7.30pm: Thornbury and District Townswomen's Guild Meeting
Cossham Hall, Thornbury
Cheque presentation followed by AGM
In House ‘Bringalongahat’
Competition: Hat pin
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 annual subscription costs £30.
Chairman, Pat Denney, welcomed members and visitors to the February meeting of Thornbury Guild in the Cossham Hall. After a short business meeting, members voted to support the Severn Area Rescue Association as their charity for 2015. A social evening with a talk on South America was confirmed for 15 April, and a trip to the BBC was proposed for later in the year. There were also reports on the recent activities of the Book Club, Arts and Crafts group and the Walking group.
The speaker for the evening, Tony Cherry, is well known to many of the audience, as is the subject of his talk, Thornbury Castle. The Castle site has been in existence since Saxon times where there was originally a Manor House; it was in the early part of the 16th Century that Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, was given permission by Henry VIII to build a Castle, which actually became a mixture of castle and palace. Round about 1809 Henry Howard, a Cumbrian landowner who liked to ride to hunt in Thornbury, renovated the Castle, which had fallen into disrepair, and his family continued to own it until the 1960s when the chef and restaurateur Kenneth Bell purchased it for £26,000 and transformed it into a hotel and restaurant as we know it today. During his talk Tony also gave interesting facts about a number of people who had visited the Castle in its earlier days, some of whom were beheaded. With the aid of diary extracts, portraits and artists’ impressions, the audience was given a vibrant picture of the Castle’s history over the centuries. Pat Denney thanked Tony Cherry for an excellent and interesting talk.
Raffle prizes were won by Dot Culverhouse, Rita Freed and Jeanette Harris. The competition for a wine glass was won by Kate Thomas. Next month’s meeting on 11th March will be “In House” and members are asked to bring along a hat. The competition is for a hat pin.