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Why were the Soroptimists at Faversham Hop Festival?

As the celebrations were underway in Faversham for the annual hop festival, three members of Medway and Maidstone club, Annette Davies, Jenny Jones and Wanda Wright could be found manning a Bagathon stall. After the success of the recent fundraiser in Rochester, on 3 September, they set up a stall with second-hand bags, scarves and jewellery.  It was a long and tiring day having to be set up by 8.30 and remaining through till 6pm.

We were pleased that the organisers had introduced as many green measures as they could into the festival in conjunction with Swale’s Climate and Ecological Emergency Project Officer and Plastic Free Faversham. This included use of recyclable packaging and encouraging visitors to use public transport.

We had a speaker at our May meeting from the Hygiene Bank telling us about the work they do and the growing demands as there are 3.1 million people in the UK living in hygiene poverty. We therefore chose the Hygiene Bank in Medway and receive the proceeds raised from the day which were £245.