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Thornbury Women's Institute

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Tuesday 13th December 2016

7.30pm: Thornbury WI: Ukelele Band with Supper
Cossham Hall, Thornbury

Christmas Party Night


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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 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 November 2016

President Sue Horsfall opened the meeting by reminding everyone of the fire exits. Minutes of the last meeting were adopted as a true record of proceedings. Sue welcomed and introduced 4 new Committee members; there is now a thriving Committee. Everyone has a specific role and it looks like we can look forward to an interesting and exciting year ahead.

Several upcoming events were discussed and everyone is looking forward to our next meeting which will be a Christmas Party/Fundraising event in aid of South Gloucestershire Young Carers, our adopted charity for the coming year. This is taking place on the 13 December in the Cossham Hall. There will a Ukelele band and a hot supper will be served. Members have donated a large quantity of Selection boxes and these will be passed on to a representative of the charity before Christmas. There are 70 young carers on the South Gloucestershire register and Thornbury WI will be donating over 40 boxes.

Margaret Powell introduced Judith Laing, Judith teaches Origami and has travelled extensively teaching the craft since she gave up her day job. This year she visited Spain and Holland and in the past 18 months Japan and Hawaii. She brought along an extensive and intricate selection of Origami which she made herself.

She distributed various bits of coloured paper and showed us how to make some small Christmas decorations; this was no mean feat with 40 ladies in attendance. There was much hilarity and chit- chat but with great patience Judith managed to get us to produce a small paper Christmas tree and two decorations. It was a very pleasant evening.

Whilst enjoying tea, coffee and biscuits the raffle was drawn and several members won beautifully wrapped prizes.

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. Our new year starts in January but you can join at any time on a pro-rata basis. We meet on the third Tuesday of every month at the Methodist Church Hall at 7.30pm.

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

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