Welcome to the Ottershaw Night Owls website. We have membership spaces available so please come to one of our meetings and find out what we get up to! All women are welcome and you do not have to live in Ottershaw.

Visitors usually pay £2 a session and can visit three times and there is no obligation to become a member. If you would like more information do get in touch via the contact button on the left and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Look at our Programme 2016 page to see what's planned for our meetings.

Next meeting - November 1st - Annual General Meeting
The yearly review of our WI and election of officers. We are electing a new president and choosing our charity for the coming year so please be there to cast your vote. Business part of the meeting to be followed by a ‘Games evening’ organised by some of our members.
WI RAFFLE: Christmas decoration theme

Surrey at Denman
Next year's Surrey at Denman weekend is 13 - 16 July 2017
The new Denman brochure is now available - please call 01865 391991 for a copy. Look at the Denman page on this website to find out about upcoming events.

ONOWI - activities
See the activities pages for details of the Walking Group, Theatre trips and Book Club
This year's activities have included a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament for 20 of our members and a tour of Buckingham Place where 30 members and friends went along.

There have been 5 trips to the theatre with a total of 71 seats sold.
As a donation from these activities goes to our chosen charity this has raised £101 for Mama this year in addition to other fund raising.

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2016 Annual Meeting Resolutions
This year two resolutions were accepted at the Annual Meeting and these will form the basis of the WI's campaigns over the coming 12 months. 

Avoid food waste, address food poverty - please bring any donations for our local food bank to our meetings. They are in need of tinned meat, fish, veg, fruit or puddings, cooking sauces, coffee milk (UHT or powdered), sugar (500g), fruit juice (long life) jam and instant mashed potato.
Appropriate care in hospitals for people with dementia - the NFWI are looking for people with experience of caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer's disease who has spent time in hospital over the last 5 years.

  • September 2016 - Riding it out.....

    In September our speaker was Pam Goodall, who entertained us with interesting tales from her round-the-world bicycle ride. She left Horsham in May 2000 on her hand-built Roberts bike and travelled 10,000 miles visiting 22 countries in just over a year. Pam was amazed and heartened by the thoughtfulness, kindness and friendship of complete strangers who laundered her clothing, fed her, provided first aid, allowed her to shower or camp in their gardens and gave advice and encouragement.

  • July 2016 - Jam, Jerusalem and Porridge

    Our speaker was Angeline Gore, from Trumps Green WI. In 2008, Angeline helped establish the first ever WI in a women’s prison, HMP Bronzefield near Ashford. She referred to the WI’s campaign ‘Care not Custody’ and explained how, supported by Surrey WI advisers Jill and Jan, being a member of the WI gave the offenders the opportunity to have some normality and an experience  which might help them after their release.  She chronicled the ups and downs of the whole process, with some amusing anecdotes including staff mistakenly defrosting cakes meant for a coffee morning and the allocation of knitting needles. Although no longer working at Bronzefield, she joined in 2004, providing housing advice and ensuring women had accommodation lined up on release. She received a Butler Trust award in 2012-13, from the Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace, and displayed her certificate, along with a photograph taken after the
    ceremony and a cupcake, knitted by an offender. 

  • June 2016 - The Language of the Fan

    Kerry Wolf made a dramatic appearance in full Georgian costume, for her talk and display of artefacts on ”The Language of the Fan and 18th Century fashion” Kerry had worked as a National Trust Conservation Assistant at Clandon Park prior to the fire and is now based at Hatchlands Park. In a lively and interesting way, she explained how Georgian ladies used coded signals in the ballroom to attract a secret admirer.  She also divulged weird facts about 18th Century life and the truly bizarre lengths women went to with their hair, lead-based make-up and gowns to perfect the amazing fashions of the Georgian period.

  • May 2016 - Member Art and Craft Event

    Our May meeting was a chance for members to showcase a craft that they do at home or at a class. We also had demonstrations and very useful hints and tips from some very crafty ladies. It proved to be a very successful and sociable evening and confirmed what a talented group of ladies the members of ONOWI are.

  • April 2016 - A Life with My Voice

    Anita Downey displayed dressed dolls, furniture, a French patisserie dolls’ house and photographs of her replica of the Adam House (near the Savoy) which she had painstakingly created. Anita’s early years were spent in Malaysia where contact with Poona, a seamstress, started a lifelong love of fabrics and colour. In later life, this interest prompted Anita to use fabric, plastic, wood and metal materials to make dolls houses as her hobby. Quoting two classic poems, “Upon Westminster Bridge” by William Wordsworth and “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, Anita illustrated parts of her life. As her unusual story unfolded, she revealed how the voice of learning, the voice of understanding and the voice of sharing had affected her own development.

  • March 2016 - Woking Dance Space

    Woking Dance Space is a non-profit making organisation that provides access to dance for adults within the community, whatever their age, experience or previous training. They run classes in many dance disciplines, participate in performances and provide a place for people to meet and explore what is both a creative and beneficial interest.
    Members followed Shani Nash as she led us through a series of steps and mini-routines associated with different dance genres including contemporary, tap and ballet. Many ladies exhibited excellent posture and a sense of rhythm and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, even if their steps (and arms) were not quite as co-ordinated as Shani’s!

  • February 2016 - A Paramedic's Life

    Tina, a Paramedic with the London Ambulance Service, entertained us with her reminiscences about the job she continues to love despite its challenges.  She also recalled amusing incidents on her sponsored bike ride around Cuba and mentioned her work for the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) organisation of which Surrey Federation is a member. ACWW’s view is that women are the backbone of most farming communities around the world and  need support in order to help them to grow food and provide other necessities for their families.  Surrey members help by collecting "Pennies for Friendship".

  • January 2016, New Year, New You!

    Tanya " The Toner" Collard, who is a personal trainer, explained the circumstances which led to her career changes from dental nurse, to accountant and personal trainer. She advised on nutrition, urged us to check sugar in processed foods and warned against following diet fads which might appeal as a “quick fix” but which would probably not be sustainable. She advised on what motivates people to exercise and emphasised that even a 15 minute daily walk would provide benefit. Many members left the meeting motivated to exercise more and eat less!

October 2016 - Shopping event...

The October meeting afforded members the chance of some early Christmas shopping with thirteen stall holders displaying clothing, jewellery, candles, material, Christmas puddings, handbags and Traidcraft goods. Everyone was given a free raffle ticket on admission for the chance to win one of several prizes. It was also an opportunityfor everyone to chat with other members.


See Surrey Federation Newsletter for full information and also the latest edition of  Surrey Federation Talking Points

Speaker Auditions - Monday 7th November

£5 half day, £9 all day inc refreshments
Closing date 17th October

Christmas Show - Wednesday 23rd November
Old Barn Hall Great Bookham
Closing date 28th October

Christmas Show - Tuesday 29th November
Betchworth Village Memorial Hall
Closing date 28th October

Christmas Shopping and Lights - Monday 12th December
See October Surrey News

Supper Quiz - Friday 27th January
Worpleson Memorial Hall
Cost tbc
See November Surrey News

Annual Council Meeting - Monday 27th March

Dorking Halls
Cost tbc
See November Surrey News

Contact Surrey Federation - sfwi2dr@yahoo.co.uk

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