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A Night at the Opera

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On 12th March Regional President Jane visited SI Lewes where Gilly Cant talked about why she started the support network Flat Friends.
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On 12th February in advance of FairTrade fortnight, Cllr Susan Murray gave a presentation on What is the future for Fairtrade?
Foster Children’s Christmas Party in Eastbourne Sunday 10th December 2017
For the fourth year running Lewes and Eastbourne Soroptimists teamed up with the East Sussex Foster Carers Association (ESFCA) at Christmas. While ESFCA puts on a huge Christmas party for over 130 East Sussex foster children, the Soroptimists set up a Christmas present room next door, so that the children can take a break from the party and choose a present for their foster parents. The children are helped to select, wrap and label the presents which they take home after the party and put under the tree for Christmas. The Soroptimists gathered the presents from donations and gifts from local shops and the proceeds of tea and cake sales from local artist, Philomena Harmsworth.
The foster children are included in the foster families’ Christmas and receive presents but they don’t have the resources to buy any themselves and so couldn’t experience the joy of giving. Lewes Soroptimists president Sue Walton said “this is the fourth year we have done this and it is my favourite Christmas event. It is lovely to meet the children who really think about what they want to give their foster parents; they carefully wrap and label the present. Once you have learnt the joy of giving you never forget it, it is a lesson for life and I am very happy we can help teach it. We are very grateful to everyone who donated presents.”
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On 13th November a well-attended open meeting heard Penny Hamilton talk about The Bedouin, their History, Culture and Jewellery.
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On Saturday 2nd September SI Lewes had a table at the Societies Fair in Lewes Town Hall. As well as promoting the club, members conducted a survey on awareness of Trafficking & Modern Slavery. 50 questionnaires were completed by members of the public.
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Soroptimists raise £1,400 from ‘A Night at the Opera
On Thursday 27th April 2017 guests of Lewes & District Soroptimists were treated to a magical evening of beautiful arias during ‘A Night at the Opera’. Rosalind Lloyd-Bostock, Olivia Sjöberg, Fabian Langgfuth and Mirjam Mesak , all graduates of the Guildhall School of Music, offered their wonderful voices free to help raise money for Bloom School in Nepal and local projects supported by the Soroptimists. The singers were accompanied by the brilliant pianist Michael Sikich. A selection of pieces from favourite operas including Bizet’s Carmen, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Puccini’s Le Villi, Dvoƙak’s Liebeslieder and Mozart’s Don Giovanni were sung in the atmospheric surroundings and perfect acoustics of St Michael’s Church, Lewes. An auction held in the interval, which included tickets kindly donated by Glyndebourne for the final rehearsal of La Traviata, brought the overall total raised to a magnificent £1,400. Vera Gajic, the Soroptimist’s Immediate Past President, said “The money raised will make a big difference to the charities that the Soroptimists support. We were stunned by the generosity of the audience and we would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the performers who made it all possible.”
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The Performers
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Pupils from Bloom Nepal School