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Samaritans Awareness Day 24th July 2019

Our club is championing the theme of mental health this year, and our President, Helen Piddock-Jones, and our Programme Action Lead, Sue Piddock-Jones were supporting the Crewe Samaritans branch on Samaritans Awareness Day on 24th July at Crewe Station. Helen is a volunteer with Samaritans, and Sue is also a support volunteer. We have written an article on this day which you can read here: https://sigbi.org/nantwich-and-district/whats-new/latest-blogs-and-articles/24th-july-is-samaritans-awareness-day/
Here they are with the Mayor of Cheshire east Council Barry Burkhill and his consort Sue Boswell

Societies Spectacular 20th July 2019

On Saturday 28th members of Nantwich Soroptimists braved appalling weather to support their stall at the local Society Spectacular. We take part in this event to raise awareness of Soroptimism as well as to see if there are any local women who would like to join us. Despite the wind blowing the display boards off the table and repeated downpours that saturated unsuspecting passers by, it was generally felt that the day was a success. The event was organised by Nantwich Town Council who provide free gazebos and tables in the centre of Nantwich’s pedestrianised area for all the societies in Nantwich to show their wares and attract new members. From the local am-dram to tennis, from organisers of the town food festival to the volunteer gardeners who keep the flower beds looking so good, every local society you could possibly want to join were on display. Nantwich SI’s display boards showed pictures of local, national and International projects with which the club has been involved but with a bigger emphasis on all the current events that are taking place now and over the next few months. As well as our anti trafficking initiative and our work with CWA the local women’s refuge, our members talked to interested passers by about our plans to work towards making Crewe and Nantwich Dementia Friendly towns. Despite the fierce competition from other women’s organisations, between the gusts and showers our team managed to enthuse six women into giving their contact details as they expressed a serious interest in finding out more about Soroptimism. They will be contacted very soon and invited to attend one of our meetings. They were all given one of our promotional pens which must be a clincher!

Here are some pictures of us in action!

See here for news of our visit to The Pankhurst Museum on 2nd July 2019

Goodbye and good luck to Helen Morris

We are sorry that Helen Morris is leaving the club and moving to Lincoln very shortly. Helen joined just over a year ago and has refreshed and maintained our website over the last year, and hasn’t she done a brilliant job! She has been an active energetic member and was also a key member of the 70th Anniversary Conference team. She has made a great contribution to the club, as well as being good company and we will certainly miss her.  We wish her all the best for the new chapter in her life in Lincoln.

International Women’s Engineering Day 23rd June 2019

To support this day to encourage more girls to pursue engineering as a career we have written a blog highlighting the work we have done to enable girls to experience science at school, and the exciting racing car projects being run at local primary school Leighton Academy to encourage girls – have a read here: https://sigbi.org/nantwich-and-district/whats-new/latest-blogs-and-articles/international-women-in-engineering-day-23rd-june-2019/

70th Anniversary Conference 1 June 2019:

Read more about the day now!   

Full report -SI Nantwich and District 70th Anniversary Conference: 1 June 2019

We had a great day at our 70th Anniversary conference at the Hunters Lodge.


President Helen opened the Conference





70th Anniversary Writing Competition 2019

What a very special evening we had Tuesday 14 May.  We had invited the winners of our 2019 writing competition to attend our meeting and receive their prizes. See more details here: 70th Anniversary – Writing Competition




Think On It!

Our President for 2019/20 is Helen Piddock- Jones and she has chosen her theme for the year to be “Think On It”

SIGBI Federation President Sue Williams has a theme for this year entitled ‘Think on it’ which encourages Members to raise awareness of mental health.

She says “Good mental health is fundamental to thriving in life. It is the essence of who we are and how we experience the world. Yet, compared to physical health, so little is commonly known about mental ill health and how to prevent it. That must change”

Helen says: “I am taking her lead and devoting my whole year to all aspects of mental health. Now that may all sound a bit depressing but it isn’t because in each situation we are going to be looking at the positives. What can be done by experts and amateurs like us to make things better. We will also be looking for projects in which we can get involved.”