7.30pm: Thornbury and District Townswomen's Guild Meeting
Cossham Hall, Thornbury
Phil Curme will talk about the War Memorial Trust. The competition is for a war medal.
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 June meeting of Thornbury Guild was held in the Cossham Hall and began with a short business meeting. The recent coffee morning, which took place on a beautiful sunny day, raised £222 for the charity. Sincere thanks were expressed to Jenny and David Carlyle for hosting this. The Federation report contained information about the Quiz at BAWA on 18th July, when Thornbury Guild will enter two teams, and the Carol Service in Bristol Cathedral on 3 December. Payment was due for the BBC visit in August and it is planned to hold another afternoon outing on 26 August.
The speaker for the evening was Alan Smith from Horizon Nuclear Power, a Nuclear Power Development Company established in 2009 with its HQ in Gloucester. Horizon will be responsible for two new power stations, one at Wylfa on Anglesey and the other at Oldbury on Severn, a £20 billion investment. Wylfa is designated as the lead site and it is planned that construction will begin there in 2018, providing some 1000 jobs on site for 70-100 years, i.e. over three generations. Nuclear power provides 19% of the UK energy mix, with gas, fossil fuels and renewable energy being the others. Mr Smith explained why nuclear power is a safe, low carbon and affordable source of energy, giving security of supply, and said that after the earthquake in Japan and the subsequent tsunami which caused problems with the power station at Fukushima, many lessons have been learned. With regard to the Oldbury site, construction will not take place there for some considerable time, but the land acquired for the power station will be managed and people will be kept involved in what is going on. Mr Smith’s power point presentation and delivery was very interesting and informative, without too many technical details, and he was happy to answer questions.
Beth Bebb, Jean Smith and Mary Haigh were among the raffle prize winners and Kate Thomas came first in the competition with an unusual candlestick and candle. Next month’s meeting is on 8th July when Phil Curme will talk about the War Memorial Trust. The competition is for a war medal.