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Easter Eggs for Children in Need

Easter Eggs for Children in Need

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Working in Partnership with Morrison’s Store and Crewe YMCA, Nantwich Soroptimists are very pleased to have beeb able to supply 100 Easter Eggs for the children of some local single parent families. These families have suffered particularly badly in the current harsh economic climate and continue to be a cause for concern to the outreach section of the YMCA. We are so pleased that we can continue to help these families even in such a small way but Tracey Bentley of the YMCA says that these eggs will be of huge importance to the children. Of course we would not forget the mothers of these children and so forty two of them will also receive a box of chocolates to cheer up their Easter. Pictured left to right, Tracey Bentley Community Team Lead YMCA, Helen Piddock-Jones Nantwich SI and Tracey Morgan from Morrisons.

45 Year Long Service Certificate

45 Year Long Service Certificate

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One of our members, Dr Vi Pritchard, celebrates 45 years as a club member. Now in her 90s Vi has been an active member of our club all this time. She was one of the first female medical students at London University and brought that pioneering spirit to everything she did for the club. One thing she is particularly proud of is establishing the Set up Science project, giving school children that chance to take part in a huge range of science related activities. This was an annual event inlocal primary and secondary schools every year during National Science Week over 15 years from 1995 to 2010. In 2007, the project won the Soroptimists International award for Education. She continues to be active, joining Zoom meetings and stitching for the Regional banner. Long may it continue!
Carole honoured for being a Soroptimist for 35 years

Carole honoured for being a Soroptimist for 35 years

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In 1989 Carole was invited to join the Nantwich Soroptimist Club by a colleague in the medical world Dr. V. Pritchard. She was immediately encouraged to join a committee which led to becoming President in 1993/1994. She attended conferences in Barbados, Montreal and Turkey as well as numerous in the UK.  Over the years she held many posts including Club Secretary, Chair of Social Committee and mentor to new members. She also spent many years as treasurer for SET Up Science, a project which won the club a Best Practice award. She was also on the committee for the  Club Conference held in 2018. Travelling with the club has always been a great favourite of Carole’s, the latest being to Szeged in Hungary to meet with Nantwich’s Friendship Link as well as numerous trips to London to stay in the Soroptimist Hotel. She has hosted many
Tackling Domestic Abuse in our Community

Tackling Domestic Abuse in our Community

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Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis, violence against women has intensified. A Shadow Pandemic of domestic violence is growing, and we need to stem the tide. Everyone has a role to play in this. We are at the start of the United Nations 16 Days of Activism to tackle gender based violence – November 25th – 10th December – now is the time to take stock and ask what we can do to play our part. We recognise that there is a crisis taking place in our own community. Our club has been a long-standing partner and supporter of Cheshire Without Abuse – My CWA over many years. Running 16 refuges across east Cheshire which even before the pandemic struck were always full, the team has sadly seen a significant rise in need by families they help. The situation has got noticeably worse. The charity has witnessed a rise in abuse cases of

The Road to Equality – Soroptimists in action across the world

The Road to Equality – Soroptimists in action across the world

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The Road to Equality The Road to Equality is a world wide appeal led by Sharon Fisher, President of Soroptimists International. It has picked up on the United Nations mission to “leave no one left behind” as we continue to fight for gender equality. Today, our club and other members from the Cheshire North Wales and Wirral Region heard an update on progress from Ayushi Kundu, one of the co-ordinators who joined us from India via Zoom. The appeal strategically focuses on topics affecting women and girls across the world, including: Child marriage Female genital mutilation Domestic Violence Rights of older women Migration Human Trafficking. It was encouraging to hear how awareness about these issues is being raised in specific regions, and reported back to the United Nations. It is also concerning to hear that women and girls are even more severely affected by these issues

Breaking out of Lockdown!

Breaking out of Lockdown!

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Our first gathering since lockdown – 10 of us met up at Nantwich Bookshop Cafe this week. It was so nice to catch up with members face to face, we have missed seeing ‘real’ people. One frivolous topic we all shared was whether we have been able to get to the hairdresser yet! Can you guess who has from the photo?! The Bookshop had reserved the room for us, and we are easily able to maintain social distance between us. We had such fun that we are going to make this a regular event every couple of weeks – watch this space for updates.

Soroptimists Socialise under lockdown – Room 101

Soroptimists Socialise under lockdown – Room 101

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  We all got rid of our pet hates the other night as we played Room 101 on Zoom. We have had plenty of time to think about what really gets under our skin! We had a good old chin-wag about all the contenders and the winners were: Number One: – Unnecessary plastic packaging on salad items – who needs their cucumber wrapped in plastic??!! Number Two: – Queueing for the ladies when we get to go out again – no more needs to be said about that Number Three: – The theme tune for The One Show!! Here we are, on separate screens, yet feeling together!

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What we are doing during the COVID-19 Crisis lock down

What we are doing during the COVID-19 Crisis lock down

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Helping our Community..... Fundraising Update June 2020: We have raised: £350 for Cheshire Without Abuse £120 for Nantwich Foodbank We know that many members of our local communities are really struggling in the lock down and we want to continue to support them. Many members are donating the money they would have spent on monthly dinner meetings  the Foodbank and Cheshire Without Abuse. So far we have raised over £300. Here is what Cheshire Without Abuse had to say when we sent in our funds: Your donation makes a huge difference to the local families we work with. We will never use your donation to pay staff or overhead costs, every penny goes to directly support families in some of the following ways: Emergency food vouchers for families coming into refuge accommodation To purchase resources for families including paying for Monkey Bob resources for children
Water Saving Week 11-15 May 2020

Water Saving Week 11-15 May 2020

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Save Water. Save lives. Water Saving Week is a good time to acknowledge that the continued decline in global water security—the availability of safe, reliable water as a natural resource—presents an immense challenge and will be a risk to poverty reduction and sustainable development in the coming decades. Without measurable efficiency or technology gains, by 2030, the world’s demand for water will exceed the available supply by 40 percent, and an estimated 2.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity. Although climate change affects all groups in society, the impacts on women and girls are much greater, increasing gender inequalities, especially across urban–rural, threatening their health, well-being, livelihoods and education.  The answers will have to lie in global strategies supported governments, businesses and NGOs. Nonetheless, our own appreciation of water as a globally scarce resource must be reflected in
International Women’s Day 2020

International Women’s Day 2020

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International Women’s Day 2020 – members get together One of our members, Carole Salthouse hosted celebration of IWD on Sunday 8th March.  About 20  members attended along with  a few brave husbands and we were all treated to excellent snacks and drinks.   Member Vi Pritchard organised a quiz about famous women over the centuries and this was won by Maggie and Trevor Evans who went home with a smart box of chocolates.  £60 was collected for the Empowering Girls in Nepal charity and this was added to at the Business Meeting on 10 March reaching a total donation of £100 for this month. International Women’s Day 2020 – Crewe Women’s Day As International Women’s Day approaches on March 8th we have been reflecting on how we can live the theme of Each for Equal and promote an equal, enabled world. How do we actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden