Date: Monday 21 March

Time: 10:15am - 3:30pm

Ticket application closing date: Friday 4 March

Location: Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SG.

This is the 104th Annual Council Meeting of Surrey Federation of WIs. This event will be hosted by our Chairman Carol Gartrell and includes the Chairman’s and Treasurer’s Report, Award Presentations including the Eileen Bower Competition Winners and the Federation Raffle.


Sally Varah MBE, DL who will speak about the work of the Michael Varah Memorial Fund that works to give individuals who have been affected by crime in different ways opportunities to rebuild and transform their lives. It funds the delivery of Watts Gallery art workshops to women artists at HMP Send, some of whom are WI members.

Professor Patricia Wiltshire is a forensic ecologist, botanist, and palynologist. Using her expert knowledge of pollen grains, various kinds of spores, and other microscopic entities, she has worked with every police force in the UK, in helping to solve high profile criminal cases. She interprets what can be revealed by plant, fungal, and soil traces picked up from crime scenes and other places pertinent to criminal investigations. She is an experienced expert witness.

Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton has been a firefighter since she was eighteen years old. She is now one of the most senior female firefighters in the UK. After leaving home at fifteen and school at sixteen, she joined the fire service in Wales. While climbing the ranks, she studied at the Open University and then at Cardiff University, eventually completing a PhD in Psychology. Her subsequent research into incident command in the emergency services has not only won awards but has also influenced policy at a global level. Sabrina was recently conferred as an Honorary Fellow at Cardiff University. Her first book, The Heat of the Moment, was published in 2019 and she is currently writing her second book. She is an ambassador for The Big Issue. She lives with her husband and daughter in London.

Please use the booking form inside the latest copy of Surrey WI News (SWIN) or the booking form opposite.

Tickets cost £16.00 per person (Free to 1 named delegate nominated by each Surrey Federation WI).

Group tickets are welcome, but please include the name of the person(s) you are making the booking for.

Doors open at 9.00am.

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