Clubs and Societies, July 24, 2014

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A cream tea in aid of Children’s Hospice SW will be held at 26 Wellsea Grove, off Locking Road, on Saturday August 2 from 12.30 to 4pm. There will also be stalls selling cakes, books, etc.

Weston Friends Group of CHSW will also have stalls at the Worle Lions Fun day at Baytree Recreation Ground on August 25.


Well done to the members of the Big Worle Showbiz Choir for their excellent concert on Saturday evening. It featured a nice variety of songs from the whole choir plus some solos in the first half and in the second half, the world premier of a Cantata - A Better World, written by local composer Ray Saunders.

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We welcomed Vanessa Giltsoff from Canine Partners as our speaker for the evening. She brought along with her a nine months old adorable Labrador pup called Carla. Canine Partners are a charity run group who train guide dogs for the disabled.

She went on to explain the intense training needed for each dog before it is ready to be placed, a task that takes great skill and patience. Carla demonstrated how well trained she was during the talk and won over the audience.

We have until December to complete an item that may be chosen to go forward for the Arts and Craft Exhibition 2015. Have a look at the entry form for lots of inspiring ideas.

See details in the news letter for the next walk on the September 12; there is no walk or meeting in August.

We meet next on September 18, the speaker is Val and Clem Pryer talking about narrow boat art.

We meet in the Hewish Village Hall on the third Thursday of each month at 7.30pm, new members are welcome.


Following the thunder storms all over the country the weather turned back to sunshine last Sunday - just what was ordered for Grove Park. The band was on top form with some fabulous music to entertain the audience. The huge audience was very appreciative, many thanks to all who came along to support us and well done to all the soloists.

The band has a break from gigs in August but not a break from rehearsing. Some new pieces are planned for autumn concerts, so it’s back to the rehearsal room for some hard work.

We currently have vacancies for a good standard clarinet and an alto sax. Details of the band can be found on our website


Our first concert in Grove Park of 2014 will be this Sunday. John the café owner has been making provision for all bands appearing this year to have cover, much appreciated by all performers. To those of you who wanted to hear more of the RAFA Band here’s your chance. Come along and enjoy an afternoon in Grove Park, Weston, listening to the band while enjoying a cuppa. We have a few vacancies for competent players; you don’t have to be ex forces to join. Visit our website or Facebook RAF Association Concert Band for details. Future engagements include: Sunday, Grove Park, 2.30 to 4.30pm; August 17, Grove Park, 2.30 to 4.30pm; September 6, concert, Memorial Theatre, Frome; October 4, concert, Blakehay Theatre, Weston.


Worle Lions Club is holding its annual Family Fun Day on Bank Holiday Monday, August 25 at Baytree Recreation Ground, Milton from 12noon–4pm.

There will be lots of stalls, games, bouncy castles and arena events. Also a programme draw where the first prize is a helicopter ride for three people.

When you get hungry, there is a barbecue, cream teas, ice creams and candy floss.

If you would like more information or would like a stall or even help us on the day please contact Lion, Margaret Simpson on 01934 414028 or email


The chairman and committee would like to thank all members who helped with Wings Appeal collections so far in 2014, your help is very much appreciated. If you would like to help out with future collections, we have a number of collection days throughout the year, and members are always welcome.

This Saturday the club will be holding a strawberry tea over lunchtime, followed by the quiz in the evening.

Other upcoming social events are displayed on the club notice board and a programme of planned events over the next three months is featured on our website

A representative from SSAFA Forces Help is also available for advice and guidance in the club on a Wednesday between 10am and 12noon.


The first meeting was held in the BAY Centre training room on July 16. There will be monthly repeat meetings on the third Wednesday of each successive month, between the hours of 7 and 9pm.

Twelve enthusiasts attended the first meeting, and the following few months will shape direction of the new club, which will include radio operation, construction, Morse code classes, and eventually even training towards the radio amateur licence.

Membership is open to anybody with an interest in ham radio. For further information initially contact Mike Lang on 07889 815860.


If you are a young musician aged 21 or under and are interested in joining an orchestra, Weston Youth Orchestra could be just what you are looking for. We rehearse every Friday throughout the year at the Boulevard United Reformed Church in Weston and have both a junior and senior orchestra to cater for a wide range of age, ability and experience. We perform a number of concerts each year at a variety of local venues and members are given the opportunity to perform a wide range of contemporary and classical pieces from our extensive library of orchestral music. Playing as part of an orchestra is a great way to improve your musical ability and to meet new friends. If you are interested and would like to come along to one of our rehearsals please contact our director, Dennis Cole on 01934 623787 or 07787 520230. Further information can also be found on our website


It is 50 years since the club was started, and it began in the home of Mrs Moore. It grew until it moved into the Pack Horse Inn assembly rooms, and eventually the church hall, where we meet to this day.

We had a wonderful afternoon of celebrations, starting with a Beetle Drive and followed by a cream tea.

We had a beautifully made celebration cake which was cut for us by the Revd Tonya Nixon.

Many thanks to the committee for all the hard work put into these celebrations, and to everyone who came to make it such a great day.


Members welcomed John Dando to talk about the history of November carnivals arising from Guy Fawkes Night and how he became involved. He showed members some costumes from past floats and talked about the work involved in the preparation for a carnival. He also spoke about a mini bus that travels to schools etc to educate the youngsters about the subject.

Lunch was enjoyed by members as was time spent in Weston on a sunny day either shopping, exploring the seafront or pier.

The Notable Club is a weekly, socially active lunchtime club for physically disabled people aged 16 to 60 years. For further information contact Dina on 07845220349.


What a way to spend a sunny afternoon, basking in the sunshine in a large orchard with fully laden apple trees, enjoying a picnic and listening to some great traditional jazz being played by a group of live musicians. This was such an occasion when the Wrington Vale Rotary Club entertained enthusiasts, friends, partners and families to the Jazz in the Orchard event at one of Thatcher’s orchards on Sunday July 13. The jazz was being played by the well known Paramount Jazz Band and how well they played.

If you would like to know more about our activities and future speakers call 01934 842551 for further information.


Meetings are held in the museum in Burlington Street, Weston and are free to members. Visitors are made welcome at all our talks and walks for a small fee. Future events include: August 14, 6pm a walk with local historian Chris Richards. Meet by the flower boat near the boatyard in Uphill. This will be a two hour walk with a donation of £2. September 3, 7.30pm will be a talk by Pat Hase on ‘The life and times of Alfred Leete’. October 22, 7.30pm will be an illustrated talk by Mark Neathey, ‘A resort at war – Clevedon and World War One, 1914-18’.


You will be welcome to our coffee morning on July 31 at 10.15am to 12noon at the Crossroads Carers Centre, Graham Road. Why not drop in for a chat and a cup of tea/coffee. For further information contact Tony Apperley on 01934 625973.


For a change this month’s main meeting was held on the beach at Uphill. The fine summer evening meant that the event was well attended and there was enjoyable social interaction.

Several members set up their portable stations and made some good contacts. The meeting concluded at the social club with a pasty and a pint.

Six members will be taking their foundation licence exam this week.

The club holds its main meeting on the third Monday of the month but meets every Monday for a construction and natter night at the social club. The club can be contacted at


The latest leg of a musical trip around North Somerset was completed when Weston Brass played Portishead Lake Grounds. It was a typical English country scene, with cricket in one corner, boating on the lake, children with huge ice creams and adults relaxing in deck chairs enjoying the band. The band entertained with a mixed programme of film music, popular classics and the usual dip into the popular brass band repertoire.

The band will be at Clevedon band stand on August 10. This is a popular venue for band and will be performing with a different programme.

New players to the band are provided with an instrument, uniform and a chance to play with this friendly band where you will be made most welcome. To contact the band for bookings or information on joining please ring Gill on 01934 8214461 or visit

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