PUBLISHED: 12:28 20 January 2012 | UPDATED: 14:14 20 January 2012




BURNHAM-ON-SEA CAMERA CLUB: The club presented its 2011 Overall Competition Points Winner Lesley Rands with her engraved cup.

BURNHAM-ON-SEA CAMERA CLUB: The club presented its 2011 Overall Competition Points Winner Lesley Rands with her engraved cup.

Club Chairman Sharon Stevens said: 
“Congratulations to Lesley, every month she enters our competition and manages to consistently produce a high standard of work, which has led to her 
accumulated scores bringing her in to first position for the year. A very well deserved reward for all the effort she has put in”.

The club meets every Tuesday at 7pm, at The Bay Centre, Cassis Close, Burnham. You can take a look at our work and schedule at

All levels and ages welcome.

WEST WOODSPRING INNER WHEEL: January 10 is Inner Wheel Day, the anniversary of the date in 1924 when Inner Wheel was founded in Manchester.

It is celebrated all over the world in many diverse ways, reflecting the aims of Inner Wheel, friendship, service and international understanding.

In Weston’s club members came together to create heart shaped cushions for the use of breast cancer patients following surgery at Weston General Hospital. Anne Adams’ home provided a convivial venue for a dozen or so club members to cut and sew and those who couldn’t manage the finer points of the exercise were put on stuffing duties.

With members Myra Taylor and Jenny Lester supervising, in no time at all over 30 cushions had been produced, which were delivered to the hospital that afternoon by Inner Wheeler Mandy Brown.

LOCKING GREEN WI: Members were welcomed to the first meeting of the new year by our chairman.

A minute’s silence was held in memory of Phyll McKenzie, who had been a founder member.

Details of the spring group meeting were announced and two volunteers were requested for the competition.

Once business was completed we sat back to enjoy Terry Merrett-Smith who took us on a trip down memory lane.

The subject was ‘Ration books to rock ‘n’ roll’. An amazing collection of memorable recorded speeches, musical extracts and slides from 1939-1950s.

Our chairman gave the vote of thanks and invited Terry for a return visit.

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month.

For more information please contact Anthea Raines on 01934 820255.

BLEADON PHOTOGRAPHIC CLUB: Members hosted George Reekie from the Taunton Camera Club who took us on a magical trip to the Archipelago of 
Galapagos Islands, six hundred miles out in the Pacific Ocean on the Equator, a protectorate of Ecuador.

Part two of George’s presentation dealt with his wonderful AV show of Zapcat speedboat racing’s thrills and spills on mountainous seas, all brilliantly captured by George.

The evening concluded with a selection of his favourite images, most of which had been submitted for WCPF competitions.

Our next judges forum is on Tuesday and will be scrutinised by Andrew Lawrence.

Our website is

New members will be most welcome and for any further information please contact chairman, Carol Wilson, 01934 628070.

WORLE LIONS CLUB: Members held their first 
business meeting of 2012.

These are held on second Monday of each month at The Windsor Castle public house in Upper Bristol Road to discuss fundraising ideas and organise social events.

We are in the process of organising a regular monthly quiz night and acting as markers for a forthcoming visually impaired bowling tournament at the beginning of May.

If you are interested in finding out more about us please telephone 08458 339862 or take a look at our website

THE LIONS CLUB OF WESTON: Members would like to thank all those who contributed so generously to the collection before Christmas at Tesco in Weston.

The collection raised the great sum of £3,542 which will go to local good causes.

We would also like to thank the Tesco 
management for allowing us to collect there.

RAFA CONCERT BAND - Blakehay resident band: We are now into our 14th year and requests for musical support continue to come in for this year’s engagement diary.

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

Once again we do not contest, there are 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.

Visit our website or telephone 01934 820205 for details.

Future engagements include: February 25 - 
Concert in the Armstrong Hall, Thornbury; March 11 - AGM Concert, Swansea; March 18 - Ensemble 
playing at the Winter Gardens; April 21 - A Titanic Jubilee Concert – Blakehay.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION (WESTON): The branch meeting will be on Wednesday, 7.30pm at the RAFA Club, Alexandra Parade, Weston. All members welcome.

WESTON PHILATELIC SOCIETY: At our January 10 meeting Dave could not be with us, so John, our chairman, stepped in and at short notice gave a display of a ‘The Olympic Games’.

This started with stamps from the first modern games held in Athens in the late 18 hundreds and went up to the present day. This made an enjoyable and topical evening.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday in the function room of the Conservative Club, 24/26 Alexandra Parade, 6.45 for 7.15pm. This is a shared evening with Bill and Phillip giving a display of some 

Anyone interested in collecting postage stamps or other items of postal history will be made very welcome and members are pleased to share their time and knowledge of our hobby.

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.

CONGRESBURY OVER 60S CLUB: More than 60 members welcomed in the new year as they got together with friends to work out answers to an easy quiz whilst enjoying tea and biscuits and a chat.

After tea there was a free raffle with some prizes donated by members and a very pleasant time was had by all.

The ever-popular Mike and his Music will provide the entertainment at the meeting on Tuesday and on February 7 there will be a talk on the Grand Canyon by Chris Holloway.

This friendly club has a few vacancies for new members who hopefully should be interested in getting involved with club activities to enable them to make new friends and get the best out of 

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF OCCUPATIONAL PENSIONERS, branch 341: Members are welcome to our coffee morning on January 26 at The Carers Centre, Graham Road, behind Tesco.

All members between 10.15am and noon.

This is also our AGM. Please come along and support us.

Happy new year to you all. Tony Apperley 01934 625973.

THE FRIENDS OF WESTON MUSEUM: Members are hosting a meeting in the museum in Burlington Street today 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 and may pay £2 at the door.

Anyone wishing to join the Friends can get a membership form from the museum shop or join at today’s meeting.

WESTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Members have interesting talks planned culminating with an evening with Toby Buckland.

The coach trips are nearly booked to capacity and there is the allotment and garden competitions and the flower show held at St Paul’s Church Hall.

The year started well with a talk by Alan Down of Cleeve Nursery on ‘Winter colour in the garden’.

The next meeting is on February 9 at St Peter’s Church Hall, Baytree Road, at 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm.

The talk will be called ‘Daff-a-down dilly’ by Susan Choughlay who is an established NAFAS speaker and her talk will also contain information as to the harvesting, breeding and grading of daffodils.

There will be a raffle and refreshments – free for members and £1 for non-members.

Orders for seed potatoes are being taken at the Trading Hut that is open every weekend from 9.30am-12.30pm to members, these are sold at an incredibly competitive price.

There is always a friendly welcome at the hut, new members can join any weekend or at the meetings.

UPHILL WI: At our monthly meeting on January 11 our speaker was Faith Moulin who told us the history of the Strawberry Line Heritage Trail.

It was most enjoyable and has inspired us to include a walk along it in our timetable of events.

We also voted on proposed campaign resolutions for the WI’s National AGM to be held in London later in the year. Twenty-eight of us met last week at The Acorns restaurant for our annual celebration lunch.

Our next meeting will be held in Uphill’s Victory Hall on February 8 at 2.15pm.

Our speaker will be Yvonne White, one of our members, who will tell us about her times in Barbados. Visitors are always welcome.

For further information about our WI please ring the secretary on 01934 633946.

ROYAL ARTILLERY ASSOCIATION, WESTON BRANCH: The annual meeting will be held on Tuesday at 11am at the RAFA Club, Alexandra Parade, Weston.

Members of the 22 (Gibraltar 1779-1783) Battery, 32nd Regiment RA will be guests at the meeting and afterwards at the annual luncheon.

Afterwards there will be a presentation on the recent activities of the regiment.

All Gunners and their families are welcome. Further information from the branch secretary on 01278 795384.

WESTON BRASS: The new year has started really well for Weston Brass.

No sooner had the band reassembled after their Christmas break, when they were invited by TV company Channel 5 to take part in the filming of their popular reality programme, The Restaurant Inspector.

It was another very interesting experience for members of the band, who thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the hospitality shown to them by the film crew.

Channel 5 producers complimented the band on their contribution to the show and added that they hope the programme will go out before Easter.

Recruitment of new players seems to be going well and it is hoped that the few vacancies currently in the band may be filled soon.

The band is always keen to recruit new members and would encourage any players who think they might enjoy playing in this friendly band to “give it a go”. Information on the band is available on our website, so please check out

The next concert for the band is at Banwell Church on March 31.

Rehearsals are now well under way for a brand new concert programme, that will be entertaining for the audience and interesting and exciting for the players.

Conductor Tony Osborne never fails to produce great concert programmes and this one will be no exception. It is also possible to contact band secretary Colin on 01934 514960.

WESTON SOCIETY OF ARTS: On Wednesday Jean Routley asks ‘Why collect postcards?’, a talk with slides. The meeting opens at 2pm at the Victoria 
Methodist Church Hall, Station Road, Weston.

ROTARY CLUB OF WRINGTON VALE: At its annual Charter Night celebration at Lyncombe Lodge Hotel, the Rotary Club of Wrington Vale presented one of its 
longstanding members, David Read, with one of 
Rotary’s highest honours – a Paul Harris Fellowship.

Named after the founder of Rotary International, the award is made to those members who have made a particular contribution to the club and community.

David, who lives in Weston, is a retired senior 
policeman and a past president of the club.

He is still active in the community and is well known around the hotels and guesthouses in Weston as the inspector for the Weston Hotel and Restaurants Association.

The club meets weekly at the Burrington Inn, 
Burrington, and is involved in charitable projects locally, nationally and internationally.

If you are interested in learning more about Rotary and what we do please contact current president, Ivor Metherell, on 01761 462607.

BURNHAM MOOSE INTERNATIONAL: Burnham lodge 123’s governor, Arthur Thorogood, has chosen the Gateway Club, and Burnham’s 
Community Centre as his chosen charities for his year in office.

The profit from this event goes towards 
supporting both charities and the theme for this year’s event was Country and Western dress. The venue for the event was the newly extended Berrrow Village Hall, and entertainment supplied by the Step-in-side Burnham Pride line dancers.

Moose members and their guests danced the night away before supping at the bounteous buffet spread provided by the Ladies’ Circle.

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