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Club Programme 2021/22

Club Programme 2021/2022

Next Meeting in Bold Always 7.30pm 

Club events in blue

Normally Chamberlain Court, 77, Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells TN4 8BS


Next meeting & Events

Monday 17th October : Holy Porridge – a look at prison chaplaincy

Pickering Cancer Fundraising Quiz 

Monday November 21  Speaker Georgia Dawson: Prevention Community Engagement

December Christmas Meal at The Barn, Tunbridge Wells

January Speaker Cat Mennell : Nepal

February  Speaker Oenone : Cocoa Retreat talk & Chocolate Tasting.


Past meetings & Events

Monday 26th September Speaker Valentina Osborn

August visit to The British Museum- Feminine Power Exhibition

Monday July 18th 7.30pm Club Meeting – Speaker Angela McPherson : Ightham Mote

Saturday July 16th – Soroptimist Day Of Action Grosvenor & Hilbert Park : Why toilets matter and how throwing aluminium cans in our can bins can help the environment and communities without facilities.

Monday June 20th 7.30pm Club Meeting- Speaker- Sarah Freeman ‘Is there still a Spark in STEM? A female electronic engineer’s view.’ Plus visit from Jan Doyle Federation Consultative Councillor


Saturday June 11th- Tunbridge Wells Yard Sale-The Forum 10am-4pm

Wednesday June 8th- Tunbridge Wells in Bloom Volunteers Thank you Day- Grosvenor & Hilbert Park

Sunday June 5th Jubilee Tea Party- President Caroline’s house 3-5pm

 Monday May 16th 7.30pm Club Meeting- Speaker- Loretta Bellman SRN RCNT RNT Bsc (Hons) PhD. My experience as a Covid vaccinator.


Saturday 14th May- Craft Fair , St John’s Green with the Friends of Woodbury Park Cemetery

Monday April 25th 7.30pm Club Meeting – Speaker – The Role of An Archivist

Followed by Club meeting & AGM
All papers were sent by email.
Venue Chamberlain Court
Masks required to enter the building

Monday March 21 Evie: Sustainable Fashion – Chamberlain Court

Monday February 21  Chamberlain Court Club meeting

Monday January 17 Club meeting Chamberlain Court- lateral flow test required

Monday December 20 Christmas Event The Barn, Tunbridge Wells

Monday November 15  Claire Archbold

“What makes us tic – an insight into Tourette Syndrome”
Venue: Chamberlain Court
Covid regulations in place as at last meeting.

Thursday 11 November  2pm Tree Planting Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells

Monday October 18 Trustee from DAVSS on the recruitment and training of advisors following our donation for a training place DAVSS

Sunday October 17  Spa Hotel 75th Chartering Anniversary Lunch

Monday September 20 Elaine Gill : Every Picture Tells A Story Elaine Gill, Artist & Illustrator 

The venue is 
The Ark by Gallards Almshouses small hall 
This is on the corner of Yew Tree Road at Southborough  and free parking  is right behind .

August Bank Holiday 28-30 August Stall at Arts & Craft Fair, Southborough Common

August outing  Batemans- National Trust


22nd August Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival :The presentation of the Arts Without Boundaries creative project during which we contributed to the poetry writing segment is to take place at The Forum on 22 August at 4.00 pm in the afternoon. Tickets


Tuesday 7 September 6.30pm Sake Evening, Lago Restaurant, 26 London Rd, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1DA 

Introduced & led by Miki Flannery
An opportunity to learn all about sake
Taste & compare 5-6 different types of sake – including sparkling sake!
Suggestions for pairing with different foods, both Japanese & European

£20 per head, to include Japanese nibbles

This event is limited to maximum 30 attendees,
so to be sure of your place, please book as soon as possible!

To book, please reply to Louise Taylor at – 07581 568315


Saturday 31 July 10.30 am  Crochet @ Carolyn’s donation, cake, coffee (6 places)

Monday 26 July 7pm  Knitting @Ann’s Coffee & Chat (6 places)

Monday July 19 Laura Shtaingos : Baby Umbrella The charity’s vision is for every family in West Kent to have access to skilled and compassionate support during their parenting journey. Baby Umbrella listens, supports and empowers parents and babies.



July 1st- London- Exhibition of banners re Women Making History Processions.

Monday June 21  Ellen Montelius :  Town Flowers Tunbridge Wells Town Flowers Tunbridge Wells offers high quality seasonal British grown flowers from June to October using sustainable and natural methods.  Selling flowers to the local community, florists and for DIY events plus pyo.

Guided Tree walk Woodbury Park Cemetery Thursday 17th June 2pm

Litter-picking Saturday 12th June – details by email

 Flower planting in Dunorlan Park Thursday  10 June- details by email.

Saturday 5th June Litter-pickingWorld Earth Day- details by email 


Monday May 17 (Zoom)

De-Cluttering: Creating Space for a Cause with Ingrid Pope (
Clutter in all forms impacts our life.
It makes us physically stumble over it when it gets in the way.
It holds us back from getting involved when our mental overload gets in the way.
It silences us when we should speak up because a residual fear from a past experience gets in the way.
What if you could release some significant invisible value in an enjoyable and stimulating way? What would that be worth to you? Come and discover a novel and surprising way of looking at the clutter in your landscape, and gain unexpected insights into how you can create space for new behaviours and endeavours.
Scheduled to be via Zoom. If this changes to a live in person event participants will be notified.
Zoom will open at 7pm for a 7.30 start.


Monday April 19 (Zoom) AGM




Monday 15 March (Zoom) : Claire Archbold  Vice President Tunbridge Wells : Allotment Life

Claire will be talking about life on the allotment through the year. We will take a look at the flowers and produce that have been grown and bees that are kept. Claire will also be giving an insight into the variety of wildlife the allotment supports and touch on the mental health benefits, especially over the last year.


Monday 15 February Speaker: (Zoom)  Linda Neusten , Census Engagement Manager Tunbridge Wells & Maidstone : Census 2021

Monday 18 January 2021 (Zoom) Anna Perolls :  Hospices of Hope


Monday 20 April 2020 AGM Zoom 7.30 pm Speaker : Sue Marlowe introducing to our new club charity Arts Without Boundaries

Monday 18 May 2020 Speaker:  Charlotte Bartholomew : University and Coronavirus, coping and concerns for the future, followed by a discussion on the issues raised. This meeting will run on Zoom. All Club members will be sent a link with a password for entry into the meeting.
Monday 15 June 2020 Speaker: Rebecca Smith – Life as a Rugby Referee. This meeting will run on Zoom. All Club members will be sent a link with a password for entry into the meeting.
Monday 20 July 2020 Speaker: Anne Wagstaff
‘Connecting the dots by looking backwards’.
The route taken to becoming a potter, via zoology and accountancy and a host of other roles, many voluntary, and also to reflect on what running a business means to me.’…you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.’
Members will be sent the Zoom details.

Monday 21 September 2020 Speaker : Amanda Redman

This meeting will run on Zoom. All Club members will be sent a link with a password for entry into the meeting.
Monday 19 October 2020 Speaker:  Beverley Johnstone Tunbridge Wells MUNGA
Monday 16 November 2020 Speaker: Dr Nicola Davis: Medicine, Art & Creativity: how, why and where next?
Meetings going forward 2021


Additional Event:  ‘Fairtrade and the Climate’ webinar  Friday 5th March at 12.00 – 1.00pm details to follow.

Monday 19 April 2021 AGM Venue tbc

Monday 17 May 2021 Speaker:  Ingrid Pope:  Creating Space Coaching

Monday 21 June 2021 Speaker: Ellen Montelius British Grown Flowers using natural and sustainable methods

June 2021 – Tunbridge Wells Yard Sale which we are sponsoring -date tbc

Monday 19 July  2021

Monday 20 September 2021

Monday 18 October 2021  Henu : Training & recruitment with DAVSS Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Services in West Kent, supporting women & men experiencing Domestic Abuse.

Monday 15 November 2021

Monday 20 December 2021- Social venue tbc

Club Programme 2019/20

Next Meeting in Bold Always 7.30pm Chamberlain Court, 77, Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells TN4 8BS

January 21 ( Mandy) Malawi and Fairtrade update

February 18 Sue Walker and Natalie from YouCan Youth Cancer Support, Our Charity of the Year.

Nourish Donations.

Club Meeting – Non Members welcome 

March 18  Farah,  trainee solicitor,  ‘The Journey So Far.’- please bring Nourish Donations

Monday 8th April – AGM & Refreshments- please bring Nourish Donations, renewal forms with gift aid forms if applicable.

Monday 20th May – Nourish Donations please see reminder email for details

Speaker- Tony & Val Fitzpatrick on helping in a school for disabled children in Tanzania

Monday 17th June- Speaker: Mandy Baker from Anna Chaplaincy

Monday 15th July – Speaker Adam Bennett Anti-trafficking & Oasis UK

Monday 16th September -International Conference (Kuala Lumpur) Feedback

Monday 21st October Marieke de Jonge- Tunbridge Wells Friends of the Earth

Monday 18th November – Richard Warner from YMCA & National Conference (Bournemouth) Feedback

Monday 16th December – Christmas Meal- venue tbc

Monday 20th January 2020- GP

Monday 17th February 2020 – Speaker Jenny Williams from Tunbridge Wells Mental Health Resource Ltd (MHR)

Monday 16th March 2020 tbc




October 24-26 Bournemouth National Conference

Next Event in Blue


Afternoon tea at The Ivy- Thursday May 16th 3.30pm Lead Lorna

May- Thursday 9th May 7.30pm- 10.30pm.

Tickets are £5 and include a glass of prosecco.

Film- Embrace: One woman’s joureny to inspire everyBODY! & Introduction by Emma Jefferys (AKA Action Woman) and a member of Wellness HQ, an NLP Practitioner/Life Coach who will be talking about the importance of emotional wellbeing.

Trip to France 23rd-27th May- Contact Louise

Saturday 15th June Yardsale Market Square 10am-4pm

Sunday 23 June Calverley Park  ‘The Great Get-together’ in conjunction with Tunbridge Wells Friends of the Earth. Plastic Free picnic and litter pick. 1pm-4pm meet at lower entrance to Calverley Park accessed from Mount Pleasant.

Sunday 30 June Woodbury Park Cemetery Summer Concert- Women in Harmony.

August Summer visit:  Tuesday August 20th Ightham Mote-final details tbc- Lead Angela please email on by 17 June .

The cost for non members is £14.40. The plan is to have a picnic lunch and a cream tea. Angela can get vouchers for the cream tea at a discount, she will need to know numbers so can you please let her know if you can come. Thank you.

Tuesday 3rd September: Lunch at Ann Greenfield – link with International Literacy Day

Club Literary Lunch 12:30pm at 18 Kendal Park TN4 9SX
Members and Friends welcome ~
No charge – donations for club projects welcome
Please respond by 20th August stating any special dietary needs (Ann Greenfield <>)
Special dietary requirements no problem – my son & his family are vegetarian and my daughter is gluten, wheat & dairy free.
As this event is near International Literacy Day, please bring a wrapped book which is food related. This can be a book from your collection which you no longer want or you can purchase one from a charity shop.
Sunday 22 September: 1400-1600

Tunbridge Wells we invite you to #DaretoDream

 44 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 8AU

Following in the footsteps of all those who have created Tunbridge Wells, Friends of the Earth & Tunbridge Wells Soroptimists invite you to Dare to Dream about the heritage we leave for our children in our town.

On the last day of Heritage Open Days for 2019 we offer you the chance to sit, reflect and sew.
You may have walked around churches, graveyards, beautiful parks and gazed at the world through stained glass windows. Maybe you have visited historic houses, windmills and museums. You might have heard talks about women and men from our local area who strove to create a better, fairer more peaceful world.
So what will you embroider as you Dare to Dream ?
Will be it a plastic free ocean
#Lesspollution – as my children walk to school
#A Community that Works Together

An open mind and a willingness to share your thoughts & stitch your words onto fabric and create physical word clouds which we will then share on social media, maybe hang from trees or in a window. Your decision.

Opening Times

Sunday 22 September: 1400-1600

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Booking Contact: Caroline Auckland
Booking opens: 18 August 2019 01:00
Booking closes: 21 September 2019 05:00


Steps into the building.

Additional Information

Max 10 people per tour/session. This event is run by Soroptimist Tunbridge Wells & District one of 3000 clubs worldwide, who are committed to improving the lives of women and girls & Tunbridge Wells Friends of the Earth who campaign to preserve and create a healthy (local) environment for future generations. The craftivism workshop is related to #DareToDream – 2019’s Unsung Stories project exploring positive change through gentle protest.

Thursday October 3rd – Clarins Evening- 6.30 pm  Fenwicks- lead- Caroline (18 places)

Tuesday November 26 The Red Cross Guildhall Christmas Market- see Louise for details





Monday 17 December- Christmas meal

Monday 19 November- Club meeting – Conference Report & Federation Councillors: Susie Forbes, Angela Edwards & Programme Action Officer: Hilary Rowberry  will give an update on federation issues.
Please bring donations for Nourish for this month & Christmas
Plus Red Box donations if unable to attend December meeting.
We will be signing cards for our friendship links as well.

October- Liverpool National Conference

Monday 15 October- Club meeting

Thursday 20 September- Sunday 23 September Friendship Link visit to Si Munich

Monday 17 September- Club meeting- speaker Anne Carwardine: Disgusted Ladies

Thursday 9 August- Summer outing- London visit- Voice & Vote Exhibition, Tea at ’63,  12 places, contact Caroline to book-

Monday 16 July – Club meeting- speaker June Bridgeman: The history of Si Tunbridge Wells with biographies of key members.

Monday 18 June – Club meeting Alex’s daughter talking about her volunteering work

Sunday 10 June  London, Processions 2018 are creating the largest human artwork to mark 100 years of women voting in the UK. Everyone to wear white, violet, green- more details to follow.

Saturday 9 June- Regional Meeting, Maidstone

Saturday 2 June- Tunbridge Wells Yard Sale – visit us at our stall’s outside Vale Royal Methodist Church, London Road, Tunbridge Wells,TN1 1BX-Soroptimist International of Tunbridge Wells & District will be selling bric a brac, books, crafts, clothing, bits and bobs… Fundraising in support of charities supporting women and girls locally, nationally and internationally, stop by and see us!


Thursday 31st May – An Evening with Dr Helen Pankhurst 7.30PM Manna Cafe Christ Church, High Street Tunbridge Wells.

More details on our Facebook page link here :
Also check out our Club News Page for more information on this event being organised in conjunction with #TWWomen100

Monday 21 May – Margaret Ginman on the subject of Bees : 7.30pm

Audley Willicombe House
Willicombe Park(off Sandhurst Road)
Royal Tunbridge Wells

Thursday 17 May- Clarins- Fenwicks- 15 places, Contact Caroline to book your place:

20th April Women Work Event at Salomons , charity BEAT.

Monday 16 April Club AGM 7.30pm

Monday 19th March,- Speaker, Alison Sandford MacKenzie Tunbridge Wells Women 100 years ago

8th March, International Women’s Day: Marking 100 years since Women were enfranchised. Event in the Town Hall involving all Women’s organisations in the town.

24th February Mayor’s Quiz Night

Monday 19th February,- Speaker, Jean Meadows on Midwifery and her experiences in China. We welcome Jane Webb, Regional President of Soroptimist International South East Region who will also be joining us.  Please bring items for Charlotte’s Ghana project plus an extra request has just come in, Liz R would like old bra’s which she will be taking to Africa on a trip in April.

Friday 16 February -Postponed- Literary Supper- see Club Activities page for details

Monday 15th January,- Evening of reflection, Charlotte Bartholomew : experiences in Ghana.


Monday 18th December ,- Christmas Meal at Willicombe Park for Soroptimists and guests

Monday 20th November,- Speaker, Ania Jeffries on Motivating and Empowering young girls.

Monday 17th October, National & Local Authority Emergency Planning.

Monday 18th September, Personal Protection

Monday 17th July, Mark Moody, from Skinners’ School will speak on the subject of STEM-(science, technology, engineering and mathematics ).



Club AGM 16th April 2018

Regional Meetings

Next Meeting in Bold

17th March 2018

9th June 2018

6th October 2018-AGM

1st December 2018

10th June 2017

7th October 2017

9th December 2017



Club Programme 2015/16


Theme for the year:  ‘Let’s Make Headway’




20th-   Club AGM & Social Evening



18th-   Club meeting: Speaker from Headway



13th-   Region Meeting at the Hilton,  Maidstone

15th-   Neal’s Yard, Mount Pleasant, 6:30 – 8:30pm



9th-12th July – International Convention, Istanbul

20th-   Club Meeting: Speaker Kate Sergeant, Alzheimers Society



Social Function at the Hop Shop near Otford – date TBA



16th-   Club meeting: Claire Luxford Job Talk



3rd-     Region meeting at the Hilton Hotel, Maidstone

9th12th- SI Beneden Maas Friendship Weekend

19th-   Club Meeting: Speaker Sandy Thomson – Indian Head Massage



5th-7th November – Federation Conference Glasgow

21st-   Club meeting: Speaker Dr Liz Russell – ‘How the Brain Works’



5th-     Region Meeting at the Hilton Hotel, Maidstone

14th-   Christmas Dinner & Social Evening at Willicombe Park




18th-   Club meeting: Speaker about Parkinson’s



15th-   Club meeting: Speaker Life & Laughter Coach



5th-     Region Conference at the Hilton Hotel Maidstone

21st-   Club meeting: Speaker Gill Evans – Life after a Brain Injury



17th-   70th Birthday Celebrations – Details TBA

25th-   Club AGM & Social


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