Clubs and Societies, July 23, 2015

PUBLISHED: 11:04 24 July 2015





The July meeting was the summer supper and all members that attended enjoyed the lovely food that was laid on. We do not have a meeting in August, but we have organised an afternoon tea at Banwell Garden Centre for any members wishing to join us at 2pm on August 11.

For further information please call Carol on 07778 452435.


At our July meeting we paused to remember in silence three members we have lost recently - Jill Hutchings, Joyce Brown and Rita Quarrington, all of whom were active members of the WI and will be greatly missed.

The talk was by Ila Shrimanker who showed us how to wear a sari. She brought along a huge collection of wonderfully colourful saris and accessories, and encouraged us to try them on. We learnt many things about dress in India and saw our models grow in stature and elegance.

Several members recently joined hundreds of other members from the county at a service in Bath Abbey and we were told of the unique experience as the main doors were opened and ‘Jerusalem’ was sung by many voices to the crowds outside.

We meet on the third Thursday of the month in Hewish Village Hall at 7.30pm and members come from all around the Weston area. We enjoy walks, theatre visits, trips and talks and for further information call 01934 417907.


The sun shone as we made our first appearance of the season at Grove Park. The seasons’ concerts are organised by John Horler of Grove Park Café, which is very much open for business. We are back in the park on August 23 with another programme of light and bright music. The band now has very limited vacancies but our baritone sax player is looking for a new challenge and wants to relocate to another section, so we are actively seeking someone to fill his place, could this be you? If so, please contact the musical director, Julia Ractliffe, on 01934 517719 or visit the website at


Last Sunday a small band played to 100 guests at a 90th birthday party and on July 14 the bands quintet played at the Battle of Britain reception held in the Pier Head, Cardiff. Among the many invited guests who attended were Lord Lieutenant, Wales First Minister and RAFA National President, AM Sir Dusty Miller.

Tickets are now on sale for Wells Cathedral on August 21 with the Cheddar Male Choir. If you want to know more about the band or perhaps how to join please visit our website or ring 01934 820205.


Benefits, Brass and the Girtest Day was the fascinating subject introduced to the members by Phillip Hoyland at our recent meeting. Phillip’s talk revolved around the benefits available to members of what can best be described as village friendly society’s set up in the early 1800s in and around Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Devon.

Such was the success of these self help groups that the numbers swelled from 5,000 authorised members in 1801 to four million in 1872.

For more information about the club please visit our website Future events include a silent auction on Wednesday, whilst on the morning of August 1 there will be a coffee morning in Axbridge Town Hall.


Every year the Wells Charity for the Children of Chernobyl play host to young people for one month providing them with dental and various health checks. Twelve young people from Belarus enjoyed a day out in Weston organised by Weston Lions. Weston Lions would like to thank the following for their generosity:

SeaQuarium (Leanne Mitchell); Donkey Rides (Richard Warburton); Grand Pier (Paul Charalambus); Big Wheel (James Rogers); Water Park (Weston Town Council) and last but not least David and Andrew Horler, Queenswood Hotel, for providing an excellent lunch once again.


At a dinner the chain of office was handed over to Dorothy Lazzari, who has chosen Weston Hospicecare to be her charity of the year. Dorothy says she is in awe of the dedication the staff give to patients and their families, in what must be a very exacting time for all concerned. Dorothy recognises that the relocation of the local hospice to Mooseheart, just outside of Winscombe, will come at a tremendous cost, so every penny raised will be well spent. She hopes that Inner Wheel members will

enjoy lots of fun whilst raising money for this worthwhile cause. As well as Weston Hospicecare, Dorothy’s intention is to continue Inner Wheel’s support of funding a schoolgirl in Africa, as well as helping out with local foodbanks and the Salvation Army’s Winter Warmth programme.


The Big Worle Showbiz Choir presented a summer concert at Priory Community School last Saturday and gave the audience a wonderful range of choral and solo music. At the end a collection was made in aid of SSAFA, the national charity giving lifelong support to our armed forces and their families, raising the sum of £111. We would like to thank the choir and its supporters for this donation that will help us to continue our work supporting local service and ex-service personnel and their dependants. If any reader knows of anyone who needs help and would qualify, we can be contacted every Wednesday morning at Eagle House, Alexandra Parade, 10am to noon. Telephone 01934 644024 or outside of those hours on 08458500510.


Our next meeting is on July 30 at the Crossroads Carers Centre, Graham Road, Weston, 10.30am to noon. Why not drop in for a coffee and a chat. For further information please contact Chris Custy on 01934 827724.


The club will start its July 27 meeting at St George’s Hall at 1.30pm with a ploughman’s lunch, prior to welcoming our speaker for the afternoon, Margaret Adams, whose talk is entitled ‘Down on the farm’ starting at 2.30pm.

Club members are reminded that an in-house competition is being held, so bring along an arrangement.


At the meeting on July 16, president Tricia Murphy set out her plan for the year and said that her chosen charities are Frenchay After Burns (FAB) and Canine Partners.

The speaker for the evening was Vera Saunders who gave a very interesting talk about the Julian Trust Night Shelter for the Homeless and also Caring at Christmas.

There will be a coffee morning with cakes, scarves and jewellery stalls on August 1 at Axbridge Town Hall.


Around 30 members attended the annual meeting and heard Julia Thomson, one of the helpline nurses on the National Osteoporosis Society helpline talk of her experiences over 20 years. She informed us that 80 per cent of calls were treatment related. Most of her time was spent reassuring people about the possible side effects of the various drug treatments. She also answered many questions from those present and encouraged people to ring the helpline on 01761 472721 if they would like to talk through any issues relating to osteoporosis.

The next meeting on September 7 at 6.30pm at the Academy at Weston General Hospital when Rachel Lewis, physiotherapist, will demonstrate some simple standing and chair based exercises.

For enquiries about the Weston Osteoporosis Support Group please ring 01934 415096


At the July meeting Weston Homemakers enjoyed a talk by Paul Temple who showed slides of several of his most recent trips to Luhimba in Tanzania and updated us on some of the ongoing and new projects being undertaken there by the charity. As usual, Paul’s talk was both informative and amusing. Members were reminded about forthcoming events and asked to bring contributions to the August meeting for our summer market on August 22 which will raise money for a number of different charities.


This society is now 65 years old and still going from strength to strength. We hold three shows annually at Yatton village hall, and have evening talks from September to March held at Yatton Bowling Club, when we charge a small admission fee to include coffee and biscuits. We also arrange one day trip a year, usually to a garden of great interest. Our next event is our summer show on August 8 at Yatton village hall from 2-4.30pm. All exhibits should be at the hall by 10am on the day ready for judging. There will an admission charge of adults £1, senior citizens 70p and accompanied children are free. There will be refreshments and a raffle in the hall with stalls of local organisations, plants and live music making this very much a village fun day.


The Lodge held its annual Governor’s barbeque at Berrow village hall last Saturday afternoon. Around 60 people munched their way through burgers, sausages, chicken and salad, courtesy of Governor Ron Fisher.

The usual 45 prize raffle raised £170, and all profits from the day go towards the Governor’s named charity.

As Governor Ron Fisher is a lifeboat volunteer, it is only natural that Ron has chosen to support the Burnham Lifeboat Station appeal as his chosen charity.

The Lodge meets on the fourth Thursday of each calendar month at 7.30pm at Berrow village hall, and we believe in having fun whilst raising money for our numerous charities.

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