Club Meetings and Events Calendar 2016-2017 (2015-2016 and 2013-2014 and 2014-2015)

The Kings, Wood Street Old Town SwindonBusiness Meetings are held at 7:15pm at ’20 at the Kings’,20 Wood Street Swindon Old Town (see on the second Wednesday of the month (apart from August and December).  At these meetings we discuss local, regional and Federation matters but we spend the majority of time on Programme Action projects and events.

Dinner Meetings are held at 7:15pm at 20 at the Kings on the fourth Wednesday of the month (apart from December when we have our Christmas meal on the second Wednesday and we have no meetings in August) We usually have a two course meal followed by coffee.  At most dinner meetings we also have a speaker.  We warmly welcome guests, particularly prospective new members, to any of our dinner meetings.

Soroptimist Year 2016-2017


11th May  7.15 Business meeting

25th May  7.15 Dinner meeting   Speaker: Jo Heaven  re Empower

8th June  7.15  Business meeting

June 22nd 7.15 Dinner Meeting   Speaker Marion  Evening Advertiser

June 25th Regional AGM and Conference at Bradford on Avon

July 13th 7.15 Business meeting

July 27th 7.15  Dinner meeting  Speaker  Rob Hyde Bales

August 6th  Summer outing to Lacock

September 8th  International Literacy Day–  as in previous years we will be donating books to Drove Road School

September 14th  7.15 Business meeting

September 28th 7.15  Dinner Meeting

October 7th 7.15  French Fashion Evening at Gillian’s house,(raising money for our Presidents’ charities)

October 11th International day of the Girl Child.  As usual we will have a display in the Central Library for two weeks which will be manned on the Day raising the profile of the work we do to educate, enable and empower women and girls.  In particulat lobbying against child marriage and violence towards girls including trafficking.

October 12th 7.15 Business meeting

October 16th Annual Lunch at Chisledon House Hotel Speaker Angus McPherson Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire 12.30 for 1pm

October 26th 7.15 Dinner meeting

November 10-13th Federation Conference in Malta  Main speakers:

November 23rd  7.15 Business Meeting

December 14th 7.15 Christmas Dinner

January 11th  7.15 Business meeting

January 25th 7.15 Dinner meeting

February 8th 7.15  Business meeting

February 22nd 7.15 Dinner meeting

March 4th Celebration of International Women’s Day Central Library and other venues TBA

March 8th International Womens Day  7.15 Business meeting

March 22nd 7.15 Dinner Meeting

April 12th 7.15 Business meeting

April 26th 7.15 Dinner meeting and AGM


Soroptimist Year 2015-2016


May13th:      Former member Josephine Hampson Simpson’s Funeral at the Crematorium
                      Business Meeting 7:15pm

May 27th:     Dinner meeting

May 30th:     Jan’s plant sale in aid of Prospect Foundation

June 10th:    Business meeting 7:15

June 24th:    Dinner meeting 7:15

July 8th:       Business meeting 7.15

July 22nd:    Dinner meeting 7:15 Speaker Bonnie Hildred on Macular Degeneration

August         no meetings but on Saturday 8th outing to BlexleyPark

Sept 8th:      International Literacy Day presentation of books to Drove Infants School

                     Talk to Springfield Ladies Group re Soroptimism

Sept 23rd:    Dinner meeting  7:15 no speaker but Time of Reflection and discussion re 2016

Oct 11th       Day of the Girl Child   Display in the Swindon Central Library 5-16 Oct

Oct 14th:      Business meeting 7:15

Oct 28th:      Dinner meeting 7:15 Speaker Shaheen Pareira ( re Bollywood Fundraiser)

Nov 11th:     Business meeting 7:15

Nov 13th:     Fundraising Evening in aid of Prospect Foundation with Chocoholics, stained glass and

                      Phoenix cards

Nov 25th:     Dinner meeting 7:15  Speaker Daphne Dowsing re S I Japan

Dec 9th:       Christmas Dinner

Dinner meeting speakers in 2016

Jan 27th:     Dinner meeting 7:15  Speaker Anna Pike re Dementia Friends

Feb 24th     Dinner meeting 7:15  Speaker Rose Mahon re Swindon Women’s Centre

Mar 23rd    Dinner meeting 7:15  Speaker Nicola from Prospect hospice

Apr 27th     AGM

May 25th  Dinner meeting 7:15  Speaker Jo Heaven re update on Empower








8th: Programme Action & Business meeting 7.15pm
22nd: Dinner meeting 7.15pm  Speaker: Jo Heaven- Empower
12th:  Programme Action & Business meeting
26th: Dinner meeting 7.15pm  Speaker: the Girl Guide Commissioner for Old Town Swindon
10th Programme Action & Business meeting
20th Tea and Tarts at Corsham  Tea tasting, expert talk (8 teas) and slice of tart in aid of the Soroptimist BIG Project.Visit to Corsham Court if desired (see separate Page for more details) All welcome
24th Dinner meeting 7.15pm Speaker: Ray Aldridge from the Wilts & Berks Canal Restoration Trust
No meetings
11th Programme Action & Business meeting
25th Dinner meeting 7.15pm Speaker: Rosa Matheson re Projects in Napal for women and girls and ‘100 Women Project’
9th  Programme Action & Business meeting
23rd Dinner meeting 7.15pm Speaker: Pat Salter  Swindon & District Netball Association
13th Programme Action & Business meeting
27th Dinner meeting 7.15pm Speaker:  Rev Thomas Woodhouse re Royal Wooton Bassett repatriations and ‘royalling’
29th Fundraiser for the President’s Charities.
11th Christmas Celebration Meal
January 2014
8th Programme Action and Business Meeting
22nd Dinner Meeting 7.15 Speaker: Eunice Salmon, Breakthrough Breast cancer
12th Programme Action and Business Meeting
26th Dinner Meeting 7.15 Speaker Dave Thompson re Memory Cafe for sufferers from dementia
 8th  International Women’s Day..theme “Respect not violence” Swindon Library
12th Programme Action and Business Meeting
26th Dinner Meeting 7.15 Speaker:  from Swindon Mind
9th Programme Action and Business Meeting
23rd Dinner Meeting and AGM 7.15
Soroptimist Year 2014/2015
7th New Members Evening at Gillian’s house
14th Programme Action & Business Meeting
28th Dinner Meeting 7.15 Speaker: Steph Hovey (who was sponsored by Club to go to Bolivia)
11th Programme Action and Business Meeting

25th Dinner Meeting 7.15 Speaker: Jo Osorio on Healthwatch28/29 Regional AGM and Conference


5th UKPAC Study Day East Midlands Conference Centre Nottingham

9th Programme Action & Business Meeting

19th Strawberry Tea at Ruth’s house; Celebration and fundraiser for The BIG Project (birthing in the Gambia)

23rd Dinner Meeting Speaker: Ann Billingham re Autism

 There are no meetings in August


8th International Literacy Day:  Presentation of books to Drove Infants School.

10th Programme Action and Business Meeting

24th Dinner meeting Speaker “Dementia Friends’ Champion”


11th International Day of the Girl Child: Manned Display in Swindon Central Library

8th  Programme Action and Business Meeting

22nd Dinner Meeting  Speaker: Mark Sutton  “WW1 in Swindon”


12th Programme Action and Business Meeting

26th Dinner Meeting  Speaker: Brigid Harkness on “Teaching and Travelling in Nepal”


10th Christmas Dinner (TBC)

January 2015

14th Programme Action and Business Meeting

28th Dinner Meeting Speaker on the Children’s Society


11th Programme Action and Business Meeting

25th Dinner Meeting Speaker Jemma Britton on “Girl Guiding in Sri Lanka”


8th International Women’s Day:  Manned Display in Swindon Central Library

11th Programme Action and Business Meeting

25th Dinner Meeting “Day of Reflection”


8th Programme Action and Business Meeting

22nd Dinner Meeting No Speaker as AGM