An invitation to visit Hodsock Priory was taken up by members in July this year. George Buchannan who resides at the historical property with his family gave an enlighten talk on its history. It is famous for the display of Snowdrops in February and Bluebells in April in the woodlands. After a meal was had, a tour around the Priory showcasing the new wedding venue and bedrooms for the wedding party.
SI Mansfield have spent the last 18 months making dresses for girls in Sierra Leone. As well as a further 187 dresses that have been made this year by members and friends, the making of the dresses have been included in the training of an apprentice at TEAM TOTS textiles in Eastwood, Nottingham, bags of bedding, babywear , children’s clothes and ladies under garments, also generous cheque given by a member, was sent to help people in one of the poorest countries in the world. Sierra Leone was also the epi centre of the recent Ebola crisis. In total SI Mansfield and friends have made a staggering 565 dresses. The photograph shows 3 sisters proudly modelling their new dresses.
April saw the inauguration of this years President. Diane Milner. We start the year off with a Champagne celebration at Past President home Anne Bull. Canapés were provided by the Social and Hospitality team and the champagne by Soroptimister Peter Challis husband of Sue.
President, Diane Milner, and hostess, Mrs Anne Bull, were pleased to entertain the Members of S.I. Mansfield & District, to a Champagne and Canapé evening on the 2nd May. The event was to celebrate, the ‘Diamond’ anniversary of the Club, which was chartered in 1957, and has focused it’s work on Local, National and International concerns for 60 years. President Diane has chosen for her year in office, the Diamond Education Fund, helping students to complete advanced education, and Fountaindale School, our local Specialist Education Centre, on the outskirts of Mansfield. All events during this year, will be fundraisers for these 2 recipients, and it promises to be a busy year for the Club members. Included are; our popular Craft Fair, with home made lunches and refreshments available, at the Ravenshead Village Hall, in July, and a Male Voice Choir, Concert in the Autumn.
As requested, another quiz in which Jack and Julie experiencing a mid-life gap year. They have decided to tour the UK sightseeing and visiting places of interest. It is now up to you to trace their journey. The cryptic clues are there, can you trace the places that they visited. £2 per quiz sheet and £100 for the winner. Contact Pam for more details.
A further 173 dresses have been sent to SI Thames Valley stalwart Gill Curry, who will pack the dresses in recycled plastic olive oil drums. A shopping list is gathered for each individual villages and their requirements are met. From the North East we have also received 400 knitted hats for babies and the elderly, these have been sent to Maidenhead via another friend of Soroptimist. We must thank all the ladies who have sewn for this project and to Katie who has arranged for her brother to transport the clothes. Working in partnership with members of the public raises the Soroptimist profile. Team Tots a factory in Eastwood has supplied Jersey cotton fabric and babywear.
August 15th was the 10th anniversary of the Forget me Knot, a Dementia support group who meet on the 3rd Monday of the month in Kirkby in Ashfield. SI Mansfield and District are on hand to serve refreshments to the Service users and their carers. Advice and support is on the menu as well as beverages and cakes.The group has gone from strength to strength. Homemade sandwiches, savouries and cakes made by the Soroptimist were much appreciated by all, at the anniversary Tea Party A vote of thanks was given to Nicky Hawley who organises the refreshment rota and she received a handmade card displaying forget me knots thanking her for all her hard work. We also volunteer at the Alzheimer’s group in Mansfield at the Tower sand for’ Singing for the Brain’ at the MIND headquarters on a monthly basis
Meru District is in Tigania East with a population of 136,000. 90% live in rural areas with HIV/AIDs prevalent in the region. Meru Women’s Garden Project will support some of the poorest women-led households in Kenya, and is entirely focussed on providing opportunities to women and girls who may never otherwise be given the chance to earn an income, and gives them status within their community. It fully embraces the three key areas at the heart of SIGBI’s Programme Focus Goals – Educate, Empower and Enable. Improved food production and education will support women and girls to transform their lives and those of others through a process of cascade learning and mentoring thereby reducing poverty, improving health and increasing employment. The following data gives a clear indication of the need for this project: •41% of women and girls are grossly or borderline malnourished •43% live
BREAST CARE UNIT K.M.H ARE BENEFICIARIES. The Breast Care Unit K.M.H. has recently been the recipient of £4,130.00, received from Soroptimist International, Mansfield & District Club. This sum was raised during the year 2015-2016, and the unit was nominated, by Kathy Kings, as the chosen focus for her Presidential term. Kathy is seen presenting a cheque to Mr. Jahan, the Breast Care Unit Consultant, at a Club meeting with members, who have all contributed to make the year successful. The donation will be used, to purchase equipment, that will help to benefit, all women in the locality. Mr. Jahan gave members a short, illuminating talk on the work of this excellent service, and the positive outcomes of screening and early intervention/ treatment. .