Club News 2016

October 16
SI Brixham
Picture showing Brixham Soroptimists having fun trying to do line-dancing at the Berry Head Hotel, proceeds of which went to President Pru’s charities for this year of Anode and Young Genesis.
A fun night!!
SI Barnstaple
It was with some reluctance that SI Barnstaple handed over the coveted skittles trophy to SI Tiverton, following a very close win by the away team.
The friendly matches have been played between the two clubs for several years now, with the actual game getting in the way of chatter and eating.
September 2016
SI Brixham
Brixham Soroptimists manned an “Awareness Stand” at the ‘Celebrating Brixham’ event in Brixham Library. The stand displayed the work done by Soroptimists in the past and the present day. Shoe boxes filled for Operation Christmas Child, Twiddlemuffs for people suffering from dementia and Alzhemiers, premature baby blankets for Torbay Baby Unit at the hospital. Caroline Stockwell and Gill de Chastelain in the picture, show the heart-shaped cushions we make yearly for the Breast Care Cancer Unit at Torbay and jumpers for new born babies in Africa – called fish and chip babies as they are usually wrapped in newspaper.
Leaflets and magazines were distributed. A very worthwhile event with many people interested in our work and the people that we have helped in the Bay.
SI St Austell
St Austell joined other organisations such as Amnesty, Rotary, Womens ain’t League for Peace and Freedom, Shelterbox, The Cornwall Faith Forum and several Choirs outside Truro Cathedral on Wed 21st Sept To mark the UN Day supporting One Day One Choir in aid of the Charity Children of Peace. Members of the public were invited to write a message on a paper Peace Dove which was then hung on our tree.
SI Barnstaple
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Two SI Barnstaple members met up with a past member of SI Harare whilst in Zimbabwe, and left with her some vests knitted by members and friends.
These will be passed to the Traditional Birthing Attendants who are supported by SI Harare and who help mothers who give birth in their villages or elsewhere because they haven’t the money to pay to attend a clinic.
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Whilst in Zimbabwe, two members of SI Barnstaple met up with members of their Friendship Link Club, SI Bulawayo, and passed them items for the school that both clubs support together with things that are used as prizes for achievement – although an exercise book is considered a prize by these students desperate to learn.
SI St Austell
St Austell members on their Annual MCS Beachclean & Survey Charlestown.
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Celebrating International Literacy Day at Lanlivery Rally, by giving away books to the General Public.
People aren’t used to getting something for free! The first outing for our new Event Shelter.

August 2016
SI Cirencester
Members of SI Cirencester had a stand at Cirencester Phoenix Festival (The Phoenix Festival is a free music event held by the community for the community), it is run over two weekends.

Cirencester Soroptimists supported the “Let’s Play” stage at this year’s Phoenix Festival. They will be out in force at this year’s Phoenix Festival in a bid to raise awareness of what the organization do and why they do it. Flower head garlands, which have been painstakingly handmade with love by the members of Cirencester Soroptimists over the past few weeks, were available at their stand for a £1 donation. Read more here.…/cirencester-soropti…

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SI Cirencester Chq presentation SignpostCirencester Soroptimists hosted a Vintage Tea Party on 2 July to raise funds for Cirencester Signpost. Not only were there delicious teas served on
beautiful vintage china, but also games, stalls and a handbag auction raising a magnificent total of £1500. A cheque was presented by Pat Wright,
President of Cirencester Soroptimists, to Juliette and Graham of Cirencester Signpost, a local charity supporting all who are lonely,
experiencing financial hardship, are marginalised or vulnerable. (see the website for more details).
The donation will be used for their planned annual Summer outing to Weston-super-Mare.
SI Brixham
Photos from our Steam Fair where we made over £2,000 last weekend selling our home-made cakes – always a popular tent.
All proceeds will go towards our President Pru Preston’s charities
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July 2016
SI St Austell & District
Kay Turner and Christine of SI St AustellKay Turner (and Christine from SI Barnstaple) attended the Federation Management Board meeting on 22 July to give a presentation
at the third and final Growth Fund meeting in London.
Joint President Sue Curr, Elizabeth Gowling (Director of the Ideas Partnership) Nicola Williams, HRH Duchess of Cornwall. Joint President Sue Curr, Elizabeth Gowling (Director of the Ideas Partnership) Nicola Williams, HRH Duchess of Cornwall.
The Ideas Partnership NGO is based in Port Isaac and helps a particular underprivileged community in Kosovo. Nicola was
a winner in our clubs Unsung Heroines Awards. Her project was to train and then supply sewing materials to a young widow
with six children. She makes the quilted covers, Nicola finishes them off here and sells them for her. (Our club hopes to help
with this) She is now able to educate and support her children. Earlier in the year Charles and Camilla visited the project in
Kosovo. St Austell also has a Friendship link club SI Gjakova in Kosovo
SI Cirencester
Meru Women's Garden Project FundraiserIPP Kathy opened up her home for members to enjoy a summer BBQ in aid of the Meru Women’s Garden project
All members bought a dish of food/drinks/pudding and Kathy provided the burgers and sausages.
The BBQ was ably run by Soroptimisters, Roger, David and Colin.
It was a beautiful English summer’s evening and the total amount raised was £350.00.President Pat and
IPP Kathy would like to than all those who contributed food and all those who attended.
True Soroptimism at international level.


June 2016
SI Weston-Super-Mare. Looking forward to this year’s Skirting Science and leading Woman Engineer of the year, Lucy Ackland, who is our opening speaker. Skirting Science – inspiring the next generation of female scientists This year Skirting Science is taking place at Broadoak Academy, Weston-super-Mare on June 23rd. There are 13 workshops on topics ranging from flood defences to blood constituents, from smart plastics to genetics. Over 150 girls will be attending, each participating in 3 hour-long hands-on workshops over the day.
Skirting Science was initiated in 2009 by Soroptimist International Weston-super-Mare. It is an annual one-day event which brings together workshop providers from academia and industry and secondary schoolgirls from North Somerset and Bristol. It aims to encourage girls’ interest in science by demonstrating how varied, fascinating and all-encompassing is science in all its manifestations and through its many different career opportunities. It tries to dispel the perception that science is for boys rather than girls.
Skirting Science has been hosted by Broadoak for four years and Soroptimists are most grateful for their hospitality and cooperation.

SI St Austell
Pic 1: Cornwall has one of the few refuges for male victims of domestic violence and after learning from the
Manager of the need for underwear for the men the members kindly donated pants & socks.
St Austell's Mens Refuge

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Pic 2: Cheques of £250 were presented to 2 local girls to help with the expenses of their further education. In the photo Past Joint Pres Catherine Hannaford, Tia Ellis, Jasmine Cole Liz Jenkin (PJP).
Pic 3: St Austell Friendship Afternoon
St Austell Presenting 2 x chqs for furrther education espences

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St Austell Friendship afternoon

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SI Barnstaple
SI Barnstaple Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations
The Queen was unable to make a visit to SI Barnstaple’s tombola stall at the Lions Picnic in the Park held in
celebration of her 90th Birthday.
However, the Mayor of Barnstaple and her Consort did attend, and toasted Her Majesty in elderflower fizz !
Of course the stallholders wore their tiaras.
April 2016
SI St Austell

St Austell Fashion Show at M&Co proceeds to Cornwall Bowel Cancer Support Group

St Austell Fashion Show at M&Co proceeds to Cornwall Bowel CancerSupport Group

SI St Austell 4 Sorops & 3 Husbands visited our long standing Friendship Link club in Lannion, Brittany over the weekend of 22 April

SI St Austell 4 Sorops & 3 Husbands visited our long standing Friendship Link club in Lannion, Brittany over the weekend of 22 April

SI St Austell Members at Bodmin Flying Club Ladies Day.

SI St Austell Members at Bodmin Flying Club Ladies Day.

March 2016

SI St Austell Goes Global. Photos of the Fashion Show held in March in aid of the Merlin Appeal are featured in
Soroptimist International Global Voice May 2015. The email newsletter goes out to all members worldwide!

SI Brixham
SI Brixham handing over £2500.00 to Bernice Munnings of Admiral Swimming Club

SI Brixham handing over a cheque for £2500.00 to Heather Damerell of Shoalstone Swimming Club (Heather is also a Soroptimist)

Picture shows on the left Mrs Wendy Ashley, Brixham Soroptimist’s President handing over a cheque for £2500 to Mrs Bernice Munnings President of the Admiral Swimming Club. Another cheque for the same amount was handed to Mrs Heather Damerell of Shoalstone Swimming Pool but also a Brixham Soroptimist. The money has been raised throughout the year by the hardworking local Soroptimists. The venue of the handovers was Brixham Yacht Club where the ladies gathered together for a lovely meal. Both Mrs Munnings and Mrs Damerell told of their appreciation of the donations and of how the money would be spent improving the swimming pools where almost all Brixham children have learnt to swim over the years.
SI Barnstaple
Attended two events to raise awareness to Human Trafficking in one week.
1. Was a presentation by three members to the Rotary Club of Torrington
where an Unchosen film was shown. The Rotarians took toilet stickers,
Crimestopper cards and bought car stickers, and promised to do their
very best to raise awareness to the fact that the crime happens even in
rural areas such as theirs.
2. An event was held in Exeter by Fawcett Devon and was attended by
all main Modern Day Slavery organisations as well as the Chief Constable of
Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and three candidates for the soon to be
vacant regional Police and Crime Commissioner post.