Clubs and Societies, December 13, 2012

PUBLISHED: 10:26 20 December 2012

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INNER WHEEL CLUB: The Inner Wheel Club of West Woodspring held their Christmas meeting at Weston Golf Club.

During the meal the club was entertained by Weston Rotarian Terry Gilbert who played the keyboard. After the meal several members dressed in Victorian style, sang carols by candlelight, enjoyed poetry readings about turkeys, holly and ivy and the vicar’s hand! All read by Inner Wheel member Elaine Deane.

After the entertainment Santa’s little helpers, Elf and Safety arrived to distribute gifts to all the members. £150 had been raised by those members who had made a charity donation instead of sending Christmas cards.

On Saturday the club held a Christmas coffee and mince pie morning and bring and buy sale at the home of the president Jill Hobbs providing an opportunity to chat over coffee and raise funds for the president’s chosen charity the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Jill is pictured with member Brenda Toogood.

SANDFORD WI: The annual meeting was preceded by a skin care and make up demonstration. Jenny Barley was voted in as president and the new committee was formed.

Margretta Baily and Wendy Preedy were thanked for sharing the presidency in 2012.

The group carol service was held in All Saints Church, Sandford, when friends from the neighbouring WIs were welcomed.

We look forward to 2013 with our usual variety of activities, speakers, demonstrations and outings.

New members are warmly welcomed and if you would like to join us please contact Jenny Barley or any member or simply turn up on the second Monday of each month at Sandford Village Hall at 7pm.

BEREAVED PARENTS TOGETHER: Bereaved Parents Together is a warm and friendly drop-in group for parents who have lost a child of any age, from any cause, and at any time in the parents’ life.

The group meets fortnightly on a Friday from 6-8pm at Crossroads Carers Centre, 1 Graham Road, Weston. The group offers parents a chance to meet others in a similar situation and to gain advice and support.

The next meeting is on December 21. For more information call Melanie on 07742 239043, or just come along.

NOTABLE CLUB: A party of members had a good time at a Turkey and Tinsel weekend in the Promenade Hotel at Minehead. The Christmas buffet was enjoyed by the members and they wish to thank the volunteer helpers for this and their help throughout the year.

Next week the year will finish with carols and mince pies. Thanks must go to Weston and District Community Transport and their drivers for their help throughout the year.

For information on the club please contact Dina 625994.

WESTON MUSIC APPRECIATION SOCIETY: Secretary Dianne Board gave a brief life history of the young talented London born black composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor (1875-1921) entitled ‘Black or African Mahler’ highlighting his greatest work ‘Song of Hiawatha’ for which he gained world renown, and later a professorship at the Crystal Palace School of Music.

He was conned when the rights of ‘Hiawatha’ were sold for a mere 15 guineas which otherwise would have made him a fortune with over 200 performances in America alone where he was known as the ‘African Mahler’. Instead he had to struggle for the rest of his short life of 37 years to keep his family, and his death was a day of national mourning in black America.

The next meeting of the society is on January 16 when society member Lilias Critchley’s talk is called ‘From Minstrels to Maxwell Davis and beyond’ to be held in St Judes Hall, St Peter’s Church, Baytree Road, at 7.30pm.

For further information please contact the secretary on 01934 814752.

WESTON PROBUS CLUB: Our club wishes all other clubs and societies a very happy Christmas and good wishes for 2013.

Our members and their ladies enjoyed a coffee morning at the Batch Country House hotel and this was the last gathering before our annual meeting on January 3. Our 2013 programme starts on January 17 and we then meet on the first and third Thursdays of each month at Weston Football Club in Winterstoke Road.

Why not make it a new year resolution to join our friendly club? Any retired business or professional gentlemen can obtain details by telephoning 01934 625330.

RAF ASSOCIATION (RAFA), WESTON BRANCH: Club members enjoyed a trip to Ironbridge Victorian Christmas market last Sunday organised by John and Rose.

Our club Christmas lunch and dinner are both taking place this week and promise to be sell-outs. Details of the festive season programme is now on display at the club and can also be seen on our website

A very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year to all our members and those who have helped and supported us in 2012.

Why not call in at Eagle House in Alexandra Parade to see what we are all about and, who knows, maybe join the association? You would be sure of a warm welcome as are all members and visitors of other ex-service associations, whether on holiday in Weston or just passing through.

WESTON HOMEMAKERS: December meeting was our Christmas party. It was a very festive evening with party games, Santa sack and a lovely buffet and raffle.

A very successful 50th anniversary year.

Our next meeting is the annual meeting on January 8 at Weston Social Club.

WESTON ROTARY CLUB: The annual charity Christmas fayre was opened by MP John Penrose, the mayor Councillor Dave Hitchins, chairman of North Somerset Council Councillor Terry Porter and Weston Rotary president David Ray.

More than 60 charities and other local voluntary organisations promoted their activities and raised funds by selling goods on their stalls and running prize draws. MP John Penrose said he was always amazed at the fantastic amount of work carried out by volunteers in our area and on display at the fayre.

Rotary club president David Ray said: “We would like to thank Sunshine Radio for their great support during the day, 1st Weston Village Scouts who distributed advertising leaflets, the RAFA Band who entertained everybody with Christmas music and most importantly the hundreds of shoppers who flooded into The Winter Gardens.”

YATTON ROTARY CLUB: Members collected £581 while bag packing at Cadbury Garden Centre recently.

We express our thanks to Cadbury and its staff.

Our Christmas party is on Monday, 7pm for 7.30pm at Yatton Rugby Club.

Pork and turkey with all the trimmings, pate to start with, Christmas pudding, toffee pecan roulade and chocolate fudge cake to finish.

All this for £10 per head

The Grand Christmas Draw for a luxury hamper will take place at this event at 8.30pm as advertised on the tickets.

The draw tickets are available at 50p each and anyone wishing to come only to the draw is very welcome.

Seats must be pre-booked. Please let us know of any dietary needs – DJ’s, lounge suits, smart casual, flouncy frocks or Versace can be worn

Contact Doris on 07909 160552, Judy on 07970 833204 or Caron on 01275 790780.

BLEADON PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP: The group had a members’ evening with digital images presented by Connie Wakely - South Antarctic and the Falkland Islands.

Dennis Cape gave an interesting talk on his early days of photography, Tony Hunter on his digital images of the Isle of Man and Goodwood racing and Trevor Hartgroves on digital images in Japan.

We now break up until January 8 when members will have a presentation on ‘Flash and studio lighting’.

Why not join us for an interesting evening at the Coronation Hall, Bleadon?

New members are always welcome, please visit or contact Carol Wilson on 01934 628070.

RAFA CONCERT BAND (BLAKEHAY RESIDENT BAND): An ensemble played on December 4, 5 and 6 at the annual lunchtime Christmas dinners held at Abbey Wood, Bristol.

Carols and seasonal music was played to entertain and help create the atmosphere for those dining - it was estimated that more than a thousand employees and their guests sat down to the Christmas fayre over the three days.

Visit our website or ring 01934 820205 for details.

Future engagements include: various carolling support around the Weston area; Monday - last rehearsal of 2012 at the Blakehay; in 1213 on February 23 - concert, Thornbury; March 3 – RAFA, Torquay; March 21 - ensemble, Marriott Hotel; and April 27 - concert wind band workshop, the Blakehay.

WORLEWIND BAND: The concert last Saturday evening at Milton Methodist Church was described as ‘magical’ by more than one person in the audience.

The clarinets were on top form as they played Clarinet Candy, ‘Bring him Home’ from Les Miserables brought tears to people’s eyes, and, to finish the first half a medley from Miss Saigon - just awesome.

The evening finished with the ever popular Christmas festival - well done to all the musicians and their conductor, Julia Ractliffe.

Today (Thurs) the band will be playing in the Sovereign Shopping Centre from 6-8pm; on Saturday it is at the museum from 2-3.30pm and on Wednesday at 6pm it is playing at the Ebdon Arms and Cadbury Garden Centre.

For full details please see visit http://

WESTON BRASS: On Sunday at 3pm, members of Weston Brass will be performing in the Winter Gardens for their Annual Christmas Concert.

Conductor Tony Osborne has once again come up with a very festive programme, with some old favourites, some brand new arrangements, and some good old sing along carols, in fact something for everyone. Joining the band once again will be the choir from Hutton Primary School, and brilliant young soloist Lucy Taylor.

The band is keeping its collective fingers crossed that their latest CD will be ready, and on sale.

This Saturday will see the band giving two performances in Weston High Street.

Bookings are coming in already for next year, and to book the band or to make any enquiries, please visit our website or ring Gill on 01934 824461.

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