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 2013 is £26.
Our Latest Meeting
The April meeting of Thornbury Guild began with a brief presentation from Penny Lawrence on behalf of the Great Western Air Ambulance, the charity supported by Guild members this year. A short film outlined the work of this Air Ambulance, which is the only one in the country to provide critical care with a paramedic and trauma doctor on board. It costs £1.5 million to keep the helicopter flying, even though the doctors give their time voluntarily, and depends on fund raising.
Chairman, Pat Denney, announced that a newly established walking group would meet on Monday 22 April at 2 p.m. in the long-stay car park in Thornbury for their inaugural walk; any member is welcome to join. Thornbury Guild would also take part in the Carnival procession on 6 July. Joan Ripley reported on the Book Club and Kate Thomas thanked everyone for purchasing the Easter bags, made by the Arts & Crafts group, which raised £38.
“Bristol in Pictures” was the subject chosen by the speaker Alan Jenkins, a professional photographer, for his talk, which took a different form from usual. Mr Jenkins brought with him a considerable number of large, framed photographs in black and white but with some coloured highlights, which were passed around the audience for their comments and questions. There were views, some from unusual angles, of well-known Bristol landmarks such as the Suspension Bridge, Christmas Steps and the Cenotaph, as well as some from outside the area like Clevedon Pier and the two Severn Bridges. Other iconic hallmarks of Bristol, i.e. Concorde, the ss Great Britain and The Matthew, were not forgotten, either. The excellent photography was much admired, and the vote of thanks was given by Jo Andow.
Pat Denney, Wendy Malpass, and Joan Ripley were among the raffle prize winners, and Dot Culverhouse won the competition for a picture of Bristol. Next month’s meeting will be on 15th May (which is the 3rd Wed.) when Philip Taubenham will speak on Antiques and Collectables; members are invited to bring small items for valuation/discussion. There will also be a sales table for books.
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