Monday, 12 December 2016

Pre-Christmas Swans

The Surrey Swans pre-Christmas buffet happened last night. We had a really nice time. Always good to see people and catch up with what’s happening in their lives.

From the top left we have:

Emma, Laura, Adele, Clara, Mia, Chelle, Gina
Vickie, Tina, Adrienne, Rachel, Chloe, Susan, Chloe
Andrea, Sally

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Monday, 13 June 2016

June 2016

We had a good meeting on Sunday June 5th. It was even warm (and dry) enough to sit outside for a while.

Jo came to visit along with a display of products, with an opportunity to take a look at things and try them out along with helpful hint;,s tips and advice.

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Pictures that illustrate life isn’t just black and white

Back in November 2015 we had a visit from Ernielson Limbo.

As I mentioned then,Ernielson is a second year  BA Photography student at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham. Ernielson has been working on a project on The Third Gender. Part of this involves merging portrait photographs of people with the text of things they have said to produce abstract representations.

I said that I’d post a link to the images that Ernielson created one he had completed them. So here is Ernielson’s Facebook page and here is a link to the album of pictures.

They are great!

As Ernielson says:

This body of work attemps to destroy the socially constructed boundaries of gender in the contemporary world. By the own words of those photographed, the images are manipulated and corrupted. Symbolising the refusual to be categorised and challenges the binary concept of gender as well as expressing gender freedom.
A special Thank You to the Surrey Swans

Thank you Ernielson, it was great to meet you. And, of course, you are welcome to visit the Swans any time at all.

December special

December 2015 was an unusual month for Surrey Swans.
Usually there is no meeting in December, but in 2015 we had a pre-Christmas buffet.
The food was provided by the Lion Brewery, where our meetings take place.
It was a fun, relaxing time.
Here are a few pictures:
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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Sunday November 29 2015–Speech and Portrait Modification

We had a really pleasant evening at the Surrey Swans this week.

Louise Milner-Smith who is a Voice and Speech Coach, Qualified Speech and Language Therapist visited us and talked about the work that she has done and continues to do in the area of voice modification, particularly in relation to transgender people.

 

The kind of topics that Louise covered included:

Introduction

-        Who am I

-        What do I do

-        Background & relevant experience

Getting help – what matters most?

-        Qualifications

-        Experience

-        Cost

-        Location – hospital / clinic or private setting

-        Length of initial appointment & follow-up appointment

-        Group or One to One

-        Face to face or online (including video consultation)

Which voice for you – how to decide?

How to look after your voice – general tips

Open forum questions & answers

It was really interesting and helpful.

Louise has a strong personal commitment to helping Transgender people. It was great to meet her and spend some time talking with her.

There are contact details for Louise here if you’d like to find out more.

After speaking with us Louise stayed for the rest of the evening chatting with people.

Here’s Louise with Linda and Adele.

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We also had a visit from Ernielson Limbo. Ernielson is a second year  BA Photography student at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham. Ernielson is working on a project on The Third Gender. Part of this involves merging portrait photographs of people with the text of things they have said to produce abstract representations.

Once the images are available I’ll post a link to them.

It was great to meet Ernielson, and once he had the portraits and text that he needed he stayed around and chatted with people.

Here’s Gina, Mia and Laura with Ernielson.

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We had a visit from a film crew of students way back in November 2013 as described here.

Monday, 26 October 2015

October 2015

There were about 16 of us at the meeting this past Sunday, with 2 girls visiting us for the first time.It’s always a real pleasure to meet new people.

We also had a visit from Michelle who told us a bit about the work that she does. It was lovely to meet her and listen to her. She is a stylist who is keen on helping people to have a positive mind-set and to realise their own beauty and greatness. We really hope that she will be able to visit us again sometime soon.

Monday, 20 July 2015

June 2015

There was a smaller than usual gathering of girls at the meeting in June. Nevertheless, it was a very enjoyable evening.

The weather had been fairly good that day so we sat out a while. Here are a few of us: