Clubs and Societies July 26, 2012

PUBLISHED: 12:04 27 July 2012




BANWELL WI: Banwell WI members joined 160 WIs of Avon Federation at their very own Olympic Games in Timsbury, Bath on July 18, where they bagged first prize for their Olympic flag design.

Representing the team from Banwell was team 3 B’s (Banwell Buxom Bathers) who also won best costume as we continued our theme of synchronised swimmers that we used for the torch relay.

Banwell WI will be featured in next months WI Life magazine.

HEWISH AND DISTRICT WI: It made a nice change to have our meeting on a lovely sunny, dry evening.

Thanks were given to Daphne for arranging the Christmas lunch in December and our speaker was Richard Frost who gave a talk on ‘The Mendip Society’.

His theme was the need to preserve The Mendips from drilling, over-development and the overhead pylons and cables that are blotting the landscape.

He was very enthusiastic and made a good case for joining the society.

Many members were ready with their cheque books.

The annual meeting in the Winter Gardens this year will be on September 25 when Adam Henson from the BBC’s Country File will give a talk about farming. Tickets are £9.

The club meets on the third Thursday of each month (except August when there is no meetings) and all visitors will be given a warm welcome; we meet in the Hewish Village Hall for a 7.30pm start.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: The Congresbury branch of the Royal British Legion will meet on August 6 in the War Memorial Hall at 7.30pm.

New members are always welcome. The area covered by the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in Congresbury is inclusive of the area from the Star on Rhodyate Hill down to Wick St Lawrence and collectors are always needed during late October/early November.

If you feel you would be able to help please telephone the Poppy Appeal Organiser, Irving Prowse on 01934 832004.

MARK FRIENDSHIP CLUB: At Mark Friendship Club you can always be sure of a warm welcome. At a previous meeting, Jon Glauert had talked about ‘Avalon Camps’ but due to unforeseen circumstances had been unable to show any films of the children.

However, to everyone’s delight, he returned to continue where he left off, with his complete film show.

Following Jon, we were entertained by our well-known and popular post-lady, Val Stone, who told us about her life as the village postie.

At the end of her talk, having answered many questions, we were left feeling that we now know her even better than we did before.

By this time, everybody, including Val, was ready for a cup of tea which was served by Win and her helpers.

Please note that the coach outing on August 9 has been changed from Swanage to Sidmouth. Seats are available, and we hope the weather will be better than it was at Ilfracombe.

Don’t miss the meeting on August 2 when Tim Lewis will be reviving memories of Flanders and Swann.

WESTON FILM SOCIETY: The next showing for the Weston Film Society is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Tuesday at The Playhouse with showings at 2.30 and 7.30pm.

Free entry to film society members, usual fees apply to non-members.

The film starring Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Bill Nighy amongst others is about a group of British retirees who decide to spend their retirement at the newly restored Marigold Hotel in India.

FRIENDS OF WESTON MUSEUM: The Friends of Weston Museum have been hosting an exhibition in the museum gallery on Community Archaeology in Northern Somerset.

This is part of the CBA (Council for British Archaeology) Festival of Archaeology.

The exhibition has been on for two weeks and will be closing on Saturday. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 10am and 5pm.

A talk by John Page on the ‘History of Cheddar’ has also taken place as part of the festival.

The Friends support the museum in many ways - fundraising, hosting meetings, volunteering, and joining in with museum events.

If you would like to join the Friends you can obtain a membership form from the museum shop or at any of our meetings.

WESTON ROTARY CLUB: At our Friday lunchtime meeting Weston Rotary Club was addressed by District Governor Peter Noble, a member of the Dorchester Rotary Club. He congratulated our club on our work in the local community and his theme was the rate of change occurring throughout Rotary.

The club visited Brabantia in Nailsea, a renowned kitchen equipment manufacturer and we saw how their famous bins are made from start to finish – an impressive local company.

The visit was followed by a pub meal and game of skittles.

A group of our members and their partners attended the Rotary Club of Yeovil’s 90th anniversary celebration, a glitzy black tie fundraising dinner.

We are proud to be a ‘Mother’ club to Yeovil, being one of their original sponsors in 1922.

Today (Thurs) will see our 16th Annual Charity Golf Day take place at Weston Golf Club.

This is the biggest event of its kind in the area with around 55 teams taking part and thanks to the generosity of local businesses and organisations we hope to raise in excess of £10,000.

For more information about Rotary see

WESTON RADIO SOCIETY: There was a well attended meeting this month to hear Morris Smith give a fascinating talk about data decoding.

Morris has amassed a vast collection of computer software which has enabled him to decode radio signals throughout the spectrum including those from aircraft ships and satellites.

His talk made members aware that the computer in conjunction with radio equipment has opened up a very interesting side to the hobby.

Members wished Dave Dyer and Graham Jones good luck.

They were both selected by Ofcom to inspect TV and radio equipment being used by the world’s media at the Olympics and began their work this week.

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 - visit for details.

WESTON OSTEOPOROSIS GROUP: On July 16 members of the group and visitors met to hear Dr Shane Clarke give his annual presidential address.

It was preceded by a brief AGM.

Dr Clarke was consultant rheumatologist at Weston hospital until December 2008.

He moved to the BRI in January 2009, but returns every year to give his annual address.

Dr Clarke’s presentation was on the subject of ‘Risk’, not solely confined to osteoporosis.

His talk was humorous and entertaining, whilst being very informative, and was greatly enjoyed by at least 50 members, and also Dr Sandra Green, consultant rheumatologist at Weston hospital.

At the end of his talk he reminded us that ‘all life was a risk.’

WORLEWIND BAND: The next opportunity to hear the band in Weston will be on August 26 at 3pm.

The bandstand in Grove Park is where you will find us.

The band has a delightful selection of music ready to entertain all who are able to join it so do come and listen, there really is something for everyone so no excuses.

For more information on the band please visit our website

THE INNER WHEEL CLUB OF WRINGTON VALE: President Jacky Batchelor welcomed two potential members Tricia Murphy and Sue Saunders, and sadly announced the retirement of Betty Williams from the club.

Mrs Williams has been an active member for 48 years.

Jacky has chosen to support the charity BRACE which funds research into Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. After supper its representative spoke about the charity’s work.

A coffee morning will be held on August 6 to raise funds to pay for a child’s education overseas, members were asked to supply a photograph of themselves as a child for a quiz on the day.

President Jackie announced that as there is no meeting in August an evening meal, to which husbands and partners are invited, has been arranged.

BLEADON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On a rare sunny day in July a coach full of intrepid gardeners set off for Ottery St Mary for a coffee and shop stop.

This was followed by a pleasant afternoon in the delightful surround of Bicton Park and Gardens.

Everyone who travelled around the grounds on the miniature railway thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our thanks are extended to Maggie and Tony Pettitt for organising the raffle which helped make the journey back seem even shorter.

Schedules for the summer flower show which will be held in the Coronation Hall at 2.30pm on September 1 are now available from the village shop/post office, the church porch or committee members.

WESTON AND MENDIP ADVANCED MOTORISTS: At the last meeting the group had an ‘Ask the expert’ forum.

If you are interested in saving money on fuel, insurance and receiving other benefits as an Advanced Motorist then why not come and meet us on the forecourt of Formula 1st on Saturday.

We can arrange a free assess drive or you could experience a demonstration drive with one of our qualified observers.

If you can’t make Saturday, please phone us on 07020 934714 for details.

WEST WOODSPRING ROTARY CLUB: Our most recent speaker was Ronnie Brown the development director of Quartet Community Foundation.

Ronnie outlined the aims and objects of the Quartet Foundation which basically manages the funds of charities and other organisations supporting local communities.

For more information contact Quartet on 01179 897700 or by email to

Our annual Music in the Meadow event, being held at John and Angie Horne’s home, Sycamore Farm, Stone Allerton, is on August 12.

Tickets are £13 each, under 12s £6 under 5s free, starting at noon until 5pm, with a pig roast, live entertainment and a licensed bar.

Proceeds will go to Hearing Dogs for the Deaf and local charities.

At Weston Golf Club on Tuesday, 7 for 7.30pm, the speaker will be Richard Dyer talking about National Children for the Blind.

Guests and their partners are welcome. For further information or to order tickets contact Dick Richards on 01934844214.

WESTON TANGENT CLUB: Last Saturday members of Tangent and 41 Club gathered to enjoy the sunshine at the chairman’s charity tea.

Tangent chairman Hilary Wyatt and 41 Club chairman Derek Tottle provided a welcome glass of sparkling pink vintage Cava, although sadly as he was suffering from a summer cold, Derek was unable to be there.

Members then tucked into bowls of fresh local strawberries and cream, assorted sandwiches and delicious cake, all baked by Tangent members.

It was a very enjoyable afternoon and a total of £200 was raised for the Alzheimer’s society Singing for the Brain.

Tangent chairman Hilary Wyatt (centre) presents thank you gifts to Penny and Peter Bennett who kindly hosted the tea.

RAFA CONCERT BAND - BLAKEHAY RESIDENT BAND: The band attended the Bristol Harbour Festival for the second year running and the weather was brilliant on both days.

We also provided a small band to play on the Grand Pier to provide music support for the Air Day, once again gorgeous weather and appreciative audience.

We have a few vacancies for competent players on brass and woodwind especially on oboe and trombone.

Please call or email if you are interested in playing or visit our website or ring 01934 820205 for details.

Future engagements: August 12 - Grove Park bandstand 3-5pm; August 14 and 15 - small band to Falmouth Air Day display; September 8 -Annual Concert in Solihull.

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