Clubs and Societies, April 16, 2015

PUBLISHED: 10:58 17 April 2015 | UPDATED: 10:58 17 April 2015

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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. Welcomed with refreshments we mingle socially for half an hour before receiving a presentation by hired speakers. At our recent meeting, Peter Davey gave an interesting illustrated talk entitled ‘Around Weston by tram’. ‘Curiouser and curiouser’ is the title of Cyril Routley’s talk at the next meeting on April 23.

New members are always welcomed and for further information call Peter Mansell on 01934 519290 or visit or email


We are a small club of very friendly people from all over the Weston district and welcome new members. We meet on Thursday afternoons at 2.15-3.45pm.

The meeting today (Thurs) is an afternoon of quiz and bingo. Why not come and join us for a cup of tea and a chat.

For the rest of April and May there is an exciting programme of events including on Wednesday a trip to Exeter; April 23 Pat Hase will be telling us about the men of Weston Town Quarry; May 7 will be an afternoon of music with Perry; May 14 - John Thatcher will tell us about cider making, with samples of cider and on May 21 Pat Sanford will be telling us about some of the things she has discovered in her research of historic Uphill with some old and new photos.

For further information please contact Pat on 01934 429678.


On Saturday the annual ‘Music in the Air’ Concert will take place at The Blakehay Theatre with tickets on sale now from the box office. It promises to be an evening of entertaining music for all with special guests The Winscombe Community Choir, Sister Sing Contemporary Chamber Choir and young violinist Naomi.

A few vacancies exist for competent players especially on Oboe, Solo Bb Cornet, Trombone (preferably in Bass Clef), Percussion (Kit/Tuned) - must be able to read band parts. If you can hit the right notes please visit our website or call 01934 820205 for further details.

Future engagements include: Saturday - Music in the Air Concert, The Blakehay Theatre; April 23 – Formal Dinner, Wiltshire; June 6 – Poppy Picnic in Grove Park;

June 19 - Concert, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas.


Five hundred Freemasons from all over Somerset and surrounding counties gathered at The Winter Gardens on April 2 for the annual meeting. All of the 88 Lodges in Somerset were represented.

One of the main objectives was to make a presentation to the retiring Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Ray Guthrie. Ray has continuously held various active offices for eighteen years. Ray was presented with a voucher to buy a large greenhouse so that he and his wife Hazel could enjoy more time in their garden in High Littleton.

The Freemasons were thanked for the contributed to the appeal in early 2014 for the Somerset Masonic Flood Relief Fund following the appalling flooding on the Somerset Levels.

Stuart Hadler had much pleasure in announcing that he had nominated the two air ambulance services in Somerset, Great Western and Dorset & Somerset as the recipients for a special charity appeal in 2017 when Freemasons nationally will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the movement, in 1717. It hopes to raise £30,000 for these two most deserving charities whose actions save lives.

For more information on Somerset Freemasons, visit


The next meeting will be today (Thurs) starting at 7pm, meeting at Weston AFC,

Winterstoke Road.

The meeting will be devoted to sharpening skills using the Tormek and also the Robert Sorby System and will include diamond sharpening techniques and honing.

John Owen will demonstrate turning mushrooms where we hope to kick-start one of several objects each month to display at a place to be determined at Christmas.

Non-members who have an interest in woodturning are encouraged to join us by just turning up on the night. For further information call John on 01934 510862.


The group had an evening of workshop photography with young ladies acting as models for the evening enabling members to do some portrait work, having three work stations to try out different lighting conditions. It was very successful evening and thanks go to Ian Johnson who set up the evening with lighting and back drops. Thank you to the ladies for their patience and time.

The group is holding a competition on April 28 with Roger L Mallison as guest judge.

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


Club members had an enjoyable time in the Mayor’s Parlour with the Mayor Ros Willis and Mayoress Jos Holder. The following week volunteers Bill and Norman gave a talk ‘Think twice’. This was a reminder to members to be careful when giving personal details and also other security/safety issues.

A spring visit to Sanders was a worthwhile outing for members. Mr Geoff Malham was welcomed to give a talk ‘Weston’s Super Mayors’. This was an often amusing talk of his experiences of his time when he was chauffeur to the towns Mayors.

The Notable Club is a weekly, socially active lunchtime club for physically disabled people aged 16 to 60 years. Contact Dina on 07845 220349 for further information.


To celebrate our 69th birthday meeting members enjoyed an afternoon with Katie Gaunt our speaker, a guitarist and three other dancers with an afternoon of Flamenco dancing and heard all about the history of the costumes and instruments of traditional Flamenco.

Visitors are most welcome, for more information, ring our secretary on 01934 813427.


We have received a good response from people wishing to join our mailing list; if you want to be kept informed of the bands activities, just send us an email and we’ll add you to the list. Our next concert is on May 9 at Wick St Lawrence Church and tickets are available from the band or the church priced at £7 for adults and £3.50 for children.

The band is very fortunate to have such a large number of talented musicians but still have a limited number of vacancies, particularly on auxiliary/tuned percussion, 2nd flute and 3rd clarinet. For details on how to join or book the band, please visit our website or call our musical director, Julia Ractliffe on 01934 517719.


Besides being a Burnham councillor, and a past Mayor, Derrick Cooper is also President of Burnham District Pantomime Society, and has been for the last 25 years.

At the meeting on April 7, Derrick was presented with an engraved plaque by society Chair Maureen Cooper to mark the occasion.

Also presented was a cheque for £60, to the ‘In Charlie’s Memory’, being the raffle proceeds from one of their recent pantomime performance evenings.


Following his Presidential year, past President John Thatcher was the custodian of £1,800 from his President’s fund still to be allocated to charities of his choice. He decided the money should be split between three charities, these being the Somerset & Dorset Air Ambulance, The Freewheelers EVS Blood Bikes and the Rotary Heartwork appeal, each receiving a cheque for £600.


The orchestra will be performing its Spring concert this Sunday, which is themed on the music of stage and screen. The programme will include many familiar favourites and will feature both our junior and senior orchestras. The concert will be held at The Playhouse Theatre from 5pm and tickets, costing £10.50, can be purchased from the box office, Coles Shoes on Orchard Place or from any orchestra member.

We continue to welcome new members each year to both our junior and senior orchestras, so if you are a young musician and thinking of joining an orchestra why not come along to our concert. Playing as part of an orchestra is great way to improve your musical ability whilst meeting new friends who share an interest in music.

For more information about the orchestra, including its history, and how to join, visit our website


As the oldest and largest national charity supporting service, ex-service personnel and their families, we hope that readers will attend a coffee morning we are holding at the Victoria Methodist Church Hall, Station Road on April 25 from 10am to noon. Entry is only £2.50 for coffee or tea and biscuits. There will be a book stall, bring and buy stall and the usual raffle.

If any qualified person needs help or if such a person is known by anyone, we can be contacted every Wednesday morning at the RAFA HQ, Eagle House, Alexandra Parade, telephone 01934 644024 between the hours of 10.30am and noon. Outside of these hours call 08458500510 to ensure that contact is made with a SSAFA member.


Assisted by Wrington Vale Inner Wheel, the Rotary Club organised the annual morning coffee event at Axbridge Town Hall where all the proceeds were donated to the Rotary Polio Plus Charity. As in previous years, the principal figure head behind the local fundraising group is local Axbridge resident Bob Pickering. Bob fell victim to this dreaded disease in 1942 and throughout his life has been troubled by the physical effects he has been left with. Thanks to his continued drive to ensure polio is eradicated throughout the world he has, via the assistance of Rotary, the Inner Wheel and local Axbridge residents raised several thousands of pounds for this cause. This year’s contribution amounted to £450.


The group was pleased to welcome Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research at the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), to its annual meeting. As the guest speaker at the meeting he outlined the IAM’s policies on a range of road safety issues. He went on to outline how the IAM are aiming to attract new members by diversifying the driver and rider training programmes available to those interested in honing their skills.

The group is a registered charity which has been driving road safety since 1983. Why not come along to our next club night and discover how you could make your driving safer, smoother and more fuel efficient by becoming an advanced driver. Club nights are held on the third Tuesday of each month at Kewstoke Village Hall, 7.30pm for an 8pm start. There is ample free parking onsite, and refreshments are available. For further information visit or our Facebook page, WestonIAM, or call 07020 934714.


St Pauls Church Hall in Weston was packed with over 90 party goers for the Weston Rotary Club’s annual Easter party for the elderly and disabled. The party has been held for over 15 years and continues to go from strength to strength. Everybody tucked into homemade sandwiches and delicious cakes and the Queen was properly toasted with a glass of sherry.

The party was started by a welcome from Weston Rotary President Terry Gilbert. Live music and balloon magic was provided by Chris Rainbow and Martin’s Party show and the Mayor, Councillor Roslyn Willis enthusiastically encouraged the dancing.

President Terry would like to thank to all those volunteers from the Rotary Club and particularly the ladies of West Woodspring Inner Wheel who worked tirelessly to ensure the event was a success.

The party went off well with a lovely friendly atmosphere throughout and everybody seemed to have had a good time and left with a smile and an Easter egg each.

For more information about Rotary activities and membership see and or telephone secretary Bernard Land on 07970 184301.

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