Community News January 2018

December 19 2017

Thornbury Lions 


Father Christmas has been visiting his Grotto in Thornbury on Saturdays during December. This has been a great success. The Lions who have been looking after Santa would like to express their thanks to the staff of St Mary’s precinct for their help in arranging for and building the Grotto  And also for the presents for the children.

The annual Senior Citizens Christmas meal was held in the Armstrong Hall and again was a very successful occasion. More the one hundred and twenty people attended and enjoyed a three course meal with raffle prizes being drawn between courses. The evening ended with a very entertaining session from the Thornbury Musical Theatre Group which included audience participation. 


Hill & Rockhampton WI 


Our meeting this month welcomed Chris Awde, representing Oldbury-on-Severn Community Shop. Chris explained that he had got involved after overhearing a conversation in the pub.  A committee had been formed and a bid made to the Lottery Fund, which was successful.  Having received the money, the committee then realised that they had to put a shop together.  

Land was rented from Alan Knapp at a peppercorn rent, a building purchased - and then the problems began.  First the water company spent nine days searching for a pipe on the wrong side of the road and wanted to charge for the time; then the building inspector insisted on extra insulation as trees were close by and that the proposed toilet had to be made suitable for disabled access which cut down on the floorspace available.  Finally, they were not allowed to connect to the local sewer as it was at full capacity. 

Thankfully these expensive hurdles were overcome and the shop opened. Any surplus money generated is used to support local charities and the whole ethos is to be a central hub for village activities and for people to buy goods, have a cup of tea and a piece of cake, but most importantly to meet others and chat so building up community spirit.  

The shop continues to go from strength to strength being well used by villagers, walkers, cyclists and passing lorry drivers.  The vote of thanks was given by Sue Allen, who also ran a quick quiz to guess the price of goods she had purchased at the shop.


Thornbury Volunteer Centre

 Thornbury Community Building Trust is looking for Trustees with particular skills to strengthen their small board of Trustees and manage what is, in effect, a vibrant and expanding small business. The principle role is to assist with projects and initiatives relevant to their area of expertise and to attend bi-monthly board meetings.


Filnore Wood in Thornbury is seeking volunteers to help with woodland and grassland management - coppicing, scything, path building, hedge laying and bramble clearing. Volunteers need to be physically fit as quite hilly. Work mornings are held 10am-12.30pm on the second Saturday and the fourth Wednesday of the month.


Age UK South Gloucestershire based in Thornbury need volunteers to provide administration support to the volunteering team. This will involve extensive use of a computer as every contact they make with a member of the public needs to be recorded on a data base which also involves confident use of the internet.  


Volunteer French teacher needed to support a group of "rusty" French learners at (roughly) GCSE/A level standard in local U3A group. This is a fun group for anyone who has rusty French and a love of the language. They read and translate informative articles, poems and songs and subscribe to the Rendez-vous magazine for use at home and in group sessions. They meet at The Chantry on Tuesday mornings.


Brain Tumour Support are looking for a volunteer to work with the Support Team to coordinate and organise several support events in 2018. This is an exciting opportunity for you to get involved with a growing organisation and gain valuable experience in event coordination and working with a charity.  You must be familiar with Microsoft programmes and email accounts, have good communication skills, be able to prioritise and manage a workload and work effectively with others as part of a team. This opportunity is largely home based.


A local Preschool run as Charity in Thornbury are looking for a new member to join their committee as Treasurer. You will be working with the pre-school manager, the payroll team and the bookkeeper and play a vital role in the future of the Preschool. It is a very rewarding position.An understanding of numbers and Excel Spreadsheets, understanding on how budgets are balanced, familiar with only banking.