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Soroptimist Shop – Silk Scarves, Books and Roses

Silk Scarves - Orange BlueSushila‘s Silk Scarves

Silk Scarf Orange Jane SlatterQuality 100% Pure Indian Silk Scarves

Now available in three colours:

  • The Orange Scarf is perfect for “Orange” day held on the 25th of the month and “Orange the World” to end violence against women 25 Nov – 10 Dec (Jane Slatter is modelling it here).
  • The Blue scarf is the colour for our Soroptimist Logo.
  • SILC IWD Ruth Healey SIGBI Pres-Elect with suffragette scarfThe Purple / Green and Cream is the original Suffragette scarf which has been advertised for many years, as worn here by our incoming President Ruth Healey. The ‘must have’ scarf for all women’s suffrage events – and for the Wimbledon Tennis season annually!

Length is 150 cms and the width is 80 cms

£13.00 each or 3 for £35 (plus post & packing estimate £2.50 for one and £3.50 for 3-4).

Washing instructions, by hand cold water.

To order please contact Sushila Sadarangani, a Soroptimist Member of the SI Greater London Club, by email at 

Sushila makes a donation from sales to SI Greater London Club’s charities.

Phyllis Sigsworth Book“A Beat From The Heart To The Heart Of Power” by Phyllis Sigsworth

Phyllis Sigsworth is a member of SI Slough Windsor and Maidenhead. She is very sprightly at 91 years old and has been a Soroptimist for over 50 years. She had a very distinguished career in the Police Service and was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished Police Service. She has worked tirelessly on issues affecting women and children including domestic violence, human trafficking, and child protection, in both her working life in the Service and Soroptimist life.

She has written a book covering her thirty years of service, showing social changes and also changes in women’s role in law enforcement since 1950. The book is called “A Beat From The Heart To The Heart Of Power”. The proceeds from the sale of this book will be given to our local women’s refuge organisation DASH – Domestic Abuse Stops Here. The book was published on 27th August 2020. Please order from Phyllis herself so that more of the proceeds can go to DASH rather than to a retailer.  Please email and we will pass on your email to Phyllis.

The Soroptimist Rose – the perfect gift

The Soroptimist Rose is a beautiful “patio” rose – see the photo here. It is perfect for a large pot or in the ground. The flowers are pink and creamy yellow with many flowers on each stem.


The cost for bare-rooted plants is £16.45 each, p&p is £4.95 for one or £6.95 for 2-4 plants delivered to the same address.

A Soroptimist Rose in a pot is £19.95 and delivery is £10.50. Delivery of more roses in pots to the same address will be £3.50 each.  Roses are extremely well packed for delivery.

All profits from the sale of the Soroptimist Rose go to SI Thames Valley’s charities: Kori Development Project and Wycombe Women’s Aid.

To order please contact us via this website

The rose was developed in America by Frank Benardello and he agreed to send us 50 plants in time for the 75thAnniversary of Soroptimist International in October 1996.

There are strict regulations on importing plant material into the UK and the roses had to be “washed” and bundled according to regulations. Keith Jones then drove from Manchester to Heathrow to collect them, took cuttings to propagate more, and potted up the 50 roses in time for our Conference at Harrogate that year. We were able to present our SIGBI President, Hilary Page with a rose and each of the Regions bought roses to present to their Region’s Presidents.

Since then it has featured on the front cover of the European Soroptimist Journal and been purchased by many clubs all over the UK and Europe. Any profits from sales go direct to SI Thames Valley Club charities.