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Club history

Welcome to our club history

In these pages, you can read about the formation and development of SI Tynemouth, Whitley Bay and District and find out more about the activities of our club and the causes we have supported since our foundation in 1947. Some things have changed a lot but there is much that remains consistent across the years, not least the commitment to service, resilience, creativity, generosity and passion of the members. Whatever the decade, Soroptimists were – and are –  a force to be reckoned with in promoting the best for women and girls.


Menu from the club's 50th anniversary dinner held on 21 June 1997.
Menu from the club's 50th anniversary dinner held on 21 June 1997.

SI Tynemouth, Whitley Bay and District has celebrated its 50th and 70th anniversaries and the 75th is fast approaching in 2022. We look forward to celebrating many more birthdays for this amazing club and hope you enjoy finding out more about us. If these pages prompt any memories you would like to share, we would love to hear from you. Contact Margaret at

If you would like to know more about our current work or have a question, please get in touch either by  contacting us on 07947520109 or emailing us at

A note on sources

A range of sources has been used to write this history, including:

  • Whitley Bay club minutes 1953-1989
  • A pamphlet published in 1973 entitled “The Soroptimist Club of Tynemouth 1946-1973
  • Records kept by current members

The minutes of  Tynemouth, Whitley Bay and District Club, and Tynemouth club 1946-1983 are deposited in Tyne and Wear Archives and access to these has not been possible due to the restrictions in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. As soon as it’s possible to do so, these records will be used to add to the club’s history.