Clubs and Societies, August 18, 2016

PUBLISHED: 11:58 19 August 2016




Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA)

The club is holding a horse racing night on Saturday and will then be serving roast lunch on August 26.

Come to one of our regular coffee mornings on a Wednesday to find out about becoming a member and supporting the association and the club.

SSAFA have a representative at the club on Wednesdays at 10.30am to noon.

The club recently held its 14th anniversary dinner, during which it was pleased to present Heather Hamilton with the club presidential certificate of merit.

Heather has been with the RAFA club from the beginning and has worked away quietly and efficiently in the background, so members presented her with the award.

Bleadon Photographic Group

Members will exhibit some of their favourite pictures at The Old Town Quarry beginning tomorrow (Friday) and running until September 8.

The quarry is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30am-4.30pm and pictures will be available to purchase.

We are a very friendly group and visitors and new members are welcome. We meet at Coronation Hall in Coronation Road on Tuesdays from 7.30-10pm, from September to May.

For information visit or call Carol Wilson on 01934 628070.

Somerset Stand Up Paddleboard Club

This recently-formed club is looking for new members of all ages and abilities.

The regular evenings run on Thursdays from 6.30-8.30pm and are held at Weston marina.

Weekend visits during the year are scheduled for Portishead marina, Clevedon marina, River Yeo at Congresbury, River Dart in Devon, River Avon, Saltford and Symonds Yat, in Ross-on-Wye.

Some members have recently participated in racing, others at TriSup, similar to triathlons, but with stand-up paddleboarding replacing swimming and mountain biking replacing road bikes and running.

Our sessions throughout August and September are free.

If you are keen to join us at a leisurely session, either individually or with friends, then please call Jon Archer on 07739 093330 to book a board or visit the Facebook page Somerset SUP.

Winscombe Probus

This is a club for retired or semi-retired people who have held a position of responsibility during their professional life, and has a talk on Monday entitled An Historical Surgeon and delivered by Geoff King.

Meetings are held at Winscombe Community Centre at 10.15am for refreshments and a chat.

We meet on the second and fourth Monday of every month except bank holidays and we have a regular programme of presentations throughout the year.

For information about this year’s programme of events, call Alan on 01934 782505.

National Federation of Occupational Pensioners (NFOP)

The next meeting is August 25 at Victoria Methodist Church in Station Road, running from 10.30am to noon.

Why not drop in for a coffee and a chat? For information contact Christine Custy on 01934 827724.

WorleWind Band

On Sunday the band are hoping for some really good weather as they make their second appearance of the season at Grove Park.

For details about the band and its activities contact Julia Ractliffe on 01934 517719 or visit

Wrington Vale Rotary

The club hosted Ruth Thomas, a trained engineer, who spoke about the organisation Soroptimist International which was founded in 1921 in California for business and professional women.

In 2012, there were 3,727 projects undertaken globally, affecting 110,000 lives, with an emphasis on educate, empower and enable.

The Weston club was established in 1939 and among the many activities its members participate in are helping with the reading for young girls and encouraging their interest in science as well as mathematics, while for the blind, undertaking reading to them.

For most attendees, knowledge about the Soroptimist organisation had been nil but Ruth imparted an understanding with enthusiasm and passion which was very warmly received.

RAFA Concert Band

Our next concert to be held in Weston will be Music From The Movies at The Blakehay Theatre on October 1.

Tickets are on sale now from the box office.

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

West Woodspring Inner Wheel

Instead of members holding their monthly meeting at Weston Golf Club in August, traditionally they congregate at the home of their president 
for the annual American supper.

Rose Gilbert played host this year to the members, who arrived armed with a selection of dishes, which would have graced any restaurant menu and which were enjoyed by the ladies.

Regular monthly meetings resume on September 1 at 7.30pm.

If you are interested in joining us and would like more information, please contact our secretary Sheila Harding on 01934 637727.

Weston Woodturning Circle

The meeting today (Thursday) at Weston AFC, 7pm will see international woodturner maker and designer Mark Hancock demonstrate this craft; this is one not to miss.

Offset designed items are the subject of this month’s display table.

The club would like to thank those people who visited our stall last Saturday at Weston Flower Show and through donations and the sale of woodturned and woodcraft items we raised £340 on behalf of the Young Carers charity.

Visitors are welcome to join us by just turning up on the night.

Alternatively, for more information, call John on 01934 510862.

Weston Archaeological and Natural History Society

We are looking forward to starting the new programme of talks for 2016/2017 after the summer break and seeing our members again.

The first talk of the new programme is the Newport 
medieval ship and will be held on September 13 at 7.30pm in Victoria Methodist Church Hall.

New members and visitors are welcome, with a fee of £2.50 for visitors.

For further information visit

Wrington Vale Inner Wheel

Wrington Vale Inner Wheel and Rotary held their annual skittles match at the Woodborough Inn. Once again the ladies outdid the men and won the shield following a very exciting match.

Weston Rotary

Members of Weston Rotary enjoyed the sunshine on the seafront while raising money for charity with its coconut shy at the dairy festival. For information about Rotary activities and membership, visit, log on to or telephone Bernard Land on 07970 184301.

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