Clubs and Societies, February 4, 2016


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Locking Green WI

The next meeting will be on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall.

Nigel Tottle will be talking and showing slides on Weston’s architecture. For more information contact Carol on 07778 452435. All new ladies will be made very welcome. Why not come and see what our WI has to offer.

Lympsham WI

We ended 2015 on a high. Many of our ladies were involved with Lympsham Christmas market/fair where our cake stall raised £170, proceeds of which went to our church and £103 raised from our trading table. This will be of great help towards our speaker’s fees for 2016. Over 1,000 people packed into Well Cathedral to enjoy a wonderful carol service.

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At our first meeting the speaker was Angie Clarke who told us about her involvement with Somewhere House Somerset which is based at Burnham. Angie gave us a very interesting and enlightening talk about the opportunities given to people who have a related illness such as drug, alcohol, abuse and mental health problems.

We have had a craft workshop, making green hearts to support climate change. The club raised £100 for Weston Hospicecare and our trading stall raised £57 for our funds.

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The next meeting on February 16 will include speaker, John Halls who is going to talk about Miles Tea.

We meet on the third Tuesday of the month at Manor Hall at 7.30pm and for further information please call Eileen on 01934 750504.

Probus Milton

Probus Milton is a club for socially active and retired men, meeting on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 10.15 for 10.45am. We meet in the new room (next to the garage in the car park) at Milton Methodist Church. Welcomed with complimentary refreshments, we mingle socially before receiving a presentation by a hired speaker.

At the first meeting of the new year the club held its annual meeting, followed by a quiz. At the meeting on February 11, Richard Ballinger will give a talk titled ‘Teaching with magic’.

New members are always welcome and for further information call Geoff Stuttaford on 01934 510678 or go to or email

Royal Air Force Association (RAFA), Weston branch

The club will be holding a horse racing night on Saturday evening, always a great night. The branch annual meeting is on Wednesday evening, if you want to have an insight into the running of the branch.

Upcoming social events are displayed on the club noticeboard and a programme of planned events over the next three months is featured on

RAFA branches and clubs are renowned for their comradeship and friendly atmosphere - why not call in to see what we are all about and, who knows, maybe join. A representative from SSAFA Forces Help is also available for advice and guidance in the club on a Wednesday 10am to noon.

Bleadon Photographic Group

The group held its monthly competition on January 26 with Roger Mallison as judge for the evening.

The results were as follows: General DPI 1st - The Weston Pier by Henry Harrison; Advanced DPI 1st - Turning Circle by Simon Walford; General Prints 1st - Autumnal House by Ben Nicholas; Advanced Prints 1st - Smile for the Camera by Ian Johnson;

The next speaker to visit will be Bob Bishop, EFIAP who will give a talk on Tanzania trip and landscapes.

Why not come along to see what we do at Coronation Hall, Bleadon on a Tuesday evening. Visit for further details.

Winscombe Probus

The next meeting will be on Monday at 10.30am and will be a presentation by Tim Ryan on the history of the Severn ferries.

On February 22 the presentation will be by Pat Hase titled ‘Alfred Leete – your country needed you’.

New members are welcome to join us at Winscombe Community Centre starting at 10.15am for tea, coffee and biscuits and a social chat. We meet on the second and fourth Monday every month except bank holidays.

We have a regular programme of presentations throughout the year and for more information about this year’s programme of events please call 01934 782505.

Steep Holm Shirkers

The Shirkers, the support body of the island are starting off their fundraising year with a jumble sale in Locking on February 13 and a social night at The Hunters Lodge Inn, Priddy on February 24. Membership details and talks for groups are available from Dave Wallace on 823312.

Locking Conservatives

The club enjoyed a faggots and peas party and is followed by skittles and supper at The Coach House Inn on February 19. For further details contact Dave Wallace on 823312.

Weston Archaeological and Natural History Society

Professor Ronald Hutton is giving a talk titled ‘The traditional festivals of Britain’ on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

We meet at the Victoria Methodist Church hall and if you are interested in archaeology and natural history, local and farther afield, do come and join us. Our complete year’s programme and other very interesting articles can be seen on our website, new members and visitors are very welcome.

Weston Youth Orchestra

Weston Youth Orchestra is always keen to welcome new members and we would like to encourage young musicians aged 21 or under who are thinking of joining an orchestra to join us for one of our rehearsals. We rehearse every Friday at the Boulevard United Reformed Church in Weston. The junior orchestra at 6-7pm and the senior orchestra at 7-9pm. Please visit our website for further information about the orchestra, including our history, concert diary and how to join

North Somerset Modellers Society

The society holds its meetings at The Windsor Castle pub from 8.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month. The society also holds an all day ‘model-in’ at The Helicopter Museum one Sunday each month, which is proving increasingly popular. All modellers are welcome to either meeting, regardless of age, experience or area of model-making interest.

For further information about the meetings or the model shows, please telephone Fred Tooke on 01934 416798 or email

Weston Music Appreciation Society

On the 260th anniversary of Mozart’s birth, David Threasher, a reviewer for The Gramophone magazine, gave a fascinating talk illustrating the immense virtuosity of Mozart starting with his first symphony composed at eight years of age and his rivalry with his friend Haydn. David then broke down the four movements of the well known Jupiter Symphony (No 41) highlighting Mozart’s remarkable ability of composition and talented orchestration especially in the last movement in which five different themes are combined to produce one of the most extraordinary symphonic movements ever written.

The next meeting of the society is on Wednesday at 7.30pm when Professor John Pickard from Bristol University talks about Cornish composer George Lloyd in St Jude’s Hall, St Peters Church. For further information call 01934 814752.

WorleWind Band

This super friendly, lively band of musicians is looking forward to teaming up with Worle Chorale, Mead Vale School and Worle Community School for an afternoon concert at Worle Community School on February 27. Tickets are a bargain £2.50 -£3.50 and can be obtained from the school on 01934 529538 or the band on 01934 517719. For further details of this concert and our other activities visit

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