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Thornbury and District Townswomen's Guild

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Townswomen's Guild

How to Contact Thornbury and District Townswomen's Guild

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

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 annual subscription costs £32.

Our Latest Meeting

Members and visitors attending the July meeting of Thornbury Guild were pleased to welcome Mrs Shirley Hodgson in place of the advertised speaker, and the title of her talk was The Story of the Formidable 1869-1906.

In Victorian times there was considerable poverty and unemployment and a large number of children were living on the city streets. Under the Industrial Schools Act of 1886 police picked up such youngsters and they were sent to an Industrial School, of which there were several in Bristol, where they stayed until they were 16.

A group of Bristol businessmen raised a large amount of money to purchase a wooden warship, the “Formidable”, with the aim of providing a school for boys on this ship. After a number of difficulties and objections were overcome, the ship was moored off Portishead. The boys were given seamanship training (though few were big or strong enough to eventually join the Navy), provided with uniforms for different purposes and taught how to look after themselves; discipline was strict.

In 1901 when the ship became damaged and rotten, more money was raised to build a new school on land, which became the National Nautical School of Portishead, to which the boys were transferred. It eventually closed in 1983. Mrs Hodgson’s extensive research into this subject and the photographs she provided made for a very interesting and enlightening talk, about which most members agreed they knew nothing.

Chairman, Pat Denney reported that the recent coffee morning had raised over £250 for the Guild’s charity and she thanked everyone for their generous support of this event. £50 had also been raised for Kelly Jones, a member of staff at TG Headquarters, who was due to pass through Patchway on her charity cycle ride from John o’ Groats to Lands End, and a number of members from Thornbury and other Guilds cheered her on her way.

A small group had enjoyed a visit to the Mansion House in Bristol. Members were reminded of the Quiz at BAWA on 4 August and to prepare their photographs for selection at the September meeting prior to the photographic competition in October.

Ruth Edwards, Dot Culverhouse and Linda Hitchcock were among the raffle prize winners and Kate Thomas won the competition. The next meeting is on Wednesday 14 September when Bob Winton will talk on Bride Ships to Canada 1860-1898. The competition is for an item to illustrate Canada.

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