Clubs and Societies, 26 January, 2012

PUBLISHED: 11:12 30 January 2012




WESTON BRASS: Rehearsals for this year area finals are going really well.

Although it is early days yet, conductor Tony Osborne expressed his delight at the progress the band has made on Goff Richard’s composition Cross Patonce.

The immediate target for the band is to be to give a competent performance of it in time for the visit of brass band guru Philip Harper, when he gives the band a master class on February 25.

This will be the second workshop that Philip Harper has given the band and it is hoped that once again his knowledge and experience will be invaluable to the band in giving the very best performance they can of this piece of music.

The band is also hard at work preparing a new concert programme for the up and coming concert season. The first one being held at Banwell Church on March 31. The annual meeting has been set for 
Tuesday and anyone interested in attending this meeting will be welcomed to Church Road Methodist Church at 8pm.

As usual there are a few vacancies in the band for competent players.

New members are supplied with instrument and uniform and are guaranteed a warm welcome.

More information on the band can be found at or by ringing Colin on 01934 514960.

WESTON PROBUS CLUB: At our annual meeting Stanley Hall was re-elected as chairman of the club for 2012, this being the third time he has held this position. Our club meets at Weston Football Club in Winterstoke Road on alternate Thursdays at 10.30am.

Our speakers for February are Roy Colman who will visit us on February 2 to talk on ‘The Story of Leather’.

On February 16 we will welcome Bob Porton who will entertain us with ‘Radio Comedy’.

Any retired gentlemen who would like to join our friendly club can telephone 01934 625330 for details.

THE NOTABLE CLUB (NOT ABLE): John Thatcher was welcomed to give a talk about ‘Thatchers Cider’.

He talked about the process of making cider traditionally for generations using apples of at least six varieties to give different ciders using the latest processing equipment. The talk concluded with a 
tasting session.

Members enjoyed a screened photograph presentation by secretary Dina Parker of her ‘Trek to Nepal’.

Dina talked about her four day trek in Nepal sleeping in tents with porters carrying all the equipment in the Himalaya foothills.

Dina rode an elephant three times when she stayed in the Chitwan National Park. The highlight was white water rafting. Contact Dina on 07845 220349 for further information.

WESTON-SUPER-MARE RADIO SOCIETY: The AGM was held at the Social Club in Drove Road.

Chairman Dave Dyer was re-elected for another year as were all the other officers.

Plans for 2012 were outlined and it is hoped that special event stations will be run on Steep Holm to celebrate International Marconi Day and Flat Holm in a joint venture with the Forest of Dean club.

Although Morse Code is now no longer a 
requirement for a licence the club has now started 
running classes to encourage members to learn a form of communication that is such an integral part of amateur radio.

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

The club can be contacted at

WESTON FILM SOCIETY: The current season at the Blakehay theatre, Wadham Street, continues on Wednesday with a screening of ‘Potiche’, a frothy French farce starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerrard Depardieu.

The performance starts at 7.45pm – entrance £4.50 or £3 for society members.

WOODSPRING SCRABBLE CLUB: Members meet at the United Reformed Church in Waterloo Street, Weston, every Wednesday at 4pm.

We are a friendly group and new members are welcome. For details telephone 01934 815358.

WORLE WI: The group celebrated its 35th 
anniversary at its meeting on January 18 with a glass of bubbly, refreshments and birthday cake.

This was followed by a very interesting and amusing talk by Robert Tinker on piers and their history.

Presentations were made to Jean Gazzard, winner of the skittles tournament and Bobby Butcher, overall winner of year of competition entries.

If you are interested in joining us we meet on the third Wednesday of each month at Castle Batch Community Centre at 7.30 pm. Visitors are very welcome.

CHEW VALLEY PROBUS CLUB REPORT: We meet monthly for fellowship, lunch and a speaker at the Mooseheart, Winscombe.

If you are a retired professional or businessman and would like to join us please telephone our 
secretary, George Reed, on 01934 842609 for further information.

The speaker at our January meeting was Bob Clements who gave an interesting account of his family’s long involvement with BAC Filton, entitled ‘Family fortunes’ and our February speaker will be Trevor Cole MEP on the European Union.

Our March meeting is the AGM.

Members were given a highly entertaining talk on January 18 by society member Irene Threasher 
tracing her life’s path through the influence of music.

Born in Widnes her uncle ran a dance band and she first heard the music of Simon and Garfunkel. Chapel choir then followed with a performance at Llangollen Eistedford, and then musicals.

Moving to Swansea she met composer Geraint Lewis.

She has an interest in English country dance and meditation believing that “music is an integral part of us – the food of our souls”.

The next meeting of the society in St Jude’s Hall, St Peter’s Church, Baytree Road, is on Wednesday at 7.30pm when Christopher Redwood (music teacher and author) talks on ‘Delius-a centenary 
appreciation’. For further information contact the secretary on 01934 814752.

RAFA CONCERT BAND (BLAKEHAY RESIDENT BAND): Rehearsals continue in our ancestral home at the Blakehay theatre, Weston, preparing a 
programme of music for 2012.

We still have vacancies for competent players on brass and woodwind especially on oboe and trombone. Once again we do not contest, there are no subscriptions and we provide your uniform.

All that I ask of the musicians is that they give a commitment of their time and talents to the band rehearsals and the engagements.

Visit our website or ring 01934 820205 for details.

Future engagements include: February 25 – concert, Armstrong Hall, Thornbury; March 11 - AGM concert, Swansea; March 18 - ensemble playing at the Winter Gardens, times to be confirmed; April 21 - A Titanic, jubilee concert, the Blakehay theatre.

members were addressed by Paul Hillman, the 
chairman of Castle Kids Club, regarding its future. The club was established in January 2006 and provides after school care in the late afternoon for children aged from four years old.

The club is based at The Campus in Worle with an average attendance of 18 children per day.

Having obtained grants from various sources, the Castle Kids Club now finds that it is short of funds to continue its good work.

It was agreed that a plan for organising some fund raising events should be considered, with particular effort being made to arrange a musical evening, 
possibly at The Campus.

A date and details will be announced but in the meantime if there is anyone who would like to be involved in this campaign or any of our other 
charitable activities please contact Dick Richards on 01934 844214.

We meet most Tuesdays at the Weston Golf Club, 7 for a 7.30pm start and welcome visitors.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION, WOMEN’S SECTION, WESTON BRANCH: Our next meeting is on February 8 at 2.15pm in the United Reformed Church Hall.

It will be a talk by Brian Saunders from the 

Our birthday party, to celebrate 87 years of the RBL, Women’s Section, was enjoyed by all.

Refreshments were provided and keyboard 
entertainment by Mrs Su King – a happy afternoon.

A meal is being arranged on February 15 at The Grove Bistro 12.30 for 1pm.

Anyone who wishes to go is asked to give a £5 deposit to Mrs Jan Carter at the meeting on February 8.

HEWISH AND DISTRICT WI: The first meeting of the new year started on an interesting note with lots to look forward to.

Best wishes to Marion and June – we hope it isn’t too long before they are able to join us again.

The walk on Wednesday will be organised by Angela Hoddinot starting at 10am from Spring Hill round the Milton area.

Lawrence Sims talked about a project he and his wife set up in a Kenyan village some years ago. The work they have carried out has made a big difference to the lives of the villagers through the running water project and the school house they helped to fund and build was lovely to see.

The next meeting will be on February 9 not 16, due to problems with the hall. Speakers will be The Grazels on ‘Humorous stories’.

All visitors will be welcome. We meet on the third Thursday of each month (except next month) in Hewish Village Hall at 7.30pm.

INNER WHEEL CLUB OF WRINGTON VALE: President Pauline opened the meeting by thanking everyone for their Christmas wishes and wishing everyone a belated happy New Year.

She also passed on thanks from Wrington Vale Rotary President Ivor Metherell for help at the senior citizens tea party in December.

Jennifer Kirkup, overseas service representative, reported that the Legless Lunch held in November enabled the club to send £900 to the Jaipur Limb project and that £150 had been sent by the club to purchase a water box, many of which had been distributed to the Philippine island of Mindanao after flash flooding.

The speaker for the evening was local magistrate Anita Simmonds who described the workings of the magistrates court and some of the interesting and entertaining occurrences and characters in court.

Next meeting is February 9 when partners are invited.

Members welcomed Dr Tim Wallington to their 
January speaker meeting.

He spoke about his work as an immunologist giving an interesting and informative talk. The vote of thanks was given by Soroptimist Eileen Harroway.

Members had recently gathered at Dr Fox’s cafe on Knightstone Island for a photo shoot as the club is to be featured in the February edition of Somerset Life -‘Join our club’.

The club is now planning its annual fashion show at Weston Football Club on February 28.

Tickets are available to the public at a cost of £4 and the proceeds from the evening will go to Cancer Research as well as local charities.

Another event the club is planning is a visit by Ann Widdecombe who will be the guest speaker at a buffet evening to be held at the Winter Gardens on March 15. Ms Widdecombe is known as an excellent speaker and tickets will be available soon at a cost of £10.

If you would like to know more about Soroptimist International, or would like tickets to either of the above events, please use the SIGBI website - South West and Channel Isles, Weston, or email

WESTON CHESS CLUB: Away against Taunton the A team won by 2.5-1.5.

On board 1 Mike Cooper accepted the offer of a draw against his much higher graded opponent when subsequent analysis showed him to have had a forced win if the game had proceeded further but Mike, 25 minutes behind on the clock, did not want to run the risk of losing on time.

On board 2 John Parsons lost a piece for a pawn and his opponent took full advantage to eventually force John’s resignation.

Malcolm Dinham’s game was tight virtually to the end.

A pawn down at one point, Malcolm played skilfully to regain the material and increase his advantage by winning a rook, at which point his opponent resigned.

Kerry Kyriacou played well to obtain an early win. He managed to win a piece for a pawn and with the extra material would have been able to mop up most of his opponent’s pawns in an end game.

WORLEWIND BAND: Members of the band enjoyed their recent celebrations to mark the tremendous 
success achieved over the last two years.

Much to Julia and Andy’s surprise band 
members presented them with a gift in recognition of all the time and energy they invest in the band and its members.

All are looking forward to this year’s concerts and performances; rehearsals are underway and exciting new music is promised!

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