7.30pm: Thornbury and District Townswomen's Guild Meeting
Cossham Hall, Thornbury
Caroline Sheldrick ‘Flowers in Healing’
Competition: Photograph of flowers
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
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 to the July meeting of Thornbury Guild and began by thanking all those members who had walked in the Carnival procession the previous week. They were blessed with fine weather. There are two outings arranged for August: a visit to the BBC in Bristol and Afternoon Tea at Eastwood Park.
Mr Phil Curme is a volunteer with the War Memorials Trust in the UK, a charity formed in 1997. At that time a large number of memorials were deteriorating and many subject to vandalism. The Trust is able to provide advice on maintenance and upkeep and also has some funding to help with restoration, although often the problem is finding out who is responsible for the memorial. Some were erected after WWI by private individuals, say in the case of wealthy families, others by companies, schools and colleges, clubs and societies in memory of their members and colleagues who were killed in conflict.
There was no directive from Government after the First World War as to what a memorial should look like, so there is an enormous variety and Mr Curme showed pictures of traditional ones, as well as the more unusual. Not all War Memorials have a religious theme but all are a focus of remembrance and reflection. Church windows are a popular form of memorial, as are statues, soldier figures, paintings and tapestries. Buildings and playing fields are also commemorative.
The work of the Trust is invaluable now that many of the veterans who used to look after these memorials are no longer around to do so. In thanking Mr Curme for his very interesting talk Pat Denney said we would all now take much more notice of the many different kinds of War Memorial around us.
Sylvia Zelley, Kate Thomas and Mary Cassells were among raffle prize winners, and Pat Denney won the competition with her grandfather’s war medal. There is no meeting in August but on 9th September “Flowers in Healing” is the subject of Caroline Sheldrick’s talk. The competition is for a Photograph of Flowers.