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On Friday 14th June over 350 people came to Gloucester Cathedral for an extravaganza evening of wearable art hosted by Art Couture Painswick, (ACP) Create Gloucester (CG) and South Gloucester & Stroud College. (SGS).
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International Women’s Day was celebrated at the Friendship Café in Gloucester for the first time this year to celebrate women whatever their social backgrounds, nationality, work or financial status, faith or culture.
The number of guests totalled 260, many coming from the immediate area, others from across Gloucestershire and some travelling from even further away to make it to this wonderful evening. Invited guests included working partners, funders, friends of the Friendship Café and workshop leaders. The event also launched ‘Inspire @ The Friendship Café’, which is a new initiative to promote women’s services at the Friendship Café. The ‘Inspire’ committee were joined by 20 volunteers who helped to support the event which has received such positive feedback from all involved.
The evening started with an Aysha special welcome drink and then guests were invited to sign up to their choice of workshop (yoga, rangoli, planting, crochet and dorset buttons) and experience something different. Henna artists were also on hand to decorate hands.
The evening generated a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, with plenty of smiles and a chance to dress up (or down) to suit.
Guests were welcomed by Aysha who was followed by the speakers, Jenny and Bilkis from the ‘Inspire’ team, Bishop Rachel and Amirah Nandla. Each spoke briefly but importantly about issues affecting women today, in this country and abroad, and the need to keep inspiring young women to continue to follow their dreams and help make changes for women all over the world.
Food was ordered from local women who are setting up small catering businesses, and even that was international. We had samosas (Indian), spring rolls (Chinese), Batata Waras (Pakistani/Bengali) and Patties (Jamaican), Quiche (English), Chicken Shawarma wrap or falafel wrap (Syria) and also Maha Blanca (Phiilipines). The ‘Inspire’ team tried to make it truly international to reflect the communities we serve.
We ended the evening with some tips about how to look after ourselves followed by a prize draw. Gifts were donated by organisations, 'Inspire @ The Friendship Café’ team and the Friendship Café staff and friends.
It was a wonderful evening that aimed to inspire women of all backgrounds to be more involved and to be part of a new future for women.
This Year Summerfield sponsored:
Cheltenham Science Festival Lecture ‘True Cost of Humans’
This was a thought provoking discussion chaired by Alice Roberts, Biologist Adam Hart was joined by geographer and geologist Mark Maslin and ecologist and conservation scientist Georgina Mace to talk about the impact humans are having upon the planet, what we may expect to happen in the future and what we can do to reduce our impact.
People chose to attend the event because:
“Very interested in the subject matter and wanted to learn more about it”
“Subject appealed and a strong panel”
Thoughts that people attending the event
“The subject matter is very important to me - many of the suggestions of how to minimise our negative impact on the earth reaffirmed that I already try my best in all respects. The scientific knowledge offered is useful when talking about these issues with others as I feel I have a better understanding after this event”
“The enormity of the situation and what we can do as individuals to help”
The next Cheltenham event sponsored by Summerfield Charitable Trust will be:
The Cheltenham Literature Festival on Friday 12th October at the Town Hall from 6.15- 7.15pm and speaker will be The BBC News Presenter and Author, Mishal Hussain.
Cheltenham Festival’s Gamelan (funded by SCT) being played at the opening night of the Literature Festival
A substantial donation from Gloucestershire’s Summerfield Charitable Trust to Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court hospice will see more people offered the chance to receive specialist palliative care at home.