7.30pm: Thornbury and District Townswomen's Guild Meeting
Cossham Hall, Thornbury
Cheque presentation followed by AGM
Competition: River Severn
Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in the Cossham Hall, Thornbury.
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.the-tg.com
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 annual subscription costs £30.
The February meeting of Thornbury Guild was held in the Cossham Hall; there was a short business meeting during which the Treasurer reminded members that subs are now due, and names were taken for those who wished to attend the Flower Show on 14 March at Chipping Sodbury and the 60 years Celebration Lunch at BAWA on 5 April. The Quiz team was congratulated on achieving second place in the regional round of the Federation Quiz. Various charities were suggested as worthy of support in 2016 and the vote came down in favour of Macmillan Nurses. Next year’s programme is being prepared and members were asked for suggestions for speakers.
Mr Jeff Bee is a local bee-keeper and very involved in the small UK Charity Bees Abroad. It was established in 2000 and aims to educate and promote bee-keeping in under developed countries, mainly Africa and, to a lesser extent, in Nepal, by helping to relieve poverty and provide practical hands-on help with bee-keeping. The organisation provides a support network to enable community groups to sell honey, beeswax and other by-products. Bee keepers from this country travel to Africa where they set up self-help bee-keeping groups , and it was interesting to learn that there are groups of women bee-keepers, too. With the aid of some photographs the audience was able to get a good idea of the work done by Bees Abroad, which is supported by the Department for International Development. Jo Andow thanked Mr Bee for his very interesting and informative talk , about which the audience knew very little about before this talk.
The competition for a bee-related item was won by Kate Thomas with a silver honey spoon and Mary Haigh, Janet Smith and Linda Hitchcock were among raffle prize winners. The next meeting on 9th March will be the AGM.