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Making History – and International Friendships

Making History – and International Friendships

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Salisbury has recently established a Friendship Link with SI Chisinau in the SI European Union of Moldova. At the Club’s meeting by Zoom on 23 November the 14 Salisbury members who joined the call welcomed 6 Soroptimists from SI Chisinau. It was a great opportunity to meet each other long distance, to introduce ourselves and to have a chat about our respective Clubs and our projects. As always with these get togethers, we found we had much in common and we are already starting to discuss the possibility of a joint project between the two clubs. The Moldovan Soroptimists highlighted the huge need in their country amongst older women, almost a whole generation has been wiped away for various reasons and elderly women have suffered badly, even prior to the current pandemic. Things have only got worse. In the summer, SI Salisbury decided to accept

Great Result from our First on line Quiz!

Great Result from our First on line Quiz!

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On Friday 13 November, friends and family from across the country gathered together virtually for a night of quizzing.   With  over 100 people taking part, grouped into 24 teams, technology was used to enable most to join together between households.   As the quiz was organised by Salisbury Soroptimists,  it seemed appropriate that most of the questions were about women – powerful women, mothers and daughters, literary heroines, songs from musicals, and many more. Despite the challenges of technology and physical separation, a fun evening was had by all. Team members conferred from household to household by all manner of means – phone, text, WhatsApp and e mail – cyberspace was positively buzzing with quiz conversations! The winning team was “Juliet’s Jokers”, but the real winners were the charities that were supported by the event.   With over £800 raised, donations will be used to sponsor a

Launch of Her Salisbury Story Website

Launch of Her Salisbury Story Website

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Despite the difficulties of lockdown, members of the Her Salisbury Story project team have continued to develop the project via Zoom meetings. Work has progressed and the team are pleased to announce the launch of the Her Salisbury Story website on 3 September coupled with a call for volunteers to take the project forward to the next stage.   Listen to an interview with team members Louise, Barbara and Sue at My Salisbury: Podcast: mySalisbury – Soroptimists of Salisbury  

Celebrating Our First Birthday – Socially Distanced!

Celebrating Our First Birthday – Socially Distanced!

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Taking a few cautious steps out of lockdown, members of SI Salisbury and a number of guests got together – following all the social distancing rules – to mark our first anniversary as a Club. We had hoped for a picnic in the beautiful garden but the weather wasn’t cooperative so we spread out across the dining room of Hilary’s lovey home, a B&B.       It was so good to see each other again (face to face at last) and as well as a catch up chat with each other we chatted to several local women who are interested in what we do. President Teresa inducted Hilary as a member and we held a socially distanced change of insignia ceremony as Immediate Past President Lisa handed on the Club chain to Teresa, who handed on hers to President Elect Eleanor. Change of insignia

The Salisbury ‘Smalls for All’ Delivery has Arrived!

The Salisbury ‘Smalls for All’ Delivery has Arrived!

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The Salisbury ‘Smalls for All’ delivery by Club Treasurer Penny has arrived! She took a grand total of 1251 donated ‘preloved’ bras to the sorting room of Smalls for All in Scotland. Penny set off with her trusty camper van loaded high with the generous contributions from the women of Salisbury and surrounding areas. Despite lockdown, our call for donations of bras was heard and responded to by generous women across the area, allowing us to surpass our last year’s total of 1120 by a healthy margin. Donations were left on doorsteps, in gardens, pushed through letterboxes and even handed through open windows!  All obeying social distancing rules and adding up to a great contribution for women in the poorest parts of Africa, where wearing a bra gives a woman dignity and self respect.   We held a socially distanced sorting evening in July when

Counting donated bras
900 Bras and some Bubbly

900 Bras and some Bubbly

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900 Bras and some Bubbly to bring us (slowly) out of lockdown.......... SI Salisbury's first tentative social event since lockdown took place in the lovely setting of Jane's garden in the Cathedral Close. Slightly lower key than in the past two years, the evening was a carefully socially distanced but enjoyable evening. Members enjoyed a glass of Prosecco while they checked, folded, counted and packed the pre-loved bras generously donated by local women for onward transport to Smalls For All.   A total of 900 bras were collected and these will be delivered to the charity once restrictions allow. Smalls for All say that the 'gently worn' bras are given to women in the developing world as well as sold to a family run recycling company LMB to help the charity  raise the vital funds they need to support their work. For example, to pay the
Staying Connected – with Empowering Girls in Nepal

Staying Connected – with Empowering Girls in Nepal

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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

Salisbury Ladies – Please save your Pre-loved Bras for Recycling!

Salisbury Ladies – Please save your Pre-loved Bras for Recycling!

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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.

Guildhall Launch for ‘Her Salisbury Story’ on International Women’s Day

Guildhall Launch for ‘Her Salisbury Story’ on International Women’s Day

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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