Clubs and Societies, April 23, 2015

PUBLISHED: 09:24 24 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:24 24 April 2015





For over 20 years the Lions Club of Weston has been allowed by Pontins to raffle teddy bears at its Sand Bay site. Over this period of time we have not only raised thousands of pounds for charity but have become friends with the Pontins Blue Coats and also with some of their guests who take regular holidays at Sand Bay.

Two of these guests Ray and Pam from Bath who have been coming to Sand Bay for as long as we have and always supported our raffles. In recognition of this the Lions presented Pam and Ray with a bouquet of flowers and their own teddy bear. At the same time a presentation was also made to Ally who is the singer of the residential band Signature Four, and is leaving this week as she is expecting a baby.


Our next meeting is on April 30 at the Crossroads Carers Centre, Graham Road at 10.30am until noon. Why not drop in for a coffee and a chat, you will be made welcome.

For further information please contact Chris Custy on 01934 827724.


The club is having its monthly roast lunch on Friday lunchtime, and a fish and chip supper on Saturday evening. Come along for a great evening with friends, and support your local RAFA club.

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 A representative from SSAFA Forces Help is also available for advice and guidance in the club on a Wednesday between 10am and noon.


Our next concert is on May 9 at Wick St Lawrence Church at 7.30pm. Tickets costing £7 for adults and £3.50 for children are available from the band or the church. For details on how to join or book the band, please visit our website or call our musical director, Julia Ractliffe on 01934 517719.


Chocoholic members were ecstatic when President Lovina organised a visit to Cheddar Chocolate Factory and they weren’t disappointed.

Family run by Dean Sweet and Brenda Hooper, they specialise in producing personalised, individually wrapped chocolates. They also make handmade, luxury filled chocolates and bars in various sizes using only natural flavourings, orange and mint being particular favourites.

As well as sampling the wares, we donned hairnets, aprons and gloves to have a go ourselves. Although the clarity of Dean’s explanation and Brenda’s demonstration had made it look easy, we soon realised this was not the case.

Our visit was a great success and recommended as a must see on any visit to Cheddar, whatever the age group.


At the April meeting we had an inspiring talk by Paul Temple, well-known locally for his work with the Luhimba project in Africa’s poorest region - Tanzania. We learnt how the project supports the area with water supply, education, health and agriculture, and of the wonderful relationship they have established with the people.

On May 26 we will be wearing posh frocks for a WI Centenary celebration picnic.

We meet on the third Thursday of the month and if you would like to join our friendly group please ring 01934 417907.


The annual ‘Music in the Air’ concert was well received by the audience and the band played exceptionally well. A few vacancies exist for competent players especially on oboe; percussion (Kit/Tuned) and must be able to read band parts. If you can hit the right notes please visit our website or ring 01934 820205 for more details.

Future engagements include: June 6 - Poppy Picnic in Grove Park; June 19 - Concert, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas; June 20 – Quartet, Formal Dinner, Weston; July 5 - Grove Park Bandstand; July 12 - 90th Birthday - Tortworth Court.


The next branch meeting will be held on Wednesday at 7.30pm at branch headquarters, 77 Meadow Street, Weston. All members are very welcome.


The club held its annual members surplus equipment sale at the main meeting this month. With auctioneer Steve Walrond conducting proceedings there were some good bargains and the 10 per cent levy helped to boost club funds.

International Marconi Day will be celebrated on Saturday with members putting on a special event station at the end of Brean Down where some of the early experiments in radio transmission took place.

The next main meeting on May 18 will be a video presentation on HF Propagation. The club holds its main meeting on the third Monday of the month but meets every Monday for a construction and natter night at the social club. The club can be contacted at


Weston Youth Orchestra enjoyed a successful concert at The Playhouse, Weston last Sunday. A big thank you to our audience who contributed to an enjoyable evening and to all our young musicians and conductors who worked hard to prepare a dynamic and varied programme. Particular congratulations to our soloist Annie Tiso, who performed an impressive rendition of Massenet’s ‘Meditation’ on the violin, accompanied by the senior orchestra. If you are a young musician aged 21 or under and are interested to join an orchestra we would love to hear from you. We welcome new members to both our junior and senior orchestras throughout the year from a variety of schools and colleges. For more information including how to join, please visit our website


Our April meeting was enjoyed by all of our members. Pat Hase gave a very interesting talk and slide show, ‘Locking, looking at the past’. After the meeting we enjoyed refreshments; we look forward to seeing you all in May.


The cadets were pleased to welcome Monica and Jangle and Louis and Flur on Thursday night to have an insight into how guide dogs help blind and partially sighted people in their every day lives. Louis explained to the cadets that his guide dog Flur helps him get to work and even directs him to the shops to do his shopping.

The cadets got to try out different activities whilst blindfolded to see how hard it really is, from throwing a ball into a bucket, completing jigsaw puzzles and pouring a drink.

It was a very enlightening evening and the cadets learnt a lot.


On April 13 we received an excellent talk by Francis Burroughes on the history of glass making.

On May 11 at 10.30am at Winscombe Community Centre there will be a presentation by Roger Flowers on the Burnham-on-Sea hovercraft.


On April 19 Moose International Weston made presentations to its chosen charities for 2014/15.

Heather Moldrum presented a cheque for £800 to Belinda Rice on behalf of the Notable Club of Weston; Peter Douras presented a cheque for £1,150 to Brian Wade and Pete Holder on behalf of the RNLI, Weston – new station appeal fund; Liz Whitehouse presented a cheque for £500 to Trevor Savage on behalf of Make-a-Wish; Paul Bateman presented a cheque for £750 to Nick Baker on behalf of Farm Link;

Jean Romeo presented a cheque for £500 to Angela Southway on behalf of Western Stroke Club; Sheila Fisher presented a cheque for £300 to Neville Brenchley on behalf of Children Hospice Southwest and Jill Cureton presented a cheque for £310 to Richard on behalf of Cheshire Homes. For further information about the club visit

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