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Soroptimist table at FVTA dinner

Soroptimist table at FVTA dinner

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The Fareham Vannes Twinning Association hold regular events to celebrate the ongoing connection between the towns.  In May Fareham hosted a weekend of events, including a dinner held at Avenue 141 in Fareham College.  It was a French-themed event, billed as a Soiree Francaise! The picture shows the table made up of members and guests of the Soroptimist club.  

Walk 100 miles in April

Walk 100 miles in April

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When the “Walk 100 miles in April” challenge was launched, club member Jacky knew that she would be taking part with her dog, Amber. It was all in support of the Children on the Edge charity. Jacky says: “Children on the Edge is probably my favourite charity. They work in a really empowering way with marginalised children; the UK office is local to me in Chichester. They grew out of Anita Roddick’s (The Body Shop founder) early work with Romanian orphans and are still supported, hugely, by The Body Shop, and by local chocolate producers Montezuma.“ She and Amber thoroughly enjoyed their walks, met their target of 100 miles with a day to spare, and were delighted with the support from family & friends.  All this means that they have currently raised over £700, including £130 from fellow Soroptimists.  Donations are still welcome!

Quilt opens show

Quilt opens show

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Last weekend one of our members went to an exhibition by Meon Valley Quilters in Wickham.  She was surprised to find a quilt made by another of our club members as the display at the entrance to the show!  The whole exhibition showed off the creativity of the quilters, and was amazing and very colourful. Alison, the quilter, explained that the design is called the Dashing Dutchman.  It was the 2021 online design from “The Crafty Nomad”, who sent the block pattern and a series of videos to follow each month, to learn new techniques and tips. Alison said: “I enjoyed the fabric paper piecing – which gave accurate results and the monthly zoom sessions where we were able to ask questions and then see each other’s work.”  She said her granddaughter chose the background fabric, and the finished project was quilted for her by

Soroptimists support NSPCC Walk for Children 2021

Soroptimists support NSPCC Walk for Children 2021

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Members of the Soroptimist International Solent East club supported the NSPCC Walk for Children 2021. Five club members gathered at the Cams Mill pub on Sunday 19 December, and walked at least 5km round Fareham creek, to raise sponsorship money.  The initial target was to raise £100, but the final total of donations and gift aid was about £470. Well done ladies!The NSPCC’s Walk for Children is designed to raise money to help protect children from abuse. For children facing abuse, the winter nights are dark, long and lonely.  For those children, every night feels like the longest. So, close to the longest night of the year, on 21 December, the walkers were out to raise money. How NSPCC use the donations:– £4 could pay for a trained volunteer counsellor to answer a child’s call for help to Childline;– £27 could pay for a Childline

Christmas gifts for Re-Engage

Christmas gifts for Re-Engage

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The club supports Re-engage, usually entertaining the local groups to tea in the summer.  Visitors come from Southampton as well as the Gosport and Fareham group.  When it comes to Christmas we arrange for gifts to be delivered to all those who come to our teas. The picture shows club members Rosemary and Alison with the decorated bags full of Christmas goodies, ready to be distributed.

Portsmouth City of Sanctuary

Portsmouth City of Sanctuary

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We were happy to welcome Shamila Dhana to our December meeting to talk about refugees and the work of Portsmouth City of Sanctuary. She was a migrant herself, arriving in the UK in 2003 from Zimbabwe. She was passionate to speak the truth about migrants. There are many terms used, often wrongly, for a refugee, or asylum seeker, migrant or illegal. The main definition comes from the refugee convention of 1941, followed by a protocol a few years later. It defines a Refugee as someone out of their country of birth, with a well-founded fear of persecution, against race, nationality, political group, religion or sexual orientation. It may seem like the UK has a big problem, particularly with those trying to cross the English Channel, but we are not even in the top 10 countries for arriving refugees; Turkey leads the table with about 6

Afternoon tea with Re-engage

Afternoon tea with Re-engage

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The club would normally have hosted a large tea party in August for the local groups from Re-engage (previously Contact the Elderly).  This was not possible this year, particularly at the scale we used to host at the Wheelhouse at Hill Head.  However, club member Carolyne held a small tea party at her home with 2 other club members, Rosemary and Alison.  There were 5 guests who came along, to the first tea party in 18 months.

Naming our trees

Naming our trees

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The club has had 3 cherry trees planted in Lee-on-the-Solent Recreation Ground.  These were arranged for us by Dave Stubington, the Gosport Borough Council arborist.  He got in touch again, to say that the plaque we had ordered for them was ready.  So, there was a small installation ceremony held on Wednesday 28 July at 3pm.  About 8 members of the club were available, to witness the event.

Summer walks

Summer walks

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          Some members of the club gather on a Wednesday afternoon for a walk somewhere local.  One example of this from back in May or June was round a part of Lee-on-the-Solent.  They walked to the Elmore pond to see ducks and moorhens.  The return had to be through the centre of Lee as the Browndown range gate was closed and the red flag flying.  Once back in the middle of Lee, the group of 6 took the opportunity to stop for a drink.