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See in the autumn with colour and inspiration

This autumn sees women from all over the area coming together for two “inspiring” events.

First on the agenda is the Inspired Women BIG Conversation on September 26.

Inspired Youth has been running various Inspired Women projects in schools across Norfolk and Suffolk, involving hundreds of young women and local businesswomen.

This will be the second Inspired Women BIG Conversation and the chance to hear from some of those who have been involved with Inspired Women in schools and in the world of work.

The events is free and gives women the chance to share their thoughts on subjects including what makes a person inspiring and how they can help young women, how self-esteem and self-confidence impacts on life choices and the next step for the organisation.

The events will run from 8.30am to noon at The Space, Roundtree Way, Norwich. For more information see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inspired-women-big-conversation-2017-26-sept-tickets-31061388449.

On October 12, the venue switches to Sprowston Manor Hotel and the emphasis is on colours for the Inspired Women charity event Girls Night Out 2017.

The theme is I’m Every Colour to celebrate all the different colours that represent women. Marketing manager Jenna Rich said: “We’d love everyone who comes along to dress in your favourite colour to help us make the event as colourful as each of you.”

It’s the third year for Girls Night Out, which aims to give local young women the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of an audience, to be pampered and entertained.

The funds raised on the night will be used to support the Inspired Women mentoring programme for young women across Norfolk, as well as raising money for partner charity BREAK.

The evening will include a fashion show, pampering stands, shopping stands, goody bags for the first 50 through the door, a raffle plus more.

Earlybird tickets are available for £8until September 27, after which the full ticket price will apply of £9. Group discount bookings are also available.

See more and book at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/girls-night-out-2017-sprowston-manor-12-october-2017-tickets-33660168470

Jenna Rich is ready with a smile

Support for women through that ‘tricky period’

Homeless women and females on low incomes will benefit from a new service set up to provide free sanitary products at Norwich’s main libraries.

The Tricky Period project involves the libraries taking donations of products and handing them out to people who cannot afford them, with no questions asked about proof of eligibility.

Staff at Tuckswood, Earlham, West Earlham, Mile Cross, Plumstead Road, St Williams Way and The Millennium libraries have been taking in donations of tampons, sanitary towels and carrier bags for the last few weeks ready to start the scheme on Thursday, September 28.

Community librarian Caroline Varney-Bowers is behind the project. She said: “I became aware of a project called The Homeless Period where homeless women struggle to afford these items and did some further research about period poverty. I found this is also an issue for young women from low income families and sometimes leads to girls missing school during their period.

“Library staff have been hugely supportive of starting up this service and we have already had some donations.”

Order forms will be available in Norwich Libraries at the staff desk (at The Millennium Library this will be the ground floor joining desk). Customers can tick the products they require and hand in their form at the desk and receive the items they need.

Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s communities committee, said: “It’s fantastic that our library staff have set up this service which will help vulnerable women and girls in Norwich. As well as the problem of affordability, this could potentially improve women’s health, as there are risks associated with not changing sanitary products regularly. The Tricky Period may also help to reduce period related truancy from school or time off work. I would encourage library users to support the project by making donations of supplies.”

Norwich foodbank is supporting the project as they are acutely aware that many who access their services find it very difficult to ask for these items.

Norfolk County Council’s Library and Information Service works closely with the council’s Public Health team on the Healthy Libraries project to improve awareness, information and support around health and wellbeing to people living in Norfolk.

This also includes supporting and promoting public health campaigns around issues including dementia awareness and reducing childhood obesity. Libraries work with local and national organisations to host events which encourage people to improve their health and wellbeing.
The service is available during library opening hours.

Just Regional is keen to support this initiative and we have offered to our offices as a point for anyone who would like to donate sanitary products. Just drop your donations off to our HQ in Penfold Street, Aylsham, NR11 6ET and we will make sure they get to the libraries in Norwich.

Editor Gay Webster said: “This is something which most women take for granted, that they have access to sanitary pads and tampons. It’s only right that all women have that choice and we are happy to be part of this worthwhile scheme.”

First female captain in Cromer Golf Club history

Royal Cromer Golf Club has achieved an important milestone in its history with the election of Jayne Jones as the first female club captain in its 129-year history.
Jayne was elated to receive the unanimous support of the membership vote to elect her as captain for the 2017 season, saying: “It is with immense pleasure that I accept the role of  club captain. I am here to serve the members, the committee and all of our fantastic staff. I am so looking forward to working alongside the whole team and together to take the club forward.”
Jayne identified the development of the junior section as a particular goal for 2017 and was delighted that a partnership with Cromer Academy was recently agreed to offer free coaching to its pupils.
Royal Cromer Golf Club was formed in 1888 and was immediately given Royal Patronage by the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII. Jayne joins a long list of distinguished individuals to be given the honour of representing the club as captain. The first was the Rev HC Rogers who graciously presented seven silver medals for competitions held during his year and was clever enough to win the only medal to be retained by its winner.

Rev Rogers has been followed by many important people including The Lord Suffield and Sir Samuel Hoare MP, who was the Home Secretary.
Now approaching its 129th year, Royal Cromer Golf Club continues to hold a prominent position amongst the nation’s golf courses and attracts visiting golfers from across the world.

Jayne is picture second left with Mick Baxter, vice-captain and ladies' captain and vice-captain.

Jayne is picture second left with Mick Baxter, vice-captain and ladies’ captain and vice-captain.