Clubs and Societies, July 17, 2014

PUBLISHED: 09:42 18 July 2014 | UPDATED: 09:42 18 July 2014





A cream tea in aid of Children’s Hospice SW will be held at 26 Wellsea Grove, off Locking Road, on Saturday August 2 from 12.30 to 4pm. There will also be stalls selling cakes, books, etc.

Weston Friends Group of CHSW will also have stalls at the Worle Lions Fun day at Baytree Recreation Ground on August 25.


We will be back in Grove Park on Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm. Come and join us, we have a wide selection of music to help you enjoy your afternoon, there really will be something for everyone.

The show will go on whatever the weather, see you all on Sunday.

For more information on the band please see our website


Weston Youth Orchestra welcomes new members to both our junior and senior orchestras throughout the year. If you are a young musician aged 21 or under and are interested to join an orchestra we would love to hear from you.

Contact us via email or telephone our director Dennis Cole on 01934 623787 or 07787 520230 to arrange to come along to one of our rehearsals. Rehearsals are held every Friday at the Boulevard United Reformed Church, Weston. For further information visit our website: where you can view our concert diary, browse past programmes and find out more about becoming a member.


As part of the Festival of Archaeology Keith Faxon, an expert flint knapper and archaeologist will be in the courtyard of Weston Museum to give demonstrations and show examples of his work.

Keith will be demonstrating the ancient art of flint knapping, using the same tools and techniques as our prehistoric ancestors. He will be trying to make tools from the Palaeolithic, 1.5 million years ago until the early Bronze Age 4,000 years ago. He will try to identify any flint or stone tools that are brought to the demonstration.

This demonstration is on Sunday in the courtyard of Weston Museum from 10.30am to 3.30pm and is a free event.

The Friends of Weston Museum will also be holding a book and bric-a-brac sale in Weston Museum on Sunday from 10.30am till 4pm. The Friends support the museum by holding talks and events and raising money. Many are also museum volunteers and new members are always welcome, membership forms can be collected from the museum shop.


Our club meets on the second Friday of each month for fellowship, lunch and a speaker at the Mendip Spring Golf Club, Congresbury. We welcome new members who are retired from the professions or business. Please contact Henry Parry, membership secretary on 01934 833853.

Our July 2014 meeting enjoyed a poignant, illustrative presentation by Mr Barry Mather of First World War posters.


The highest honour in Rotary has been awarded to David Dodgson, a member of Weston Rotary Club since 1973, helping serve the local community for over 40 years and was President in 1981, the club’s 60th anniversary year. The Paul Harris Fellowship is named after Rotary’s founder, and is awarded for outstanding contribution to the movement’s ideals of service.

For more information about Rotary activities and membership see and or telephone secretary Bernard Land on 07970 184301.


Weston branch will be enjoying a steak night in the club this Saturday evening. The social evenings are a great opportunity to catch up with friends, and enjoy some great food in great company.

Other upcoming social events are displayed on the club notice board and a programme of planned events over the next three months is featured on our website

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


Members of Moose, Weston whose aim is to raise money for charities, especially local concerns, whilst also having a good time planning and organising events held a plant sale in aid of Leonard Cheshire Homes at Birnbeck House to help them revamp their garden for the benefit of residents. A cheque for £310 was presented by our Lady President, Sylvia Poczynajko and gratefully accepted by Sarah Granger, the home manager. Afternoon tea was laid on for all guests.


The group will be at the Bristol Harbour Festival this weekend with a stand situated near the ss Great Britain. Claire Sunshine is part of the newly formed organising team who are planning the event where they hope to raise awareness of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, as well as raise some funds, take the opportunity to meet old and new members and hopefully recruit some volunteers to help with fundraising and social events.

To find out more about us you can find us on Facebook at https:www.facebook.comcrohnsandcolitisans You can also email us at or phone us on 0845 434 8513.


The meeting today (Thurs) commences at 7pm at Weston AFC, Winterstoke Road,


We will be welcoming Weston Sea Scouts to our meeting when up to five woodturning lathes will be operating.

A demonstration of how to make pens by one of our members will take place and our guests will be encouraged, with member tuition, to partake in making some simple woodturned items.

Non members are welcome to visit our friendly club by just turning up on the night, admission is free for up to two visits.

Should you require any additional information please call John on 01934 510862.


At our July meeting we welcomed Mr Phillip Hoyland, our Speaker on ‘Benefit, brass and the girtest grandest day’.

He took us all back to the days of the Friendly Societies formed in 1780. His collection of brasses had a story of their own, having been paraded at village meetings and processions all over Somerset.

Please note we do not meet in August. Our next meeting will be on September 10 at 2.15pm at Uphill Victory Hall. Visitors are always made welcome and further information about our WI give our secretary a call on 01934 633946.


Newly elected President of Weston Rotary Club, Terry Gilbert, was a special guest at the handover from outgoing President Angie Horne to incoming President Lovina Bates. To mark the occasion, Terry was presented with a custom made pouch in which to keep the rotary presidential chain.

Soroptomist chairman, Sue Kelly and Chairman of Tangent, Ruth Lamb were also guests of the club. Ruth was invited to light the candle of friendship and reminded us that in a world obsessed with youth, that older folk still had a lot to offer and that traditional skills and values were appreciated. Founder member, Margaret Owen, was present with her husband Alan and both enjoyed the evening in celebration of their Diamond wedding anniversary.


Members enjoyed a very entertaining talk by Cyril Routley entitled ‘A life on the ocean wave’. After an introductory description of the building of the ss Great Britain and a slide showing of her being brought back home to Bristol to be restored, he went on to describe in very full detail her voyage to Australia.

The club year will end on Tuesday with the annual meeting followed by a cream tea and then there will be a short break during August.

Autumn meetings start again on September 9 when members will welcome the return of the Reflections Singers. Further details can be obtained on 01934 832004.


There was a lot of friendly rivalry when members enjoyed a bingo session at the last meeting and bookings were taken for the outing to Sidmouth on July 25. The next meeting will be the indoor summer party with entertainment by the Reflections Singers. There will be no meetings during August and the entertainer at the meeting on September 5 will be Perry and his keyboard. New members aged fifty plus will be made very welcome at this friendly club which meets at Wrington Memorial Hall, Silver Street on alternate Fridays at 2.30pm. Further details can be obtained from Fred Parsons on 01934 863562.


On July 27, weather permitting it will be our first concert in Grove Park of 2014. John the café owner has been making provision for all bands appearing this year to have cover. This is much appreciated by all performers. To those of you who wanted to hear more of the RAFA Band here’s your chance.

Come along and enjoy an afternoon in Grove Park listening to the band while enjoying a cuppa. We have a few vacancies for competent players in the band; you don’t have to be ex forces to join. Please visit our website or on Facebook.

Future engagements include: July 27, Grove Park – 2.30-4.30pm; August 17, Grove Park – 2.30-4.30pm; September 6, Concert at Memorial Theatre, Frome;

October 4, Concert at Blakehay Theatre, Weston.


At Worlebury Golf Club the President, Eric Tones, handed over to the new President Chris Nelson who has recently been involved with the refurbishment of the town’s Floral Clock.

The Lions Club raised in excess of £44,000 during the last year for various charities.

Weston Lions Club is looking forward to welcoming the local community to the Real Ale and Cider Festival - to be held on the Beach Lawn on July 25-27.


After our most successful mystery trip we must give Alan and Ann our grateful thanks for their hard work in the organising of the events.

We are now booking for our next outing on August 12 when we will be visiting Abergavenny and Brecon. Our coffee mornings are held on the first and third Thursday mornings at the Friends Meeting House at 10am. All serving and retired civil servants are very welcome to join us. For further information please telephone our chairman Alan on 01275 858766.

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