Our speaker for the meeting on 21st February was Annette Maudsley of SI Liverpool. Annette gave a fascinating presentation concerning her work with Stop the Traffik, her role as Safeguarding Officer for SIGBI and her working life within Border Control at London Heathrow Airport. Annette showed great passion for her work but also compassion regarding the victims of abuse and the need to be permanently alert to all the issues surrounding modern day slavery. The photo shows President Jean Sinclair with Annette
On Wednesday Liz and Jackie attended a Community Networking Event in Maidenhead organised by Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club. They told several members about Soroptimism and our Club and also put leaflets in the goodie bags that were given out.
During December club members continued to help with the Tuesday Club at Age Concern Windsor and also ran a very successful Quiz which was not only enjoyed by the participants but raised over £350 for the Spencer Denny Centre. Following that club members helped with the Christmas Fayre at the Centre and again raised funds for the activities organised by Age Concern Windsor. The club is now meeting regularly at the Spencer Denny Centre which has good facilities for speakers who wish to use Zoom and is also very comfortable. On 7th December the club celebrated Christmas with a splendid three course dinner at the Greene Oak in Dedworth Windsor. The food was extremely good and everyone had a great evening. A raffle was run by Irene and Marylin with the funds raised being donated to DASH (Domestic Abuse Stops Here). Club members have also
Jackie Paling was delighted to have an opportunity to meet the President of SI Katmandu at the recent conference in London. SI Slough Windsor & Maidenhead have sponsored law student Asmita through her degree course at university in Katmandu.
On Wednesday the club had its first meeting at the Spencer Denny Centre which is the home of Age Concern Windsor. The meeting went well and it was agreed that this was a pleasant new venue. One great advantage is a huge table so that everyone can sit together and communicate and also see the large screen which makes Zoom very acceptable. Our speaker (via Zoom) was Jane Walker who is truly remarkable. 21 years ago she was working for News International and uncertain as to whether her future lay in the print media industry. She took some time out and travelled to the Philippines to consider her options. She had heard about people living on rubbish dumps so asked a taxi driver to take her to one. In fact she went to one of the largest near to Manila and she was stunned and
Club members took part in the Age Concern Windsor Fete on 15th July. There were a variety of stalls selling plants and flowers, soft toys, books, bric-a-brac, and cakes and several others. There were also games and a raffle. Although the sudden downpours undoubtedly lowered the number of visitors, over £500 was raised. The next Tuesday club will be held on 1st August when members will again be volunteering to help with serving lunches and chatting to the clients. On Sunday 23rd July club members set up their stall at Maidenhead Festival amongst 60 other organisations. Jewelry and candles were on sale together with raffle tickets. There was a display relating to the club’s activities and plenty of leaflets available for prospective members.
SI Slough Windsor and Maidenhead are inviting members of the SILC Clubs and the London Collective to join them in a presentation given by SI President Maureen Maguire on her “Opening Doors to a Bright Future” project. This will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 28th June 2023 and will be by Zoom. This is an opportunity for members who are not attending the SI Convention in Dublin in July to hear more about the project we have all been supporting. Registration details will follow nearer the time.
At the Annual General Meeting of SI Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead yesterday, Mrs Jean Sinclair took over as President of the Club from Mrs Margaret Lenton. Margaret had served as President for two years which of course had been significantly affected by Covid. Margaret was thanked for all her hard work in rather difficult circumstances and was presented with a bouquet and a present. Jean told club members that she was looking forward to her year in office and hoped to partner with other organisations and gain more awareness of the club and its activities. The President’s charity will be the DASH organisation (Domestic Abuse Stops Here).
During November club members were very busy organising items and games for the Christmas Fayre in order to raise much needed funds for the Spencer Denny Centre. Members have been involved with the centre for many years but have now made it more central to the programme action work of the club. Several members volunteer to assist the Tuesday club and in part the Fayre was a fund raiser to raise more funds for this activity. The photos illustrate some of the stands selling jewellery, games and books, the bottle stall and, of course, the main guest – Santa Claus himself! Almost £1000 was raised from the Fayre and a raffle for a hamper of Christmas goodies.
For many years SI Slough Windsor & Maidenhead has had an involvement with the Spencer Denny Centre – Age Concern Windsor. The Centre had to curtail its activities during the lockdown and it is gradually reopening and getting back to providing services for over-55s in the Windsor area. Whilst the centre is now open on three days per week, the management wished to provide some activities on a Tuesday. Club members agreed to volunteer to help run a Tuesday Club from midday to 3.30 on two Tuesdays per month. The club provides lunch and entertainment such as a quiz or bingo. There will also be a pantomime in December and a Christmas Fayre on 26th November.