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Campaign Corner: #SFWI

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Welcome to the world of the #

THE hashtag world of SFWI awaits you at this year’s Annual Council Meeting, with the Public Affairs team exploring ways to help members take part in our Plastic Free July.

Hashtags can tell us how we can make small choices that together have a big impact on our environment, with tips and ideas as well as facts and consequences in a stand against single use.

    • #SFWI is our generic hashtag which will be used on social media.The lower case letters refer to specific campaigns we are running.
    • #SFWIsayno will be part of the campaign where we suggest things that people can say “no” to and the alternatives that are available.
    • #SFWIswaps is where we encourage straight swaps, such as using cloth bags for shopping, reusable cups, taking containers for meat and buying soap instead of shower gel.

We hope to encourage social media use, introduce members to the hashtag world and build on their expertise with the swaps hash- tag so that all can get involved.

You might think some of what is suggested is simply common sense and doing what wise WI members have always done. But, as Angie Leach, who chairs the team points out: “If everyone was still doing it then we wouldn’t be in the mess we are.”

Book a ticket to the Annual Council Meeting.

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Discover Orpheus at our Annual Meeting

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A group from the Surrey-based Orpheus Centre will entertain members at our Annual Council Meeting at Dorking Halls on Monday, 16 March.

Orpheus is an independent specialist college that believes every young disabled person should have the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers and offers a personalised study programme focusing on building independence, communication and social interaction skills through the arts, supported housing and a personal care service.

Music weeks for disabled people piloted by Sir Richard Stilgoe and neurologist Dr Michael Swallow in the late 1980s were so effective that Sir Richard decided to found a place where disabled people and students could work together for longer than a week, creating new music and performing in public. The Orpheus Centre opened in 1998 at Sir Richard’s former family home in Godstone. Today it caters for 25 full time and 25 day students.

Its students have performed in venues all over the country, and appeared in the hit TV show Call The Midwife. Ann Lovelace, a volunteer with the centre, will tell stories of Orpheus and introduce alumni who will perform their chosen songs.

Book a ticket for the Annual Council Meeting.

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Calling all our talented flower arrangers

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COULD you represent Surrey Federation at the NFWI’s annual flower arranging competition: The Huxley Cup?

The 2020 competition will be hosted by Devon Federation at the Devon County Showground, near Exeter, on Wednesday, 20 May (staging day). Only one entrant per Federation is allowed, unless space is available.

It is an imposed exhibit: all materials, sundries and containers are supplied and entrants are given a theme to work to and same amount of time to complete their displays. The Federation will pay the £55 entry fee, travel, accommodation and refreshment expenses.

If you are interested, please contact Diane Sanderson at the office by 5 March as entries close on 25 March. Full details are available via MyWI on the NFWI website.

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Why are they waiting to join?

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DOES your WI have a waiting list, long or short? Then why not encourage those on the list to consider joining other local WIs who have space to spare?

This has been put to Surrey Federation by a WI which would love to welcome more members, while others nearby have waiting lists.

It does seem ridiculous that dwindling numbers are putting some WIs in danger of being suspended while not too far away demand for membership exceeds supply. I’m sure that a message to those on your waiting lists could shift a few who might face a long wait to join your WI.

For help with this, please contact your WI Adviser.

— Chris Butterfield, Federation Vice-Chairman

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Bridge Tea

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Bridge + tea = a great way to spend an afternoon. Why not find out if you have any Bridge players in your WI and come along?

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