Clubs and Societies, June 4, 2015

PUBLISHED: 11:11 05 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:11 05 June 2015

The omnibus society

The omnibus society



Members had a most enjoyable afternoon when vocalist Chris Rainbow gave another outstanding performance and evoked memories of the past as he played and sang a varied programme of hits from singers such as Marty Wilde, the Beatles, David Soul, Glen Campbell and other well-loved stars. He kept toes tapping throughout the hall and members are looking forward to his next visit. Bookings were taken for the coach trip to Brixham. At the next meeting the speaker will be the popular plant expert Don Everitt who will give a talk on ‘Plants for a long season of interest’ and afterwards there will be a selection of reasonably priced plants and bulbs which the keen gardeners amongst the membership will be able to purchase. For further details of the club’s programme please telephone 01934 832004.


Members welcomed Bob Rylands who gave a talk on ‘Telling tales out of school’ and gave the members an afternoon of merriment as he recounted hilarious stories of his days as a teacher and headmaster. He also recounted tales and anecdotes from other teachers which had everyone laughing and members agreed that it had been a very enjoyable afternoon. There will be a whist afternoon at the next meeting and on June 26 the speakers will be Carole Bourton and Rob Bishop on ‘Life begins at 40’. The club meets at Wrington Village Hall at 2.30pm and has vacancies for members aged 50 and upwards, so why not come along and enjoy a warm welcome and make some new friends. Contact Fred Parsons for further information on 01934 863562.


This year is proving very eventful for WI members as nationally we celebrate 100 years of the WI in England and Wales. This week sees our group represented at a very special garden party at Buckingham Palace with WI guests from all over England and Wales. Then others will have the chance to attend a celebration annual meeting at the Royal Albert Hall. We have already taken part in a selection process for art and craft items to be displayed at the M Shed in Bristol during September. Back on home ground, our June meeting takes place on Wednesday at 7.45pm in the Methodist Hall. Our speaker, Philip Hoyland will be talking about self-help groups in the past, how they funded outings and supported their community. A very amusing and interesting evening is in store and visitors are most welcome for £3 and include tea/coffee and biscuits.


The group had its annual competition at the Coronation Hall with Adrian Herring DPAGB ARPS as guest judge. The event was well supported by its members and the results were as follows:

Photographer of the year 2015 - Ian Johnson; Monthly Digital General - 1st Judith Griggs, 2nd Angela Morley; Monthly Prints General – 1st David Hetherington, 2nd Peter Morris and Connie Wakley; Advanced Section Digital - 1st Dennis Cape, 2nd Colin Walters; Monthly Prints Advanced Section - 1st Ian Johnson, 2nd Colin Walters; Annual Compt Digital - 1st Lewis Archer Cup, ‘Into the Mist’ - Vince Price; 2nd ‘Puppet Master’ - Brian Sandford; Annual Competition Prints - Fairchild Memorial Trophy, 1st ‘Cactus Flowers’ Graham Brown; 2nd ‘Single Wine Glass’ - Ian Johnson; Primo Digital Trophy RG Morrison Trophy - digital - Brian Sandford, prints - Simon Walford.

Members meet on a Tuesday evening at the Coronation Hall weekly at 7.30pm. Visitors are very welcome and our website is or tel Tony Gilbert on 01278 760956 for further information.


David Bryant demonstrated the artificial crossing of roses to produce new varieties and then showed some of the seedlings from last years breeding programme. These new cultivators are then grown on for a further five years to test their various abilities to demonstrate the five characteristics of disease resistance, hardiness, flower form, repeat flowering and scent.

The next meeting of the society will be held in the Coronation Hall on June 16 at 7.30pm when Bryn Bowles will be giving a talk titled ‘Doing your bit for bees’. This is open to anyone at £1 admission.

On Tuesday July 21 Tredegar House and gardens will be the destination for the annual coach trip. To book a seat on the coach tel 01934 813152.


New music has been introduced to our repertoire in preparation for our forthcoming summer engagements, the first of which will be a garden party event at Ivy Clad Hall in Brent Knoll on July 5. The band is also looking forward to playing in the newly renovated bandstand at Grove Park on July 19 and August 23 – fingers crossed that the weather will hold for us and all of the other bands that are due to play at this lovely venue. For details on how to join or book the band please contact Julia Ractliffe on 01934 517719 or visit the website at


The branch is having one of its regular pie and mash suppers on Saturday night; a great opportunity to catch up with friends and enjoy great food.

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

The function room upstairs is available for hire, so if you have a party coming up, speak to the secretary about renting the room.

All members and visitors of other ex-service associations, whether local, on holiday in Weston or just passing through would be sure of a warm welcome. A representative from SSAFA Forces Help is also available for advice and guidance in the club on a Wednesday between 10am-noon.


Rehearsal focused on music for the next round of band engagements and the bandstand concert in Grove Park in support of the RBL Poppy Picnic on Saturday. The event starts at 11am but we start playing at 1.30pm, finishing at 3.30pm.

If you want to know more about the band or perhaps joining please visit our website or tel 01934 820205. Details will also appear in the Mercury; we look forward to seeing you there.

Future engagements include:

June 6 - Poppy Picnic in Grove Park; June 19 – Concert, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas;

July 5 - Bandstand, Grove Park; July 12 – Small band – 90th birthday – Tortworth Court; July 14 – five piece ensemble, formal reception, Cardiff.


Weston Breathe easy is a local part of the British Lung Foundation. We are a friendly self-help group for anyone with a respiratory condition and meet at the cricket club, Windwhistle Lane on the third Wednesday of each month at 2pm.

Our next meeting will be on June 17 when the respiratory nurse will be talking to the group.

Anyone with an interest will be most welcome. For further information please contact Ann on 01934 513874.


The society holds its meetings at The Windsor Castle, Weston 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, email


It will be all fingers crossed for a calm day when Weston Brass takes to the stage at Clevedon’s bandstand. This is a lovely venue for the band, but it is very exposed to all the weather the Bristol Channel can throw at us. Let’s hope we get a good crowd supporting us, as we have a very nice programme, with something to please all tastes.

Following our concert in Clevedon will be two special concerts at Weston Air Festival, when the band will be playing on June 20 and 21. You can be sure that the programme will include music giving tribute to our wonderful aviation history.

Our website has more up to date information on the band, with details of vacancies and contact numbers visit


A small party of members of the South Wales and West Branch of the Omnibus Society, a national organisation founded in 1929 to study every aspect of the history and development of road passenger transport, were welcomed at Weston Railway Station on May 30, by the mayor of Weston, Councillor Raymond Armstrong and the mayoress, Joan Dunne. They embarked on a tour of a number of bus routes in and around the town.


The Lions Club of Weston is seeking fit and responsible adults to help with their ongoing charity fundraising activities.

Working alongside our existing club members we would ask for two to three hours of your time for just three to four times a year. Our planned activities include bucket collections, marshalling events, casinos and race nights and serving beer at our Real Ale and Cider Festival in July.

If you are community minded and want to help us to raise money for many local, national and international good caused then please contact us either by calling 01934 813339 or visit our website

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