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Thornbury Women's Institute

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Saturday 10th June 2017

10.30am: Thornbury WI Coffee Morning
Thornbury Methodist Church Hall

10.30am - 12.30pm

Proceeds to South Gloucestershire Young Carers. Everybody welcome to enjoy tea, coffee and home made cakes.


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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:

Sue Horsfall (President) Tel: 01454 885043 - 07760 632254 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 18 April 2017

The President Sue Horsfall opened the meeting by welcoming everybody and made the usual monthly announcements.

It was Thorn Birds 7th birthday so we all sang Jerusalem and Happy Birthday. A birthday cake was cut by Sue and Gill. Sue congratulated Gill on being the only original member on the committee.

Sue then drew our attention to photos taken at the group meeting on the notice board. She asked if any member had photos of people at the event could they please let her have copies.

She went on to remind everybody of upcoming events. An invitation to attend the Mayor’s tea party in aid of charity on 20 May at the Armstrong Hall. Fund raising skittles match for Young Carer’s at the Black Horse pub on 3 May and the WI talk during the Arts Festival on 11 May. There are places available for the summer flowers workshop on 3 July and on a trip to Stratford on Avon on 7 July. There is a wine tasting evening at Ronnies on 13 July. Future plans to run a coffee morning in the Methodist hall in June and final payment is due for the Applegates trip on 1 August.

Our Speaker this month was Andy Workman.

Andy is the Director and Principal Therapist at The Beehive Natural Health practice in Clifton. He qualified a Clinical Hypnotherapist in 2008 and lectures on subjects such as Mindset and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Andy talked to the group about Body Language. He explained how we can say something and our body language will portray something completely different. He showed various slides including people in the public eye and their body language. This gave us all something to think about; we realised how much we can reveal our feelings to others without being aware of it. It was a very interesting and thought provoking evening.

Margaret Powell thanked Andy for coming and giving such an interesting talk.

The raffle took place and tea, coffee and birthday cake was served.

This month 34 members and 4 guests attended.

If you would like to join our friendly group please come along to one of our meetings, anyone can come to 3 taster meetings for £3 per meeting.

We meet on the third Tuesday of every month at the Methodist Church Hall and our next meeting is on Tuesday 16 May 2017 at 7.30pm.

Speaker; Cllr Helen Harrison, Local Philanthropist tells of her work overseas.

Thornbury WI - AGM October 2016

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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.

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:

  • Supper Club - meeting about every two months
  • Skittles Team
  • Darts Team
  • 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

Saturday 10th June 2017

Tuesday 20th June 2017

Tuesday 18th July 2017

Tuesday 15th August 2017

Tuesday 19th September 2017

Thursday 5th October 2017

Tuesday 17th October 2017

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