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
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 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
One of our members is opening her lovely garden at 56a The Close on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July between 11.30am and 3.30pm There will be refreshments on sale as well as books, jams and marmalades. All proceeds will go to the Salisbury Women’s Refuge and local charities. Between 2pm and 3.30pm on Saturday the Close Consort will be playing a selection of folk and early music on recorders.
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.