Clubs and Societies, August 11, 2016

PUBLISHED: 14:07 12 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:07 12 August 2016




Wrington Vale Inner Wheel

A fabulous French lunch was held on a glorious day in the garden of Mr and Mrs Alvis.

This was attended by 100 guests and members who dined on ample quantities of delicious pate, cheese, tarts and French wine.

The event was ably supported by rotary members, who ran the bar.

It was great day in a lovely garden in aid of Arthritis Care UK.

Weston Breathe Easy

The club meets at Weston Cricket Club on the third Wednesday of the month.

The next meeting is on August 17, 2-4pm with speaker Emily Morrison from pulmonary rehabilitation.

New members are welcome. For further details, call 01934 511744.

Weston Civil Service Retirement Fellowship

Thank you to all members and friends for making the last outing to Oxford such a huge success.

At the next meeting on August 18 we will be taking bookings for the next outing to Gloucester and Tewkesbury on September 13.

We meet on the first and third Thursday mornings at The Friends Meeting House at 10am. All retired and serving civil servants are welcome to join us.

For further information call Margaret on 01934 514309.

Bleadon Horticultural Society

The last event of the current programme saw a full coach of members and friends visiting Otter Nurseries and Killerton house and gardens.

The next event is the summer flower show and this will be held in Coronation Hall on September 3 at 2.30pm. Schedules are available from the village shop/post office, the church porch or committee members.

RAFA Concert Band

Our next concert in Weston is Music From The Movies at The Blakehay Theatre on October 1 and tickets are on sale now.

We have recently lost a trombone player and will be losing our percussionist in September, through moving and work.

If you would like to be a part of the band, please visit or call 01934 820205.

Worle WI

We have changed venue for August only and we will be holding our meeting at The Campus on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Roy Ackrill with a talk on Elf And Safety.

Milton Probus

The club for socially active and retired men meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 10.15am for 10.45am start.

We meet in the new room at Milton Methodist Church. Members mingle socially for half an hour before receiving a presentation by a hired speaker.

The programme of talks, some illustrated, for our next four meetings is as follows:

Today (Thursday): Around Bristol By Horse Tram by Peter Davey; August 25: Two Farmers And A Lancaster Bomber by Alan Bateman; September 8: Pot Pouri Bristol Film Archives by John Perry; September 22: From The Front Seats by Geoff Malham.

Banwell WI

Our meeting on September 8 at 7.30pm in the village hall is a talk on beekeeping by Tim Hewer.

The competition is any bee object. Visitors are very welcome and further information is available from Alison on 01934 824900.

The group competition is a long scarf in any medium, for the handycraft cup.


As the oldest and largest national charity providing support to our armed forces and their families, we are always looking for help by way of fundraising, case workers and, currently, a secretary.

We meet every Wednesday at the RAFA headquarters, Eagle House, Alexandra Parade, from 10.30am to noon. For details call 01934 644024 or out of hours call 08458 500510.

We look forward to hearing from anyone who might need our help or who is interested in joining the team. The secretary’s job would need someone familiar with computers, but, although desirable, a service background in not a requirement, just someone keen to further our work.

Weston Friends Group of Children’s Hospice South West

We would like to thank all those who supported the open garden event at the home of Sue and Rod Thomas.

The day went perfectly, with good weather and lots of visitors coming to view the award-winning garden. The day ended by making more than £346.

A big thank you to Sue and Rod for all their help and generosity in allowing visitors access to their very interesting garden.

Weston Rotary Club

The annual charity golf day was held at Weston Golf Club, with 43 competing. The winners, who had the best of the weather early in the day, were the BWOC team.

When all the money is received, more than £10,000 will have been made on the day, making over £185,000 raised for charity by this event since 1997.

President John presented cheques of £1,200 each to Winter Warmth, SSAFA Forces Help and Western Active Stroke Group. The balance will be donated to other mainly local charities as needs arise.

All the tees and greens were fully sponsored and we would like to thank all the players and local businesses and organisations for their support in making this day so successful and of course the members of Weston Rotary Club and West Woodspring Inner Wheel for all the hard work in organising and running the event.

For more information about rotary activities and membership, see and or call Bernard Land on 07970 184301.

Weston Youth Orchestra

If you are a young musician aged 21 or under and are looking to join an orchestra then we would love to hear from you.

We have a junior and a senior orchestra and we cater for a wide range of musical ability and experience. For further information about the orchestra, including how to join visit

Axbridge Collectors Dining Club (ACDC)

Compton House Hotel and George House Antiques, located in Axbridge, are delighted to announce their joint sponsorship of ACDC.

The aim is to provide regular enjoyable dinners with a guest speaker to talk about some aspect of antiques or collecting.

Our first dinner will be at Compton House Hotel on September 13 at 7.30pm with speaker Yvonne Bell and her talk Serendipity.

Ticket for this black tie event are £28.50 and can be booked by calling Compton House Hotel on 01934 733944 or George House Antiques on 07979 994126. Numbers are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Wrington Vale Rotary Club

The club welcomed the founder of the SHIVA Charity operating in Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Bob Uddington, a retired headteacher told us on his retirement his vision was to help with the education of children in Sri Lanka. He explained how his efforts were tragically wrecked by the 2004 tsunami which destroyed a nursery school with the loss of many children.

With the aid of donors including rotary clubs and the Bristol Post he rebuilt the school to a much higher standard than previously existed and then turned his expertise to schools in Nepal. He was instrumental in establishing many schools, with particular emphasis on meeting education needs.

Tragically the earthquake in April 2015 destroyed many schools so, via Bob’s enthusiasm and experience of the area, he is now leading a campaign to raise money to purchase an earth brick-making machine to rebuild homes and schools in the region.

WorleWind Band

The band welcomed its youngest ever member Tessa Ractliffe, aged 11.

Tessa has been playing the saxophone for just over two years and is currently studying for her grade six exam.

On the other end of the spectrum, our oldest member, Ken Heeney who is 84 years young, took up playing the tuba after he retired, proving that it’s never too late to learn something new.

Both can be seen in action in Grove Park on August 21.

For more details about the band and its activities, visit

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