Events 2013/14

Fun Day 2013Fun Day 2013

The 2nd June 2013 was a lovely sunny day for the Fun Day in the walks in King’s Lynn (which made a very pleasant change from previous years!)

Our stall included the now customary plants together with books, wooden items and splat the rat.

The stall was a great success, being a club event with everyone contributing with plants, books or helping on the day and raised over £260 which was wonderful and helps to start President Sue’s year off to a flying start.

The money raised will go towards the clubs charities for year.

Everyone joined in with the fun as can be seen from the photos and the work was not too hard – well not for some.


Charter Lunch 2013 


On Sunday 14th July our club celebrated its 38th anniversary.  To help us mark the occasion, 38 guests met for a lunch in the conservatory restaurant at Heacham Manor.  We were especially pleased to welcome Federation Councillor Joyce Boorman, who represented the London Anglia Region;  President Ruth Dodd  from  our Friendship club Amber Valley; as well as S.I. members from Amber Valley, Cambridge, Great Yarmouth and Norwich.

Our speaker, Sian Renwick informed us about the work being done by Oxford University’s Widening Participation Unit, to encourage Young Carers to continue their education after reaching the age of 16.



We learned that as many as 1 in 12 young people may be taking on extra duties and responsibilities helping to look after a family member.  These young people have significantly worse educational achievements than their peers for a wide range of reasons.  The Compass Programme is designed to help Young Carers develop a range of personal and academic skills through regular fortnightly sessions and a residential course.   One dyslexic and dyspraxic participant had been predicted E/F grades by school and had been told that catering at college was the only realistic option after school. Having gained confidence and motivation from the programme  she went  on to achieve mostly C grades (and one B) and is taking A-levels at college with a view to studying Religion and Philosophy at university.

We hope that the money being  raised by S.I. King’s Lynn will enable West Norfolk Young Carers to empower our local youngsters.

Scarecrow weekend

On Saturday 24th August members assisted at the Scarecrow Weekend at Wolferton.  This takes place every 2 years and is a great fund raiser for the local village and church, they also give money to other good causes including SI King’s Lynn. The part we play was to serve copious amounts of tea, coffee and cakes to all the visitors not forgetting the members who did all the washing up.

There was a walking trail through the village with many scarecrows in cottage gardens and in the church grounds covering all aspects of life. This year there was even a Bulldog scarecrow wearing a guard’s uniform.  There was also a competition sheet for children to complete as they found various scarecrows.

Even though there had been heavy rain during the night it kept dry during the day, which help make the day a great success.

Also in August several members had a mental and physical work-out as we followed the clues round a Treasure Trail in Swaffham.  We were rewarded with a lovely tea at the end of it!


Quiz Evening


On October 11th we held a very successful Quiz at S. Wootton Village Hall.  The evening raised over £300 for club charities.Many thanks go to the team who helped serve teas and coffees on the night, and provided raffle prizes not forgetting everyone who turned up for the event. The joint winners were Real Ale Madrid and Reading Rascals.


Literary Lunch


Soroptimist group with Mayor  and Author


Our club’s Literary Lunch held on Sunday 17th November at the Le Strange Arms, Old Hunstanton, once again proved very successful. The audience included the right worshipful Mayor of the Borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Mrs. Elizabeth Watson, our Soroptimist Regional President Mrs. Linda Reed, many sister soroptimists and guests.


Our two speakers Elly Griffiths and Christina James were very warmly received. Elly spoke about her connection with the North Norfolk area and how she had drawn on this for the settings in her stories, which feature a forensic archaeologist from the local (sadly fictional) University. Christina informed us about the ways in which details from her own family background helped to develop characters and plotlines in her crime novels set in and around Spalding.


Christina very generously donated £36.00, as she wanted to offer something to the fund- raising event. Club members may be interested to read her write-up of the event on her blog.


As ever, the hampers which were raffled looked rather spectacular and helped towards raising over £800 for West Norfolk Young Carers.


Christmas Tea

Xmas tea Sylvia, Nora and Sally


We had a very pleasant Christmas Tea on Sunday 15th December. Our very special thanks go to Jackie for preparing the delicious food for the event, especially as it was all provided at nil cost, which meant that all the monies raised went directly to our club charities.

Club members particularly enjoyed the mulled apple juice and the hidden chocolates in the “Pass the Parcel” game.

Xmas tea Sue and members


Holocaust Memorial Day

On Sunday 26th January a service was held in King’s Lynn Town Hall to remember those who had lost their lives in the Holocaust and other genocides since.

Representatives of the Jewish, Islamic and Christian faiths took part in a variety of readings and prayers of remembrance. They Mayor and leader of the Council took part in the ceremony.   On behalf of Soroptimist International of King’s Lynn, I read John Donne’s “No Man is an Island”.   Youngsters from St. Martha’s school sang to those assembled.

Mission with a Vision Talk

We welcomed Sue Willis to our March club meeting.  She told us about her involvement with “Mission with a VisSue_Willis_speaker_2ion”, which has been one of our charities this year.  Reverend Patrick Ngigi set up a safe house for girls fleeing from forced marriages and domestic violence 16 years ago.  The project has flourished over the year and is now able to house and help up to 60 girls and young women.  The emphasis is on reconciliation with the parents wherever possible and providing an education so that the girls can become independent and make their own choices in life.  We heard heartening stories of girls who have  gone on to become teachers and medical practitioners.

During the year that we have been fund raising, Patrick has sent regular newsletters so that everyone is kept informed.  At Christmas, we were pleased to be able to send out a donation to help to ensure that the girls could each be bought a new dress!


Public Speaking Competition

The Annual Public Speaking Competition organised by the club was held on 13 March 2014 at KES High School in King’s Lynn. Primary schools from the King’s Lynn area were invited to take part with their Year 6 pupils. We were very pleased with 6 teams schools participating.

The special guests for the event were the Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Cllr. Elizabeth Watson, Linda Reed President SI London Anglia Region, Jean Thorpe PA Officer SI London Anglia Region and Mrs Catherine Booth daughter of the late Benita Haynes (SIKL Member).South Wootton winners


The Judges were Mr Michael Douglass KES Head teacher, Miss Ellen Blade, Teacher of English KES and Mr Adam Newstead KLFM Radio Breakfast Show Presenter.

The winning speech titled, ‘How can we support Malala and her campaign for 100, a gold medal for each member of the team and the Benita Haynes Memorial Shield.

REgional President




The 2nd place was won by South Wootton Junior School who were awarded £75 and silver medals with the 3rd place going to Greyfriars Primary School who were awarded £50 and bronze medals.


The evening was a great success with very impressive speeches by all the teams.



Bridge Drive

During the latter part of March, we held two fund raising events.  The Bridge Drive at South Wootton Village Hall was well attended and everyone seemed to be very pleased with the “posh” afternoon tea which club members prepared and served.  Indeed the cake stands were sent out full and came back empty!

Fashion Show

Our second event was a fashion show at the Le Strange Arms in Hunstanton.   Once again we had lots of support,  despite the arrival of sand from the Sahara, making visibility difficult.   The clothes,  provided by  ”Allez Chic” were  modelled with grace and skill by Cheryl’s team of helpers.  There was a wonderful variety of outfits to choose from, ranging from casual tops and trousers to some very special occasion dresses.

Belton House visit

At the start of April club members had a visit to the National Trust property, Belton House, where we met up with members from our Friendship Clubs Solihull and Amber Valley.  The NT tea-room just about fit in all 40 of us, and warming cuppas were most definitely the order of the day as it had turned incredibly nippy after several days of sunny, balmy weather.  We weren’t daunted, although we did take refuge in the Orangery and the House, rather than strolling round the gardens.