7.30pm: Thornbury and District Townswomen's Guild Meeting
Turnberrie's Community Centre, Thornbury
‘Musical Memories’ - Terry Merrett-Smith
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Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in the Life Skills Room at Turnberrie’s Community Centre.
If you are interested in joining the Townswomen's Guild please contact the Chairman Pat Denney for more information at: or on 01454 614232.
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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 at Turnberrie’s Community Centre 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.
Chairman Pat Denney welcomed members to the guild’s second meeting at Turnberrie's. The programme for 2017/2018 was distributed. The ladies concerned were reminded of the Federation trip to Stratford-upon-Avon on 16th May and schedules for the Federation Flower & Craft Show on 19th September were made available. The Chairman confirmed that guild would be taking part in Thornbury Carnival on 1st July and hoped there would be a good turn out. Jan Ashforth gave details of the Tea Party to be held on 9th August in aid of the Green house Project the guild charity for this year. Tickets at £10 would be available next month. Members were also reminded of the lunch planned for 6th September at The Three Salmons in Usk. All dates for the diary would be to hand at the June meeting.
Mary Haigh gave a short report on the Book Club choice of ‘The Tea Planter’s Wife’ which was enjoyed by members overall. Joy Jenner agreed to lead the next walk on Monday 15th May – weather permitting – and the Chairman hoped members would turn up to the social coffee morning at Heritage on 22nd May at 10 am.
John Smith a guide at Berkeley Castle then gave an interesting and entertaining talk on the castle. Various archeology projects have revealed Roman remains and later medieval buildings while the prominent gap in the castle wall was the result of Cromwell’s siege of the castle in the 1640’s. Mr Smith also described how King Edward 11 met a grisly end in the castle dungeon and explained how Berkeley Square in London came about when Charles 11 gifted the land to the then Earl of Berkeley for rescuing his mother Henrietta Marie after the execution of his father Charles 1. Mr Smith’s offer to show members around the castle was accepted with enthusiasm and a date in August will be suggested. Jan Ashforth gave the vote of thanks.
Raffle winners included Jean Renshaw, Irene Swingler and Charline Garrison. Jan Ashforth won the competition for an illustration of a castle.
The next meeting is on 14th June when Pam Forrest will give an illustrated talk on a journey from Mexico to the Panama Canal.