Clubs and Societies December 16, 2010

PUBLISHED: 10:34 17 December 2010

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: John Lyons took time out from rehearsals to help raise funds for Somerset Legion House at their recent mulled wine and mince pie event.

John is currently starring in Cinderella at the Playhouse Theatre in Weston and we were delighted when he joined us for the afternoon.

John spent time talking to guests and presented the winning prizes in the fund-raising raffles.

Somerset Legion House will be providing a very special Christmas Poppy Break for over 50 guests who would otherwise spend this period in isolation.

We promise to make this a memorable occasion with lots of festive activities and of course a trip to the Pantomime to see John and cheer him along in his role as Baron Hardup.

THE NOTABLE CLUB: Members enjoyed a sumptuous Christmas buffet in the scout hall and many thanks go to our volunteers.

A visit to Minehead for a Turkey and Tinsel weekend in The Promenade Hotel on the seafront was also enjoyed.

Our year finished with mince pies, cake and carols with members of the U3A choir and a presentation of thanks to our volunteers was given.

Members wish to give Weston and District Community Transport seasonal greetings for their services throughout the year.

The Notable Club is a weekly, socially active lunchtime club for physically disabled people aged 16 to 60 years.

Contact Dina on 07845220349 for further information.

CHEW VALLEY PROBUS CLUB: The 
Christmas luncheon meeting of the Chew 
Valley Probus Club was held at the 
Mooseheart in Winscombe, on December 10.

Eddie Jenkins was in the Chair and a 
Christmas quiz was organised by Harry King.

The winner was Geoff Glover.

The next ordinary meeting of the club will be at the Mooseheart on January 21.

THE RAFA BAND: The Annual Christmas Concert in the Blakehay Theatre was the best yet according to many of the audience.

Joined by the talented pupils of Stagecoach the concert included many seasonal pieces from the band and pupils.

The audience joined in with the singing of carols accompanied by the RAFA Band - a truly light-hearted programme to start the festive season.

No respite with small ensembles from the band playing at a number of events for civilian and service charities and local schools.

We are always looking for players to join the band on brass, woodwind or percussion.

Future engagements include December 13 - Knightstone House carols for the residents; December 16 - RAFA Band brass ensemble at St John’s Church, Highbridge.

Visit our website on www.rafaswconcertband.org.uk or ring 01934 820205 for more details.

UPHILL WI: Six visitors were welcomed to their Christmas meeting and the hall was beautifully decorated and very warm even on a bitterly cold day.

Paul Evans read poems and extracts from Christmas literature creating a delightful seasonal atmosphere.

Our New Year lunch will be held at Acorns restaurant on February 12.

Members were reminded that the annual subscription of £30 is due in January.

After refreshments we sang carols by candlelight accompanied by Marion Hall on the piano.

The collection will be given to Comfort at Christmas, a charity for the homeless.

Our next meeting will be on January 12 at 2.15pm in Uphill Victory Hall when the speaker will be Lynda Morris on behalf of Send a Cow charity.

If you would like to know more about us come along as a visitor – you will always be welcome.

WESTON CHESS CLUB: Following a 1-5 defeat at the hands of Chard-Ilminster in division two of the Somerset Leagues, Weston fully expected to bounce back against 
Wellington.

The visitors were out graded on all boards and early results on the bottom two boards with wins by Rob Will and Joe Haines plus a draw by David Gough on board four seemed to set them on the way.

However Wellington fought back and tenacious struggles on the top three boards eventually saw wins for the visitors giving Wellington the points by three and a half to two and a half.

The club meets every Thursday evening at Weston Football Club, Winterstoke Road and players of all strengths will always be welcome.

Telephone David Gough on 01934 842687 for more information.

LIONS CLUB OF WESTON: The club would like to thank the generosity of the customers of Asda following their recent collection earlier this month when £750 was raised for the needs of the local community with £100 being donated to Asda charities.

THE A1 CAMERA CLUB: On Tuesday night Carl Shellis our web controller gave a 
presentation on photoshop skills then helped a few of the members by talking through some of the skills again.

Club members were offered the chance to show their favourite photos and have been asked to bring in photos regularly for the competitions and exhibitions coming up in the New Year.

The club has now confirmed the Blakehay exhibition next July.

Our next club night will be on January 4 and next week is our Christmas dinner.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to members old and new.

The club always welcomes new members and meets at the St Georges Community 
Centre, St Georges, every Tuesday at 7.30 pm.

Contact Howard on 01934 521780, or visit www.a1cameraclubweston.co.uk for more details.

WESTON ROTARY CLUB: On December 10 Rotarians were out in force at the Christmas party held at Weston Golf Club, which served an excellent festive meal.

Live entertainment followed the Christmas carol sing-song, plus the original members were given certificates for the work they had done over the years for the club.

On Sunday it was the ‘President’s Lunch’ which was very well attended and everyone was treated to a wonderful selection of homemade food and real cheer, which included a barrel of Butcombe!

Well done to Tim Garner and his lovely wife and support team, who made it a very special event at his home in Churchill.

WESTON AND DISTRICT NATIONAL TRUST ASSOCIATION: Why not come along to enjoy our last event of 2010, tomorrow (Fri) at 7.30pm in Corpus Christi Church Hall? Eric, Sue and Keith will present Christmas Musical Crackers.

Our first meeting in 2011 will be on January 6 at 2.15pm when Isobel Thompson will talk about Heelis.

This is the National Trust’s architecturally innovative office in Swindon.

It is named after Beatrix Potter, one of the Trust’s most famous benefactors whose married name was Heelis.

The holiday visiting Northumberland and Durham is on May 23-28, 2011. Cost £448.

If you wish to join please telephone David Bowring ASAP on 01275 848347 for further details.

WESTON HOMEMAKERS: The December meeting was the Christmas party. We enjoyed songs and carols by Mike Purnell.

It was a very enjoyable evening.

We had a lovely buffet and many members exchanged gifts and cards.

We finished off with our festive raffle and Christmas wishes were given to all our members.

Our January meeting is our AGM held at Weston Social Club.

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