What a wonderful evening of reflection and celebration as we marked the centenary of Women gaining the right to vote. We looked at the past, present and future. From a story of a Suffragette read by Pat Stevens whose Great Aunt Laura Ainsworth was a suffragette, to the view of a present day woman read by our President, Professor Helen Young, and then onto the future role of women through the eyes of 4 young ladies read by Becca Tucker and Tilda Snook.
An outburst from the Walcot State choir in the middle of the reflection made an impact which surprised the congregation replicating the outburst that the suffragettes made during a service held in Bath Abbey.
There were representatives from the Clergy (Rev Roger Driver and Rev Jane Haslam) as well as our own Soroptimist Sisters and other clubs including our regional President Daphne Dowsing who described the role and visions of Soroptimist International . Julie Cooper from Bath Business Women’s Association read a poem and we finished off with a rousing rendition of Jerusalem.
The evening was supported by the Lord Lieutenant for Somerset, the Mayor of Bath and Chair of the Council as well as many friends and women’s organisations and refreshments were available afterwards.
World Literacy Day 8th September 2017
We handed out free books to commuters and travellers at Chippenham Station to mark this special day. We had a great response and managed to fund raise as well. We were supported by local MP Michelle Donelan.
World Book Day
Take the time to read a book or lend a book to somebody. It’s never too late to learn.
Education is the key to ending poverty.
MARCH IS OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.
Why not hold a coffee morning and raise money for research towards this debilitating disease?
To find out more about this silent killer contact http://www.targetovariancancer.org.uk
“Railing against Abuse”
Clubs form the South West Region came together to mark the United Nations Day of Elimination of Violence against women.
We wore orange which is the international colour and we gave out book marks making people aware of the signs of abuse. We all met up at Bristol Temple Meads adn walked to the local charity Next Link who help women fleeing domestic abuse and then we walked to College Green and had coffee adn refreshments at the Lord Mayor’s Chapel. Tara Newley joined us on the rally and appreciated our participation.
‘Pretty in pink’ by the pool at the Federation conference at the Hilton hotel in Malta.
Members from all over the world came together to show their support for the breast cancer campaign.
Flower Bed Celebrating 90 years. Bath Council’s Parks Department has created this display at the bottom of Wells Road in Bath
International Day of Peace