Soroptimists from all over South Lancashire enjoyed celebration events held by three clubs over one weekend.
SI Manchester held a fundraising ‘International Evening’ in partnership with King Edward VII Lodge at Stanley House Masonic Hall, Audenshaw. The event was part of the lead-up to the club’s 90th anniversary in 2016. Club members have challenged themselves to raise £9,000 over the year. Food, music, dancing, entertainment and a massive raffle (plus a visit from Santa) meant a great night for all – and a great boost to the total.
SI Ashton-under-Lyne held a concert at the magnificent Albion United Reformed Church. Nearly 200 people heard the Dovedale Singers, Salford Royal Choir and Chapel-en-le-Frith Male Voice Choir present a programme of seasonal music – from ‘Rudolph’ to the Hallelujah Chorus. Guests included SI Ashton member Sharman Birtles (High Sheriff of Greater Manchester), Federation President Margaret Emsley and Region President Sandy Taylor. Proceeds from the concert went to the Alzheimer’s Society.
SI Crosby – President Sandy’s own club – held a celebration afternoon tea in her honour. The event took place at Crosby Hall Educational Trust – a local organisation with which the club has been associated for many years. Guests from all over the Region were treated to seemingly never-ending tea, classic sandwich triangles plus a tempting array of bite-size cakes, scones and truffles. Everything was served on delicate china – club members had raided their cupboards to bring out the best.
This was a weekend of fun, fundraising and friendship for South Lancashire’s Soroptimists.