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 

    • 29 Apr 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • St John's Windlesham

    • 3 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1 Alpine Close, Hancocks Mount, Ascot, SL5 9WB
    • 10

    Our wonderful Helping Hands Team has organised a session to help those of us experiencing grief or loss at this time.  This grief may be due to the loss of a loved one but it could also be associated with a life change like moving abroad or have a friend move.  Whatever the situation, we would like to provide resources to our membership to help those in these difficult life transitions.

    Jill will address:

    • What happens in the brain when someone experiences grief or loss
    • How emotions work
    • How to use negative emotions constructively
    • Self-help strategies
    • How to support others through grief and loss

    About the Speaker

    After 20 years as a Probation Officer supporting people with complex needs, Jill Tonks ( and is now self-employed as a coach and specialises in empowering those who have been impacted by cancer personally (or through supporting a loved one). As well as her professional experience, she has supported a close family member through cancer treatment.  Jill is also a resilience and wellbeing trainer and workplace coach. She currently works with Macmillan (with their frontline specialist nurses in cancer and palliative care), as well as with domestic abuse program tutors and frontline staff in public service organisations such as the Surrey County Council.

    Attendance is free but space is limited so RSVP now.  Light refreshments will be served.  Contact Ashlyn Hall at with questions or for more information.

    • 6 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • National Gallery

    • 9 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ashlyn Hall's Home

    Members & Mimosas!

    Join us for our last 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.

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

    Our May speaker is Anton Du Beke from BBC's "Strictly Come Dancing". He's a national treasure and a huge fan of our wonderful club! Brought to the public’s attention through the hit BBC1 show Strictly Come Dancing, Anton Du Beke has become a household name and a familiar face on our TV screens. Whether he’s dancing, presenting game shows, or making television guest appearances — he’s fast becoming a media personality in his own right and earning himself the title ‘Mr Showbiz’.

    Witty, charismatic and a natural entertainer, Anton’s skills in front of an audience extend far beyond his dancing: he is now widely known for his quick wit, repartee and inimitable sartorial style. Coined ‘the ultimate gentleman’, Anton defines modern-day dapper: classically stylish and always impeccably turned-out – much like his hero Fred Astaire whom Anton upholds as his style icon.

    Speaking of fans, it’s reputed that the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles as well as David Cameron all tuned in to see Anton and Ann Widdecombe’s show-stopping Strictly performances – their flamboyant routines causing nothing short of a nationwide sensation with over twelve million viewers tuning in!

    • 31 May 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Wentworth Club, Wentworth Drive, Virginia Water GU25 4LS

    Join us for a great evening TGIF with spouses/partners invited at The Wentworth Club bar.  Cash bar.  NO JEANS ALLOWED.  

    • 19 Jun 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Ascot

    Ascot's Annual Party! Royal Ascot is Britain's most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world's finest racehorses to compete for millions of pounds in prize money.

    Last year we had a wonderful time at the Queen Anne enclosure and our little designated marquee! Sunita Shroff will again organise the AWBS Royal Ascot party this year with optional separate drinks ticket. We are able to bring our own picnics and alcohol in. This event is sold out - but please get in touch with Sunny for any cancellation slots.

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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