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Diary of the month – September 2021

Phrase of the Month:  we are always promoting action on women’s issues

2nd          Our last Zoom business Meeting (fingers crossed) tonight at 7.30.  We are all hoping to be face to face next month when we plan to meet at Nightstop offices in Kidderminster.  Dressing in orange, bought from charity shops in the area, for our November supper meeting, to promote Violence Against Women Day on the 25th  was discussed. We voted on our choice of the Brasserie menu.  A donation to the Afghan refugees was agreed.

7th          The members of the Centenary Group met on Zoom to discuss, plan and arrange issues for our Art Exhibition next month at Kidderminster Library.  There seems to be a great variety of exhibits all centered, of course, on Women.  Lots of differing stories which we hope will make for a very diverse display.

9th          The Executive Committee met at Nightstop offices for the first time tonight.  It is a lovely, bright office and we all felt really comfortable.  There is great parking outside too, which is a bonus with the dark winter nights approaching.  Programme Action was discussed for the next year.  New members and donations were also on the agenda.

11th        This meeting was a Midland Arden Regional meeting which was held in Stratford Upon Avon at the racecourse.  It was so lovely for all to be together again after so long.  Each club in the Region spoke of their achievements during the pandemic and how they kept in touch with each other and how they continued to serve their community.  Every club in the Region kept themselves busy, though restricted due to Covid, but also raised a considerable amount of money for charity.  Great work ladies!  Lovely buffet afterwards with Pavlova to finish.  One of our new members, Bronwen, attended for the first time.Phot

Photo and report from Stratford Herald

16th Tonight we had a Zoom speaker meeting with Hannah from a charity called Cherished UK.  She gave us a wonderful and heartfelt story of her life and her charity, with compelling details.  She is an inspirational women, whose charity is growing from strength to strength.

18th        Soroptimist International has, for any years, held a plot at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, near Lichfield.  Before Covid, it had been decided that the plot needed updating and Isobel, who was our SIGBI president at that time, arranged for a new statue to be made.  It was a costly ten thousand pounds to be exact, and a plea went out for donations from everyone.  Within a few weeks, the money had been raised and the statue ordered.  Of course, Covid slowed down progress but today the unveiling took place.  We were not able to attend unfortunately, but a club trip is to be organised next spring when the daffodils, which the club planted in the Women’s Wood a while ago, will be in full bloom.  It should be a lovely treat.

19th        Talking of treats, we had a marvellous one today.  Fourteen of us went for a tour of a vineyard just outside Stourport in the glorious Worcestershire countryside.  We spent two hours learning about growing the grapes and then sampling the delightful outcomes.  This family-run vineyard was friendly and very knowledgeable about the business and rightly very proud of its achievements.  Everyone bought some wine from them and we all went home with armfuls of bottles.  It was well worth a visit.

20th        The book club members met outside in Denise’s garden on a lovely, pleasant afternoon.  We had been taxed with reading two books as we haven’t met for over eight weeks.  Everyone had managed to read “The Midnight Library” so we reviewed that one but not “Shuggie Bain” because we all agreed it was a heavy and disturbing read.  Although we decided we wanted to read something lighter for our next choice,  strangely enough, we came up with “A Murder in the Arctic”.  That’s our next book to read.

21st        International Day of Peace:  The club asked members to light a candle to mark this day and to give special thoughts to the women of Afghanistan, who are giving birth without any medication and vastly reduced sanitation.

27th        Our monthly Water Walk took place this afternoon in lovely sunshine in Bewdley.  One of our newer members, Pauline, lives in Bewdley and is an avid walker, and she has agreed to arrange the walks for us. We walk by water in sympathy with the women and girls of underdeveloped countries who have to walk miles from their villages to collect water each day.  We give a donation each time we walk which is sent to Water Aid every year.

28th        Coffee Morning;   Four embers met up in The George in Bewdley this morning for a friendly catch-up.  This has been a popular event for some time as many of our members live in the town.  Even some Soroptimisters like to attend too.