Clubs and Societies, July 14, 2011

PUBLISHED: 10:22 15 July 2011


WEST WOODSPRING INNER WHEEL: More than 30 past and present members gathered at the Beachlands Hotel to welcome principal guest Val Biggs, chairman of Tangent, to the inauguration of Carol Schubert as this year's president of their club.

Carol is the first lady connected to Weston Rotary Club to be honoured in this way and follows Jeanette Thacker in the chair.

Carol said “I am looking forward to my year in office, which I hope will be filled with fun and friendship while raising money for good causes.”

Carol’s main charity for the year is Children’s Hospice South West and planned fundraising events include a cream tea and handbag bring and buy among others.

MARK FRIENDSHIP CLUB: In spite of the weather, there was a good attendance at the meeting on July 7.

The chairman welcomed 49 members and two visitors. Minutes were taken and a lively auction followed with George Puddy in charge.

Special guests were Richard Reeves and David Hobbs from Freewheelers, which is a registered charity offering an out-of-hours free courier service to the NHS.

Both are experienced motorcyclists and part of a team which now includes several female volunteers who are helping to save lives delivering blood for transfusion, tissue samples and small but vital pieces of medical equipment to hospitals and medical centres.

The team covers most of the West Country, and after their talk they were thanked, and there was a spontaneous collection for the charity.

The outing to Weymouth and Portland leaves Mark at 9.15am today (Thurs).

Next year it has been decided to cut the outings from seven to five and the next meeting is on July 21 with speaker Pat Hase.

WINSCOMBE WI: Our July meeting was on the 13th at 7.30pm at the Church Hall.

We’ll be celebrating the colours of summer with a flower arranging demonstration by Cheddar Flower Power, and the flower arrangements will be raffled off at the end.

For more information contact the president, Di Smithson, on 842968.

Visitors are always welcome to our meetings, and we charge £3, refundable if you become a member.

WESTON CONSERVATIVE CLUB: Members hold a meat draw every Friday at 10.30pm with 21 prizes plus at least two instant prizes which you must be in the club to win.

Throughout July and August there is entertainment every Saturday from 8.30pm and bingo and the weekly draw with double tote drawn on Sunday at 2pm.

Saturday is cocktail night and Andrea will beproviding the entertainment. On the 23rd John Williams vocalist – songs from the 60s and 70s and The Cover, a four piece band playing 50s and 60s music. August 6, Claire female soloist.

A bingo session is held every Tuesday commencing 3pm and on Wednesdays at 6pm.

We have men’s skittles, ladies skittles, snooker and a ladies darts team.

If you are looking for a venue for the winter season telephone 621231 for details of how your team can play in the conservative club.

THE WINSCOMBE AND DISTRICT BAND OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: The group celebrated the 90th anniversary of the legion with lunch at the Mooseheart, Winscombe. A cake was specially made for the occasion.

At the lunch the branch chairman, Maurice Lee, together with branch treasurer David Treasure, presented a cheque for £10,000 to Monica Watterson of Dunkirk Memorial House at Bishops Lydeard.

This, together with the previous donation of £10,000, will complete the refurbishment of the residents’ chapel at the home. Mrs Watterson said that the home was very grateful for all the help given to it by the Winscombe branch over a number of years.

A rededication service will be held during September.

WESTON LIONS CLUB: At the recent hand-over dinner, outgoing president David Poole handed the chain of office to incoming president John Manley.

David reported in the 11 months to May this year the club has donated an impressive £37,587 to approximately 70 different local causes.

This compares to £30,500 in 2010 and £33,000 in 2009 for the same period.

The club meets at Dauncey’s Hotel – for further details please telephone 01934 644882.

WESTON-SUPER-MARE ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY: We are very pleased to be hosting a seminar called ‘The excitement of discovery - the many aspects of archaeology’ with five stimulating speakers, at The Blakehay Theatre on July 16 (Sat) starting at 9.45am, doors opening at 9.15am.

This is part of the two week national CBA Festival of Archaeology 2011.

In the afternoon there will be two walks starting at 2.30pm, one at the Iron Age

Hill Fort in Worlebury from the water tower and a guided town walk from The Blakehay theatre.

At 2pm there is Roman Fun at Weston Museum suitable for four to 10-year-olds. All the events are free.

WESTON CONSERVATIVE ASSOCIATION: Members offer an invitation to their Somerset pig roast and cider event with entertainment by British Bulldog.

Taking place at Shiplate Farm, Shiplate Road, Bleadon, Weston, BS24 0NY, on July 30 from 3-7pm.

Tickets cost £15 each and are available from the Conservative Association Office, telephone 01934 622894, (email or Pat Oliver on 01934 815108.

WESTON PHILATELIC SOCIETY: Meet the members of the society at our annual stamp fair on Saturday from 10am-4pm at St Paul’s Church Hall, Walliscote Road, Weston.

If you are a stamp or postal history collector or perhaps just thinking of becoming one, many of us have returned to our hobby after a long break due to work or family commitments.

Come and chat to our members, who are likely to have similar interests as you.

There will be a number of dealers in attendance, everything from that single item to a complete collection. Admission 50p, juniors free, easy parking and refreshments available.

WESTON FILM SOCIETY: Showing at The Playhouse on August 4 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm is ‘Never let me go’ starring Keira Knightly, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield.

A futuristic drama based on the book by Kazuo Ishiguro, it is an unforgettable story of love, friendship and the fragility of life. Some scenes were filmed in Weston and Clevedon.

The winter season of films at The Blakehay theatre kicks off on October 5. Members are currently voting on the screenings. There is a wide and varied selection, from the 1932 shocker ‘Freaks’ which was banned in this country for many years, to this summer’s release ‘Potiche’, the story of a French trophy wife.

WESTON ROTARY CLUB: Members held a sponsored walk up Brent Knoll and collected money at Sedgemoor Services in aid of The Rotary Foundation and the long-running Rotary project which is tantalisingly close to eradicating Polio from the planet.

The contributions we received will help Rotary raise $200million to match $355million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. Weston Rotary Club would like to thank all those that generously put money in our tins.

For more information about Rotary and contacts please see

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