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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

Thornbury WI Tuesday 16th June 2015

President, Di Wood, opened the meeting by ensuring everyone knew where the fire exits were located. She then gave us a brief synopsis on her attendance at the AGM at The Royal Albert Hall. She informed the meeting that the WI Resolution for 2015 had not been carried due members attending the AGM feeling that it was not explicit enough. This matter would be explained fully in WI Life Magazine. Di had an enjoyable day and said that it was certainly something she would always remember.

Krista Southwood, who had been lucky enough to represent Thornbury at The Buckingham Palace Tea Party then gave an account of her day. She felt it had been an honour, and something she certainly would never have had the opportunity to attend, had it not been for her WI membership.

Members were asked if they had received a copy of the minutes for the May meeting, and if these were a true and accurate record. This was agreed. Sue Horsfall gave information regarding Thornbury WI Centenary Tea Party taking place at Alveston House on 5th July.

Sue continued to inform members about our 10 minute revue slot at October Group Meeting, reporting that 17 members had attended the initial get-together at The Swan. Gill Blackborugh reminded members about the planned visit to Highclere on 3rd August there were still seats available.

Di encouraged members to enter into the ‘swing of things’ and join in the parade for Thornbury Carnival. Cakes were needed for our stall all proceeds to our charities for 2015/16 Jigsaw and The Teenage Cancer Trust.

Members were informed that unfortunately Brain Tumour Support, our charity for 2014/15 would no longer be taking milk bottle tops, but don’t forget the stamps for Guide Dogs for the Blind. We had received information regarding purchasing tickets for MShed Craft exhibition on 19th and 20th September. Please speak to either Di or Gwen.

Our speaker was then introduced: Stephanie Wyatt, from South Gloucestershire Council ‘Sort It Team’. After an informative hour when we all learned why recycling is so important, and after Stephanie had answered many difficult questions, thanks were given and coffee was served. The raffle was drawn and the meeting brought to a close.

Next meeting Tuesday 21st July speaker would be Penny Smith from Great Western Air Ambulance. Visitors are always welcome at The Methodist Hall in Thornbury commencing at 7.30pm.

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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