7.30pm: Thornbury and District Townswomen's Guild Meeting
Cossham Hall, Thornbury
Emma Slade: ‘Community Policing/125’
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.townswomen.org.uk
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 subscription for 2014 is £28.
A good number of members and visitors attended the November meeting of Thornbury Guild and were welcomed by Chairman, Pat Denney. Before the business of the evening, members stood in silence for a moment to remember Olive Faulkner, a long-standing member of the Guild who died in October. The Treasurer reminded everyone that subs are due on 1st February; reports from Federation and the various groups were received and final arrangements made for the forthcoming Christmas lunch at The Anchor and Carol Service organised by Willowbrook Guild.
Chris Priddis has been a florist for many years and, since giving up her shop, concentrates on private commissions and decorating stately homes, especially at Christmas. She began her demonstration by making two Christmas door wreaths, consisting of fresh evergreens, silk poinsettias and Christmas roses. She followed this with several table decorations using dried hydrangea heads sprayed silver. Fresh flowers were used for other pretty table decorations and a basket. During her demonstration, she gave tips about how to keep house plants and flowers fresh for as long as possible, and explained that simple arrangements with just a few dried or fresh flowers, grasses and ribbons can be very effective. Pat Denney thanked Chris for showing us all that us all that by using foliage and flowers from the garden Christmas decorations need not cost a lot of money.
There was a Christmas sales table in aid of charity, as well as Christmas decorations brought by the speaker. Raffle prizes were won by Linda Hitchcock, Ruth Knight and Pat Denney, and Joan Shipp won the competition for a flower ornament. Next month’s meeting is on 10 December when handbell ringers from St Mary’s, Olveston will entertain. The competition is for a bell and there will be a Christmas sales table for Guild funds.