One of our new members, Bernie Reynolds, needs your ‘support’! The charity Against Breast Cancer’s bra recycling scheme takes unwanted or unloved bras and through their network of bra banks, raise vital funds for pioneering breast cancer research. The same bras also help to support small businesses in developing countries in Africa and around the world. Together with the charity’s recycling partners, the textile recovery project prevents these bras going into landfill by giving them a new lease of life in countries such as Togo, Ghana and Kenya, where bras remain expensive to produce locally. Successful ventures like this provide an income for families in developing countries whilst providing employment for people living in the UK. Any bras that are genuinely beyond redemption are dismantled and disposed of properly. So it’s time to bin your bra! For every tonne of bras collected, Against Breast Cancer receives
We were delighted to welcome two members to SI Southport. Jill Newsham has known a number of our members for some time and was invited to present to the club about the ‘Department Stores of Southport’ at the start of 2022 (see the article on our website) She gave a fascinating talk, with a great depth of personal knowledge. We were delighted when Jill accepted our invitation to join SI Southport. We know she will be a great Soroptimist and has already been an active participant in our club activities since joining. Miriam McCann rejoined SI Southport after a couple of years absence. She was a very enthusiastic member of the club when she first joined, especially in the area of Programme Action, which is the key objective for all Soroptimist Clubs. We are so pleased
SI Southport members, friends and guests celebrated their 90th Charter in June. The club was chartered in March 1932, a few years after our mother club, SI Liverpool. To commemorate and celebrate our 90th anniversary, and with thanks to one of our new members, Bernie Reynolds, we were invited to create a display in the foyer of the Atkinson in the town centre during May. For those not familiar with Southport, the Atkinson is the town’s home for music, theatre, art, literature and history, a multi-purpose creative arts centre. With the assistance of the wonderful team at the Atkinson, we put together a slideshow and photo display, showing some of the activities of the club members over 9 decades. We were able to display many of the artefacts from the club’s history, including our original charter and an early Minutes book from 1933. We also
Past President Rosemary Moore introduced this project to our club members. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting programme devoted to inspiring a love of reading in the hearts of children everywhere. The programme was launched in the UK in December 2007 – with a visit from Dolly Parton to London – and since then, the Imagination Library has grown and now work with over 200 affiliate partners and deliver more than 40,000 books every month to children living in communities across the UK. SI Southport are sponsoring this programme locally in conjunction with Marshside Road Pre-School in Southport. Each month, the currently enrolled children up to age five receive a high quality, age-appropriate book in the post. The books are carefully selected, and full of variety. They include traditional stories and rhymes, books by beloved authors and illustrators, non-fiction content, and newly published titles. On
As with most organisations, the last two years have been very challenging for fund-raising – and even more challenging for local charities. With great support from our members and friends, SI Southport continued to run some small fundraisers. Some were virtual – such as balloon races, remote dinners and raffles – and some had a more traditional format – such as our Christmas Fair at All Saints Church Hall and an Auction, run by Social Chair, Jean Tweddell. As a result, we boosted our charity funds and had the opportunity to make some donations to some local charities. Queenscourt Hospice We are fortunate to have this wonderful hospice in Southport and Barbara Cox, one of the volunteers, gave us an overview. Queenscourt receives only 20% of its costs from the NHS, the rest being contributed by fund-raising and
As reported last year, Keith Porter, the cox of the Southport Lifeboats came to talk to us about the wonderful service run totally by volunteers. He proffered an invitation to members to visit the sparkling new Lifeboat House, which was due to open by the end of 2021.We were delighted to visit in March and see the amazing facility that has been entirely funded by public donations, directly and via their charity shop. The crews of the lifeboat provide an outstanding and vital service to the people of Southport and it was a great pleasure for President Carol to present a donation to Keith. For more information, please see the Southport Lifeboat’s website.
Victoria Park In May 2021, members of Soroptimist International Southport gathered in Victoria Park, Southport to plant trees, as part of the SI centenary project. The first action taken by Soroptimists in 1921 was to save trees and 100 years later, we are ‘Planting Trees for a Brilliant Future’. As part of the Woodland Trust’s reforestation project – ‘A TREE TODAY, A FOREST TOMORROW’ – Alan Adams, the General Manager of Southport Flower Show and the Victoria Park Management Company, secured a supply of saplings which he offered to schools, community groups and local organisations for planting in Victoria Park. Every tree planted will contribute to the global reforestation efforts, restoring lost forests, repairing damaged ecosystems and mitigating climate changes. Alan generously provided the saplings – and some assistance from Victoria Park volunteer Simon Moorhouse. The Soroptimists planted 60 crab-apple saplings from the ‘Wild Wood’
We were delighted to welcome two new members to SI Southport. Susan Fryer contacted the club during lockdown and, as soon as we were able to meet in person, she joined us at a couple of our meetings. Bernie Reynolds visited our ‘Market Trail’ in June 2021 and chatted with members about the aims and objects of Soroptimism. She decided that our aims and hers were closely aligned. Susan and Bernie have already proved to be enthusiastic members of the club and have been active participants in our speaker and club meetings since they joined. We warmly welcome them to Soroptimist International and look forward to a long and happy association. The photo shows President Carol Cookson presenting Bernie with her badge (unfortunately Susan was not able to attend the meeting).
At our first speaker meeting of 2022, we welcomed Jill Newsham who gave us a fascinating presentation on three notable department stores – Boothroyds, Broadbents and Bobbies (later Debenhams). With some amazing photos, Jill described the fascinating history of the stores and how the vision of their founders became reality – sometimes changing their names along the way, as partnerships were made and dissolved and properties were sold. The stores became elegant shopping venues and meeting places. Boothroyds was founded by Boothroyd and Jolly and Broadbents by Stinson-Broadbent. The Broadbents site was subsequently sold to Owen-Owen and then to BHS for £500,000. The north end of Lord Street developed slightly later for retail. In 1920, Bobby’s of Margate opened a store on Lord Street, this being their most northerly site. It was subsequently sold to Debenhams, trading as Marshall & Snelgrove, a family brand with
After a break in 2020 (for obvious reasons) SI Southport held their annual Christmas Fair at the end of November in All Saints Church Hall. The photos show some of the wonderful stalls. These included hand made craft items, a tombola, raffles for a Christmas hamper and a delicious Christmas cake made by one of our members and the ubiquitous cake stall. Over £700 was raised for our Charity Fund, from which we distribute donations to local charities in Southport. Many thanks to all our members, friends and guests for their support, which was greatly appreciated!