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Diamond and Golden Anniversaries

The inaugural meeting of SI Slough & District as it was originally known was held on 21st September 1961.  The club was chartered by SIGBI Federation President during October 1961 and subsequently the club has generally celebrated its chartering with a dinner at the end of the March of each year.  Latterly this has become a lunch and is generally held over the first weekend in April.  The club is now looking forward to celebrating its Diamond Anniversary over the weekend of 26th to 27th March 2022 with a Lunch on Sunday 27th at Ditton Manor and a conference on Saturday 26th march at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead.

Our Guest of Honour for the weekend will once again be Maureen Maguire as she is now President of Soroptimist International!!

Saturday 26th March at 2pm Norden Farm Centre Maidenhead SL6 4PF

Conference – Climate Change – The reality – What can we do?

Chaired by:  Councillor Donna Stimson, Cabinet Lead for Environmental Services, Climate Change, Sustainability, Parks and Countryside RBWM

A panel of speakers will advise and discuss the issues around

Electric Cars, Domestic Heating, Travel and Recycling

Tickets £15 each including coffee or tea and biscuits  (Students £10)

Sunday 27th March at 12.30 – Celebration Lunch at historic Ditton Manor near Datchet once childhood home of Queen Mary I

Ditton Manor, Ditton Park Road, Berkshire, SL3 7JB

3 course Lunch – Welcome drink

Choice of menu plus drink and coffee or tea £50








The Golden Anniversary weekend was held from Friday 23rd March to Sunday 25th March 2012.

SIGBI President  Maureen Maguire flew  in from Nairobi for the weekend.

There was a Reception on Friday evening in St Mary’s Church Slough at 7pm with some bubbly and canapes to celebrate and a short recital on the piano by James Church.

Saturday was  centred around Windsor with opportunities to visit Windsor Castle or take a Bus Tour, walk around the historic cobbled area adjacent to the castle, visit Eton and Windsor Castle and, of course, enjoy the shopping in the renowned Royal Station Centre.  A light lunch was provided in Windsor Parish Church.

A special banquet took place at The White House, Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor during the evening of Saturday 24th March.  The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead attended and the President of SIGBI was the key note speaker.[/vc_column_text]

On Sunday the focus moved nearer to the river Thames with Brunch on Queen’s Eyot near to Bray.

A short boat trip takes visitors across to the island.  There were displays of the club’s work and history and the opportunity for a more informal meal and chance to meet and mingle.  Later in the afternoon some members  visited the beautiful gardens of Cliveden or the Stanley Spencer Art Gallery in Cookham.

Finally there was an informal supper at a member’s home in Windsor.

Visitors came from Soroptimist Clubs in Switzerland, Belgium Lithuania, the Netherlands, Turkey and Northern Ireland as well as other parts of England so there was definitely an international buzz around this event which coincided with beautiful warm weather.