Club News

Alan Titchmarsh digs plans for Winchester Hospice

BRITAIN’S best-known gardener has dug in to show his support for the campaign to create a hospice for Winchester. Alan Titchmarsh, who is best known for hosting the BBC garden makeover series Ground Force, visited Burrell House at Royal Hampshire … Continued


SIW Recruitment Drive

SIW congratulate Liz Batten on her hard work for assembling the forthcoming SI Salisbury club.  However from April 2019 this will leave SI Winchester with reduced numbers. We have therefore embarked on a recruitment drive which we hope will make … Continued


Alresford Allsorts donation

Soroptimist International of Winchester were delighted to receive notification of a donation from local motoring club Alresford Allsorts. The sum of £350 was presented by Gordon Cooper to Julie Blackwell of SIW at Bramdean village hall, which gave the opportunity … Continued


Jane Walker MBE – Purple Community Fund

We were delighted to welcome Jane Walker MBE to our supper meeting on Monday 18 March. Jane was the founder of the PCF charity starting in the Philippines and has many interesting stories of innovative ideas and ways of tackling … Continued


Abbey House Sensory Garden

It’s amazing when you think of past Soroptimist involvement. Just walking behind Abbey House on the High Street in Winchester you can find the Sensory Garden for the blind which the Winchester club organised in 1995. It’s time to revisit … Continued


Winchester Soroptimists – Women making a difference

If you’d like to make a difference, inspire action and transform the lives of women and girls, then join us to see how we achieve this both locally and internationally. Soroptimists of the Winchester club invite you to join us on … Continued




Fundraising for South Africa!

In line with other clubs in the Region, members of SI Winchester have found that collecting five pence pieces to fundraise for the Mamelodi Project in support of AIDS orphans in South Africa is quite a painless process. We have … Continued


Introduced via India!

On a trip to India, Caroline met up with a UK Soroptimist and they got chatting, as you do…….. Ann asked Caroline ‘Have you ever thought about becoming a Soroptimist?’ Well, on her return to the UK, Caroline looked up … Continued

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Sad News of Arlene Fisher

We are sad to report that longstanding member Arlene Fisher passed away peacefully at 8.30 a.m on her 79th birthday – 12 December 2018. Arlene had been a committed Soroptimist since 1971. She served as Winchester Club President twice, in … Continued


Food delivery for Winchester’s Trinity Centre for the Homeless

Just as the winter starts to take hold it seemed timely to organise a delivery of store cupboard food for the Trinity Centre. Winchester member Jo managed to find individual coffee/milk/ sugar sachets in Poundland and bought 12 packs of … Continued


Orange the World – Supported in Winchester #HearMeToo

At the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, local Soroptimists added their voice to the international campaign to end violence against women and girls around the world. Soroptimist International of Winchester was one of the groups … Continued



Former Member Makes a Visit

  Former SI Winchester member Margaret Bluck who emigrated to Canada two years ago came for a visit and met up with Jennifer Laute and Gina Bird. Margaret is a member of Zonta, in Canada, an organisation with similar aims … Continued


Winchester Members Support the Community

Despite heavy rain the Winchester Half Marathon was a great success. Once again Winchester Soroptimists Myra and Gina took up their station at 8 am to check, receive baggage and wish the runners well.   Because of the weather the … Continued



Women in Aviation – Pauline Vahey to speak

We are delighted to announce our speaker for our supper meeting on Monday 15 October: Pauline Vahey. Pauline is the Director of Aviatrice Ltd, a Board Director of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, a former Chairman of the British … Continued


Sad loss of Dr Jan Harding

We are sad to report the loss of Dr Jan Harding, who was a member of SI Winchester for many years. She joined our Club in 1993, not long after she and her husband Arthur moved to Alresford. She was … Continued


Living the High Life at the Royal Garden Party

Julie Blackwell from SI Winchester attended the Royal Garden Party on 5 June 2018. This is her report of the day: I was delighted that I was successful to be representing SIGBI on one of the tickets offered to members. … Continued


Murder, Mystery and Intrigue!

At our sell-out Murder Mystery Supper fundraiser in Twyford a great evening was had by all. We were held in the grip of the suspense of the unfolding dramatised murder story as we enjoyed our three course meal.  The players … Continued


Christmas Celebrations

Members, partners and friends enjoyed a festive meal together at the Golden Lion in Winchester. Excellent food, good company and a brain teasing quiz all added to a fun evening. Members brought donations of gifts for youngsters at the Winchester … Continued





Teddies in Transit: the Soroptimist Delivery Chain!

When a message came through from SI Ellesmere Port to ask if we could help with the transport of 75 teddies they had knitted to Lullaby Africa, a charity based in Winchester, we were pleased to help. Fellow Soroptimists from … Continued



Learning about Dementia

Members increased their knowledge and understanding of the causes, symptoms, diagnoses, treatments and caring for people living with dementia when speaker Dr Tracey Eddy, Consultant Psychiatrist OPMH spoke to our October supper meeting. Tracey described symptoms, explained behavioural and physical … Continued

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Working in partnership

On Sunday 23 September club members Gina and Myra (pictured here) worked in partnership with Winchester Half Marathon to help with stewarding duties. Both of them enjoyed the day of volunteering and were pleased to learn that their day’s contribution … Continued


A Treat for Gin Lovers!

Members of SI Winchester, friends and family members enjoyed a visit to Bombay Sapphire’s distillery in Hampshire. The sun shone as we toured the plant. We were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the botanical glasshouses, where displays of the … Continued


Coffee Morning at Myra’s

Members of SI Winchester welcomed guests and neighbours to an informal coffee morning at the home of member Myra Clare. Donations for coffee, a raffle and a bring and buy stall together realised some £200 for the Winchester Women’s Refuge. … Continued


Midsummer Picnic for Winchester Women’s Refuge Residents

The last day of National Picnic Week saw members of SI Winchester working in partnership with students at St Swithun’s School Winchester to  entertain mums and children from our local women’s refuge at a midsummer picnic.         … Continued


Virtual Doctors Assisting Healthcare in Zambia

At a recent meeting, members of SI Winchester heard from Ros Bird of Virtual Doctors about how the charity is helping doctors and health professionals to improve healthcare in Zambia. The charity, which was started ten years ago, links health … Continued



Three New Members for Salisbury Satellite

Members of SI Winchester travelled down to join members of the Salisbury Satellite Group for a meal on Monday 8 May and were pleased to welcome three new members to the Club. Teresa Wells, Karyl Amon-Roberts and Jane Attwell Thomas … Continued


Outgoing Joint Presidents receive thanks

After two busy and demanding years, joint Club Presidents Pat Abbott and Jenny Stratford were thanked for their leadership and hard work by all members of SI Winchester at the Club’s AGM on 10 April. Pictured here Pat (left) and … Continued


Returning member welcomed back

At the start of the AGM on 10 April, members of SI Winchester were delighted to welcome back to membership corporate lawyer Debbie Adams who has been working abroad for a few years. Debbie is pictured here being inducted back … Continued


Team Rubicon videos

Participants in the recent ‘Transforming Lives Together’ conference at Winchester University were inspired by the mission and videos of Team Rubicon, an organisation that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans to rapidly deploy emergency response teams in the UK … Continued


Guess how many 5p pieces?

Member Carol Forse is challenging SI Winchester members to guess how much is in the ‘5p bottle’ at the next business meeting.  The bottle is used to collect 5p fines from members who have forgotten to wear their badge to … Continued


Janet’s 90th Birthday Party with firework cake!

Long-time member of SI Winchester & District, Janet Ford, celebrated her 90th birthday at a lunch with over 20 members and friends at the Golden Lion in Winchester.   Janet, a retired Inspector of Social Services, was delighted and surprised … Continued


Transforming Lives Together Conference

At the Conference at the University of Winchester on Saturday 4 March, as part of the lead in to International Women’s Day, women from across Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and Surrey gathered at the University of Winchester to learn from a … Continued


Winner of Quiz!

Joint presidents Pat and Jenny present Chloe Jay with her £100 prize as the winner of our Quiz in aid of food bags for Trinity House.  Chloe had the highest score with 112 out of 127 – but she told … Continued


Inter-club collaboration

SI clubs Poole and Winchester have already collaborated on knitting hats and baby clothes for Nepal and now are working between regions with SI Thames Valley to send to a maternity hospital in Sierra Leone.  The latest consignment of knitwear … Continued


Pre-loved bras on their way to Africa

Si Winchester & District have joined with SI Poole to collect pre-loved bras. The bras are sent to 4 countries in Africa as part of a project to train women in business skills. Each woman gets 100 bras and business … Continued



Trinity Food Bags Nov 2016

Carol and Gina completed the packing of the latest batch of food bags for Trinity House in one afternoon in Carol’s kitchen!  Fundraising from the Quiz purchased plenty of food to bag up, 453 items in total . These were … Continued


New books from our jewellery historian member

SI Winchester & District member Beatriz Chadour-Sampson, who is also an internationally renowned art and jewellery historian and author, is launching two new books in London and New York in early November: Barbara Cartlidge and Electrum Gallery: a Passion for … Continued


Babywear on its way to Nepal

Winchester & District members are supporting SI Poole’s project to knit baby hats for Nepal and have found an ingenious way to save postage through Soroptimist networks.  Dr Rosa Matheson, who lives in Swindon and is involved in charity work … Continued


New Salisbury member welcomed at Winchester meeting

New member Holly Hemsley was inducted to the SI Winchester & District club at their September business meeting and President Pat presented her badge.  Long term SI member Liz Batten, founder of the new Salisbury branch introduced Holly to members: … Continued


Buffalo Farm visit

SI Winchester members spent a beautiful summer evening in the pastoral setting of the Broughton Water Buffalo Farm near Stockbridge.  A visit to the pastures to interact wth a friendly bull, cows and calves, with an introductory talk by the … Continued