Clubs and Societies, July 9, 2015

PUBLISHED: 10:34 10 July 2015 | UPDATED: 10:34 10 July 2015





The next meeting will be on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. We will be having a summer supper at a cost of £7. There will be cold meats, salad, potatoes and a selection of desserts and we look forward to seeing you there.

There will be no meeting in August, but we are having an afternoon tea at Banwell Garden Centre on August 11 at 2pm. Everyone will be made very welcome and for further information please contact Carol on 01934 429356.


The branch is having a supper night on Saturday, come along and enjoy great food in great company.

Social events are displayed on the club noticeboard and a programme of planned events over the next three months is featured on our website

The function room upstairs is available for hire, so if you have a party coming up, speak to the secretary about renting the room.

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


On Monday we look forward to a fun evening with a session of ‘Call My Bluff’, arranged by one of our members.

Doors will be open at the village hall at 7pm with coffee and tea to welcome you.

Please make sure to read all the notices regarding theatre trips, book club meeting, art and craft club and archery session with Banwell WI.


There will be a practical presentation and talk by Robert Yeomens on ‘Memoirs and progress of an amateur organist’ on Monday at 10.30am, St James Church, Winscombe.


Following a very successful year Chris Nelson handed over to David Hunt at a gathering at Oak and Glass, Weston.

David hopes to enlarge on the many varied projects the club is already committed to in his year ahead. Weston Lions are dedicated in supporting not only the needs of the local community but national and international projects through the association of Lions Clubs International.

For further information about the Lions Club of Weston visit or tel 0845 8339542.


At our next coffee morning on July 16 we will be taking bookings for our outing to Sidmouth on August 11. On our way home we will be stopping for a WI tea at Sidbury. We will be taking a small deposit for the September 8 outing to Minehead for tea on the train back from Minehead. All retired and serving Civil Servants are welcome to join and for further information contact chairman Margaret on 01934 514309.


Outgoing President Tony Watkins handed over to new President Richard Scott confirmed the ongoing fundraising - Ryan’s Bike - to enable the purchase of a specialist bike will be concluded within the next few months.

This appeal for funds is named after Ryan, who is a local lad with restricted abilities and who loves the feeling of ‘speed and the wind in your face’. So far 60 per cent of the money needed has been raised. The ‘ideal for riders with special needs’ side by side Twister Model bike will be purchased and handed over to the In2Biking (inclusive cycling) organisation (sponsored by the Age-2-Age Charity) based in Worle, Weston. Please note In2Biking is having a sponsored Fun Ride Day 10am-4pm at Clarence Park East on Sunday, complete with children’s magic shows and balloon modelling.


Weston Brass has given hundreds of concerts, most have been in Weston, many in the villages surrounding the town, some as far away as Boppart, Germany, but not many were received so enthusiastically as the one in Bridgwater Town Hall on Saturday. The charity concert was given in aid of the Marketeers, one of the many carnival clubs in Bridgwater, and was played to a packed hall. Horn soloist Rachel Tilling, played a beautiful version of One Day in Your Life, and then went on to conduct the newly formed Somerset Community Choir to rapturous applause.

The band will now prepare for its next concert on Sunday at Clevedon’s bandstand. Details on the band can be seen at or from Gill on 01934 824461.


Machine embroidery was the topic for the June; the buzz of sewing machines was even louder than the chatter amongst the members. Jan Tillett led workshop members in a journey of discovery into the potential of machining into the spaces left when a hole is cut into fabric.

Different ways of backing raised and detached embroidery were discussed, and even those members who considered themselves well versed in how to do this picked up some new ideas, not only from the tutor but also from each other. One of the joys of being part of a stitching group is the ongoing learning process that ensures people’s individual work constantly evolves as a result of exposure to interesting ideas and techniques. This is equally true for experienced embroiderers and beginners - both of whom are very welcome to join the group.

The next meeting will take place in Ashcott Village Hall from 10am–4pm on July 25 when the workshop will feature beginners stump work on a washing line. More information can be obtained from Sue Anderson on 01278 723644, or just drop in and see what is going on.


Following a very enjoyable afternoon at Brent Knoll, the band is putting the finishing touches to its next programme at Grove Park on July 19. New players continue to walk through our doors, with another flute joining us this week. Our baritone sax player is looking for a new challenge and wants to relocate to another section within the band. We are therefore actively seeking someone to fill his place – could this be you? Anyone of grade 5+ standard wishing to join this lively, friendly band or book the band for 2016 can contact the musical director, Julia Ractliffe, on 01934 517719 or visit the website at


One person in five is affected by lung disease, and the aim of Weston Breathe Easy is to offer support advice and encouragement on how to live with a chronic condition, by meeting others with the same problem.

Breathe Easy is part of the British Lung Foundation, we hold regular monthly meetings with a wide variety of speakers on medical and general topics.

The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the cricket club, Windwhistle Lane, Weston at 2pm.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday when our speaker will be British Lung Foundation Regional Manager, Justin Parsons.

For more information tel Ann on 01934 251380 or Nick 873322.


The society holds its meetings at The Windsor Castle, Weston from 8.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month.

At the moment the society is preparing for its annual model show, which this year is being held at a new venue, the Helicopter Museum, Weston this Sunday.

The society also holds an all day ‘model-in’ at The Helicopter Museum one Sunday each month, which is proving increasingly popular. All modellers are welcome to either meeting, regardless of age, experience or area of model-making interest.

For further information about the meetings or the model shows, please telephone Fred Tooke on 01934 416798 or email


Anticipation ran high on a hot summer’s evening when Soroptimists from Weston and Bridgwater met at the Red Cow, Brent Knoll, for their annual skittles match. Fortunes swayed to and fro as the skittles were sent flying but in the end the Bridgwater club continued their winning streak and took home the (virtual) Red Cow trophy.

There was some consolation for Weston Soroptimists when, following a tense penalty shoot-out, Melanie David carried off the prize for most points scored.


Approaching the end of her successful Inner Wheel year, President Lovina Bates joined forces with the President of Weston Rotary Club, Terry Gilbert, to raise money for their chosen charities, right up to the last available minute. A Harvest Home garden party was held at the home of Terry and his wife Rose, herself an Inner Wheeler, where members of both clubs enjoyed good food and the company of each other, on a glorious summer’s afternoon. The marquee and tables had been dressed to impress and Inner Wheeler, Myra Taylor, had taken her arts and crafts skills to new heights, by carving a copy of the Inner Wheel insignia into a water melon, which was won by Christine Dodgson in the raffle. A total in excess of £700 was raised on the day. This was divided equally between both clubs, with Inner Wheel’s half going into the pot towards Young Carers, President Lovina’s chosen charity of her year in office.


Our next social meeting will be at St Savour’s Hall, Locking Road on Monday at 2pm.

New members will be made welcome whether they have arthritis or not.

For further details tel Sandy on 07803 746323.

Arthritis Care exists to help, advise and support all people with arthritis and our helpline service on 08088 004050 is open from 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday.

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