In the first quarter of the 20th century women had been fighting for the right to vote. The suffragists believed in reasoned argument and worked within the law to bring about change. It was from those ladies that the idea of T.G. was born.
In 1929 Eva Hubbach and Margaret Corbett Ashby suggested getting women together, in urban areas, to learn about citizenship and how to use the vote for which they had fought so hard and, thus, the first guilds were formed. From the first guild in London to the present day we now have more than 700 guilds and in excess of 25,000 members throughout the U.K.
From lessons on citizenship their aims were broadened to working to improve education for women and, lately, forums where women may meet, exchange ideas, develop new skills, challenge important issues, support each other, make new friends and just enjoy themselves.
In 2007 T.G. became incorporated. It is also a registered charity and we have a royal patron, the Princess Royal.
As a national trustee and regional development officer my remit is to start new guilds and assist existing guilds were required.
Last November I invited local ladies to afternoon tea in New Brighton to see if they would be interested in having a guild in their area.
After receiving support for the idea the new guild was formed. From that original small group we have now made slow, steady progress and now we have grown to a group of 20 ladies.
We have enjoyed interesting talks, flower arranging and cookery demonstrations, pamper sessions, quizzes and games. Most of all we have fun and enjoy ourselves with good conversation over tea and cake. Strangers have now become good friends.
Why not come and join us and make new friends too.
We meet in the New Brighton Community Centre, Hope Street on the second Thursday each month from 2p.m. to 4p.m.
For more information on the New Brighton Townswomen’s Guild and other guilds throughout Wirral, ring Barbara on 522.0223.