7.30pm: Thornbury WI
Thornbury Methodist Church
In the Methodist Church Hall
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:
Sue Horsfall (President) Tel: 01454 885043 or email:
Julie Wootton (Secretary) Tel: 01454 411600, or email:
We welcome guests and meet at The Methodist Church Hall at 7.30 on the third Tuesday of every month, so please come and join us. Annual membership is £39 for 2017.
Thornbury WI December’s meeting was held in the Cossham Hall. 47 members attended and mulled wine was offered on arrival. The tables were laid with festive decorations and Tea lights; a delicious hot meal was served by Rosina Catering, followed by tea, coffee and chocolates.
President Sue Horsfall welcomed everybody and confirmed that 50 donated Selection boxes were delivered to this year’s chosen charity; South Gloucestershire Young Carers.
Margaret Powell introduced the Ukelele Jam band who performed a variety of popular songs and was a huge success. The leader Dan Budd introduced each of the 23 members and the individual instrument they each played. Dan also invited members who might be interested in joining the band to attend their rehearsals held in Costa Coffee every Thursday evening 6-8pm.
A Christmas party was also held at Thornbury Golf Club on the 16 December, where members enjoyed another delicious meal and dancing into the early hours.
We welcome guests to our monthly meetings at the Methodist Church Hall at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of every month, so please come and join us. We have an exciting programme planned for 2017 and our next meeting will be held on the 17 January when the speaker will be Steve Price, who will give us a reflection of his swimming achievements.
President Sue Horsfall opened the meeting and welcomed Margaret Myers our adviser from Avon Federation. Hill and Rockhampton WI received thanks for their entertaining evening on 13th October, with money and menu choices taken for the Christmas Meal on 16th December.
Sue Newton introduced Kama McKenzie, a representative from Bristol and South Gloucestershire Young Carers, the charity we are supporting over the next year. She gave an excellent presentation on the role the charity plays identifying and supporting carers between the ages of 8 and 18 who are undertaking huge work loads in the daily care of a parent and /or siblings. The charity relies on funding from Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council and public donations. Sue Horsfall thanked Carla for a most interesting and inspiring presentation. She informed members of our first fund-raising event which will be our December meeting - Ukelele Band with hot supper. More information in November.
Minutes of the last annual general meeting were read and approved. Gill Blackborough, Treasurer, gave her report on our audited accounts for the year ended 31st August 2016. Our membership at that date totalled 61. The subscription for the coming year will be £39.00 and will be implemented on a pro rata basis. Gill proposed the adoption of the accounts which was carried by a show of hands. Sue Newton gave the secretary’s report on activities during the past year which included social events, fund raising, book club, outings and group meetings. It was proposed that this was adopted as a true record.
Sue Horsfall gave the president’s report by firstly thanking the committee for all their hard work during the year, and paid tribute to the strong team effort all members had shown. At times Sue had found the role challenging but overall it was hugely enjoyable. Sue announced that two committee members were standing down to pay special attention to our ‘Group’ events for 2017.
Group adviser, Margaret Myers, and founder member Di Millard urged members to come forward to join the Committee - “what you put in is what you get out”, and any extra commitment brings its own rewards. The meeting then broke for an American supper and members took part in a beetle drive and geography quiz.
Subsequently the meeting was reconvened and Margaret Myers said she was delighted to report that enough members had put their names forward with a view to serving on the committee. Sue Horsfall was duly elected president for the coming year.
If you would like to join our friendly group please come along to our next meeting on Tuesday 15th November commencing at 7.30 pm in The Methodist Church Hall. Judith Laing will give us a demonstration and help with Christmas Origami. Visitors are always welcome. Contact Sue Horsfall 01454 885043.
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 (apart from August) 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:
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To read about the Avon Federation of Women's Institutes, see click here to visit www.avonfwi.org.uk