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 7th November - Annual Meeting
The yearly review of our WI and selection of officers.
Plus Shwapping, back by popular demand.

Denman News
Several additional bursaries are available for members who have never attended a course at Denman. Details are on the  Denman College website. Closing date for applications is 24th November.
Denman are advertising some new events for 2018 so please follow this link to see what they are offering.
The latest Denman course brochure is now available and can be downloaded here.

Runnymede Group
Group Autumn Meeting - Thursday 26th October at 2 p.m. Speaker: Richard Poad “Grandma Flew Spitfires”. 
Click here for details.

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
A number of exciting events have been organised for the festive season - please check out the activities pages for more information.

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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  • 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. 

  • 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.

September - Battersea Dogs Home

Ali Watts talked about the work, history and philosophy of the three Battersea Dogs and Cats Homes (BDCH), which had opened in 1860 as the Temporary Home for Lost and Starving Dogs in a stable in an Islington mews. Ali was accompanied by her very friendly and inquisitive rescue dog Mabel. Mabel wandered amiably amongst all the rows in the room and seemed very much at home which, as Ali said, is testament to the good work done to help rehome dogs who may have been traumatised by previous owners. Ali described the new hospital facilities at BDCH and explained the different ways the animals are helped.  Ali touched on a wide variety of topics relating to BDCH including:- its founder Mary Tealby, support pledged by prominent Victorians such as Charles Dickens, the taking in of cats in 1883, the establishment of the Old Windsor branch in 1979 and the controversy of breed standards.


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.

Autumn Federation Meeting - Monday 16th October
Dorking Halls

Speaker Auditions - Monday 6th November

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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