Club Events & Fund Raisers
Sunday Lunch at The Clink, Styal. 31 March 2019
SUCCESSFUL EVENTS HELD
Soroptimists support Museum exhibition on Empowering Women: 2 November 2018
President Nancy was guest at the opening of the Nantwich Museum’s new Exhibition celebrating 100 years since some women were able to vote. The photo shows her with (L-R) David Morgan, Research Group, David Marren, Mayor of Nantwich, Laura Smith MP and Helen Cooke, Vice Chair of Museum
The exhibition is running until the New Year. The display focuses on three women with local connections: Helen Macfarlane (1818-1860), Ada Nield Chew (1870-1945) and Gwyneth Dunwoody (1930-2008). The exhibition also includes material on Nantwich’s contribution to the struggle for women’s suffrage and the role of the First World War. At the opening we heard from Helen Cooke, Vice Chair of the Museum and member of the research group that prepared the exhibition material, and also from our MP Laura Smith, who told us how she knew Gwynneth Dunwoody as a child, and what a warm hearted but formidable character she was .Nancy also met staff from the Working Class Movement Library, based in Salford, which has also supplied information for the exhibition. They also have a related exhibition, called Votes for Women… or Votes-for-Ladies?which runs until the end of January 2019.
The exhibition also has some interesting “Suffragette” Jewellery, that women had made for themselves with purple, green and white semi-precious stones – each piece was unique and was a sign to others of the cause she espoused.
The evening was a great way to show our Soroptimist Club support for the exhibition, and was very enjoyable – a visit is highly recommended.
President Nancy meets a suffragette
September 2018 Theatre Trip to see Queens of the Coal Age by Maxine Peake
at the New Vic Theatre Directed by Bryony Shanahan
“WE ARE WOMEN AGAINST PIT CLOSURES AND WE’RE OCCUPYING THIS PIT”
So starts the description from the production of this play we saw at The New Vic on Wednesday. Fun and friendship is one of our themes for this year, and this evening was a real opportunity to bring this to life. Originally a radio dramatization, it is based on the true story of four extraordinary ordinary women who protested against pit closures in the ‘90s. Here is what else the New Vic says:
“Anne, Elaine, Dot and Lesley. Four ordinary women, facing the closure of their community. It’s 1993 and the Parkside Colliery pit may be winding down, but they’re not giving up.
Their bras stuffed with contraband, they take a tour of the pit and refuse to come up. Settling into the depths of the mine, making tissue roses and walking imaginary dogs, they face bribery and threats. But as they dig in, those up top start to realise these ladies are not for turning.
This powerful play full of Northern wit by Maxine Peake follows on from the critically-acclaimed Beryl, and tells the true story of four women taking a stand in the face of a changing world.”
The play was laugh out loud funny at times, especially in the first half, whilst the women were getting themselves settled down the mine. The second half was more lively and inevitably more powerful as the women faced 4 days down on the cold and dark, with only coal sacks to wrap round them. It must have been a challenge to create the set as a convincing mine, and some of us found it a bit gloomy, and one-dimensional, and we wondered what the wandering miners’ role was as they appeared at various points, some with modern kit, others with Davy lamps from a previous age. Despite some clichés towards the end, the dialogue and drama of the story made it a powerful play, and reminded us that it is passion that drives courage and comradeship when a stand needs to be taken.
We certainly enjoyed ourselves and made an evening of it with supper at the theatre beforehand.
Taste of Bake Off Event Sunday 5th March
Diana gave a really interesting and honest talk about being a contestant on bake Off, and then we had a scrumptious afternoon tea prepared and served by Heather and her team at Brookfield Golf Club.