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Obituary for Nirmal (Nimmi) Kumasi Joshi




Nirmal (Nimmi) Kumasi Joshi (69 years), SI Stourbridge and District and formerly SI West Birmingham, died on 28th July 2019 following an acute heart attack whilst in Kuala Lumpur before the SI Convention. She had enjoyed the journey there travelling with friends but unfortunately did not get to hear any of the convention. Family and sister Soroptimists’ were shocked at her sudden passing, and messages of condolence and appreciation have flowed into the Stourbridge & District Club. SIGBI President Sue Williams; Regional President Jan Hemlin and others visited her in hospital along with her closer Soroptimist friends. Nimmi loved being a Soroptimist, joining SI West Birmingham in 2001, and after the early death of her beloved husband, was encouraged to come out of herself.

In 1965 Nimmi was awarded a BSc with distinction and later a Masters in Zoology. She was the first female Asian Broadcaster in the UK, presenting numerous radio shows in London and the West Midlands.

She enjoyed travelling to Soroptimist Friendship Link clubs, Conventions (she went to the last one in Istanbul) and Conferences, and she offered much hospitality through her delicious cooking. After she transferred to SI Stourbridge and District in 2012, her culinary skills were used for fundraising events to everyone’s appreciation. Her warm, calm personality will be much missed, especially by poorly friends to whom she gave so much, other Stourbridge Soroptimists’ and her two sons and other family members.

Condolences for Nimmi

1.Condolences from Ann Dawson ex Federation President and member of SI Midland Chase.


—–Original Message—– From: Ann Dawson
Sent: Monday, July 29, 2019 8:58 PM
To: SU Roxburgh
Subject: Sad news

Dear Sue
I have just heard the very sad news, please give my condolences to the club. Clearly the family are very conscious of the kindness and support Mrs Josh received within your club.
May she rest in peace


2. Card from Sue Williams SIGBI president

Sue – Nimmi


3. Card from Mary McCurry


Mary -Nimmi


4. Anne Rodgers

How sad to read this. A lovely kind lady.
I do hope the family are coping.
In friendship


Anne Rogers
President SI Stourbridge & District
SI Midland Arden Region Social Media Champion A registered charity in England and Wales no. 1179433


5. From our Friendship Link SI Bootle

Dear Marjorie 

I am writing on behalf of all Club members of SI Bootle and District to offer our deepest condolences to all Stourbridge Members at the loss of your lovely Member Nimmi who passed away in very sad circumstances.

Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
In Friendship
Joan Tansley
Joint Secretary


Dragonflies Need Our Help

The environment group invited Kevin Reynolds as our after dinner speaker in July to tell us about dragonflies, the most magical creatures. You can find out more about ways to help dragonflies via the British Dragonfly Society at

Kevin is pictured with Christina Edwards one of SI Stourbridge & District members.

First Women’s Peace Conference – Women in Islam

Mary Tooley, Linda Sanders and Marjorie Ferguson were honoured to attend the first annual Peace Conference organised by Ahmadiyya Muslim Womens Association – Birmingham West at Baitul Ghafoor Mosque. They received such a warm welcome as they discussed the role of women in Isalm. Three charities were presented with cheques in support of good causes and a delicious meal was enjoyed by all attendees. The conference was thought provoking and helped attendees to understand more about the positive role that women play in Muslim life

Membership Month: May 19


We were pleased to welcome so many women interested in learning more about Soroptimsm at our membership event on Friday 14th May. We had a delicious buffet supper followed by a presentation by John Chapman entitled ‘The Bletchley Girls’. John is a senior tour guide at Bletchley park the World War 2 Home of the Code-Breakers. It was wonderful to hear about the extraordinary contribution of women to Britain’s wartime decryption unit  –  at last these womens stories are being heard. Thank you John.

Wearing Green to Mark Mental Health Awareness


Members of Soroptimist International Stourbridge & District May, 2019 wearing green to mark Mental Health Awareness week.

This year is a special year for the club as they have inaugurated a new President, Anne Rogers. The club has not had a President for five years and so they are feeling very positive about Anne’s role. Anne invited members of the executive to an afternoon tea at The Village Store in Wolverley, to help plan the year ahead.


Members marked Mental health Awareness week by wearing green at their recent dinner meeting, where speaker Dean Barnshaw gave a talk about his work with Camphill Village Trust. At the dinner Marjorie Ferguson was given a long service award and the meeting was presided over by President Anne. Anne gave all members a badge depicting Soroptimist International (SI) Federation President Sue Williams mental health theme of ‘Think On It’. A silent auction was held raising funds for a mental health charity.


Members had recently returned from a trip to Genève where they had visited and toured the United Nations Building. SI has consultative status at the Economic and Social Council at the United Nations which gives all clubs a voice on important discussions and allows us to attend the Commission on the Status of Women.


The club has a packed year with a trip to Bletchley Park planned in August and a talk on the Bletchley Girls to be given by John Chapman on Friday 14th June, when prospective new members are welcome to attend. The event will take place at the Coach House Oldswinford, starting at 7.30 with refreshments available. Contact: or



Diane Edwards MBE talking about GLL (Social Enterprise)

Diana Edmonds MBE National Director for Libraries with Linda Saunders and Jadwiga Shiels.  GLL is a charitable social enterprise for all the community. It has 15,000 staff based across the country and delivering leisure services and now library services in Dudley. You can find out more by following this link

Soroptimist International Stourbridge & District Recycling Opportunity: Mascara Wands


The Environment group are collecting mascara wands for the Linjoy Wildlife Rescue and Linjoy Sanctuary (Midlands)  Trust.

Please do no t throw away you mascara wands. Instead it would be fantastic if you would wash them in soapy water. These little wands are able to be upcycled to clean away oil, larvae, mites, infections and other contaminates from wildlife.

Soroptimists are happy to collect them, alternatively they can be posted to:
Linjoy Wildlife Trust

15v Lincoln Road


Burton Upon Trent


DE15 9HP




SI Stourbridge & District Report for March 2019

Soroptimist International of Stourbridge and District


March was an eventful month, opening with our Midland Arden Regional meeting awarding its biennial Inspirational Woman title to Stourbridge and District’s outstanding candidate, Jane Clarke MBE. Jane was previously CEO of the Churches Housing Association of Dudley and District (CHADD) supporting our refuge, but for many years has also run the Kerala Partnership, a family charity dedicated to ensuring basic housing for vulnerable people living in Kerala, S India, where they visit regularly. Those who know Jane are aware of many related local community initiatives benefiting from her voluntary service. We are delighted that she is going to join our Stourbridge and District Soroptimist Club now.  At Business on 6 March we finalised our Programme for 2019/2020 including Programme Action and Single Page Plan of Goals and outcomes. We aim to make Stourbridge a Toilet Twinning Town as we develop our partnerships with other local organisations. To celebrate International Women’s Day, Members and Friends watched ‘Hidden Figures’, appreciating our need to encourage more girls and women into STEM careers.  Associated donations are destined for ChoraChori empowering vulnerable girls and women in Nepal, our new Federation project for the next 3 years.  The Mary Stevens Hospice figures large among our local charities as they cope with rising demands and costs yet help reduce the need for hospital admission.  At our 20 March dinner meeting, Diana Edmonds MBE, National Libraries’ Director, GLL, gave a most interesting and stimulating talk generating many questions. Education, Enablement and Empowerment of Women and Girls our established Soroptimist agenda, this event was very much to theme.  The month culminated in following progress at CSW63 in New York, which has addressed a priority theme of social protection systems and gender equality in accessing services, and review of women’s empowerment linked to sustainable development.

If you would be interested in visiting our meetings with a view to membership please contact Membership and Development Officer Jane Flint Bridgewater on

Soroptimist International of Stourbridge and District



SI Stourbridge & District Celebrating International Womens Day

We enjoyed a wonderful film Hidden Figures.  This was about three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson and the vital role they played in the launch of astronaut John Glen. It was a difficult watch at times as the unequal conditions they endured were shown. It was doubly difficult being women and of colour.