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Acton Court
A Tudor House built for the pleasure of Henry VIII

Latteridge Road, Iron Acton BS37 9TL
Tel: 01454 228224
www.actoncourt.com
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Almondsbury Allotments

Hortham Farm, Hortham Lane, Almondsbury BS32 4JW
Tel: 01454 612451


Alveston Gardens Association

The Alveston Gardens Association meets on the first Monday of each month in the Jubilee Hall, Greenhill, Alveston at 7.30pm.
Each month there is a guest speaker to enlighten us on all manner of things "gardening".
In addition to the monthly meetings, each year we organise Day Trips, Extended Trips, the Alveston Flower Show and a Christmas Lunch.
For more information click below to visit our webpage.

www.alveston.org/alveston/alvesto...


Avon Wildlife Trust

The Avon Wildlife Trust is the largest membership-based wildlife organisation in the area, dedicated to promoting and protecting wildlife.

www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk


Eastwood Gardeners' Club

Our meetings are in the Armstrong Hall on the second Tuesday of each month between 7pm and 9pm. We have a varied selection of speakers and also organise trips to gardens of interest during the year. If you would like to join the club, please contact either Jill Lowden on 01453 842235 or Ann Varney on 01454 260235. Membership for the year is only £12. You can also come along as a visitor to see if you would like to join - at a cost of only £1.50.


Filnore Allotments

Filnore Allotments show what can be achieved in transforming a field into productive food plots. Find us in the field behind Thornbury Leisure Centre near the skateboard park. Click below to find out more.

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Filnore Woods

Filnore Woods Community Woodland provides a diverse range of habitats for wildlife, gives people a wild place to visit, and provides opportunities for education. The woods are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To find them, cross the field at the back of the Leisure Centre, the one with the skateboard park in it. The entrance is just beyond the new allotments. Click the link below to find out more.

filnorewoods.blogspot.com


Friends of Filnore Woods

Keeping Filnore Woods attractive for people and for wildlife needs a lot of work. Brambles, thistles and nettles are trying to take over the site and the grass needs cutting at least once a year to retain and promote the wildflowers. We rely on volunteers to do this valuable work. If you would like to get involved you can join the email list by emailing below or phone Jerry Dicker.

Tel: 01454 416945
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Friends of Park Farm Medieval Fishponds

The group has been created to conserve, monitor, maintain, promote and protect Thornbury's Medieval Fishponds. The aim is to preserve the site so that it continues to support a wide range of flora and fauna, and to ensure that the archaeological aspects of the site are protected. For more information, please contact Dave Rowley:

Tel: 01454 412941
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Ian McGuire - Wild Owl Educational Services

I am a very established local freelance owl conservationist and I work to educate the public about wild British owls and their conservation. I am well known for the public owl prowls that I conduct for South Glos Council every Autumn and also give talks to many community groups including schools, teaching local people of all ages about owls and their conservation.

Yate-based, covering all South Gloucestershire
Tel: 07770 684200
www.wildowl.co.uk
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Mumbleys Farmhouse Rural Courses

Mumbleys Farmhouse, Sweetwater Lane, Mumbleys, Thornbury BS35 3JY
Tel: 01454 415296
www.mumbleysfarmhouse.co.uk
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Old Down Country Park

Foxholes Lane, Tockington BS32 4PG
Tel: 01454 414081
www.olddowncountrypark.co.uk
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Olveston Young Farmers Club

We meet at Falfield Village Hall on Mondays at 7.30pm.

www.gloucestershireyfc.co.uk
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Raptorcare

Tel: 01454 294258
www.raptorcare.co.uk
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Severn Vale Smallholders Association

Meetings are held in the Stuart Room at the Chantry, Castle Street, Thornbury. See the calendar for details.

Tel: 01454 415286


Severnside Ramblers

We arrange walks each weekend as well as midweek evenings in the summer. The area and length of the walk varies greatly and members also arrange occasional weekends away.
We have regular social events such as skittles evenings, quiz nights, barbecues and the like, and there is always a Christmas dinner.
However, we are more than just a walking club. The Ramblers is a registered charity and one of its aims is to campaign to keep the footpath network open.
Please visit our website below for details of our walks.

www.severnside-ramblers.org.uk


St Mary's Almondsbury Church Walking Group

The Church Walking Group meets regularly at St. Mary's Olveston, at 9.30am on the second Tuesday. Some walks start at Olveston and others at nearby villages at 10am. Everyone is welcome to join in. We meet throughout the year, except July and August. Contact Dan Evans for details on 625313 or simply arrive at 9:30am!


Thornbury Allotment Association

Daggs Allotments at the top of the High Street are administered for the people of Thornbury by Thornbury Town Trust.
Thomas Dagg gave the field to Thornbury in 1546, so we tend what must be some of the oldest allotments in the country.
There are 120 allotments, and the Association has over 100 members. It organises social events, monthly newsletters, and an Allotment Shop.
Gillingstool Primary School's plot offers pupils the chance to grow and eat their own produce.
Membership costs just a couple of pounds a year, and brings many benefits. You don't need to be a plot holder to become a member. We have discounted seeds, competitive prices on gardening items, guest speakers and visits.
If you would like to become a member, or be added to the waiting list for a plot, contact Margaret Powell at the Town Trust by email below.

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Thornbury Community Composting

Situated in the car park at Thornbury Leisure Centre, this is manned on Saturday mornings, but open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Householders can deposit green waste, and collect compost - donations keep the site viable. Click below to read more...

www.mythornbury.co.uk/community_c...


Thornbury Community Garden

Thornbury Community garden is a place of comfort, solace and relaxation for any person to spend time in. It’s the perfect place for meet-ups, to have lunch in, to bring the kids to have a run around or to just go to take a look. The garden is usually open 7 days a week - with natural surroundings that are kept immaculate by volunteer workers.

Upper Bath Road, Thornbury
www.thornburycommunitygarden.org.uk
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Thornbury Geology Group

We are a section of Thornbury Museum and meet on the third Thursday of each month at 7.30pm in the Chantry. We meet to exchange information about local and world wide geological topics and examine maps, rocks, minerals and fossils. No previous knowledge of geology is needed and beginners and experts alike are welcome.

Tel: 01454 416882
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Thornbury Horticultural Society

The oldest Horticultural Society in Thornbury was established in the 1830s by a group of gentlemen of the town 'to introduce a taste of gardening amongst the cottages...'. The Society is affiliated to the RHS, and membership entitles you to a discount at Thornbury Garden Shop and free entry to the Shows and Social Evenings. For more information please click below.

Tel: 0793 4560207
www.thornburyhorticulturalsociety...
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Thornbury in Bloom

We all enjoy the award-winning floral displays that brighten up Thornbury. Imaginative floral creations welcome us as we enter the town, and hanging baskets and tubs create colourful splashes throughout the town centre.
For this we have to thank Thornbury in Bloom - a group of volunteers who raise money each year to fund the displays, and work hard to plant up the various containers.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury_i...
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Thornbury Rambling Club

The Thornbury Rambling Club has been in existence for 37 years and is known for its friendly atmosphere and diverse activities.
Its objectives are:
- To bring enjoyment to its members through an appreciation and love of the countryside.
- To endeavour to preserve footpaths and means of access to the countryside.
Contact Mary Cowley on 0117 910 4974 for more information.

www.thornburyramblers.org.uk


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Monday 1st September 2014
7.30pm: Alveston Gardens Association
Jubilee Hall, Alveston

A Naturalist in England - with Helen Mugdridge

www.alveston.org/alveston/communi...

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Thursday 4th September 2014
9am: Thornbury Farmers Market
St Mary Centre

Farmers Markets are held on the first and third Thursdays of every month, 9am-1.30pm, and provide an opportunity to buy a great range of locally grown and prepared products.

Like your own stall? For more information, please contact Alan Cole, Centre Manager on 01454 888822.

www.stmarycentre.co.uk/market.php

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Saturday 6th September 2014
2pm: Alveston Flower Show
Jubilee Hall, Alveston

Held in the Jubilee Hall and Youth Centre

Timings as follows:

8.30-10.30 am Staging of exhibits
2.00 pm Show opens to the public
4.45 pm Presentation of Cups and Prizes, drawing of the raffle and auction of donated produce.

Cream Teas available 2.30–4.15pm

Alveston Flower Show is open to everybody, you don't have to live in Alveston to take part. There are plenty of classes to choose from – click below to download a copy of the schedule.

This year profits from the Show are going to the Friends of Bristol Eye Hospital. More info about the Friends can be found at fbeh.org

Click below to download a copy of the schedule.

www.alveston.org/obj/alvestonflow...

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Thursday 11th September 2014
South Gloucestershire Discover Festival 2014

South Gloucestershire’s biggest festival 11 September – 31 October 2014

Now in its third year, the Discover Festival is an exciting and diverse programme of events for young adults, adults and families to discover something new in South Gloucestershire. It is organised by South Gloucestershire Council, local residents, community groups and businesses. We want to show why South Gloucestershire is a great place to live and work.

Discover 2013 featured 225 events and 8 exhibitions. Over 8000 people attended events which ranged from one to one advice sessions to large scale open days. 2013 saw a 25% increase in the numbers of events featured in the festival and a 33% increase in people attending from 2012.

The Discover 2014 will take... Read more >>

www.southglos.gov.uk/discover
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Saturday 13th September 2014
10am: Thornbury Food Fair

10am-2pm, Castle Street and The Plain, Thornbury

Come and indulge in a celebration of food in Thornbury. Castle Street and the Plain are being closed off to allow local food suppliers and caterers to display their products and services. There'll be plenty to see, try and buy.

This event is organised by Thornbury Chamber of Commerce.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury_f...

2pm: Tockington Harvest Fayre on the village green

Come along for delicious home made cakes, cream teas, live music by 'The Femmes' (40's trio) and displays by Fromeside Gymnastic club.

Stalls, games, fun for all the family as well as Crowning of the Harvest Queen!


Thursday 18th September 2014
9am: Thornbury Farmers Market
St Mary Centre

Farmers Markets are held on the first and third Thursdays of every month, 9am-1.30pm, and provide an opportunity to buy a great range of locally grown and prepared products.

Like your own stall? For more information, please contact Alan Cole, Centre Manager on 01454 888822.

www.stmarycentre.co.uk/market.php

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Sunday 21st September 2014
11am: National Gardens Scheme Open Day
The Sheiling School

Provisional arrangements to be confirmed: Open from 11am to 4:30pm. Admission for adults £4, children free. Refreshments available and a plant sale.

Thornbury New Parke Archaeology Group are expected to be back by popular demand, holding another dig at the pig pond or the castle pond.

www.sheilingschool.org.uk

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Thursday 25th September 2014
Cask Ale Festival
The Swan, Thornbury

Cask Ale Week starts and to celebrate this we will be holding a Cask Ale Festival this weekend.

Come and try some great beers, many of them from local breweries served straight from the tap.

Call 01454 413062 for more information.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/f...

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Thursday 2nd October 2014
9am: Thornbury Farmers Market
St Mary Centre

Farmers Markets are held on the first and third Thursdays of every month, 9am-1.30pm, and provide an opportunity to buy a great range of locally grown and prepared products.

Like your own stall? For more information, please contact Alan Cole, Centre Manager on 01454 888822.

www.stmarycentre.co.uk/market.php

More details >>


Monday 6th October 2014
7.30pm: Alveston Gardens Association
Jubilee Hall, Alveston

The Shaded Garden - with Duncan Coombs

www.alveston.org/alveston/communi...

More details >>


Thursday 16th October 2014
9am: Thornbury Farmers Market
St Mary Centre

Farmers Markets are held on the first and third Thursdays of every month, 9am-1.30pm, and provide an opportunity to buy a great range of locally grown and prepared products.

Like your own stall? For more information, please contact Alan Cole, Centre Manager on 01454 888822.

www.stmarycentre.co.uk/market.php

More details >>


Saturday 25th October 2014
2pm: Spring bulb planting with Thornbury in Bloom

Starts: 02:00 pm
Ends: 04:00 pm

Come and help Thornbury in Bloom with their annual spring bulb planting event

Please wear boots and gloves and if you have them bring a spade for planting.

No dogs allowed except guide dogs

Meet at the Garden Shop, High Street, Thornbury, BS35 2AQ

www.thornburyinbloom.co.uk

This event is part of South Gloucestershire Council's Discover Festival, which runs from 11 September to 31 October. It is an exciting programme of over 200 events – of which over 150 are free, showcasing local organisations, events and places.

www.southglos.gov.uk/leisure-and-...


Tuesday 28th October 2014
7pm: Owl prowl
Thornbury Leisure Centre

Starts: 07:00 pm
Ends: 08:30 pm

Join Ian McGuire of Wild Owl for an exciting twilight walk in search of owls through Filnore Woods near Thornbury.

Wear warm clothing and boots and bring a torch.

No dogs allowed except guide dogs

Filnore Woods, Thornbury

This event is part of South Gloucestershire Council's Discover Festival, which runs from 11 September to 31 October. It is an exciting programme of over 200 events – of which over 150 are free, showcasing local organisations, events and places.

www.southglos.gov.uk/leisure-and-...

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Monday 3rd November 2014
7.30pm: Alveston Gardens Association AGM
Jubilee Hall, Alveston

Annual General Meeting

www.alveston.org/alveston/communi...

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Thursday 6th November 2014
9am: Thornbury Farmers Market
St Mary Centre

Farmers Markets are held on the first and third Thursdays of every month, 9am-1.30pm, and provide an opportunity to buy a great range of locally grown and prepared products.

Like your own stall? For more information, please contact Alan Cole, Centre Manager on 01454 888822.

www.stmarycentre.co.uk/market.php

More details >>


Thursday 20th November 2014
9am: Thornbury Farmers Market
St Mary Centre

Farmers Markets are held on the first and third Thursdays of every month, 9am-1.30pm, and provide an opportunity to buy a great range of locally grown and prepared products.

Like your own stall? For more information, please contact Alan Cole, Centre Manager on 01454 888822.

www.stmarycentre.co.uk/market.php

More details >>


Monday 1st December 2014
7.30pm: Alveston Gardens Association
Jubilee Hall, Alveston

So you think you know about Gladiolus? - with Gill Hazel

www.alveston.org/alveston/communi...

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Tuesday 2nd December 2014
Alveston Gardens Association Christmas Lunch
Jubilee Hall, Alveston

For more information, please click below.

www.alveston.org/alveston/communi...

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Thursday 4th December 2014
9am: Thornbury Farmers Market
St Mary Centre

Farmers Markets are held on the first and third Thursdays of every month, 9am-1.30pm, and provide an opportunity to buy a great range of locally grown and prepared products.

Like your own stall? For more information, please contact Alan Cole, Centre Manager on 01454 888822.

www.stmarycentre.co.uk/market.php

More details >>



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