Clubs and Societies, August 30, 2012

PUBLISHED: 15:17 30 August 2012

n ROYAL BRITISH LEGION WOMEN’S SECTION (WESTON BRANCH): The next meeting is on September 12 and will be bingo in the Boulevard United Reformed Church Hall at 2.15pm. Tea and biscuits will be provided.

Annual subscriptions are now due at £8 and the annual meeting is on October 24 at 2.15pm at the above venue.

The annual church service is on October 28 at 11am in the Boulevard United Reformed Church, Waterloo Street.

n CONSERVATIVE LADIES LUNCHEON CLUB: The first meeting of the new season will be on September 14 in the Winter Gardens, meet at 12.30 for 1pm. Bruce Poole will be speaking on the work of a parish clerk.

For reservations please contact Christine Gamble on 01934 811709 by September 10.

n WESTON AND MENDIP ADVANCED MOTORISTS: The club enjoyed an interesting talk from Mike Tucker, who spoke about one of Sir Frances Drake’s voyages at our monthly club night at Kewstoke Village Hall.

He described how Drake left Plymouth in the 15th century with 2,500 men and returned with a loss of 1,000. Mike presented his talk with the aid of slides which he had taken during his research.

As a group we are now offering free demonstration drives to anyone, which could lead to completing the ‘Skills for Life’ package, which will lead to cheaper motoring and safer driving.

We are planning to receive an MOT demonstration by the Formula 1st Tyre & Auto Centre on September 25 at 7.15pm. Please come along, for more details call 07020 934714.

n WESTON YOUTH ORCHESTRA: Under the direction of Dennis Cole MBE, the orchestra is preparing and rehearsing for its autumn concert at the Boulevard United Reformed Church in Waterloo Street on September 23 at 5pm.

The varied programme will include soloists aged nine to 18 who are orchestra members. The conductor of the junior section is Diane Parfitt.

Tickets for the concert are £8 for adults, £5 for children (under 13) and are available from orchestra members, Coles Shoes in Orchard Place, on 01934 623787 and on the door.

New members aged from eight to 20 are always welcome at rehearsals for each of our orchestras. Sessions are held at the Boulevard URC on Fridays from 6-7pm and 7-9 pm. Just turn up or contact Dennis Cole on 07787 520230 for further information.

n WESTON U3A: Come and find out what Weston U3A has to offer. We are a self-help learning organisation open to anyone in the third age of life. We run over 70 interest groups, ranging from art to wine appreciation, and all sorts of recreational and educational groups in between.

Our group enrolment day takes place from 2-4pm on September 7 at St Paul’s Church Hall, Walliscote Road.

n WESTON RADIO SOCIETY: The main meeting this month was addressed by John Weedon, who gave a fascinating talk on the history of jukeboxes.

Illustrating his talk with slides, members were reminded of how we used to play vinyl discs on Wurlitzers & Seeburgs in cafés and pubs. He also included some details of his restoration projects on these classic machines.

About 25 members and their families supported the club picnic on Berrow beach. With fine weather, three kite aerials were flown and numerous contacts made, including one in the Gambia.

The club holds its main meeting on the third Monday of the month but meets every Monday for a natter night at the social club. The club can be contacted at

n WESTON CHESS CLUB: The new season will start on September 6 with an open evening at the Victoria Bowling Club, Albert Quadrant. This will be for anyone interested in the game to see what we can offer in the way of social or competitive chess.

On September 13 the club will hold its annual meeting. One of the important items on the agenda will be the new ECF membership scheme so it will be vital for as many members as possible to attend. For further information contact the secretary on 01934 643171 or president on 842687.

n RAFA CONCERT BAND: As we come to the end of the 2012 summer and school holidays, the band is able to start rehearsing new pieces for the future.

You don’t have to be in the RAF to join the band, our remit is to help raise the profile and funds for the RAF Association and other service and civilian charities.

To achieve this we are continually looking for competent players on bass, woodwind and percussion. All that is asked of the musicians is that they give a commitment of their time and talents to the band rehearsals and engagements. Visit our website or ring 01934 820205 for details.

Future engagements include: September 6 – dinner, band ensemble at Marriott Hotel, Bristol; September 8 – annual concert Solihull; October 6 - Film Oscars Music Concert, Blakehay Theatre.

n WC&P RAILWAY GROUP: The next meeting will be on September 7 at 7.30pm in Corpus Christi Church Hall, Ellenborough Park South, Weston.

Terry Temlett will be giving an illustrated talk on ‘The Somerset and Dorset Railway - the Bath extension’. Visitors are made welcome, and entry costs £2, with free entry for members. See or call 01275 847139 for further details.

The WC&P Railway Group welcomes new members of any age who are interested in the history of the Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Light Railway.

n WSM FLOWER ARRANGEMENT SOCIETY: As part of their Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the society welcomed members from other flower clubs to a luncheon party.

This was followed by club members demonstrating flowers through the decades, accompanied with words and music. Following the singing of Happy Birthday, a cake was cut by the president and vice-president. Tea was served and the demonstrated arrangements raffled.

The club will meet again on September 24 which will be a workshop for all. Materials can be purchased at the event so come along and have some fun.

n PROBUS MILTON: The club meets on the second and fourth Thursday morning of the month at Hornets Rugby Club.

At the last meeting Peter Tinney gave an enlightening and entertaining talk on ‘The life of a Somerset farmer in the 20th Century’.

Anyone interested in a wide range of speakers and making new friends should call David Arnold on 01934 626270, visit or email

n WESTON CONSERVATIVES: The group invites you to an awesome autumn garden party on Sunday from 3-8pm at The Laurels, West Rolstone Road, Hewish.

There will be a carvery, desserts, a classic car line-up and entertainment. Tickets are priced at £19.50 and can be obtained by calling 01934 622894 or 613841.

n WESTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: After a very busy and successful summer with the garden and allotments competitions, coach trips and flower show, it is now time to start the autumn programme of meetings.

The first meeting will be on September 13 at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) at St Peter’s Church Hall, Baytree Road, when there will be a Powerpoint presentation by Margaret Headen, a volunteer at Westonbirt and an experienced speaker. There will also be a raffle and refreshments.

Our celebrity speaker this year is Toby Buckland a qualified horticulturist, TV broadcaster, author and a lifelong gardener known for his earthy, hands-on style.

The meeting will be on November 8 at St Peter’s Church Hall at 7.30pm, admission is £7.50 for members and £8.50 for visitors. There are still some tickets available that will be on sale at the next meeting and at The Trading Hut, Rectors Way (off Drove Road) any weekend from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

n WESTON PROBUS CLUB: Following our summer recess our club has two meetings in September.

On September 6, Peter Tinney will be our visiting speaker and the subject is ‘Schooldays of a West Country farmer’. On September 20, Jonathon Weekes will talk on ‘A blast from the past -medieval instruments’.

On September 27, Geoff Ward will be organising an afternoon outing to Bristol Docks, where we will enjoy a boat trip around the docks, followed by a cream tea at a hotel in Clifton. This coach trip will include wives and lady friends.

We are always on the lookout for new members - retired business or professional gentlemen - and we meet on the first and third Thursday of the month at 10.30am at Weston Football Club in Winterstoke Road. Those interested should call 01934 625330 for further information.

n CONGRESBURY OVER-60s CLUB: Members enjoyed two coach trips during August and were lucky enough to have lovely weather on both occasions.

The first meeting of the autumn season will take place on Tuesday when the speaker will be well-known traveller Bernard Tapp, who will give a talk on ‘The temples and palaces of China, the Terracotta Army and the Great Wall’.

Membership fees of £5 will be due and there are a few vacancies for new members who, preferably, should be interested in becoming involved with the activities of the club. The club meets at the War Memorial Hall every other Tuesday from 2.30-4pm. For further details please call 01934 832004.

n NATIONAL HEALTH RETIREMENT FELLOWSHIP (ORIGINAL GROUP): The group meets on the second Monday of each month at Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hall at 2pm.

If you have worked for the NHS in any capacity you will be made very welcome. We have an interesting programme of speakers and demonstrations booked, as well as musical entertainment. For further information contact Sue on 01934 417850.

n BLEADON LADIES CLUB: The club meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 2.30pm at the Coronation Hall.

Come along and join us on September 11 for ‘Childhood reflections of a farmer’ by Peter Tinney and October 9 ‘Diaries of passengers on ss Great Britain’.

You will be assured of a warm welcome, a good speaker, a cup of tea, free raffle and a quiz - all for £1. For further information contact Barbara on 01934 814362.

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