International Womens Day 8th March 2016

For International Women’s Day A World at School asked the world to get serious about #RewritingTheCode that keeps 63 million girls around the world out of school.

We shared photos on Facebook and Twitter of members holding signs with the embedded codes they would like to change including the #RewritingTheCode hashtag,


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BBQ – 16th August

Undeterred by a lack of sunshine, this event was enjoyed by guests from SI East Grinstead and SI Croydon as well as two potential new members and their husbands. The venue was Anja and Robin’s home, which is a conversion of the old Barcombe Station. Over £200 was raised for East Sussex Foster Carers Association.

Windmills of my mind

On 5th - 6th September Lewes members served tea and cake at an Artwave Lewes Event held in Barcombe, which featured an artist, a willow weaver and a wood worker. A total of around £270 was raised for NSPCC and East Sussex Foster Carers.

Club Meeting - Tuesday 9th June
Having control over our bodies: reconstruction post surgery or not?

Gill Roberts spoke with humour and passion about her breast cancer and the decision she made not to have reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy. She highlighted the difficulties faced by women who would rather be ‘flat and fabulous’ particularly when many surgeons are reluctant to remove a ‘healthy’ breast and assume that reconstruction is part of the treatment. Gill also passed round two forms of prosthesis and Members were particularly taken with the blue ones from the ‘Knitted Knocker’ ladies!
Members shared their experiences of breast cancer and offered advice and contacts in relation to the potential funding of the charity that Gill had set up to provide information and support to women so that they are aware that reconstructive surgery is not their only option.

Club Meeting - Tuesday 14th July

The speaker was Linda Etheridge from RISE, a Brighton based charity running shelters and advice services for victims of domestic abuse. Her talk gave us a better insight into the types of victims who suffer and how RISE goes about helping those referred to them. Like most other charities, funds are shrinking and it is becoming ever harder to meet demand.
As an example of networking, Anne mentioned an Eastbourne quilting group had made two quilts for children in Nepal but had no idea as to how they could deliver them. One member, Trish, is an Eastbourne Soroptimist who contacted Anne for help. Susmita, an ex-Pestalozzi student, now studying at Brighton University, was staying with Anne for a few days prior to her flight to Kathmandu. Susmita delivered the two quilts to Ram for girls at Bloom Nepal School. Two little girls, who had lost their homes and possessions, won the quilts in the draw. They were thrilled with their quilts

On Sunday 7th June 2015 SI Lewes club member Amanda Hamblin and her husband Bryan kindly opened their magnificent garden in aid of the NSPCC and Foster Carers. On a sunny day, guests enjoyed a substantial afternoon tea with a glass of bubbly. Around £900 was raised for the two charities.
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On 21st May 4th 2015 Lewes Guides had two visitors from Lewes Soroptimists, Rosalyn St Pierre the current President, and Ruth O'Keeffe, a local member. 
4th Lewes Guides have helped the Lewes Club with fundraising events for charity, and Rosalyn and Ruth attended the meeting to present a cheque for the Guides as a thank you for all their support.  Rosalyn said "We have much appreciated the Guides help, and look forward to seeing them again at fundraising events.  It is very good to have made a link with the 4th Lewes Guides"  Ruth  said "I really enjoyed meeting the Guides again and being able to help with ironing their new tie dye 'neckers' which they have made for camp!" You can see some of the 'neckers" in the picture.
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4th Lewes Guides and Guiders Carla and Lisa with Rosalyn and Ruth presenting the cheque for £100. Picture kindly taken by David Reed.