We normally meet on the last Sunday of each month except for December when there isn't a meeting.
The group has no official membership list. The people that attend the get-togethers vary quite a bit each month. There are girls that are regulars and others that turn up just once in a while.
There are many guys who's first venture into the outside world as a girl has been to pay a visit to Surrey Swans and newcomers are always welcome.
The meetings are held at a pub in Ash, Surrey. We meet in a separate room that has it's own entrance so it's well suited to anyone that feels a bit nervous about taking those first steps.
Typically there are between 15 and 25 people there. People begin arriving at round about 7:30 pm and generally stay until somewhere between 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm.
There's an attendance fee of £2.50 per person. The aim of this is to cover the cost of paying the person that works behind the bar and also subsidise the cost of events that are organised from time to time.
Usually there is also a raffle. The purchase of raffle tickets is entirely optional ... but if you don't buy a ticket you won't win any prizes. Income from the raffle is also used to subsidise the cost of events.
Food is available ... typical pub kind of food.
Often times there is nothing in particular organised. People sit and chat about anything and everything.
Occasionally there is a theme evening. We've also had demonstrations on how best to apply eye makeup, wig styling and an Anne Summers evening.
Although Surrey Swans isn't specifically organised as a help group ... just talking with other people that are in similar circumstances can be of great help. There are always people around that are happy to listen and offer help where they can.
It is possible to get changed and put on makeup in privacy at the pub.
If you're interested in knowing more about Surrey Swans or transgendered issues in general - or maybe would like to come along sometime - then email SurreySwans@hotmail.co.uk or Andrea.Wright@hotmail.co.uk for more information. We'd love to hear from you.
Please click here for dates of meetings.