St Albans Soroptimists Support Herts Girls Cricket Tour to Sri Lanka

Soroptimist International St Albans and District have supported the Hertfordshire Girls Cricket Tour to Sri Lanka 25 Oct to 5 Nov 2018. Their coach Jonathan Cirkel sent us these images from the airport en-route to Colombo. The tour party comprises 15 … Continued

Soroptimist Denise Reports Back from the Liverpool Conference

This year our attendance at conference may have been small – but it was perfectly formed – see the pic of Denise Powell and the Club’s mascot Sally Bear in situ at the Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) Conference … Continued

Democracy is a Woman, Soroptimist Warsaw Conference

The 100th Anniversary of Votes for Women in Poland was celebrated with a Soroptimist Conference in Warsaw entitled “Democracy is a Woman.” Barbara Saunders, SI St Albans and District Secretary, joined 88 sister Soroptimists from 12-14 October 2018 for the … Continued

October Region AGM and Conference – the Impact of Women

Four Members of SI St Albans and District joined an action packed Soroptimist International London Chilterns Region meeting in London – with the AGM, a #VotesForWomen  presentation, a run through nominated “Women of Achievement” and a panel session on the United … Continued

Mental Health Challenges For Women – Event for World Mental Health Day 2018

On Monday 8 Oct we had a brilliant evening to mark World Mental Health Day and we now all understand so much more about the mental health challenges facing women. We looked into the many aspects of mental health including … Continued

Wildlife Trust and FoodSmiles – captured our environment themed evening

On Monday  24 Sep Soroptimist International St Albans and District Club held a Wildlife and Environment Themed Evening. Our Guest Speakers were Wendy Hartnell from Herts and Middlesex Wild Life Trust and Janet Bruce from FoodSmiles (pictured here are Janet on the left, Wendy … Continued

New Term, New Member Jude and ICS Volunteer Alisha

We had a lively meeting on Monday 10 Sep – it was the perfect opportunity for Club Members to catch up after the Summer break. The first thing we did was to welcome Jude Kenyon as a new Member of … Continued

Novel Bookstall Raises Funds for Refuges on Literacy Day

The Club marks International Literacy Day every year selling 2nd hand books on St Albans market. On Sat 8 Sep this year the event raised more than £230 providing much needed funds for the St Albans & Hertsmere Women’s Refuge and the  Welwyn Hatfield Women’s Refuge … Continued

Knitting with Benefits

This year Club Members have been knitting squares to make blankets. We had “knit-ins” at Amanda’s which were very sociable and chatty occasions. Away from the “knit-ins” many of the knitters found the knitting to be therapeutic. One of our … Continued

Three Club Summer Outings – Theatre Plus Exhibitions in St Albans and Camden

The Club doesn’t meet formally in August but we had three summer outings which were both entertaining and interesting and provided a perfect opportunity for some Members to catch up with one another! The first enjoyable outing was on Sat … Continued

WINNER! Soroptimist St Albans Wins SME Hertfordshire Business Award

Great news! Our Club won the SME Hertfordshire Business Award in the “Not for Profit Business of the Year”  category Please see the website for all the information – hertfordshireawards.co.uk  The Club’s Membership Officer and local business woman Amanda Brown (pictured here) proudly … Continued

Girls Cricket – Harpenden U14 – Winners of Soroptimist Audrey Collins Trophy 2018

Harpenden Cricket Club U14 girls re-gain the Soroptimist International Audrey Collins Cricket Trophy The exciting finale to the 8th Soroptimist International Audrey Collins Girls’ Cricket League took place on a hot afternoon on Sunday 8th July 2018 at West Herts … Continued

Soroptimists Successful Partnership with Harpenden Lions for the Highland Gathering Raffle

St Albans and District Soroptimists supported the Harpenden Lions at the annual Harpenden Highland Gathering selling the Prize Draw Charity Raffle tickets. This is a partnership arrangement where Soroptimists share the workload with Harpenden Lions to great effect. Pictured here are Soroptimists … Continued

Domestic Abuse and Options for Victims – interactive evening

Mary McEvoy, Partner and Head of Divorce and Family Law and Notary Public at Neves Solicitors in Harpenden came to the Club in June and spoke about:  – Development of the Law in the area of domestic violence – Current … Continued

New St Albans Museum includes Soroptimist Name

The new St Albans Museum and Gallery has opened! It is in the old Town Hall building right in the centre of the City. Soroptimist International St Albans and District made a donation of £250 towards the development of the … Continued

St Albans First Community Fair

St Albans Community Central organised the first Community Fair this week. Soroptimists were there with 45 small, local charities from our District. The event was held at The Alban Arena for organisations like ours to meet the public and offer opportunities … Continued

Refugee Tales – Modern Day Canterbury Tales

Felicity Dick a Trustee of Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group www.gdwg.org.uk spoke to the Club about the project Refugee Tales. The Refugee Tales Walk will be launched this year in St Albans on Friday, 6 July. It is like a Modern … Continued

Processions 2018 – march marking 100 Years of Votes for Women

On 10 June Members of Soroptimist International from all over the UK marched with  PROCESSIONS, a mass artwork celebrating 100 years of women voting, in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London. Members of SI St Albans and District marched in London in … Continued

Soroptimists Support Girls Cricket Festival

Boxmoor Wins the Girls’ Under 13’s Cricket Festival  During a weekend of wall to wall sunshine, and the joy of a Royal Wedding, Barbara Saunders and Helen Byrne from St Albans and District Soroptimists (SISTAs) had the pleasure of presenting … Continued

Does Population Matter? – evening about population growth and the sustainability of the planet

On Monday 14 May a lively group listened and engaged interactively with Steve Bown’s talk “Does Population Matter?” on the consequences of human population growth to our planet.  Steve Bown is a doctor and trustee of the charity, Population Matters – which … Continued

Club Celebrates 61st Birthday at AGM

Members of Soroptimist International St Albans and District enjoyed a lively Annual General Meeting in April. The AGM marked the end of the Club’s 61st year, and the start of the Club’s 62nd year with a celebration to end President … Continued

Home-Start and a Working Gap-Year in Nepal

What an interesting and enjoyable Club Meeting we had on 9 April! Orla Fawcett came to talk to the Club to tell us about her forthcoming volunteer trip to Nepal for a year starting September 2018 with the charity Project … Continued

Club Celebrates Girls and Womens Cricket in Hertfordshire

A Celebration of Girls’ and Women’s Cricket in Hertfordshire and the Soroptimist Audrey Collins Legacy Project  The St Albans and District Soroptimists held an inspirational evening to celebrate Girls’ Cricket in Hertfordshire and the impact of the Soroptimist Audrey Collins Legacy … Continued

Women and Men Voted Soroptimist Quiz Night a Winner

The Soroptimist Quiz had a theme this year around the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. The Quiz Masters (pictured) really entered into the spirit by dressing in period costumes plus rosettes and sashes in the women’s … Continued

St Albans Soroptimists Mark International Womens Day

The Club marked International Women’s Day with three different and varied events this year – what a wonderful way to mark the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote! On 8 March, International Women’s Day, St Albans Soroptimists … Continued

Inspiring Club Open Evening – Home and Away

Members of Soroptimist International St Albans & District held an Open Evening to explain more about the work that  Soroptimists do to make a difference to the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and internationally. We had Soroptimist speakers, … Continued

Club Welcomes 2 New Members, plus update about both Refugees and Refuges

Club Members were delighted to start the new year by welcoming 2 new Members Alison Jarvis and Helen Clothier.  They are pictured here l to r with Amanda Brown, Membership Officer who introduced Alison who is standing next to her, … Continued

Soroptimists Provide Interview Practice at St Albans Girls School

Three Soroptimists volunteered this year to take part in St Albans Girls School (STAGS) “Big Interview day” for year 11 (GCSE year) students. Pictured here l to r are Barbara Saunders, Denise Powell and Jane Slatter. As part of the careers programme at St … Continued

Soroptimist Tree at St Saviours Christmas Tree Festival

Members of Soroptimist International St Albans and District decorated a beautiful Christmas tree which was on show at the St Saviour’s Christmas Tree Festival. 95 trees were decorated by local community groups and businesses and were displayed in the church until … Continued

Canine Star Brings Success for Carol Singers at St Albans City Station

This year’s annual Soroptimist Christmas carol singing at St Albans City Station was a great success raising £516.20 for the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge  and the  Welwyn Hatfield Women’s Refuge  – and it was great fun too! We were joined by Jules … Continued

Understanding Cyberstalking Will Make Women Safer – Fascinating Evening in St Albans

Staying Safe Online: the truth about Cyberstalking – an event for 16 Days of Activism to end gender based violence On Monday 27 Nov our Soroptimist women’s group, Violence Against Women Team hosted an event at the Maltings Theatre St Albans … Continued

New Members, Cambodia Volunteering, Refuge Gifts, Toilets, Coats and Bras!

Wow – what a busy Club Meeting we had on Mon 13 Nov! It was our  last regular meeting before the New Year – and just about all our Members were there – making the evening really buzz with activity! … Continued

Collecting Bras and Bottle Tops

The St Albans Soroptimists are collecting barely worn bras and new women’s and children’s knickers and pants (in packets please). This is part of the “Smalls for All” initiative – sending underwear to Africa to help women and children. Please … Continued

Step Up, Lead the Way – Brilliant Soroptimist Conference Cardiff October 2017

Over 1,200 women from around the world gathered at the magnificent Wales Millennium Centre on Cardiff Bay to listen to inspiring speakers and to share ideas and energise each other through networking and friendship. Olympian Katherine Grainger DBE, Britain’s most … Continued

You Can’t Put A Plaster On It – World Mental Health Day

“Mental Health:You Can’t Put a Plaster On it”  On Monday 9 Oct Soroptimist Club Members and guests heard from local mental health service providers about support available to people in Hertfordshire. Barry Canterford, (pictured above right) Public Governor at the … Continued

Abbey Theatre Charity Night – Juliet and her Romeo raised £1000 for local women’s refuges!!

£1000 raised for local women’s refuges!! Soroptimist International St Albans and District Women’s Group proudly made this announcement following the Abbey Theatre Charity Night on 5 Oct. “Juliet and her Romeo” by Sean O’Connor and Tom Morris was performed by the … Continued

The Hidden Impact of Violence against Women

Soroptimist St Albans’ Violence against Women Team organised an informative speaker meeting on 25 Sep which focused on: The Hidden Impact of Violence against Women The event was well attended, interactive and very well received. Pictured here are (l to r) … Continued

Girl Guide Sophie back from her Nepalese Adventure

The Club was delighted to welcome Sophie Hicks back  to give us a presentation brought alive with photos of her trip to Nepal in July and August with Girl Guiding Anglia and Projects Abroad where she was working with local … Continued

Growth Planning for Soroptimist Clubs

SIGBI Growth Plan Workshops  – following the pilot last year Members of all Clubs in the Soroptimist London Chilterns Region have now participated in workshops organised by Soroptimist International Great Britain & Ireland and run by Affilius Group consultants. This year’s workshops were called … Continued

Fabulous Summer Garden Party

Club Members were delighted to accept fellow Member, Amanda Brown’s kind invitation to a Garden party over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Following a “pot luck” lunch (which was truly indulgent!), we had a relaxing afternoon in Amanda’s  lovely garden, basking … Continued

Summer Outing to the Walled Garden at Luton Hoo

On 16 August  Club Members enjoyed a “summer outing” to the Walled Garden” at Luton Hoo. The garden was designed by Capability Brown and established by the 3rd Earl of Bute in 1760. It fell into decline in 1980’s but is … Continued

Relaxing Italian Social Evening in Harpenden for Club Members

Our last meeting before we take a bit of a break for the summer was a lovely evening at Pasta Cibo – the family run Italian restaurant in Harpenden. This was a purely social event and there were 18 of … Continued

Dragons Apprentice Challenge Evening

Soroptimist International St Albans and District women’s group was delighted to welcome Emma Gamble from CVS (Centre for Voluntary Service) St Albans on Monday 10 July. Emma is pictured here in the centre with Jennie Redford (l) and Jane Slatter … Continued

Soroptimists Partner Harpenden Lions for the Highland Gathering

St Albans and District Soroptimists supported the Harpenden Lions at the annual Harpenden Highland Gathering selling the Prize Draw Charity Raffle tickets. This is a partnership arrangement where Soroptimists share the workload with Harpenden Lions to great effect. Charities benefiting from the … Continued

Action Needed to Improve the Health of the 51%: Women

Dr Edward Mullins (Ed) was a thought provoking speaker with some authority on the subject of women’s health at our meeting on 26 June. Ed is Senior Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital and Editor-in-Chief of the … Continued

Group Hug for New Member Saleema Davies

The Club was delighted to be able to welcome new Member Saleema Davies at their meeting in June. Saleema is pictured here in a group hug with Club Membership Officer Amanda Brown (left) and Club President Rita Andrews (right). Rita … Continued

Why Soroptimist? Membership Month 2017

At our May meeting about reducing our carbon footprint www.sigbi.org/st-albans/carbon/ Members donned their “Ask me why I’m a Soroptimist” T Shirts as part of the Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) #WhySoroptimist ? campaign. (pictured her l to r are … Continued

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint One Step at a Time

On 22 May Catherine Ross from Transition St Albans www.transitionstalbans.org talked to the Club about the impact of their successful district-wide initiative –  “SuStAinable StAlbans Week”  www.sustainablestalbans.org and highlighted their practical strategy to reduce our carbon footprint street by street. If you click on the link … Continued

International Citizen Hazel goes to Cambodia with VSO

On Monday 8 May Hazel Duffell visited our Club to tell us about the adventure that she will be embarking upon in June.  Hazel will be volunteering for three months in partnership with the charity Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO). She … Continued

Club Twins Three Toilets

The Club has now twinned 3 toilets for Toilet Twinning www.toilettwinning.org following successful fundraising and donations starting last November on World Toilet Day www.sigbi.org/st-albans/2016/toiletday/  We started by having a bottle sale which raised £67.55 and then Members took away disposable recycled coffee cups to “spend … Continued