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Thornbury Women's Institute

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Tuesday 16th February 2016

7.30pm: Thornbury WI: The Art of the Magician
Thornbury Methodist Church

In the Methodist Church Hall

The speaker is Tony Griffiths, The Art of the Magician.


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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 7.30 on the third Tuesday of the month, so do please come and join us and find out more about Thornbury WI.

Our Latest Meeting

Thorn Birds

Another lively meeting was held on the 19th January when over 50 enthusiasts for the WI enjoyed a very pleasant evening at the Methodist Hall, in Thornbury. We were reminded that there is a supper club, and a darts team if anyone was interested, and a trip to Bristol Musical Comedy Club was also being organized.

Margaret Powell introduced the speaker for the evening, Gill Leaper who lead a very interesting and inspiring session on Butterfly Space, a Malawi Charity set up and run by her daughter Alice. Alice started the charity in 2006 after visiting the country as a student and falling in love with the country and the people. Malawi is the poorest country in the world and yet the people who have nothing are very generous and will always share what little they do have. Alice has set up a number of different projects including:

  • A Nursery School
  • A scheme to provide mattresses for older villagers – new beds for old heads
  • Providing baby clothes and blankets to maternity wards
  • Work with sufferers of HIV aids
  • Fuel for school – a scheme to provide shoes and uniform at a cost of just £2.50 so children can go to school
  • Little Leapers reception class
  • A youth club
  • A workshop for adults with disabilities

Her latest project is to build a new school with 6 classrooms. The cost of the project is £25,000 for which fundraising is under way.

Gill explained that over time she has also come to love the country and people of Malawi and that most of her time is now spent raising funds and spreading awareness of the various projects.

Gill was very appreciative of the generous community of Thornbury and surrounding areas who have helped with various projects in a number of ways including knitting for babies, building, volunteering and fundraising.

Our speaker next month will be Tony Griffiths on The Art of the Magician.

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.

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 16th February 2016

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