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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

STEM Challenge Awards Ceremony

STEM Challenge Awards Ceremony

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On Monday 16 March, the final judging and award ceremony for the third annual Salisbury STEM Challenge was held at South Wiltshire University Technical College. Five teams from three local schools attended the finals and their projects were displayed for the judges, Louise Tizzard, Geoservices Director, Wessex Archaeology and Helen Harrison, Deputy Head of Department for Electrical Engineering & Construction, Wiltshire College. Winners A team of five girls: Amelia Harmer, Miriam Morgan, Jing wen Xie, Rebecca Ashfield and Milly Hawling from Godolphin School, otherwise known as ‘Archimedes Crew’ took away the trophy and top prize money for their project ‘Irrigation System for growing crops in Developing  Countries’. The judges praised all of the ‘superb’ projects entered, but of the Archimedes Crew entry, Judge Louise Tizzard, Geoservices Director, Wessex Archaeology said: ‘This one stood out, a very well researched and well-considered project. You showed great understanding
Annual Quiz Night – a Great Success

Annual Quiz Night – a Great Success

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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

SI Salisbury at SIGBI Conference

SI Salisbury at SIGBI Conference

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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.

Coffee, Cake and Conversation

Coffee, Cake and Conversation

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We were delighted to welcome some 13 lovely ladies to our annual Coffee, Cake and Conversation event  who came to find out more about our Club and our project work. As well as a piece of our delicious (we think!) homemade cake and a cup of coffee or tea, the ladies were keen to talk to us about some of the issues we have been studying and taking action on. We talked about domestic violence and abuse, trafficking, the under-representation of women in STEM careers and our newest project which is about telling the stories of the women who made Salisbury the wonderful city it is today, and those who continue to do so. We hope to see quite a number of the women we met at one of our meetings soon. If you weren’t able to come along but would like to find out

SI Salisbury Chartered!

SI Salisbury Chartered!

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In the beautiful setting of the Cloisters of Salisbury Cathedral, President of the Federation of Great Britain and Ireland Sue Williams chartered the new Club of SI Salisbury on Saturday 3 August 2019. Some 150 guests: friends, families, local supporters and sister Soroptimists from 24 Clubs of the Federation were present to welcome the Founder President and 16 Founder Members into the global organisation. Led by Toastmistress Kay Linnell from SI Winchester and District, the charter ceremony and speeches took place prior to the start of the Charter dinner. President Sue  described the programme activities already being undertaken by members of the new Club and paid tribute to the energy and enthusiasm of all the Founder Members.           Founder President Lisa thanked President Sue for the Club Charter and members of SI Winchester for helping to start the new club. She

Gilo Visit for Salisbury STEM Team Members

Gilo Visit for Salisbury STEM Team Members

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Members of the STEM Challenge team took a trip down to the Gilo HQ in Dorset in early June to give feedback to our main STEM Challenge sponsors on the year’s  activities and to thank them for their support. We were delighted to be given a tour of the plant by Rhian Griffith, Design Engineer (pictured on the right of the group here). Rhian spoke at the award ceremony in March and was one of the judges on our panel. Members of the STEM group here in front of the Gilo SkyQuad – the world’s first practical flying car with Rhian are left to right Vicki Ralph, Liz Batten and Jen Newman    

Salisbury’s Five Rivers Festival

Salisbury’s Five Rivers Festival

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Salisbury Soroptimists were pleased to take part in a day of fun and frolics in Salisbury’s rivers. In the morning of the late May Bank Holiday we helped to marshal the river ‘family float’ from Stratford Sub Castle to the Five Rivers Centre and in the afternoon we entered a team to take part in the Duck Race. These action packed photos show as well as lots of water, there was much fun and laughter too. Thanks to our Duck Trio: Penny, Eleanor and Louise!                                 Thanks to Salisbury Rotary for organising the day’s activities and enabling us to work alongside you. We look forward to a continuing partnership.

Two more new members for Salisbury

Two more new members for Salisbury

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At our May meeting we were delighted to welcome two more members into our very soon-to-be Club. Pictured here are Karen Long (left) and Eugenia Perkes (right) having just been welcomed into the Club by Founder President Lisa Scandling (centre). With our Charter date set for Saturday 3 August it’s full steam ahead! Come and join us to celebrate. Details here