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What did we learn about the experience of evacuees during WW II?

What did we learn about the experience of evacuees during WW II?

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  Quite a lot of thought-provoking information when we held our Friendship Evening on 26 September at Bare Village Club.   We were pleased to welcome Regional President Alison and members of SI Clubs from our Region. Especially welcome was our principal guest Pauline Sterritt.  Pauline spoke about the experiences of a child who was evacuated from Kent to mid Wales during World War II.  She had also brought along items from the war.  The talk was really interesting and entertaining and led to a wide variety of questions and discussion afterwards. . Pauline recounting the story of a WWII evacuee The evening was a successful one of friendship, food (our members provided plenty for the buffet) and reminiscences.  Many thanks to Pauline, to Regional President Alison and to all our guests for supporting the evening. If you would like to know more about our Club’s activities

What’s an “elevator pitch”?

What’s an “elevator pitch”?

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Imagine you’re in a lift going to the top floor of a building and someone asks a question about  your organization – you have 30 seconds before the lift stops to give a brief, persuasive answer to spark interest in the organisation – that’s an “elevator pitch”. In May we joined members of other Clubs in the Region at Cabus Village hall to take part in our annual Rose Bowl competition – President Alison had challenged each Club to produce no more than three, 30 second elevator pitches to answer the question – “What’s a Soroptimist?”.  It was thought-provoking and definitely challenging. Each Club presented their entries which were judged by everyone present – the winner to be announced at the Regional Lunch in September.  The entries were innovative and entertaining. Our entry had been written by Bonnie: How’s your day been? Have you washed

Have you heard of arm knitting?

Have you heard of arm knitting?

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Can arm knitting lead to friendship?   Why not – most of our members and guests at our September Friendship Evening hadn’t heard of arm knitting until Amanda and Susan from Bobbins and Bows of Bare http://www.bobbinsandbowsofbare.com joined us to demonstrate this skill and give us a chance to have a go – some with more success than others!     Successful arm-knitting – Susan and Amanda with members and Regional President Maureen    Thanks to Amanda and Susan. Thanks for the support of our Regional President Maureen and guests from other Clubs in the SI North West England and the Isle of Man Region.  Thanks for the delicious food which our members provided.  All contributed to a great atmosphere and a successful, fun evening with a new skill demonstrated and friendships strengthened. If you would like to know more about our activities please get in

A new date for our Friendship Evening

A new date for our Friendship Evening

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In 2016 we changed the date of our Friendship Evening from January (dark nights and not always good travelling weather for guests to travel from far-reaching parts of our Region) to September.  This proved successful and President Bonnie introduced our guest speaker: “I am very excited about our speaker, Dr Mary Searle-Chatterjee, a retired anthropologist.  She and I met through our work with Lancaster and Morecambe City of Sanctuary,  helping at the English lessons for asylum seekers. Her talk is entitled “Aspects of Islam – A Social Political Approach”.” It was a very interesting and enjoyable meeting – thanks to Dr Mary Searle-Chatterjee, to all our guests for their support and to the members of SI Morecambe and Heysham who, once again, provided an array of delicious food.  The raffle raised a substantial amount for the Regional President’s charity.

A Soroptimist for 25 Years

A Soroptimist for 25 Years

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At our April Business meeting President Joan presented Sandra Moon with a SIGBI Long Service Certificate for 25 years as a Soroptimist.   Sandra is a loyal, committed member of Soroptimist International, having formerly been a member of SI Carnforth before joining SI Morecambe and Heysham and she has always supported the North West England and the Isle of Man Regional events.

Another successful coffee morning in Silverdale

Another successful coffee morning in Silverdale

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In February we once again held a coffee morning in the Gaskell Hall, Silverdale, raising funds for our five chosen charities for the year 2017-2018.                 It was “all hands on deck” and many thanks to all who came along to help us and to all who came along to support the event.   As well as the raffle and the book stall we had a tombola, a cake stall and a bric-a-brac stall.  Thank you to the Silverdale ladies who ran the clothes stall and our stalwart Warwick and James who spent the morning in the porch taking the entrance fees, never a warm job in February. If you would like to know more about our Club’s activities please get in touch via the contact page on the website Contact Us or email us at si.morecambeandheysham@gmail.com.      

In the running for the Rose Bowl competition

In the running for the Rose Bowl competition

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At the June 2017 Regional Lunch we learnt that we had come second to SI Rishton and Great Harwood in the annual Rose Bowl competition which had challenged the Clubs to submit a limerick with a Soroptimist theme. This was no easy task but Bonnie and Christine set to and produced a few examples and the rest of the Club chose the one which they wished to submit: We think we are really the best, Soroptimists from the North West, Helping women and girls Anywhere in the world, Come and join us and we’ll do the rest. Well done Bonnie and Christine, most of us never got past thinking of a first line.  

Friendship at the heart of Soroptimism

Friendship at the heart of Soroptimism

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In September 2017 we had the pleasure of meeting up with members of SI Bootle, one of our Friendship Link clubs, at Barton Grange Garden Centre near Preston.  We had time for a morning coffee and a browse round the Garden Centre before enjoying a delicious meal in the Willows restaurant. Thank you to the staff of the restaurant for their assistance in organising the meal. Afterwards there was time to have a look at the food fair being held that day at the Centre and then the members of SI Bootle caught the bus back to Merseyside.           Marian of SI Morecambe and Heysham and Anne of SI Bootle, who have become friends through being their Club’s Friendship Link co-ordinators, arranged the days events.  We trust that everyone enjoyed themselves, we certainly did.

A variety of social events

A variety of social events

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In June 2017 we enjoyed a very interesting evening walk along Morecambe Promenade in the company of guide Peter Wade who pointed out and explained the many Art Deco features of the buildings of central Morecambe, including the iconic Midland Hotel.  It was a fine evening but by the end of the walk the wind was noticeably colder so we happily finished off by warming up in the bar of the Midland Hotel.     For our Social evening in July 2017 we enjoyed a very pleasant meal at the Crooklands Hotel near Kendal – good food, good company and friendship.  A relaxing event before the August break.               Members enjoyed President Joan’s generous hospitality in June when she held an Afternoon Tea in aid of the Marie Curie charity and in March when we travelled to Kendal to Joan’s “At

A most enjoyable Charter Lunch 2017

A most enjoyable Charter Lunch 2017

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In May 2017 we held our 78th Charter Lunch at the Headway Hotel, Morecambe.  Once again the weather was good and the company excellent as we welcomed friends, partners and Soroptimists from around the North West Region and the Isle of Man, including Regional President Angie Christopher. We were delighted that the Presidents and members and guests from our Friendship Link clubs of SI Bootle and SI Selby could join us for our celebration along with Soroptimist and guests from the South Lancashire Region including their Regional President Margaret Molyneux.   Guest speaker at the Lunch was Hildah McAllen of SI Bootle who gave a very interesting presentation on the Izulu Orphan Projects which her niece, Kate Bain, set up in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Please see our Programme Action post on Our Charities 2017 to 2018 for more information on this worthy cause. It is one of