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#Soroptimistsvolunteer To celebrate National volunteering week, we have asked the Soroptimists of Winchester and District to tell us more about the range of projects they support on a volunteer basis. SI Winchester and District Members, Kay Linnell and Barbara Jeremiah:  Providing accountancy, tax and compliance services to a wide range of good causes. Winchester members Barbara and Kay provide vital accountancy, tax and compliance services to a range of community associations providing sports and allotment facilities, schools and charities for a fraction of the normal fees.  Two of which are featured below: Help Hoima Help Hoima is a Hampshire based charity which works closely with local people to support improvements in health, education and agriculture in Hoima district, Uganda. ROCHUN – Pay it forward The charity supports the purchase of education materials, libraries, schools and community centres to support underprivileged students struggling to access basic education.

AGM online

AGM online

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We were delighted as a club that we were able to hold our AGM online in April. Given the current situation this looks like the format for the next few weeks/months. We were able to discuss the ongoing projects and distribute our funds to local charities. In this we included the Winchester Women’s Refuge, the Churches of Winchester Nightshelter and the Trinity Centre for domestic abuse and people in need. There are many worthy causes and we concentrated on those we support on a regular basis. We are also delighted to welcome to the club four members from the recently closed SI Southampton – Jean Edwardes, Tref Mitchell, Jenny Titcombe and Doreen Davies. We also welcome a returning member Jenny Stratford and a new member Jeni Patrick. We will have further discussions to incorporate projects which may continue from the Southampton members and also to

Fish ‘n’ Chip Babies

Fish ‘n’ Chip Babies

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The situation of lack of clothing for new-borns in Nepal led to the name of ’fish ‘n’ chip babies’ as they were leaving hospital in newspaper. This was a few years ago and we have since had a team of knitters outside of the club who regularly provide us with beautiful knitted garments and hats to send out to where they are required. We have sent out a total of 340 knitted sets with 2 boxes going through Intercare – courtesy of member Jo Gilbertson. The knitters are outsourced volunteers and extremely prolific. Note that we are holding an event with SISE Region on Saturday 12 September in support of The Big Story ie Empowering Girls in Nepal. This is the Federation project. We will be holding a lunch event at the Gurkha Museum in Winchester with the founder of this programme Philip Holmes. Watch

Girls4Girls & Boys news

Girls4Girls & Boys news

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We have been working with local schools for some years on the Pillow Case Dresses and this year we were able to send out several packages from participating schools. Over the years we have been making these, we have moved on to include boys, and sending out shorts, although the girls have been wearing the shorts under their dresses. We have a connection through our daughter club, SI Salisbury, Teresa Wells who founded EdUKAid and works in Tanzania. She has taken the dresses and shorts to a rural village called Mikindani in southern Tanzania where children were queuing to receive the clothes. This year we have had dresses from Henry Beaufort, Churchers, and Westgate schools. Letters were sent to local schools this year for their support and we received positive responses from Churchers, Wildern and Westgate schools. Barbara has presented textile books as awards to

Soroptimists stand up for Women

Soroptimists stand up for Women

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When it comes to standing up for women, we as a club will do our bit. At present we are sending additional donations to the Winchester Women’s Refuge, the Trinity centre and the Night Shelter. It is a difficult time and many of our charities are suffering from a slow down in funding.  On a wider scale we have heard that the Purple Community Fund in the Philippines is suffering as the ring pull items cannot be sold in the present circumstances. It is impacting on the international agencies to support the poorest inhabitants as the Government is unable to do so. Closer to home the COVID-19 self isolation is resulting in increased reports of domestic violence in the home – which should be the safest place right now. This makes disturbing reading and impacts on services which are already stretched and can only respond

Soroptimists support The Fire Fighters Charity

Soroptimists support The Fire Fighters Charity

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The club was delighted to welcome Kerry James of The Firefighters Charity on 17 February. The club is keen to support Winchester projects and charities and this is one of the charities supported by the current Mayor of Winchester Cllr Eleanor Bell. The Mayor was also in attendance and introduced Kerry and also indicated why she had chosen this charity during her year of office. She said, ‘On looking through the charities supported over the last twenty years, there was no mention of The Fire Fighters Charity.’ Given that so many recent environmental disasters require the services of Fire Fighters, not just in the UK, it is a very important resource. Kerry explained that they offer many tailored programmes to fire fighters, both serving, volunteers and retired. They offer Rehabilitation, Recuperation and Respite with nursing services given by those who fully understand the job, many

SI Winchester and Number 63 Gin

SI Winchester and Number 63 Gin

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At the recent Number 63 AGM on 25 January 202, there were some very positive reports and initiatives. One of these was greeted with much support as the launch of ‘Number 63 Gin’ was announced. This is now available to order through the Number 63 website at a cost of £30 per bottle plus £5 p&p. You’ll find details in the News and Offers page. Of course Soroptimists do not do things by halves and this product is no exception. The design was carefully thought through, as well as the botanicals content for the spirit. Gorilla Spirits Co Ltd was asked to develop a suitable mix. The gin lies on the citrus side and orange is one of the botanicals used in its make-up. This is reflected in the label design, which was produced by Barbara Jeremiah of SI Winchester. She says, ‘It seemed right

Supporting Winchester Firefighters Charity

Supporting Winchester Firefighters Charity

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We look forward to welcoming Kerry James from the Firefighters Charity in Winchester at our supper meeting on Monday 17 February. We have selected this charity for a fundraiser Quiz on 24 April, as it is one of the charities supported by Winchester Councillor Mayor Eleanor Bell. She will attend the supper meeting on 17 February. We are keen to learn more about the charity and what else we might do to help – Helping everyday Heroes to recover their Lives.

Project Integra

Project Integra

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We were delighted to welcome Abigail Cooke to speak to us regarding Project Integra at our last supper meeting. This is the Waste Disposal and Recycling programme in Hampshire. Abigail manages this department at Hampshire County Council and provides the service to its 1.1 million residents. The Council provides Waste Collection services and the Contractor Veolia is the Waste Disposal Contractor. Their main facility is in Cosham. Portsmouth and Southampton City Councils have their own Energy Recovery Facilities for waste disposal and these can be visited by the public. In any one year 475,000 tonnes of waste is non-recyclable and incinerated. 300,000 tonnes is recycled in a Materials Recycling Facility. The council requests that only plastic bottles are recyclable, along with tins and that these be clean, dry and loose so they can be easily sorted. Costs rise when other items have to be removed. Of

Women in History project award

Women in History project award

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This year SI Winchester were pleased to sponsor a prize for pupil work on women in history. The prize was awarded to Charlie Harder a year 9 pupil of Mountbatten School Romsey. James Brierley, head of history at Mountbatten School in Romsey is very keen to highlight the significant but often unsung roles women have played at key moments in our history. The award was made at a prize giving organised by the Romsey and District Society at Crosfield Hall Romsey on 15 October 2019, with thanks to RDS for allowing us to work in conjunction with them. Gina Bird from SI Winchester made the presentation to the winner. It was encouraging to see that it was one of the boys who had produced an outstanding piece of work on the topic. Appreciating the role of women in the past and promoting the role of

Afternoon tea with SI Essen

Afternoon tea with SI Essen

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We were delighted to host 8 members of SI Essen in Germany for afternoon tea on 4 October. Their President Sabine Reimann contacted us through our website to say that they were planning to come to Winchester for a weekend and could we meet up. The initial contact came about when one of our members, who works for international collections on a self employed basis, Beatriz Sampson, gave a lecture to the Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft (German British Society) in Essen about the V&A and Sabine Reimann had attended and spoken to Beatriz. The lecture evening had been arranged by the Soroptimists and the Society. Beatriz had been a member of SI Munster in Westphalia before coming to England and she has been consultant curator to the Jewellery Gallery some years ago in the V&A. We enjoyed a visit to the Pearls exhibition there which Beatriz had

Honour Based Violence

Honour Based Violence

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As supporters of the Winchester Women’s Refuge we were delighted to welcome Dwinder Singh and her lovely eldest daughter Lux to tell us of her personal story of Honour based marriage and subsequent domestic violence. Dwinder is a Sikh and as such had to conform to her family’s wishes when it came to marriage. At 17 she was married and pregnant shortly afterwards. Without going into specific details her story from then on became one of suffering domestic abuse/violence from her husband and her family and his family and concern for protecting her young daughter. She was never alone to be able to make contact with any other people and the opportunity arose when she her husband was out of the house and she, with daughter, managed to escape to see the doctor. The doctor was concerned that the child was being mistreated and wanted

SI Salisbury Charter event

SI Salisbury Charter event

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As Mother club to the new SI Salisbury club, members were delighted to attend the Salisbury Charter event on the evening of 3 August. The club has been the mission of Liz Batten (then a member of SI Winchester) over the last three years. The Salisbury club closed in 2006 so it still had a presence in the town and Liz was keen to enlist new members to carry on the good work the previous club had started. Imagine how delighted she was after patience and support from SI Winchester that she has recruited 20 ladies committed to the SI Vision and Mission and was able to charter the club. The event was held in Salisbury Cathedral cloisters, a fitting venue for such an occasion, with the Mayor in attendance. Federation President Sue Williams was there to charter and also many of Southern Region’s clubs

Teddy Bears Picnic

Teddy Bears Picnic

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The club decided on a summer fundraising event to be held at the home of Barbara Jeremiah and Kay Linnell. The event was to be a Teddy Bears Picnic, with bears coming free with their owners. We were delighted to welcome members from SI Southampton as well as SIW club members and friends. There was a good turn out and the weather on 13 July was just right. The picnic is always well catered for at Brick Kiln Cottage with the whole garden being used. We made a nominal charge and total for our charity fund reached about £300. Myra Clare’s Teddy Bear won a prize for being the oldest bear and a passport for future travel as time progresses. Pooh Bear received a jar of honey and Barbara’s bear was the best dressed. In addition to the bears at the picnic, the resident peacock

The Vyne and Madame Mayor

The Vyne and Madame Mayor

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We were delighted to have the Lady Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Eleanor Bell, at our supper meeting this week at the Holiday Inn Winchester. The speaker was Hollie Ryan from the National Trust property The Vyne and we had an excellent turnout with members from SI Southampton and friends and guests. We were keen to know the Mayor’s charities for her year and how we might be able to help. We were also able to show her the projects in which SI Winchester club is involved. Her charities include the Firefighters Charity, Winchester First Responders, Winchester Hospice and the Children’s Society. We look forward to her making a return visit. Hollie was an enthusiastic speaker and told us about the history of the property and how it had been a favourite of the young King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. He enjoyed the hunting and

Picnic at St Swithuns School

Picnic at St Swithuns School

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This is our 5th annual picnic which we host for the mothers/families of the Domestic Violence Refuge held at St Swithuns School We also had several lovely volunteers (see below) to help us with the children. As the school has a small nursery there are lots of child friendly toys and an outdoor playground which we can make use of. Once they had enough to eat, the girls were kept very busy as we had some busy boys. Just to be sure of the weather, we held this inside but with easy access to outside when the sun broke through. The ladies enjoyed talking to us and the girls and were delighted with the opportunity to be in a safe anf friendly environment.

Alan Titchmarsh digs plans for Winchester Hospice

Alan Titchmarsh digs plans for Winchester Hospice

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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 County Hospital to put the first spade in the ground in what will become the garden at Winchester Hospice. The garden will allow patients and their loved ones to spend special time together. Alan, who is also a best-selling author and the Chancellor of the University of Winchester, was pleased to hear that such a space is being planned for the hospice. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to have this space within the grounds of Winchester Hospice to create a place where patients and their loved ones can spend time together enjoying the outdoors,” he said. “Gardens are an extension of any space, and having a

SIW Recruitment Drive

SIW Recruitment Drive

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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 us more Winchester-centric. On Friday 8March, International Women’s Day, we were able to set up a display stand in an area of the Hampshire County Council offices (in Winchester) known as The Street. This is an area close to the cafeteria where we were positioned from 12-2pm over lunchtime and were able to talk to quite a few ladies over this period. It was interesting to learn how many commuters to Winchester work from these offices so we were able to spread the word about Solent East and Southampton clubs. Gina Bird and Julie Blackwell manned the stand to talk about the Winchester projects and

Alresford Allsorts donation

Alresford Allsorts donation

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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 for some of the Allsorts members and vehicles to be present. SI Winchester supports local charities including Trinity House in Winchester and the Women’s Refuge as well as international and overseas charities which the SI organisation supports. Julie Blackwell said, ‘The Allsorts have requested the donation to be sent to the Women’s Refuge in Winchester and as our club already supports this along with Trinity House, the day centre for domestic abuse victims, this is a generous gift from their members and will doubtless be much appreciated. The Allsorts were looking to support the Refuge so this is a perfect match. The motoring club has

Jane Walker MBE – Purple Community Fund

Jane Walker MBE – Purple Community Fund

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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 the problems impoverished women and families to improve their lives. She was able to give us an update of her charity and how over 20 years she is now embarking on an Upskills programme which allows more people to turn trash into saleable items. The charity now employs the parents of the children it initially started to help and giving people a new self esteem and sustainable future. The most familiar items created for sale to bring money into their lives is the recycling of ring pulls from drinks cans to make stunning jewellery and bags, some of which we have sold successfully in the

Abbey House Sensory Garden

Abbey House Sensory Garden

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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 and update the plaque to remind visitors of our involvement. It’s a valuable asset and we need to remind ourselves of what we can do.

Winchester Soroptimists – Women making a difference

Winchester Soroptimists – Women making a difference

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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 9 March at the Quaker Meeting House, 16 Colebrook Street, Winchester SO23 9LH for coffee, cake and a chat from 2-4pm. You’ll find out about our projects, from supporting the Women’s Refuge in Winchester to twinning toilets in Africa. Soroptimist International is a global women’s organisation with consultative status at the United Nations. As a member you can be involved in changing perceptions, lobbying government and highlighting women’s issues. We look forward to seeing you on 9 March. For more information please visit www.sigbi.org where you can also search the SI Winchester website.

The Mary Rose, Past, Present and Future – Monday 18 February 2019

The Mary Rose, Past, Present and Future – Monday 18 February 2019

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Our speaker on Monday 18 February 2019 will be Margaret Braddock, a member of the Information Group of the Mary Rose Trust.   Margaret has been actively involved with the project since before the recovery in 1982 and she was present at key landmarks over the past 30 years. Her talk covers the momentous events in the life of the ship, namely the sinking, the rediscovery, recovery and display. Her talk, The Mary Rose, Past Present and Future covers the momentous events in the life of the ship, namely the sinking, the rediscovery, recovery and display. She will show illustrations of the exciting museum which unites the ship with the artefacts, which she will be bringing, giving us insights into the lives of the men who lived and died on The Mary Rose. The meeting will take place at the Holiday Inn, Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester at

Female Health – where do we start? Our speaker on Monday 21 January 2019

Female Health – where do we start? Our speaker on Monday 21 January 2019

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‘Female health – where do we start? From conception to older age’   Jackie Porter is the County Councillor representing the Itchen Valley Division since 2005, representing residents, voluntary organisations and businesses in the area, and is the County’s Lib Dem spokesperson for children right across Hampshire. She is also Winchester City Councillor for the Worthys. Jackie is a school governor and a trustee of several different charities in the Winchester area. As well as sitting on the Council, Jackie is the non voting deputy on the Cabinet (Leisure Centre) Committee. She also serves on the Housing Appeals Committee and is a deputy on the Kings Barton Forum. Jackie spoke to the Club on Monday 21 January about women’s health. She took us through the ‘Seven Ages of (Wo)Man’, spelling out the health issues associated with each stage of life and the care and support associated

Fundraising for South Africa!

Fundraising for South Africa!

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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 added the challenge to our members of having a £1 guess as to the total collected. The total collected over about a year was £46.20 and with the additional funds collected from the ‘guess the amount’ competition, a total of £66.20 will be sent to the Region for the Mamelodi Project. The winner of the competition was Kay Linnell, who wins a book token as a prize. Congratulations to her!

Introduced via India!

Introduced via India!

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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 her nearest Club, and the rest is now becoming history! At our meeting on 7 January 2019 Myra Clare (left) was pleased to welcome Caroline into the Winchester Club. Caroline is a lawyer by profession, has three daughters and she is now also a grandmother. She has always had an interest in social and justice issues, and has also been a foster mum. Speaking to the rest of the Club as they welcomed her to membership, she said: ‘I felt so welcome at my first meeting of the Winchester Club. Thank you for being so friendly, I am looking forward to taking part in all

Sad News of Arlene Fisher

Sad News of Arlene Fisher

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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 1983 and 1995, and later as Programme Action Officer and then as Club Secretary. In 1999-2000 Arlene was Regional President of Southern England. Arlene will be sorely missed for her active participation and commitment to our organisation, strong views on programme action issues, her friendship, and her sense of humour. She had been a very regular attender and active participant at all Club meetings and events, until her failing health prevented her from doing so, which was a real frustration to her. Our thoughts are with Ray, her devoted husband of 55 years, who has always been a great supporter of Arlene and all the

Food delivery for Winchester’s Trinity Centre for the Homeless

Food delivery for Winchester’s Trinity Centre for the Homeless

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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 6 and delivered those  along with toiletries donated by friends and empty containers, for take away food, from club members. A Tesco ‘shop’ was also organised and delivered to make sure that there is plenty of nutritious food for homeless people in Winchester using Trinity’s valuable services as the days get colder and the nights longer.

Orange the World – Supported in Winchester #HearMeToo

Orange the World – Supported in Winchester #HearMeToo

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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 who supported the event in Winchester on Monday 26 November for Community First against Domestic Violence. The University of Winchester has formed a choir with some of the ladies from Trinity House, the agency which houses women escaping from domestic violence. The choir has written a song which tells of their experiences and the support from Trinity. This has been recorded with help from the University. The choir sang several times between the hours of 11am and 1pm and attracted attention where we were in a position to talk to bystanders. The police are in support of this initiative and were also in attendance. The

The Purple Community Fund – Jane Walker MBE on Monday 18 March 2019

The Purple Community Fund – Jane Walker MBE on Monday 18 March 2019

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For a number of years the club has been selling Purple Community Fund hand made items in support of the charity and the women who make them. On Monday 18 March we will welcome back Jane Walker MBE, CEO for the charity. She spoke at our day conference in Winchester in March 2017, so we are pleased to welcome her back for an update on the work of the charity. In 2002, Jane Walker developed highly successful, poverty reduction programmes for disenfranchised communities in some of the worst slums in the Philippines.  Following her fantastic work, she was awarded an MBE in 2009 and won the Woman of the Year UK award in 2010.  Making the Philippine charity self- sustainable after 15 years, in 2016 Jane turned her attention back to the UK and is currently CEO for the Purple Community Fund, a charity that

Former Member Makes a Visit

Former Member Makes a Visit

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  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 and objectives. Margaret’s club does a lot of work supporting the world scholarship students at Pearson College.

Winchester Members Support the Community

Winchester Members Support the Community

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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 entire race village was brought into the Guildhall. This gave the Soroptimists a great chance to network. We were very very busy once the runners returned . Everyone was very appreciative of our efforts.

‘Toilet Psychology ….a neglected area?’ our speaker meeting Monday 17 September

‘Toilet Psychology ….a neglected area?’ our speaker meeting Monday 17 September

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Our very own Dr Rosie Baker, retired Consultant Psychiatrist is our guest speaker at our meeting on Monday 17 September. As death and sex are no longer such taboo subjects this will be an exploration of one of the final taboos …….excretion ie weeing and pooing. These processes are linked to an assortment of intense emotions, mental disorders, personality traits and social attitudes. From psychoanalysis and mental illness to most of the  other medical specialities where there might be nervous or psychosomatic factors, and from bathroom graffiti to shameful fetishes, the psychology of the toilet offers surprising insights into mind-body  connections, culture and gender. Come and find out about the toilet habits of some of the great and famous ! The meeting takes place at the Holiday Inn, Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester at 7.30pm.  The cost is £16 which includes a two course meal. So come and find

Women in Aviation – Pauline Vahey to speak

Women in Aviation – Pauline Vahey to speak

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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 Women Pilots’ Association, Chairman of GAIN (General Aviation Infrastructure Network) and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Ambassador. Pauline has a passion for aviation and a wish to encourage more people – particularly women and girls  – into the industry. Her love of flying was born out of admiration for her late father, who flew Wellington Bombers during WWII. “He had some wonderful stories – such as flying a Wellington Bomber under bridges – and that inspired me,” she says. “I decided there were three things I wanted to do in life; explore the Amazon jungle, speak French and learn to fly. I have

Sad loss of Dr Jan Harding

Sad loss of Dr Jan Harding

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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 a great asset to the Club, with her extensive knowledge and expertise in the women’s movement, her deep concern for gender equality issues and especially, her professional expertise in STEM and related issues. She was President of SI Winchester twice; in 1997-8 and again in 2001-2 and she also served as our representative on the Winchester Domestic Violence Forum, which was originally established by our Club.   A very perceptive and committed member, she nearly always had that incisive observation or comment to make in a Club debate. Often ‘off the wall’, usually provocative, but always worth listening to, she offered wise advice and thoughtful

Living the High Life at the Royal Garden Party

Living the High Life at the Royal Garden Party

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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. I invited my sister to come with me and we made the most of the day.   We had cocktails in the Ritz to start with, and then walked through Green Park to join the queue for entry at Hyde Park. Talking to others, there were a variety of attendees, from those volunteering in hospices, to members of the Forces, education, sport, and individual charities and organisations. A friend of mine from Cumbria attended from her local council in Appleby as she had facilitated a trip for Prince Charles earlier in the year.   We walked through the gardens to the back of Buckingham Palace

Murder, Mystery and Intrigue!

Murder, Mystery and Intrigue!

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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 tested our investigation skills as they visited the tables during the meal so we could interrogate them to ‘assist our inquiries’! In the end only one table guessed the identity of the murderer correctly – the Salisbury Satellite Group (plus Rosie!) table under the pseudonym ‘Novichok Survivors’. A number of great raffle prizes encouraged us to buy tickets for the prize draw. In all a total of £1200 was raised which will be split between our chosen charities: RHCH mobile breast scanner appeal Solar lights for study in the developing world Winchester Women’s Refuge Thanks to the key organisers in the Club: Gina, Myra, Debbie,

Christmas Celebrations

Christmas Celebrations

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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 Women’s Refuge to wrap and give their Mums, as well as food cupboard supplies for the Refuge. A collection was taken in lieu of exchanging Christmas cards, for the International President’s Appeal, for which a total of £145 was raised.  

Club Visit to Women and the Royal Navy Exhibition in Portsmouth

Club Visit to Women and the Royal Navy Exhibition in Portsmouth

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Members of SI Winchester and members of the Salisbury Satellite Group met up to enjoy a visit to the exhibition at Portsmouth Dockyard which charts the history of women in the Royal Navy. ‘Pioneers to Professionals: Women and the Royal Navy’ covers women’s involvement in the services from the seventeenth century onwards, during both world wars, the Cold War, integration and beyond, running right through to today’s serving personnel. Women working in an official capacity for the Royal Navy were disguised as men prior to the establishment of the first female uniformed service – the Naval Nursing Service in 1884, later renamed the Queen Alexandra’s Naval Nursing Service in 1903.   The WRNS formed in 1917. A uniformed women’s involvement in the Royal Navy directly confronted gender equality issues, which still profoundly affect us today. As such, this exhibition highlights women’s involvement and impact from

January speaker – on charity supporting education in Northern Tanzania

January speaker – on charity supporting education in Northern Tanzania

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At our supper meeting on Monday 22 January we welcomed Nicky Jarman from the Goodall Foundation as our guest speaker. In October 2006, a 70 year-old English woman called Syliva Goodall, was travelling around a remote part of northern Tanzania. At a hotel, she bumped into a young Tanzania woman called Otilia and her baby son (left). They were both en route to different places, doing different things, leading very different lives. But their worlds connected at that moment, and they have been connected ever since. Sylvia Goodall took a quick photograph of Otilia with her son. On returning to England, she sent a copy of the photograph to Otilia, and from there they struck up a friendship. Sylvia later returned to Tanzania with her son, Andrew. When they arrived in Otilia’s village, they discovered a barren school and a community with limited resources. Otilia

Join us for an Evening of Murder and Mystery

Join us for an Evening of Murder and Mystery

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Members of Soroptimist International of Winchester and District invite you to bring your best detective skills and join us for an evening of intrigue, murder and mystery. See if you can solve the crime, and have an enjoyable meal with good company while you do so! Murder Mystery Evening     Twyford Village Hall 6.30pm for a prompt 7pm start Friday 6 April 2018 Tickets £15 (include a 3 course supper) Please bring your own wine E mail here to order tickets Murder Mystery Flyer       In aid of the following charities: RHCH mobile breast scanner appeal Solar lights for study in the developing world Winchester Women’s Refuge  

Teddies in Transit: the Soroptimist Delivery Chain!

Teddies in Transit: the Soroptimist Delivery Chain!

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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 SI Bournemouth pictured above, Bobbie White (r) and Liz Dominey (c) kindly helped by transporting the cuddly passengers from the handover at the annual conference in Cardiff. Safely delivered to Maggie, Treasurer of the Winchester based charity which runs mother-baby-bonding campaigns in Uganda and Kenya, the teddies were looking forward to the final leg of their journey – to Africa with love!            

Beatriz spoke with passion on ‘A Passion for Jewellery’

Beatriz spoke with passion on ‘A Passion for Jewellery’

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On Thursday 20 November at the Holiday Inn, Winchester, local Soroptimist, international jewellery expert and published author Beatriz Chadour-Sampson spoke to us about her book: “Barbara Cartlidge and Electrum Gallery. A Passion for Jewellery”   Beatriz says: “This is about the amazing personality Barbara Cartlidge who came from Berlin and lived most of her life in London. She was a strong woman, and her true story about escaping Nazi Germany is fascinating and very current.” Following the meal, Beatriz told Barbara’s story of escape and her life as a Jewish refugee in Britain, and describe her achievements in the field of contemporary jewellery. Barbara only died this year, and in the end was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease so Beatriz was keen to make sure that the achievements of this remarkable woman did not go undocumented. Born in 1922 in Berlin, the youngest of four Feistman children, Barbara

Learning about Dementia

Learning about Dementia

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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 changes. She talked through the varied types of dementia and explained the differences. She told members that dementia affects 1 in 14 over 65 year olds, 1 in 6 over 80 year olds and 1 in 3 over 90 year olds.  All members knew of someone amongst their families or friends living with this condition and were able to question Tracey about treatments, medications and strategies for helping to care for individuals. She advised members that there are steps everyone can take to maintain a healthy lifestyle and minimise chances of dementia occurring.  This includes: stop smoking, have a healthy diet, avoid/reduce alcohol intake, maintain

Working in partnership

Working in partnership

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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 entitles them to free entry to take part in next year’s marathon!  

A Treat for Gin Lovers!

A Treat for Gin Lovers!

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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 plants used to flavour the gins are grown.             We were interested to hear the story of one of the female pioneers of the company, Mary Dakin, who in the 1800s introduced a new process for enabling the botanicals to be infused through steam, enabling a cleaner distilling process and obviating the need to use small children to clean the inside of the still. A major improvement in working processes and a fundamental social change of its day! And to complete our tour we thought we should just check the output of the distillery was up to scratch. We enjoyed

Coffee Morning at Myra’s

Coffee Morning at Myra’s

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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. Thanks to Myra for hosting and to all who attended to support our charity.  

Midsummer Picnic for Winchester Women’s Refuge Residents

Midsummer Picnic for Winchester Women’s Refuge Residents

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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.           St Swithun’s girls hosted us in their lovely school grounds           The Soroptimist team laid the food out Soroptimists and St Swithun’s girls baked up a storm, and laid on a great spread of eats for our guests, savoury and sweet, including tasty fruit and veg and some yummy treats too.           Working together and hoping for good weather           All is prepared for our young guests The picnic went off without a hitch, the weather was good to us, all the mothers and their children enjoyed the day – the games and entertainment

Virtual Doctors Assisting Healthcare in Zambia

Virtual Doctors Assisting Healthcare in Zambia

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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 professionals in Zambia with GPs and medical specialists in the UK to provide  support via e mail using mobile phone technology. They now have 45 volunteer doctors in the UK supporting 31 sites in Zambia with a catchment area of 560,000 people. The UK doctors provide free advice and support to the local healthcare staff on diagnosis, treatment and prescribing of suitable medication for specific patients on request. One in ten children in Zambia will not reach the age of five and 14% of the population is HIV positive so there are serious health issues for all sections of the community. A particular problem is

Skittles, food and beer at Club Social

Skittles, food and beer at Club Social

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Members of SI Winchester, friends and family members let their hair down at an informal social at The Milbury’s in Beauworth, Hampshire recently. It was a lovely country pub in the evening sunshine with good food and good beer, great company, and we had a skittles alley all to ourselves! Team tactics under careful discussion While we were small in number, there were enough attendees for three teams and as you might expect, as at any Soroptimist fun event, competition was fierce – but friendly. Margaret in action, with team support! One last check of the scores….. ….and the winners are – Team B, despite one of our number being on crutches! Thanks to everyone for coming along to enjoy friendship, food and fun and especially to Margaret for organising and making it all happen!