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Our first regional Coffee Morning on Zoom

Our first regional Coffee Morning on Zoom

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Over the last few years, Newcastle Soroptimists have hosted a monthly Coffee Morning in the John Lewis Store on the first Saturday of the month.  Anyone from around the region who was shopping in Newcastle was very welcome to join us for a coffee.  Today, we had our first coffee morning via Zoom with 12 members representing not only the Newcastle club, but also Stockton, Darlington, Penrith and Durham.   We were  very pleased to have Joint Presidents Christine and Joyce join us and were very amused when two cats also decided to interrupt their sleep to pester their owners during the meeting.   On such a cold wet day in the city, it was lovely to have the friendship of colleagues around the region without having to drive or use public transport.   It was also much cheaper as some of us were never able to get

Christmas via Zoom!

Christmas via Zoom!

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SI Christmas Party 2020 style. Great fun and it was brilliant to catch up with everyone and especially to find out we are going to provide 100 takeaway Christmas lunches through a scheme run by Morrisons’ Supermarkets. Merry Christmas from SI Newcastle upon Tyne🎄🤶🏻@sinewcastle @SIGBI1 @womenworkingforwomen #askmewhyiamasoroptimist

A Charter Lunch with a difference!

A Charter Lunch with a difference!

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Yesterday was S.I. Newcastle’s 83rd Charter celebration but in a different format. We were joined by a number of representatives from Northern Region clubs and our friendship club S.I. Glasgow Central. Participants were asked to donate to our local food banks so that we could share a ‘virtual’ Christmas Dinner with a family. @SIGBI1 @newcastlesoroptimists

Fundraising stall at Tynemouth Station Market on June 2nd to support a girl’s education in Nepal. We need your help!!

Fundraising stall at Tynemouth Station Market on June 2nd to support a girl’s education in Nepal. We need your help!!

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leaflet re Kabita Khadka[141315]         are at Tynemouth Station Market 2nd June 2019  from 9am to 3.45pm We are selling toiletries, pottery, bric-a- brac etc. All proceeds will be going to support ta girl’s education in Nepal. Kabita has 9 sisters and 2 brothers. Your support is most valuable to enable Kabita to continue her education. She lives with her parents. They are farmer with very limited farming land so they work as labourers on other farms as well. However, because of the seasonal farming system in Nepal, they only able to work in the farming season only and most of the days they have no work. While her parents work outside (on the farm), she has to work in the home: cleaning, sweeping, cooking and looking after her brother. She is hoping to train as a teacher once she finishes her

SI Newcastle’s 81st Charter Lunch at the Centre for Life

SI Newcastle’s 81st Charter Lunch at the Centre for Life

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Preparations all complete and the room is looking fabulous. Christine Lowthian’s fantastic creative touches in evidence once again. SI Newcastle upon Tyne President Vera Baird QC, President SI Northern England Shirley Hallam and our guest speaker Newcastle City Guide Pat Stevens pose with two Suffragette dressed ‘Teddies for Terror’ in front of the clip from Clare Balding’s programme about Emily Wilding Davison. Entertainment was provided by The Standing Sisters, who sang rousing songs of the Suffragette movement, accompanied by a silent film of Suffragettes in action. Led by renowned choir leader/singer Bethany Elen Coyle, Standing Sisters are a group of women who sing about women’s lives, history and stories. They were joined by some WASPI women and performance included the (shortly to be launched) WASPI Anthem.             President Vera welcomed everyone and after introducing her top table, invited them to

Fund raising in August

Fund raising in August

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East met West at Bradley Gardens, near Wylam on Thursday, August 2nd. Bradley Gardens is situated on the edge of the Tyne Valley, 9 miles from Newcastle and is an 18th century walled garden.   S.I. Cockermouth were hosting a fund raising coffee morning in aid of Brain Tumour Research. At the March Regional Meeting Cockermouth members came with hats on to highlight it this charity. So SI members from Newcastle, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay and Tynedale took the opportunity to parade their summer headwear – and very smart they looked too. Approximately £150 was raised. If you would like to know more about the charity’s work please follow this link: https://www.braintumourresearch.org/       We were also joined by a member from S.I. Bangkok, Christiane Kitchakakarn. When she visited S.I. Newcastle in 2016, she was very interested in helping with some clothing for the

Summer Fund Raising

Summer Fund Raising

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August 16th was the date of S.I. Newcastle’s member, Dorothy Sisterson’s summer Garden Party. There were a variety of delicious treats on offer as well as opportunities to participate in fun activities. A splendid total of £310 was raised and added to the club’s General Fund.

Soroptimist International Newcastle upon Tyne 79th Annual Charter Lunch

Soroptimist International Newcastle upon Tyne 79th Annual Charter Lunch

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              C       2016 is the seventy-ninth anniversary of the Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland, Newcastle upon Tyne branch’s initiation. This year, our Charter Lunch was held at the Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday October 29th and began at twelve noon. The club members had decided that the memory of a former club member, Olive Kaer, would be celebrated in the collection taken up for the Great North Air Ambulance Service. Olive Kaer was a long standing and committed member of Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland, Newcastle upon Tyne branch and was Club President in 1992 – 93. Olive was awarded an M.B.E. in 1992 for political and public service and was a leading City Councillor for many years in the Arthur’s Hill Wingrove ward. Olive served as a Governor

Fundraising at Tynemouth Station Market

Fundraising at Tynemouth Station Market

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  On Saturday, 13th August we hired at stall at Tynemouth Station Market  and had yet another extremely successful stall at Tynemouth Market Thank you to everyone who collected, donated ,stored ,priced, set up the stall , sold and bought goods.   (Not only Soroptimists, but their friends and families, includng Cynthia’s ‘Ladies who lunch’ and book club friends)    It was another fantastic team effort  of great service,  fun and fellowship We sold EVERY ITEM donated and the end of day sale was great fun and it meant we benefited from every penny and no one needed to get rid of the couple of boxes of items left over The final total will be annnounced later, but to date,  we made over £300 with everyone,s help and support.