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.

Next meeting - Tuesday 4th July - Julia Cameron, 19th Century Photographer of Genius
Dr Judith Hill will be joining us to talk about this pioneering photographer who discovered her craft late in life but became an influential figure in the art form.

The full programme is on the Programme page so please have a look to see what is coming up for the rest of the year.

ONOWI - activities
See the activities pages for details of the Walking Group, Theatre trips, Book Club and Other Events.

As a donation from some of these activities goes to our chosen charity it is especially worth while getting involved.

Our charity for 2017 is The Orchard Centre in Chertsey. Shirley and Matt from the centre came to speak to us in February. We are organising a number of visits to the centre so please let us know if you would like to go.

Other Events
We have a new page for other events so please also check here for details of the following - 
Family Cream Tea - Saturday 8th July

Walking Group
See Walking Group page for full details

Book Club
We now have all the book choices for 2017 and reviews of the books we have read so far in 2016. Please have a look at these if you missed a meeting or if you are not a member and simply want an idea for your next book to read.

Theatre Trips
Please check the page for regular updates about the shows being book - lots of variety so there is something for everyone.

Driving Course
September 16th and 23rd (Saturdays) – £55. Run in conjunction with the WI these popular days are back at two locations (Gaydon, Warwickshire and Yeovil, Somerset) giving instruction on safer driving in various weather conditions, how to drive safely with passengers and one to one driving assessments. Please see the attached advert and application form if you are interested. 

WI Life 
WI Life has a new editor and she is looking for contributions from members for some new features. Please read the attached document and see if there is anything that sparks your imagination. It would be amazing to see some of our members' stories in print. WI Life Stories

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  • April - Cheerleading

    Angela from Dancing Shoes Dance School had our members out on the floor  learning routines which included moves such as ‘daggers’ and ‘candlesticks’. Pom poms were shaken with gusto and the temperature in the room soared as the routines were “perfected”! Lisa valiantly volunteered to be hoisted into the air and lifted up and down repeatedly. Sal wasn’t sure if she volunteered but somehow ended up doing a solo Gangnam Style!


  • March - Blessed are the Cheesemakers

    Our speaker was John Pearson who gave a fascinating insight into the world of cheese with his talk entitled “Blessed are the Cheesemakers”, the phrase taken from Monty Python’s Life of Brian film. John is a food technologist who had worked for M&S firstly involved with bread and wine and finishing his career as a dairy buyer. He regaled us with several amusing anecdotes about episodes in his working life, including one about some interesting tuna pate, and went on to describe the cheese making processes and the vagaries of the seasonal demands for different dairy products. We finished the evening by each tasting three types of cheddar, an enriching experience for our tastebuds.


  • February - My Experience on The Apprentice

    Our speaker was Ifti Chaudhri, Deputy Mayor of Runnymede and Wendy one of our Treasurers put questions to Ifti about his time on The Apprentice in 2007. Wendy started by asking him to describe his background and what had motivated him to apply to be a contestant. Ifti described his excitement on seeing the American version of the show and his love of being a salesman. Ifti went on to describe the initial interview process and its timeline, stressed the need for secrecy and made reference to the psychological testing he had to undergo. He admitted that it was a ‘dog eat dog’ process. He still keeps in touch with some fellow contestants.Wendy asked what Lord Sugar is actually like and Ifti said that he thought he was a very fair person but that his decisions are paramount in the whole process..


  • January - Argentine Tango

    Marion Greenwood and David Thomas entertained us with a brief history of tango aided by music and video clips. It started in the working class and migrant quarters of Buenos Aires in the 1920s. He clarified the numerous misconceptions about tango dancing, portrayed in popular culture as far back as Rudolf Valentino films from the 1920s and, more recently, the Strictly Come Dancing versions.
    Argentine tango is a very social dance, largely improvised, with a party atmosphere, essentially walking with a partner to the music beats. Numerous ladies tried out the steps and everyone enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere.


May - Lost Buildings of Runnymede

Emma Warren from Chertsey Museum talked to us about ‘Lost Buildings of Runnymede’. Her fascinating topic covered the history and owners of Silverlands, Chertsey Abbey, Sayes Court, Durnford Mill, Princess Mary’s Village Homes, Thorpe Lea house, the Market House in Chertsey, Woburn Farm, St Ann’s House and St. Ann’s Court. Many famous people have been associated with these building including Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck, a Rear Admiral, several Chertsey MPs, a Georgian courtesan, Noel Coward and Thomas Cranmer who wrote the 1547 Book of Common Prayer at Chertsey Abbey.


SURREY FEDERATION EVENTS FOR 2016

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

Don't forget that there are a wide variety of courses and craft sessions run by the Surrey Federation at various locations. See Surrey News for full information.

Bridge Tea - Thursday 22nd June
Oxshott Village Centre - 2 pm - 5 pm
£10 including afternoon tea

Summer Celebration - Thursday 29th June
Tithe Barn, Bookham - 6.30 pm - 8.45 pm
£11 including talk and cream tea


New Speaker Auditions - Thursday 6th July
White Hart Barn, Godstone - 10.15 am - 12.45 pm and 2 pm - 4.30 pm
£5 for half day or £9 all day

Croquet Day - Friday 18th August
Surbiton Croquet Club
£45 inlcuding tuition, refreshments and lunch

Contact Surrey Federation - sfwi2dr@yahoo.co.uk


Ottershaw Night Owls is a member of the Surrey Federation of Women's Institutes 
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