7.30pm: Thornbury and District Townswomen's Guild Meeting
Cossham Hall, Thornbury
The speaker will be Alan Smith from Horizon Nuclear Power. The competition is for a candlestick and candle.
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.
After welcoming members to the May meeting, Pat Denney Chairman of Thornbury Guild thanked those who had supported the very interesting talk on South America, when £55 was raised for charity. Tickets were on sale for a Coffee Morning at 44 Park Road on Thursday 4 June when there will be a Bring and Buy stall; friends and family welcome. An outing has been arranged to the BBC on 12 August and at least one team will enter the Federation Quiz, also in August.
An article in the Financial Times stating that no British woman had ever entered the Sahara Marathon was a challenge to Celia Hargreaves, the speaker for the evening, and she decided to sign up to take part in this gruelling event, which has been described as the toughest footrace on earth. She had taken part in the first London Marathon back in 1981 and continued to do many more road races and 24 hour track races. One of the ways she trained to build up her stamina was to run in a sauna while drinking a bottle of water, which raised some eyebrows! Some 200 people from all over the world took part in this event, and Celia described with wry humour the preparations for the run, which was in timed stages over several days and night, the camp sites and the very strict rules. Competitors had to carry everything they needed - food, water, medication - in a small rucksack over very difficult and arduous terrain. She was the first British woman even to enter, let alone complete, the Marathon des Sables (beating the British men) for which she received a trophy and medal and raised over £3,000 for charity. This was a superb talk and everyone was full of admiration for Celia’s grit and determination to take part in this extreme test of endurance.
Pat Denney, Gerry Covell and Jackie Daffon won raffle prizes and Dot Culverhouse won the competition for a cactus plant. Next month’s meeting is on 10th June when the speaker will be Alan Smith from Horizon Nuclear Power. The competition is for a candlestick and candle.