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The Club’s 80th Charter Anniversary

In May 2019 we celebrated the Club’s 80th Charter Anniversary in style with Afternoon Tea at Morecambe’s iconic Midland Hotel.

We are usually lucky with the weather for our Charter celebrations and this year was no exception – bright, sunny and warm.  The view across Morecambe Bay from the hotel’s function room was beautiful – an excellent setting for our members and guests from far and wide.

Lots of lovely friends
Lots of lovely friends enjoying the afternoon

We had decorated the tables and set out our display board, rose bowl and our special Anniversary Cake.  Our Members were on hand to welcome our guests as they arrived in the hotel foyer.

Club display board
The Club display board and President’s chain of office


The Club rose bowl
Our Club rose bowl
Display table with the Charter document and birthday cake
Display table with the Charter document and the 80th birthday cake

We were delighted to welcome Immediate Past Federation President Sue Biggs and her husband Dave.  Regional President Alison Driver was also a special guest as were members of our Friendship Link Clubs SI Bootle and SI Selby.

Soroptimists from our sister Clubs in the North West Region joined us along with our own personal guests.  In all, this was a wonderful expression of friendship and support for the Club.

Carol was our toastmistress and to start the proceedings Marjorie read the Aims and Objectives of Soroptimism and Bonnie said the Grace.

Our longest serving member, Margaret had travelled from her home in Welwyn to be with us and she formally welcomed our guests and proposed the Loyal Toast.

The afternoon tea was delicious – many thanks to all the staff of the Midland Hotel who helped us to plan the anniversary and those who looked after us so well on the day.

Our special anniversary cake was made by our friend Linda Hartley.  Margaret cut the cake which was much enjoyed by everyone.

Our 80th birthday cake
Our 80th anniversary cake made by Linda


Margaret cutting the cake
Margaret cutting the cake


After the tea Sue Biggs spoke about Soroptimism, its world-wide impact and the ways in which the United Nations Millennium Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 4 about education and Goal 5 about gender equality, could be our blueprint for the future.  Sue concluded by saying that, as an organisation we will need to embrace change but we can do it as we work together.

Sue - scones and then a speech
Sue – scones and then a speech

The toast to Soroptimist International was given by John Heaton and Regional President Alison responded to the toast.  Alison then presented a certificate to Shirley Wilson who has been a loyal member of Soroptimist International Morecambe and Heysham for 25 years – congratulations Shirley.

Alison presenting the 25 year certificate to Shirley
Alison presenting the 25 year certificate to Shirley

To complete the afternoon’s events, entertainment was provided by Kate Bowyer and Irina Jackson, accompanied by John Heaton, singing a light-hearted melody of songs which we all enjoyed and joined in the singing.

Kate and Irina accompanied by John
Entertainment by Kate and Irina accompanied by John

The whole anniversary was a successful, happy occasion and we would like to thank all who came to support us and share friendship with us.

Our principal guests
Our principal guests Sue and Dave Biggs with Regional President Alison

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