Address: The Town Hall, 35 High Street, Thornbury BS35 2AR
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Thornbury Town Council and South Gloucestershire Council have begun discussions to explore options to make best use of existing community facilities in the town to deliver services for the growing population. One option that will be looked into is whether the facilities currently provided at the Armstrong Hall could be better provided in the modern Turnberries building. South Gloucestershire Council will also consider whether some of its services, including the library, could be centralised at Turnberries, to develop a community centre with a range of activities on offer.
The Turnberries site has the potential to accommodate an Armstrong Hall equivalent size space for performances, with associated stage and changing rooms, as well as additional community meeting space and facilities. Further work is needed to explore whether the Museum could also be accommodated. Discussion will of course take place with the Turnberries and Museum Trustees.
As the Armstrong Hall complex, the library and Turnberries are important, well used community facilities, it is essential that the people of Thornbury are fully involved and consulted on the future of them and the services they provide. Over the next few months, much more work will be needed to establish the feasibility of the proposals. This will include considering the need for new facilities and the design for them, obtaining detailed costings and potential funding sources. This will be used as the basis for detailed consultation with the community and users over the summer before any decisions are made.
Cllr Helen Harrison, Mayor of Thornbury and Chair of the Armstrong Hall Trust said:
“It is important for the future of Thornbury, that as the town grows it has the community facilities to enable it to thrive. This idea is one that we should fully explore with local people to ensure that Thornbury gets the facilities it needs that will serve us well into the future. At this very early stage, absolutely no decisions have been made, the Town Council is taking a twin track approach and continuing to progress its plans for the Armstrong Hall at its current site, whilst exploring the potential of the Turnberries option.”
Councillor Heather Goddard, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Environment and Community Services committee, said:
“Thornbury has a very active and engaged community of people who want access to services. While there is always change to the way we do things, it makes sense not only to use the best facilities on offer, but also to sit down with partners and discuss the best way of providing services together, if it means we can be more efficient and it will deliver what local people need.”
“We are at the having conversations stage, but we want to make sure that the local community is part of that conversation. As we are able to develop options and ideas, we will make sure that residents get the chance to make their views known before we make any firm proposals.”
"I feel honoured and privileged to have the opportunity to be Mayor of Thornbury and I look forward very much to serving the community over the coming year in this role.
Thornbury is such a wonderful place to live, with so many great people and organisations doing really good works, and my focus over the year is to raise their profiles as much as possible.
With all the talk about new developments, and insufficient parking, and lack of adequate health facilities, it is easy to get bogged down in the negative stuff. And whilst I’m not pretending those issues don’t exist, I do think it is important that we keep them in balance with all the good things going on locally, and find ways to celebrate the positives of our town.
So, with that in mind I will be relaunching the Mayor’s Youth Awards in the coming months, to raise awareness of the many ways in which our young people are involved in local good works.
And I am delighted to announce that my charity of the year is to be JIGSAW – a Thornbury based charity that supports children with additional needs, and their families, and raises awareness about the range of issues that they have to deal with on a daily basis.
My diary is already filling up with some wonderful invitations, to support local events and initiatives, and I look forward to receiving many more, so that I can raise profiles and share many good news stories. Follow me on Twitter: @mayorthornbury, or Facebook: Mayor of Thornbury
If anyone is running an event and would like me to make a mayoral appearance, please contact the Town Hall for a booking form."
The Town Council is responsible for running Thornbury, and it's your first point of call if you want to find out more about where you live or how the town operates.
The Town Hall is easy to find, right on the High Street in a Grade 2 listed former police station, and you're welcome to drop in any time. It houses the Council chamber, offices and community facilities.
The building is also home to the Town Council's Tourist Information Centre, South Gloucestershire Citizen's Advice Bureau, Thornbury and District Volunteer Link, and Thornbury Pensioners' Drop in Centre.
Town councillors meet every six weeks, apart from in August. Meetings are held at 7.30pm at the Town Hall and we're all encouraged to attend. There's an opportunity at each meeting for any of us to speak or ask questions on any relevant topic.
The Council has 16 members, each elected for four years. The town is divided into four wards: Central, South, North-East and North-West, and each ward has four Councillors. The Chairman of the Council, who is also Town Mayor, is elected by members each May.
Councillors serve on four committees: Town Development, Playing Fields and Cemetery, Environment and Finance and Policy - each of these submits reports and recommendations to full Council.
Known locally as the Thornbury Town Trust, this is a Registered Charity with seven trustees, three nominated by the Council. It helps organisations, groups and individuals in Thornbury.
The Trust owns property and land around Thornbury. It runs four almshouses and over 80 allotments on Daggs Field. If you would like to know more about the allotments, click here.
You can hire the Council Chamber and its kitchenette for meetings or conferences. There is also an excellent exhibition/meeting room, and the community room is available during weekends and evenings.
The Town Hall is fully accessible with a ramp on Silver Street and a lift to the first floor. Please contact the office staff for more details.
Thornbury has its own civic regalia, worn on appropriate occasions. The silver gilt Town Mace is carried by the longest-serving Councillor and is a replica of the solid silver original, which is in the Bristol Museum.
The Mayoral chain was created in silver by local craftsman John Pinch in 1974. The Mayor's escort and the Deputy Mayor also wear chains, and the Mayor and Lady Mayor wear robes and corned hats.