News February 2017


The speaker at the first meeting of the month was Anne-Marie Wilmott from Blood Bikes. She gave a very interesting talk about the organization and the very valuable work they do, not only transporting blood, but also medical items that are urgently required. As well as emergencies, there are regular runs every night as they service the Air Ambulance. Taxis used to be used, but they were not always consistent and of course were expensive. This service is purely voluntary and relies on donations from the public. After the talk and several questions from the floor, Joan Hetherington presented Anne-Marie with a cheque.


Although there was only a small group at the business meeting, due to half term and other events, quite a lot of important decisions were made, including proposals for members to take on the roles of President, President Elect and Treasurer. These will be ratified at the AGM. Plans are now in hand for the usual pink activities drawing awareness to breast cancer. This year there will be a Pink Concert/Dance, a Pink Party and hopefully the town shops decorating their windows again. The programme for the next year is well in hand with both fun events and interesting speakers. The club also agreed to take part on Daffodil Day with a stall at All Saints’.


The Tynemouth/Whitley Bay club celebrated its 70th birthday this month and the party took the form of a 40s afternoon tea, with attendees wearing forties outfits and the speaker being JennyB, a style consultant from Stocksfield. (Look her up on Google!) Members from Cockermouth enjoyed the afternoon and met up with old friends from the other clubs in the region.


Jane Inman, Regional President, also attended a function in Darlington where Professor Nicole Westmarland, Director of Durham Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse, gave a compelling and informative presentation. The club, along with all the others, continued to lobby MPs regarding the ratification of the Istanbul Convention on this subject and was delighted to hear that on 24th February, the bill had passed on the third reading and now goes to the Lords.


Soroptimist International of Cockermouth and District meets on the first and third Thursday each month at VeeVa!. If this sounds the kind of organization you might enjoy, you would be made very welcome. For more information, please contact us via the web-site. There is also an informal coffee morning on the second Monday of the month, at the Lakes Home Centre in Cockermouth at 10.30. Why not come along to that? We don’t discuss business there, we just chat!