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Thornbury Women's Institute

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Tuesday 19th May 2015

7.30pm: Thornbury WI: Skills with Ribbon
Thornbury Methodist Church

In the Methodist Church Hall

Crafts with Mandy Gerrard

This is your chance to improve your ‘Skills with Ribbon’.


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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

With 49 members and 2 guests present our March meeting was going to be busy and all about food. Copies of Avon News and ‘Thornbirds’ newsletter were distributed, while Helen Kirby sold raffle tickets, and Val Trigg together with Karen Mullen arranged the cakes, teas and coffees for the end of the evening. A small charge would be made for refreshments during the evening, and this money would be the last we collected for our charity Brain Tumour Support.

The evening was opened by President, Di Wood, welcoming our 2 guests and ensuring everyone was aware of the fire regulations. She checked that everyone had received a copy of the minutes from February meeting, and continued by announcing that the next supper club was taking place on 28th April at The Fox, Old Down and was being arranged by Jackie Gower and Sandie Fletcher. Di informed members that an invitation had been received from Avon Federation for one member from each WI in the country to attend Buckingham Palace Garden Party to celebrate the WI Centenary on 2nd June.

We had also received information regarding Thornbury Carnival on 5th July, and would again be taking part in the parade and running a cake stall. Some members had been to Tortworth Court for lunch with Mangotsfield WI and had an enjoyable time. The skittles team would be playing their next game this week, but unfortunately our darts team had lost and would not be playing again. Di continued by reporting that some members had been entertained by ‘Sisters of Swing’ the previous evening, where the Centenary Baton had been handed over to Gloucester Federation.

Ali Hall announced that £36.28 had been raised the previous month for ACWW, and Gill Blackborough informed the meeting that she and Di had enjoyed the Spring AGM in Weston-super-Mare the previous week, where celebrations were held for Avon’s 40th Birthday. Gill continued to announce that 12 tickets were available for a visit to Highclere Castle in August. Gwen King reminded members that if they were interested in any event taking place in Avon News she would make the necessary arrangements, also that the bulb books were now available.

Sue Horsfall reminded members about the Group event on 9th April (where craft entries were required), and that tickets were still available. Also about 8th October ‘Showtime’ evening. Both events would take place in The Armstrong Hall. Sue continued by announcing again that an invitation had been received from Alveston WI for 4th June to attend St Helen’s Church, where there would be live screening of the AGM from The Royal Albert Hall. Sue continued by introducing our speaker for the evening - Liz Godsell from Godsell’s Cheese. Liz explained that she had always loved cheese, but since starting the business her love of cheese had become a passion. Liz is a Master Cheesemaker and loved talking about cheese (and cows). Her husband, Bryan, pasteurizes the milk, and helps to make and sell the cheese. After much tasting of cheese, and eating of cakes the meeting was brought to a close.

The next meeting would take place on Tuesday 21st April at The Methodist Hall, commencing at 7.30 pm when our speaker will be Geoffrey Rowe from The Everyman Theatre. Visitors 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 19th May 2015

Tuesday 16th June 2015

Tuesday 21st July 2015

Wednesday 19th August 2015

Tuesday 15th September 2015

Thursday 8th October 2015

Wednesday 21st October 2015

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