This monthly magazine is one of our main vehicles for telling members what is going on in the Federation, keeping them in touch with upcoming events and letting them know what other WIs are doing.
The first edition of Surrey WI News was produced in 1947 as a simple single fold newsletter. It increased to an eight-page black and white magazine in 1983 and is now a 16-page full colour magazine designed and edited by a Surrey WI member, published by a company which sources all the advertising and distributed to most of the WIs in Surrey.
Apart from regular messages from the Chairman and Federation Secretary, SWIN (as it is known in shorthand) publishes a comprehensive list of events – cookery and craft workshops, lunches, outings, quizzes, entertainments, weekends and events at Denman, Federation meetings at Dorking Halls and a ticket application form. It also includes write-ups of events, special interest group meetings and training workshops to give members an idea of what they might have missed.
SWIN is very much a magazine for members by members, and welcomes news stories about WIs or members who have done or achieved something special. Short reports of what individual WIs have been doing at their meetings are included – these are useful for other WIs to learn and gain inspiration from, as well as giving them hints on which speakers to book – and which to avoid! A bit of fun is usually added to the mix and there may be the occasional thought-provoking article or comment from readers.
In 2018 to celebrate SFWI’s centenary, SWIN published an eight-page centenary supplement inside the November edition of the magazine, with a foreword by HRH The Countess of Wessex, GCVO, who is a member of Bagshot WI.
Since January 2019 members have had the chance to read each month’s edition of SWIN – and an archive of back copies – on the web via the MyWI section of the National Federation’s website which is accessible to WI members only.