President Sue Williams with Paula Manfield from OXFAM Boroughbridge
President Sue Williams with Paula Manfield from OXFAM Boroughbridge

Charity shop window competition – Soroptimist Cup won by Oxfam Boroughbridge


Harrogate and District Soroptimist’s are delighted to announce the winners of the newly launched Charity Shop Window Competition. This year the Club widened their horizons to include Charity Shops  in Knaresborough with Starbeck, Ripon with Boroughbridge and Wetherby as well as Harrogate town centre.

The Soroptimist initiated the Harrogate Shop window competition in 2004 as part of their Light up Harrogate campaign and have worked with Harrogate at Christmas over the last five years to run the main competition. The Shop window competition is one of the ways the Club gives service to the community. Concentrating on the Charity Shops reflects the Club’s vision to improve the lives of women and children. Many members live outside Harrogate and know their local communities. This is a way of celebrating the important role charity shops and the volunteers who help run them play in improving the lives of people locally, nationally and internationally.
Judging –  the judging took place on the 26 November 2015 against the criteria of Innovation, Impact and Spirit of Christmas.  There is a winner and a highly commended in each area. The overall winner  and receiver of the Soroptimsit cup is decided based on the marks of the judges.

Overall winner is OXFAM, Boroughbridge


  • Knaresborough with Starbeck; Winner, Age UK, Knaresbourgh, Highly Commended, St Michaels, Starbeck
  • Harrogate; Winner, Save the Children, Highly Commended, Scope
  • Ripon with Boroughbridge; Winner, OXFAM, Boroughbridge, Highly Commended YMCA Boroughbridge & Sue Ryder, Ripon
  • Wetherby; Winner, Cheshire Homes, Highly Commended, OXFAM

The Mayor of Harrogate Borough Cllr Nigel Simms and Sue Williams, President of Harrogate and District presented the winners certificates and the Cup in an event hosted by the Mayor on the 1st December. The event proved very successful and will be repeated next year. The Harrogate Rotary Club will judge the commercial shops in Harrogate.

Soroptimist International is a Women’s Service organisation Making a Difference to the lives of women and children throughout the world. For more information visit or email

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