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Thornbury Women's Institute

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Tuesday 21st June 2016

7.30pm: Thornbury WI: Gift Frippery
Thornbury Methodist Church

In the Methodist Church Hall

With Amanda White. Take your gift wrapping from ordinary to extraordinary.


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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:

Sue Horsfall (President) Tel: 01454 885043 or email:

Sue Newton (Secretary) Tel: 01454 625268 or 07966 789735, 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.

Our Latest Meeting

Thorn Birds

It was great to celebrate our 6th birthday at our meeting this month, with four of our founder members cutting the cake.

We then had the pleasure of welcoming John Barnett who is the chairman of Wotton-under-Edge & District RNLI. He gave a very interesting talk on the RNLI which run lifeboat services around the coast along with lifeguard services. They have 237 Lifeboat stations in all around the UK and Ireland with lifeguards patrolling 220 beaches.

They have specially trained volunteers in all types of rescue, including flood rescue ready to respond within 24 hours, 95% of their members being volunteers. They have various types of boats the larger being all weather boats on call day and night.

The smaller boats handling close to shore rescues. They are funded totally by contributions, 60% coming from legacies. Sue Horsfall the President thanked him for an informative and entertaining talk.

Earlier in the month our members enjoyed a pleasant evening playing skittles when we managed to raise £193 for our charity Jigsaw. We also had a fun evening watching a “Sing-along” to Grease. To many of us it was our youth revisited. We hold our monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of every month at The Methodist Church Hall at 7.30 and always welcome new members.

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

Tuesday 21st June 2016

Tuesday 19th July 2016

Tuesday 16th August 2016

Tuesday 20th September 2016

Thursday 13th October 2016

Tuesday 18th October 2016

Tuesday 15th November 2016

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