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Thornbury Women's Institute

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Thursday 8th October 2015

7.30pm: Thornbury WI: Celebrating 100 years
Armstrong Hall, Thornbury

In the Methodist Church Hall

A Group Meeting for all the Mumbley Hill Group of WIs - ‘Celebrating 100 years of WI’


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Thorn Birds

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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:

Di Wood (President) Tel: 07817 533368 or email:

Gwen King (Secretary) Tel: 01454 418221 or email:

Our Latest Meeting - Tuesday 15th September 2015

Thorn Birds

Although there had been no meeting in August The ‘Thornbirds’ had still been busy with a country walk in Frampton on Severn and a visit to Highclere Castle. Both events had seen good weather and much laughter. President, Di Wood, opened the September meeting by ensuring everyone knew where the fire exits were located. She continued by informing members that 4 committee members would be standing down at our forthcoming AGM in October. She felt passionately that after being part of the original committee five years ago, we now need 4 new committee members enabling ‘Thornbirds’ to move forward and to continue to grow in strength. The AGM would take the normal format with savoury nibbles and drinks being served. As in previous years we would also play some games. Di continued by reminding members that our six Gold Award Craft Items would be on display at the 100 Year Centenary Exhibition at the MShed on 19th & 20th September. Members were reminded about bring along their old bras for the ‘pink bag’- last date for this was 29th September at the AGM at Thornbury Leisure Centre. Details of our Christmas Meal at The Gables Hotel on Friday 11th December were announced, and Di concluded by asking if members had received a copy of the July meeting and if these were a true and accurate record.

Sue Horsfall informed members that tickets for the Group meeting were available tonight at a cost of £6.00. Jan Densley continued by saying that rehearsals for our Review were going well, and ‘it would be alright on the nite’. Sue continued by informing members that the next supper club was being held on 21st October at The Swan Tockington.

Gwen King mentioned The Home Skills and Garden Day on Tuesday 17th November, if any members were interested in attending please let her know. Gwen further informed the meeting that unfortunately she had made enquiries regarding the Teenage Cancer Charity at The Children’s Hospital in Bristol and had established that it was part of a national charity, so was not suitable for us to nominate as our charity for the year. Therefore all the money we raised for the coming year would go to Jigsaw.

Sue then introduced our speaker for the evening - Bill Francis from Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust. Bill was a real enthusiast, and gave us an insight into the interesting and fascinating workings of The Trust. Thanks were given and coffee was served.

Next meeting: 7.30 pm Tuesday 20th October - Annual General Meeting.

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

Thursday 8th October 2015

Wednesday 21st October 2015

Tuesday 17th November 2015

Tuesday 15th December 2015

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