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Thornbury Women's Institute

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Tuesday 18th July 2017

7.30pm: Thornbury WI
Thornbury Methodist Church Hall

Brian Partridge - Wimbledon Linesman

Listen to some fascinating stories about this special place.


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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 - 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 16 May 2017

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

Minutes of the last meeting were taken as read. She reported the recent Fund raising skittles match raised £52 for the Young Carer’s charity. A coffee morning will also be held for the charity in the Methodist Church Hall on June 10th 10.30 – 12.30 and Sue asked for members to help or donate cakes or produce to sell.

Everybody who attended the recent WI talk enjoyed hearing the history of the WI over the years.

Sue put forward two WI resolutions for voting. Krista gave an informative talk on plastic soup and the need to eliminate plastics getting into the oceans and the food chain. Adele was equally informative about the need to alleviate loneliness in the community. Both resolutions were selected and these will go forward to the final vote at the AGM in Liverpool in June.

Sue introduced Helen Harrison. Helen gave us an in depth account of her work with the CRED Foundation in Uganda.

She gave an interesting presentation called ‘Fairtrade Gold and Paper Beads’. She showed slides where small-scale artisanal gold mining takes place and how these miners were trained to use technology to eliminate the use of mercury from the gold mining process.

In addition to this she told us about the Acholi people who fled from conflict in the north of the country and now produce beautiful jewellery and decorative bowls from paper. Most of these people couldn’t afford to attend school as children but they now fund their children’s school fees and provide daily food for their families.

Helen has worked for the foundation since 2009 and in that time has visited all the CRED partners several times, including team trips to most of them. It was obvious to her audience she is passionate about her work and would like to spend more time in Uganda.

Margaret Powell thanked Helen for coming and giving such an informative talk.

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

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 20th June 2017 at 7.30pm.

The Speaker will be Sally Taylor; Award winning Flower Arranger.

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

Tuesday 18th July 2017

Tuesday 15th August 2017

Tuesday 19th September 2017

Thursday 5th October 2017

Tuesday 17th October 2017

Tuesday 21st November 2017

Tuesday 12th December 2017

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