At their recent Skirting Science event Weston Soroptimists were delighted and proud to receive from Johnnie Halliday, High Sheriff of Somerset, an award for “great and valuable service to the community” in recognition of their Skirting Science project. This event has taken place annually for ten years and has introduced over 2500 girls to the huge opportunities STEM careers can provide and how varied and interesting they can be.
Also attending the event this year were Jane Sedgman and Jane Barrie, both Deputy Lords Lieutenant of Somerset and Kay Richmond and Liz Dominey of Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland. The Mayors of Weston-super-Mare and Hildesheim were also present with their consorts.
After presenting the award the High Sheriff spent time visiting some of the workshops which he described as “fascinating” and later said:
“It was a great pleasure and an honour for me to present you all with a thoroughly deserved Award for your innovative Skirting Science project and for all you do to show the potential of STEM opportunities for young women in North Somerset.”
Melanie David, President of Soroptimist International of Weston-super-Mare, said “We are thrilled to receive this award for Skirting Science. We are passionately committed to getting over the message to girls that science is exciting and an integral part of the way we live and that they should be getting involved too”.
From L-R – Johnnie Halliday, High Sheriff of Somerset, Ruth Thomas, Melanie David, Anne Graham and Susan Long – the four organisers of the event.