CLUBS AND SOCIETIES 6 JANUARY 2012
PUBLISHED: 10:07 06 January 2012
BURNHAM'S MONDAY CLUB: Members received a visit from Burnham's mayor, Councillor Michael Clarke.
A good time was had by all, and at lunchtime, the club moved on to a bounteous Christmas meal in Burnham’s Lighthouse pub, funded partly by sponsorship from Mencap.
The Monday Club is run by Julia Elswood, and is intended to replace closing day care centre activity caused by the present financial cuts. Long term strategy is to become a registered charity.
Julie Elswood said: “On behalf of myself, the members, and my assisting volunteers, we would like to thank Mencap for its support for this most important emerging charity.”
WESTON BREATHE EASY: This is a self-help group for anyone with a lung condition.
We meet at Hutton Village Hall on the third Wednesday of each month commencing at 2pm.
The guest speaker at the next meeting on January 18 will be Dr Martin Hime who has recently retired from his practice at the Clevedon Health Centre.
A light exercise session will then be followed by refreshments.
Anyone with an interest will be made welcome. For details contact Sue on 01934 521259 or Nick on 01275 873322.
CONSERVATIVE LADIES LUNCHEON CLUB: Conservative Ladies Luncheon Club will meet in the Winter Gardens on January 13 at 12.30 for 1pm when the speaker will be Roy Schubert talking on ‘Clocks and watches’.
Reservations to Christine Gamble on 811709 by Monday.
MDF – THE BIPOLAR ORGANISATION SELF-HELP GROUP: The MDF The Bipolar Organisation Self-Help Group meets next Tuesday at FRIEND 39 Oxford Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1TN at 7.30-9.30pm.
People who suffer from bipolar disorder and/or their supporters are very welcome to join us. Telephone 0845 4349915 for further information.
The following meeting is on February 14.
WESTON-SUPER-MARE AND DISTRICT NATIONAL TRUST ASSOCIATION: In January when many gardens are not looking their best, it is appropriate to have a talk ‘All the year round colour in the garden’.
This will be in our usual venue, Corpus Christi Church Hall today (Thurs) at 2.15pm given by Michael Smith. Visitors are very welcome.
The 7.30pm meeting on January 20 promises to be very different with the topic ‘Medieval medicine’, given by Dr Andrew Newton.
Outings planned for early 2012 are: a visit to Bristol Hippodrome to see Blood Brothers on February 29 and on March 21 to London to visit Hertford House, home of the Wallace Collection and then on to Convent Garden with all its attractions followed by afternoon tea.
Contact Gwen Howe on 01278 782377 for further information.
BLEADON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The December meeting of the society took the form of a beetle drive followed a sumptuous American style supper.
At the end of the fun-filled ‘drive’ there was a tie for first place.
As this was the first time that this had happened there was a ‘beetle off’ with Ann Hurcombe emerging the victor over Glenys Sutton-Jones.
The coveted gnome, that had been waiting for a new home for two years, was awarded to Jeff Davis as his various playing partners hadn’t played quite as well as he had.
Terry Porter will be the guest speaker on January 17 at 7.30pm in the Coronation Hall when his talk will be on ‘Britain in Bloom’ from the point of view of a judge.
This is open to anyone at £1 admission. For further information on any of the society’s activities telephone 01934 813152.
WESTON SCRABBLE CLUB: On December 13 members held their annual competition known as The Edith Badman Cup. It is played for in one night with the prize going to the person with the highest overall score.
It was won this year by Paul Cousins who triumphed by only one point over the runner-up, Beryl Turner.
Mince pies were served and were enjoyed by all.
The Christmas party was held on December 20 where members enjoyed a Round Robin game of scrabble followed by a seasonal supper and rounded off by a quiz and party games.
BANWELL WI: On December 5 members held a craft afternoon at Banwell Primary School where year four children made Christmas decorations and cards.
The afternoon was a great success, the children really enjoyed being crafty.
On December 16 Banwell WI hosted the Roman Way Group carol service at St Andrew’s Church, Banwell. More than 100 people attended, including Mrs Daphne Vise, Avon Federation WI chairman and the Banwell children’s choir performed Away in a Manger.
The evening concluded with home made mince pies.
WORLEWIND BAND: Members of the band were still playing carols on Christmas Eve but that’s it now until next season!
Our final two events last year were on the forecourt at The Ebdon Arms and joining the usual musicians for Community Carols at Worle Baptist Church.
Both events were very enjoyable and, as they were outside, we were pleased the weather was kind to us.
There were a few spots of rain on the music and the wind was a little challenging but it didn’t stop us and it was good to be able to send people off in good spirits, although we will never know if that was due to our playing and the singing or the mulled wine being served!
Happy New Year to one and all! See you at one of our concerts in this year. www.worlewindband.co.uk
WESTON CHESS CLUB: Weston visited Wellington for a match in Division 2 of the Somerset Leagues and came away with a 5-1 victory.
First to finish was David Gough on board 3.
His opponent had already sacrificed a knight for two pawns in an attempt to get some counter play when he blundered by putting his bishop en prise, a gift which was gratefully accepted resulting in immediate resignation.
Mike Cooper on board 4 had to play accurately under extreme time pressure.
With barely two minutes to go on his clock Mike reached a position where his offer of a draw was accepted by his opponent. On board 2 Stan Guliewicz had two central passed pawns and a rook against his opponent’s single passed pawn and a rook.
However, his opponent’s pawn was closer to queening and Stan could only keep checking the exposed king to obtain another draw.
The final boards to finish all resulted in wins for Weston. Both John Parsons and Malcolm Dinham played well to reach winning pawn endgames.
On top board Peter Chaplin struggled against his opponent’s intention to just play for a draw but, in a final complex position found a winning knight move as the time limit approached.
Weston have now scored 3 wins, 2 draws and only lost once giving them a total of 8 points with Glastonbury leading the table.
BLEADON LADIES CLUB: The committee wishes all members and their families a very happy new year.
This year starts off with Wiltshire Farm Foods who will give a cooking demonstration and samples on Tuesday.
The club meets the second Tuesday of the month at 2.30pm in the Coronation Hall in Bleadon. We always welcome new members who will enjoy a speaker, a free raffle, tea and biscuits or cake and a quiz. This is the best value in town at only £1.
For more information call Barbara on 814362 who will be pleased to have a chat.
ROYAL BRITISH LEGION – women’s section, Weston branch: The Christmas party was enjoyed by all – a big thank you to all helpers.
Due to falling numbers we shall no longer be holding our monthly coffee mornings. Our next meeting will be our birthday party, on Wednesday at 2.15pm in the United Reformed Church Hall.
WEST WOODSPRING ROTARY CLUB: We do not have a figure of the sums raised but are sure that the sponsors for those who took part in the Santa Fun Run will feel that it was all worthwhile.
At a previous meeting the club voted to send a donation of £600 out of our charity account, to purchase more Water Survival Boxes. This sum was doubled by another charity, making a total of £1,200. Each box costs £150 and some 200 are already on their way to the Philippines which is suffering a flooding disaster.
For more information just go to a Rotary website and call up Water Survival Boxes.
If any business/professional person would be interested in helping us with our charitable and other projects please go to our website at westwoodspringrotary.org for more information and consider attending a club meeting at Weston Golf Club most Tuesday evenings at 7 for 7.30pm.
SSAFA FORCES HELP: On behalf of the division our chairman was pleased to receive a cheque for £350 from Cllr Philip Judd.
The money will be used to meet our essential but modest overheads so that our unpaid volunteers can continue their work of helping serve ex service personnel and their dependants of whom their have been almost 100 this year alone.
We meet every Wednesday morning at Eagle House, Alexandra Parade, Weston from 10.30am until noon and welcome inquiries from anyone with service connections who needs advice or help of any kind.
Our secretary, Anne Kerruish can be contacted on 01934 811386.
FRIENDS OF CHILDREN’S HOSPICE SOUTH WEST: The Friends would like to thank local organisations for their generous assistance in fundraising on their premises and all helpers who gave up their time to help with these collections. We look forward to similar fundraising events in 2012 and the continued support of all our members. Happy New Year!
WORLE LIONS CLUB: Members would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the past year. We have raised funds to help local people and groups and enjoyed each others’ company at social functions. Most recently we have joined the FUCHSIA Group at their Christmas Lunch (visit their website http://fuchsiagroup.webeden.co.uk for photos) and had our own Christmas evening meal (visit our website www.worlelions.co.uk for photos).
We are now looking forward to a successful 2012 starting with a new year drinks get-together followed by our Charter Day Dinner and Dance on January 21.
We meet regularly on the second Monday of the month at the Windsor Castle pub on Upper Bristol Road.
If you would like to come along to one of our meetings or are interested in learning more, telephone 0845 833 9862, email email@example.com or visit our website.
WESTON PHILATELIC SOCIETY: At our last meeting of the old year on December 13 the members displayed some of their other, sometimes weird and wonderful collections ranging from model postal vehicles to Royal Navy ships cap ribbons and milk bottles.
These along with sherry and mince pies made an amusing and enjoyable evening.
We should like to welcome our two new members Ivan and Frank.
Our first meeting of the new year is on Tuesday in the function room of the Conservative Club, 24/26 Alexandra Parade, 6.45-7.15pm.
Dave is to show some of his collection of early Sudan.
Anyone interested in collecting postage stamps or other items of postal history will be made welcome and the members are very friendly and pleased to share their time and knowledge.
The society meets in the evening on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.
A programme for the year is available at the meeting – please ring Graham on 01934 622318 for further details.
WESTON ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY: The first talk of the new year is ‘A wild grizzly adventure’ by wildlife photographer Oliver Smart, a journey into the Alaskan wilderness coming face-to-face with some incredible grizzly bears, on Tuesday. The society’s Christmas meeting was very successful.
Dr Josh Pollard gave an interesting and detailed talk about Avebury, afterwards members and guests enjoyed a festive buffet and fruit punch. The January meeting is on Tuesday - doors open at 7 for 7.30pm start, at the Victoria Methodist Church Hall, Station Road, BS23 1XU. Visitors are welcome, £2.
THE FRIENDS OF WESTON MUSEUM: Members will be meeting at the museum in Burlington Street on January 19 at 2pm.
We are very fortunate in having a speaker from Bristol Museums and Art Gallery, he is Ray Barnett, the collections manager, who will tell us about the new M Shed in Bristol and the move there.
This will be an interesting talk and everybody is welcome to attend - free to members and a small charge to non-members.
The Friends support the Weston Museum in many different ways, by fundraising, by hosting talks, by publicising events, and some members are volunteers in the museum.
If you would like to join the Friends, membership forms can be obtained from the museum shop.
UNISON NORTH SOMERSET BRANCH RETIRED MEMBERS SECTION: There will be no meeting this month but the new year lunch with be held at the Summerhouse, Worle on February 8 - 12.30 for 1pm. Please let your secretary know on 01934 627508 if you will be attending.
WESTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The society will be holding its first meeting of 2012 on January 12 at St Peter’s Church Hall, Baytree Road, at 7.30pm.
The speaker will be Alan Down of Cleeve Nursery on ‘Winter colour in the garden’. There will be a raffle and refreshments. Subscriptions are now due and can be paid at the meeting as well as booking the coach trip to Bodnant Gardens. New members welcome.
NORTH SOMERSET MODELLERS’ SOCIETY: The society continues to attract new members at its meetings at The Woodspring, Worle High Street, from 8.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month.
The next meeting is this coming Tuesday. Amongst the topics to be discussed will be preparations for our annual club model show to be held at the Locking Campus on March 3. It will also be the AGM.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
THE AVENUE TENNIS CLUB: The Grovers, residents of the The Grove, Burnham, organised a fantastic New Year’s Eve party at the Avenue Tennis Club.
With a fabulous DJ, a cocktail bar, canapes and some glamour and glitz the Grovers partied through out the night from 2011 into early 2012.
The club has set some dates for 2012 and would like to invite you to their clubhouse for the following social evenings: St Patrick’s Night – March 17; Italian Night –May 12; Tennis Barbecue - September 8 and the Captain’s Night – October 20.
The club is also available for hire, see website for details.
As well as social events the club has adult social play on Wednesday and Friday evenings or Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings. Coaching is available for juniors every night of the week and for adults on Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons or if you would like private one-to-one coaching this can be organised through the club’s professional coaches.
WRINGTON VALE ROTARY CLUB: In the week leading up to Christmas members raised over £1,400 for Children’s Hospice South West from Carol singing.
This started on December 17 in the centre of Winscombe outside the Woodborough pub, on Thursday and Friday the singing continued at various pubs including The Woodborough, The Langford Inn, The Stag and Hounds, The Swan at Rowberrow, Brent House, The Nelson, The Sidcot, The Lamb in Axbridge, Oak House, New Inn in Cross and The Lamb in Weare.
The club wishes to thank all those who contributed.
Members meet weekly at The Burrington Inn, Burrington and is involved in charitable projects locally, nationally and internationally.
Please telephone Ivor Metherell on 01761 462607 for details.
ROYAL AIR FORCES ASSOCIATION CONCERT BAND: We would like to wish all our supporters a happy new year and look forward to seeing you at one of our concerts in 2012.
Last year was another diverse and busy year for the RAFA Concert Band and ended with a traditional Christmas concert in our ancestral home at the Blakehay, Weston. It was nice to see another full house!
Paul Baker, Wales, Midland and South Western Area director and band chairman said: “The band continues to go from strength to strength, providing a most unique platform for the work of the RAF Association.
“We are proud to have this valuable resource - fabulous musicians who give of their free time under the superb direction of Peter Skellon!
“Please check out the RAFA Concert Band website for the 2012 forthcoming programme. Thank you to all our association supporters and friends and we look forward to seeing you in 2012.”
Rehearsals start again on January 16 at the Blakehay and the programme of music includes some new arrangements of classical to pop to swing along with a few ‘lollipops’.
We still have vacancies for competent players on brass and woodwind especially on oboe and trombone.
We do not contest, no subscriptions and we provide your uniform!
All that we ask of the musicians is that they give a commitment of their time and talents to the band rehearsals and engagements!
Please call if you are interested.
Visit our website www.rafaswconcertband.org.uk or ring 01934 820205 for details.
Future engagements include: January 16 – first rehearsal of the year; February 25 Concert Armstrong Hall, Thornbury; March 18 - AGM Concert Swansea; April 21 - A Titanic, Jubilee Concert, Blakehay.