AWBS International Women's Club

Upcoming events and activites

    • 7 Jan 2019
    • 3 Jun 2019
    • 17 sessions
    • Member's home

    Mahjong is played by Ex-Pats all over the world. We play our own version incorporating American, British and Chinese. Please contact Nicky Johncock to get on the email list

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    • 9 Jan 2019
    • 1 May 2019
    • 5 sessions

    2 January 2019: Moral Dilemmas

    Book: Jon McGregor 'Reservoir 13'

    Midwinter in an English village. A teenage girl has gone missing. Everyone is called upon to join the search. The villagers fan out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on what is usually a place of peace. Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed. As the seasons unfold and the search for the missing girl goes on, there are those who leave the village and those who are pulled back; those who come together and those who break apart. There are births and deaths; secrets kept and exposed; livelihoods made and lost; small kindnesses and unanticipated betrayals. An extraordinary novel of cumulative power and grace, RESERVOIR 13 explores the rhythms of the natural world and the repeated human gift for violence, unfolding over thirteen years as the aftershocks of a tragedy refuse to subside.

    6 Feb: Famous people in novels

    Book: Jo Baker 'A Country Road, a Tree'

    When war breaks out in Europe in 1939, a young, unknown writer journeys from his home in neutral Ireland to conflict-ridden Paris and is drawn into the maelstrom. With him we experience the hardships yet stubborn vibrancy at the heart of Europe during the Nazis' rise to power; his friendships with James Joyce and other luminaries; his quietly passionate devotion to the Frenchwoman who will become his lifelong companion; his secret work for the French Resistance and narrow escapes from the Gestapo; his flight from occupied Paris to the countryside; and the rubble of his life after liberation.

    6 Mar: European Feminist Authors

    Book: Elif Shafak 'Three Daughters of Eve'

    Peri, a married, wealthy, beautiful Turkish woman, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground -- an old polaroid of three young women and their university professor. A relic from a past -- and a love -- Peri had tried desperately to forget.

    Three Daughters of Eve is set over an evening in contemporary Istanbul, as Peri arrives at the party and navigates the tensions that simmer in this crossroads country between East and West, religious and secular, rich and poor. Over the course of the dinner, and amidst an opulence that is surely ill-begotten, terrorist attacks occur across the city. Competing in Peri's mind however are the memories invoked by her almost-lost polaroid, of the time years earlier when she was sent abroad for the first time, to attend Oxford University. As a young woman there, she had become friends with the charming, adventurous Shirin, a fully assimilated Iranian girl, and Mona, a devout Egyptian-American. Their arguments about Islam and feminism find focus in the charismatic but controversial Professor Azur, who teaches divinity, but in unorthodox ways. As the terrorist attacks come ever closer, Peri is moved to recall the scandal that tore them all apart.

    3 April: Family Dynamics

    Kit de Waal 'My Name is Leon'

    It's 1981, a year of riots and royal weddings. The Dukes of Hazzard is on TV and Curly Wurlys are in the shops. And trying to find a place in it all is young Leon. Leon is nine, and has a perfect baby brother called Jake. They have gone to live with Maureen, who has fuzzy red hair like a halo, a belly like Father Christmas, and mutters swearwords under her breath when she thinks can't hear. Maureen feeds and looks after them, and claims everything will be okay.

    But will they ever see their mother again? Who are the couple who secretly visit Jake? The adults are speaking in low voices, and wearing pretend faces. They are threatening to take Jake away and give him to strangers. Because Jake is white and Leon is not. Evoking a Britain of the early eighties, My Name is Leon is a story of love, identity and learning to overcome unbearable loss. Of the fierce bond between siblings. And how – just when we least expect it – we somehow manage to find our way home.

    1 May: Prize Winners

    Gail Honeyman 'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine'

    No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine. Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

    But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

    Please contact Geraldine Scott or Debby Vargas for more information

    • 10 Jan 2019
    • 1 May 2019
    • 5 sessions

    Monthly board meeting for board members. Please contact Jane Sotos for location


    • 15 Jan 2019
    • 14 May 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • The Bailiwick

    15 Jan 2019: George I - II

    After Queen Anne died in 1714 the Stuart dynasty which reigned in this country since 1603 came to an end. Following the Act of Succession in 1701 which stated only protestants could be on the throne, her second cousin George I in Hanover became England’s new monarch and a new dynasty was formed – The Hanoverians – a direct link now extends to this day. The problem with the Hanoverians was they all hated each other, some now even having very much to do with this country. They did however have a successor in 1837 who changed the name of the royal house – Queen Victoria! We look at each Hanoverian monarch in turn, their love lives and family arguments…….

    5 Feb: George II - III

    5 Mar: George III - IV

    19 Mar: George IV - William IV

    14 May: Field trip TBA

    Please contact Oone Rogers 

    • 21 Jan 2019
    • 25 Mar 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • St. John’s Baptist Church, Windlesham GU206BL
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    21 Jan 2019: Art History/Appreciation Class 1

    Portraits: Artists' images of their rulers, patrons and themselves

    11 Feb: Art History/Appreciation Class 2

    The Secret Language in Still Life: Apples, Pears and Skulls

    11 Mar: Art History/Appreciation Class 3

    The Painter as Historian: The Significant and Insignificant: Battles, Daily Life and Social Comment

    18 Mar: Art History/Appreciation Class 4

    Landscape and Nature in Art: From Background to Foreground

    25 Mar: Art History/Appreciation Field Trip

    Sorollo at the National Gallery: Spanish Impressionist painter of portraits, landscapes and daily life

    Organizer email: Mia Gaba

    • 25 Jan 2019
    • 5 Apr 2019
    • 11 sessions
    • Cordes Hall, Sunninghill

    Please contact Robyn Lister at or call 07719499569

    • 28 Feb 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Bombay Sapphire Distillary

    What's included: Interactive archive session with a Heritage Host charting the history of Laverstoke Mill. Hosted tour of the distillery experience with a Heritage Host. Complimentary drink in the Mill Bar to finish. Uncover the fascinating history of Laverstoke Mill in a heritage workshop with a Bombay Sapphire Heritage Host. Charting more than 1000 years, our Heritage Host will showcase the history of this prestigious Mill with a range of artefacts, photographs and historic documents from the Bombay Sapphire Archive.

    • 4 Mar 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Wentworth golf club

    March’s General Meeting will be held at the world famous Wentworth Golf Club. Plenty of free parking and remember NO JEANS allowed.

    Lady Colin Campbell has had to postpone until October due to other commitments. We are delighted to announce that the wonderful Dr David Hamilton has been able to jump into her spot at short notice. He is hugely popular with our club and always brings lots of his fabulous books at £10 each. So bring cash as they make great gifts.

    David has a PhD in organic chemistry and spent 4 years in the pharmaceutical industry, developing drugs for cardiovascular disease and cancer. Inspired by the placebo effect, he left the industry to write books and educate people in how they can harness their mind and emotions to improve their health.

    He is now author of 10 books, including, ‘The Little Book of Kindness’, ‘How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body’, ‘I Heart Me’ and the Amazon bestseller, ‘The Five Side Effects of Kindness’. He writes a regular blog on his website and occasional blogs for the Huffington Post (US version). David is the ‘Kindness Tsar’ for Psychologies Magazine and writes ‘The Kindness Conversation’ and the ‘Kindness Project’. He is also the ‘Life Hacks’ monthly columnist for Soul & Spirit Magazine and in 2016, he was voted ‘Best writer’ by readers of Kindred Spirit Magazine. David is featured in the award-winning documentary, ‘HEAL’. He appears regularly in the media and was recently featured on Channel 4’s live show, ‘Sunday Brunch’, in the UK and ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ in the USA.

    David is an advocate for kindness and is working passionately to help inspire a kinder world.

    • 14 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Heather Helfer's Home

    Please join us for a Coffee Morning at Heather Helfer's Home.  Coffee Mornings are a great way to get to know other members in a smaller setting than the General Meetings. All members are invited to this Coffee Morning but NEW members are especially encouraged to attend.  

    Details will be sent to all via an electronic invitation.  We will have to cap the attendance at 25 because of parking and space constraints.

    • 15 Mar 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    • Wentworth golf club
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    The location for the gala has now changed to the stunning ballroom in the Wentworth Golf Club so now's time to book the AWBS Gala! £75.00 per ticket/ £150 per couple Buy tickets here

    You can dress in Hollywood/ Bollywood style or dress in cocktail fashion - as you wish! Black Tie optional for the men

    Entertainment and Dancing! We are all looking forward to a fabulous night of fun! All proceeds from the Gala will go to our charities!

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    • 1 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Great Fosters hotel
    Registration is closed

    Our April speaker: Lucinda Hawksley

    • 2 May 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Coworth Park

    Save the date for our annual Hats and Handbags event. This year it will be at the beautiful Coworth Park

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    • 13 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Great Fosters hotel
    Registration is closed

    Our May speaker: Anton du Beke

AWBS International Women's Club

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