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Forthcoming Events

Spring sale

Join us at our Spring Sale on Saturday 27 April at the Thornbury Methodist Church Hall between 10 and 1.

Visit the many craft stalls and charities selling home-baked goods, vintage items, cards, crafts and much more. Giant tombola and delicious home-made cakes, tea and coffee served throughout the morning.

If you would like to book a table for £10 please contact us for further information.

Charity of the month

We have just learned that we are to be the charity of the month during May at the Swan Inn, Thornbury.

During the equivalent event in May last year, Sandra Davies, the wonderful landlady, had set up a series of events, including her regular Wednesday evening quiz nights, a coffee morning and a family fun day. At the end of the month we received £1170, a very important contribution to our funds.

Many events are similarly planned for this year, so we shall be grateful for everyone’s support. Further details to follow.

Event Reports

Christmas tabletop sale

On Saturday 11 November we held a highly successful sale at Thornbury Methodist Church Hall.

A busy moment at the Fair.

We were blessed with good weather which ensured a great turnout of customers for the local charitable groups and individuals who were present. They sold a great range of goods, including cards, toys, Christmas crafts, and vintage bric-a-brac while also raising awareness of their work in the local community.

We served tea and cake to the visitors and held a giant Christmas raffle with donations from Tesoro Lounge, Hawkes House, Tesco, Aldi, Foxhills Café & Gifts, the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Oldown Country Park and many more.

Altogether, it was a hugely enjoyable event. Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who made it a success. We raised more than £500 for our own funds.

Volunteer Fair 2023

On 14 September Thornbury Volunteer Centre hosted its annual Volunteer Fair in the St. Mary Centre for ten local charities and organisations. The aim was to promote the organisations, publicise their volunteer opportunities, attract new volunteers and, in some cases, raise funds.

Mayor visits Brain Tumour Support stall.
The mayor visiting the Brain Tumour Support stall.

Thornbury Radio played throughout the morning and Thornbury Town Mayor, Cllr. James Murray visited and spoke to all the Stallholders. It was a lovely morning with many visitors, resulting in over £150 being raised and at least 22 potential volunteers coming forward, with many more people taking away information.

Our thanks to the St. Mary Centre Management team and South Glos Council for their support.

Volunteers’ Week awareness

Passers-by looking at our display.

National Volunteers’ Week runs each year from 1-7 June. This year we held a display of opportunities in the St Mary Centre throughout the week, beginning the week with a sale of donated vintage items on 1 June.

This raised £58 for our funds and allowed us the opportunity to talk to passers by about volunteering. Over the course of the week new enquiries from 9 potential volunteers were received.

Celebration Lunch

On Wednesday 7 June, as part of our celebrations for Volunteers’ Week, we welcomed more than 60 volunteers and representatives from 24 volunteer-involving organisations to a Celebration Lunch in Turnberrie’s Community Centre, Thornbury.

Guests at the lunch.

This summer event allowed us to say thank you for the hard work and commitment this section of the community has given, and continues to give, to the Thornbury and district area. It was lovely to welcome guests and treat them to a delicious lunch whilst giving them the opportunity to meet other volunteers and organisations and share experiences.

They were joined by guest speakers Eryl Daniels and Terry Ray. Terry gave an interesting and informative talk on Thornbury's oldest charity, Thornbury Town Trust. This charity supports people in need in the Thornbury area by allocating hardship grants and donating Christmas presents to children in need.

Eryl Daniels.
Eryl Daniels

Eryl spoke movingly about the joys of hosting a Ukrainian family for the past year and how the local community have welcomed Ukrainians into their homes and supported them through clothes donations, weekly cafe, English lessons and much more.

The annual Alan Hudson Award for Volunteering Achievement was awarded to Thornbury Litterbusters for their outstanding contribution to Thornbury and the Clare Fardell Young Volunteer Award went to Mike Rogers for his outstanding voluntary contribution to Krunch South West.

This celebration event was made possible with grant funding from Thornbury Town Council.

Easter Sale 2023

Following our successful Christmas sale in Alveston we relocated to Thornbury Methodist Church Hall for Easter.

The Easter sale.

We were joined by a local charitable groups and individuals who were selling a wide range of goods to raise much needed funds for their organisation. It was also an opportunity for them to raise awareness of the valuable work they undertake in their local community. Although the weather was dismal we still welcomed a good crowd of visitors.

We served tea and cake and held an Easter raffle and it was a lovely relaxed event. We raised approximately £250 for our own funds and would like to thank everyone for their support.


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Thornbury Volunteer Centre is a registered charity, number 1180775. The Town Hall, 35 High Street, Thornbury, BS35 2AR. Tel: 01454 413392. Hours: Mon-Fri 10:30-12.00. This site © Thornbury Volunteer Centre. Site design by Michael Quinion. Page last updated 22 Feb 2024.