Club News

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

Afternoon tea at Gina’s

On Sunday 30th July members joined Gina at her home for afternoon tea. At the previous supper meeting Gina had given a talk on her collection of Shelley fine bone china and invited members to afternoon tea so that they … Continued

Josh gives the prizes at catwalk show

SI Winchester & District members were invited to A Textiles Showcase at The Mountbatten School, Romsey, last week that included a ‘Girls 4 Girls’ catwalk show of pillow case dresses made by pupils.  Josh, a contestant on this year’s ‘Great … Continued

Operation Bra vo

 Peter Symonds College, Winchester, invited local organisations to contribute pre-loved bras to be pegged to washing lines across the college field on Tuesday 5th July, to raise awareness of the 60,000 people each year who are diagnosed with breast cancer … Continued

Salisbury Satellite First PAC Project

Painting a Brighter Future for Local Refuge Residents:   Local women setting up a new Soroptimist Cub in Salisbury got stuck in to their first project this week. Following in the footsteps of the previous Club in Salisbury, they have … Continued

Soroptimists Den Haag!

A group from  SI Winchester and District spent the weekend on a tour of The Hague in the Netherlands, organised by member Anna Elder.  It is a fascinating city of international peace and justice, home to many cultures.  Soroptimists from … Continued

Breakfast at the Good Life Centre

Continuing the theme of ‘Food’ for this year’s programme of speakers and activities, members visited the Good Life Centre at Headbourne Worthy this weekend for breakfast.  After a talk about the sourcing of local foods, the Centre offered a delicious … Continued

Supper meeting celebrates 2 new members

Two new members were inducted to the SI Winchester & District club at their supper meeting on Monday 25th Apil.  Joint President Pat welcomed Frances Dearn who previously belonged to a Soroptimist Club in London but now has time to … Continued

SI Milemakers at Southampton Half Marathon

Members of SI Southern England, including 4 representatives from SI Winchester & District, turned out in force to support the Southampton Half Marathon and related events on 24th April. Preparations had already begun the previous day, but nevertheless we got … Continued

Digging for a friend

It was a real pleasure to help a young friend who has a long-term illness but who wants her children to benefit from the delights of gardening. Her digging SOS was answered and with the help of some home- made … Continued

Behind the scenes at the British Library

Members of the SI Winchester club enjoyed a fascinating tour of the conservation centre at the Briitish Library, led by Dr Cordelia Robertson. Researcher Vania demonstrated the painstaking assembly of manuscript fragments found on the ancient Silk Route and, in … Continued

A minute’s silence for Betty

Barbara Jeremiah attended the memorial service of a very interesting Soroptimist, Mrs Betty Sugden MRCVS, at Hook, Hampshire on 22nd February of this year and brought back this story to our club, SI Winchester, where we held a minute’s silence … Continued

Food Bags for Trinity Winchester

SI Winchester are contributing to daily food bags that the Trinity Centre hand out to homeless people they support.  Carol, Gill and Arlene worked hard but had fun assembling the bags! (click on title for photos)   And one happy … Continued

Beetle Drive 30th January 2016

The Beetle Drive on the 30th January is the first programmed fundraiser of the year in aid of the charity: Children of Choba. Members are urged to please sell tickets to friends and family to ask everyone to do their … Continued

Prizewinners at schools

In a series of updates from schools taking part in the Girls 4 Girls pillowcase dress competition we have photos of pupils receiving their sewing machine prize at Mountbatten School … … and at Eggars School. Henry Beaufort sent links … Continued

Mayor awards prizes to local schools

At the SI Winchester Supper Meeting last Monday night, the Mayor of Winchester announced prizewinners in the 2015 pillowcase dress competition with local schools.   Teachers from Eggars School, Alton, Henry Beaufort School, Winchester, and The Mountbatten School, Romsey, represented … Continued

Mad Hatters’ Tea Party!

SI Winchester members, friends and family enjoyed a Mad Hatters’ Tea Party in Kay and Barbara’s lovely garden last Saturday 1st August. There was croquet after lunch, followed by cake for tea.  Competitions included tea tasting, most unusual teapot and … Continued

Members plan trip to the Hague

When: The weekend of 20 – 22 May. This is the only weekend in May that is not a long weekend in either UK or in The Netherlands.   How to get there? Fly to Amsterdam Airport; you take a … Continued


New President job-share

At Winchester SI AGM on April 13th President Julie handed over the chain of office to Pat and Jenny who will share the post for the coming year.  Julie was presented with a farewell gift and expressed her wish to … Continued

Members & guests enjoy Annual Dinner

On Saturday 28th March, President Julie, members of SI Winchester & District and their guests dined at Alresford Golf Club.  Guest speaker Prof Joy Carter, VC of Winchester University, is pictured here with Julie.  Her topic was the evolution of … Continued

Beautiful SI bags …

Carol has designed these beautiful bags from SI tea towels to sell for fundraising…

President Julie’s visit down under

In November President Julie accompanied her mother (from SI Nantwich) on a visit to relatives in Australia. In true Soroptimist style it was also an opportunity to meet with fellow Soroptimists and with a few well timed emails beforehand this … Continued

A Thousand Years of Caring ….

St John’s Winchester in 3 minutes At the supper meeting on 27th October, the new Director of St Johns’, Clive Cook, gave a brief history of the almshouse charity from its foundation in 934.  ‘For our future … we need … Continued

Summer Lunch in the Garden

What a great time we had – all thanks to our wonderful hostesses, Barbara and Kay. Happy moments captured by Carol’s camera.    

Dresses and shawls made for the Gambia

Not really known for their craft work, SI Winchester members have been putting long-forgotten skills to good use.   For more information on the Pillowcase Dress project click here.     Urged by Gerry Godwin, our Regional Ambassador for The BIG … Continued

Plaque honouring Founder Member unveiled

  Founder Member Veronica (Vee) Coleman-Rowthorn died peacefully on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2013. Vee would have been 100 years old the following month.  At our club meeting on 13th January President Liz Batten unveiled a plaque in her … Continued

Christmas Party 2013

Celebrating together in style at The Golden Lion …   To pause on a slide just “mouse hover” over it.             As usual we used the occasion to collect money for our International President’s 10th … Continued

Club donates five Malala books to local schools

Malala Yousafzai and her book need no introduction.*  Deeming it a “must-read” for all young women, the club decided to provide a copy to five local schools.  No doubt the schools have already ordered their own copies but we wanted to … Continued