About AWBS International Women's Club organization.

Welcome to AWBS

On behalf of the Board and Members, welcome to AWBS International Women’s Club.

With a current membership of over 200 we are a diverse group of British and expat women who currently call Berkshire/Surrey home.

The fundamental reasons for the Club’s existence remain the same as they did when it first launched 36 years ago:  to make friends (who become like family), to establish a strong network in the area, learn about the host country, and share similar interests.

AWBS also plays an important role in welcoming home repatriating British citizens and allowing them to remain involved in an international community.

We start each month with our General Meeting where we have  welcomed great speakers like Lady Carnarvon of Highclere Castle (the REAL Downton Abby), to the entrepreneurial co-founder of Green & Blacks chocolate, Anton de Buc, Jean-Christophe Novelli, Princess Michael of Kent, and Grant Harold (The Royal Butler) to name but a few who have entertained us in recent times.

Our meetings are often held in grand surroundings like Great Fosters, Shepperton Studios, The Wentworth Club and Pinewood Studios.

Our General Meeting is also a time to shop with local businesses who support our Philanthropy efforts by participating in our Best of Britain shopping area. Each month, there are different businesses to choose from and always something to purchase!

Between General Meetings, there are no less than 20 activities and tours to be involved with. AWBS provides opportunities for our members to meet and engage in social, educational, and leisure activities. We are thankful to our Member Volunteers who organise tours, activities, talks and demonstrations to ensure our diaries overflow with diverse things to do. The best friendships are based on common interests, and the AWBS calendar of events is a great place to start filling your diary and meeting new friends.

An example of some of the fun things we share: mahjong, country walks, Art History lectures, English History lectures, book club, art lessons, tennis, crafting, and guided tours in and around London, Berkshire and Surrey. We also enjoy annual events such as Christmas Lunch, Hats and Handbags Spring Luncheon, as well as ever changing fundraising events to support our philanthropic work. We welcome suggestions for new ideas, and encourage members to participate in the planning and organising.

Our Club is an active member of FAWCO, Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas, and FIWAL, Federation of International Women’s Associations in London and as such, members benefit from the opportunity to apply for educational grants, participate in global conferences, and more.

As an Australian global nomad these past ten years, and with no sign of ‘going home’ I am a serial Club member and volunteer. As we embarked on our first international move all those years ago, a friend who had returned to Sydney after living in Tokyo for five years told me that getting involved was the best way to make friends and feel connected to your new home.  So I did, and continue to do so and encourage others to do the same.

I wonder if the founding 32 members had any idea of the impact their first few get togethers all those years ago would have on future expat lives? I hope so.

You are very welcome to be our guest at our next meeting to see what we are about before deciding to join, or just become a member straight away.  Please email membership [at] for more information.

To quote W.B.Yeats “There are no strangers, only friends you have not met yet”

We look forward to meeting you,

With Friendship

Shelley Fredman

President, 2017/18












Privacy Policy

AWBS International Women’s Club Website Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how AWBS International Women’s Club (“AWBS”) uses and protects any information that you give when you use this website.

AWBS is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. In order to be an active member of AWBS with full access to the website, we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using it. You can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy policy.

AWBS may change this policy by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. 

What we collect

We collect the following personal information:

  • Name and address.
  • Contact information including email address and phone numbers.
  • Demographic information such as childrens’ school and country of origin (both optional).
  • Personal information such as professional skills or volunteering preferences (optional).
  • Membership payment details including dates, method and amount.
  • Other payment and sign-up records for activities or special events. 

We do not store credit card details.

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to run AWBS effectively for the benefit of our membership, in particular, but not limited to, the following:

  • For our members to access the on-line Directory.
  • To produce a printed Directory of our members.
  • To send out emails to our members, such as the Newsletter.
  • From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you, for example, in relation to your preferences for volunteering or professional skills.
  • For Board members to run reports from the data stored in the database.
  • For Activity Leaders to run a report listing all paid-up members in order to prevent non-members from signing up to an activity.

It is not permitted for anyone to use our membership information for personal gain or for marketing purposes.

When you leave the Club, all your personal information is deleted from the database.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Those adding pages to the website or editing material must take responsibility for what is included in the public space and should log out and check what’s visible to non members.

It is also the responsibility of our members to ensure they use a suitably long password, ideally a minimum of 12 characters to include numbers and symbols.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to our members’ needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy policy. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy policy applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the use of your personal information by updating your "Member Information" in your Profile, in the following two ways:

  • Select the “No” option if you do not wish your contact details to be included in the printed Directory.
  • Select the “No” option if you do not wish other members to find you in the online Membership Directory.

Note that Administrators and VPs of Membership will have access to all your personal details and Activity Leaders to a limited subset of those, even if you select “No” for both the above.


If you wish to comment on or discuss any aspect of this privacy policy, please get in touch with us at it [at]

Updated: September 2017

Remembrance Day - Armistice Day - Poppy Day - Veterans Day

The St. James Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution requests the pleasure of your company at Brookwood American Cemetery for a Veteran’s Day and Remembrance Sunday Service to honour those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America, and AWBS has the honor of co-hosting the reception afterwards with CAWC and AWS.

Bring your Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts! It is a unique, special event in lovely countryside and an historic cemetery. Representatives from the armed services and various diplomats will attend.

AWBS Photo Gallery

Lady Carnavon of Highclere Castle (The real Downton Abbey) signing books at our meeting.

AWBS International Women's Club has lots to offer: Over 20 Activities, Fantastic Speakers at our General Meetings, and plenty of opportunities to join in, at our Christmas Craft Fayre, for instance! 


Lady Carnarvon
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