PUBLISHED: 10:53 19 November 2010

WESTON MUSIC APPRECIATION SOCIETY: Chairman Dennis Darling stood in when the scheduled speaker was unable to attend due to illness.

Mr Darling chose to talk on ‘Music of the West Country’ and used as examples Holst’s Somerset Rhapsody, Marsh-Quantock Suite, Keyelby-Camp of Ancient Britons, Britten’s Plymouth town, Bax –Tintagel and several other composers with local themes.

Mr Darling is also the speaker on November 24 when his subject will be ‘Young Fiddlers - who is the fairest of them all?’

The meeting is held in St Judes Hall, St Peters Church, Baytree Road at 7.15 for a 7.30pm start. Further details are available from the secretary on 01934 814752.

WESTON FLOWER ARRANGEMENT SOCIETY: The next meeting is on November 22 at St George’s Hall, Willow Close, Georges.

The demonstrator is Shirley Preston, her title ‘The Magic of Christmas’ is not to be missed! There will be mince pies, tea, a raffle and exchange of Christmas cards.

Doors open at 2 for 2.30pm. See you there.

SANDFORD WI: November, cold and dark nights, but at our AGM we had a feast! We decided to have posh puds and punch following our meeting.

The meeting was a lively affair and we were so delighted to see new faces at the meeting.

The committee for 2011 was voted in after the reports from the treasurer and secretary.

We then had the most wonderful display of scrumptious puddings - our Sandford ladies certainly know how to lay on the most fabulous spread.

We were honour bound to try as many as possible they all looked so mouth-watering.

May we congratulate the Harmonies on their wonderful CD - five young WI members with lovely voices. Sandford WI celebrated its 85th birthday, I must add we were not all there at the start!

WESTON BRANCH OF ROYAL ARTILLERY ASSOCIATION: The association will be raising funds for Help for Heroes and The Royal Artillery Charitable Fund at the charities Christmas Fayre, to be held at the Winter Gardens on November 20.

ST MARTIN’S, WORLE HANDBELL TEAM: The team will soon start its annual round of visiting residential homes, clubs and day centres. They include visits to Nashley House, Abbeyfield, Worle Baptist, and the Long Fox Unit at Weston General Hospital.

The team tells the Christmas story through carols and other seasonal music.

They end the season by playing carols in St Martin’s Church before the lessons.

The carol service is to be held on December 19.

WESTON SOCIETY OF ARTS: There seems to be a misconception about the society, founded many decades ago to promote knowledge and interest in the arts in general. Topics include music, literature, theatre, paintings, architecture and history.

We meet fortnightly in autumn and spring, when talks, often illustrated, are given on the above subjects.

This has nothing to do with taking part in creative activities such as painting. I hope this will encourage a wider audience and possibly membership.

NORTH SOMERSET THERAPISTS: On November 29 at 8pm in Locking Village Hall the group is holding its 19th meeting.

It will be a ‘Therapy Share’ combined with stalls offering Christmas gifts with a complementary health accent.

Therapists and members of the public are all very welcome. A good chance to ask questions and try different treatments.

The group operates under the umbrella of the FHT. The meetings make a good base for local therapists to meet, make friends and share knowledge.

Entrance is £2 with refreshments and two CPD points will be gained by attendees.

The group website is for details contact coordinators Conrad on 01934 822452 or Vivien on 01934 824809.

UPHILL WI: Our annual business meeting was held on November 10.

We treated it as a celebration by having bunting showing all the things we had done during the past year.

Our current president and committee were re-elected and after tea and cake we enjoyed a variety of table top games. Members’ activities this month include playing in a skittles match with Bleadon WI and attending a Home Economics Rally at Timsbury.

Our next meeting will be held at Uphill’s Victory Hall on December 8 at 2.15pm. Paul Evans will give a talk on ‘A Christmas Entertainment’; we will be singing carols by candlelight and having a collection for the charity Comfort at Christmas.

Visitors will be most welcome, for further information call the secretary on 01934 633946.

RAFA CONCERT BAND: The band travelled to the Millennium Stadium Cardiff last Saturday to play at the International Rugby Match.

The weather was cold and I think we were lucky to be seated under some cover.

Our next engagement should be a lot drier when we play in support of the Rotary Club Christmas Charity Fayre held this Saturday in the Winter Gardens.

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

Future engagements include: November 20 - Rotary Christmas Charity Fayre - Winter Gardens; December 5 - Annual Christmas Concert –Blakehay, start 3pm, tickets on sale now; December 7 to 9 - Ensembles playing at Christmas Dinners, Filton Bristol; December 9 - Ensemble playing at Court de Wyke Candlelight Carol Evening. Visit our website on or ring 01934 820205 for more details.

LOCKING GREEN WI: Our November meeting was the first under our new president and was a talk about the Bristol Children’s Help Society which was formed in 1884 by the Reverend Thomas and originally called the Penny Dinner Society.

Our meeting in December will be our Christmas party.

We meet on the second Tuesday in each month at Locking Village Hall at 7.30pm and new members will be given a warm welcome.

WESTON CHESS CLUB: Weston played their first match over six boards in division two of the Somerset leagues last week.

The visitors were Glastonbury and the match finished all square with three points apiece, each team recording two wins and two draws.

Wins for Weston were P Madry on board two and Joe Haines on board six with draws by Peter Chaplin on top board and Rob Will on board five.

The club meets every Thursday evening at Weston Football Club and new members of all strengths will always be welcome.

WESTON BRASS: Weston Brass played for the Royal British Legion’s annual Remembrance Service in Grove Park.

It seems that this wonderful tradition is now being attended by ever larger crowds, all keen to play their part in paying tribute to our servicemen and women who have given their lives over many years.

There are now only two more weeks of rehearsals before the band make its way to Leicester to compete in that prestigious Leicester Contest.

As reigning champions the band is anxious to play well enough to regain itse title, but it will face stern opposition from the many Midlands bands all very determined that the trophy of best band does not come back with Weston this year.

The band is all looking forward to its Christmas concerts this year, culminating at the Winter Gardens on December 12. Band members are always very keen to welcome new brass players to the band.

So if you think you would like to dust that old cornet off, or maybe you are a Bb flat bass player anxious to blow the cobwebs out of your old instrument you will be made most welcome by members of Weston’s only brass band.

For more visit our website or ring Colin on 01934514960.

THE A1 CAMERA CLUB: Tuesday night was our practical studio night on abstract photography.

Members brought in plenty of fascinating objects to photograph and all photos taken will be critiqued in two weeks time.

The club welcomed new members.

The next club night will be judging of our castles competition.

The club meets at the St Georges Community Centre, BS22 7XF, every Tuesday at 7.30pm. Contact Howard 01934 521780, or visit our website for more details.

CHEW VALLEY PROBUS CLUB: The club held its monthly luncheon meeting at the Mooseheart, Winscombe, on November 12.

Eddie Jenkins was in the chair. John Jotchan gave an address on the work of the St James’s Priory Project to assist victims of alcohol and drug abuse.

The speaker was introduced by Mr Stafford Gundry and a vote of thanks was moved by Dr John Lewis.

WESTON ROTARY CLUB: Friday lunch at the golf club was very informative as our speaker was James Willcock, Principal Transport Planning Officer.

He informed everyone of the changes that will take place and a goodly number of changes that will not - due to cut backs.

Logistics of this nature are hard enough to deal with without constant changes to budget.

Everyone now understands which road we are going down.

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF OCCUPATIONAL PENSIONERS (nopg) BRANCH 341: All members are welcome to attend our coffee morning on November 25 for a cup of coffee and a chat with old friends.

We meet at the Carers Hall in Graham Road, Weston at 10.30am-12noon.

I am very sorry to report the death of our former social secretary May Davage.

She was our social secretary for over 20 years and did an extremely excellent job arranging our holidays and coach trips. Thank you May we will miss you.

For further information contact Tony Apperley on 01934 625973.

NORTH SOMERSET BRANCH OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY: We are organising the Christmas lunch taking place on December 11 at the Lauriston Hotel which is on Knightstone Road, Weston, opposite the seafront and just behind the main college uilding.

The meal is free for anyone with MS and their carers, for anyone else wishing to attend, prices are £15 for adults and £7.50 for children aged under 16.

To book, please phone the branch help line on 0800 111 4780 by November 30.

It’s been a very successful and exciting year for the branch and they are always looking for new volunteers, so they’d be very grateful to hear from you whether you can spare a few hours a month or even just one hour of the year.

The branch would like to put on more events and activities and do more fund-raising so they can offer more opportunities for local people with MS such as exercise classes, and there are many ways of being able to get involved and help, such as helping out with a supermarket collection, or perhaps you might fancy getting truly creative by organising a fantastic event such as a fashion show, a disco or band night, or for the brave, even something like abseiling down a tower block.

Two members recently took part in the Wheel and Walk in Westonbirt Arboretum and made an impressive £600.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering, please contact Geoff Brittan by phone on 01934 624969 or by email at

WESTON PHILATELIC SOCIETY: The Victorian theme at the society’s last meeting proved to be a great success being both entertaining and amusing.

Ronnie showed a selection of very early and unique items from the Falklands Islands, John a selection from many of the parts of the British Empire, Dave a part of his recently acquired Victorian era postcards, Derek early Gibraltar postal history and to round off both Graham and Bill on early Great Britain.

The next meeting is on November 23 in the function room of the Conservative Club, Alexandra Parade at 6.45 for 7.15pm.

The subject for the evening will be Exhibition Stamps presented by Peter Silvester.

Anyone interested in collecting postage stamps will be made very welcome at the meetings held on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Should you require any further details please ring Graham on 01934 622318.

WESTON YOUTH ORCHESTRA: The orchestra visited the newly refurbished Colston Hall for a performance of Michael Nyman’s music by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra last week. It was conducted by a former member of the Youth Orchestra Pete Harrison whose career has taken off in the past few years with both his bassoon and baton. His first conducting appointments were with West End shows ‘Crazy For You’, ‘Martin Guerre’ and the ‘Lion King’ and latterly work with the top national orchestra the BSO has seen him reaching even greater heights. Other members of the Youth Orchestra have also been busy.

Sam Hanlon performed the Last Post at last week’s Remembrance Service in Cannington whilst his brother, 12 year old Jack, did the same at the All Saints service in Weston.

New members from nine-20 years old are always welcome at Weston Youth Orchestra.

Rehearsals take place at the Blakehay Theatre, Wadham Street, Weston, each Friday between 6-7pm and 7-9pm for more experienced players on all instruments.

Further details from Dennis Cole on 01934 623787 or 07787520230.

WORLE DISTRICT RAINBOWS, BROWNIES, GUIDES LEADERS, TREFOIL GUILD, FRIENDS OF GUIDING: All attended the Remembrance Service in St Martin’s Church, Worle, and later planted their crosses around the parish memorial in the churchyard.

The service was led by team vicar Rev Anne Farmer, assisted by Worle District Commissioner Vikki Corke, readings and prayers were by the girls.

The girls of each unit made ‘poppy’ themed decorative panels which were displayed on the front of the gallery.

Unit flags formed a guard of honour as the guides marched into church from the car park.

Music for the service was provided by James Baker (church organist) and Congresbury Brass – whose trumpeter played ‘The Last Post’.

Also taking part were county commissioner Sue Maybury and division commissioner Sue Vickery with their standards.

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