Soroptimist International Newcastle upon Tyne Our President, Chris Jones and SI Newcastle upon Tyne are celebrating Soroptimism and 100 years of women’s access into the professions with a celebratory lunch. This follows on from our festivities last year marking 100 years of suffrage – and we would really love you to join us. On Saturday 16 November, our celebrations will take us to the Banqueting Suite at the International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne for a three course meal, and our guest speakers will share with us their reflections on their experiences of joining the professions. Enjoy good food and good company with us celebrating “100 Years of Women’s Access into the Professions”. Join us on this special afternoon for only £25.00 per person. The menu and form are attached – we would love to see you, your partner and guests at the event.
leaflet re Kabita Khadka 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
Today, current and former Soroptimists from around the Northern Region attended the funeral of Miss Florence Mary Kirkby (22nd June 1921 – 15th January 2019). The church was crowded with friends, colleagues, and former pupils and it was a wonderful tribute to Florence’s life and her wide range of interests that so many people came to show their affection and respect for her. When notice of her passing was posted on the Newcastle upon Tyne Soroptimist website and Facebook, we received a response from a lady who knew Florence and who remembered her as an inspirational lady. She commented: ‘I knew her through British Federation Bfwg and did not realise Florence was a Soroptimist too. I have attended her 90th birthday party and it was just so lovely to see a twinkle in Florence’s eyes and million dollar smile, throughout the celebrations. 22 June 1921
It is with sadness that we have to tell you that our long serving member of 46 years, Florence Kirkby, died in hospital in the early hours of Tuesday 15 January aged 98 years. She had a number of falls a few days before she died, for which she had sought medical attention, but then was admitted to hospital with pneumonia a short while after, where she died. She was our Club President in 1983-84 and SI Northern Regional President in 2010-11. Florence’s funeral will be held on Thursday 7 February 2019 at 1.0pm at St.Aidan’s Church in Brunton Park ( NE3 5NF ). There will be refreshments after the service in the adjacent Church Hall. The flowers for the coffin are to be provided by her executors and close family and the ladies of the church wish to decorate the church with flowers (
On Sunday 25th November Newcastle Soroptimist’s and members of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade rescue and support teams gathered at the Watch House in Tynemouth with Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner/SI Newcastle President Dame Vera Baird QC to show support for the White Ribbon campaign. Later in the afternoon Soroptimist’s from Newcastle, Tynedale, and Tynemouth and Whitley Bay clubs gathered on the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Also in attendance were the Northumbria Police Chief Constable Winton Keenan and IPCC Vera Baird, Gateshead Councillors and members of the public.
Following a special White Ribbon Day themed Evensong at Newcastle Cathedral, attended by Newcastle Soroptimists yesterday, a vigil was held outside in a rainy Cathedral Square for the 112 women killed this year by domestic violence in England and The Dean, the Venerable Geoff Miller made a personal commitment never to be guilty of domestic abuse himself nor ever to remain silent if he learnt of violence or abuse being inflicted by another man. The cathedral tower was hung with a giant white ribbon and the tableau in the square depicted a different pair of women’s shoes for each woman who had died and a small lantern was placed beside the shoes of each to indicate they they were remembered and mourned. Newcastle Soroptimist President Vera Baird spoke at the vigil. She described how the physical sexual emotional financial and psychological abuse, which makes up
Members of SI Newcastle upon Tyne, Christine Lowthian and Jill Smith and the Police and Crime Commissioner/SI Newcastle upon Tyne President Vera Baird met with Newcastle Falcons players Trevor Davison, Adam Radwan and Adam Brocklebank, and the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police, Winton Keenan, to raise awareness of the White Ribbon Day. The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) is a global movement of men and boys working to end male violence against women and girls. It was formed by a group of pro-feminist men in London, Ontario in November 1991 as a response to the École Polytechnique massacre of female students by Marc Lépin in 1989. The campaign was intended to raise awareness about the prevalence of male violence against women, with the ribbon symbolizing “the idea of men giving up their arms. Active in over 60 countries, the movement seeks to promote healthy relationships, gender
Several members of SI Newcastle went to the Metro Centre today ( Tuesday, October 30th )to hand over the women’s sanitary products that Cris Young (Newcastle SI) has been organising with the Metro Centre Chaplain ( Rev. Lyn Jamieson ) There were 10 large boxes of products to go to the Gateshead Food Bank and another 10 boxes for the West End Food Bank plus some items to be used as a gift for the West End Refugee Service. This collection was in addition two large black bags of products collected by members (plus a donation) taken to the West End Food Bank 2 weeks ago. As it was difficult to capture everyone who attended in one photograph, three have been used. .
Several members attended the recent regional meeting at Scotch Corner on Saturday, September 22nd 2018.
Christine Smith (on the left), gave an impassioned talk to us tonight, about the impossible situation that many women, who were born in the 1950’s, find themselves in when they come to draw their State Pension. WASPI Women are a campaign group that fights the injustice done to all women born in the 1950s affected by the changes to the State Pension Law (1995/2011 Acts). The 1995 Conservative Government’s Pension Act included plans to increase women’s SPA (State Pension Age) to *65, the same as men’s. WASPI agrees with equalisation, but does not agree with the unfair way the changes were implemented – with little or no personal notice (1995/2011 Pension Acts); faster than promised (2011 Pension Act), and no time to make alternative plans. Retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences. The WASPI campaign was started by five ordinary women in 2015