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Our Year 2017/2018

Project Activities

Club Meetings, Social and Community Events


Project Activities

Red Box Project

Towards the end of last year, one of our members read that some girls in cities
in the UK were missing days at school because their families could not afford
adequate sanitary protection for them. We later discovered that this is the case
in a number of Southampton schools, at both primary and secondary level.
The Red Box Project, which consists of a group of local women, have recently
provided every secondary school with a red box containing sanitary products,
pants and tights. Posters with information are placed on the inside of the girls’ loo doors
At Christmas, Southampton club members always make a money collection
instead of buying and sending Christmas cards to each other. Last Christmas, we
raised £190 and decided to spend it on The Red Box Project. After contacting the
women via facebook messenger to ask them what they would like us to buy we
went shopping for pants and tights. We bought 196 pairs of pants and 60 pairs
of black tights in sizes small to extra-large. These have been delivered to a local
dropping off point and will be used to ‘top up’ red boxes in schools.




Easter chocolates for TwoSaints


Some lovely chocolates in mugs were presented to the women at TwoSaints at a visit just before Easter. They were much appreciated!







February delivery for TwoSaints


Two Saints day centre put out an emergency request for socks and underwear. Southampton Soroptimists acted quickly to deliver these supplies.





Christmas Support for TwoSaints – a visit to Patrick House

Southampton Soroptimists are pleased to have been supporting women at Two Saints
since May 2017. Just before Christmas, members took 13 Christmas bags containing
gloves, socks, scarf, shower gel and other winter essentials, and 40 bags of bed linen
for women clients at Two Saints to use. We also took our first resettlement box containing essentials for moving on to more independent living. Many of these items have been donated by members and their friends, a few items have been bought brand new. The box will be given to a woman when she is ready to move on.
We have more of these to deliver as and when they are required.

We look forward to supporting women at Patrick House in future months.
Thanks to all members who have made donations and supported the
fundraising events which helped us to buy the kettles, toasters
and bath towels.






Contact Tea
10 December 2017 North Baddesley Village Hall

This traditional Christmas Tea, part of the charity “Contact Tea” for the elderly , was once again enjoyed by a large number of elderly guests, volunteers and drivers. Seasonal entertainment was provided by the choir “The New Music Makers”.
The event is much appreciated by the guests and a big “Thank You” to all who helped to make the afternoon a success!




SIGBI 83rd Federation Conference in Cardiff

The annual Soroptimist Conference, held this year on 26- 28 October in Cardiff, had the theme: Step Up, Lead The Way.

We heard three excellent keynote speakers; Michael Kaufman, co-founder of the white ribbon campaign, and an expert on promoting gender equality, Mandy Hickson, who was an RAF Tornado pilot and now an inspirational speaker and Dame Katherine Grainger, Britain’s most decorated female Olympian. We heard thought provoking presentations from Soroptimist clubs about their projects and membership drive initiatives.


President Amanda and Tref at the conference


Christmas Shoebox scheme with the Rotary



In October we managed to fill 13 shoe boxes with Christmas gifts for disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe. This is an initiative by the Rotary District 1110 which we have supported for many years.

Thank you to all who gave contributions. Please collect shoe boxes during the year ready for next year’s effort!









Bring and Buy Sale with coffee

This Bring and Buy sale on Saturday 21st October raised £195 for the TwoSaints women during a busy morning. Clothes and bric a brac sold quickly.










Resettlement Packs for TwoSaints

During a visit in October to TwoSaints we were able to show what a resettlement pack would look like for a homeless woman moving into independent living.

Items in the basket had been collected or donated by members.












MacMillan Cancer Research Coffee Morning

Saturday 23rd September at 10.30 – 12.00 at Tref’s
Ticket £3.00 – Raffle, Bring & Buy

A very successful and enjoyable event. Amazing spread of cakes to choose from!
We managed to raise £171 in just a few hours for MacMillan.

Charity Lunch Meeting for Solar Lamps – Saturday 29 July 2017

Members and friends gathered for a delicious fundraising lunch on Saturday 29th July. We raised over £200 for Solar Lamps for Malawi. One member demonstrated the simplicity and power of solar energy. Shame we had no sunshine of our own on the day and had to decamp to eat indoors!

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Thanks to all who came and to those who provided a tasty two course lunch.

Women in Science Event at Richard Taunton College – 15 June 2017


Our Club partnered with Richard Taunton Sixth Form College in Southampton to organise a session to encourage girls of secondary school age to continue with studies in STEM subjects – Science,Technology, Engineering and Maths – to widen their options not only for future studies but employment opportunities.

The girls started the morning by completing a quiz designed to help them identify their personal attributes, and they then had the opportunity to read about the types of employment that suit these attributes. During a break the girls answered questions on a series of posters about women scientists.

Then, in what proved to be the most popular part of the morning, the girls were able, in groups, to question eight STEM “ambassadors” – young women who had studied STEM subjects, and who are now in a variety of jobs or postgraduate education.

On feedback forms, some of the girls’ comments were “amazing and insightful, and “we met people with cool jobs”. An accompanying teacher said “I loved it!”

Our aim now is to organise such an event annually with the Sixth Form College.








See Our Projects section for more information on this charity.





20 May 2017 12 -16 at Lena’s

A very successful sale of donated high quality clothes, shoes and bags.

In all £224 was raised from the sale.



1 July 2017 a Tea at Tref’s

Another day of sales! In addition to some remaining clothes, jewellery made by a club member also proved very popular as was the provided tea with cakes!
This afternoon raised a further £592 for the Two Saints charity.

In all £816 has now been raised for the purchase of items needed for the resettlement packs.



Images from a recent handover of items collected for the women at the hostel

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Club Meetings, Social and Community Events

Pudding Bonanza!
At the beginning of January all thoughts of a post Christmas diet were put aside when club members met to socialise and enjoy a large selections of wonderful puddings!





Soroptimists and many others met in Southampton Guildhall Square on Monday 4th December to support the White Ribbon campaign. This is an international organisation which works for men against violence against women. We wore white ribbons and painted black umbrellas with white letters to support the campaign.



Sunday 1st October at 12.30 – Southampton Yacht Club

Nearly forty members and guests enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon with good food and a very interesting talk on Southampton “A city bound up in its history”.



A Ladies Day Thank You!

Thursday 21 September, Southampton Boat Show

Our President and president Elect, Amanda and Lena, responded to an invitation to attend the official ‘YachtMarket.Com Southampton Boat Show Ladies Day at Grand Café’ in support of Southampton Children’s Hospital. A stimulating event in pleasant company and providing an opportunity for flying the flag for soroptimists!




A Memory Walk

A Sunday in September, supporting Alzheimer resarch
Members Tref and Lena with a sister and a friend walked 6.2 km and raised over £500 for Alzheimer research at the recent Memory Walk event in Southampton- all very impressive! Well done!






“Noughties” Birthday Tea 

Saturday 2nd September at 15.30 – Chilworth Manor Hotel

Multiple celebrations!

Seventeen Soroptimists and a very young Soroptimister  celebrated four significant birthdays with a delicious tea at Chilworth Manor.











We welcome a new Soroptimister!


One of our members with her 9 week old baby. He’ll be welcome at club meetings and socials! Photo taken in July 2017.

Our year 2016/2017



A celebration of Life and Dreams of Musaka girls with a Valentine Day supper!

The Valentines Day “Masaka” went really well!

There were about 30 of us. As well as current members we were happy to welcome old and new friends. There was plenty to eat and drink whilst we socialised. A special thanks to members who provided some very tasty puddings!

A good few people didn`t know about Soroptimism so it was a great opportunity to sell it to the (younger) guests.

The collection on the night as well as donations we collected around £400 – a great result!








Coffee Morning – Saturday 24 September

This event raised £197.10 during a very enjoyable morning!




Saturday 8 October at Royal Southampton Yacht club, Ocean Village

Nearly forty members and friends joined to celebrate the Annual Lunch at the Southampton Yacht Club. A very enjoyable afternoon!





Sunday 4 December 2016 in North Baddesley Village Hall











Our year 2015/2016


– Longstock Park Water Garden Sunday 2 August 2015

LongstockPoster This was a major fundraising event for the benefit of Wessex Medical Trust. Tickets had been sold amongst friends and relatives but also at the New Forest Show. A large number attended this sunny Sunday in an otherwise rather wet August and a magnificent sum, just above £4000, was raised for the charity! This is the largest amount raised for a charity for some years at Longstock!

Wessex Medical Research is a local charity based at Southampton General Hospital. Established in 1977, over the last 38 years the Charity has raised more than 20 million for vital medical research. The appeal for 2015 aims to raise £30,000 to simplify and improve early identification of Cervical Cancer, a life-threatening condition which affects women of all ages.

Find out more at


Longstock1 Getting ready at the entrance Longstock3 Enjoying the park and the sunny weather


image President Lena handing over the cheque to Wessex Medical Trust representatives, Dr Edd James, Associate Professor in Cancer Immunology and Postgraduate Research Fellow, Dr Emma Reevesimage



– Plant Sale at the Tools for Self Reliance Open Day


The Club had a plant sale table at this summers TFSR Open Day and managed to raise £150 in a few hours!


– Visit to our friendship club in Stockholm September 2015

STHlmA group from the Club paid a return visit to one of our friendship. clubs in Scandinavia, Stockholm-Vaxholm. We were also joined by a Finnish group from Forssa.

A full and interesting programme had been arranged for us which included a wonderful “at home” dinner in one of the Swedish member’s home, a visit to a stunning art gallery in the archipelago, “Artipelag” and a splendid formal dinner for some 40 people on the Saturday evening. We also managed some sightseeing during a very enjoyable and sunny week end!

Photos can be found in the Members Only section (What’s New)


– Annual Lunch – 4 October 2015


Forty members and friends met at The White Horse hotel in Romsey for a very enjoyable lunch to celebrate our sixty-third anniversary.Mr Ian McConnell entertained the guests with his magistrate court experience. Our Regional President Jacqueline Theobold also gave an address.Tempting shoes made of chocolate had been placed on each table with an opportunity for everyone to “win” one!





Additional photos can be found in the Members Only section












– Coffee Morning. Saturday 10 October 2015




A good number of members and friends attended an enjoyable and profitable coffee morning at Jenny’s. A bring & buy sale, raffle, jewellery and cake sale all contributed to an impressive £211 being raised for the Macmillan charity.










– Pre-Christmas Meeting : 1 December 2015 – A demonstration in chocolate making!

A fun evening when we all realised that making items out of chocolate is a very complicated business! A warm “Thank You” to Davina Aburrow!


A “Must” for Christmas
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– Contact Tea Sunday 6 December 2015 in North Baddesley Village Hall


1This year, our traditional Christmas Tea, part of the “Contact Tea” for the elderly, took place in the village hall in North Baddesley.

Some forty guests and their drivers enjoyed an amazing spread for this pre-Christmas tea. Entertainment was provided by the choir “The New Music Makers” who sang a large number of well-loved carols. We were very pleased to also welcome the Mayor of Southampton, councillor Linda Norris.

The event is much appreciated by the guests and a big “Thank You” to all who helped to make the afternoon a success!



The Mayor Cllr Linda Norris and President Lena cut the cake
3 Enjoying the Christmas entertainment



Our year 2014/2015



Croquet Event 9 August 2014

As always, this proved to be a very enjoyable and successful event when thirty members and friends met to “fight it out” on the croquet courts at “Hillcrest”.

Again we were fortunate with the weather and a number of teams fought for a place in the final under the watchful eye of our referee, Tony. Our winners this year were Jenny and Stella.

The competition was followed by a wonderful spread for tea and a successful “Bring and Buy” sale.

In all an impressive £350 was raised.


The final
Even a resident hen wanted to join in!


CroquetRosiePresentation to Rosemary

Whilst we were relaxing after the competition, our secretary Doreen took the opportunity to present Rosemary with a lovely engraved glass bowl to thank her for her amazing contribution to the club over many years. She will be sadly missed now she is moving to Shropshire!








Coffee Morning 27 September 2014

A coffee morning in support of MacMillan Nurses was held at Marcia’s this September Saturday. All together £172.50 was raised in a few hours which is quite impressive!



A Thank You note received from MacMillan Cancer Support.








Annual Function – Saturday 4 October 2014



This year members and friends celebrated our “birthday” with a day out to the Isle of Wight!

We all left on the ferry at 10am and began the celebrations with coffee and cake, then enjoyed a lunch at Osborne house and an opportunity to have a look around the house.

It was a really good day! Thank You, Stella for arranging it all!















Southampton City 50th Anniversary Event – 27 November 2014

SI Southampton was invited to an evening to celebrate a year of events to mark the 50th anniversary of Southampton gaining City status.
This was an opportunity for the city to acknowledge and thank those who have made pledges this year. Each organisation was awarded a certificate. Both the current and past mayor of Southampton was present at the award ceremony. The photo below shows the two mayors with our own current and past president of the month.
For our pledge, SI Southampton had donated a large number of food tins to the local SCRATCH centre – the photo under the Current Project section.

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A Visit from the Mayor of Southampton – 20 January 2015

We were very pleased to have as our speaker in January the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Southampton, Sue Blatchford. A very full meeting was given a both interesting and entertaining insight into the very busy and diverse role of the mayor.

As this was a visit outside the city of Southampton, the Mayor could not wear her chain of office but kindly brought it for us to admire!


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Our year 2013/2014



Plant Sale 18 May 2013

The plant sale in Chandlers Ford raised £234.14.





Croquet Event 10 August 2013


As in previous years, the annual croquet event proved very enjoyable and this year we also had lovely weather.There was fierce competition for the prestigious winner’s cup!


The excellent sum of £263 was raised for the Wessex Medical Trust for their research into the treatment of brain injuries in children.






Camping Weekend 7-8 September 2013

An amazing £2622.74. was raised for the Wessex Medical Trust at this busy week end!


Our thanks go to Stella for organising this Charity Camping Weekend . Stella, her Committee and her lovely extended family worked extremely hard to prepare for the event. The weekend was most enjoyable and a resounding success. Many thanks too, to all club members who participated ,who provided lovely cakes and puddings.

Thus far, we have raised a total of £3119.88 for our chosen charity.



Coffee Morning 21 September 2013

A very successful coffee morning was held at Jenny’s this September Saturday. The total raised for Macmillan Nurses was £220 which includes donations.


Annual Lunch – Sunday 06 October 2013

Forty members and guests met for a very enjoyable annual lunch at the Chilworth Manor Hotel in early October. We were pleased to welcome the Southampton Mayor Councillor Ian White and his wife and some of our local friendship clubs.

The speaker at the 61st Annual Lunch of SI Southampton and District was Dr Polly Sinnett Jones, a teacher at a local secondary school where she leads a group of young people in raising funds to take some of the local Young Carers away on a camping trip each summer. At the end of last year there was a threat that the Council budget for the Young Carers Project would be cut by 100%, and Polly was so concerned about this that she decided to take on 13 sponsored challenges in 2013 to raise funds to help the Project continue. SI Southampton has supported the Project both by raising funds and volunteering, and so were very interested to hear Polly speak about her challenges. Having never run seriously before this year, she has run several marathons, cycled the South Downs Way, and canoed down the Thames. She was about to leave on her final challenge – an extreme marathon of 250k across the Kalahari desert. Not only has she already raised in excess of £10,000, but has also encouraged friends to accompany her on her challenges, and has been an inspiration to her pupils and the Young Carers. Polly’s motto is “Life is too short to sit still” and she is amazing young woman.

The first picture below shows Presidents Lesley Courtney and Anna Biddle with the speaker Polly Sinnett Jones.




Christmas Coffee Morning – Saturday 30 November 2013

We were delighted with the result of this coffee morning! An impressive sum, £500, was raised towards our charity for the year. A lot of time had been invested by members of the club in making items to sell at this event and this was much appreciated. A big thank you to everybody who contributed to and attended this Christmas Coffee Morning!


Contact Tea – Sunday 8 December 2013

Chilworth Hall
Once again, members rallied to help or make/contribute food for our annual Christmas Party for Contact the Elderly members and their drivers.

We were joined by the Mayor and Mayoress who both took part in the carol singing and spent some time talking to the guests.



Fundraising Event – 21 March 2014 in Richard Taunton College

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The highlight for the end of the year was no doubt a Fashion Show held on March 21st at Richard Taunton’s 6th Form College and organised by the PAC committee.

Over 100 people attended following advertising in several areas : the City’s on line newsletter and Discovery, a local free magazine and to friends. The show was presented by the Travelling Trends company. A bar and raffle was available. members and relatives of the club were the models ! The proceeds from the event were £906 .72. Out of this £ 200 was sent to our friendship link club S.I. Masaka in Uganda. This will provide menstruation kits to allow girls to attends of school while menstruating. On average girls lose 60 + days education each year. The kits are recyclable and will last a year. The money was sent via S.I. Solihull who are visiting Masaka at the moment.

The remaining £ 706 has been sent to the BIG project.

The BIG Project is a partnership between Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) and the international medical charity Maternal and Childhealth Advocacy International (MCAI) – and its partner Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG). This is a three year fundraising challenge which will save the lives of countless critically ill women, babies and children in the Gambia.


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Our year 2012/2013



Age Concern

President Elect, Rosemary Bynam, hands over a cheque for £783.65 to Anne Carty of Age Concern Southampton.

The Trustees of the SI Southampton & District Charitable Fund approved this sum as a grant to support the ‘Ending Loneliness and Isolation’ project, to fund additional volunteers and to expand the information and advice services.










Plant Sale 12 May 2012


Our first event of the year was the annual plant sale in Chandlers Ford, on May 12th from 9am – 12pm.






Bluebell tea, bring & buy , cake sale – Saturday 19 May



The tea menu can be found below.

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Special Inter Club Meeting 9 July 2012 May

This was an interclub meeting with a speaker, a retired Consultant Paediatrician , who talked about SIGBI’s 3E Health Care Project in partnership with Maternal & Childhealth Advisory International (MCAI). Our speaker is a medical volunteer for MCAI and talked on her work with the Maternity Hospital in the Gambia.




It was a very interesting professional presentation attended by 40 members from 4 clubs. The venue was as usual Fleming Park and a hot meal was served after the talk.















Croquet 11 August 2012 May



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Christmas Coffee Morning 24 November 2012

One committee held a very successful coffee morning & craft sale at the end of November, in aid of a gardening project with inner city schools in Southampton. Meetings in the weeks beforehand were spent making table decorations, lavender sachets, Christmas earrings, silk gift tabs, decorative items & small gifts to hang on Christmas trees & decorated candles. Days before saw the baking of favourite cakes, biscuits & sweets (rum truffles, carrot cake, mince pies, lollipop biscuits, lemon drizzle cakes…).

The day dawned grey & wet, but it didn’t spoil the enjoyment & we were delighted that the proceeds were nearly twice our hopes.







Antiques Evening 5 March 2013

The club held a very enjoyable and well attended fundraisning event at the beginning of March. The event was organised to raise funds for Southampton Young Carers.


Our final big fundraising event “The Antiques Evening” in March produced an outstanding result. Profit from the evening amounted to more than £1700.

One hundred and forty people attended this very entertaining and informative evening lead by Lars Tharp from The Antiques Roadshow.

A cheque was presented to the representative from the Southampton Young Carers project , our guest at the March dinner meeting.