7.30pm: Thornbury and District Townswomen's Guild Meeting
Cossham Hall, Thornbury
Tony Cherry: ‘Thornbury Castle’
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.
Chairman of Thornbury Guild, Pat Denney, opened the January meeting in the Cossham Hall by wishing all present a Happy New Year. After the Minutes of the last meeting were read by the Secretary, the Treasurer reported that over £400 had been raised for charity during the past year and gave a reminder that subscriptions were now due. Members were asked to suggest suitable charities to support in 2015 for the committee to consider. Dates for the diary: the Federation Flower show is on 28th March and names were taken for tickets to this event; a social evening will be held in the Excel room on 15th April. Details were given of the next meetings of the Book club, the Walking group and the Arts and Crafts group; Kate Thomas was thanked for continuing to raise money for the charity with her hand-made cards.
Emma Slade is a Sergeant in Avon and Somerset Constabulary and was invited to talk about Community Policing. A local girl, her career began in Thornbury but she is now based at Trinity Road in Bristol, in what is commonly called the “red light district” of St Paul’s. She and her team deal with street sex workers, drug addicts and youths involved in street violence, as well as off street prostitution; what goes on behind closed doors can often hide under-age girls and human trafficking. The team works closely with the One25 Charity, the Bristol Drugs Project and other neighbourhood teams to help alleviate the violence, poverty and addiction in this area, to reassure the local community and reduce harm to the women who lead this life of prostitution. The policy of tackling the demand, i.e. targeting the men who kerb crawl, rather than arresting the women, is proving effective, and much of the money raised from the Conditional Caution Courses which many of the men attend, is ploughed back into the local community. Emma gave an excellent insight into the work done by her team and an understanding of some of the reasons behind this way of life for the girls on the street. Pat Denney thanked Emma for a very interesting and enlightening talk.
The competition for a whistle produced only two entries and was won by Ruth Edwards with a WW2 whistle. Kate Thomas, Linda Hitchcock and Nancy Duckworth won raffle prizes. Next month’s meeting is on 11th February when Tony Cherry will talk about Thornbury Castle. The competition is for a wine glass.