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Quiz 2023

Quiz 2023

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Call your friends and make a date to join us at Harnham Parish Hall for our annual quiz night. Fun rounds and supper included (fish n chips/chicken/veggie burger). Cash bar with a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available. Proceeds will be split between our two main charities, Salisbury Refuge and EdUKaid. To enter your team (or ask to join a team) contact: soroptsquiz23@gmail.com  

Mulling over the year

Mulling over the year

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The last meeting of 2022 was a social gathering. We all brought a plate of nibbles to share which made for a delicious spread. Mulled wine was warmed for some and non-alcoholic drinks available for others. We were sorry that several members could not attend due to illness – but thank them for not sharing their germs!! We spent a convivial evening chatting, drinking and nibbling. A good way to end a busy year!

Oranging Salisbury!

Oranging Salisbury!

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On Sunday 27 November members of the Club stood alongside members of  the Mothers’ Union, Diocese of Salisbury as part of the UN’s annual #Orangetheworld 16 Days of Activism on Violence Against Women.  United by a common desire to see an end to violence against women – they were there to raise awareness of domestic abuse and the many other manifestations of violence against women and girls. There was a lot of interest from Festive Market goers; young visitors were particularly keen on the orange and purple balloons handed out and the fresh fruit handed out to both adults and children were ice breakers to a series of conversations about domestic abuse and what we can all do to spot it in relationships and to stop it. “We are particularly grateful to local fruit sellers Central Fruits and Simply Fruit who supported us with fresh

Patch for Peace

Patch for Peace

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SI San Fernando are celebrating their 60th anniversary! They asked clubs around the world to contribute to a peace patchwork by creating a 12 inch square patch. Our member Annie Hotton stepped up to create this patch. The martisor represents our link to sisters in SI Chisnau, Moldova. SI Salisbury members Bernie and Eleanor handed over our club peace patch to Renata and Sandra from SI San Fernando at the SIGBI conference in Belfast.

National and Regional level representation

National and Regional level representation

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At our October meeting President Jenny Hair, congratulated Eleanor Evans on her election as SIGBI Assistant Programme Director People for 2022-2024. She presented her with a bouquet of flowers as recognition of this important role. Jenny also congratulated Lisa Scandling, who, next year, will become Regional President-Elect of SI Southern England. Jenny commented that both Eleanor and Lisa brought recognition and honour to the Club, as well as themselves, by stepping up to wider public responsibilities in Soroptimism. We hope that they both enjoy their roles. Jenny inducted Karen Gadd and Edwina Berkeley as new Soroptimist members, presented their badges and welcomed them to the Club.

Making our City Safer Event

Making our City Safer Event

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Safety in Salisbury Our 'Safer Salisbury' project was launched with a conference last year. Since then a steering committee has taken the initiative forward, there have been streetlighting audits and a Schools' Forum. This time, we wanted to engage with the public and ask the question "What would make you feel safer in Salisbury?" Changing behaviours Although the physical structure of the city, providing good lighting and uncluttered streets help make us feel safe, it is often more about the behaviours and attitudes of others. There are many campaigns working to change unacceptable behaviours. White Ribbon - aim that men promise to never use, excuse or remain silent about men’s violence against women 'Have a Word with Yourself' Asking men to intervene when mates are acting inappropriately 'Do the right thing' Key-note speakers Dame Vera Baird KC, Former Victims Commissioner talked about ‘why words matter’
Recruiting new members

Recruiting new members

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Fizz and Friendship Enticing new members should be fun, so we invited women to share some fizz and find out about Salisbury Soroptimists. The venue was a local bar which kindly hosted us. We had display boards to showcase our activities and projects. On the screen we showed a rolling display of photos too. Everyone enjoyed a complimentary drink (fizz or soft!) and could mingle with existing members to find out what we are all about. We registered eleven prospective members. We hope they found us friendly and welcoming. It all seems to have worked, because five of these came to our member's meeting on Monday. At this meeting we heard from Bronwen Steele, one of the Her Salisbury Story Writing competition prize winners. Her story about a dragon and an author  won her a week's retreat in Tuscany with international author Cornelia Funk. She
Ukraine/Moldova

Ukraine/Moldova

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Have you been wondering what happened to our fundraising to help the Ukranian refugees transiting or staying in Moldova earlier this year? The funds we sent helped our sister Soroptimists provide food parcels to local families hosting those who fled. They were also able to provided colourful bean bags for the summer camp held recently for both Ukrainian and Moldovan teenagers. Our member, Jane, reported on the fun that the teenagers had and how each day the numbers increased as the word spread! Jane told me that 'The bean bags are now being used by the children/teenagers in the Community House of Culture for other events that the Mayor and village are organising.  They had nothing there before. We left kettles, mugs, cups, bean bags, art stuff, 2 x computers and they now have the ability to organise regular activities for both Moldavan and Ukrainian
What do 2500 bras look like?

What do 2500 bras look like?

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Salisbury Soroptimists can answer this question: 24 black sacks and a box! Many thanks to everyone who kindly donated gently used bras for Afreebra. They are now all sorted and packed ready for transport to Africa. We will shortly be taking them to a warehouse near Heathrow for onwards transmission to women in various African countries who would otherwise not be able to afford such garments. We would also like to thank Five Rivers Leisure Centre for hosting our collecting box and Penny, who made frequent trips there to keep the bin empty! Thanks too to all the other collecting points in various villages, supporters' houses and other locations. We beat last year's record by a couple of hundred! So, next year we need to beat 2527! Thank you Salisbury and surrounds!
Her Salisbury Story at the Chalke Valley History Festival

Her Salisbury Story at the Chalke Valley History Festival

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Her Salisbury Story took a tent the famous Chalke Valley History Festival, which was bigger and better this year. A week long event, it took a number of volunteers to cover all the time slots, lead by Jenny, who was there every day!  The weather did its best and worst but our tent (sponsored by Parker Bullen) kept us dry and was easy to spot with its natty green stripes. Visitors trouped by to visit the trench experience and we constantly heard ‘shelling’ and firing behind us as they saw and felt what it had been like to defend a position of the road to Dunkirk! Royal Visitor One of our members managed to ‘doorstep’ the Royal entourage of the Duchess of Cornwall, to offer her information about the project, along with a souvenir bag and map of the walking tour.