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Food Hygiene Certificate

By Training Page

WI members and non members have the opportunity to study for and take the Food Hygiene Certificate during a one-day course. The certificate is required by anyone who sells food products at local markets such as Country Markets; who teaches food preparation and/or baking to groups, or who supervises the preparation of food within their own WI.

The course information booklet is sent to participants prior to the study and exam day so that they can familiarise themselves with the contents. This has resulted in a high pass rate among attendees.

Food Hygiene Certificate sessions will be bookable from the What’s On page. Click Training Events to check if there is an upcoming one.

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Extra Activities for WIs

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An interactive look at ways to do more than a monthly meeting. Tips, ideas, financial considerations and so much more to encourage your WI to be everything you all want it to be.

Extra Activities for WIs sessions will be bookable from the What’s On page. Click Training Events to check if there is an upcoming one.

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Demonstrator Training

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Demonstrators offering to tutor craft courses are invited to attend a short interview with members of the Home Economics, Craft and Gardening Committee. They tell us about themselves, their expertise in their chosen field and examples of the craft they are able to offer members attending a course. This will include their fee for tuition (whether a half or full day), travel expenses and the cost of materials they will provide for the course.

The Federation also offers the NFWI Demonstrator Training Course. On successful application, members undertake a series of workshops where they acquire the skills necessary to demonstrate their chosen area of expertise. This could fall under the category of baking, preserves, craft and floral art. On completion of the training they present a demonstration which is assessed by an NFWI approved assessor.

Demonstrator training sessions will be bookable from the What’s On page. Click Training Events to check if there is an upcoming one.

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Committee Workshop

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An effective committee is key to a successful WI. All committee members are encouraged to attend one of these workshops when we run them. A whistlestop tour of things to consider, tricks of the trade, necessities, ways to get members involved and anything else to make the WI tick.

Committee workshop sessions will be bookable from the What’s On page. Click Training Events to check if there is an upcoming one.

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Committee Training

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Part of the role of the Federation WI Adviser team is to offer training for WI members, committees and officers. We are able to use templates supplied by the NFWI where available and can adapt them where required. Some of our workshops have been created by the Advisers using knowledge and information gained by our training and experience. We run the workshops either around the Federation at various venues or sometimes all together as part of a full day training event.

Support to run some of the workshops if needed comes from trustees, those with Federation roles and other members.

Most of the information required to run your WI is available online in MyWI which can be accessed through www.thewi.org, but attending workshops provides the opportunity for interaction with the Advisers and other members. Feedback forms from workshops tell us that one of your favourite parts of any training is the opportunity to share ideas, tips and hints with each other.

Committee training sessions will be bookable from the What’s On page. Click Training Events to check if there is an upcoming one.

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Surrey Serenaders

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The Surrey Serenaders choir was started in 2013 by the then Federation chairman Elizabeth Fisher with the aim of entering Singing for Joy, the NFWI Centenary Choir Competition.

The NFWI commissioned Jonathan Willcocks to write a song, Singing for Joy, for all choirs to perform during the heats and the final of the competition and appointed him as a judge.

Surrey Serenaders, having found a pianist and music director, started to rehearse and enter local competitions. They won their heat at Dorking Halls and while they did not win the final, held in Birmingham, they came second – along with the other five choirs.

The ladies decided to continue with the choir because of the health benefits as well as the fun and friendship they got out of it. They are now available to entertain WIs and other groups by appointment; they also enter competitions and occasionally stage fund-raising events. Upcoming fund-raising events will be publicised in SWIN and on social media and can be viewed on the website at: Interest Group Events.

Rehearsals are held almost every other Saturday throughout the year in Albury Village Hall, GU5 9AD and anyone is welcome to join, WI member or not. All members pay a set charge per term to go towards the cost of hall hire, the music director and the accompanist.

Why not attend a rehearsal without commitment? A trial session is free.

Rehearsals start at 10am and end at 12.30pm. Dates so far for 2020 are January 11 and 25, February 8 and 22, March 7 and 21, April 4 and 18, May 2 and 16, June 6 and 20.

Science Groups

By Interest Groups Page

Two science groups cater for the scientifically minded or those with a passing interest in matters scientific. The 3Counties Science Group meets in the west of the county and the East Surrey Group caters for the eastern side.
Meetings are open to partners and friends as well as WI members and you don’t have to be a scientist to find these meetings interesting. Both groups are self-funding and a small charge is made to cover costs. Meetings are promoted on social media and in Surrey WI News with write-ups after the event and may be viewed on the website when details of the next meeting are confirmed at: Interest Group Events

3Counties Science Group

The group is run by a small committee who find high quality speakers across a wide variety of subjects – recent talks have covered Mars exploration, using dogs to detect disease and antibiotic resistance. Meetings are usually held on the third Monday in February, March, April, May, June, September, October and November; the subjects are always interesting and meetings are usually well attended. For more information about forthcoming meetings, please check out the programme for the coming year.

East Surrey Science Group

This group meets twice a year in April and September, usually in the White Hart Barn in Godstone under the organisation of Godstone WI.

Crafty Ladies

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Crafty Ladies meet at the Federation headquarters, usually on the first Wednesday in January, March, May, July, September and November. The specific dates of upcoming meetings can be viewed here: Interest Group Events.

The object is for members to pursue and develop a wide range of craft activities in a friendly atmosphere with others of a like-mind – currently they have expertise in at least nine different crafts.

Occasionally workshops are set up so that members can learn a new skill or improve their expertise in a skill they already have and there is plenty of free help and advice available at meetings. Any member of a Surrey WI can join for an annual subscription or is welcome to attend as a visitor.

Camera Group

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Camera Group members take it in turns to arrange a visit to a suitable venue of interest where photographs can be taken. They also receive advice on how to achieve good photographs with I-Pads and mobile phones and are encouraged to enter photographic competitions. Their work appears in the Federation magazine and Year Book.

The specific dates of upcoming meetings can be viewed here: Interest Group Events.