Clubs and Societies July 7

PUBLISHED: 10:32 08 July 2011




Resident Band): Members travelled to Nailsea on July 2 for two concerts as part of its carnival then on July 3 we played in Grove Park

Unfortunately that is our only visit to the bandstand this year because of our very busy schedule.

The search for competent players on brass and woodwind continues especially on oboe and 
trombone, give us a call if you are interested.

Future engagements include: July 25 - playing on the Grand Pier; July 30 and 31 - three concerts on board one of HM Ships at Bristol Harbour Festival starting at 11am; August 6 - Air Cadets, Anniversary Concert Princess Hall, Burnham, 7.30pm;

September 3 - RAFA Midland area concert, Solihull, 7.30pm.

Visit our website or ring 01934 820205 for more details.

THE A1 CAMERA CLUB: This week the members brought in their framed photographs ready for our summer exhibition which is to be held at the local town museum on July 9-15.

We discussed and organised some of our 
summer photography outings, which take place 
during the summer when the club closes, re-opening in September.

A few of our members were also on hand to 
mentor some of the newer members with their camera settings.

The club meets at St Georges Community Centre, BS22 7XF, contact Howard on 01934 521780, or visit our website

WESTON FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP: This is a lively, sociable, self-help group for sufferers of Fibromyalgia.

We meet at The Purple Sheep Centre, Hughenden Road, Milton, on the second Monday of every month from 2-4pm.

We have discussions on relevant subjects and share our experiences.

If you are a Fibro sufferer, or have an illness that causes chronic pain and fatigue, join us for a meeting where you can meet fellow sufferers and have a chat and a cuppa.

Subs are £2 a meeting, including refreshments. The next meeting is on July 11.

CONGRESBURY OVER 60S CLUB: Members were given an insight in to the amount of planning and work behind the scenes it took to get Concorde off the drawing board and into the air when Charles Heard gave a most interesting talk about the iconic aircraft.

With such an innovative design it is hard to believe that it is 55 years since Concorde was built at a cost of £1.5 billion and that the technology was on a par with the Apollo space mission.

It took 5,000 development hours before the aircraft was allowed to fly with passengers.

Members found this a most enjoyable and fascinating talk and hope for a return visit from this wonderful speaker. At the meeting on July 12 Robert Tinker will give a talk on ‘British piers, fund and frivolity’ and on July 26 the general meeting will take place with a cream tea afterwards.

The destination for the coach trip on July 19 is Teignmouth and in August there will be a visit to Torquay.

Members met on June 27 at St Georges Hall.

Four of our talented members gave us their interpretation of ‘Summer madness’, which was presented to us in a light-hearted way and was very enjoyable.

We were pleased to welcome to the meeting Mrs Pam Bluer, chairman of National Association of Flower Arrangers for the afternoon.

The competition for best arrangement in a tea cup was won by Mrs Dawn Underwood.

During the week commencing July 11 the society will again take part in Weston in Bloom and will be using ‘Themed books’ which will be placed in various shop windows along the length of the High Street culminating in a display in the Mayor’s Parlour.

The next meeting of the club will be on July 25 at 2.30pm when Mrs Margaret Heal from Bridgwater will be our demonstrator.

WESTON U3A: The next lecture will take place tomorrow (Fri) at 2.15pm in St Paul’s Church Hall, Walliscote Road, Weston.

The subject ‘Travels to China including the 
Terracotta Army’ will be presented by our speaker Ann Miller.

Cost is £1 with tea and coffee served afterwards.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION, Women’s Section, Weston Branch: Our next meeting is on July 13 at 2.15pm in the United Formed Church Hall in the Boulevard and the next coffee morning is on July 29 in the same venue, 10.30am-noon.

Coffee/tea and biscuits are 50p. There will be a raffle and hand-made cards for sale. All visitors are welcome.

On August 10 at 2pm in the United Reformed Church Hall is our Victorian market – admission free.

There will be various stalls and refreshments provided also a raffle and tombola.

CONJUNCTION WITH WESTON IN BLOOM: Members are holding an open garden competition for anyone in the Weston area.

The best front, large, medium and small garden will receive a £25 gift card from Wilkinsons and there will be a £10 cash prize for the best hanging basket. Judging will take place week commencing July 18.

To enter phone Cynthia Filer on 01934 514057 or visit the Trading Hut at Clarke’s Field Allotments, Rectors Way, any weekend from 9.30-12.30pm.

ASSOCIATION: Members enjoyed their recent holiday in Northumberland and Durham. There was 
particular interest in the visit to Seaton Delaval, restored recently by the National Trust.

Summer outings are proving popular with the most recent to Mottisfont Abbey near Romsey in Hampshire. Next visits will be to Plymouth, then by boat to Cotehele. A new outing to Witley Court will be followed by Moseley Old Hall.

Brean Down Cove Cafe has recently been refurbished and supplied with new seating funded by the 

Committee members were invited to admire the changes and then transported to the fort at the end of the down.

To join the association contact the membership 
secretary Rachel Wiltshire on 01934 612313.

THE NOTABLE CLUB: Members welcomed retired Major General James Short’s talk ‘Never a dull moment in the army’.

James who is colonel of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers talked about his 34 years of executive experience for NATO and the British Army during the cold, Balkan, Iraq and Afghanistan war periods.

James is a specialist in strategic planning, leadership and personnel planning.

The following week the picnic in Clarence Park was enjoyed by the members. Many thanks to all the 
volunteers who made it possible.

The Notable Club is a weekly, socially active lunchtime club for physically disabled people aged 16 to 60 years. Contact Dina on 07845 220349.

WESTON BREATHE EASY: Part of the British Lung Foundation, we are a self-help group for anyone with a lung condition, ranging from asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to emphysema and lung cancer.

We meet at the Hutton Village Hall on the third Wednesday of each month.

Our next meeting will be on July 20 commencing 2pm.

Our guest speaker will be Beth Connock, community respiratory nurse and the home oxygen organiser.

Anyone with an interest will be welcome.

For further details telephone Nick on 01275 873322 or Sue on 01934 521259.

FRIENDS OF WESTON MUSEUM: Volunteers at Weston Museum will be displaying copies of old local 
newspapers in the museum in Burlington Street 
tomorrow (Fri) and Saturday in the museum courtyard during museum opening hours from 11am till 4pm.

The event will be free.

Newspapers on show from the collection will highlight important events in the town’s history such as war reports from 1916; the opening of the pool (Tropicana) in 1938; the Weston, Clevedon, and Portishead Light Railway in 1940; the bombing of Weston in 1942 and other memorable occasions.

The newspapers will also show house prices of yesteryear and advertisements for shops and businesses long gone.

Museum volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to answer questions, give help, and provide 
assistance in the handling of the fragile newsprint.

THE MDF BIPOLAR ORGANISATION SELF-HELP GROUP: The group meets on July 12 at FRIEND, 39 Oxford Street, Weston, BS23 1TN, 7.30-9.30pm.

People who suffer from bipolar and/or their 
supporters are very welcome to join us. Telephone 0845 434 9915 or email: for details. Please note that we now meet on the second Tuesday of each month.

NORTH SOMERSET MODELLERS’ SOCIETY: Members displayed their colourful and award-winning We Make Allsorts model display at the Heli-Hobbies weekend at the helicopter museum and assisted with the AIRFIX© sponsored Make & Take.

The next outing will be to the Torbay Model Show on July 30.

At the helicopter museum on July 30 and 31 the theme will be science fiction to compliment the Stars of our Time weekend hosted by the museum.

The society continues to attract new members at its meetings at The Woodspring, Worle High Street, from 8.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month.

The next meeting is Tuesday, July 12.

The society also holds an all day model-in at the helicopter museum one Sunday each month.

For further information please telephone Fred Tooke on 01934 416798, email

RAF ASSOCIATION (RAFA), WESTON BRANCH/CLUB: Members celebrated Veterans Day with an open house and barbecue, welcoming our guests who included Cllr and Mrs King, Weston’s mayor and mayoress.

Last weekend we had a stall at the Woodspring Model Aircraft Club Air Show at Yatton, supporting our Wings Appeal charity.

This Saturday there is a pie and mash supper and on July 16, an Italian theme evening.

More details can be obtained from our website

Our association is the largest single service 
membership organisation of current and past members of the RAF, their families, friends and those who wish to support its aims.

Call in at Eagle House in Alexandra Parade for more details. You would be sure of a warm welcome

WESTON ROTARY CLUB: Plans are well in hand for the club’s 15th annual charity golf day which will take place on July 28 at Weston Golf Club.

Fifty teams are already entered to compete and we are delighted to welcome back Mercedes Benz of Weston as our main sponsor and also to announce HSBC Premier as a significant new sponsor this year.

The teams will compete for excellent prizes and we expect that the standard will be high and the competition fierce.

Many other local businesses generously 
support this high profile event by sponsoring a tee or a green and we would be delighted to talk to any organisations interested in being involved this year.

For more information about Rotary and contacts please see

WESTON FILM SOCIETY: The next showing for the film society is Mike Leigh’s Another Year (certificate 15) 129 minutes at the Playhouse on July 12 at 2.30 and 7.30pm

Starring Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton and Ruth Sheen the film tells the story of a year in the life of Tom (Broadbent) and Gerri (Sheen), a 
couple nearing retirement who spend their evenings and weekends having friends and family over for dinner. Free entry to film society 
members – usual charges to non-members.

WEST WOODSPRING INNER WHEEL: Inner Wheel was founded in Manchester in 1924. 
Members are the female wives, partners and 
relatives of Rotary International members.

West Woodspring Inner Wheel is unique in that its membership combines the local Rotary Clubs of West Woodspring and Weston.

The movement spread and International Inner Wheel was formed in 1967.

As the Inner Wheel year comes to a close and the presidential chain of office is handed on, we reflect on the aims of Inner Wheel, which are to promote true friendship, encourage the ideals of personal service and foster international 

CHEDDAR MALE CHOIR: July 2 was a special night for the choir when they sang at the Mid Summer Music Night at Rookery Manor. The evening was organised by the Coldstream Guards Association and the music was complemented by the pipes and drums of the Bristol and Avonmouth Pipe Band.

The evening was to raise funds for the Help for Heroes charity. The choir will be singing in St John’s Church in Glastonbury on Saturday for the festival weeks final concert. The event starts at 7.30pm.

A welcome is extended to any males interested in joining a male choir to come to Draycott Village Hall any Tuesday at 7.15pm. Emma, our musical director, will be pleased to meet you.

WEST WOODSPRING ROTARY: At the Weston Museum, Roger Buckley, the club president, awarded first prizes to Millie Meese and Liam Tyler in their respective categories of the Primary School Art Competition.

The standard of art was high and there were 100 entries from local primary schools.

The inauguration of Melany Stephenson as the club’s first lady president took place having previously outlined her plans for the first six months.

The first major event will be ‘Jazz in the Field’ at Sycamore Farm, Stone Allerton, on August 14. Starting at noon and ending about 5pm, with a live jazz band, pig roast and licensed bar.

Tickets are priced at £12 per person, under 12s £6 and under fives free, can be obtained by calling Dick Richards on 01934 844214.

Anyone who would like to know more about the club that meets each Tuesday evening at Weston Golf Club 7 for 7.30pm should contact Dick Richards on 01934 844214 or visit our web site at

ROTARY CLUB OF WRINGTON VALE: The meeting on June 29 marked the end of another Rotary Year and a change of president.

After a talk about their experiences as guides and conservators at Tyntesfield House by Keith Nicholls and his wife Jenny the existing president, Mark Parnell, presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Rotarian Robin Forsey.

The award, named after the founder of Rotary International, is given to acknowledge exemplary service to Rotary or to the community.

Mark Parnell then handed over the chain of office to new president, Ivor Metherell, a retired engineer. Wrington Vale Rotary Club meets weekly at the Burrington Inn, Burrington.

If you are interested in learning more about Rotary please contact Ivor Metherell on 01761 462607.

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