Clubs and Societies, January 8, 2015

PUBLISHED: 10:17 09 January 2015 | UPDATED: 10:17 09 January 2015

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WESTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY:

The society will be holding its first meeting of the year today (Thursday) at St Peter’s Church Hall, Baytree Road at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Jon Wheatley who will be giving a talk on 50 years of Britain in Bloom of which Jon is the South West Chairman. There will be a raffle and refreshments. Admission is free for members and £1 for visitors.

WESTON SCRABBLE CLUB:

The club celebrated its 35th year with a party and decorated cake at the annual meeting prize giving.

The competition winners were as follows: Group 1 - Paul Cousins; Group 2 - Matthew Curnock; Group 3 - Debbie Apted.

Knockout Cup winner - Paul Cousins, Consolation Shield - Min Noszkay. The prizes were presented by Stella Flather.

The successful year ended with the competition for the Edith Badmin Cup winner Paul Cousins and all the members enjoyed the Christmas party.

Members meet every Tuesday at 7pm in St Saviours church hall in Locking Road. New members are always welcome and for more information contact Brenda Wall on 01934 620948.

WEST WOODSPRING INNER WHEEL:

As 2014 came to a close, members continued with their object of encouraging the ideals of personal service. Christmas week found West Woodspring Inner Wheelers helping out at the Salvation Army Citadel. Whilst several of the ladies wrapped presents for distribution by Santa and president Lovina and treasurer Myra were busy in the kitchen helping to prepare, cook and serve meals to the homeless, under the

banner of the Winter Warmer project. Now half way through the Inner Wheel Year, 2015 gets off to a good start with preparations already in hand for the Young Carers party, in recognition of the selfless devotion and personal service given by these young people to their loved ones, not just at Christmas time, but every day of the year.

LOCKING GREEN WI:

The next meeting on Tuesday will be at 7.30pm in the village hall.

We will be having a fish and chip supper; you will need to bring a knife and fork and the cost is £5.80. For fun we will have a Beetle Drive. All visitors are welcome and for further information contact Carol, the president on 01934 429356.

CHEW VALLEY PROBUS CLUB, CONGRESBURY:

We meet monthly at Mendip Spring Golf Club, Congresbury on the second Friday. Our members are retired from the professions and business and enjoy a lunch at 12.30 for 1pm followed by a talk. During our December meeting members enjoyed keyboard entertainment after an excellent Christmas lunch.

During our January meeting, Derek Swift will talk on ‘At this moment in time’.

At our February meeting the talk topic will be Mycnaean Greece. Then in March we will have our annual meeting.

During 2015 we will have fairly regular skittle matches, usually over lunch, played locally within an approximate area of Winscombe, Congresbury and Nailsea. New members are welcome and for further information please contact Henry Parry on 01934 833853 or visit www.probuschewvalley.co.uk

WESTON MUSIC APPRECIATION SOCIETY:

Weston Music Appreciation Society’s programme resumes on Wednesday with Images - An Adventure in Sound given by committee member Michael Bass.

Held in St Peter’s Church, St Judes hall, Baytree Road the meetings start at 7.30pm. For further information contact the secretary on 814752.

WESTON BREATHE EASY:

Weston Breathe Easy is a local part of the British Lung Foundation.

We are a self-help group for anyone with a respiratory condition and meet at Weston Cricket Club, Windwhistle Lane on the third Wednesday of each month at 2pm.

Our next meeting will be on January 21 and will be our annual meeting when we will discuss and decide the future of the group and elect a committee.

Anyone with an interest will be welcome. Please call Ann on 01934 513874 or Nick on 01275 873322 for further information.

ROYAL AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION (RAFA), WESTON BRANCH:

We are looking forward to a great 2015 and on Saturday evening will be holding the first fish and chip supper of the year. The function room is also available for hire, to book contact the secretary.

Upcoming social events are displayed on the club noticeboard and a programme of planned events over the next three months is featured on our website www.rafa-weston-super-mare.co.uk

A representative from SSAFA Forces Help is also available for advice and guidance in the club on a Wednesday between 10am and 12noon.

NORTH SOMERSET MODELLERS’ SOCIETY:

The society holds its meetings at The Windsor Castle, Weston from 8.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month. The society also holds an all day ‘model-in’ at The Helicopter Museum one Sunday each month, which is proving increasingly popular. All modellers are welcome to either meeting, regardless of age, experience or area of model-making interest.

For further information about the meetings or the model shows, please telephone Fred Tooke on 01934 416798 or email fredtooke@freenetname.co.uk

CONGRESBURY EVENING WI:

Congresbury Evening WI wishes you all a happy new year. Our first meeting is on Wednesday n the Methodist Hall at 7.45pm. This month our speaker takes us through the year in pictures of the Stawberry Line and is sure to evoke memories of walks in all sorts of weather. How far along this super local resource have you walked? Visitors are most welcome at a cost of £3. Members are reminded that membership fees are due this month.

WESTON ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY:

At our first meeting in the new year there will be a talk entitled ‘Aspects of Somerset Maritime History’ by Dr Adrian Webb PhD, MA – Naval History Exeter University, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the British Cartographic Society, SANHS and author.

This will be on Tuesday starting at 7.30pm at Victoria Methodist Church Hall.

If you are interested in archaeology and natural history, local and farther afield, do come and join us. Our complete year’s programme and other very interesting articles can be seen on our website www.WANHS.org

New members and visitors are very welcome. Visitors are £2.50.

WESTON YOUTH ORCHESTRA:

Are you a young musician aged 21 or under and looking to join an orchestra? Would you like the opportunity to make new friends whilst improving your musical ability? If so then Weston Youth Orchestra would love to hear from you. We rehearse at the Boulevard United Reformed Church every week and have both a junior and a senior orchestra to cater for a wide range of ability and experience. Our junior orchestra rehearses from 6-7pm and our senior orchestra rehearse from 7-9pm on Fridays throughout the year. If you are interested to join Weston Youth Orchestra and would like to come along to one of our rehearsals please contact director Dennis Cole, on 01934 623787 or 07787 520230.

You can also visit our website at www.westonyouthorchestra.org.uk for more information about the orchestra, our history and to view our concert diary and past programmes.

WOW WI:

WOW WI Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, 7.30pm at 18 Willow Close, St Georges, Weston, BS22 7XF.

We will be discussing two books The Queen and I by Sue Townsend and My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell.

Meetings last an hour sometimes longer. New members are welcome, just turn up.

NORTH SOMERSET CENTRE FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS:

Come and join us! The remit of North Somerset Music Service includes running the North Somerset Centre for Young Musicians (NSCYM). This centre offers young instrumentalists the opportunity to play in a variety of ensembles and experience how enjoyable and rewarding music making with others can be.

NSCYM centres run on Saturday mornings in Backwell and Clevedon and also in Worle on a Thursday evening. The music played varies from orchestral through to swing and jazz with many other styles in-between.

In addition, a string ensemble meets in Nailsea on Monday afternoons and the School of Pop and Rock operates in Weston on Wednesday evenings.

New members are always welcome; the current members range from eight-18years and play a wide variety of instruments of all standards. They thoroughly enjoy performing at numerous concerts throughout the year with a Christmas Finale at the Colston Hall, joining the massed choir of the North Somerset Primary Schools.

If you would like more information about the fantastic, fun opportunities available to young musicians then please ask your school music coordinator or the North Somerset peripatetic instrumental teachers, or contact us on 01934 426430.

The conductors and musicians look forward to welcoming new members.

DRAYCOTT ART CLUB:

The Draycott Art Club celebrated its second successful year the week before Christmas with a fine lunch provided by its members. In 2014 the club welcomed art demonstrators of distinction including well known TV personalities, water colour artists, David Bellamy and Charlie Evans, along with pastel expert Graham Cox and resident tutor and popular demonstrator, Robin Gray.

Outside sketching trips took place throughout the year and the club also held a very successful exhibition of work by its members.

The future looks very rosy for this go ahead club and other plans include a painting holiday in France and several special workshops with visiting artists.

The excellent Draycott Memorial Hall offers plenty of space and the club is currently inviting new members to join in. The club meets every Thursday from 10am until 1pm and again from 2 until 4pm. A full program is organised with space for new events as they crop up. Full details are available from Robin Gray on 07968 287961 or at robingrayartworks@yahoo.co.uk or of course you can just turn up.

WRINGTON VALE ROTARY CLUB:

Thanks to the generosity of business sponsors, the public at large and club members, the club was able to make sixty donations to deserving causes in the last Rotary year. The main beneficiaries were 35 local youth organisations; the amounts given varied between £80 and £1000 and were dependent on specific projects.

The current fundraising activity is to raise £60,000 to purchase a Heartworks machine for the use of hospitals in the South West.

Our last meeting of the year was to entertain member’s wives to an excellent Christmas dinner at the Burrington Inn. The entertainment was provided by a very enjoyable male singing group called Somernotes, who generously donated its normal fee to the Heartworks appeal.

Future talks at the club include Steeple jacking by John Suddell on Wednesday; Chairman’s viewpoint of North Somerset by Councillor David Hitchins on January 21 and Follow the Plough by Les Davies on January 28.

WESTON GROUP OF FRIENDS:

Every year the club chairman makes the decision as to where our charity funds will be donated and Weston Super Mare Foodbank, who help distribute food to those in need within the community was chosen.

Each member was asked if they would make a donation of food to the cause which brought a very good response, a further amount of money was then added from the charity fund to buy food.

Chairman Mike Frazackerley along with other members of the club made a visit to the Foodbank to make a presentation of our gift. We at our club hope that we have helped make a lot of needy peoples Christmas a better one.

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