PUBLISHED: 11:13 13 December 2010

THE NOTABLE CLUB: Members welcomed Audrey Mitchell for a visual aid presentation ‘Backpacking at 65’. Audrey talked about her first amazing backpacking experiences on a visit of discovery in Thailand.

The following week members welcomed Nigel Coombs to give a slide show presentation ‘Pleasure Steamers of the Bristol Channel’.

Nigel spoke with enthusiasm of the history of the steamers introduced in 1886 by two brothers from Scotland.

He talked with fond memories of the excursions to the many ports and piers in the channel.

The Notable Club is a weekly, socially active lunchtime club for physically disabled people aged 16 to 60 years. Contact Dina on 07845220349 for further information

THE FRIENDS OF NORTH SOMERSET MUSEUM: The Friends will be meeting tonight (Thurs) at 7.30pm for a Christmas celebration.

There will be a talk by local historian Pat Hase on Alfred Leete, local artist who drew the World War One poster ‘Our Country Needs You’. There will also be a quiz, a Christmas raffle, and mince pies with fruit punch.

Members are free and visitors are welcome for an entrance charge of £2.

The evening will take place in the museum in Burlington Street.

The Friends exist to support the museum and anyone who wishes to join us can get an application forms from the museum shop.

WORLEBURY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: On Saturday December 4 we held our Christmas Party at Worlebury Golf Club.

The evening was compered by Peter Phillips.

We started with Christmas music followed by songs by our own home grown musical talent Charlotte Hill, Hilary Chapman and Sue Ullyott.

During the sumptuous buffet supper provided by Steve Williams the golf club caterer, the members were challenged to a fun general knowledge quiz.

A raffle was also held with many excellent prizes.

Our musical hosts Peter and Elizabeth had us dancing away to their music until the end of the evening and a good time was had by all.

WEST WOODSPRING INNER WHEEL: Our Christmas meeting was held on December 1 at Weston Golf Club with a festive meal. The members were challenged to produce a Christmas card.

The complex instructions were given by two of our very talented members Myra Taylor and Jenny Lester. Everyone eventually produced very attractive cards.

Christmas elves then arrived with a sack full of presents for the members.

WORLE POPPY APPEAL 2010: Worle’s Poppy Appeal raised £11,274 and the local poppy organiser, Tanya Keen, would like to thank all those who contributed through house to house, in the street, or in the shops or businesses.

She also thanks the team of volunteers, for the hours they gave up collecting, particularly at Sainsbury’s and the Co-op.

All the collectors are to be congratulated for achieving such a fantastic total.

A few new collectors have joined us and discovered that it is worthwhile; an hour or two is all that is needed please ring 08457725725 quoting Worle (TDF18) .

CONGRESBURY OVER 60’S CLUB: Members enjoyed one of the highlights of the year’s entertainment when the Rainbow Singers gave voice to a spectacular programme of songs.

The exceptional singing voices soared out and gave such pleasure that in spite of the cold afternoon members left for home with raised spirits after enjoying this marvellous performance.

The Christmas lunch is on December 14 bringing the year to a close. After a short break we will meet again on January 11 when there will be a celebration of the New Year with a quiz and bingo.

This lively club meets every other Tuesday at the War Memorial Hall from 2.30-4pm and you are assured of a warm welcome.

WESTON U3A: There will be a light hearted look at the fire service when John Craig – formerly chief fire officer for Wiltshire will give a talk entitled ‘Going to Blazes’.

It will take place on Friday December 10 at St Paul’s Church Hall, Walliscote Road at 2.15pm. Tea and coffee will be served and entry costs £1.

NORTH SOMERSET MODELLERS’ SOCIETY: Members will repeat their colourful and award winning ‘Allsorts’ model display at the Family Fun Day at The Helicopter Museum this coming Sunday – the last exhibition of the season.

After a short break, the Fleet Air Arm Museum Model Show will be on February 19.

The society continues to attract new members at its meeting at ‘The Woodspring’, Worle High Street, from 8.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month.

The next meeting is on December 14.

The society also holds an all day ‘model-in’ at The Helicopter Museum one Sunday each month.

All modellers are welcome regardless of age and experience.

For further information telephone Fred Tooke on 01934 416798 or email

WEST WOODSPRING ROTARY CLUB: If any reader wishes to support Action for Blind People and their own chosen charity there are only a few days left before the Great Santa Fun Run on Sunday December 12. The run begins at The Lauriston Hotel at 11am and registration starts at 10.30am for anyone who has not already registered on or emailed or phoned 08454688240.

The Santa suit can be purchased either before or on the day from the Lauriston Hotel for £10 and the proceeds will be passed on to Action for Blind People.

At the November 30 meeting Brian Cooper gave a very interesting and informative talk to the club on ‘Hutton in Bloom’.

For anyone interested in attending future meetings please contact Dick Richards on 01934 844214.

THE A1 CAMERA CLUB: On Tuesday night Howard Evans our vice chairman, gave a presentation on flash photography.

It was a good basic foundation for understanding how a flash gun works in liaison with your camera.

After the presentation club members were offered the chance to show their summer project photo’s and receive a critique from the other members.

One of our members provided some very exciting photographs of Pago Pago and Pearl Harbour from his recent trip.

The club always welcomes new members and our next club night will be on December 17 and will be an evening of still life abstract photography with a critique given by our chairman.

The club meets at St Georges Community Centre, every Tuesday 7.30pm. Contact Howard on 01934 521780, or via website for more details.

WESTON BRASS: With Christmas less than two weeks away, Weston Brass is well into their busy festive schedule.

The band can be found every Saturday morning playing carols in Weston High Street entertaining the shoppers.

This is a very important period for the band as the collections go a long way to ensuring the band has sufficient funds to pay for the upkeep of the band, and although the season has a few weeks to go, we are very grateful for the generosity shown once again by the people of Weston. It just would not be Christmas if the band was not playing their annual Christmas concert in the Winter Gardens.

This year the concert will be this Sunday afternoon, December 12, and along with the much vaunted choir of St Martin’s School, the band are looking forward to entertaining a full house to music that should get everyone into the Christmas spirit.

The band is always ready to welcome new brass players to the band and would encourage anyone thinking that they may well enjoy the camaraderie that comes through making music together to come along.

To contact the band please give Colin a ring on 01934 514960.

BLEADON WI: We’ve enjoyed a brilliant year and welcomed many new members who have come along to our meetings and liked what they’ve seen.

Before our last meeting in 2010, more than 30 members are heading to Bath for Christmas shopping, lunch and then to enjoy taking part in the federation annual carol concert.

Other members are looking forward to playing in round two of the skittle tournament, while the newly formed book club will be discussing the latest Nick Hornby novel.

Our ‘Wine & Twine’ (pub knitting) members are thrilled with their first blanket and hoping it will soon find a good home.

Next week we’ll be singing carols at The Queen’s Head in aid of Bleadon Youth Club, with musical accompaniment and the pubs male voice choir.

So, many good reasons to celebrate and see the year out with a Christmas party - and to look forward to what’s in store for 2011.

If you’d like to see what we get up to, come along to our meeting on tonight (Thurs) at 7.30pm in the Coronation Hall, Bleadon and Happy New Year to all in the West Mendip Group.

BANWELL SOCIETY OF ARCHAEOLOGY: The society will be enjoying a Victorian Magic Lantern Show with the music of Fred Weatherley, this will be presented by Travelling Lights in Banwell Village Hall on December 10 commencing at 7.30pm.

Visitors are welcome to come along and join in and refreshments will be available during the break.

WESTON FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP/WESTON ROTARY: Weston Rotary Club president Tim Garner presented a cheque for £200 to Rosemary Twining, chair of the group. This charity meets at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Baytree Road, and the money will be going towards a gambling licence so raffle tickets can be sold, a food preparation course and group day out in 2011. Membership is around 25 and growing with members meeting on the first Wednesday of each month. Fibromyalgia is a debilitating disease which affects muscles, ligaments and joints. For more information about Weston Rotary Club visit

WESTON GROUP OF FRIENDS: The Group of Friends held their senior citizens afternoon tea and entertainment to celebrate the coming of Christmas and this year we had 70 plus people attended.

The mayor and mayoress attended and spoke to many of our guests.

After a sing-along led by our chairman Mike Platts he thanked Fred Wheeler for the work he did in organising the event.

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