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 5th September - Battersea Dogs Home
.... past and present. A volunteer from the famous home that has been caring for animals for more than 150 years will be joining us to tell some tall tales about the animals they care for.
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.

Runnymede Group
Please see the latest newsletter on the Runnymede Group page

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.

Walking Group 
See Walking Group page for full details

Book Club
We now have reviews of the books we have read so far this year and also those from 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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  • June - Ascot Social Evening

    This month we had a social evening with a cake and a hat competition and various Ascot themed games. Some of our ladies acted as the jockeys representing the various teams with hilarious consequences. Everyone joined in the fun and came dressed to impress at the Races. 


  • 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.


  • 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.


July - Julia Cameron, 19th Century Photographer

Dr Judith Hill delivered an entertaining, illustrated and informative talk about the Victorian photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron (1815 -79).  Dr Hill started by outlining details of Julia’s life and illustrated her character with amusing tales and anecdotes.  Dr Hill went on to explain how Julia got involved with photography and ended with an assessment of her significance in the photography world. 


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.

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


Outing to Woburn Abbey - Thursday 31st August
Pickups from Reigate and Caterham
£33 - closing date 4th August

Annual Golf Tournament - Monday 11th September

Surbiton Golf Club at 9.30
£48 including dinner - closing date 11th August

City Safari - Thursday 14th September
Meet at Tower Hill Underground
£14 - closing date 11th August

Vintage Tea Party - Friday 15th September

Oxshott Village Hall 2pm for 2.30 pm- to mark National WI Day
£15 - closing date 11th August

City Safari - Tuesday 3rd October

Meet at Tower Hill Underground
£14 - closing date 1st September

Autumn Federation Meeting - Monday 16th October
Dorking Halls

Speaker Auditions - Monday 6th November
Ripley

Barn Dance - Friday 10th November
Old Barn Hall, Bookham

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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