Clubs and Societies, August 9, 2012

PUBLISHED: 09:53 10 August 2012

Burnham Monday Club

Burnham Monday Club


WRINGTON FRIENDSHIP CLUB: We can report some meetings held in June and July. Jenny and Michael Burton gave a talk on Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

It was a very enlightening talk and we send thanks to Jenny and Michael.

On July 13 Mike and his music produced an hour of songs and music that had everyone entranced and singing merrily along and our party went off in excellent style.

Some new members have been welcomed to our club and we would like to extend the same to any reader, lady or gent of 50 years or more to come along and see for themselves what we are about.

Transport is not a problem as the local mini-bus picks up and returns you home, if required.

There are no meetings in August so we shall be very happy to see you on September 7.

Ring Gena on 01934 862911 or Fred on 863562 for more details.

WESTON BREATHE EASY: This is part of the British Lung Foundation. We are a friendly self-help group for anyone with a chest condition.

We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at Hutton Village Hall at 2pm.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, our speaker will be a Macmillan Nurse organiser.

Anyone with an interest will be welcome.

For details phone Ann on 01934 513874 or Nick on 01275 873322.

WORDSMITHS OF WESTON (WOW): This is a creative writers’ group who meets on the first Thursday of the month, and new and experienced writers are always welcome.

Do you have a book inside you? It has never been easier to get published! We have a library of ‘How To’ books, full of all the information you need to improve and polish your writing, and experience of all forms of publishing.

The Weston Short Story Competition deadline is fast approaching. Details of this and other competitions are available on request.

The next meeting is on September 6, 7.30-9.30pm at 27 Taunton Road, BS22 7DU. All enquiries please to Brian on 01934 523864 or email

NORTH SOMERSET MACULAR DISEASE SOCIETY: A charitable group, which supports blind and partially sighted people, has received a £500 grant from North Somerset Council.

The North Somerset Macular Disease Society, based in Weston, used the money to attend a conference in Bristol, during which Dr Clare Bailey from the Bristol Eye Hospital gave a talk.

WESTON CONSERVATIVE CLUB: Weston Conservatives invite you to an ‘Awesome Autumn Garden Party’ taking place on September 2 at The Laurels, West Rolestone Road, Hewish, Weston from 3-8pm. There will be a carvery, desserts, classic car line up and entertainment. Tickets are £19.50 and available by phoning 01934 622894/613841.

WEST WOODSPRING ROTARY CLUB: At the last meeting Burnham Rotarian, Richard Dyer gave a talk and showed a video outlining the aims and objectives of the National Blind Children’s Society.

The society aims at enabling children, who are blind or partially sighted, to achieve their educational and recreational goals. Some tickets are still available for Music in the Meadow, being held at John and Angie Horne’s Sycamore Farm, Stone Allerton, on Sunday, noon until 5pm.

Tickets are £13 per adult, or £6 for under 12s and free for under 5s and include live entertainment, pig roast and licensed bar. For more information contact Dick Richards on 01934 844214. Proceeds will be going to Hearing Dogs for the Deaf and local charities.

SSAFA FORCES HELP: Committee members took part in a collection at the main Tesco store in Weston and around £150 was raised, which will help us to continue supporting service, ex-service personnel and their dependants, who have problems of any kind.

As the largest and oldest national charity with these aims we thank Tesco for giving us the opportunity to meet members of the public and make our aims better known. To qualify to receive our help only one day’s service in the Armed Forces is required and we can be contacted any Wednesday at the RAFA Club, Eagle House, Alexandra Parade, Weston from 10.30am to noon or by calling 01934 644024. Outside of those hours our secretary Anne Kerruish can be contacted on 01934 811386.

WORLEWIND BAND: As well as enjoying the London 2012 Olympics and the summer holidays members of the WorleWind Band are rehearsing for an autumn programme with many new pieces to entertain future audiences.

The next opportunity to hear the band will be on August 26 at 3pm on the bandstand in Grove Park; what better way to spend a Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon. Several concerts are booked in the forthcoming months, full details to follow.

For more information on the band please visit our website

MARK FRIENDSHIP CLUB: Once again the Friendship Club lived up to its name as everyone joined together to make sure we had a most enjoyable afternoon. After the chairman’s welcome, the apologies were recorded and the meeting was underway. Peter Waller was in charge of the auction, always a high spot of the meeting, and a good fundraiser too.

Then it was time for a bit of nostalgia, as Tim Lewis, accompanied by Sheila Furneaux, took us back to the days of those great entertainers, Flanders and Swann. It was their second visit to Mark and it was good to hear the old familiar songs finishing with that old favourite Mud, Glorious Mud.

Tea and cakes followed.

At our next meeting on August 16, the speaker will be from Somerset Insight.

RAFA CONCERT BAND - BLAKEHAY RESIDENT BAND: Future events include this Sunday at Grove Park bandstand for 3-5pm.

On Tuesday and Wednesday the band will be overnight at Falmouth providing music support for the Air Day. On September 8 we will be at Solihull for the annual concert.

We have a few vacancies for competent players on brass and woodwind especially on oboe and trombone.

All that is asked of the musicians is that they give a commitment of their time and talents to the band rehearsals and the engagements. Please call or email if you are interested in playing. Visit our website or ring 01934 820205 for details.

THE NOTABLE CLUB (NOT ABLE): Members wish to thank the public who supported them in our recent collections at Asda, Tesco and Morrisons.

A club outing into Weston was well supported by members, with some members going shopping and others sight-seeing on the seafront and pier.

Members welcomed Grahame Hackett to give a talk with slides on ‘RAF operations against the Mau Mau’. This was an enjoyable and interesting presentation of his duties and experiences as an air reconnaissance photographer of his time in Kenya during the Mau Mau conflict in the 1950s.

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.

WESTON ROTARY CLUB: President David Ray welcomed Michael Scorgie as a new member.

Michael’s career has been in the power industry with his final position in management at the Drax power station near Selby in Yorkshire.

His interests include photography as a member of the Royal Photographic Society and playing the keyboard at a semi professional level.

He is married to Sandra, and has two children and six grandchildren. Michael has previously helped to raise funds for a variety of charities including Christian Aid, York against Motor Neurone Disease and National Children’s Home and he says he looks forward to playing an active role in Weston Rotary Club helping the local community.

For more information about rotary see

BURNHAM MONDAY CLUB: Members of the Burnham Monday Club were swept up by the excitement of the Olympics, and decided to hold their own version, in Burnham’s BAY Centre multi-use ball court. Luckily, the rain held off long enough for them to enjoy the festivities.

The Monday Club has been set up to replace the dwindling day centre facilities for Learning Difficulty Adults.

It is run completely by volunteers, and members enjoy various activities, a healthy meal, and various recreations.

WEST WOODSPRING INNER WHEEL: The Inner Wheel Club of West Woodspring began their new year with an American supper at the home of the president, Jill Hobbs.

It was a lovely evening of friendship and fun with an excellent assortment of savoury and sweet dishes.

The evening was concluded with a mini Olympic competition won by Sue Springfield. Members are pictured when they supported Weston Rotary at their annual golf day held recently, helping on reception to book in the teams, supervising the putting competition, selling raffle tickets and cooking bacon rolls and some members taking part in the competition.

BURNHAM INNER WHEEL CLUB: Members and their partners thoroughly enjoyed a day of fun and frolics to raise money for autistic children.

It was a delightful way to raise money for such a worthwhile cause, with some members taking a dip in the swimming pool and playing water polo, while other guests exercised in a gentler manner.

The Olympian party was held at the home of president Debbie Spragg, raising a total of over £150.

This will be used to purchase gifts for the lucky dip stand, which is to be manned by Inner Wheel members at a fete for autistic children at Barton Camp, Winscombe. There will be many other activities that the children can enjoy such as rides on a model railway train, games and donkey rides.

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