A LONG-RUNNING Morpeth women’s group has a fresh face at the helm.
Trish Walker has been appointed President of Morpeth Soroptimists after four years as a member of the group.
Her programme theme for the year will be Art and Music and among the events she will be hosting will be an art exhibition at Hepscott Village Hall.
She said: “It is a privilege to be President in our 62nd year.
“I was invited to join the Soroptimists four year ago and feel very much involved in our projects within the community of Morpeth, our involvement in regional activities and events and in Soroptimist International worldwide commitments.”
Mrs Walker has chosen the Alzheimer’s Society as her charity of the year.
“We are very fortunate to have a local office in Morpeth and I am delighted to be able to help and support such a worthwhile cause,” she said.
“Continued research into Alzheimer’s disease is vital to help understand this complex medical condition and to also provide help and support to individuals and families.”
She added: “As women in the community we have a voice and we have an opportunity to be involved in projects that can make a difference.
“I have lived and taught in Morpeth for 23 years, which almost qualifies me to be a Morpethian.”
The first guest speaker of Mrs Walker’s year in office was Sue Dormer, who teaches at The Percy Hedley Foundation School and has a passion for the performing arts.
She described how important the subject is in the curriculum for a wide range of pupils of all ages, abilities and special needs, and explained that music and performing arts provide wellbeing skills, confidence and the opportunity for self-expression.
Soroptimist International is a worldwide organisation for professional women that seeks to advance human rights and the status of women through awareness, advocacy and action.
The Morpeth club meets twice monthly on a Tuesday evening at Morpeth Golf Club. New members are welcome and more information can be found online at www.morpeth-soroptimists.org