A Writer’s Life for Me

On 26th February we had a highly entertaining talk from Harry Duffin, husband of club Secretary Chris, recounting anecdotes from his thirty year career writing for TV series such as Howard’s Way and top soaps, Eastenders and Coronation Street.

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SI Lewes Wooden Horse Racing Evening - 21st February 2015

An enjoyable fun evening organised jointly with the Lions at Lewes Town Hall raised over £800 for charity.

Women in the Law

On 26 November we had an interesting meeting with mother and daughter Veronica and Melanie Carter speaking on "Women in the Law: a perspective over two generations".
Two new members, Beverley Wakeford-Brown and Edwina Griffith were inducted by Regional Vice-President Susie Forbes
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Quiz Night

On 28th October we held a fun Quiz Night, conducted by Chris Duffin and friends, at the John Harvey Tavern in Lewes. £65 was raised for club funds.

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Jail Tales - 23rd July 2014

At their last session before the summer break, Lewes had a very entertaining meeting in which club secretary, Chris Duffin, related Jail Tales from her career as a Prison Governor, including Strangeways and Dartmoor. Her talk was followed by a very good discussion on current statistics and the changing situation in British prisons.

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The Bond Bench

The "Bond Bench,” painted for the National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art, by Lewes member Freyja Dean received a lot of coverage on Facebook, Twitter, the BBC, the Guardian and the Telegraph. It was located in Bloomsbury Square Gardens by the British Museum. Freyja has more recently been busy decorating the elephants guarding the entrance to trading Boundaries in Fletching

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News from South Africa

Lewes member, Natalie Armitage, has sent the Club a post card from Cape Town thanking the club for their support. Natalie is researching for her Radical Reconciliation Dissertation Project. Weekly Blogs from Natalie have been circulated to club members. She has also attended two meetings of SI Cape of Good Hope while in Cape Town.

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On the 25th June 2014, after presenting a lively interactive workshop on Voice Matters, SE Regional President Jacque Emery presented cheques to club members Amanda Hamblin DL for the NSPCC and Sue Walton, Chief Executive of the Pestalozzi International Village. The NSPCC was the chosen charity of IPP Sarah Mackintosh. Anne Hudson supported the Pestalozzi International Village Trust during her Presidential Year.
Rosalyn St Pierre read a letter of thanks from a young disabled woman in Barcombe for the contribution the club had made towards the cost of lowering a kerb to facilitate wheelchair access.
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Female Genital Mutilation

For the first meeting of Amanda Dean’s Presidential Year on 28 May, Lewes Soroptimists and guests had a great talk from local MP, Norman Baker, Minister for Crime Prevention about the Government's strategy to try to eliminate Female Genital Mutilation in Britain. A brutal and dangerous practice which is not a religious requirement just a cultural tradition. The figures are staggering. A survey carried out in 2007 indicated a potential 20,000 girls under the age of 15 were at risk and 60,000 women are living with the consequences of FGM. There really is a need for more work to be done to stop this gruesome procedure.
Later in the meeting Anne Hudson presented Amanda with a gift from Friendship Link Club SI Kathmandu.

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