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.

NEW Programme for 2017
Please visit the programme page to see what is in store for 2017. We have a very varied selection of speakers and activities so there will be something for everyone.

A summary of our 2016 programme is now on the past activities page.

Next meeting - Tuesday 7th March - Blessed are the Cheesemakers
John Pearson, international cheese judge and ex-M&S dairy produce buyer, will entertain us with anecdotes from his time in the industry and will finish with some tutored cheese tasting!

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
If you would like to submit a story an editable Word version of the form can be opened here

ONOWI - activities
See the activities pages for details of the Walking Group, Theatre trips and Book Club. 
As a donation from some of these activities goes to our chosen charity it is especially worth while getting involved.

Our new charity for 2017 is The Orchard Centre in Chertsey. Shirley and Matt from the centre came to speak to us in February. Shirley thanked everyone for their support and explained what is on offer at the Centre, which is in a beautiful, quiet setting near Abbeyfields in Chertsey. She went on to chronicle how a group of carers decided to investigate ways of keeping the Centre open themselves when the Alzheimer’s Society pulled the plug. They closed on 30th September 2016 and re-opened on October 3rd as a new charity so, for the clients, there was very little disruption to services. Their main concern, apart from fundraising, is marketing the existence of the new charity and raising awareness of what it can offer to clients and carers alike. Shirley concluded by informing us of a fundraising dinner dance at Hoebridge School on June 9th.

WI Fair - Alexandra Palace - Saturday 1st April
We are organising a trip to the WI Fair at Alexandra Palace, with a coach to get us there and back. Please sign up at the February meeting if you have not already done so. Tickets are £11 plus a contribution to the coach.

Coffee Morning
There will be a number of charity coffee mornings over the winter months. The next one of these is on Friday 10th March from 9 to about 12 at Sally G's house. The mornings are open to everyone, so please bring friends, and a number of different charities will be supported.

Walking Group - back in March!
Please check out the walking group page for details of our new walking programme.

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.

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  • 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.

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..


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.

New Speaker Audition - Tuesday 14th March
Betchworth Memorial Hall
£5 for half a day or £9 for all day
Closing date 17th February

Annual Council Meeting - Monday 27th March
Dorking Halls
Cost tbc
See January Surrey News

WI Literary Lunch - Thursday 27th April
Guildford Golf Club
Cost £30 including 2 course lunch
Closing date 31st March

Woburn Abbey - Thursday 18th May
Cost £30 including coach travel and entrace, refreshments available at extra cost

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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