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History of the Region

Important Dates for the Northwest England and the Isle of Man Soroptimists

1949 – North West England formed

1975 – Formation of the Divisional Union of North West England and the Isle of Man

1995 – Formation of the Northwest England & the Isle of Man Region

Current Northwest Clubs

Map of Northwest England showing the location of all current clubs - 2020

  Club Chartered Mother club Grandmother club
1 Amounderness 2016
2 Blackburn 1936 Manchester London
3 Blackpool & District 1961 Fylde Manchester
4 Fylde 1937 Manchester London
5 Garstang 1973 Fylde Manchester
6 Grange-over-Sands 1954 Ulverston Morecambe & Heysham
7 Lancaster 1942 Preston Blackburn
8 Morecambe & Heysham 1939 Preston Blackburn
9 Pendleside 1949 Burnley Blackburn
10 Preston 1939 Blackburn Manchester
11 Rishton & Great Harwood 1954 Accrington Blackburn
12 Rossendale 1947 Burnley Blackburn
13 Windermere 1982 Kendal Morecambe & Heysham

Former Northwest Clubs

Club Chartered Mother club Grandmother club Closed
Accrington 2009
Barrow-in-Furness 1966 Morecambe & Heysham Preston 2017
Bacup Merged with Rawtenstall to form Rossendale
Burnley 1943 Blackburn Manchester 2019
Carnforth 2012
Chorley 2006
Clitheroe 2001
Colne Merged with Nelson to form Pendleside 2002
Darwen 1999
Douglas 1952 Fleetwood Fylde 2017
Fleetwood 2005
Haslingden 2004
Kendal 2000
Leyland 1970 Chorley Preston 2015
Nelson Merged with Colne to form Pendleside 2002
Rawtenstall Merged with Bacup to form Rossendale
Ulverston 2007

 

Regional Presidents

Year Name Club
1946-47 Miss Edith Kenyon Blackburn
1947-48 Miss K T Tomlinson Fylde
1948-49 Dr K E Thompson Morecambe & Heysham
1949-50 Miss D Hardy Preston
1950-51 Mrs Anne Hayes Blackburn
1951-52 Miss A B Hales Fylde
1952-53 Mrs P A B McDonald Lancaster
1953-54 Mrs P Todd Clitheroe
1954-55 Mrs E M Parkington Fleetwood
1955-56 Miss E G Ephraimson Burnley
1956-57 Miss H Savage Lancaster
1957-58 Miss E A Yates Chorley
1958-59 Miss A Cottom Ulverston
1959-60 Mrs F P Evans Burnley
1960-61 Mrs A E Rouse Blackburn
1961-62 Mrs E H Browne Grange-over-Sands
1962-63 Miss F Makin Fleetwood
1963-64 Miss J Stewart Chorley
1964-65 Mrs I M Rushton Rishton
1965-66 Miss J D Coates Colne & Nelson
1966-67 Miss M Blackwood Burnley
1967-68 Mrs Riley Rawtenstall
1968-69 Miss Dora Bloomer Blackpool
1969-70 Mrs Vera Nield (Allen) Fylde
1970-71 Mrs Gwyneth Evers Morecambe & Heysham
1971-72 Miss Nellie Cross Chorley
1972-73 Mrs Edith Mortimer Grange-over-Sands
1973-74 Mrs Barbara Pryce Blackpool
1974-75 Miss Marjery Robinson Fylde
1975-76 Mrs Elsie Dickinson Preston
1976-77 Miss Barbara Dening Blackburn
1977-78 Mrs Doris Davies Colne & Nelson
1978-79 Mrs Jean Wilkinson Haslingden
1979-80 Mrs Margaret Parr Fleetwood
1980-81 Miss Hazel Woodward Garstang
1981-82 Miss Jo Clarke Kendal
1982-83 Mrs Edith Mortimer Grange-over-Sands
1983-84 Miss Kathleen Hanson Clitheroe
1984-85 Mrs Sheila R Whipp Rawtenstall
1985-86 Mrs Dorothy Carthy Colne & Nelson
1986-87 Dr Pamela Russo Rishton
1987-88 Mrs Penny Ward Grange-over-Sands
1988-89 Miss Betty Brierley Burnley
1989-90 Mrs Bettie Norwood Windermere
1990-91 Mrs Jo Derbyshire Blackpool
1991-92 Miss June Goodinson Carnforth
1992-93 Mrs Josie Caunce Blackburn
1993-94 Miss Claire Bailey Garstang
1994-95 Mrs Sue Sharkey Grange-over-Sands
1995-96 Mrs Pat Hooton Burnley
1996-97 Mrs Noreen Haselden Carnforth
1997-98 Mrs Kath Jones Accrington
1998-99 Mrs Dorothy Greenhalgh Chorley
1999-00 Mrs Maraline Foster Fylde
2000-01 Mrs Ruth Winterbottom Lancaster
2001-02 Mrs Paddy Rouse Rishton & Great Harwood
2002-03 Mrs Tricia Coll Blackburn
2003-04 Mrs Anne Quainoo Lancaster
2004-05 Mrs Margaret Paterson Morecambe & Heysham
2005-06 Mrs Susan Biggs Pendleside
2006-07 Mrs June Gabbitas Grange-over-Sands
2007-08 Mrs Linda Beddows Fylde
2008-09 Mrs Marie Blacktop Blackburn
2009-10 Mrs Sharon Greenhow Barrow-in-Furness
2010-11 Mrs Judith Grocott Garstang
2011-12 Miss Jean Priestley Blackpool
2013/14 Mrs Edna Haselden Pendleside
2014/15 Mrs Tessa Jones Lancaster
2015/16 Mrs Margaret Hammond Blackburn
2016/17 Mrs Angie Christopher Blackburn
2017/18 Mrs Maureen Howarth Pendleside
2018/19 Ms Alison Driver Rossendale
2019/ Miss Rosemary Hoyle Grange-over-Sands