7.30pm: Thornbury and District Townswomen's Guild Meeting
Cossham Hall, Thornbury
Celia Hargreaves ‘Sahara Marathon’
Competition: Cactus plant
Sales Table: Books
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.townswomen.org.uk
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.
After welcoming members to the March meeting in the Cossham Hall, Chairman Pat Denney introduced Mr David Matthews from the Multiple Sclerosis Society and presented him with a cheque for £450, the result of the Guild’s fund raising efforts throughout the past year. Mr Matthews spoke briefly about the work of the Society; he said additional exercise classes and family focus days have been introduced, and this money would go towards transport for outings and the like. He thanked Thornbury Guild for their very generous donation.
In other matters members agreed to contribute to a Townswomen’s Guild memorial at the National Arboretum; tickets were on sale for the Social evening with a talk on South America on 29 April and further details of a visit to the BBC in August would be given next month. The Severn Area Rescue Association was chosen as the Guild’s charity for 2015.
The Annual General Meeting then took place. The Minutes of the 2014 meeting and standing orders were available for those who wished to read them, along with audited accounts. The Treasurer was pleased to report that the Guild had remained within budget for the past year. Although the present committee and officers will remain the same, there is a vacancy and the Chairman invited anyone from the membership to join the committee. Reports on the year’s activities were given by the Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman, along with leaders of the various groups. The Competition Cup was won by Kate Thomas.
After a break for tea and coffee, everyone divided into groups for a quiz. Linda Hitchcock, Ruth Edwards and Nancy Duckworth were among the raffle prize winners, and Stevie Wiles won the competition for a hat pin. Next month’s meeting is on 8th April and the title of John Craig’s talk is 'Going to Blazes'. The competition is for a book of matches.