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Visit to SI Guernsey’s friendship weekend by April Club President Daphne Dowsing

Visit to SI Guernsey’s friendship weekend by April Club President Daphne Dowsing

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SI Guernsey club’s friendship weekend involved lots of interesting and enjoyable events around the islands.  Daphne said “I was made very welcome and this is my fifth trip to represent our club on the island.” In March Daphne and new member Bridget joined 50 other Soroptimists from all around South West and Channel Island for the quarterly Regional Meeting in Taunton. Members enjoyed a delicious lunch and excellent speakers. They reflected the aims of the clubs to educate, enable and empower women and girls globally to have better lives We are looking forward to monthly meetings to be held at our new venue at the Tiverton Golf Club, starting on the 13th April 2022 at 7 pm. Photo shows: Daphne, Mary Mcnaughton from SI Plymouth Janine from SI Stockport, Regional President Jackie and SI Guernsey member Kate.

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

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Tiverton Soroptimists joined with other clubs globally on the 8th of March to celebrate International Women’s Day. It is a day to celebrate the social, economic and cultural differences of women.  International Women’s Day was first celebrated over a century ago. The first international gathering was supported by a million people. Daphne Dowsing club President for March commented. “ As a club we have normally, held a street collection on the Loman Bridge in Tiverton for one of our chosen charities”.” This year we felt that it was not possible to do this, so members gathered at the Tiverton Golf Club and others celebrated on line using zoom”. “It is about making a positive difference for women world wide”. The theme for 2022 is to collectively Break the Bias displaying the crossing of arms. Showing support to free woman of any bias. Soroptimists, feel that we

Back at The Tiverton Hotel

Back at The Tiverton Hotel

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It was wonderful to be together at The Best Western Hotel again. Honorary member, Mayor Sue Griggs, joined us for an evening learning how to dress to advantage with Colour Me Beautiful expert Erica Carrick https://www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/consultants/devon/tiverton/ Welcoming Sue Griggs: Sue at our meeting: Two of our members being shown “their” colours:   This month’s president, Daphne, thanking Erica:

Welcome to our new honorary member

Welcome to our new honorary member

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We were pleased to welcome Tiverton Mayor Susie Griggs to our July meeting, and are delighted that she has agreed to be an honorary member of our club over the next year. Our mayor, Susie Griggs, gave us an interesting talk on her role as Mayor during our Zoom meeting in July. The very first mayor, John Diamond, was elected in 1620 but the Town Hall wasn’t built until 1864. Mayor  Susie chairs the monthly council meetings which are open to everyone, which was news to some of our members. If a resident is unable to attend an email would suffice and would be read and responded to as appropriate. Another piece of fascinating news was that Tiverton gave Freedom of the Town to HMS Enterprise. Susie has been aboard, even experiencing a very short time at the helm (without incident!). There is much Susie

Visit to Bickleigh Castle

Visit to Bickleigh Castle

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Several Soroptimists, friends and partners enjoyed a wonderful visit to Bickleigh Castle in glorious sunshine. We saw many of the castle’s historic rooms, the chapel which is one of the oldest buildings in Devon still used for its original purpose, walked in the grounds and finished with a cream tea in the sun room.  

Cyber Crime – how safe are you? Talk by Ian Gunn

Cyber Crime – how safe are you? Talk by Ian Gunn

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Ian started by relating his career path from banker to prison officer to prison governor of four prisons in the Scottish prison service. Despite his many years of service, not once did Ian come across a cyber criminal in his prisons – cyber crime is a new and growing form of criminal activity that has got considerably worse during the pandemic; in fact, something changes more or less every day in the world of cyber-crime, meaning that Ian has to regularly update his presentation. Cyber-crime is the fastest-growing crime in the world, costing the world economy $2.9 million / minute. The real figure could be higher as many companies don’t report it. The 5 kinds of cyber-crime are phishing, website-spoofing, malware, ransomware and IOT hacking. Phishing makes up 95% of cyber-crime. Website-spoofing is when a site is set up that closely-resembles a trusted brand. Always

April and Knighthayes

April and Knighthayes

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On a beautiful spring evening we welcomed Jess, Head Gardener of Knightshayes, the National Trust property on the edge of Tiverton and popular visitor attraction for locals and tourists alike.  This stately home was built by John Heathcoat who travelled south with his lace-making machine in 1816, made his fortune and brought rewarding work to our town through a factory that is still flourishing, even making the lace for Princess Diana’s wedding veil. https://www.heathcoat.co.uk/ Jess was a fount of knowledge about the horticulturally significant garden on our doorstep.  She works mainly in the beautiful woodland garden, but has also worked in the walled garden which was restored just under 20 years ago after having been allowed to go to lawn for many years.  An account of how “green manure” is being used to help improve soil quality and help the vegetables thrive can be found