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November 2022 – Orange the World – Period Dignity – Remembrance Sunday – Horsell Scrubbers – Local Author – Woking Volunteers

Orange the World

Once again, this is the time of the 16 days of campaigning against the violence women suffer.

Woking Council is marking the campaign like this:

This year, thanks to Surrey Hills Soroptimists, Godalming Town Council, the Chamber of Trade and Waverley Council are also helping the campaign.
 The Pepper Pot, a local landmark, is lit in orange for the whole 16 days, an orange flag is to fly for the whole period and the Town Council offices are to be lit orange too.  Godalming is truly ‘Oranged”!
Many Soroptimists were there, wearing orange, to see the switching-on ceremony on 26th November 2022.
Our sisters in County Durham remind us of the reality of the violence against women. They  have dedicated a plaque and a rose to the memory of Sarah Everard. Sarah, a former Durham student, was cruelly kidnapped and murdered by a serving Police officer in March 2021.
The rose and the plaque now have their place in the quiet courtyard garden of the Women’s Refuge in Bishop Auckland.

Period Dignity

Woking Soroptimists believe that it is really important to ensure period dignity for girls and women.

The principle is recognised now by the World Tennis Association: women tennis players will be able to wear dark underwear now.  Read more in this Daily Mail article.

So even though the UK’s Autumn Budget reminds us there are hard times ahead – harder even than now – Woking Soroptimists will go on supporting the Binti period dignity collection points. Our photo shows President Rozanne Rose and sister Soroptimists with their donations at Woking Library.

Remembrance Sunday

President Rozanne Rose, together with members of SI Woking & Distric,  attended the ceremony on Remembrance Sunday 2022.

She laid a wreath onthe Cenotaph in Jubilee Square in memory of all those who have given their lives for our freedom.

Horsell Scrubbers




Don’t miss the chance to see the fantastic patchwork by Horsell Scrubbers.  You can see their colourful memory of the Covid pandemic at Surrey History Centre in Woking.

Find out more about Horsell Scrubbers here.

Woking Volunteers

This year the Woking Voluntary Sector fair was held in Woking Leisure Centre.  Great to see so many caring charities under one roof!

Local Author

We always love to hear a local author speak about their work.  At this month’s Social Meeting, we were privileged to have Barbara Mutch with us.  She’s local but her books are set in places much further away.  Her latest novel, ‘Fire Portrait’, takes place in South Africa, in an earlier age.  We’re now all longing to read it!