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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

Chairman Pat Denney welcomed members, new members and visitors to the September meeting after the summer break, during which there had been an enjoyable outing to Dewstow Gardens. A notification from HQ indicated that there would be a small increase in subscriptions next year and the Federation report informed members that, because no Guild had volunteered to organise it, there would be no Carol Service this year; it is hoped to hold a Flower/Craft Show next Autumn. A number of photographs had been brought to the meeting and members voted for the ones to go through to the Federation Photographic Competition to be held at BAWA in October.

Bride Ships to Canada 1860-1898 was the subject of the talk by Mr Bob Cutts, whose great grandfather, Henry Taylor, sailed to British Columbia on the “Tynemouth” in 1861, after seeing an advertisement in The Times for a £25 passage to Victoria, B.C. During the voyage he kept a diary, extracts from which were read out during the presentation by Mrs Cutts; he mentioned that on this ship there were 36 female emigrants from Lancashire, considered to be potential brides. Mr Cutts set the scene for his talk by first showing photographs of the cotton mills in Manchester, the pollution and the poor standard of living in his great grandfather’s time; there was high unemployment caused by the American Civil War, preventing cotton from getting to the UK. Statistics showed that at this time there were 600,000 more women than men in Great Britain and 1800 more men than women in British Columbia. The Columbian Mission Society helped to arrange these voyages to Canada (there were five so-called “Bride Ships”), which were long, uncomfortable and very hazardous. However, once they had arrived these women went on to have lives which they could not have imagined, nor were available to women in Manchester, and enjoyed richer lives. Mr Cutts’ great grandfather eventually returned to England and became Mayor of Crewe. Pat Denney thanked Mr and Mrs Cutts for a very interesting talk.

The competition was won by Ruth Edwards and Jo Andow, Lesley Addison and Gerry Covell were among raffle prize winners. Next month’s meeting on 12th October will celebrate Thornbury Guild’s 57th birthday with an American Supper and entertainment.

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