"The Chantry" was the well known and popular name for the first community centre set up in Thornbury in 1966, by the TDCA on behalf of the community of Thornbury and the surrounding areas. More recently as the town has expanded and many new people have moved into the district, the decision has been made to rename the centre the "Chantry Community Centre" (CCC) to reflect more clearly the role of the centre. This change has been reflected on our web site, online search engines, maps and directories and is starting to bring new interest in the building and the activities carried out there.   


The TDCA is committed to providing an ongoing and improving service, and to maintaining the facilities within centre for the benefit of all the local communities.


The goal is to make the centre a place where individuals and groups can gather together to enjoy and participate in social and recreational activities and life-long learning.


TDCA is a registered charity (Charity No.301639) and began in 1964 using various premises in the High Street, the Cosham Hall, school halls and many of the committee members' homes for meeting places. Thornbury was then (as now) rapidly expanding, but had only a few facilities for social and recreational use and there was a need for a dedicated community centre. 


In 1966, the Chantry was purchased by TDCA as the 1st community centre for Thornbury and has been maintained and improved over the decades through the efforts of its Trustees, members and volunteers. There is a team of part-time paid staff who run the centre on behalf of the TDCA. 


TDCA Trustees - 2019

Dave Derham - Chair & Treasurer

Graham E Morris - Vice Chair

Carl Lapworth - Facilities Director

Roger Howell - (representing Religious Society of Friends)

Rob Mills - (representing the Model Railway Club)

Stan Goodwin (representing Radio Club)

Rex Lanley

Elly McDonald


CCC Staff team

Facilities Coordinator - Jennifer Darton

Facilities Administrator - Sue Fry   

Caretaking & Cleaning team - John Baird & Mark Norman


Member Group 

Thornbury and District Model Railway Club



2019 Annual General Meeting


The 2019 AGM was held on 11th July at the Chantry.  The minutes can be downloaded by clicking here