Tag: women’s group

Christmas Gifts for Womens Refuges

Our Soroptimist elves have been busy again buying and wrapping up personal Christmas gifts for the women at the St Albans and Hertsmere and the Welwyn Hatfield Women’s Refuges. Santa’s got a right sackful here! We know the women are thrilled … Continued


Womens Refuges Benefit from Soroptimist Christmas Carols

We hope we gave the St Albans commuters a bit of Christmas cheer with our annual Soroptimist carol singing on Mon 3 Dec at St Albans City Station. We collected a much-needed £380 for the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge and the  Welwyn … Continued


Soroptimists Volunteer on Watling View School Christmas Stall

This year Watling View School for pupils with profound learning difficulties have had a Christmas Stall on Wednesdays for 5 weeks from 14 Nov to 12 Dec on St Albans Market 10am to 2pm. Students from the school made and … Continued


Toilet Twinning and World Toilet Day 2018

On Monday 12 Nov the Club held a lively and busy meeting to mark World Toilet Day  with a bottle sale, speaker and presentation of a Twinned Toilet certificate to Caroline Eldred and Cllr Annie Brewster from the St Albans Museum … Continued


***Womens Refuges Benefit from Soroptimist Christmas Carols

We hope we gave the St Albans commuters a bit of Christmas cheer with our annual Soroptimist carol singing on Mon 3 Dec at St Albans City Station. We collected a much-needed £380 for the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge and the  Welwyn … Continued


*Soroptimist Charity Quiz Night Sat 23 March 2019

Come and have some fun, give your brain some light exercise and raise funds for great causes at this ever popular event. Last year was a complete sellout so don’t miss out! Homewood Road Church Hall, St Albans AL1 4BH (Junction Homewood … 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



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



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


**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


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


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



**WINNER! Soroptimist St Albans Won 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


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


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


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


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


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



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



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


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


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


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. … Continued


Is it Still a Mans World? Yes but… Conclusion of the International Womens Day Debate

Is it Still a Man’s World? Yes but…… The women’s group Soroptimist International St Albans and District hosted a lively 2 hour long debate marking International Women’s Day and the Club’s 60th Anniversary on Tuesday 7 March at The Maltings Arts … Continued


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 … Continued


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 … Continued


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 … Continued


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 … Continued


World Toilet Day, 90th Birthday and Refuge Gifts – busy Club meeting!

It was a busy Club Meeting on Nov 7th – the Club Marked “World Toilet Day” by having a bottle sale which raised £67.55 for “Toilet Twinning” www.toilettwinning.org – in addition Members took away disposable recycled coffee cups and  will “spend … Continued