Clubs and Societies, January 24, 2013

PUBLISHED: 09:36 25 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:36 25 January 2013

SANDFORD WI: We started the new year with an illustrated talk about Bath by Mr Tinker.

Four members agreed to form a team to enter the curling matches and Pam Symonds is starting a theatre club, finding out what is on at theatres and booking tickets.

A letter of appreciation was received from the charity Headway thanking us for our support during 2012.

Throughout 2013 our charitable giving will be for Weston Hospicecare and the first fundraising event will be a silent auction on May 17 in Sandford Village Hall.

We look forward to the next meeting when Mr Budd will be talking about the Black and White Minstrels.

New members are always welcome at the meetings which are held in Sandford Village Hall on the second Monday of each month.

For further information contact the new president, Jenny Barley.

MARK FRIENDSHIP CLUB: There was a good attendance at the meeting on January 17.

The chairman welcomed everyone including two visitors.

Arising from the previous minutes, the question of outings was raised, and the resignation of Audrey Cox as outings secretary.

Audrey was thanked by the chairman for her work over many years.

Arrangements are now underway and members will be informed in due course.

After the auction, it was time to meet a new entertainer, Michael Scorgie, making his first visit to the club.

He played and sang many old favourites to warm us up on a rather cold and wintry afternoon.

He was thanked and joined us for tea.

As always, the raffle brought the meeting to a close.

We meet again on February 7 when Cyril Routley will give an illustrated talk entitled ‘From pillar to post’

A1 CAMERA CLUB: Members meet every Tuesday from 7.30-10pm at St Georges Community Centre, Weston, BS22 7XF.

Previous topics include camera settings and modes.

All levels of skill catered for - please come along to meet with our friendly and knowledgeable club members, and have a nice cuppa. We even provide the biscuits!

Further events and discussion listed on our diary link at our new and improved website at

Hope to see you there.

WESTON FILM SOCIETY: The Apartment (PG) with Jack Lemmon and Shirley Maclaine will be screen on February 5 at the Winter Gardens.

This funny, unforgettable romance that won three Oscars starts at 7.45pm, and reunites the star and director (Billy Wilder) behind Some Like it Hot.

The cost is £3 for members and £4.50 non- members.

BOULEVARD SWING: Weston based big band, Boulevard Swing, kicks off its 2013 season with a free entry gig at The Borough Arms, Locking Road, Weston, on February 2 (9 pm until late).

The 18 piece big band plays a variety of instrumental numbers from some of the great American big bands together with much loved and familiar vocal arrangements as sung by Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Robbie Williams and Bobby Darin.

Come along, sit back, hold onto your seats and enjoy!

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF OCCUPATIONAL PENSIONERS, WESTON BRANCH: We welcome all members to our coffee morning on January 31 at 10.15am at the Crossroads Carers Centre in Graham Road behind Tesco.

Call in for a cup of coffee and a chat.

All enquiries to Tony Apperley on 01934 625973.

WESTON/HILDESHEIM YOUTH EXCHANGE: We are looking for 12-17-year-olds that would like to do something different, if that’s you then why not come and join our exchange programme between Weston and our twinned town of Hildesheim in Germany.

This is a unique opportunity for you to have a boy or girl to stay in your home from March 15 till April 28 this year, then for you to visit them in Hildesheim in the October half term.

A fantastic list of activities including an official welcome to the group by The Mayor of Weston at the Mayor’s Parlour, Cheddar, Bristol, ten pin bowling, football, stay in a youth hostel and much more.

Also evening activities held at Barcode, parties and karaoke, fun for all the family.

For more information call Susan Harding on 01934 628141or 07796 956526.

MENDIP ART GROUP: Members meet in Banwell Village Hall from 10am to 2pm every Tuesday from September through until June.

Mixed media, ages and ability are to be found there along with regular demonstrations and workshops.

Interested? Call in or telephone 01934 645885.

WESTON RADIO SOCIETY: At the AGM chairman Dave Dyer said that 2012 was another successful year with most events being very well supported.

After reports from the secretary and the treasurer, elections were held and a largely unchanged committee was re-elected.

Four prospective new members attended the meeting and it was announced that the club will be running a foundation licence course for them and anyone else who would like to become a licensed radio amateur.

A major highlight of 2013 will be the running of a special event station in April to celebrate International Marconi Day.

This will take place on Brean Down where the famous inventor conducted some of his early experiments.

The club holds its main meeting on the third Monday of the month but meets every Monday for a natter night at the social club.

The club can be contacted at

WESTON YOUTH ORCHESTRA (WYO): Now that the junior members have recovered from playing in snow and Christmas festivities organised by Steffie Ball, Laura Caton and Laura Heathcote, they are reminded that rehearsals for their concert on February 24 at the Boulevard United Reformed Church are well under way.

The orchestra will be under the baton of Diane Puritan will present a programme of popular classical together with instrumental and vocal soloists. The concert is at 5pm. Tickets £5 and under 12s £2 at the door.

Anyone interested in joining WYO can contact visit

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION WESTON: A meeting will be held on January 30 at 7.30pm at the RAFA Club, Alexandra Parade, Weston. All members welcome.

WEST WOODSPRING ROTARY CLUB: At the meeting on January 15 the speaker was Andrew Newton who gave us a most interesting, if somewhat disturbing, account of the work he and others are carrying out in India to help children living in poverty in India.

Our speaker on Tuesday will be Joy Wilson, who will be talking about Steep Holm which, as a major local attraction should prove to be an interesting talk. Anyone who would like to attend this or any other of our meetings, which are held every Tuesday at Weston Golf Club, 7pm for 7.30pm, should contact Dick Richards on 01934 844214.

SSAFA FORCES HELP: As the largest national charity supporting service, ex-service personnel and their dependents, we have noted that the Royal Observatory Corps Benevolent Fund is appealing for anyone who was connected to or part of the Corps, and who is in need of any help, to contact them as soon as possible.

If any reader is such a person, or knows of any person who might need assistance, they should get in touch with the secretary Anne Kerruish on 01934 811386, or call in to Eagle House, RAFA HQ, 21/23 Alexandra Parade, Weston, on a Wednesday morning from 10.30am to 12 noon, or call 01934 644024 between those hours.

WESTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The society had an excellent first meeting of the winter session when Rebecca Pow, who is a journalist and broadcaster, gave a talk entitled ‘From muck to marigolds’ that was the story of her life from being brought up on a farm, going to university and eventually going into horticultural.

The talk was both amusing and informative and Rebecca answered horticultural questions at the end.

Our next meeting is on February 14 at St Peter’s Church Hall, Baytree Road, that will incorporate the annual meeting so will start at 6.30pm sharp.

It is important that as many members as possible attend to hear how the society has been doing over the last year.

Nominations for committee members would also be appreciated.

The normal monthly meeting will commence at 7.30pm when James Cross, the head gardener of Wells Cathedral Gardens, will be giving at talk entitled ‘The development of the gardens at Wells Cathedral’.

Many changes have taken place to the gardens in recent times and they have been greatly enhanced. There will be a raffle and refreshments and new members are welcome. For further details of the society contact Cynthia Filer on 01934 514057 or visit our website

HEWISH AND DISTRICT WI: There are plenty of interesting events to take part in the coming months.

Beryl has organised plenty of outings to the cinema/theatre, a list is available to choose from for those interested.

Good news from Denman College, they are in a better position financially, but hope that members will continue to hold fundraising ‘Do it for Denman’ mornings.

This is a great way to bring money in and promote the WI.

There is a walk on February 5, meet at Sousta restaurant on the A370 for 10am start.

Thanks were given to Don Hurrell who stepped in at short notice as our speaker for the evening.

Representing the RSPB he gave us an interesting talk, with some lovely slides, on birds we should see in our gardens, and lots of worthwhile tips on how to look after them and keep them healthy during the cold weather.

Don’t forget to bring along any saleable goods for our monthly sale table please.

Next month our speaker for the evening will be Ann Miller, talking on South Thailand and the competition is a valentine memento.

We meet on the third Thursday of every month in the Hewish Village Hall for 7.30pm.

RAFA CONCERT BAND (BLAKEHAY RESIDENT BAND): New music is promised for this year and we are looking forward to seeing and meeting some of you at future concerts planned during 2013.

We have some vacancies if you’re interested in coming along to play.

Please visit our website or ring 01934 820205 for details.

No contests or subscriptions, uniform provided and lots of varied concerts.

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

2013 engagements include February 23 - concert in Thornbury; March 10 – RAFA annual meeting in Torquay; March 21 - Ensemble dinner at Marriott Hotel; April 12 – charity dinner, Webbington; April 27 - Concert Wind Band Workshop, Blakehay Theatre; May 27 - Party in the Park, Enmore Park Golf Club, Bridgwater.

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 monthly 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 February 1.

For more information call Melanie on 07742239043, or just come along.

WESTON MUSIC APPRECIATION SOCIETY: Member Lilias Critchley delighted members with her talk ‘From Minstrels to Maxwell Davies and beyond’ illustrating it with music from the 11th century with tabors, crumhorns, sackbuts and pipes, and on through the centuries to include Tallis, Byrd, Joaquim Desprez, James Hook, and Shostakovich to the current music of Sir Peter Maxwell Davis and his ‘Mavis in Vegas’.

The next meeting of the society is on Wednesday when chairman Dennis Darling presents ‘A century of modern music - the longest hundred years in the history of music’. This is at 7.30pm in St Jude’s Hall, St Peter’s Church, Baytree Road.

Any further information can be obtained from the secretary on 01934 814752.

WESTON BRASS: Rehearsals are going well for the new season engagements and for the area finals in March. With several new members joining the band recently, membership is now looking very healthy.

The band is always pleased to welcome new members and is actively seeking a Bb Bass player to join the ranks of keen musicians wanting to improve their musical skills and have fun at the same time.

Anyone wishing to learn a brass instrument is welcome to contact the band with a view to joining the learner band that meets on a Thursday night.

The band is run by Stephen Howard and his helpers, and Steve is very gratified that the response to starting up this band has been so positive.

For more details on booking the band for a function or joining the band please visit our website or contact Gill on 01934 824461.

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