The BagLadies of Thornham
The BagLadies of Thornham, formed in 2006 to raise money for good causes within Thornham Village and have raised over £50,000 since then.
The title Bagladies of Thornham comes from the fact that their initial fundraising involved making shopping bags from donated fabric, which they then sold at fetes and bazaars to generate income.
The skills of these talented ladies know no bounds and they work hard and aim high to improve their village. Today’s BagLadies stitch and knit and bake and cook to help so many local groups and organisations, in their words, “because Thornham’s worth it”.
The founder members of the group, Melanie Venes, Sue Hardy and Ann Whiting have been joined by Sue Warham, Angela Morris, Janet Needham, Wendy Brooks, Val Goddard, Carolyn Barrett and Chris Berridge, and have taken fundraising to a new level.
Whilst still producing their trademark shopping bags, they also produce stitched and knitted gifts for adults and children, gifts for the home, jams, marmalades, preserves and Christmas decorations.
The BagLadies of Thornham are in evidence at every local event whether selling their crafts or providing and serving refreshments and cakes.
They have helped to equip the village hall, the Church, the village cinema, Kids’ Club and the History Society. Their grants have also gone towards the upkeep of the playing field, the children’s play area and grass verges in the village, as well as directly to the cricket, football, bowls and indoor sports clubs.
Their major fundraising event of the year is the Winter Gift Fair which is held in November where all of their handmade products will be on display. The event comprises 22 stands selling the best in Christmas gifts and decorations and every penny raised from this event will go back to the local community.
The BagLadies truly have the interest of Thornham Village and its residents at heart.