PUBLISHED: 10:49 03 December 2010

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION – Women’s Section, Weston Branch: A reminder to all members that our Christmas party is on December 8 at 2.15pm in the United Reformed Church Hall. Entertainment and refreshments are included in the event.

CONSERVATIVE LADIES LUNCHEON CLUB: The next meeting will be held in the ballroom of the Winter Gardens on December 10 at 12.30 for 1pm.

The guest speaker will be Chris Skidmore, MP for Kingswood, and our local MP John Penrose, Minister for Tourism and Heritage, will also attend.

Visitors and guests are welcome to attend this Christmas luncheon and should contact Mrs C Dodgson on 01934 812285 by December 6.

WORLEWIND BAND: The band is about to commence the Christmas season of music with a fantastic concert of popular and festive music at Milton Methodist Church on December 4.

The concert will start at 7:30pm and tickets are available on the door for only £5 each.

The season continues with carolling around the town; in the Sovereign Shopping Centre on the 9th and 12th and at Weston Museum on the 11th and 18th December where members of the public are invited to come and sing along.

The band has had a wonderful first year, and has grown to a strength of 40 players, however, there is still room for more, particularly to enhance the brass sections.

Anyone interested in joining or booking the band, please contact Julia or Andy on 01934 517719.

THE RAFA CONCERT BAND: The annual Christmas concert is this coming Sunday (5th), in the Blakehay Theatre.

We are joined by the talented pupils of Stagecoach.

Tickets, on sale from the Blakehay box office, £7.50 (concessions £5), are going fast so make sure you get yours soon.

We are always looking for players to join the band on brass, woodwind or percussion.

Future engagements include December 5 - Annual Christmas Concert, Blakehay at 3pm, tickets on sale now. December 7-9 - Ensembles playing at Christmas dinners, Abbey Wood, Bristol; December 9 - Ensemble playing at Court de Wyke Candlelight Carol Evening.

Visit our website on or telephone 01934 820205 for more details.

WESTON MUSIC APPRECIATION SOCIETY: In a talk entitled ‘Who is the fairest of them all?’ on November 24, chairman Dennis Darling compared the virtuosity of violinists Chloe Hanslip, Nicola Benedetti, Jennifer Pike, Clare Howick, Alina Ibragimova, Isabella Faust and Hilary Hahn with examples of their playing.

With critics astounded by the interpretation and brilliance of her performances Mr Darling rated Alina Ibragimova very highly.

On December 1, society member Joan Palmer kept us spellbound with a talk entitled ‘Magic, mystery and mysticism’ which she illustrated with music including works by Tippett, Minotti (Amahl and the night visitors) and Karl Jenkins.

The next meeting of the society is on January 19, 2011, when John Brock will talk on ‘Astor Piazolla and the Tango’ in St Jude’s Hall, St Peter’s Church, Baytree Road at 7.15 for 7.30pm start.

Further details from the secretary on 01934 814752.

WESTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The social evening will be held on December 9 at St Peter’s Church Hall, Baytree Road, at 7.30pm.

Yvonne Bell will be giving a talk on the Edwardian Christmas that will include examples of dress, decorations etc.

There will be a Christmas raffle, light refreshments and a glass of wine.

HEWISH AND DISTRICT WI: The group has enjoyed another busy year and details were given in the minutes read out at the AGM.

There is to be no changes to the existing committee and thanks were given for all the hard work that the committee had undertaken during the year.

The Christmas dinner at Worlebury Golf Club on December 16 will be a 7 for 7.30pm start.

Raffle prizes would be appreciated for the raffles during the evening.

The winner of the Denman bursary this year was Ruth Chappell.

Our speaker Mr Chris Cudlip was with us again, this time talking on the wildlife at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire.

He showed us photos that he had taken throughout the year of all the different seasons.

Our December meeting will be on the 9th and there will be a quiz during the evening. Bring along a decorated Christmas cracker for the competition – festive dress is expected!

PROBUS MILTON: At the second November meeting several items of business were covered and we look forward to our next social event – the Christmas lunch at the Beachlands Hotel today (December 2).

Our speaker Peter Davey gave a lively and interesting talk on Weston’s old tramway service with pictures of our town as it used to be.

We are now accepting new members and if you would like more information about our club please call the chairman on 01934 622714.

WESTON BREATHE EASY: The club is a part of the British Lung Foundation, we are a friendly self-help group for anyone with a lung condition.

We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at Hutton village hall commencing 2pm.

Our next meeting will be on December 15, this will be our pre-Christmas meeting, when members are asked to bring and share refreshments, guests will also be welcome.

For further details contact Nick on 01275 873322 or Sue 01934 521259

UNISON NORTH SOMERSET RETIRED MEMBERS SECTION: The group welcomed back Mrs Pat Hase who gave members a talk and presentation on Weston Cemetery entitled ‘The Victorian way to death’.

The cemetery is now run by the town council who has recently completed the restoration of the chapel which will be reopened later this month.

She told us about the construction of the cemetery and of the many notable people buried there.

Part of the cemetery is maintained by the War Graves Commission.

She was thanked by the secretary for her talk and presentation.

The New Year lunch will be held at Aces restaurant, High Street, Worle, on January 19, 2011, at 1pm, and those wishing to attend should contact the secretary on 01934 627508.

BLEADON PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP: On November 8 club members were led through the basics of setting up an audio visual presentation using digital images by fellow member Trevor Hartgroves.

It was a good session for beginners and a refresher for others.

The club meets Tuesday evenings at the Coronation Hall, Bleadon, at 7.30pm. New members always welcome.

Visit our website at or contact chairman Carol Wilson on 01934 628070.

SANDFORD VILLAGE HALL: Well we did it again! Another fabulous Christmas dinner at the hall, the atmosphere was right, the hall looked lovely and festive, the food was a great success and to top it all the entertainment was fabulous. Well done everyone concerned.

We now rest for December and January but February we are on course again.

I leave you with the thought that only three weeks to the shortest day, this means in three weeks time the nights will be getting gradually lighter! Spring is around the corner.

CHEDDAR MALE CHOIR: On November 24 the public enjoyed a most memorable night at St Cuthbert’s Church in Wells.

The Cheddar Male Choir sang in the company of the Russian State Academic Choir who normally sing in the great halls in Russia, the Baltics and European capitals.

The next concert from the Cheddar Male Choir will be on December 11 at Draycott Village Hall at 7.30pm.

This is the Mendip Rotary Christmas Concert, and tickets can be obtained from Alan Fox on 01934 743905.

If any males wish to consider joining a choir then please give telephone Bob Shaw on 01934 842551.

We will arrange for you to be picked up to join us on a practice night, we are not looking for soloists or those who can read music, just men who enjoy singing.

BLEADON PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP: On November 30, the club welcomed Chris Bigg who gave a digital presentation on the last 100 years of the History of Aircraft in Filton which was anticipated to be a very interesting evening. We now look forward to the Multi Battle with Phoenix, Hanham and Imperial clubs on December 7.

We are expecting many supporters from the four clubs who will also join us in enjoying some Christmas mince pies.

The club meets Tuesday evenings at the Coronation Hall, Bleadon, at 7.30pm. New members always welcome.

Visit our website at or contact chairman Carol Wilson on 01934 628070.

WESTON RED HAT LADIES: We are a group of ladies aged 50+ who meet for fun and friendship at regular intervals.

We are recognised by our purple clothes and red hats. We have a German Christmas party being hosted by one of our ladies on December 4.

Forthcoming events include a birthday party, trip to Bath Christmas market and the hosting of international Red Hat Day on April 25, 2011, on the Grand Pier.

We are open for new members and we welcome you to join us.

For more information please visit our website or call 07926 564266.

WESTON PHILATELIC SOCIETY: The presentation by Peter Silvester on ‘Exhibition’ stamps at the society’s last meeting on November 23 proved to be a great success being both entertaining and amusing.

He included a selection of ‘Cinderella’ items with a railway theme with postal connections.

Our next meeting is on December 14 in the function room of the Conservative Club, 24-26 Alexandra Parade, 6.45 for 7.15pm.

The evening will be ‘Something else I collect’ and is guaranteed to produce some unusual items.

Anyone interested in collecting postage stamps or other items of postal history will be made very welcome, and will find the members friendly and only too happy to share their interests.

The society meets in the evening on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. A programme for the year is available at the meeting.

Should you require any further details please ring Graham on 01934 622318.

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