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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.

Federation Chairman -  21.7.2016

Save Denman Appeal.

I hope that all WIs in Surrey are fund raising for the Save Denman Appeal. The WI members are trying to raise £2,000,000 over 2 years to be invested to generate sufficient income to cover the cost of major repairs and refurbishment at Denman. This seems a lot of money however if you take into account that the WI in England and Wales has more than 200,000 members then if each member raised £10 over the 2 years then the £2 million target would be reached.

To date the Surrey Federation have been telling WIs to hold onto the funds, which they have raised, until the Surrey Trustees are satisfied that the money raised will be held by NFWI in a separate restricted fund, until the outcome of the fund raising can be ascertained.

I am happy to report that I have it in writing that ‘The funds raised by the Saving Denman Appeal constitute restricted funds that will be used for maintenance; they will be put into a separate restricted fund for the two year duration of the appeal’

The letter goes on to say ‘If the appeal meets the target or a feasible level of funds are raised, then the funds will be invested, with the income from the investments going to the Maintenance Fund. If the target is not achieved, then the funds will be transferred to the Maintenance Fund and used for major maintenance work as and when required’

Surrey WIs are therefore now urged to submit any funds they have raised by cheque payable to ‘Denman’ with the words ‘Save Denman Appeal’ written on the back. The cheques should be sent direct to Denman and not to SFWI for forwarding.

You should however be aware that the letter I received also stated that ‘if Denman has to close, the funds would be used for education of WI members in collaboration with federations…..’. This means that you will not get the money back if Denman closes.

Please continue your fund raising and let’s hope that all the WI members together can meet the target. Let the office know how much you send in and we will try to monitor to confirm that we in Surrey have at least achieved our target of £80,000 since we have about 8,000 members now.

Many thanks for all your hard work to save Denman for the members

Jane

Jane Randell
Federation Chairman