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16th to 24th NOVEMBER 2019 AT MARGAM CASTLE, SUPPORTING FRIENDS OF MARGAM PAR COMMUNITIES CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL
This year, our club became aware of and decided to support the Christmas Tree Festival. Our Tree, number 14, can be found in The Library. The tree is decorated in our gold and blue colours, has a five pointed star denoting the five key areas in which we focus our work of Economic Empowerment; Education; Environmental Sustainability; Food Security and Healthcare; Violence and Conflict Resolution. We have also made baubles that cite our achievements over the last couple of years. please go along support. We would value your feedback on our tree and how easy you found it to access the information.
14/11/19 TEDDIES, HATS & SQUARES – READY TO GO TO SOUTH AFRICA FRO KNIT A SQUARE CHARITY FOR ORPHANS
Ladies of the club, particularly Maureen Morgan, have been busy knitting and crocheting for orphaned children. The items will be sent to South Africa. Funds from our charities account will pay for the postage. The items make such a differenct to the little ones that we decided to try to help to read more go to http://knit-a-square.com/knitting-for-charity-for-children/
14/11/19 SPEAKER EVENING: JAMES COLE FROM MISSION AVIATION FELLOWSHIP
After dinner we had a wonderful speaker, James Cole, from Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). James explained how volunteers fly small aircrafts to remote parts of the world to deliver goods, equipment, patients etc., to otherwise inaccessible areas. We were delighted to be able to present a cheque to MAF to help in their endeavours.
16/10/19 COFFEE MORNING AT ABERAVON BEACH HOTEL
We really enjoyed our coffee morning again this year. We had more stalls than ever which included clothes, cakes, jewellery, cards, used books, Christmas crafts and wooden carvings. Dr Ed Roberts, retired GP gave a talk on the wonderful work of carers in the NPT area. The event was very well attended by over 100. Through ticket sales and our raffle we raised some £826, of which £200 went to NPT Carers, another £200 to NSPCC; the remaining going into the charities account.
07/09/19 HEARTS OF THE VALLEY SHOW, PONTARDAWE
We joined our sister club Swansea and provided 2 stalls at the show. We had a wonderful day, raising awareness of Soroptimism as well as holding a bottle staff and raising monies for our general charities account. This money is distributed to our chosen charities at our charities evening which will be held on Thursday 26th March 2020 at 18:30 in Aberavon Beach Hotel, Port Talbot. All welcome, we just need to know you are coming so we can order sufficient refreshments.
05/09/19 CHARITY CURRY EVENING IN CINNAMON KITCHEN, PORT TALBOT
We had our second charity curry evening, in partnership with Ramm and staff in Cinnamon Kitchen. 53 of us attended en masse. we had a fab evening with friends and the food was excellent. Between our raffle and Ticket sales we raised £400 to give to Hafal, Port Talbot. We will definitely be doing another one next year. A big thank you to Ramm and staff.
15/06/19 FRIENDS OF HOSPITAL (PORT TALBOT)
We held our usual bottle stall and gave all the proceeds to the Friends of the Hospital (Port Talbot) charity. This amounted to a staggering £337. Many thanks to all the Soroptimist members who contributed bottles and £2 each, our members who manned the stall and to all those who bought tickets for the chance to win a bottle or two.
14/06/19 CLUB SHORT LISTED IN SIWS (Soroptimist International Wales South) AWARDS.
We are honoured to be one of the clubs short-listed for an award this year. 16 clubs from who form SIWS were asked to submit one project for consideration for an award. We submitted our project where we raised £1700 to enable the work of CRUSE Morgannwg (CM). Cruse Morgannwg provide experienced and qualified counsellors to work with bereaved children and their families. Every year they run two/three bereavement support groups for children and one bereavement residential weekend. Our monies is ring fenced for the resources to enable this work.
14/06/19 PORT TALBOT TEAMS UP WITH BRIDGEND, NEATH & SWANSEA IN JOINT PROJECT, WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP, TO SUPPORT CRUSE MORGANNWG.
We are excited to announce that we will be working closely with our neighbouring clubs to fund raise to enable the work of Cruse Morgannwg over the next 3 years. Each year a club will host a fund raising event such as a coffee morning or afternoon tea. We would be thrilled if you would support this by attending.
Cruse Morgannwg support children who may have lost a parent or sibling, sadly, some of these children have discovered their loved one dead. Cruse Morgannwg give children and families the chance to grief together, show the children and their family that it is ok not to be ok and to talk to one another about it. Their goal is to be there for the children & their family as no one should be alone through their grief, especially not children. Cruse Morgannwg rely on monies donated and fundraising to provide their service. Every year they run two/three bereavement support groups for children and one bereavement residential weekend. Last year they took 15 bereaved children and adults, from five families, away for a bereavement weekend which made a massive difference. Our monies are ring fenced for the resources to enable this work.
CLUB HISTORY NOW AVAILABLE.
This year we have updated our club history. We are delighted to be able to share it with you here. 2019 club history
MONDAY 20th MAY 2019: ANNUAL FASHION SHOW & CRAFT FAYRE
We enjoyed our annual fashion show again this year. The weather was kind yet again and the sun shone. The fashions were from Klass and outfits looked lovely on our models and we found were reasonably priced. We had 16 stalls with jewellery, breast awareness, cakes, wooden items including fabulous benches, clothes and plants. The orangery did us proud and we had a fab 2 course luncheon. The Day was attended by around 270 ladies and we raised some £1700 for our chosen charity MIND.
SATURDAY 18th MAY 2019: COLLECTION OF TOOLS AT TESCO PONTARDAWE
We had another successful collection of tools this year. More than 19 sewing machines, 2 knitting machines. 1 bench saw and 6 car load (full up to the brim) of tools were collected – This amounted to over 650kg in weight. The refurbished tools and machines are collected for Tools for Self Reliance Cymru and make a difference to communities in Tanzania where they are use to set up businesses that provide sustainable work for locals.
THURSDAY 25th APRIL 2019: CLUB BESTOWS HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP TO MISS MEG EDWARDS.
At the AGM in 2019, Club were delighted to bestow an Honorary Life Membership to Miss Meg Edwards for her services to Soroptimist International. Meg has been an absolute champion, working tirelessly for our cause, and has held positions in club and region over her years of service.
THURSDAY 25th APRIL 2019: INAUGURATION OF 2 NEW MEMBERS
At our AGM, club inaugurated 2 new members. We welcomed Gill Frances and Helen Radcliffe as members. We are also pleased to announce that Eleanor Corcoran became a full member.
THURSDAY 28th MARCH 2019: CHARITIES EVENING
Club members were delighted to be able to hold a charities evening, at Aberavon Beach Hotel, and present cheques to the charities we support. We donated £1700 to Cruse Morgannwg who support bereaved children and their families in NPT, Swansea & Bridgend areas; £250 LRDE Cambodia who provide meals for street children; £100 British Heart Foundation; £100 Mission for Seafarers; £100 Save the children; £100 NPT Cancer Challenge; £100 Girl Guides, £100 WaterAid; £100 SIGBI Presidents Appeal; £150 Alzheimer’s Society; £70 Meru Women’s Garden Project; £200 Barnardo’s; £100 Bloodwise. Other monies had been paid out during the year and included Blood Bikes Cymru, Friends of Neath Port Talbot (Port Talbot); Target Ovarian Cancer.
THURSDAY 28th MARCH 2019: POP UP CAFE WARD E, NPT HOSPITAL
We held our second successful pop-up café on the ward. An increased number of patients attended. The event is enjoyed by patients, relatives, staff and club members. Future monthly café events are already in the diary.
SUNDAY 24TH MARCH 2019: CELEBRATING OUR 70th ANNIVERSARY IN STYLE
We celebrated our 70th Chartered event with a Champagne Tea at the Aberavon Beach Hotel. SIGBI Vice President Isabel Smith and Regional President Eleanor Parker were in attendance. 170 attended the event which included President Sue, club members, Soroptimists from Wales South and Cannock, Mayor and Mayoress from Neath Port Talbot, David Rees AM and Marie Rees, as well as family and friends. All really enjoyed the concert of singing performed by Olwen Morgan Senior Matron Neath Port Talbot Hospital, Ceryn and Dylan Evans – President Sue’s grandchildren; Ethan and Ellis Morgan, – grandson and nephews of Maureen and Judith club members; Ladies Choir Afanté – a choir of which President Sue is a member. All guests were given a celebratory cup cake individually boxed.
27 NOVEMBER 2018 : NEATH PORT TALBOT CANCER CHALLENGE
One of our beneficiaries, Neath Port Talbot Cancer Challenge, would like to thank SI Port Talbot for its generous financial support. We contributed to the 20th Anniversary target of £100,000+ and have been able to support the purchase of ground-breaking equipment for the treatment of lymphedema. This will be based in our local hospital, in Baglan Bay, and will be used by patients from across the region.