January 2016 - Thornbury Magazine

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January 2016 - Thornbury Magazine
Thornbury
Magazine
For the community by the community
JANUARY 2016
PLANTING TREES
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Thornbury
Magazine
Edited, collated and distributed by volunteers to 6,000 households
Co-editors:
Ken Harris 24 Park Road, Thornbury, BS35 1HN.
Tel. 414023, email: [email protected]
Pauline Montgomery 2 Walnut Close, Thornbury, BS35 2LS.
Tel. 414864, email: [email protected]
The deadline for receiving aricles, news around and what’s on items is the irst day of the
month preceding the month of issue (see page 44).
Adverising:
Stan Rodlife Tel. 415332 email: [email protected]
Adverisements are accepted on the understanding that the descripion of goods or services
is accurate and true. Thornbury Magazine Ltd accepts no responsibility, nor gives any
guarantee in case of any dispute or claim as to quality, condiion or delivery of product or
service. It is not to be taken that publicaion implies recommendaion of any adverisement.
Distribuion: David Harrowin, Tel 414491. Collaion: Margaret Powell, Tel. 281777.
Secretary: Jackie Jackson, Bay Tree Cotage, Crossways Lane, Thornbury, BS35 3EU.
Tel. 416421.
Treasurer: Sarah Eve, Pedington Elm, Stone, Berkeley, Glos, GL13 9LQ.
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JANUARY
2016
START THE NEW YEAR WITH A RESOLUTION TO HELP OTHERS
IN YOUR COMMUNITY
from Kim Webb
Development Co-ordinator, Thornbury Volunteer Centre
OW that Christmas is just a happy memory, getting out and about in your
local area and helping others less fortunate than yourselves is a good way
of banishing those winter blues. Finding ways to occupy your time which are
both enjoyable and worthwhile, can instantly make you feel that you are making a
valuable contribution to your community.
There are many reasons that people give for volunteering. For some,
volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new
which may lead to a career change. For others, volunteering appeals because of
its social beneits, meeting new people and making new friends. On top of this,
many people volunteer for a variety of other reasons; a desire to make a difference
to the lives of others, feeling valued, having quality time away from work or a busy
lifestyle. Thornbury Volunteer Centre can provide you with information and support
on volunteering opportunities in the local area which best suit your needs, skills
and time available, whilst making sure that you ind volunteering an enjoyable and
worthwhile experience.
We are contacted regularly by groups and organisations seeking to recruit
volunteers from all walks of life and time available. These opportunities vary between
clerical work, working with the disabled or vulnerable adults in the community,
fundraising and marketing, counselling and emotional support, shop work, driving,
working in local schools and much more. The majority of these organisations would
be unable to survive, and valuable community services would be lost, if volunteers
were not to be found.
Age, gender or disability is not a barrier to volunteering. Anyone, who is able to
spare some time, from an hour a week to once a month, or just on a one-off basis,
would be warmly welcomed by someone in the community.
Volunteering is a valuable experience that beneits all parties.
If you would like to ind out more please contact Thornbury Volunteer
Centre, Tel. 413392; email [email protected]; visit our website at
www.volunteer-thornbury.co.uk; follow us on twitter: @thornburyvc or on
Facebook: thornburyvolunteers. Alternatively, call into the ofice at Thornbury
Town Hall between 10.30am and 12noon Monday to Friday. We look forward
to meeting you. ◙
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BEST WISHES FOR 2016 TO ALL OUR READERS.
THE EDITORS AND MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE HOPE YOU WILL
ENJOY READING THE “NEW LOOK” THORNBURY MAGAZINE
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NEWS AROUND
PLEASE HELP STAMP OUT BLINDNESS – SEND US YOUR USED CHRISTMAS
STAMPS A big thank you to all of you who have sent stamps already; your support will
enable the stamp appeal to be an ongoing fund raiser to support the Fight against Blindness.
If you are reading this for the irst time, we are asking if you could spare a few moments each
day to tear off the stamps from your letters (if you cut around them we can get a higher price)
and save them until you have a fair number (perhaps enough to ill a jiffy bag or similar) and
post them to us at the address below. Whether entire collections or individual stamps, British
or foreign, franked or not, we would really appreciate your donations, as every little helps.
Thank you.
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is a disease of the eye that leads to loss of vision and blindness.
The Charity RP Fighting Blindness works hard to stimulate and fund cutting edge research to
ind a treatment or cure and support those affected – some 25,000 people in the UK alone.
Never heard of Retinitis Pigmentosa? Do you belong to a Club or Group who would like us
to come and give a talk about the condition RP and the work of the charity? If so we would
be pleased to receive an invitation. The talk is designed to be interesting, informative and
humorous. For more information www.rpightingblindness.org.uk or please contact Ron and
Gina Pritchard, 22 Huckford Road, Winterbourne, Bristol BS36 1EA, or Tel. 772927 or email:
[email protected]
WELSH CHOIR CONCERT The Cymrodorion Society will present their annual concert on
30 January in the Armstrong Hall. The Society’s guest choir will be Cor Meibion De Cymru
and the soloist is Harim Oh. Tickets have been kept at £12 and will be available on Tuesday
5 January at the Town Hall. The concert will start at 7.30pm with doors open at 7pm.
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ST PETERS HOSPICE SEVERNSIDE SUPPORT GROUP would be delighted to welcome
you to the Methodist Church Hall, Thornbury, on Wednesday 27 January at 1pm, to our
Winter Warmer lunch. This will be Cottage Pie and Crumble followed by tea or coffee. A
vegetarian option will be available. Tickets are priced at £8 per person and are available
from the Town Hall, from 5 January. Please come along and support St Peter’s, your local
Hospice.
THE THORNBURY MUSICAL THEATRE GROUP will be performing Aladdin in the
Armstrong Hall from Wednesday 10 to Saturday 13 February. This traditional pantomime
of the famous Oriental rags to riches tale has jokes galore, provides ample opportunity for
audience participation, slapstick and a vibrant mix of singing and dancing – a perfect pick
you up for mid-February, suitable for all ages. The refreshingly new script, written by Alan
P. Frayn, is a laugh-a-minute and adds another dimension to the great panto classic. Join
Aladdin as he falls in love with the beautiful Princess, seeks out his fortune and returns to
claim her hand in marriage. Along the way, Aladdin will shirk from his duties in the laundry,
hide from a dodgy pair of policemen, overcome the trickery of a deceitful “Uncle” and beneit
from the powers of the genie of the lamp. When all seems lost, along comes the good Spirit
to right all wrongs, ensuring a happy ending. Performances start at 7.30pm nightly and there
will also be matinees at 2.30pm on the Friday and Saturday. Tickets are bookable online at
www.tmtg.org.uk, £12 Adults, £10 Concessions and a family ticket for four costs £36. Group
discounts of 10% can be arranged via our Box Ofice for 10+ seats. For enquiries call Angie
at the Box Ofice on 07516 270140. Tickets are also available at Lisa Costa Residential
Sales and Lettings at 53 High Street, Thornbury, from the beginning of January. For more
information about Aladdin and our group generally, take a look at www.tmtg.org.uk or contact
us by e-mail at [email protected] You can also follow us on Facebook.
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THORNBURY GOSPEL CHOIR Do you like singing? Yes? Why not come and join us?
We are a local community gospel choir who are part of Gospel Generation Community Choir
which is based in the Bristol area. We put on several concerts during the year and go out and
about in the local community performing at various events as we are invited. Our practices
are informal and fun and held on a Tuesday evening at Thornbury Baptist Church, 6.307.45pm. You do not need to be a good singer or read music – just come to enjoy! For more
information see our website www.ggcc.org.uk or email Heather and Emma at [email protected]
googlemail.com. You are also welcome to just turn up at one of our practices – we would
love to see you!
NEW SIBLANDS SCHOOL is your local Primary and Secondary school for children and
young people with severe, profound and multiple learning dificulties. We have a nursery
setting and 6th form provision. Our vision: it’s as simple as ABC: Achievement, Belonging
and Celebration, valuing every child through fostering independence, inclusion, trust, respect
and support.
The Board of Governors oversees the school’s long term Strategy and Performance.
With the Headteacher, they make key decisions vital to the successful running of the school,
improving standards and agreeing the school’s budget. We are dedicated to the safeguarding
of our children and Governors are an integral part of our school community. We wish to
strengthen the Board and welcome applications from the business community in particular.
For further information/application form, please contact: the Clerk to Governors, Frances
McMillan, Tel. 0777 2531067 or email: [email protected] Share your skills, make
a difference: be a school governor.
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Solicitors Barcan Woodward
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Physiotherapist & Exercise Physiologist
We still take a hands-on approach
to your legal issues in Thornbury
and the local community.
Sarah Cornwell BSc (Hons) Podiatry
Podiatrist & Chiropodist
We’re big enough to ensure you have
access to the right expertise at the right
time, but small enough to make sure
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THE ROTARY CLUB OF THORNBURY is once again holding their annual Swimarathon
weekend at the Thornbury Leisure Centre on the evenings of 4, 5 and 6 March and we are
hoping to better the success of previous years. In order to achieve this we need your help –
please enter a team! We will be swimming to the Caribbean sound of the Castle School Steel
Band and the vocal support of many excited onlookers! It is a great atmosphere. You do not
have to be fast, you do not have to be a great swimmer and you do not have to swim on your
own. In fact, you can have as many as six in a team, each taking it in turn to swim lengths.
Each session is 55 minutes. Once you have inished you will receive your personal certiicate
to prove you did it! For 2016 we are delighted to be able to support two Bristol charities,
Jessie May Children’s Hospice and The National Eye Research Centre, as well as local
charities and good causes. Over £12,000 was raised in 2015 through the Swimarathon and
this year we are hoping that even more teams will be taking part in this family event. If you
fancy entering a team and taking the plunge, please do not hesitate to contact Derek Baker
by email: [email protected] or Tel. 07984 949827. Team entry forms are
available at: www.thornburyrotary.org/swimarathon as are sponsorship forms and posters.
LYNNE GIBSON’S ART HISTORY COURSES AT THE CHANTRY We are continuing our
exploration of the “isms” of Art in our next two study days. The irst, on 22 January will cover
Romanticism to Impressionism. The second, on 11 March, will cover Post-Impressionism
to Post-Modernism. The study days run from 10.30am to 3.15pm, with a short discussion
period afterwards for those who wish to stay on. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided
morning and afternoon. The cost is £28 for one day, or £50 for the two. To book a place,
please ring Pauline Darley, Tel. 416291.
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LOW COST COMPUTER SCHEME Are you aged 65+, registered disabled, on a low
income, or an unpaid carer? South Gloucestershire Council have teamed up with an IT
provider to offer a range of low cost, professionally refurbished starter computers at special
discounted prices to eligible residents and registered UK charities. Prices start at £90
including Windows 7 and Microsoft Ofice 2010 plus a 12 month return to base warranty.
To ind out if you are eligible and for more details visit www.southglos.gov.uk/goonline or
enquire in person at Thornbury Library.
THORNBURY PICTURE HOUSE SCREENS: I WISH (PG) A charming tale of a young
boy who becomes convinced that the new “bullet” train, soon to link the north and south of
Japan, will reunite him with his estranged family and his younger brother. (In Japanese with
subtitles). Cossham Hall at 7.30pm, Friday 15 January. £5 at the door for non-members.
For full details, please view www.thornburypicturehouse.org
THORNBURY WI meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Methodist Church Hall,
commencing at 7.30pm. This month our meeting is on Tuesday 19th and our speaker will
be Gill Leaper from Butterly Space. Further details from Sue Horsfall, Tel. 885043 or Sue
Newton, email: [email protected]
THORNBURY CHORAL SOCIETY ANNUAL WORKSHOP will take place on 20 February at
Thornbury Baptist Church from 10.30am, studying Haydn's Creation, conducted by Steven
Kings with soloists. There will be a performance of the results of the day's endeavours
at 4pm. Su Joyce's excellent lunches are available but must be pre-booked. The
workshop costs £13.50 (score hire £2) and lunches are £7.50. The price includes coffee,
tea, biscuits and cake at teatime. Booking forms may be downloaded from the website
www.thornburychoralsociety.org.uk, or from Jos Gregson, Tel. 411652, or by email: [email protected]
josgregson.plus.com
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For a no obligation quote, visit:
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JOIN SEVERNSIDE RAMBLERS ON A RAMBLE for some fresh air, exercise and great
views. Non-members are always very welcome. For more information about walks
in January see What’s On or log on to www.severnside-ramblers.org.uk, or pick up a
programme at Thornbury library. A contact name and telephone number is given for each
walk. We meet for Saturday and Sunday walks at Aztec West, Blue Zone Parking area,
near the Management Centre, at the times shown for each walk, and share lifts to the start
of the walk. Friday walks, meeting point Aldi Car Park Bradley Stoke. Please bring packed
lunch and plenty of luids. If you want to go directly to the start of the walk, please contact
the walk leader.
WELL AWARE is the free health and wellbeing information website for Bath and North
East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Somerset. It is run by The Care Forum
(registered charity no. 1053817) in partnership with the local authority Councils and NHS
Clinical Commissioning Groups and local Healthwatch projects. There are more than 6,000
entries with categories ranging from “support around the home” and “socialising” to “getting
around” and “personal health services” and much other useful information. It is accessible
24/7 and is used extensively by individuals and professionals. “At Well Aware we want to
enable people to get the information they need for themselves, their families or the person
they care for,” says Well Aware Manager Carmen Armaiz. “That’s why we have a freephone
telephone line (0808 808 5252) during weekday ofice hours. Calls are answered by one of
Well Aware’s small team based at the Vassall Centre in Fishponds, Bristol. When you phone,
all you have to do is tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll look up the information for you
and tell you on the phone, by email or print it out and put it in the post. It’s as simple as that.”
For further information contact Alex Hodgson, Communications and Marketing Coordinator,
The Care Forum, The Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 2QQ. Tel. 0117
9654444. (The Freephone line will be closed on the 1 January Bank Holiday).
COACH TRIP TO LONDON IN MARCH It’s nice to plan ahead when days are dark and cold
and Christmas is behind us. So here’s a thought; start planning a trip to London! Thornbury
Art Club is running a coach to the great metropolis on Saturday 12 March, targeting the Royal
Academy. There are two exhibitions. In the Main Gallery, billed as a “landmark exhibition”,
is Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse. This traces the emergence of the
modern garden in its many forms and glories, taking you through a period of great social
change and innovation in the arts, and showing paintings by some of the most important
Impressionists, Post-Impressionists and Avant-Garde artists of the early twentieth century.
The second, smaller exhibition is In the Age of Giorgione, which follows the development
of ideas that changed the course of art in “this highly original exploration of the Venetian
Renaissance”. If these exhibitions are not for you, why not take this opportunity to travel with
us and do your own thing? There are so many other ways to spend time in London – places
to see, or friends to meet up with, etc. The coach fare is only £18 – direct from Thornbury to
the heart of the capital, with drop-off points at the Museums in South Kensington, Harrods in
Knightsbridge and inally, Piccadilly. The coach leaves Thornbury at 8am from outside Aldi,
and departs from London at 6pm. For those interested in visiting the exhibitions, tickets have
been provisionally booked, and need to be conirmed by 12 February. The group ticket price
is £14 for “Painting the Modern Garden” and £8 for the “Giorgione”. It may be that combined
tickets for both might be available at £20. They are expected to be very popular exhibitions.
For further details and booking, please phone Tricia on 41723
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THORNBURY LIBRARY Like us on facebook: www.facebook.com/sgloslibraries. Looking
for opening times, service information or contact details? See our website: www.southglos.
gov.uk/libraries. We re-open for 2016 on Saturday 2 January. Bookstart Bear Club Storytime
and Rhymetime for pre-schoolers and babies – from Monday 4 January we will be back and
ready for fun on Mondays, 2.15pm- 2.45pm and Fridays, 11-11.30am. Nappy-changing
facility available, breast-feeding welcome.
FREE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS AT THORNBURY LIBRARY! Time for something
new that doesn’t cost a penny? Why not…Join the library – books, information and so much
more! Download a free e-magazine, e-book or e-audio book – ask at the library for more
information or drop in on Saturday afternoons between 2-4pm with your device and let us
help. Drop in to the library and use our free wii – available during library opening hours.
Download the libraries west app – manage your library account on the go.
WHICH WERE YOUR FAVOURITE READS OF 2015? We would love to know which books
you enjoyed reading in 2015. Your choice could be any book – iction or non-iction – and
does not have to be a recent publication. Speak to our friendly staff at Thornbury Library,
and let us know the author(s) and title(s) of the book(s) on your Favourite Reads of 2015
list. Alternatively, email us at: [email protected] with “Favourite Reads
of 2015” in the subject line. Closing date: 31 January. We will let you know readers’ book
choices in a later issue of this magazine – participants’ names will not be printed. We look
forward to hearing your choices! Part of South Gloucestershire Council’s #Time4Reading
campaign to get everyone reading. www.southglos.gov.uk/time4reading
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THE KEN BAILY LECTURE is an annual event organised by the Friends of Thornbury
Museum, along with a Salmon Supper. The date this year is Friday 29 January. The Friends
regret that all the tickets for the Salmon Supper have been sold, but there are still some seats
available for the Lecture, which starts at 7.30pm in the Armstrong Hall. The speaker will be
Chris Witts, on the subject of “The Severn Bridge Disaster”, the story of a terrible accident
which destroyed ive lives, two river barges and sealed the fate of the Severn Rail Bridge.
Chris began working on tanker barges in August 1960 as a deckhand, so was very new on
the job when he witnessed the Severn Bridge Disaster on 25 October. He remembers the
explosion and the huge ball of ire as the cargo of petrol and heavy oil ignited, and seeing
the smouldering barges out in the Severn off Purton early the next morning. At the time he
did not realise the seriousness of what was happening, but ifty years later, in 2010, he wrote
about the disaster and dedicated his book to the memory of George Thompson, skipper
of the doomed Arkendale H and survivor of the disaster. Lecture tickets, priced at £5, are
available from Jan Fullman, Tel. 414022.
CALLIGRAPHY TASTER LESSON AT THE CHANTRY Why not start the New Year with a
new hobby? Have you ever fancied trying your hand at this fascinating art? Come along to
this taster session and ind out if calligraphy is for you. This class explores this fascinating
subject, with basic techniques and simple tools. Suitable for both left and right handed
people, young and old. It is a very hands-on course exploring the many varied uses of this
skill with plenty of opportunities to explore your creativity and exercise those grey cells.
Taster Lesson (£5) on 6 January at The Chantry, from 7.30-9.30pm. A seven-week course
starts on Wednesday 13 January. For further information and to reserve a place contact
Fiona Mitchell, Tel: 881545.
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A NEW CYCLING CLUB FOR THORNBURY? Are you a cyclist living in the Thornbury
area who would like a new project for 2016? If so, would you be interested in helping to
start up a cycling club in Thornbury? There are already clubs in Thornbury for footballers,
hockey players, cricketers, runners and other groups, but not one for the many cyclists
who I am sure we all see out and about on the roads around Thornbury. Hopefully there
are enough of us who would welcome a bit of structure and socialising around our cycling
to make it worthwhile starting up a new club. We can make it as informal or serious
as we like. If you would like to be involved, I would be happy to act as the initial focal
point and if there is suficient interest, to arrange an initial meeting to talk about how
we could take things forward. If you are interested, please contact me, Pete Jackson,
by email at [email protected]
YOUNG MUSICIANS’ AFTERNOON CONCERT on Saturday 23 January. Start the New Year
by enjoying a delightful classical musical concert accessible to all, given by our top local young
musicians. You can expect a range of musical pieces on strings, piano, woodwind and brass,
organised and introduced by well-known local professional musician, Michael Lunts. The concert
will begin at 2.30pm in the Cossham Hall, last around 50-60 minutes and be followed by tea and
cake when you will have an opportunity to interact and chat with these talented, enthusiastic
young people. Tickets £5 (with concessions for children), from the Town Hall or Tel. 412272.
OCTOPUS PRESENTS their latest pantomime: Snow White, with the usual mix
of colourful characters, music and laughs at Christ the King Church Hall, Castle
Street, from Wednesday 6 January to Friday 8 January at 7.30pm and on Saturday
9 January at 11am and 2.30pm. Tickets are available at £6 for adults and £5 for
concessions from RA Bennetts, The Plain, Thornbury and Karen Gill, Tel 413783.
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ARTISTS AT WAR; WAR DEPICTED IN ART Thornbury Art Club starts its 2016 programme
of talks and demonstrations with an illustrated talk by war artist David Rowlands who has
been working as an artist with the British Army since 1984. His assignments have taken
him to Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. This promises to be a very
interesting evening. David will be talking about the depiction of war, past and present. He
will begin by describing how British artists portrayed soldiers in battle in the period 17001900 (a period taking in the Napoleonic wars and the American Civil War). He will then
follow with an account and images of his own work produced in various conlicts in the last
30 years. The role of a war artist is an important one. But what does the artist choose to
depict? What is expected? How does he feel? What are the criteria? “British Artists at War”
takes place on Wednesday 6 January at the Cossham Hall, Thornbury, at 7.30pm (doors
open from 7pm). Non-members welcome. Visitor fee is £4. Do come and join us for a very
interesting and enjoyable evening! Tel: 417236 for more information.
BIENVENUE! BIENVENIDO! WELCOME! To language learning! Prepare for your next
holiday or business trip abroad. Join a group at your chosen level or come for individual
tuition in French or Spanish with a well-qualiied, experienced tutor. Classes in the Chantry
Community Centre, Thornbury Tel. 414268, and other local venues. The tutor can be
contacted direct Tel. 415294 or at [email protected]
This month’s cover is taken from an original painting by Richard Edwards. Prints of the
whole picture as well as other views of Thornbury produced by Richard, are available from
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Turkey has a coastline on which colour-named Sea?
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The cartoon ilm Panther was which colour?
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the season for pairing up and mating so they call a lot.
It is what you have to do when courting in the dark.
Red foxes
This is also courtship time for foxes so while you are outside listening for owls you
may hear the scream of a vixen calling out for boyfriends, and the answering barks
of male dog foxes rivalling each other
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While so much wildlife seems to be dormant at this season, it is a good time to look
at some of nature’s tiny things. Take a hand lens or a magnifying glass out on your
walks and take the time to examine the lichens and mosses growing on tree trunks
and branches as well as on the ground. It is a whole miniature world of strange
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SIXTY TREES PLANTED SO FAR – CAN WE MAKE IT 100?
by Judith Hurford, Thornbury Tree Warden
I
WROTE about tree-planting progress in Thornbury some time ago so an update
is timely. While there have been beautiful trees in Thornbury for many years,
many of them are now mature and so we need to plan for new trees to take their
place when they come to the end of their life. We try to plant in areas where there
are very few trees, replace trees that have died or been cut down and look for new
sites that will enhance the local area.
So what is my role as the volunteer Tree Warden for Thornbury? I help the Town
Council with issues relating to trees and work with South Gloucestershire’s Tree
Oficers to co-ordinate planting throughout the town. To support me with this work I
set up the Thornbury Tree Strategy Group a few years ago and the big message is
that we have now planted 60 trees around Thornbury, resulting in the group being
awarded “outstanding” in the Britain in Bloom, In Your Neighbourhood competition
for the past ive years!
Finding the right sites for planting around the town is not as easy as it sounds,
because many of the sites we have identiied as suitable are not available for
planting as service searches show up water, electric and gas cabling and pipework
underground. A good example of this can be seen along the Grovesend Road
towards Gillingstool, where there are many potential green spaces but only a
couple of young trees. Despite that, we managed to plant 20 trees during the
2014/2015 winter season.
We are fortunate in having built up excellent working relationships with South
Gloucestershire Tree Oficers, who work with us to ind sites, carry out service
searches and help with planting. Maintenance of the trees is a year round activity,
with watering the new trees a priority during dry spells of weather. Other activities
include keeping the sites weed free, checking on strimmer guards, stakes and ties
and pruning when necessary.
The success we have had with the planting of 60 trees over the past ive years
has led to the challenge to make it up to 100 over the next two years! This will
certainly be a tough task as the cost of each tree can be around £200 or more
depending on the species of tree planted, and the criteria for planting set down
by South Gloucestershire. Costs in the past have been met through grants and
sponsorship from Thornbury Town Council, local community groups and residents,
some of whom have wanted trees planted as a memorial for a member of a family,
friend or group. We need to keep looking for new sponsors to fund our work,
especially as we are hoping to plant another 40 trees over the next couple of years!
The plans for the winter are already under way, with at least ten trees due for
planting by the start of 2016 with more planned, depending on funding, by March.
Trees have been planted from the corner of Butt Lane and Old Gloucester Road,
along Morton Way and down Grovesend Road. We have planted, too, in the open
space between Avon Way and Streamleaze, Bath Road, the Chantry Fields and
the entrance to the Fishponds. If you would like a list of the location and species
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of the trees planted, please let me know and I would be happy to send you a copy.
If any residents or groups are interested in supporting our work in increasing the
number of trees in the town, or would like to sponsor a tree, then please email
[email protected] or give me a ring on 414074. ◙
WINTER IN THE 1930s AND 40s
(Some extracts from an unpublished book inished in 2003 by the late Jack Pridham,
who lived in Thornbury as a child and through his teenage years. Our thanks to his
widow, Mary, for allowing us to use this material, and to Chris and Sandra Doig of
Thornbury Roots for drawing our attention to Jack’s book)
EATING in the winter was entirely via coal or wood ires in three downstairs
rooms and sometimes in the main kitchen. Cinders and ash needed to be
removed from the grates every morning before the ires were relit. The ires were
rarely kept going over night, mainly because someone would have had to get up
to stoke them. Two or three single bar, 500 watt heaters were also available which
could be used to warm the bedrooms for an hour or so before one retired. Beds
were piled with blankets and thick eiderdowns and earthenware, aluminium or later,
rubber, hot water bottles were used by everyone. The metal bottle was lethal and
could have caused third degree burns if it had not been covered with a lannel
jacket. On winter mornings the bedroom windows were commonly covered with
ice on the inside, breath condensed to steam and the linoleum-covered loors were
a shock to the system. The quick wash in the bathroom was in the best, icy cold
public school tradition. It was no wonder that the family suffered from more than its
fair share of chesty ailments…
… Father, who worked outdoors in all weathers, was often ill with chest complaints,
mainly bronchitis, exacerbated by heavy cigarette smoking. Colds and chest
infections caused many people to take to their beds in the winter and apart from
taking aspirin, breathing in “Friars’ Balsam” in hot water with a towel over the head,
and applying “Mentholatum” or “Vick” to the chest and up the nose (father also
swallowed his “Vick”!), there were few medications. In addition to the coughs and
sneezes, one suffered in comparative silence with a sore, red nose caused by a
wet cotton handkerchief that should have been changed more frequently. If the
situation was really desperate, whiskey or brandy was brought out of the cupboard
and given in milk to children…
… Various other infectious and contagious diseases were common in the town
during the 40s. They usually peaked in the late winter/early spring and included
measles, German measles, mumps, chickenpox and whooping cough, all today’s
favourites, and also croup (a coughing and vomiting condition!), scarlet fever (a
killer!) and a collection of skin complaints. The latter included impetigo which
was extremely unpleasant and laid me low on three separate occasions. This
staphylococcal infection is now rarely seen because it is readily cleared up with
antibiotics; prior to their development one had to rely on a slow recovery involving
one’s natural immune system. My personal encounters with impetigo involved the
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face and scalp and blisters which burst forming a hard crust of greenish-brown
scabs which made laughing dificult! Some temporary relief was gained by bathing
the lesions with warm water, removing the scabs that were ‘loose’ and then applying
a soothing layer of warm olive oil. In between these treatments the infected skin
was covered with cotton gauze to reduce the steady drip of serum from the broken
blisters. Before the advent of penicillin, the irst antiseptic in use against this
ghastly condition was a purple dye – crystal violet, I think – the colour of which was
a clear indicator of an impetigo infection and a warning that one should not get too
close to the ‘colourful’ victim!…
… Atmospheric pollution in the towns was appalling mainly because of the
domestic coal ires which produced tons of sulphurous fumes and particulates from
thousands of chimneys. The air in autumn and winter was often distinctly yellow,
the smogs (then called fogs) reduced visibility to inches and transport often came
to a complete standstill. (Fogs were mysterious and exciting and together with ice
and snow produced a desirable winter entertainment package for youngsters but
not for the delicate and elderly who via cardiovascular problems, were helped to
pass over to Paradise!). Apart from the delays that were caused, few worried about
this kind of pollution – the connection with ill health was not fully appreciated. The
Clean Air Acts of 1956 and 1958 which banned the use of all but the ‘smokeless
coals’ did much to reduce the problem…
… A challenging Sunday walk, particularly in the snow, was up the Bristol Road to
Vilner Lane and then climbing Thornbury’s highest ‘mountain’, Vilner HilI, which
was topped by the very isolated Peters’ Farm. Vilner in the winter could be used
for sleighing and the run was quite steep but short; Marlwood Hill was the winter
sports venue of choice. The descent from Vilner to the top of the town was via a
tunnel which went under the railway line in which one irst looked for bats and then
shouted to hear the echo! ◙
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during these wintry months. CARDIGAN – this cosy, knitted, buttoned-up woollen
waistcoat, often having sleeves and worn by thousands of men and women in a
wide variety of colours, styles and designs, has its origins in the Crimean War – a
well-remembered part of which is referred to as The Charge of the Light Brigade, in
1854. Such garments were worn by British soldiers to protect themselves from the
bitter cold, and were introduced by James Thomas Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan,
who was a high-ranking military oficer during that War. MACKINTOSH – most
folk have a “mac” to put on in rainy weather. Charles Mackintosh was an industrial
chemist in Glasgow, who worked to invent dyeing and bleaching processes, and
then in 1823 discovered a process for waterprooing fabric with rubber. It was in
1839 that vulcanized rubber, able to withstand temperature changes, came on to
the market, and Mackintosh’s garments received general acclaim. WELLINGTONS
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muddy surfaces wear “wellies”, and so of course do thousands who go for walks in
the rain, or tiny toddlers who love to splash in puddles. It was Arthur Wellesley, the
1st Duke of Wellington – he of The Battle of Waterloo fame – who favoured high,
over-the-knee leather riding boots – with later adaptations of shorter boots to be
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THE WILD WEST
OU may have seen the “James gang” in Hollywood ilms about the Wild
West, but have you heard of the Mills gang of our very own wild west, just
north of Yate? The November gathering of Thornbury History and Archaeological
Society were treated to the thrilling story about the exploits of a group of “banditts”
led by the Mills family who lived on what was then Yate Common. Reported by
local press in 1826 as the “Wickwar gang”, the story of how they had terrorised
south Gloucestershire for seven years went viral, hitting the national news in
London and as far aield as the Inverness Chronicle.
Rose Wallis, a senior lecturer in history at UWE, explained how the gang had
exploited the lawless area of Yate Common for more than seven years before
1826, raiding as far as Wotton, Rangeworthy and Sodbury. Farmers would wake
up in the morning to ind their homes devoid of furniture and effects. The booty
was hidden in an underground “cave” at the Mills cottage on Yate Common.
In the 18th century this area was one of several leftover patches of common
land and woodland after the gradual development of the huge forest, commonly
known as Kingswood, which covered most of medieval south Gloucestershire.
The years after the Napoleonic war were tough; labourers’ wages fell as
soldiers returned from the war, poor relief was meagre. Squatters and itinerants
tended to migrate towards common land such as that north of Yate, isolated
areas not subject to the social order of regular communities. In those days
there was no police force, only voluntary parish constables. Justice was served
by gentleman magistrates who often were only interested in the status the title
would bring them. In fact in 1826 only half of all magistrates were qualiied
to action the law. Yate was served by just such a man, so there was little law
enforcement in the area and the gang carried on its nefarious business for seven
years, growing to 50 members strong.
Finally in 1826 the justice of the peace for Wickwar, a clergyman, decided that
he had to act. Thirty-one people were arrested and 21 were held in the county
gaol in Gloucester. At the Gloucester assizes of that year six of the gang were
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were found guilty. Of these, one Thomas Mills turned King’s Evidence, informed
against his brothers and was released. Two of the Mills gang were hanged in
Gloucester in front of an “enormous concourse of spectators”. The youngest
Mills brother (16) was transported to Australia, where he eventually ended up as
a wealthy publican. Two gang members who subsequently attempted to shoot
Thomas were arrested, tried and hanged. So ended the Mills gang!
Events such as these had a galvanizing effect on the public consciousness
and on government policy as the 19th century moved on. Lawlessness and
revolution were enveloping large parts of Europe and the government realised
it had to act if Britain were not to go the same way. Major reforms were made,
such as those to the Poor Law, so perhaps events at Yate Common had a real
impact on the development of social reform in Britain.
The research that Rose has been doing is part of the Victoria County History
of Gloucestershire project, which has already published a volume on the history
of Yate. Other parts of the county, such as Thornbury, will be researched and
published subject to the availability of funding.
The January meeting of our society will be, as usual, on the second Tuesday
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Guests are welcome. If you are interested in inding out more about the Society
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NEW YEAR, NEW START
by Rev’d Jan
PPARENTLY it takes 100 days to form a new habit; so your New Year resolutions
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of time! One hundred days is over three months; so if you are still going strong at the
beginning of April there is a sporting chance that you have formed a new good habit for
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In reality most of our New Year resolutions are forgotten or given up on within a
week or two. So does that show that we can never really change? That would be rather
depressing! People do change, sometimes in huge ways, maybe through a spiritual
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After recent events it may be hard to think of a religious conversion in a positive
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God wants us to change, to be transformed: by experiencing that love for ourselves,
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New Year’s Day
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Saturday. 884154.
Pilates, CCC, 9-10am, every Saturday. Maree Rice 01179 502411.
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Cookery School for Boys and Girls, TCC, 10-11am ages 4-7, 11.10am12.10pm ages 8-11, every Saturday. [email protected]
Thornbury Area Music Centre rehearsals, Marlwood School, various classes,
9.30am-12 noon, every term-time Saturday. 01454 299932 or
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Thornbury Litter Busters, Origin Café, TCC, 9.30am. New volunteers
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Saturday Family Rhymetime, TL, 11-11.30am, for families with under-5s.
Zumba, TCC, 10.30-11.30am, every Sunday. www.zumbathornbury.com.
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Mon 4
Beginning of School Term 3.
World Dance Group, CH, 7-9.30pm, every Monday. Hazel 01453 834125.
Ballet, CCC, 4-9.15pm, every term-time Monday. 01179 605844.
Social Badminton Group, TLC, 8-10pm, every Monday, except Bank Holidays.
Delia 416321.
Table Tennis Club, Castle School Sports Centre, 6.30-8.30pm, every Monday.
885839.
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01179 493955.
Mindfulness Meditation, Tockington, 2-3.30pm, every Monday. Lynne Francis,
07787 762747.
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419184.
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Thornbury Hockey Club, Castle School, every term-time Monday, SeptemberMarch. Juniors 6.30-7.30pm, Seniors (Ladies) 7.30-8.30pm. Jo Matthews
07814 511806 or Sara Newman 077084 72158.
Wing Chun Kung Fu, TCC, 7-9pm every Monday. 868485.
Pilates Class, Manorbrook School, 6.30-7.25pm every Monday. 413898.
Thornbury Sea Cadets, Cadet Centre, behind Castle School 6th Form Centre,
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Precise Pilates, CCC, 6pm and 7.15pm every Monday. Sally Cullum, fully
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Zumba Adults, TCC, 6-7pm every Monday. 868485.
Jigsaw, group for families with children with additional needs, SMCH, 1.30-3pm
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Bristol Speakers Club, BAWA Leisure Centre, Southmead Rd, Filton, 7.30pm,
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“English Terrestrial Orchids”. Visitors £2.
Camera Club, TCC, 7.30 for 7.45pm, Clive Dodd, “Something for Everyone”,
talk on Somerset Levels landscapes, wildlife, and a year of sports and
festivals. Closing date for Competition 3, subject: “Open”.
Tue 5
Yoga, CCC, 1.30-3pm and 7.30-9pm, every term-time Tuesday. Prior booking
necessary. 412643.
Kumon Maths and English, SMCH, 3.30-5.30pm, every term-time Tuesday and
Friday. 281037.
St Mary’s Baby and Toddler Group, SMCH, 10-11.30am, every term-time
Tuesday. Find us on Facebook.
Twins+ Club (for families with twins or higher order multiples), SureStart
Children’s Centre, Gillingstool, 1.30-4pm, every Tuesday. 269524.
Advanced Spanish Conversation, CCC, 10am-12 noon, every term-time
Tuesday. Penelope Boosey 415294, or 414268.
Chess Club, CCC, 7.30-11pm, every Tuesday. 850814.
Tuesday Studio Painting Group, Thornbury Art Club, OBA, 2-4.30pm every
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Happy Hands Toddler Group, CKCH, 9.30-11.30am, every Tuesday, also
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Community Choirs, URC, 9.30-11am, every term-time Tuesday. Liz Martin
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Meditation Group, CCC, 7.30-8.45pm, every Tuesday. 415895.
Pilates, TCC, 7-8pm, every Tuesday. Jill 07775 514686 or
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Drawing Class, CCC, 10am-12 noon, every Tuesday. £5. Shirley 419184.
Music Time, Early Years, TCC, 9.30-10.30am, every term-time Tuesday.
868485.
Zumba Kids, TCC, 5.30-6.30pm, every term-time Tuesday. 868485.
Belly Dancing Class, Function Room, The Swan, High St. Thornbury, 8-9pm,
every term-time Tuesday. All welcome. Anna 411661.
Zumba. 6pm; Zumba Toning, 7pm; AH, every Tuesday.
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Zumba Gold Class (Age 55+), TCC, 10-10.45am, every Tuesday, also
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Fitness Pilates, Alveston Youth Centre, 11am every Tuesday. 07840 683676.
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Get Singing Thornbury, TCC, 7.30-9pm, every term-time Tuesday.
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Precise Pilates, Crossways Infant School, 6.15 and 7.30pm every Tuesday.
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Kick Boxing for Kids, TCC, 6-7pm every Tuesday. 868485.
Kick Boxing for Adults, TCC, 7-8.30pm every Tuesday. 868485.
Thornbury Gospel Choir, TBC, 6.30-7.45pm every Tuesday. Heather and
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Northavon Dolls House and Miniature Club, Alveston MCH, 7.30pm. 501901.
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Thornbury Diabetes Local Support Group, AH, 8pm.885604 or
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Yoga, CCC, 1.30-3pm and every term-time Wednesday. Prior booking 412643.
Line Dancing, Christ the King Primary School, Beginners 7-7.45pm,
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Dennis Arney 321729.
TMTG Rehearsals, Tytherington Village Hall, 7.30pm, every Wednesday.
632369.
Jo Jingles (Music and Movement for 1-5 year-olds), CCC, sessions from
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Ballet, CCC, 4-8.45pm. Pre-school class, 1.30-2.30pm, every term-time
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French Advanced Conversation, CCC, 10am-12 noon, every term-time
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Stand and Deliver, Children’s Drama Group, Brook Way Community Centre,
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Table Tennis Club, Castle School Sports Centre, 7-9.30pm, every Wednesday.
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Art Classes, TCC, 7-9pm, every term-time Wednesday. 868485, or Anne
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Tel: 01454 613229
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 Origin café serving hot and cold food Thornbury BS35 2BB
Turnberrie’s, Bath Road, Thornbury BS35 2BB 01454 868485
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01454 868485 email: [email protected]
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Thu 7
Pilates, TCC, 6-6.45pm and 7-8pm, every Wednesday. Jill 07775 514686
or [email protected]
Insanity Classes, CH, 10.30am, every Wednesday.
www.armstrongitness.co.uk
Coffee Morning, TL, 10.30-11.30am, every Wednesday. Free. 868006.
Bridge Club, Alveston Methodist Hall, 7.30-10.30pm every Wednesday.
Ralph Smith 01275 840006.
Whist Drive, SMCH, 7.30pm, every Wednesday. 416484.
Krunch Youth Centre, KC1: young people 11-13 (school years 7,8,9), TCC,
7-9pm every term-time Wednesday, admission 50p. 411514
or [email protected]
Zumba, CH, 9.30am, every Wednesday. www.zumbathornbury.com
Coffee 10am and Midweek Shoppers’ Service 11am, TMC, every Wednesday.
Rugby Tots, TCC, 10.30-11.30am every term-time Wednesday. 868485.
Superstrikers, age 2-4 years, TCC, 1-3pm every term-time Wednesday.
868485.
Labour Party, CCC, 7.30pm.
Thornbury and District Probus Club, Bristol Golf Club, 11.45am. 415448.
Christ the King Social Club, Quiz Night, CKCH, 8pm, every 1st and 3rd
Wednesday. All welcome. New members to the Club also welcome.
Thornbury Art Club, CH, 7.15 for 7.30pm, David Rowlands, illustrated talk on
the portrayal of war by British artists 1700-1900, and his own work with the
British Army 1984 to the present. Non-members £4. 417236.
Calligraphy Tester Lesson, CCC, 7.30-9.30pm. £5. Fiona Mitchell 881545.
Snow White, Octopus pantomime, CKCH, 7.30pm. Fri 9th: 11am and 2.30pm.
Tickets £6 adults, £5 concessions from RA Bennett, The Plain, or 413783.
Ballet, CCC, 4-8.45pm, every term-time Thursday. 01179 605844.
Thornbury Running Club, TLC, 6.30-9pm, every Thursday. 868485.
Slimming World, TCC, 8.30-11.30am, every Thursday. Bonny Mills. 07544
731250.
Beginners French, TBC, 7-9pm every term-time Thursday. Sue Dunn 416503.
Thursday Studio Painting Group, Thornbury Art Club, OBA, 1.30-4.30pm,
every Thursday. 260202.
Weight Watchers, TCC, 5.30-7pm, every Thursday. Sian Miller 01275 790428.
Ceroc dancing, a fusion of jive and salsa, no partner needed, AH,
7.45-10.45pm, every Thursday. Beginners and intermediates welcome.
Bar open. John 07736 472597.
Zumba, 6pm, Fitness Pilates 7.05pm, Zumba 8.05pm, St Helen’s Primary
School, Alveston. Sam 07840 683676.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Open Award Centre, CCC, 7.30-8.30pm, every term-time
Thursday. Alastair Hunter 856025.
Yoga, CCC, 7.30-9pm, every term-time Thursday. Prior booking 412643.
Al Anon for friends and families affected by an alcoholic’s drinking, URC,
7.45pm, every Thursday. Helpline: 02074 030888, www.al-anonuk.org.uk.
Tai Chi, CCC, 10.30am, every Thursday. Ben Milton 01179 493955.
Fun Pre-School French Club for 2-4 year-olds, 2pm every term-time Thursday,
also Fridays, 10.30am. 079725 91311 or [email protected] for venue.
Happy Hands Toddler Group, CKCH, 9.30-11.30am, every Thursday, also
Tuesdays.
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Zumba Gold Class (age 55+), TCC, 10-10.45am, every Thursday, also
Tuesdays. 07788 424976.
Square Dancing, Manorbrook School, 8pm, every Thursday. Anne 885058 or
Sue 778795.
Zumba, 6.10pm and 7.20pm, Gillingstool Primary School, every Thursday.
www.zumbathornbury.com.
Sweetpeas Breastfeeding Support Group, SureStart Centre, Gillingstool,
1.30pm, every Thursday.
Lunch Club, Café Origin, TCC, 12.30pm onwards, every Thursday. 868485 or
07735 405175 to book.
Art Classes, TCC, 7-9pm, every Thursday. 868485 or Shirley Sharp 419184.
Latin and Ballroom Dancing Lessons, CKC School, Easton Hill Road, 7pm,
every Thursday. Peter or Belinda Orford 415346.
Fitness Pilates, URC, 11.20am-12.15pm, every Thursday. Contact
[email protected]
Krunch Youth Centre, KC2: young people 14+ (school years 9 and over) TCC,
7-9pm every term-time Thursday. 50p. 411514 or [email protected]
Insanity Classes, Gillingstool Primary School, 8.20pm, every Thursday.
www.armstrongitness.co.uk
Bowls, TLC, 10am to 12 noon, every Thursday. 411349 or 294159.
Thornbury Sea Cadets, Cadet Centre, behind Castle School 6th Form Centre,
Gloucester Road, 6.45-9pm, every Thursday and Monday.
Friendship and Exercise Club, easy exercise and socialising for older people,
MCH, 10.30am-12 noon, every Thursday. Amy 07731 451885, or Brian
Gardner 862296 or [email protected]
Thornbury & District Museum, History Research Group, URC, 7.30pm.
885087.
Farmers Market, St Mary Centre, 9am-1.30pm. 888822.
Wesley Guild, MCH, 2.30pm.
Town Council Meeting, followed by AH Charitable Trust meeting, TH, 7.30pm.
Fri 8
Canasta Club, AH, 2-4pm, every Friday. 416654.
Thornbury Dog Training Club, Jubilee Hall, Alveston 7.15pm, every Friday.
416706 or 415063.
Weight Watchers, TCC, 9.30-10.30am, every Friday. Sian Miller 01275
790428.
Bumps and Babies NCT Playgroup, TBC, 10-11.30am, every Friday. Sandra
07546 256313.
Art Therapy Workshops, Tockington, 2-4.30pm, every Friday. Lynne Francis
07787 762747.
Your Call Theatre Group (for ages 13-21), URC, 6-8pm, every Friday.
Jill or Bay, 413850. Fun, friendship and drama!
Music Time, Early Years, TCC, 9.30-10.30am, every term-time Friday. 868485.
Fitness Group for adults with learning disabilities, 11am, every Friday. Contact
Tom 07738 855144 for venue details.
Thornbury Food Bank, TBC, 2-4pm, every Friday. 419118.
Bright Stars Soccer Tots, TCC, 4-5pm every term-time Friday. 868485.
Thornbury and District Stamp Club, CCC, 7.15 for 7.30pm. Chairman’s
Evening: Carlton Jones.
Thornbury Wine Circle, AH, 8pm. Pictures of Paris and French wine.
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Mon 18
Tue 19
Wed 20
Thu 21
Fri 22
Sat 23
Book Start Bear Club RhymeTime for pre-school children, TL, 11-11.30am
every term time Friday. 868006.
Country Music Club, AH, 8pm, Tanya Taylor.
Thornbury Hockey Club, Castle School, 10.30am, 2nds v Avonmouth 2nds.
Kids Praise, SMC, 4pm, for children up to 7, and parents.
Severnside Ramblers, 10 miles, Arlingham, easy, lat walk on Severn Way,
canal paths, meadows, woodland. Meet at Aztec West blue zone parking
area, 9am. 416321.
Filnore Woods general work morning, 10am-12 noon. Meet at LCCP.
Thornbury Rambling Club walk, all welcome. Meet RSCP at 9am to share lifts.
Further details from 413924 or visit www.thornburyramblers.org.uk
Camera Club, TCC, 7.30 for 7.45pm, In House Evening with Steve Goodfellow
and Rob Eschle showing their type of photography.
Memory Café, MCH, 10.15-11.45am, Sue Rowley, 412941 or Mary Wilkins
610168.
Thornbury Local History & Archaeology Society, SMCH, 7.30pm, John
Adnams, “Alveston Deer Park”. Visitors £2.50.
Town Council, Environment Committee Meeting, Council Chamber, TH,
7.30pm.
Your Healing Space, TCC, 7-8.30pm. 07866 633622.
Thornbury & District Townswomen’s Guild, CH, 7.30pm, Joan Flowers,
“Women in World War 1”. Competition: World War 1 photograph.
Thornbury Lions, CCC, 7.30pm.
Thornbury Craft Club, SMCH, 7.30-10pm. Val Trigg 883597.
S. Glos Ladies Lunch Club, 12.15-3pm (Oct-March), 3-course lunch, plus
speaker or event, Old School Hall, Lower Almondsbury. Liz McLoughlin
311687 or [email protected]
Town Council, Playing Fields and Cemetery Committee, TH, 7.30pm.
Thornbury Picture House, I Wish, CH, 7.30pm. Non-members £5 at the door.
“At Your Service”, SMC, 4pm, informal worship.
Severnside Ramblers, Forest of Dean, 8 miles, moderate winter warmer along
good paths/tracks in Cannop Valley. Optional tea at end. Meet Aztec West
blue zone parking area, 9am. 01594 845423.
Camera Club, TCC, 7.30 for 7.45pm, Tom Crowe Competition, seeing which
club has won and looking at the images.
Thornbury WI, MCH, 7.30pm. Speaker Gill Leaper, Butterly Space. Sue
Horsfall 885043 or Sue Newton [email protected]
Severn Vale Flower Club, AH, 2pm, Severn Vale All Stars, “Pot Luck”.
Competition: Textures of Winter.
Farmers Market, St Mary Centre, 9am-1.30pm. 888822.
Thornbury and District Museum Geology Group, CCC, 7.30pm. 416882.
Thornbury and District Flower Club, MCH, 7.30pm, Practice: Twigs and
Things.
Thornbury and District Stamp Club, CCC, 7.15 for 7.30pm, Members: Recent
Acquisitions. Cliff Clifford 418644.
Art History Study Day, CCC, 10.30am-3.15pm. £28. 416291.
Thornbury Hockey Club, Castle School, 12 noon, 1st v South Gloucestershire.
Concert by local young musicians and Michael Lunts, CH, 2.30pm, followed by
tea and cake. Tickets £5 (concessions for children) from TH or 412272.
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Sun 24 Family Service, SPC.
Recital by Hans Hess (guitar) and Joachim Schwander, SMC, 4pm, 07956
556048 or [email protected]
Severnside Ramblers, 7 miles, Bleadon Levels and Uphill Nature Reserves,
pleasant walk, different scenery. Meet at Aztec West blue zone parking area,
9.30am. 01179 334998.
Thornbury Rambling Club walk, all welcome. Meet RSCP at 9am to share lifts.
Further details from 413924 or visit www.thornburyramblers.org.uk
Mon 25 Severn Vale Flower Club, AH, 1.30pm, Practice: Pantomime.
Camera Club, TCC, 7.30 for 7.45pm, judging Competition 3, subject, “Open”.
Tue 26 Memory Café, MCH, 10.15-11.45am, Sue Rowley, 412941 or Mary Wilkins
610168.
South Glos Fibromyalgia Support Group, Alveston MCH, 7-9pm, Singing, Liz
Martin. 415374 or 887427.
Town Council, Town Development Committee Meeting, TH, 7.30pm.
Wed 27 Thornbury Magazine Collation, SMCH from 8.30am.
Alveston Local History Society, Methodist Church, Alveston, Rose Wallis, “The
Wild West?! Crime and the Commons in Yate, 1790-1830”. Visitors £2.50.
St Peter’s Hospice, Severnside Support Group, Winter Warmer Lunch, MCH,
1pm. Tickets £8, from the Town Hall from Tuesday 5 January.
Filnore Woods general work morning, 10am-12 noon. Meet at LCCP.
Thu 28 Town Council, Finance and Policy Committee Meeting, TH, 7.30pm.
Fri 29 The Ken Baily Lecture, Chris Witts, “The Severn Bridge Disaster”, AH, 7.30pm.
Tickets £5. Jan Fullman 414022.
Sat 30 Thornbury Hockey Club, Castle School, 10.30am, 2nds v Clifton 5ths.
Sun 31 Severnside Ramblers, Bath to Kelston, 10 miles, along River Avon and climb to
Kelston Round Hill. Good views. Meet at Aztec West blue zone parking area,
9am. 01179 315108.
Cymrodorion Society Concert, AH, 7.30pm, doors open 7pm. Tickets £12,
available on Tuesday 5 January at the Town Hall.
Thornbury Rambling Club walk, all welcome. Meet RSCP at 9am to share lifts.
Further details from 413924 or visit www.thornburyramblers.org.uk
FEBRUARY
Mon 1 Alveston Gardens Association, Jubilee Hall, Alveston, 7.30pm, Dr George
Hargreaves, “Out and About with AGA, 2015”. Visitors £2.
Camera Club, TCC, 7.30 for 7.45pm, evening to make short AV, no longer
than 5 minutes, following a tutorial last December.
Fri 5 End of School Term 3.
Thornbury and District Stamp Club, CCC, 7.15 for 7.30pm, Visit from
Gloucester Philatelic Society. Cliff Clifford 418644.
Thornbury Wine Circle, AH, 8pm, AGM.
Sat 6 Country Music Club, AH, 8pm, Mike McCoy.
All articles and contributions for News Around and What’s On for February to reach Ken
Harris by 1 January and for March to reach Pauline Montgomery by 1 February.
COLOUR PUZZLE ANSWERS
1. Moscow, 2. Silver, 3. Yellow Brick Road, 4. Poole Harbour, 5. Greengage,
6. Indigo, 7. The Black Sea, 8. Amber, 9. Pink Panther, 10. Snow White.
SORRY IF YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR WASN’T MENTIONED, OR IF YOU
INSIST THAT WHITE IS NOT A COLOUR.
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CHURCH SERVICES
ANGLICAN:
BAPTIST:
St Mary’s Parish Church; Holy Communion 8am,
Parish Communion 10.30am, Evensong 6pm.
St Paul’s the Hacket: Parish Communion 9.15am.
Gillingstool Family Services 9.15am and 11am. (1st Sunday 11am only)
Evening Service 6.30pm. Midweek Meetings: Tel: 419118.
METHODIST: High Street: Sunday Morning Service 11am.
Wednesday Shoppers’ Service 11am. Tel. 418176.
ROMAN CATHOLIC: Christ the King, Castle Street: Mass Sundays 8.30am, 11am.
UNITED REFORMED CHURCH: Chapel Street: Family Worship and Junior
Church 11am. Other services as announced.
QUAKERS (SOCIETY OF FRIENDS): Meetings for worship every Sunday
10.30am, The Chantry, Castle Street. Tel: 412603.
MORTON BAPTIST CHURCH: Horse Lane, Lower Morton:
Sunday Services 10.30am and 6pm. Wednesday 7pm Tel. 07840 333834
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