meeting – 9th September 2020

Next Zoom meeting – 9th September 2020

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One day before too long we hope to be meeting in reality but for now Zoom serves a good purpose. We’ve been reading a very small book about a very big subject – Greta Thunberg’s ‘No one is too small to make a difference‘.  Climate change and its impact across the globe is one of our pillars of concern and we despair at the lack of action by political leaders to invest and take actions that will save our planet.  And as individuals we could probably do much more ourselves.  So it will be interesting to review this book as a group and explore our views on the tactics that Greta has employed to get her message across and take a view on the impact she has had, not only on young people but all of us and our leaders. And on 14th October we

2.6 Walking Challenge & 26 Toiletries Bags Completed Raising Funds for Lighthouse Women’s Aid

2.6 Walking Challenge & 26 Toiletries Bags Completed Raising Funds for Lighthouse Women’s Aid

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Our two challenges have raised almost £200 for Lighthouse Women’s Aid.  They do sterling work for women who have suffered domestic abuse and their services are no more needed than right now during lockdown. On Sunday 26th April our President Pat walked 2.6 kilometres, not very far but quite a long way for her.  Accompanied by her other half they left home just after 11am, taking the footpath through the fields to the bridge over the River Min (which meanders along to RSPB Minsmere), then continued to Fen Lane where they walked along until reaching the banked wood which is carpeted with bluebells.  A beautiful walk with lots of wildlife in evidence.  Then came back home arriving  at 12.10.  If you would like to make a donation please get in touch.   Lighthouse do a brilliant job helping women  who have suffered domestic abuse ,  and

ALL THAT SPARE TIME!  WHAT SPARE TIME?

ALL THAT SPARE TIME!  WHAT SPARE TIME?

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The saying ‘when one door closes, another opens’ is certainly true since the Covid-19 lockdown. Over the past year the club has made syringe driver bags for Ipswich Hospital for end-of-life and palliative care patients.  To the end of March 2020 approx 130 bags were donated.  Since lockdown a member has made round about 50!  She has slowed down a bit in case she runs out of material (all of which has been donated). We are not sure when we will be able to take them to the hospital, but at least we are doing something positive and will help somebody when they need such an item.     THEN ….. For the Ipswich Lighthouse ‘2.6 Challenge’ (in lieu of the London Marathon) to raise funds on 26th April a member is making 26 drawstring cotton toiletry bags to sell so that people can fill

JOINT MEETING WITH INNER WHEEL

JOINT MEETING WITH INNER WHEEL

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Both Ipswich Soroptimists and Ipswich Inner Wheel normally meet for their separate meetings at the Ipswich & Suffolk Club in the evening of the 2nd Wednesday of each month.  In February 2020 we decided to hold a joint meeting, including supper and both organisations had booked interesting speakers. The Gender Equality Quilt was our contribution, with a presentation by Women’s Voices representatives.  This quilt started at the Festival back in October 2018 with many of the attendees producing a tile.  All the embroidered tiles have been lovingly compiled into a major piece that is very expressive about the status of women.  It will be going into The Hold later this year but hopefully will be regularly shown at key events for women. The Inner Wheel speaker was the new CEO of Ipswich Ipswich Housing Action Group (IHAG) a Registered Charity that was set up in

QUILT RAFFLE IN AID OF LIGHTHOUSE WOMEN’S AID AT INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY EVENT – 8TH MARCH 2020

QUILT RAFFLE IN AID OF LIGHTHOUSE WOMEN’S AID AT INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY EVENT – 8TH MARCH 2020

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Ipswich Soroptimists joined in the excellent event organised by Women’s Voices and Volunteering Matters on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2020.  With an eclectic mix of poetry, a Footsteps play, singing and dancing, plus Open Mike sessions from ourselves, Extreme Revolution and other amazing organisations we held a raffle of a beautiful quilt made by friends to raise funds for Lighthouse Women’s Aid.  The money will go towards furnishings for their new Therapeutic Room. The winning ticket number was ‘Yellow ticket 551’ which was drawn by a speaker at our Club meeting on 11th March. We hope the winner enjoys using it.

Soroptimist Quiz – Postponed until 24th March 2021

Soroptimist Quiz – Postponed until 24th March 2021

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The Quiz for this year had to be cancelled due to the Coronavisus pandemic.  The new date is 24th March 2021 and will be held at Seckford Golf Club.  We’re raising funds for 2 different but connected causes – Lighthouse Women’s Aid, who give such wonderful support to women who have experienced domestic abuse and our own Education Bursary Fund which assists vulnerable women who need to acquire qualifications to enable them to join the world of work and become independent. There will be a meal before the quiz, a raffle with great prizes, an auction of a 3 night stay near Southwold for up to 4 people and Simon Jay, our Quizmaster is renowned for his sense of humour.. ADD THE DATE TO YOUR DIARY To book either email us at ipswichsoroptimists44@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page.

PURPLE BAGS FOR HOSPITAL BUTTERFLY VOLUNTEERS

PURPLE BAGS FOR HOSPITAL BUTTERFLY VOLUNTEERS

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Members already make syringe driver bags for Ipswich Hospital and we are very grateful for the donation of materials to make them from people who support us. Tracy Hitching, the Palliative and End of Life Coordinator, asked whether we could possibly also make purple bags in a similar design; not for patients this time but for the Butterfly Volunteers. How could we say no! These volunteers provide company and companionship to hospital patients in the last days of their lives. They also reassure and support patient’s loved ones (if they have any). They also work closely with the Palliative Care and Chaplaincy teams. The purple bags will hold notebooks, pens, tissues and whatever else the volunteer thinks would be useful. By wearing the bags the volunteers will stand out easily for both patients, visitors and staff to recognise easily. We have made 15, with varying

Find out what Suffolk Libraries are Doing for the Community

Find out what Suffolk Libraries are Doing for the Community

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One of our speakers last year was Sarah Lungley, Mental Health and Wellbeing Coordinator for Suffolk Libraries who spoke about her role.  We had invited Sarah as 1. it was Mental Health Awareness Week (and we wore something green in recognition of this) and 2. Suffolk Libraries are a collection point for sanitary wear to try to counter period poverty. Their over arching objective is to enhance quality of life by connecting individuals and groups to information, ideas and experiences.  In order to do this they reach out into the community and are improving their resources in terms of use of space and type of information and services available.  New ideas are tested in perhaps one library initially, refined and feedback obtained before rolling the initiative out to other Suffolk Libraries.  There is something for everyone and all are welcome. This was quite an eye-opener

The Meru Garden Project

The Meru Garden Project

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In November 2015, Child.org were elected as our Federation Project partner 2016-19 with our new partner CIFORD in Meru, Kenya. The project is an agricultural training programme for women called Meru Women’s Garden Project. The project launched on International Women’s Day in March 2016 and since then, Soroptimists from all over the UK and beyond, have been engaging in fundraising activities.  We have working with Child.org who are on the ground in the area together with CIFORD.  They ensure that funds raised by Soroptimists are used wisely and conduct the training. Three years on and almost £150,000 has been raised, our target.  This is a remarkable achievement and has made so much difference to the women in Meru who participated. Initially time was spent talking to Community Leaders in this area of extreme poverty and malnutrition and convincing them this was a worthwhile project.  Women, all the lead

QUIZ RUNNERS UP

QUIZ RUNNERS UP

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We were pleased to have fielded a team for SI Colchester’s Quiz evening on 28th February to raise funds for Colchester Soroptimists’ Youth Award 2019.  The event raised in the region of £600 to help sponsor the Award. It is good to support our sister clubs as and when we can. It was a most enjoyable evening with lovely soup and cake to keep us going half way through the evening. What was even more pleasurable was that we were runners up in the quiz.  Our first time ever!  And, we only missed winning by half a point; better luck next time team.