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Thornbury and District Townswomen's Guild

How to Contact Thornbury and District Townswomen's Guild

If you are interested in joining the Townswomen's Guild please contact the Chairman Pat Denney for more information at: or on 01454 614232.

For more information about the Townswomen's Guild nationally, click here to visit www.townswomen.org.uk

About Thornbury and District Townswomen's Guild

The primary objective of the Townswomen's Guild movement is 'to advance the education of women irrespective of race, creed and party so as to enable them to make the best contribution towards the common good'.

Groups of women of all ages meet monthly to exchange ideas, learn new skills, raise money for local and international charities and generally have fun!

Townswomen's Guilds grew out of the Women's Social and Political Union or suffragist movement which we in Thornbury Guild commemorate by sometimes turning out in boaters, most recently at the Thornbury Carnival.

Over its 80 year history the Townswomen's Guild movement has consistently fought for the advancement of women's rights.

Thornbury and District Townswomen's Guild celebrated its 50th Birthday in 2009. It meets in the Cossham Hall on the second Wednesday in the month when there is a short business meeting followed by a speaker or entertainment.

Members run special interest groups for Arts and Crafts, Music, Books, and supporting sick members.

We have been delighted to welcome new members recently, and look forward to welcoming many more in the coming months.

The subscription for 2014 is £28.

Our Latest Meeting

Thornbury Guild met in the Cossham Hall for the July meeting, which began on a sad note with members standing in silence for a moment to remember Lynn Simons, who had recently passed away. Chairman, Pat Denney, thanked those who had represented the Guild in the Carnival parade and Janet Rawles gave a report on the Annual General Meeting in Cardiff. Tickets were on sale for the coffee morning and details given of forthcoming events: tea at Highfield Garden Centre on 30 July; a visit to the American Museum near Bath on 20 August and the Annual Lunch in Usk on 24 September. Patchway Guild had issued an invitation to join them on a visit to Seaton on 6 August.

Members were reminded that entries for the photographic competition should be in by the next meeting. The walking group’s walk around Olveston in June had been very enjoyable and the next one is on 21 July at Oldbury. The Book Club’s next meeting is on 12 August but the Arts and Crafts Group will not meet until September.

Mr Deryck Pritchard is an Operational Crew Member and Fund Raising Officer for Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) which started at Beachley (under the M48) in 1973, and the Sharpness station, where he is based, opened in 1986 because of incidents resulting in loss of life in that area. The organisation is run entirely by volunteers and funded by donations. Training takes place twice a week and there are fund raising activities, street collections and talks to raise awareness of the organisation. The two stations mentioned above cover the tidal part of the River Severn and Tewkesbury and Wyre Forest stations cover the non-tidal part and deal with flooding. Mr Pritchard showed short videos of the equipment used, which includes several boats, two 4x4 vehicles, launch tractor and cradle, all equipped with winches, first aid and recovery gear. The River Severn is a very difficult river to work on, mud being one of the biggest enemies. Everyone was full of admiration for the work of SARA and Pat Denney thanked Mr Pritchard for a very enlightening talk.

Raffle prizes were won by Barbara Twining, Dot Culverhouse and Ruth Edwards. Stevie Wilts won the competition for a boat picture. The next meeting is on 10 September when Fiona Mitchell will talk about Uganda. The competition is for a string of beads.

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Venue information

Cossham Hall, Thornbury
Chapel Street, Thornbury , BS35 2BJ

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