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 £33.
A warm welcome was given by Chairman, Pat Denney, to members and visitors at Thornbury Townswomen’s Guild’s February meeting. The Treasurer reminded everyone that subscriptions are now due, and the Greenhouse Project, a counselling service for those suffering from sexual abuse, was chosen as the charity for 2017. The date for the outing to Stratford upon Avon was confirmed as 16th May.
Mr Shaun McCormack is a member of The Queen’s Bodyguard, known as The Yeomen of the Guard, which is the oldest military unit in the world today. It was formed in 1485 under Henry VII. There are 71 Yeomen, of whom 57 carry out duties, and they are recruited from the Army, although more recently retired RAF and Navy personnel may apply. Their role today is purely ceremonial and they attend all State occasions such as the Opening of Parliament, Investitures, Banquets and Garden Parties. They also play a part in the service on Maundy Thursday, when the Queen distributes the Maundy money, by carrying the seven plates on which the money is laid. They can be very heavy! Mr McCormack brought his uniform to show to the audience, which included the heavily embroidered coat (weighing 16 pounds), the Tudor-style hat, ruff and his red woollen stockings. He also passed round a number of interesting photographs showing the Yeoman on duty with the Queen, and a copy of his Oath of Allegiance. Mr McCormack’s talk gave a very interesting insight into the life of a Yeoman of the Guard, whom we have all seen on State occasions.
Jan Ashforth, Pat Essler and Barbara Twining were among the raffle prize winners and the competition for a Royal Souvenir, which attracted a record number of entries, was won by Doreen Payne.
Next month’s meeting will be the Annual General Meeting on 8th March in the Excell Room.