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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 Project 2009 – 2017. We

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 suffrage colours of green, violet

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 were “Guest Editors” on Radio

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, speakers from local businesses, lots

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 Sat 23rd December 2017. The

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 see www.smallsforall.org for more info.

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 Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust www.hpft.nhs.uk/ which delivers

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) Liz, Shaheen, Dee and Sara

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 “Growing Our Brand in the Local Community

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 in the sunshine. This was

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 now being  restored. After exploring

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 (r). Emma gave Club Members

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 event are: Combat Stress – A

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 recent “Annual Report on Women’s Health” and

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 is also introducing Saleema to

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 Denise Powell, Jane Slatter, Sally

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 below you can view Catherine’s

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 will be working on development

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 a penny” between November and

60 for 60 – what a diamond year!

The Club celebrated with events right through the year from April 2016 to April 2017. Events included our inspirational International Women’s Day live radio broadcast, fundraising for the Women’s Refuge from a quiz night, a market bookstall and carol singing at Harpenden station. We learned

Soroptimists Get Hotter at Shopping!

Eight Club Members accepted an invitation to an evening at Hotter Shoes in St Albans. They learned all about these British shoes – had a great time trying on dozens of pairs of shoes, were given refreshments and goody bags filled with treats including scarves

Amsterdam Trip to the Flower Gardens

Ameeta Sabharwal of the St Albans and District Soroptimist Club organises a day-trip to the Keukenhof  Gardens in Amsterdam every year. A group of Soroptimists and friends had a wonderful outing in April this year. The theme at the Gardens was Dutch design and these

Glittering Diamond Celebrations for St Albans Soroptimists

Glittering Weekend of Diamond Celebrations for our Club – Women Serving the St Albans Community Since 1957 The highlight of our weekend of celebrations was the glittering diamond gala dinner on Saturday night at Aldwickbury Park Golf Club in Harpenden. Guests of Honour were Countess

Flipping Brilliant Pancake Day

The Pancake Race is a long-standing tradition in St Albans – a chance for adults to have as much fun as children do on Shrove Tuesday and raise valuable funds for local charities. This year Home-Start Hertfordshire took over the organisation of the event and

Soroptimist Engages the Minds of Verulam School 6th Form

St Albans and District Soroptimist Jane Slatter gave a presentation to Verulam School 6th Formers about “Philanthropy” in the context of Soroptimists on 10 Feb for a programme called “Engaging Minds”. Jane was asked to speak as Director of Communications for Soroptimist International Great Britain

Club Welcomes New Member Barbara Saunders

The Club was delighted to be able to welcome new Member Barbara Saunders at their meeting in January. Barbara is pictured here between Club President Denise Powell (left) and Club Membership Officer Helen Byrne (right) sharing the “hands of Soroptimist friendship”. Recently retired, Barbara has

Coffee for the Refuge at the Wesley Coffee Shop‏

Soroptimist Baristas at Wesley’s Church Coffee Shop High Street Harpenden Pictured here are St Albans Soroptimist  baristas Joan WIlliams, Allyson Walker, Jean Eaton, Denise Powell and Janet Audley-Charles. Coffee mornings at the Wesley Coffee Shop are a great way for us to swell the coffers

Carol Singing Success at Harpenden Station for Womens Refuge

Soroptimist Carol Singing at Harpenden station – fundraised more than £500 for the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge – and marked Human Rights Day. This year the group had to switch to Harpenden Station instead of St Albans at late notice so the £501.87 feels more like

Dragons Apprentice Challenge Update

The Dragon’s Apprentice Challenge Team Elite from St Albans Girls’ School STAGS (the team the Club is Dragon to), have got their fundraising off to a great start for Rennie Grove Hospice  raising nearly £250 already. They held a fashion show, and also sold amusingly packaged sweets at the school Christmas

Human Rights Day Celebration in Beaconsfield

Soroptimists from Clubs in the London Chilterns Region, including 8 Members of SI St Albans and District, gathered in Beaconsfield to mark Human Rights Day. Four candles were lit – one to remember those in the world who are denied their human rights, the second to

Making a Splash at the Malta Conference

Three Members of SI St Albans and District were excited to be able to attend Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland’s Conference in Malta this year – Denise Powell, Hilary Ratcliffe and Jane “Pinky” Slatter. The Conference was truly inspirational with fantastic speakers including Dr Helen

SuStAinable St Albans Evening – FoodCycle and Spice Drops

The St Albans Soroptimist Club had an inspirational evening as part of SuStAinable St Albans 2016. Group Members plus many guests explored sustainability with informative talks from FoodCycle and Spice Drops – this event was part of Sustainable St Albans Week 19-26 Nov Ellie Jenkins from Sustainable St

Autumn Capability Brown walk around Ashridge

This year is 300 Years since the birth of Capability Brown, so the Club set our on the 2nd of these walks to take in the beauty of Autumn. Our last one was in August – see: www.sigbi.org/st-albans/2016/brocket/ Although the air was cold, the warmth of the camaraderie was

Workings of the Family Court – an enlightening evening

On Monday 24 Oct we held an evening to learn about the Workings of the Family Court. Our Violence Against Women Programme Team, led by Club President Denise Powell (pictured here centre) arranged for Peter Spencer JP (pictured here right) and Gladys Cummings JP (pictured here left),

Our President Travels and Meets Soroptimist Gold Coast Sisters

Our Club President, Denise Powell, took the opportunity whilst on holiday in Australia (Ed: lucky Denise!) to make contact with our sisters from Soroptimist International Gold Coast. Denise reports back here: “Although they didn’t have a meeting during my time there, 3 of the Members (President Alison