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Thanks …

Thanks …

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Following a cheque for £50 sent to St Petrock’s, our club has received this lovely letter: ‘Your kindness will help us make a lasting difference in the lives of local people without a home; we greatly appreciate your support in these challenging times…..Our newly mobile rough sleeper support team are out each weekday morning…they are distributing sleeper rough packs en route……..our full range of basic survival services (clothing, laundry facilities, phone charging,showers, toiletries, sleeping bags, phone and computer access) remain available at St Petrock’s centre. ‘ St Petrock’s, alongside frontline housing and homelessness services, also offers a specialist welfare rights service, and health and well-being services, including a mental health clinic. Like many other charities they have had to work hard to adapt their services during these very challenging times. Find out more: http://stpetrocks.org.uk/

It’s never too late …

It’s never too late …

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This was the title of our February talk from member, Grace Jones – the picture gives a good “feel” of the talk! Grace began her talk with a startling account of experimental work at NASA some decades ago, designed to help astronauts get used to gravity-free environments and which established the capacity of the brain to adapt to changed visual input and to make new neural connections within just 26 to 30 days. This remarkable facility is due to neuroplasticity in the brain. With repetition, mental muscle is built up and new neural pathways become established. Our brains are rather like icebergs, explained Grace, with the conscious part above the surface and a much larger, subconscious part below the water. The habits we have live within the subconscious part of the brain and are automatic things, many originating from our upbringing. She went on to

And the long-awaited answers to our Quiz …

And the long-awaited answers to our Quiz …

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Born on Christmas Day Issac Newton Alastair Cook Humphrey Bogart Kenny Everett Annie Lennox Dido Ed Davey Justin Trudeau Sissy Spacek Quentin Crisp Food and Drink Pigs in blankets Mince pies Tangerines Mulled wine Chestnut stuffing Eggnog Brussels sprouts Stollen Cranberry sauce Christmas cake Cities York Barcelona Prague Liverpool Norwich Rome Istanbul Oxford Edinburgh Amsterdam Marys and Josephs Mary Quant Joseph Stalin Mary Pickford Joe Biden Mary Robinson Joe Brown Mary Berry Joe Pasquale Mary Peters Joseph Cotton Dingbats Tinsel The Queen’s Speech Frankincense 3 French hens Away in a manger 3 wise men Noel Presents under the tree Mince pies Peace on Earth

We’re delighted to announce the winner of our Christmas Quiz

We’re delighted to announce the winner of our Christmas Quiz

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Thank you to everyone who took part in our quiz, we hope you had fun working out the answers. We received three entries with all the questions answered correctly, a draw was made to decide the winner, who is: – Julie Stark Taunton A cheque for £25.00 will be posted out to the winner in the near future. We are pleased to announce that the quiz raised £450 which will be divided between our three charities: – Balloons Mercy Ships North Devon Women’s Refuge Thank you to everyone who generously supported our quiz, to David Cousins, the quiz compiler, to Robert Tinley for the colour printing and Bray Accountants Ltd for donating the prize and additional printing. Patricia Dillon, Club Secretary SI Tiverton

Christmas Zoom

Christmas Zoom

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How wonderful to meet up, even by Zoom, to celebrate Christmas, even though not all of us could be there. We each wore something festive, and came with our thoughts about what Christmas means to us, with an object to demonstrate this.  We even managed to sing more-or-less together.

A November Zoom meeting with our friends from SI Barnstaple and district

A November Zoom meeting with our friends from SI Barnstaple and district

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We enjoyed meeting up with our sister Soroptimists from  SI Barnstaple and District  https://sigbi.org/barnstaple/about-our-club-2/  who joined us for a talk about Mary’s Meals, a wonderful charity, providing food for children in countries where no government programme exists to feed school children.  Find out more here  https://www.marysmeals.org.uk To demonstrate our support for Railing Against Abuse, https://www.soroptimistinternational.org/railing-abuse-dame-joan-collins-joins-soroptimists-march-violence/ we all wore something orange.

Last Year’s Awareness-raising Canal Walk

Last Year’s Awareness-raising Canal Walk

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Each year the Tiverton and District Soroptimists organise a May walk along our beautiful canal tow path to raise awareness, enjoy a good natter and have a delicious drink and slice of cake at the Canal Tea Rooms afterwards, just visible behind us to the right of the photos.  Last year we had glorious weather.  This year we were still in lockdown, but it’s good to have a reminder of easier times and look forward to doing this again in the future.