PUBLISHED: 09:58 13 January 2012

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West Woodspring Inner Wheel



At the club’s first meeting of the new year, president Carol Schubert welcomed member Mandy Brown’s husband Terry, as guest speaker. He is pictured with Carol.

Fresh from his recent guest appearances in Sky’s new comedy, The Café, set in Weston, Terry shared with us his unconditional love of the English language, which resulted in his interest in acting and a lifetime spent in education.

Terry explained his ethos that no child should be bored if the works of the likes of Shakespeare and Dickens were translated into modern idiom.

Citing the 1950’s American stage performer Lord Richard Buckley as a master of the craft of 
carefully enunciated rhythmic hipster slang, 
occasionally performed to music, Terry then shared with us some of his own particular favourites of that era.

Ronnie Barker’s take on Hamlet, Elsie and Doris Waters description of the Court of Good Queen Bess and any monologue by master of the craft Joyce Grenfell.

From more recent times Pam Ayres’ Clive the Fearless Birdman and Oh! I Wish I’d Looked After Me Teeth all amused a captive audience and Terry finished with puns from his favourite wordsmith of all, Tommy Cooper.


The club will next meet on January 19 at 7pm at Weston Football Club, Winterstoke Road, Weston.

Our meeting will concentrate on sphere turning, holding and hollowing.

Anyone interested in this interesting activity is welcome to join us at our meeting.

BANWELL WI: We would like to wish all our members a very happy new year and hope they all had a lovely Christmas.

Our next meeting is today (Thurs) at Banwell Village Hall at 7.30pm.

We are holding a swish evening which is like a swap shop, you bring along any unwanted clothes or gifts in a new or nearly new condition and do a swap, we will have refreshments of wine and nibbles, and we invite any potential new members to come along for a great night.

Membership due this month.

BLEADON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Terry Porter will be the guest speaker on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Coronation Hall.

His illustrated talk will be on ‘Britain in Bloom from the point of view of a judge’.

This is open to anyone at £1 admission.

RAFA CONCERT BAND: Requests for musical support by the band continue to come in for this year’s engagement diary.

The first rehearsal starts on Monday in our ancestral home at the Blakehay, Weston.

The programme of music includes some new arrangements, classical to pop to swing along with a few ‘lollipops’.

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

We do not contest; no subscriptions and we provide your uniform.

All that we ask of the musicians is that they give a commitment of their time and talents to the RAFA band rehearsals and the engagements.

Please call or e-mail if you are interested or visit our website or telephone 01934 820205 for further details.

Future engagements include: Monday – first rehearsal of the year 2012; February 25 - concert Armstrong Hall, Thornbury; March 18 – annual meeting concert Swansea; April 21 - A Titanic, Jubilee Concert – Blakehay.


The fellowship has had another good year with interesting speakers and entertainment.

We celebrated Christmas with the most enjoyable lunch at Beachlands Hotel in Uphill Road North.

If you have worked for the National Health Service we would like to see you on the second Monday of the month at Our Lady of the Lords Church Hall, in Baytree Road at 2pm.

Happy New Year to all of our members.

RAF ASSOCIATION (RAFA), Weston Branch/Club:

Members enjoyed a number of functions over the festive season and welcomed in the new year – a very happy and prosperous one to all our friends and supporters.

This Saturday we are holding a wine tasting evening and on the 21st is our monthly quiz night.

Our AGM is on January 25 at 8pm prompt.

There is a full agenda, including the election of officers, and all members are requested to attend if possible.

A programme of planned events over the next three months is now on display at the club and can also be seen on our website The RAF Association provides comradeship and welfare and care for the whole RAF family from World War Two veterans, through to veterans of more recent conflicts.


The group meets every month in Banwell Village Hall. The next meeting will be on Friday at 7.30pm with speaker Jonathon Holt who will give an illustrated talk on the Follies of Somerset, including those at Banwell Caves.

The society welcomes visitors who can pay at the door.

Our last meeting was well-attended when Keith and Jennifer Utteridge brought along their antique magic lantern and a selection of optical toys from Victorian times.

The evening concluded with coffee, mince pies and a raffle.

New members are always welcome and can join at any meeting.

WESTON CHESS CLUB: There were mixed fortunes for Weston’s A and B teams in division 3 of the Somerset leagues with the A team winning against Chard/Ilminster by 3-1 and the B team losing by the same score against league leaders Glastonbury. For the A team Kerry Kyriacou quickly won two pawns and made this advantage tell for his win.

Mike Cooper on top board won pawn and a knight in his game resulting in a second win.

John Parsons and Malcolm Dinham played steadily to obtain the two draws necessary for the match points.

Against Glastonbury David Gough offered a draw after about an hour and this was accepted by his opponent.

Phil Lawrence’s game also finished in a draw but the remaining two games both went Glastonbury’s way leaving the visitors with a 100 per cent record this season.

WORLEWIND BAND: The new year brings new music and the band is now busy rehearsing for forthcoming concerts.

There is a little celebration/social event planned for band members at the weekend as they do have something to celebrate – Saturday is our second anniversary.

A huge thank you goes to Julia and Andy for all the time and energy they invest in the band and its members.

Glasses will be raised to ‘continued success’! We are at

THE FRIENDS OF WESTON MUSEUM: Members will be hosting a meeting in the museum in Burlington Street on January 19 at 2pm. The speaker will be Ray Barnett, collections manager for Bristol museums, galleries and archives. He will tell us about ‘The design and build of M Shed’, Bristol’s newest museum.

The meeting is open to everyone, members of the Friends are free and visitors are welcome - £2 on the door.

The Friends supports the museum in many ways. Recent fundraising is paying for a new wooden bench which has been made by the Wood Recycling Group in Weston.

The legs of the bench are made from wood which used to support the handrail on the causeway at the Marine Lake and the seat is made from oak from a tree which fell in Weston Woods. Anyone wishing to join the Friends can get a membership form from the museum shop or join at our meeting on the 19th.

WESTON HOMEMAKERS: The January meeting was our AGM. We welcomed a new member to our 
committee and details were given of our yearly accounts.

We had a talk by Paul Cook about his life spent keeping and breeding ostriches. A very interesting and amusing talk. He showed us ostrich skins, handbags, feather dusters and ostrich steaks!

Our next meeting is on February 7 at Weston Social Club.

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