Sunday 26th June saw President Linda Hayes and members of Soroptimist International of Tamworth celebrate the 74th Anniversary of the Club charter with a Royal Jubilee Afternoon Tea at Drayton Manor. They were joined by family and friends, Regional President Judith and members of other Soroptimist International Clubs within the Midland Chase Region, as well as various local service organisations. All were royally entertained by the comments and recollections of Councillor Richard Kingstone, as their Special Speaker.
To celebrate World Environment Day members of SI Tamworth heard an informative and passionate talk from amateur Beekeeper Jason Daniels. Jason has only been keeping bees for three years and he spoke about the trials and tribulations of starting out in beekeeping. Members learnt that as well as honey bees there are around 24 species of bumblebee and over 240 species of solitary bee in the UK. Jason’s bees are honey bees. Honey bees drink water like other animals, but they also use it for other purposes. They need water all year so it is good practice to create a bee watering station in your garden. Members also learnt that bees can see the colour purple more clearly than any other colour, so having purple flowers in your garden, such as lavender and alliums will attract bees. Tubular-shaped flowers such as foxgloves and honeysuckle also
Members of SI Tamworth and guests had a very enjoyable International evening. The significance of the International Evening is a culmination of our year’s work in raising awareness of issues affecting women and girls locally, nationally and Internationally and also to distribute monies raised to the various charities and causes that we have supported during 2021 – 2022. This has been an unusual year as we have come out of the worldwide pandemic but we have continued to support our various causes and a number of the recipients were present at the evening. President Linda warmly welcomed Christine Harris from Tamworth Wellbeing Cancer Support Centre ( www.tamworth-wellbeing-cancer-support.com ) who is a representative of the charity Madam President chose to support throughout her year. An International charity members have supported for a number of years is Love the One. This was set up in India by
To celebrate International Women’s Day members of SI Tamworth wore something blue/yellow in support of the the people (and particularly Soroptimists) of Ukraine. Members also heard about the conditions women and children face when fleeing conflicts and saw a couple of videos from Ukrainian women about their experiences.
President Linda, and members of SI Tamworth welcomed new member Debbie at our February Business meeting.
Members and guests enjoyed our annual Christmas party. Quiz master Malcolm tested our knowledge of all things Christmas. The every popular hamper raffle raises £220.00 for our charities.
Throughout the year Tamworth Soroptimists support the girls at No.8, a local charity that provides supportive accommodation for young Moms and their babies and pregnant young Moms to be, in an environment where they can feel safe and secure. At Xmas the girls are given pamper hampers and we were asked if we could provide socks and gloves to go in the hampers. As usual the ladies generously supported this project.
SI Tamworth had a stall at the Tamworth Victorian Market. Some members dressed for the occasion. Items on sale were donated by members but a great big thank you went to the mother of one of the members for knitting all the wonderful toys. The stall raised £512 for our charities.
Members of SI Tamworth had a stall at Lea Marston to raise awareness of breast cancer. Not only did we promote the work of Breast Care Awareness our tombola raised £207 for this charity.
Members of SI Tamworth marked the start of our 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, by wearing something orange to our November dinner meeting.