7.30pm: Thornbury and District Townswomen's Guild Meeting
Turnberrie's Community Centre, Thornbury
‘Mexico to the Panama Canal’ - Pam Forrest
Competition - Holiday souvenir
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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.
Sadly our usual PR lady has been in hospital so that the reports for both March and April have not appeared in the local press.
The AGM was held in March in the Excell Room with the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Group Leaders giving their reports. Six ladies had joined making guild finances rather stronger than anticipated. Even so the decision had been taken to move to a new less expensive venue: from April the guild will be meeting in the Life Skills Room at Turnberrie’s. Sylvia Zelley had resigned from the committee and Jan Ashforth had joined. Members had enjoyed a varied programme of speakers over the year from Hugh Price talking about the local Mountain Rescue team to Shaun McCormack telling us about being a member of the Queen’s Yeomen of the Guard. Thornbury Guild had won the Federation ‘Fun Quiz’ last August and three of our members were successful in the Federation Photographic Competition in October. We had enjoyed outings to the Bristol Mansion House and to Dewstow Gardens in August and more recently an excellent lunch at The Anchor, Oldbury. The Chairman thanked everyone for their support over a very successful year.
The AGM was followed by How to . . . sessions with Jackie Daffon showing how to send photos from a mobile to a computer, Barbara Twining demonstrating small flower arrangements and Jan Ashforth showing how to recycle cards.
The meeting on 12th April took place in Turnberrie’s but unfortunately the Speaker Wayne Ricketts was unable to attend. We look forward to hearing him speak on stained glass at a later date. The Chairman, Pat Denney, reminded everyone of the Federation visit to Stratford-upon-Avon on 16th May and the Federation Flower & Craft Show on 19th September to be held at BAWA. Jan Ashforth gave details of the Afternoon Tea on 9th August in aid of the Greenhouse Project the guild charity this year. The Annual Lunch will take place in September probably in Usk at the Three Salmons Hotel. Members were invited to meet for coffee in Heritage on 24th April with subsequent coffee mornings on the 4th Monday of the month.
In the absence of a speaker the Chairman took members on a trip down Memory Lane quoting from the various archives of the guild accumulated over nearly 60 years. Mary Haigh gave the vote of thanks. Raffle winners included Joy Jenner and Ruth Edwards and the competition was won by Jan Ashforth. The next meeting is on Wednesday, 10th May when John Smith will talk on Berkeley Castle.