Past Events

As well as biennial conferences, FIWAL has hosted numerous events that raise funds for charities nominated by its member associations. Funds are also raised to cover FIWAL  administration costs.

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10 February 2016: FIWAL’s 30th Anniversary Celebrations was kicked off with a lovely Valentine’s Tea party, held in the very attractive Terrace Bar and Grill at Le Meridien Hotel. Champagne and a full English Tea was enjoyed by FIWAL members and their guests.

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Friday 15 May 2015: FIWAL’s Spring Luncheon was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Portland Square, London with fashion guru Alyson Walsh and music from the International String Trio.

Wednesday 11 February 2015: Champagne Tea to celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Turkish Ambassadorial Residence with a real taste of Turkey delicacies thanks to our kind hostess Mrs Esra Bilgic, wife of HE Turkish Ambassador.

Thursday 18 December 2014: Annual Christmas Tea with Carols generously hosted by Salwa Mayassi at her lovely home in Knightsbridge.

Tuesday 11 February 2014: A Valentine’s Tea was held at the French Ambassadorial Residence in aid of the French Benevolent Society.

December 2013 – FIWAL Annual Christmas Tea, kindly hosted by Salway Mayassi.

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May 2013 – FIWAL’s Spring Luncheon was held at the Churchill Hotel in London.

December 2012 – Christmas Tea. Salwa Mayassi very kindly hosted this annual event, where fifty-two ladies joined together to sing Carols, followed by a delicious light buffet lunch. Thank you to Luisella Strona for taking photographs.

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2011 – 25th Anniversary Luncheon
Monday, 9th May saw the celebration of the FIWAL’s 25th Anniversary with a splendid event held in the lovely surroundings of the Mayfair Hotel’s Crystal Room.  The festivities began with a champagne reception, followed by a superb lunch which was enjoyed by a large turnout of member from all of FIWAL’s affiliated clubs. The grand raffle, with some spectacular prizes, was generously supported and more funds were raised when two return tickets, generously donated by Turkish Airlines, were auctioned and raised a further £500 for FIWAL’s funds.

We were entertained by speaker, Dr Kate Williams, a charming young academic, author of “Royal Marriages”, who took us for a canter through British Royal marriages from their inception to the present day; very apt given the recent Royal nuptials.  She gave us all kinds of interesting titbits and brought history alive for us.

In her speech, retiring president Neena Dugal, paid tribute to FIWAL members, thanking them for their support during her 3 year tenure.  She was presented with a bouquet and warm thanks from the FIWAL clubs for staying on for an extra year. She was followed by FIWAL founding member, Jocelyn Jones who gave a brief history of the setting-up of FIWAL, outlining the ethos underpinning the idea, which has been carried on and expanded over 25 years.  We were also privileged to hear from past presidents and founding members Latifa Kosta and Anita Worral, the latter having travelled all way from South Africa especially for the occasion.

The FIWAL 25th Birthday party showed that the organisation is in very good shape and has grown and continues to grow in stature over the years.  We now look forward to the next 25 years and the 50th anniversary; perhaps some of us will still be around to celebrate! – Caroline Muir

A Bollywood-themed lunch at the famous Bombay Brasserie, with a dazzling show of an exclusive collection of Indian dress and jewellery, including traditional saris. The guest speaker, Lady Noon, presented excerpts from her film “History of India Through Food”.

A special lunch at the Royal Yacht Club was followed by a fashion show by Linda Wrigglesworth, the world renowned expert on Chinese textiles dating from the Qing Dynasty.

A special lunch at the Locarno Suite of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to celebrate 20 years of the “inception” of FIWAL.

Fiwal’s 20th Anniversary celebration luncheon at the Savoy, attended by 200 delegates, included guest delegates from Welcome Clubs International having their conference in London. The ‘Three Singing Waiters’ entertained the delegates with a repertoire ranging from popular music via light operatic to grand opera. Guest Speaker Simon Carr, political sketch writer for the Independent, spoke about the politics of our time, stressing the need for guarding our civil liberties even from our own legislature.

A conference on “The Environment” held at Senate House, Malet Street with five distinguished speakers who touched on different environmental issues.

A Spring Luncheon at the ballroom of the Dorchester Hotel with guest speaker Lady Frances Clark, CBE, who spoke about the history of the “Venice in Peril Fund”.

A Spring Luncheon held at the ballroom of the Dorchester Hotel with two speakers: Dame Jocelyn Barrow, patron of the United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and Patti Boulaye, famous opera singer, author, painter and recording star.

‘Around the World with Women’s Ornamentation and Jewellery’ – an exhibition of traditional and ornamental jewellery by FIWAL member Associations was followed by a luncheon at the Dorchester Hotel. The guest speaker was a leading jewellery expert.

FIWAL celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special luncheon held at the Langham Hilton Hotel attended by 200 members. Former FIWAL Presidents were the guest speakers.