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Welcome to the Surrey Federation

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At the Surrey Federation we have a tradition of fun and friendship, with a strong network of valued friends throughout the county.

We hold many different events, where members and non-members can get to know each other, and become involved in all sorts of interesting activities. How We Work is the page where you can meet members of the Board of Trustees who arrange all of these events.

From our Federation Headquarters, based in new offices in Guildford, we also help and advise the WIs throughout the federation. Our office is open for three days a week and you can contact the staff during the times shown. Our WIs hold monthly meetings with speakers and demonstrations and are always happy to welcome new members.If you are thinking of joining please contact the office when you will be put in touch with a WI Adviser to help you find the one in your area which suits you best.

From the Chairman –  February 2018

The start of the centenary year is getting under way. The Centenary Record books are all but complete, we are even going to include something from the newly formed WIs, Cranleigh Village and Battersea. The Trustees have been amazed at some of the contributions. For me, it has been a pleasure to help put the books together as I have been able to see some of the lovely contributions. At the Annual Council Meeting at Dorking Hall on Monday 19th March the record books will be on display in front of the stage for you all to look at.  

The Annual Council Meeting starts at 10.15 and ends at 3.30 if my planning is correct. During the meeting details will be given out as to how members can order the tickets for the RHS Wisley evening event to see the Pollinator trail where the Pollinators being produced by each WI will be on display. The event takes place on Thursday 28 June starting at 6.30pm and ending 9.30pm. The RHS (not SFWI) will be handling all ticket sales but not until 19 March. Tickets will be £8 for RHS members or £10 for Non RHS members if ordered in advance or £8 for RHS members and £11 for Non RHS members at the gate on the night. Members, friends and families are all very welcome for this wonderful fun evening, which brings the two months of Centenary Celebrations to an end. You can take your own picnic or purchase something from the barbeque. Deckchairs can be taken into the garden. There will also be a bar where Pimms and other drinks can be purchased. The barbeque and bar are both run by the RHS not SFWI. There will be plenty of musical entertainment strategically situated round the gardens to make your evening even more enjoyable. The Pollinator trail will remain open to visitors until 16th July so why not visit RHS Wisley again after the event and take the grandchildren.  

The Annual Council Meeting will be very special this year so do not miss it. Tickets can be obtained from the office. For instance, we will be offering at least 8 Denman bursaries of £300 each from the Denman Dip and that is before we include all the £1 entries collected on the day. To enter put a £1 coin in an envelope with your name, address, tel no: and WI name on the outside and put it in the Denman Dip box at the meeting. For those who will not be there on the day, give your envelope to someone who is. Any member can enter even if you do not attend the meeting in person. Usually we are only able to offer 2 or 3 bursaries depending on how much we collect on the day.

I look forward to meeting and talking to many members at the Centenary Celebrations. Make the most of the events and enjoy yourselves.

Jane Randell

Federation Chairman