Risca and Pontymister Townswomen's Guild (with Risca and District Ladies' Guild)

Summary Information

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Risca and District Ladies' Guild.
Risca and Pontymister Townswomen's Guild.
Risca and Pontymister Townswomen's Guild (with Risca and District Ladies' Guild), Archives
0.016 Cubic Metres 8 volumes

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Biographical/Historical note

The first Townswomen’s Guilds were formed in 1929 with the support of Margery Corbett-Ashby and Eva Hubback. Initially, the purpose was for women to meet, and learn about citizenship and how to use the newly-acquired vote. Many branches were formed throughout Britain. Campaigning on various national and local public issues was an important part of the Guild’s activities.

In 1930 the National Union of Townswomen’s Guilds was formed, adopting the colours of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies: red for courage, white for faith and green for hope.

Local guilds held regular meetings, with guest speakers. There were charitable and fundraising events, but also leisure activities, and the members were encouraged to ‘have fun’.

The Risca and Pontymister Townswomen’s Guild was founded in 1933 (the 65th anniversary was celebrated on 1st April 1998). In February 2004, the Guild withdrew from the Townswomen’s movement, but continued as a social group, the Risca and District Ladies’ Guild.

After leaving the Townswomen's movement, the Risca Guild continued with similar activities. The guild disbanded between 2011 and 2017.

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Scope and Contents note

Risca and Pontymister Townswomen's Guild: Minutes 1988-2004 (comprising minutes of general or guild meetings, and also committee minutes). Minutes for the period from the guild's formation in 1933 up to 1988 have not been located.

Risca and District Ladies' Guild: Minutes 2004-2011. The guild disbanded between 2011 and 2017, but a further minute book covering the period from 2011 to the ending date has not been located.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

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Conditions Governing Access note

Copies of finding aids are available at Gwent Archives.

Conditions Governing Access note

Please refer to our policy document on closed periods, available at www.gwentarchives.gov.uk.

Conditions Governing Use note

Usual copyright conditions apply.

Appraisal note

All records have been retained.

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Collection Inventory

 D6323/1 Risca and Pontymister Townswomen's Guild 1988-2004 

 D6323/1/1-6 Minutes 1988-2004 

 D6323/1/1 Minutes of general meetings and committee meetings Nov 1988-Sep 1991 

 D6323/1/2 Minutes of general (Guild) meetings (Oct 1991-Mar 1997) and committee meetings (Oct 1991-Feb 1993, then continued in separate book). Oct 1991-Mar 1997 

 D6323/1/3 Minutes of general (Guild) meetings May 1997-Nov 2003 

 D6323/1/4 Minutes of committee meetings Mar 1993-Jul 2000 

 D6323/1/5 Minutes of committee meetings Aug 2000-Nov 2003 

 D6323/1/6 Minutes of Guild and committee meetings (Jan 2004); volume continues as minutes of Risca and District Ladies' Guild (Mar 2004-Dec 2006). Jan 2004, Mar 2004-Dec 2006. 

 D6323/1/7 Membership 1990-2003 

 D6323/1/7 Register of Members 1990-2003 

 D6323/2 Risca and District Ladies' Guild 2004-2011 

 D6323/2/1 Minutes 2004-2011 

 D6323/2/1 Minutes of Guild meetings and Committee meetings Jan 2007-Mar 2011 

General note

For Minutes of Ladies' Guild meetings (May 2004-Nov 2006) and committee meetings (Mar 2004-Dec 2006), see minute book of Risca and Pontymister Townswomen's Guild (D6323/1/6).