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.
Once again the school year was disrupted by the global pandemic and it was difficult for schools to deliver the curriculum, let alone other activities. Several schools attempted to field teams for the STEM Challenge. Unfortunately, only one team managed to complete their project and submit a final report for review. The Challenge was to research a simple, sustainable innovation that could make life better for people living in poverty in the developing world. The winning project The team from Godolphin School decided to investigate sustainable ways to make drinking water safe. They tested a variety of natural products which could kill common water-bourn bacteria. The judges were very impressed with the level of scientific investigation that the girls showed in proposing and testing hypotheses. The team not only thought about the product content, but also designed an impressive package that could be a practical
One of the outcomes of last October’s Safer Salisbury Conference, organised by Salisbury Soroptimists, was the suggestion that a Schools’ Forum should take place. This would give young people a chance to voice their opinions and take action in their own schools to promote zero tolerance of unacceptable behaviour towards women and girls. Godolphin School volunteered to be the host of this initial conference and eight schools were represented with one apology. This Forum was to present to those schools unable to attend the last conference, our idea that action could be taken within Salisbury to improve safety by working with young people. This Forum introduced some of the organisations working towards our goal; including the night time economy, CCTV, Wiltshire Police, the Street Pastors, Stars, Alibare and Everyone’s Invited. Ultimately we want to encourage young people to engage and mentor each other as well
Recent local events have provided opportunities for members of the Club to promote the Women’s Safety Initiative. Lady Lansdowne, the High Sheriff of Wiltshire. is pictured here with Julia West, our incoming Communications Officer, learning about the project at the Mental Health Showcase at Salisbury’s Guildhall on 5 April. At the same event Liz Batten, outgoing Communications Officer was able to spend time talking about the project to both the Mayor of Salisbury, Caroline Corbin, pictured here and the Deputy Mayor, her husband Tom. Later that week there was the chance to catch up with football fans as the Salisbury Women’s Football Team were permitted a rare opportunity to play on the Salisbury RayMac stadium pitch. President Eleanor, Liz and potential new member Edwina Berkeley were on hand to talk to spectators and players about the
At our February meeting we heard from Victoria Charleston of the Alice Ruggles Trust about their work to publicise the danger signs of coercive control and stalking. They aim to help victims and their friends recognise these signs and act upon them. You can help spread the word by watching the videos on the site and promote them to schools and other organisations. Stalking is a crime and there are many organisations which can offer help and advice.
At our February meeting we were able to Zoom our sister organisation in Moldova to hear about their work with Ukrainian refugees passing through and staying in their country. Moldova is a very poor country and many can ill afford extra mouths to feed. Soroptimists in Chisnau have been helping to ferry vulnerable refugees from the Ukrainian border across their country to Romania. They have also visited villages where many refugees are staying with local families. It was clear from talking to them that their most pressing need was for money to buy supplies and petrol. We decided to pool our donations and send them directly to our sister soroptimists so that they can use the funds at ground level to help those who need it most. With some funds from our club and some very generous donations, we managed to send £3000. Our regional