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Invitation from Councillor Kelly Simcock - International Women's Day 2018 in Didsbury


'Deeds not Words' - Didsbury Women Making a Difference  

March 8th marks International Women's day and will see global events take place to celebrate the role of women in society  As you will no doubt also be aware, this year marks 100 years since the representation of the people's act was passed, heralding a new right for some women to vote. with Manchester's own Emmeline Pankhurst having played a leading role in securing this important and momentous decision.

Each and every day in our community in Didsbury, women are making a difference and often through their voluntary contributions to our community. Whether it be through friends of parks groups through to organising community events - our community continues to thrive due to the roles that women play. Their contributions are most often deeds, not just words!  

On Saturday 10th March I will be hosting an event at St Catherine's Social Club to celebrate. Along with other women from across Didsbury, you are invited to join us for a few hours whilst we share stories about what women are doing and discuss how we can continue to inspire others to help keep our communities thriving. I am delighted that we will be joined by Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central, and you will get to meet Emmeline Pankhurst herself in the form of the maquette that will become a real life statue in our city centre in December 2018!

The event will run from 11am -1.30pm with a light lunch of tea, sandwiches and cakes provided.

Other women of all ages from across Didsbury are invited to this invitation only event. I have identified a list of women from across the area but please do get in touch if you have other suggestions of people I may not be aware of.  

I would be delighted if you could join us on the day, and ask that you send me a simple RSVP email on or call to confirm your attendance by Friday 23rd February for catering and planning purposes.

With very best wish,




Kelly Simcock

Councillor for Didsbury East

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