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












AWBS Privacy Policy



AWBS International Women’s Club Privacy Policy and GDPR Compliance

This privacy policy sets out how AWBS International Women’s Club (AWBS) uses and protects any personal data that you give when you become a member of AWBS.  The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires AWBS to obtain your consent to hold and process all personal data.  It also provides for your right to withdraw your consent at any time.

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 and the activities we offer, we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified. 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 contact details and other personal data including photographs.  All the information is held within your personal profile to which you have full access.  There is no hidden information about you held in the membership database.  We also retain details of purchases made through the website.  You are able to see this information by looking in your personal profile.  We do not store credit or debit card details.

What we do with the information we gather

We require personal data to run AWBS effectively for the benefit of our members, in particular, but not limited to, the following:

  • For our members to access the Membership Directory.
  • To send out emails to our members, such as the Newsletter or notices regarding club business.
  • To send invitations to coffee mornings or other one-off events.
  • 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 reports listing all paid-up members in order to prevent non-members from signing up to an activity.
  • Photos and video/images of events, activities and general meetings may be used for publicity purposes to our own Membership.

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

Consent: Controlling your personal information

You have the right to limit how we use your personal data.  You are automatically opted out and have to positively consent to allow us to use your personal data.  We offer the following choices which are activated within your Member Profile:

  • General Consent

Consent for AWBS to use your personal data, including images, for internal administration and publicity purposes. We cannot run the club without this and therefore if you choose not to consent, please get in touch with Membership as it will not be possible for you to be a member of AWBS. 

  • Membership Directory

Consent for other Members of AWBS to find you in the Membership Directory. If you choose not to give consent, your information will still be visible to Administrators, Board Members and Activity Leaders but not to other members of the club.

  • Newsletters, notices and invitations

Consent to receiving communications from AWBS.

Withdrawing consent

You may withdraw your consent at any time.

To withdraw consent for AWBS to use your personal data for the Membership Directory and/or communications from the Club, simply edit your membership information.

If you wish to withdraw consent for AWBS to use your personal data under General Consent, this implies that you no longer wish to be a member of the club as we cannot run the club without this consent.  Please get in touch with Membership at membership [at] in order for us to action the removal of all your personal information as required by the GDPR.

When you pay your subscription, you are a member until 31st August.  If you would like to cancel your membership before this date, please let us know in writing to membership [at]  If you have not renewed by 1st October, all the data associated with your name will be deleted from the AWBS database shortly thereafter.  We also commit to deleting your name and bank account details from Barclays Bank if you have ever been paid this way.  Your details will be removed from Evite, Mailchimp and the 1and1 host server within 40 days.  You must request separately to be removed from the closed Facebook group by contacting the Facebook Administrator because you are not removed automatically.

Third parties

We use other companies to process and manage payments and receipts for the financial operation of AWBS on behalf of our members.  We also make use of communication tools for getting in touch with members.  We ensure that all third parties are GDPR compliant.  Please refer to these third parties for their GDPR compliance.

There is a procedure for the management and removal of members who leave the club or who have withdrawn their consent for all of the third party facilities we use.  Please ask if you wish to see the documentation of these procedures in our Policies and Procedures Manual (PPM) by emailing membership [at]


Information shared with them

Why we do this


Email address, name and reference

Enables AWBS to offer members the ability to pay for membership or activity by credit or debit card.

Barclays Bank

Name, sort code and account number

Enables AWBS to refund or pay a member by bank transfer.  Barclays also holds identifying information when a member pays AWBS by bank transfer.



Bank transactions are recorded in AWBS’s accounting software.  Names are often used in the description of the transaction in order to identify the payment or receipt for reporting purposes.

1and1 website host

All personal information held on the website.

Required in order to offer a website for our membership.  The database is encrypted and rolling backups kept on a 7 day cycle.  We also use a test database which is a copy of the live database and will contain the same personal information.  The test database is also encrypted and rolling backups are kept on a 7 day cycle.


Email addresses and names.

Used to send invitations to events to the membership and collect replies.  Members can opt out.


Email addresses, names and images.

There is a closed Facebook group, managed by Membership.  Members must ask to join and can ask to be removed.  The open Facebook page is not managed by AWBS and we have no control over personal information held there.


Email addresses and names.

This is the tool used to send the Newsletter and notices to our membership.  The mailing list is updated regularly with active members and members who have left are dropped.  Old mailing lists are deleted.  Members may opt out.


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.

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 the security of their own and fellow members’ data.  They should use a suitably long password, ideally a minimum of 12 characters to include numbers and symbols, and not share their passwords with anyone else.  This simple step is all that is required to make our website as secure against unauthorized access by non members as possible.  Unlike most other websites, for example, banks or Amazon, once logged in, a member has access to the contact details of all other members plus dates and times of activity outings and in some cases, a list of members attending the event.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive.  Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual.  They 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 by modifying your browser settings.

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.


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

This Privacy Policy updated: 05 April, 2018

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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