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Thornbury Women's Institute

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Tuesday 15th September 2015

7.30pm: Thornbury WI: Slimbridge and Beyond
Thornbury Methodist Church

In the Methodist Church Hall

Bill Francis - ‘Slimbridge and Beyond’

Hear from this enthusiast about our local Wildfowl Trust.


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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 - Tuesday 16th June 2015

Thorn Birds

The ‘Thornbirds’ have had a very busy July, starting on 4th by taking part in the Carnival Parade, and joining in The Independence Day Theme. We also ran a stall, selling cakes, cookies and preserves, for our charities for 2015/16 - Jigsaw and The Teenage Cancer Trust. The weather was very kind to us and we all enjoyed our day. The following day we celebrated the WI Centenary by holding an afternoon tea at Alveston House Hotel, again lucky with the weather and being able to enjoy the lovely garden well into the evening. Later in the month some members took part in a sailing event organised by Avon Federation. So our meeting on 21st July was the end of a busy month.

President, Di Wood, opened the meeting by ensuring everyone knew where the fire exits were located. Members were asked if they had received a copy of the minutes for the June meeting, and if these were a true and accurate record. This was agreed. Di continued by reminding members to buy their NFWI raffle tickets. She also reminded members that Avon Federation AGM was being held in Thornbury Leisure on 29th September and encouraged members to attend as it was local. Although we have no meeting in August some members were going to Highclere and Sue Horsfall made sure that everyone knew the pick-up points. We would also be arranging our normal summer walk, and members were asked if anyone had a route in mind. Jan Densley continued by reminding everyone to get involved in our revue for The Group Meeting in October. Gwen concluded the business part of the meeting by reminding members to let her know if they are interested in attending any events listed in Avon News. We had also been invited to enter displays in The St Peters’ Hospice Flower Show in September.

Our speaker for the evening was Penny Smith from Great Western Air Ambulance and she gave a very moving presentation on how the service is run and how many members give freely of their time, and how she felt lucky enough to work with the team. Thanks were given and coffee was served. The raffle was drawn and the meeting brought to a close.

Next meeting Tuesday 15th September - when our speaker will be Bill Francis from Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust. Visitors are always welcome at The Methodist Hall in Thornbury commencing at 7.30 pm

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 (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:

  • 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 15th September 2015

Tuesday 29th September 2015

Thursday 8th October 2015

Wednesday 21st October 2015

Tuesday 17th November 2015

Tuesday 15th December 2015

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