Members were pleased to welcome members from across the Region, together with Federation Project ambassadors, to a special Zoom call at one of our weekly get togethers. Club President Elect and Chair of our Regional Programme Action Committee Eleanor Evans had invited Philip Holmes, of Empowering Girls in Nepal, to be our guest speaker. Some 57 of us were on line to spend an hour with Philip, who gave us a great overview of the project and how and why he began working with children in Nepal. He also brought us up to date with how the Covid19 pandemic lockdown has affected the project, and the people of Nepal. The country has been in lockdown since 24 March and cases are still increasing. Consequently over the past three months it has not been possible for any work to be done in Nepal. No rescue work
Following a fun and enjoyable Florence Nightingale themed pub quiz on Friday 15th May, to end celebrations for Florence’s 200th birthday week, our talented member Louise Jordan is organising a second women’s history themed quiz online. The ‘No Petticoats Here: Remarkable Women of World War One’ quiz will take place on Tuesday 16th June at 7pm and information on how to join in will be posted here. The quiz questions have been compiled by academics, researchers and writers with an interest in women’s First World War history and the questions range in difficulty so that everyone can have a go, whilst learning and raising greater awareness of women’s contributions to history. This is a great fit with our new Club project Her Salisbury Story.
Local connections to a famous nurse whose name we all know SI Salisbury are proud of their member Louise Jordan, a singer songwriter who specialises in showcasing the stories of remarkable women from the past. To coincide with Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday on 12th May, Louise will be Artist of the Week next week with Wiltshire Creative’s new free online Connects programme. There will be an interview with John Cox, some extracts of the live show and a downloadable resource for families shared throughout the week. Louise is part of the organising team for ‘Her Salisbury Story’. Her Salisbury Story is a Heritage Funded project aiming to write the city’s women back into the history books. Whilst Florence Nightingale might be a recognisable name, her local connections are perhaps less familiar and Florence’s work as a nurse often overshadows her pioneering work as a statistician. Salisbury’s STEM
Are you spendingt enforced time at home giving all those cupboards and drawers a turn out? If so, you might like to know that for a third year Salisbury Soroptimists will be collecting lightly used bras to donate to ‘Smalls for All‘. The charity then ships them out to a variety of areas in Africa where, as the charity has found, bras give women dignity and self-worth. The message is: please save your pre worn bras. If your daily exercise takes you past 60 Endless Street, ring the doorbell and Penny will be pleased to receive your donations. Over the past two years a total of 1590 bras have been collected by the local Soroptimist Club from generous local ladies! We are hoping to add substantially to that total this year.
A brand new project supported by a £10K grant from the Heritage Fund was launched at an all day event at Salisbury’s Guildhall on Sunday 8 March, International Women’s Day. In her speech officially launching the new project ‘Her Salisbury Story’, Mayoress Carrie Walsh said: ‘As Mayoress I have been privileged to meet many inspirational women working in Salisbury: community project workers, charity workers and leaders, women in business, medicine and the arts to name just a few. Their backgrounds are diverse, their contribution to our city is a legacy to be discovered, acknowledged and shared. Over the coming months you will be able to learn more about all of these women and have the chance to nominate women you know and admire for inclusion in the heritage project.’ Following her speech, The Mayoress joined her husband Mayor Councillor John Walsh to
Our annual quiz night was a sell-out success for the second year running. Keen contestants from all over Salisbury and beyond gathered in St Elizabeth’s Hall in Exeter Street to pit their wits against opposing teams. Question master was Annie Riddle from the Salisbury Journal and a great selection of raffle prizes were generously donated by local businesses and services. The winning team was ‘Chorus Girls’ – members of the Kate Edgar Singers – and the evening raised a total of £1100 for local charities. This amount will be shared between EdUKaid, supporting a women’s social enterprise project in Tanzania and the Salisbury Women’s Refuge, where funds will be used to help keyworkers accompany women residents travelling to attend court hearings outside the area. Club President Lisa Scandling said: “Thanks to everyone for coming along and supporting us, we hope you enjoyed the evening as
Four members of the new Salisbury Club travelled to join members from across the Federation at the annual conference at Bournemouth. Focusing on the Federation President’s theme ‘Think on it,’ members heard from keynote speakers including Baroness Susan Greenfield, George Anderson and Penny Mallory. Award winning Club projects were presented including the work done by Soroptimists in the UK on the efficacy of Special Domestic Violence Courts, a project being taken up by Salisbury members in the New Year. Members in Conference all wore green on Friday 25 October to raise awareness of mental health, especially as it affects women and girls. On Saturday 26 October the new Federation Project ChoraChori was launched, which will raise a target of £100K for young female survivors of trafficking and sexual assault in Nepal over the next three years.