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November 2023 – Remembrance Sunday – Advent Calendars – Crime and Safety in Surrey – Bridge and Tea – Soroptimists Talk

16 Days of Activism

Getting the message up there about violence towards women and girls in the world

Soroptimist Jan represented SI Woking during the special walk in Walton-on-Thames to start the 16 Days of Activism – the United Nations Campaign to eliminate violence against women.

Remembrance Sunday


President Rozanne, accompanied by Soroptimist Jennie, laid the wreath at Woking Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday, 12 November 2023.

Advent Calendars

Members donated 52 calendars for children and 22 calendars for adults who are supported in Surrey by Your Sanctuary.

Crime and safety in Surrey

Lisa Townsend [Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner since 2021] was our guest speaker at our November Social Meeting.  She gave us a very thought-provoking and informative talk about her roles and responsibilities – and her thoughts on the way forward to support women and their safety both at home and out and about.

We were able to show her the Club’s new Safety Contact Cards. They raise awareness about the need to stay safe and offer a practical solution.  Writing your personal emergency contact numbers on the card ensures you aren’t stuck if your phone or your memory lets you down.  This pilot project has benefited from a grant from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner‘s Community Safety Fund.

Bridge and Tea – a winning combination

Our popular Bridge Tea event came up trumps again this year.

Many local Bridge enthusiasts responded to the offer to play at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Pyrford at the end of October 2023.  Members of SI Woking made and served a traditional afternoon tea of top-quality sandwiches and cakes and arranged a well-supported raffle.

The event aimed to raise money to help autistic women and girls in Surrey – and the result?  £660 will go to Appeer.

Appeer was founded by Joanne Dillworth to connect autistic girls with each other for mutual support and opportunities to learn, grow and enjoy themselves. Using a positive peer approach, Appeer empowers autistic girls and women to forge their  own paths to happy, healthy, and authentic futures.

Soroptimists Talk

…as well as do!  Two of our members, Sue and Christina, had a wide-ranging discussion about Soroptimist International about on Radio Woking recently.   You can listen to it here