Since the lockdown, SI Southport members have been keeping in touch using the wonders of Zoom. In ‘real life’, our club meets twice monthly so we decided to retain this structure and have one meeting as a Club Meeting, where we discuss SI activities, and the second as a more social event. President Rosemary Moore suggested the theme of ‘Fun with Hats’ for the May social meeting. Members were asked to wear a hat that had some significance and to tell the tale of the hat. As the photo shows, there was a great response. Ann Bryan (top row on the left) – the picture is bit dark as Ann was sitting outside in the sun!) told us about her hat – she said she has difficulty finding a hat that fits, until she found the modest sunhat she is wearing. She bought in La
Members of the Southport Club, together with friends and relatives, have been busy with their knitting needles. Joss Glanville and Heather Shulver led the production of ‘twiddle muffs’. These are like ordinary muffs but specifically for people whose hands are relatively inactive. They have an inner layer for warmth but also have attachments such as buttons that can be twiddled to help occupy restless fingers. The items were sold at the Regional Meeting and also at the recent Christmas Fair and proceeds will be donated to local charities and President Jean’s charity, Alzheimers Society. Heather has also busy with knitting tiny baby clothes for the Special Care Baby Unit at the Southport & Ormskirk Hospital. Just a sample of the collection is shown. Keep knitting, ladies!
Thank you to all for joining SI Southport members at their annual Christmas Fair at All Saints’ Church Hall. There were stalls selling scarves, jewellery and perfume as a well as a laden bric-a-brac stand. Our talented members have spent the last few weeks in creative mode, crafting small decorations and gifts, as well as tiny knitted items to support the premature baby unit at Ormskirk Hospital. A bottle tombola was very popular and the home made cake stall was well stocked but quickly sold out. There were two raffles – one for a Christmas cake and the other for an enormous festive hamper filled with treats such as biscuits, Christmas pudding, truffles and smoked foods. For our younger visitors, we had a children’s corner with games and prizes. Coffee, tea and mince pies were provided throughout the morning. The proceeds from the morning will
A wonderful night of Edwardian Splendour was enjoyed by all who attended the Old Time Music Hall Supper held by Soroptimist International of Southport recently. The event was held in the magnificent buildings of Southport Masonic Hall in Duke Street on 5th October in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society, President Jean Spooner’s charity. Guests were invited to join in the fun by dressing for the era and were welcomed on arrival with canapes and Prosecco as well as corsages for the Ladies. They were also entertained at their tables by a magician and a concert given by the singers Val Watts and friends who gave wonderful entertaining performances in the manner of Marie Lloyd and Vesta Tilly. Master of Ceremonies was Ben Mott – Manager of Sutton Grange Care Home in Banks – who carried out the task in his exhuberant manner as the host
President Jean Spooner inducted SI Southport’s newest member, Lisette Muddiman, into the club at the recent Club Meeting. Lisette was commended to the members and we are delighted to welcome her to Soroptimist International. We look forward to a long and happy association.
SI Southport enters the world of Floral Art! Joan Hardwick, one of the Club’s newest members, brought her amazing skills and experience as a floral artist and demonstrator to the club. She offered to share her skills with club members – and just look at the results from the first class! The participants enjoyed the experience so much that this may become a regular monthly session. Thanks, Joan, great fun and friendship – and the chance to gain a great new skill! Joan Hardwick with her proteges
Members from SI Southport joined family and friends to give a fond farewell to our Honorary Member, Jean Lee, who passed away in April at the age of 96. Jean’s committal took place at Southport Crematorium and this was followed by a Service of Thanksgiving at St. Cuthbert’s Church. The service, of words, music, hymns and prayers, included wonderful eulogies and personal memories from Jean’s nephew and nieces to whom she was very close. On behalf of SI, Dorothy Lee-Ogden also gave a tribute to Jean, who served the club actively for many years, including as Club President in 1975/6. Until she had health issues in the last few years, she remained a regular attendee at meetings and events whenever possible and we were delighted to see her for the celebration of her 90th birthday at Baverstock House. Jean’s contribution to the Southport club was
Almost 120 guests attended the annual Change of Insignia lunch to celebrate the installation of the Club’s new President, Jean Spooner. We were delighted to welcome our honoured guests: Mary Andrews, President of our mother club, Liverpool, who responded to the toast to the guests Ian Cookson, President of the Rotary Club of Southport, who proposed the toast to Soroptimist International Sue Underwood, President of our region, SI South Lancs, who responded to Ian’s toast. Following the installation by the retiring President, Paulene Regan, Jean spoke about the role that the SI Club has featured in her life since relocating to Southport, providing friendship, fun and opportunities to provide service to others. She is looking forward to a busy year of activities, including service and fund raising for local charities
The culmination of our fundraising activities for the year took place in early April with cheques presentations to the following local charities: Southport Offshore Rescue Trust SWACA (Sefton Women & Children’s Aid) Headway Light for Life The Marian Care Centre Claire House We were also delighted to present a cheque to President Paulene’s charity, the Dewi Jones Unit at Alder Hey Hospital. This unit is an inpatient mental health facility, designed for children and young people who are going through difficult times.
Members from the three SI Clubs in Sefton – SI Bootle, SI Crosby and SI Southport – joined together again for the annual Three Clubs Meeting, this year hosted by SI Bootle. As the photo shows, the ukulele band enlisted the assistance of the three Club Presidents and handed them their ukuleles!