Clubs and Societies, July 30, 2015

PUBLISHED: 10:23 31 July 2015 | UPDATED: 10:23 31 July 2015





If you are a young musician aged 21 or under and are interested in joining an orchestra, Weston Youth Orchestra could be just what you are looking for. We rehearse every Friday throughout the year at the Boulevard United Reformed Church, Weston and have both a junior and senior orchestra to cater for a wide range of age, ability and experience. We perform a number of concerts each year at a variety of local venues and members are given the opportunity to perform a wide range of contemporary and classical pieces from our extensive library of orchestral music. Playing as part of an orchestra is a great way to improve your musical ability and to meet new friends. If you are interested and would like to come along to one of our rehearsals please contact our director Dennis Cole on 01934 623787 or 07787 520230.

Further information can also be found on our


The first fundraising event of president Dorothy’s year was a cream tea held at the home of club treasurer Cindy. Members who had gathered to raise funds for Weston Hospicecare, enjoyed home-made scones in the sunshine, were given the opportunity to boost the total raised by buying plants from Cindy’s lovely garden and by taking part in a raffle. The afternoon resulted in a £137 start for Hospicecare’s pot for the coming year.


Tickets are now on sale from the box office for the Wells Cathedral Concert on August 21 with Cheddar Male Choir. Enquiries for music support continues to arrive which proves the theory of quality, not quantity when dealing with audiences.

If you want to know more about the band visit our website or call 01934 820205.

Future engagements include: Aug 21 - Wells Cathedral 75th Anniversary Battle of Britain Concert; Sept 8 - Wings Appeal lunchtime concert, Bristol; Sept 26 - private function; Oct 28 - Quintet - buffet, Weymouth.


“I’m only as good as the stuff you tell me” said Sue Mountstevens, Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon & Somerset Police, when she gave an eloquent and absorbing talk last week. She explained how she decided to stand for election when no other independent candidates presented themselves. Despite having a small canvassing team covering a large area, in the voting she achieved the highest mandate in England and Wales.

Sue explained that her role, for which there was no prior job description, includes acting as a bridge between the police and the public, appointing the Chief Constable and managing the police budget.

She started the job with four priorities - violence against women and girls, burglary, antisocial behaviour and giving victims a louder voice, but had recently added road safety as this is a concern of the public’s. It was good to hear that income from speed

awareness courses is used to improve road safety. In her vote of thanks, Ronnie Murdin confirmed that we were all hugely impressed by the range and amount of work Sue’s post entails and by her encyclopaedic knowledge.


On Monday at 7.30pm at Boulevard United Reformed Church, Waterloo Street Weston Quilters will hold a project evening, ‘Bazaar Makes’. Please bring a hand-sewing kit, scraps of fabric and one jelly roll strip if possible. Non members are very welcome at a cost of £4.


There was an excellent turn out for Weston Radio Society’s event of operating on Weston beach. Several radio stations were set up on the beach, which is known to improve international transmissions, with kites flown to raise the aerials. Contacts were made as far away as Canada.

The enjoyable evening finished with the usual kite chase after the kites became tangled, fortunately no kites were lost.

The club holds its main meeting on the third Monday of the month but meets every Monday for a construction and natter night at the social club. The club can be contacted at


Prof Joe Anderson provided the members with a very vivid account of how the poorest of the poor provide food for themselves and families in the rural farms in Kenya. Too many there is of an opinion that Kenya is a land of plenty but the facts prove 25 per cent of the population are living below the poverty line. Thanks to the efforts of Joe, and the company he represents, major improvements are being made to rectify this situation by assisting the farmers and small holders to benefit from the use of specific fertilisers to improve the quality of the land.

The programme is already producing very positive results simply by the use of inexpensive fertilisers. Joe produced several pictures which members found most interesting.

A coffee morning is being held on Saturday morning at Axbridge Town Hall at 9am to noon. Admission is free but any profit from the stalls will be donated to Canine Partners.


For the first time this year, inclement weather caused the concert by Weston Brass in Grove Park last Sunday to be cancelled. Fortunately this is a very rare occurrence for the band. All was not lost however, as band secretary Kathy Light invited the band to a cakes and jelly party, which was a lot of fun, and well attended.

Sunday sees the band at Blake Gardens, Bridgwater to be followed by a barbecue.

The band is currently very well attended after welcoming new members, however competent brass players are always made welcome to this traditional brass band, and information regarding vacancies or for details on booking the band is available on

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