International Women’s Day is a significant day for Soroptimists ordinarily, but in 2021 it not only falls in our Centenary year, but also occurs in the middle of a global pandemic. This year, perhaps more so than for generations, women are facing pressure like never before. As such, SI Rossendale decided we want to do something significant to mark the day, hence we’ve taken on 3 very different projects. One of them – the most retrospective of the three – is to look at Rossendale women from the past and present and acknowledge some of the contributions they have made, to both their local and global community. In order to do this, we teamed up with students from Accrington & Rossendale College who, along with members of SI Rossendale, each chose and researched a woman from Rossendale.
In the centenary year of the Soroptimist Movement and as part of our contribution to International Women’s Day 2021, SI Rossendale are looking to publicly recognise a woman who has made a difference to Rossendale women in 2021. That’s why SI Rossendale Launches 2021 Rossendale Woman For Women Award. Read on to find out more.
In the run up to International Women’s Day 2021, SI Rossendale chose several campaigns to pursue. And, given that for IWD 2021, we will all still be in lockdown in the UK, we thought it only fitting that one of our campaigns be focussed around social media.
As part of our International Women’s Day 2021 events we are sharing this account of Rossendale woman, Mary Hindle who was deported to Australia in 1827 after being convicted of involvement in The Power Loom Riot of 1826. Our SI Rossendale member, Patricia Calway has re-told this sad story of injustice for us.
We are very sad to announce the death of our dear friend Barbara Ward, a Soroptimist for over 40 years. Barbara was a member and previous President of Soroptimist International Accrington until the club’s closure when she joined SI Rossendale.
A Christmas Message from our Club President, Alison Driver.
Earlier in November, SI Rossendale members enjoyed a club walk through the recently restored railway tunnels from Waterfoot to Stacksteads.
In 2019, our Soroptimists sister and member of SI Rossendale, Jean Hamer, sadly passed away. Here are a few words about her life, written by her friend and fellow SI Rossendale member, Mary Ashman.
We had a pleasant surprise a couple of weeks ago when we received the news; ‘SI Rossendale Announced As Joint Winners Of The Darwen Shield 2020’. We’ll be honest, it came a little bit out of the blue, as we didn’t even realise we were in the running. So, when the email arrived on 16th June 2020, we were a little bit pleased with ourselves! Read on to find out more about the Darwen Shield and our event, This Girl’s Rising, for which we won.
Well, summer is finally here, although you wouldn’t know it from the gorgeous Rossendale rain! But here at SI Rossendale, we’re not letting the miserable summer weather get us down. And we’re not letting the Coronavirus lockdown stop us either! Hot on the heels of our most recent fundraising experience, our new President, Alison Driver, has come up with a new challenge to get us moving and help raise some vital funds too. Marathons! Yes, you heard me. Marathons. We’re fundraising with the Marathon Challenge! Whatever next?! Read on to find out more.