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Thornbury Women's Institute

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Thursday 9th April 2015

7.30pm: Thornbury WI: The Land Girls
Armstrong Hall, Thornbury

A Group Meeting for all the Mumbley Hill Group of WIs

Speaker - Fiona Warren: ’The Land Girls’


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Thorn Birds

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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 36 members and 3 guests present at our February meeting, which was opened by President, Di Wood, welcoming our 3 guests and ensuring everyone was aware of the fire regulations. Thanks were given to Gill Blackborough for arranging the trip to Bristol Hippodrome to watch War Horse. Di continued by thanking Judith Burnard for arranging such a successful evening of skittles and supper at The Black Horse, where we had raised £170.00 for Brain Tumour Support. March would be the last month for this charity and we will need nominations for a charity for 2015/16 with voting in April. Our skittles team would be playing next week, and the darts team were also starting their challenge.

Members were asked if they had received a copy of the January minutes and if they were a true and accurate record. Sue Newton had attended the January committee meeting and told members that she hadn’t realised how much there was to do and how many opportunities there were for extra activities. She encouraged more members to attend these meetings and become involved.

Ali Hall asked if members could put their contributions for ACWW in ‘the pot’.

Sue Horsfall then reminded members about the Craft Competition for Group Meeting on 9th April, when the speaker would be Fiona Warren talking about ‘The Land Girls’. Tickets were available. Sue also informed members about the Autumn Group Meeting in October, where we would be celebrating 100 years of WI, the evening would be taking the form of a show. Each WI had been asked to give a 10 minute sketch depicting 20 years of WI - our years were 1986 to 2005. An invitation had been received from Alveston WI to join them on 4th June to watch the live broadcast of the AGM from The Albert Hall. Sue finished by asking for volunteers to tidy-up the WI garden.

Gwen King brought members attention to some events in Avon News. Sue then introduced our speaker for the evening, Shaun McCormack who was a member of ‘The Yeoman of The Guard’. After a number of questions had been asked, thanks were given by The President for an informative talk. The raffle was drawn when tea and coffee was served, and the meeting was brought a close.

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

Thursday 9th April 2015

Tuesday 21st April 2015

Tuesday 19th May 2015

Tuesday 16th June 2015

Tuesday 21st July 2015

Wednesday 19th August 2015

Tuesday 15th September 2015

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