Date: Monday 16 March

Time: 10:15am - 3:30pm

Ticket application closing date: Friday 21 February

Location: Dorking Halls


SUNDAY 15 March 4.30P.M.


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The SFWI Annual Council Meeting will go ahead on Monday 16th March 2020 at Dorking Halls, unless NHS11, Public Health England and NFWI advice indicates otherwise. Any changes will be posted on the Website and Social Media.

If you are planning to attend the meeting please check the SFWI Coronavirus advice.


AMANDA OWEN, farmer’s wife, shepherdess, mother of nine “free range” children (six daughters, three sons aged 3-18), co-carer of 1,000 sheep, cattle, horses and seven dogs, best selling author, passionate photographer and seasonal seller of cream teas, will be speaking during the morning session at our Annual Council Meeting in March.

Her home is a remote 2,000 acre hill farm on the banks of the delight- fully named Whitsundale Beck at the head of Swaledale, North Yorkshire.

Amanda (44) published her first book, which told of her transformation from Huddersfield townie to rural sheep farmer, in 2014. More books followed, each achieving a place in the Sunday Times’ best sellers’ list, and in 2018 the family appeared in their own Channel 5 TV programme Our Yorkshire Farm, which became a hit with viewers.

Her insightful opinions on farming and good-humoured, plain-speaking attitude to life make Amanda a very popular public speaker.

There will also be a presentation by  NFWI President Lynne Stubbings and a talk and performance by Orpheus College Musicians. The Federation Public Affairs team will suggest ways members can take part in and support our Plastic Free July 2020 campaign and there is also the Denman Dip  and lots more.

So do come along to Dorking Halls on Monday, 16 March for what promises to be another inspiring, enlightening and entertaining day. Tickets are now on sale at £16. What a bargain.

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