Clubs and Societies, July 16, 2015

West Woodspring Inner Wheel

West Woodspring Inner Wheel - Credit: Archant


On Sunday the band gave a concert on the bandstand in Grove Park. There were many visitors from near and far, including 30 from the Royal British Legion. We also said farewell to two of our musicians Donna and Steve, who are leaving to work overseas. Tickets are now on sale for Wells Cathedral on August 21 with the Cheddar Male Choir. If you would like to know more about the band or perhaps how to join please visit our website or call 01934 820205.


Are you a young musician aged 21 or under and interested in joining an orchestra? If so Weston Youth Orchestra would love to hear from you. We rehearse every Friday at the Boulevard United Reformed Church in Weston and have both a junior and a senior orchestra to cater for a wide scope of age and ability. We perform a number of concerts each year and our members are given the opportunity to experience a varied range of musical repertoire.

If you would like to arrange to come along to one of our rehearsals please contact our director, Dennis Cole on 01934 623787 or 07787 520230. Further information about the orchestra can also be found at website

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There will be a demonstration by Jean Tomlinson ‘A pot of gelatine flowers’ on July 23 at Bleadon Village Hall. The meeting starts at 7 for 7.30pm. Visitors are very welcome to attend for a fee of £3.50. Teas and coffee will be available.

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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 at Milton Methodist Church, Weston. Welcomed with refreshments, we mingle socially for half an hour before receiving a presentation by hired speakers. At our recent meeting, we were pleased to welcome Lyn Morrish from Wiltshire Farm Foods who demonstrated the products, and provided a range of samples for tasting. The club will be holding its summer lunch at the Batch Country House on July 23. New members are always welcome and for further information call Peter Mansell on 01934 51920 or visit or email


Members welcomed John Penny to give a very interesting and informative presentation ‘The story of ballooning in the Bristol region 1784-2008’. Lunch at the Landing Light was enjoyed by the members followed by bingo in the hall.

Members enjoyed the annual picnic in the park and thanks go to the volunteers for a good spread. A rare visit to Puxton Park was made and the following week Ruth Pizziechemi was welcomed to give a presentation ‘Magic of Okavango – Botswana’ using slides, photographs and her own water colour paintings. This was very enjoyable presentation by a talented lady.

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


The next meet is today (Thursday) at 7pm at Weston AFC, Winterstoke Road. Life member Denis Cox will demonstrate turning a wooden box. The club display table will be devoted to hollow forms made by members.

The evening will include an introduction to woodturning for beginners, all tools, materials, instructions and safety equipment will be provided.

Non members who are interested in our craft are encouraged to visit our friendly club by just turning up on the night. For further information contact John on 01934 510862.


The subject for the July meeting was Lanarch Castle. With the use of excellent slides our speakers Mr and Mrs Peter Price took us to Dunedin South Island to the only castle ever built in New Zealand. In June several of our members attended the WI Centenary service held in Bath Abbey, it was a memorable service, well done to The Bleadon Belles who sang so beautifully. Being a very special occasion the West Door was opened; it was a rare sight, one to be remembered.


This Sunday we will be hoping the sun will shine as we make our first appearance of the season at Grove Park. Many new pieces have been added to our programme; why not come along and enjoy an afternoon listening to Weston’s largest band.

New players continue to walk through our doors. Our baritone sax player is looking for a new challenge and wants to relocate to another section within the band, so we are actively seeking someone to fill his place, could this be you?

For further information contact musical director, Julia Ractliffe, on 01934 517719 or visit


Our annual stamp fair will take place on Saturday at St Pauls Church Hall, Walliscote Road from 10am-4pm. Snacks, refreshments and light lunches will be available and there is a limited amount of free parking.

A number of reputable stamp dealers will be in attendance and club members will be only too pleased to discuss any aspects of our hobby with you and the advantages of belonging to a club such as ours.

Entry is 50p, with juniors free. Should you require any further information please contact Graham on 01934 622318.


For her last performance as president, prior to this month’s meeting of Inner Wheel, held at Weston Golf Club, Lovina Bates presented a cheque in excess of £4,500 to Jane Hingson and representatives of Young Carers, her chosen charity for her year in office. This amazing amount was kick started last July by members Jenny and Myra, who donated the money they had raised giving their talks and workshops on quilt making.

The pot increased during the year due to a number of fundraising activities, the most unique of which was Lovina and her granddaughter abseiling down Uphill Quarry a couple of months ago. Thanks to all who contributed, in all sorts of ways, to this very worth while cause throughout the year.


The club is getting ready for the new season and we have 12 fighters training hard at Flex Gym in Worle for coming season. At Flex Gym we have the best boxing facilities in Weston, and anybody who wants to give boxing a go can have the first session free and be trained by top coaches on Mondays and Wednesdays. The sessions are for children 6-7pm and adults 7-8pm. Why not come along and give it a go.

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