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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

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

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

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

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

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

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),

10 Members find Herts Hidden Heroines

10 Club Members went along together to the Hertfordshire Hidden Heroines exhibition at Verulamium Museum, St Albans. The project was initiated to discover, celebrate and present the stories of pioneering Hertfordshire women and there is more information on the HHH website: www.hertshiddenheroines.org.uk The Herts Hidden Heroines website

Perfect Day for Capability Brown Walk in Brocket Park

Members had the perfect day for their Capability Brown Walk in Brocket Park. This year is 300 Years since the birth of Capability Brown and the Herts Gardens Trust has produced leaflets detailing 10 different walks www.hertsgardenstrust.org.uk/hgt-events-and-outings.html The Club is planning to do another of these walks in

£2075 Raised for the Womens Refuge!

Liz Perry, Manager of the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge was delighted to receive a cheque for £2075 raised by the St Albans & District Soroptimists in the Club Year 2015/16. Liz is pictured here (centre) receiving the cheque from Club President Denise Powell

Soroptimists Support Harpenden Highland Gathering

St Albans and District Soroptimists supported the Harpenden Lions at the annual Harpenden Highland Gathering selling the Prize Draw Charity Raffle tickets which raised a super £670 in spite of a wet start to the day – sales really picked up once the sun came out!

Revealing Refugee Update for Soroptimist Club and Guests

What is happening about the refugee crisis in St Albans and Hertfordshire? was the question being answered at the Club’s meeting where Soroptimist Members and guests heard revealing updates from Herts Welcomes Syrian Families (HWSF), STAR (St Albans Refugees). A presentation about the Badael report on women’s peace

SIStA Soroptimists – St Albans Supporting Southport

A production of ‘Grumpy Old Women’ gave President Denise (pictured left) a reason to visit her sister Lainie (2nd from right), well known to us as a Member of SI Southport, and to help the Southport Club with their Membership Month activity. They set up

Women’s Conference/Soroptimist Regional Meeting

The June Soroptimist Regional Meeting/Women’s Conference was hosted this year by the Milton Keynes Soroptimist Club (St Albans hosted last year). The Milton Keynes Soroptimist Club was only started a year ago, and they did a brilliant job on creating an inspirational day for everyone who

Curry Night FUNdraiser for St Albans for Refugees

Soroptimists Amanda Brown, Janet Audley-Charles, Sally Graham and Ameeta Sabharwal had great fun when they attended the STAR St Albans for Refugees fundraising curry night at the Abbey Spice Restaurant in St Albans on Sunday 15th of May. Farhat ZIa from the Hertforshire Asian Women’s Association invited

Launch Party for Club’s 60th Year at AGM

Women serving the St Albans Community since 1957! The St Albans and District Soroptimists sparked off their 60th diamond year at their AGM and annual Club birthday party. President Denise launched the exciting diamond year ahead and plans for ’60 for 60′ where we will complete 60

Quiz Night was a Gem!

St Albans and District Soroptimists had a packed house for their gem of a charity quiz night! Denise Powell, Club President, took the opportunity to announce the start of the Club’s Diamond Anniversary year – the Club has been serving the community since April 1957!

Club learns about working with the deaf

Soroptimists Caroline Munro and Claire Gamon improving the lives of deaf children and their families Club Members were treated to a really interesting evening in March ably led by Caroline Munro and Claire Gamon, two of our Members who work with children who are deaf

Hats Off to Club Celebrating International Women’s Day

To mark International Women’s Day Members were asked to bring and wear head gear making a statement about womanhood so we could learn and share something about women from all over the world. Please view the images on the Flipagram here: https://flipagram.com/f/lcED8Cg6Hc  As the old

Social Media workshop was great fun

Social Media Evening – “great fun and I learnt alot” – said one of the 10 Members who attended the Club’s Social Media Workshop – led by Club President Denise Powell (who is also a trainer locally with Computer Friendly). The group were at different levels

Club Welcomes 4 New Members

Members of the Soroptimist International St Albans and District Club were delighted to be able to welcome four new Members to the Club at their first meeting of 2016 – what a great start to the New Year! We hope they will all enjoy their membership and

Human Rights Day Celebration and Regional Meeting

On Saturday 12th December 8 Members of the Club attended the Soroptimist International London Chilterns Region Human Rights Day celebration and Regional meeting. Held in the beautiful and intriguing Mayflower Place, Hertingfordbury the meeting started as always with the lighting of candles, accompanied by various

City Station Carols Success – marking Human Rights Day

This year’s annual Soroptimist Christmas carol singing at St Albans City Station was a great success raising a massive £576.04 for the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge  – this is the most we’ve every collected! We are sure that our four legged friend Fiona made all the difference