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Thornbury Women's Institute

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Tuesday 17th March 2015

7.30pm: Thornbury WI: Cheese Making
Thornbury Methodist Church

In the Methodist Church Hall

Bryan McNab Jones - Godsells Cheese

Hear all about ‘Cheese Making and Taste Specialities’


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Thorn Birds

Get In Touch

The WI is looking for new members and promises to provide all kinds of opportunities for all kinds of women.

Anyone interested in joining the WI can contact the following members for more information:

Di Wood (President) Tel: 07817 533368 or email:

Gwen King (Secretary) Tel: 01454 418221 or email:

Our Latest Meeting

There were 42 members and 3 guests present at our January meeting, which President, Di Wood opened by wishing members a Happy New Year. Resolution Forms were handed out for those members who had not brought their own copies for voting. Di continued by asking if members had received and read the minutes of the December meeting, this was agreed unanimously. She continued by reminding members about the next Supper Club, which would include a game of skittles taking place at The Blackhorse on 12th February. The evening would take the form of a fund-raising event for our charity ‘Brain Tumour Support’. Di went onto to inform members that Avon our skittles team had won and were now in 2nd round, also that we had been invited to share lunch with Mangotsfield WI on Thursday 19th February at Tortworth Court.

Ali Hall reminded members about the ACWW Fund Raising for a project mentioned in Avon News and hoped that members would participate during w/c 9th February. Gwen King advised the meeting that unfortunately we had only received 6 tickets for the Michael Portillo talk due to a high level of interest. She also announced that money was required for ‘Sisters of Swing’ concert being held at Turnberries during March.

Sue Horsfall sadly announced that our speaker, Nell Gifford from Gifford’s Circus was unable to attend due to sickness. She had however managed to secure the services of local thespian, John Smith, who had stepped into the breech at the last moment. John entertained the group for nearly an hour with short stories, rhymes and monologues, after which tea and coffee was served. The raffle was drawn, thanks were given to John and the president brought the meeting to a close.

The date of our next meeting is Tuesday 17th February 2015 when our speaker will be Shaun McCormack who will be telling us about his time as ‘A Yeoman of The Guard’. Visitors are always welcome.

Who We Are

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Thornbury WI was re-formed in 2010, since then the “Thorn Birds” have evolved into a friendly sociable group of women of all ages.

We like to try new activities and listen to a variety of speakers, we enjoy meeting new friends, and having fun.

Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7.30–9.30pm at Thornbury Methodist Hall - see below for this year's programme.

Guests are always welcome. Annual membership costs £34.70.

Thornbury WI also offers extra social and educational events throughout the year and the opportunity to support and be involved in local and community events.

Other activities include:

  • Book Club - meeting every six weeks
  • Supper Club - meeting about every two months
  • Avon Federation events that are of interest

Find Out More

Visit the Thornbirds website for local information, and for more information about the Women's Institute nationally, click here to visit www.thewi.org.uk

Check out our Twitter feed for our latest news: www.twitter.com/thornburywi

To read about the Avon Federation of Women's Institutes, see click here to visit www.avonfwi.org.uk

Forthcoming events

Tuesday 17th March 2015

Thursday 9th April 2015

Tuesday 21st April 2015

Tuesday 19th May 2015

Tuesday 16th June 2015

Tuesday 21st July 2015

Wednesday 19th August 2015

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