SCLT Public Presentation Team Visit – Dovercourt Townswomen's Guild
Thurstsday 2nd May has seen SCLT volunteer Ash Jones accepting an invitation to join the ladies of the Dovercourt Townswomens Guild at their regular monthly meeting in Horfield, Bristol to deliver an enrichment lecture on animal gallantry.
What Townswomen Do - Members of Townswomen's Guilds offer each other support and stability in an increasingly fragmented society, with each member benefiting from a strong national movement that has remained a cornerstone for thousands of women across the UK.
A force to be reckoned with, Townswomen play a pivotal role in communicating important national issues to governmental bodies and the media. Since its inception in 1929, members have collectively voiced their concerns to change and improve the livelihoods of women, something that is still pursued as passionately as ever.
Townswomen attend national events to use their voice, individually and collectively, for the good of society. National events give members a wonderful opportunity to represent their local Guild on a national level. However busy Townswomen may be, many still find the time to help those in need. Thousands of members across the country play an active role in their communities and work tirelessly to raise funds for a variety of causes. In addition, Townswomen are actively involved in a wide range of public affairs issues and effectively lobby local MPs to advance the well-being of society as a whole.
Alongside all this worthy and serious work, members nationwide have plenty of time for friendship and fun. Meeting as part of a local 'Guild' usually once a month, either during the daytime or in the evening, Townswomen enjoy a huge range of recreational activities such as talks, social studies, hobbies, arts & crafts, competitions, socialising and organised trips. Other pursuits have also continued to expand, and sports such as bowls, tennis, golf and swimming are actively pursued by many Guilds. National competitions are also organised to give members the opportunity to compete at a national level.
Animals at War: The Dickin Medal - This delightful and often emotional presentation takes the audience on a journey through the recent history of animals at war. By useing examples of some remarkable creatures who, through extreme gallantry or devotion to duty, have been awarded the Dickin Medal - known as the Victoria Cross for animals. We are able to see what a huge contribution to human history, has been made by creatures of all kinds - from the largest to the smallest.
At the conclusion of his visit, Ash commented, “My visit to Dovercourt Townswomen’s Guild has been very enjoyable and the audience greatly enjoyed the topic of today's presentation. The Townswomen’s Guild is a really great organisation, which encourages peer interaction and ongoing, adult learning. It was heartening to field so many probing questions from the audience at the end of my presentation, which is a good sign that they were listening to what I said in the main body of the presentation”
Every member of the audience received a personal copy of the award-winning Senior Siren magazine – the quarterly publication of the Senior Citizen Liaison Team, which offers crime prevention advice and a host of other lifestyle information for seniors and those who support elder family members