News Sept 2016


Once again the local Soroptimist club has been very busy, though this month it has mainly been with social events and fun. A walking Treasure Hunt around Maryport was organized and several members and some husbands took part. The evening ended with a meal at the aquarium. At another evening eating was also involved, when members, again with some husbands, went to the Theatre by the Lake, enjoying a meal in the restaurant before the performance. The last bed-making session for this year took place at Calvert Trust and a fund raising evening is planned, in order to raise money to purchase some new bedding for next year.


A business meeting was held and after the official reports and general business, Martha Dewis reported on her Parliamentary Advocacy Training and informed the club that she will be attending an event at the Houses of Parliament. Several members will be attending the Impact Housing Domestic Abuse Awareness meeting. Then there was a Trafficking Awareness activity.


The Regional President Elect has a plan to make a large patchwork to take to Parliament, to coincide with the passing of a bill making companies responsible for ensuring ethical sourcing of clothing. (This is linked to the global blanket fashion campaign Stop the Traffick.

She would like every member in each of the fourteen clubs in the region, to produce a square. These will be stitched together to make our region’s contribution. So there was the whirring of sewing machines as members got to work. Each square will feature the maker’s name. Members have also knitted baby hats to support the Thames Valley club, which runs a maternal health project in Sierra Leone.


Other events during the month included the Carlisle Club lunch and the Regional meeting. At the latter, the afternoon speaker was a Penrith Soroptimist who volunteers with the charity Dogs for Good and she brought along her delightful puppy, Whisky.


Soroptimist International of Cockermouth and District meets on the first and third Thursday each month at VeeVa!. If this sounds like the sort of service organization to which you’d like to belong, or for further information, please mail our Secretary via the Contact Tab above or see our Facebook page. 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 we just chat!