AWBS International Women's Club

Upcoming events and activites

    • 16 Jul 2019
    • 29 Sep 2020
    • 64 sessions
    • members' homes

    Most people who play bridge have never played before.  Susan, the activity leader teaches the game.  You play bridge from day 1, so it's not hard to learn, and you come when you can! We play for the fun and giggles, so we don't take the game, or ourselves too seriously.  Come and join the fun!

    • 23 Aug 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ashlyn Hall's Home

    Members & Mimosas!


    Join us for our first official Coffee Morning of our AWBS year at Ashlyn Hall's home in Ascot.  An Evite will be sent out with details.  Space will be limited to 25 people.

    • 4 Sep 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Meets the first Wednesday of each month in members' homes. Please contact Geraldine Scott or Debby Vargas.


    In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

    Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

    When the Richardsons' friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia's.

    Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.

    • 9 Sep 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Great Fosters

    Our first speaker for the year 2019/2020 will be Ben de Lisi. The meeting will be at Great Fosters hotel


    Born with an innate sense of style, Ben has made his mark on the world of fashion and interiors. With a focus on beautiful fabrics and innovative design, Ben’s distinctive look is sexy, vibrant and modern – for home or the wardrobe. Growing up on Long Island by the sea, Ben showed an artistic flair from an early age, going on to major in Sculpture and Painting at the Pratt Institute of Art. He began working in the fashion industry soon after this, painting fabric by the metre for a young unknown designer, and later began creating clothes in the very fabric he painted.

    In 1979, Ben launched his first menswear collaboration in New York. The capsule range of sportswear comprising knits, jackets, trousers and shirts was sold throughout America in iconic stores such as Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's and Macy’s. A few years later, in 1982, Ben moved to London to pursue his dream of becoming a fashion designer and it was here that he produced his first capsule collection. He developed a signature style epitomised by modern elegance, with his beautiful long dresses becoming his trademark.

    In 1992 Ben joined Debenhams with his hugely successful BDL by Ben de Lisi collection which has become one of the largest selling ranges within the Womenswear ‘Designers at Debenhams’ portfolio.

    Over the years Ben has received a host of accolades for his work including winning the highly coveted British Glamour Designer of the Year award twice in a row (1994 and 1995), 1995 also being the year he began showcasing his collections at London Fashion Week. Further down the line in 2007 Ben was awarded an honorary doctorate for his contribution to fashion by the University of Northamptonshire, before receiving a second honorary doctorate by the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

    www.BendeLisi.com

    • 18 Sep 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • London canals

    Join us for a day wandering through Little Venice canals on a guided boat to.....

    • 19 Sep 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Member's Home TBA

    This is a NEW Member Coffee Morning where people new to the AWBS can meet some of the AWBS Board and connect with other new members.  An Evite will be sent with details.

    • 23 Sep 2019
    • 23 Mar 2020
    • 10 sessions
    • St John the Baptist Church, Windlesham, GU20 6BL

    Art in Madrid: Sept 23

    Art in Paris: Oct 14

    Art in Amsterdam: Oct 28

    Art in Berlin: Nov 11

    Tate Gallery Visit: Nov 25

    Art in Istanbul (Ottoman Art): January 20th

    Art in Moscow: February 3rd

    Art in New York: February 24th

    Art in London: March 16th

    Gallery or Museum March 23rd



    • 24 Sep 2019
    • 12 May 2020
    • 10 sessions
    • The Fox and Hounds

    The English History group provide a forum for AWBS members to learn about the rich history and culture of Britain. Each term (autumn and spring) we organise 4 talks and 1 field trip. Our history talks are given by an award-winning lecturer Amanda Bryett who is a registered Blue Badge Guide and experienced professional speaker. Amanda has lectured on subjects as varied as The Hanoverians, the suffragette movement, post-war Britain, but one of her favourite topics is Royalty which we have made our theme on this coming autumn and spring. We meet at the The Fox and Hounds, Bishopsgate Road, Englefield Green, Egham, TW20 0XU, on selected Tuedays. Talks start at 9.45am till 11.45am. The cost is £70.00 for each series which includes the tea, coffee and snack that the The Fox and Hounds provide but not the field trip costs.

    The theme for the 2019 -2020 is Royalty. Dates are below:

    • 24th September - The royal line of succession going through all the Queens relatives and their place in line and those barred ie Catholic
    • 8th October - The royal line of illegitimate children over the centuries and their descendants place in British life today.
    • 29th October - Royal Spending - The Sovereign Grant, The Crown Estate History what it owns, how it is administrated, Rangers of Windsor Great Park
    • 19th November - Visit to the Crown Estate offices in Windsor Great Park
    • 3rd December - Royal Spending continued - The Duchy of Cornwall, The Duchy of Lancaster, The Privy Purse
    • 21st January - The Royal Collection - History, how it is funded, where it is shown, treasures owned.
    • 11th February - The Royal Collection continued
    • 10th March - British Armed Forces History. Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force. Training for officers/non commissioned officers. Household division. Royals as Colonels in Chief.
    • 28th April - St Paul's Cathedral History, Wren rebuilding. Military funerals. Modern history
    • 12th May - Field trip to St Paul's

    Sign ups for the autumn English History will take place at the general meeting on 9 September. The remaining places will be available on line to sign up to after the meeting. Activity Leaders are:

    Laura Law: email lauraelawl@yahoo.co.uk Mobile 07788 653196

    Oone Rogers email clanrogers@btinternet.com Mobile 07597 053496


    • 2 Oct 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Meets the first Wednesday of each month in members' homes. Please contact Geraldine Scott or Debby Vargas.


    Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard.

    Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent.

    Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

    Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes and the will to change it.

    • 7 Oct 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Wentworth

    Our October meeting will be at Wentworth. Our speaker will be Lady Colin Campbell - socialite and author


    Lady Colin has written many books on the Royal family. The mum of two is perhaps best known for her tell-all book about Princess Diana, which revealed an affair with James Hewitt and told of the princess’s battle with bulimia. Although at the time the claims were thought to be extraordinary, Lady Colin was proved right on both counts.

    https://www.castlegoring.com/ladyc.html

    • 11 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Location TBA

    Join us for a fun and casual evening at a local pub.  Details and location will be sent via Evite prior to event.  Spouses/partners are invited.

    • 4 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Wentworth

    Our November meeting will also be our FESTIVE BEST OF BRITAIN. There will be no speaker


    • 6 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Meets the first Wednesday of each month in members' homes. Please contact Geraldine Scott or Debby Vargas.


    A spellbinding novel about three unforgettable individuals thrown together by war, love, and their search for belonging in the ever-changing landscape of WWII London.

    It’s 1939 and Mary, a young socialite, is determined to shock her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort. She is assigned as a teacher to children who were evacuated from London and have been rejected by the countryside because they are infirm, mentally disabled, or—like Mary’s favorite student, Zachary—have colored skin.

    Tom, an education administrator, is distraught when his best friend, Alastair, enlists. Alastair, an art restorer, has always seemed far removed from the violent life to which he has now condemned himself. But Tom finds distraction in Mary, first as her employer and then as their relationship quickly develops in the emotionally charged times. When Mary meets Alastair, the three are drawn into a tragic love triangle and—while war escalates and bombs begin falling around them—further into a new world unlike any they’ve ever known.

    A sweeping epic with the kind of unforgettable characters, cultural insights, and indelible scenes that made Little Bee so incredible, Chris Cleave’s latest novel explores the disenfranchised, the bereaved, the elite, the embattled. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven is a heartbreakingly beautiful story of love, loss, and incredible courage.

    • 2 Dec 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • TBD, please contact Geraldine Scott or Debby Vargas.

    There is no book discussion, but please bring a new, gift wrapped book that is meaningful to you. ANY type of book is acceptable (fiction, non-fiction, cookbook, travel, etc.). Please include a note about why the book is special to you.



    • 4 Dec 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Please save the date for our annual Christmas holiday luncheon

    • 6 Dec 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Location TBA

    Join us for a fun and casual evening at a local pub.  Details and location will be sent via Evite prior to event.  Spouses/partners are invited.

    • 9 Dec 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Coworth Park

    Our December meeting will be at Coworth Park. Our speaker will be Kevin Cruise - Entertainer and Pantomime star


    Kevin is the much loved star of the Windsor pantomime. It’s in its 10th year now and well worth seeing! www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk

    He’s a wonderfully talented man that also raises thousands for his charity the Kevin Cruise Foundation. Kevin found fame on the hut TV series Britain’s Got Talent. www.kevincruise.co.uk

    • 8 Jan 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Meets the first Wednesday of each month in members' homes. Please contact Geraldine Scott or Debby Vargas.

    First published in 1905, THE HOUSE OF MIRTH shocked the New York society it so deftly chronicles, portraying the moral, social and economic restraints on a woman who dared to claim the privileges of marriage without assuming the responsibilities.

    Lily Bart, beautiful, witty and sophisticated, is accepted by 'old money' and courted by the growing tribe of nouveaux riches. But as she nears thirty, her foothold becomes precarious; a poor girl with expensive tastes, she needs a husband to preserve her social standing, and to maintain her in the luxury she has come to expect. Whilst many have sought her, something - fastidiousness or integrity- prevents her from making a 'suitable' match.

    • 13 Jan 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ascot racecourse

    Our first general meeting for 2020 will be at Ascot racecourse

    • 23 Jan 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Member's Home TBA

    This is a NEW Member Coffee Morning where people new to the AWBS can meet some of the AWBS Board and connect with other new members.  An Evite will be sent with details.

    • 31 Jan 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Location TBA

    Join us for a fun and casual evening at a local pub.  Details and location will be sent via Evite prior to event.  Spouses/partners are invited.

    • 5 Feb 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Meets the first Wednesday of each month in members' homes. Please contact Geraldine Scott or Debby Vargas.

    A controversial, award-winning story about the passionate but untenable affair between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man, from one of Israel’s most acclaimed novelists

    When Liat meets Hilmi on a blustery autumn afternoon in Greenwich Village, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Charismatic and handsome, Hilmi is a talented young artist from Palestine. Liat, an aspiring translation student, plans to return to Israel the following summer. Despite knowing that their love can be only temporary, that it can exist only away from their conflicted homeland, Liat lets herself be enraptured by Hilmi: by his lively imagination, by his beautiful hands and wise eyes, by his sweetness and devotion.

    Together they explore the city, sharing laughs and fantasies and pangs of homesickness. But the unfettered joy they awaken in each other cannot overcome the guilt Liat feels for hiding him from her family in Israel and her Jewish friends in New York. As her departure date looms and her love for Hilmi deepens, Liat must decide whether she is willing to risk alienating her family, her community, and her sense of self for the love of one man.

    Banned from classrooms by Israel’s Ministry of Education, Dorit Rabinyan’s remarkable novel contains multitudes. A bold portrayal of the strains—and delights—of a forbidden relationship, All the Rivers (published in Israel as Borderlife) is a love story and a war story, a New York story and a Middle East story, an unflinching foray into the forces that bind us and divide us. “The land is the same land,” Hilmi reminds Liat. “In the end all the rivers flow into the same sea.”

    • 10 Feb 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Great Fosters

    February general meeting is at Great Fosters

    • 4 Mar 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Meets the first Wednesday of each month in members' homes. Please contact Geraldine Scott or Debby Vargas.


    The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, which continues to wage bloody war over a stolen woman—Helen. In the Greek camp, another woman—Briseis—watches and waits for the war's outcome. She was queen of one of Troy's neighboring kingdoms, until Achilles, Greece's greatest warrior, sacked her city and murdered her husband and brothers. Briseis becomes Achilles's concubine, a prize of battle, and must adjust quickly in order to survive a radically different life, as one of the many conquered women who serve the Greek army.

    When Agamemnon, the brutal political leader of the Greek forces, demands Briseis for himself, she finds herself caught between the two most powerful of the Greeks. Achilles refuses to fight in protest, and the Greeks begin to lose ground to their Trojan opponents. Keenly observant and coolly unflinching about the daily horrors of war, Briseis finds herself in an unprecedented position, able to observe the two men driving the Greek army in what will become their final confrontation, deciding the fate not only of Briseis's people but also of the ancient world at large.

    Briseis is just one among thousands of women living behind the scenes in this war—the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead—all of them erased by history. With breathtaking historical detail and luminous prose, Pat Barker brings the teeming world of the Greek camp to vivid life. She offers nuanced, complex portraits of characters and stories familiar from mythology, which, seen from Briseis's perspective, are rife with newfound revelations. Barker's latest builds on her decades-long study of war and its impact on individual lives—and it is nothing short of magnificent.

    • 9 Mar 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Wentworth

    March general meeting is at Wentworth

    • 27 Mar 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Location TBA

    Join us for a fun and casual evening at a local pub.  Details and location will be sent via Evite prior to event.  Spouses/partners are invited.

    • 1 Apr 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Meets the first Wednesday of each month in members' homes. Please contact Geraldine Scott or Debby Vargas.


    It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war—and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan.

    This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas. In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to wake.

    • 27 Apr 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Great Fosters

    April general meeting is at Great Fosters

    • 6 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Meets the first Wednesday of each month in members' homes. Please contact Geraldine Scott or Debby Vargas.


    A young man arrives in the Ukraine, clutching in his hand a tattered photograph. He is searching for the woman who fifty years ago saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Unfortunately, however, he is aided in his quest by Alex, a translator with an uncanny ability to mangle English into new forms; a 'blind' old man haunted by memories of the war; and an undersexed guide dog named Sammy Davis, Jr, Jr. What they are looking for seems elusive - a truth hidden behind veils of time, language and the horrors of war. What they find turns all their worlds upside down...

    • 18 May 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Wentworth

    May general meeting is at Wentworth

    • 29 May 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Location TBA

    Join us for a fun and casual evening at a local pub.  Details and location will be sent via Evite prior to event.  Spouses/partners are invited.

    • 3 Jun 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Meets the first Wednesday of each month in members' homes. Please contact Geraldine Scott or Debby Vargas.


    In the bestselling tradition of Why Nations Fail and The Revenge of Geography, an award-winning journalist uses ten maps of crucial regions to explain the geo-political strategies of the world powers.

    All leaders of nations are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas, and concrete. To understand world events, news organizations and other authorities often focus on people, ideas, and political movements, but without geography, we never have the full picture. Now, in the relevant and timely Prisoners of Geography, seasoned journalist Tim Marshall examines Russia, China, the USA, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Japan and Korea, and Greenland and the Arctic—their weather, seas, mountains, rivers, deserts, and borders—to provide a context often missing from our political reportage: how the physical characteristics of these countries affect their strengths and vulnerabilities and the decisions made by their leaders.

    In ten, up-to-date maps of each region, Marshall explains in clear and engaging prose the complex geo-political strategies of these key parts of the globe. What does it mean that Russia must have a navy, but also has frozen ports six months a year? How does this affect Putin’s treatment of the Ukraine? How is China’s future constrained by its geography? Why will Europe never be united? Why will America never be invaded? Shining a light on the unavoidable physical realities that shape all of our aspirations and endeavors, Prisoners of Geography is the critical guide to one of the major (and most often overlooked) determining factors in world history.

Past events

14 Aug 2019 Booked for Lunch
26 Jul 2019 T.G.I.F. at The Fox and Hounds Restaurant
24 Jul 2019 Booked for Lunch
5 Jul 2019 The Savill Garden Coffee Morning & Garden Stroll
18 Jun 2019 Royal Ascot 2019
31 May 2019 T.G.I.F End of Year Gathering
13 May 2019 Lunch Buffet after AWBS General Meeting
13 May 2019 May General Meeting
9 May 2019 Members and Mimosas- Coffee Morning
6 May 2019 Art Appreciation Field Trip
3 May 2019 Grief and Loss Seminar with Jill Tonks
29 Apr 2019 Art Appreciation class 4
9 Apr 2019 Pot Luck Luncheon
1 Apr 2019 April General Meeting
29 Mar 2019 T.G.I.F Event
18 Mar 2019 FREE Spring Tennis Taster Morning
15 Mar 2019 Hollywood meet Bollywood Gala
14 Mar 2019 Coffee Morning
13 Mar 2019 Potluck Lunch
4 Mar 2019 March General Meeting
28 Feb 2019 Heritage Tour of Bombay Sapphire distillary
12 Feb 2019 Jamyang Buddhist centre
7 Feb 2019 Great Windsor Park Walk and Coffee Morning
4 Feb 2019 Chinese New Year lunch
4 Feb 2019 February General Meeting
31 Jan 2019 Winter Wine Tasting
29 Jan 2019 Mary Poppins tea
25 Jan 2019 The Inner Artist
21 Jan 2019 Art Appreciation
18 Jan 2019 TGIF
18 Jan 2019 Coffee morning
16 Jan 2019 Best of Bluestocking book shop tour
15 Jan 2019 English History
14 Jan 2019 January 2019 General Meeting
10 Jan 2019 Board meeting
9 Jan 2019 Booked for lunch
7 Jan 2019 Mahjong Mondays
13 Dec 2018 Christmas luncheon
3 Dec 2018 Dec General meeting
3 May 2018 Hats and handbags
22 Mar 2018 March Potluck Lunch
19 Mar 2018 Bibimbap cooking class

AWBS International Women's Club

Monthly meetings will take place throughout our club year from September to May. Check out the website for when and do come along - your first meeting is complimentary: you'll be so excited by what we are offering we are confident you will sign up before you leave!

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