International Women’s Day

On Saturday 9th March, we hosted an inspiring and empowering event to celebrate International Women’s Day. The event, held at Emmanuel’s Yard brought together members of the community to commemorate the achievements of women both locally and worldwide, and discuss pressing issues facing women today.

While the Town Hall undergoes refurbishment, this will be just one of the events we’re delivering elsewhere in the town. Although us not having a building presents a number of challenges, it gives us the opportunity to step out into the community.

The event, which was free and open to everyone, received an overwhelming response, with all 100 available spots filled weeks in advance. Attendees gathered for an evening filled with insightful discussions, delicious food, and a thought-provoking film screening.

The highlight of the event was a dynamic panel discussion featuring influential women leaders from the town. Hosted by Tracy Sullivan (Mental Health First Aid Trainer) who was joined by Detective Superintendent of Wiltshire Police – Sarah Robbins, Architect and Co-founder of BiBO – Pepper Barney, Owner of SASS Circus – Amirah Omran, Finance Director of UK Charity Emerging Futures – Rachel Notley, and Artist, Author and Entrepreneur – Nicola Davis. The panellists shared their personal journeys, challenges, and triumphs, offering invaluable advice and inspiration to the audience.

In addition to the panel discussion, attendees were treated to a delectable spread of food representing different cultures. There was authentic Lebanese cuisine from Dancing Flavours, delicious sweet treats from Kingfisher Bakery, delightful food from the Storehouse Café and a pop-up gin bar from the Still Sisters. The communal meal provided an opportunity for attendees to connect, share experiences, and forge new friendships.

The event concluded with a screening of ‘Typist Artist Pirate King’ – a film about the life and art of artist, Audrey Amiss, organised by Lorena Pino-Montilla who has been working with us to put on film events since 2017, connecting people through independent British and world cinema.

We’d like to say a big thank you to the funders, speakers, volunteers, and attendees who contributed to making the event a resounding success.