7.30pm: Thornbury and District Townswomen's Guild Meeting
Cossham Hall, Thornbury
55th Birthday Meeting
Lizzie Lindsell: ‘The Andrews Sisters’
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, warmly welcomed everyone to the September meeting after the summer break, and mentioned that a number of members were either unwell or away on holiday.
The meeting began on a sad note with a minute’s silence to remember Joan Ripley, a long and devoted member of Townswomen’s Guild, who had passed away in July.
Although there was no meeting in August, it had been a busy time since the last meeting with a coffee morning, which had raised £233 for the current charity, enjoyable visits to Highfield Garden Centre and the American Museum, and the Federation Quiz, in which the Thornbury team finished in joint third place.
There was a report on the last Federation meeting, and the Book Club, Arts and Crafts Group and the Walking Group gave information about their forthcoming activities.
The Annual Lunch organised for the end of the month had had to be cancelled, but it was decided to re-arrange this nearer Christmas.
Entries for the Federation Photographic competition in October were chosen from the excellent photos put forward for selection.
Fiona Mitchell is a member of the Bufumbo Link supported by St Mary’s Church in Thornbury, and has visited there a number of times.
She spoke enthusiastically about the life of this community in Uganda, particularly the role of women, who are not allowed to own land and are the property of their father until they marry, when they become the property of their husbands.
It is a very fertile area where the cash crops are bananas, coffee and vanilla, and the women work mainly on the land; they have a tough life but are a very joyful people.
There are both Christians and Muslims in this community and St Mary’s and the local people have raised money to help build a Health Centre which, after overcoming many difficulties, is now up and running. Although there is no doctor, it provides ante-natal care, screening for aids and inoculations for children. The Link has also provided desks and books for the school.
Fiona brought with her a typical Ugandan woman’s dress, which she wore, and some baskets and beads made by a small women’s co-operative, which Guild members were pleased to buy, the proceeds of which will go to Bufumbo.
Rita Freed thanked Fiona for giving such an excellent talk and a valuable insight into the life of a very culturally different community to our own.
Lesley Addison, Joy Jenner and Jeanette Harris were among the raffle prize winners, and Ruth Edwards and Janet Rawles came joint first in the competition for a string of beads.
Next month’s meeting on 8 October will celebrate the Guild’s 55th birthday. There will be an American Supper and Lizzie Lindsell and The Andrews Sisters will entertain.