Clubs and Societies, June 11, 2015

PUBLISHED: 10:25 12 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:25 12 June 2015





Rehearsals are well under way for the summer engagements with lots of popular lively music being added to our programmes. The band will be performing at a garden party event at Ivy Clad Hall in Brent Knoll on July 5 followed by two appearances at Grove Park bandstand on July 19 and August 23. There are vacancies in the band, particularly for auxiliary/tuned percussion (some percussive instruments available), baritone sax and clarinet. For details on how to join or book the band please contact Julia Ractliffe on 01934 517719 or visit the website at


At our meeting on June 18 we will be taking bookings for the outing to Dartmouth.

In July we will be taking a small deposit for the September outing, when we will be visiting Minehead.

We meet as a club on the first and third Thursday morning each month at The Friends Meeting House. All retired and serving civil servants are most welcome at these

get-togethers and for further information please contact Margaret on 01934 514309.


The group welcomes you to an annual medical update by Dr Sandra Green, Consultant Rheumatologist at Weston General Hospital and the support group medical adviser, preceded by a short annual meeting.

The venue is The Academy Unit, Weston General Hospital on July 6 at 6.30pm, doors open at 6pm. Entry is £1 and refreshments 50p. For further information please call 01934 415096.


At our last meeting, Elizabeth Rhodes joined us for an interactive presentation on ‘Keeping the home fires burning’. Many of the home aspects of World War Two were discussed.

Our next meeting is on June 18 when Brian Saunders will present ‘Theatre on stage, and off’.

New members are always welcome to join us at our new venue at Worlebury Golf Club. We have a varied programme of talks and outings arranged for this year.

If you are interested or would like further information, telephone 01934 514857 or check out our website


The club held its June dinner meeting at Weston Golf Club. New chairman Carole Lohmann welcomed everyone to the first meeting of her year, and introduced Major Keith Manning who gave a very interesting talk about The Salvation Army in Weston, which is Carole’s chosen charity for the year. Although Tangent is not a fundraising club, we always manage to give a donation raised through a charity tea and raffles held throughout the year. Last year Tangent was delighted to be able to give £600 to Children’s Hospice South West.

At the beginning of the evening past Chairman Jean Booth and Ruth Lamb presented a beautiful plant as a thank you to past honorary president Di Harper for her support over the past two years. There will be a coffee morning on July 2 at Hilary Wyatt’s home and the next dinner meeting will be our ‘Out and About Meeting’ on July 13 at the Woodborough Inn in Winscombe.


Six hundred stations throughout the world were contacted using only Morse code during a 24 hour contest.

The picture shows Dave Dyer, Peter Smith, Jim Bryant and Tony Griggs inside the tent at the Loxton site of National Field Day.


On June 22 there will be an open meeting for members and partners. The meeting starts at 10.30am and is held at Winscombe Community Centre.

There will be a presentation and talk by Kay Wych on ‘How I became a 16th century kitchen maid’.


Last Saturday the band gave a concert in support of the RBL Poppy Picnic on Grove Park bandstand.

Many thanks to Adam Brown RBL Community Fundraiser Somerset for asking us and also café owner John for the excellent buffet.

Some high profile engagements this year include Wells Cathedral on August 21 with guests Cheddar Male Choir; Poppy Appeal launch onboard the replica of the Matthew and National Indoor Arena, Birmingham to name just a few. If you want to know more about the band or perhaps joining please visit our website or ring 01934 820205.

Future 2015 engagements include: June 19 - RAFA concert/service, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas; July 5 - Bandstand, Grove Park at 2.30 to 4.30pm;

July 12 - Small Band - 90th Birthday at Tortworth Court; July 14 – five piece ensemble – formal reception, Cardiff.


The society has now finished the autumn/winter session of meetings that have been most enjoyable and now look forward to the summer programme.

We have already had one coach trip to Croome Park and Malvern Spring Show that everyone who went really enjoyed and are looking forward to visiting Highgrove House and Gardens in August.

The garden competition that is held in conjunction with Weston in Bloom will be the next event. There will be prizes of £25, £15 and £5 for the best front, large, medium and small gardens and £10 for the best hanging basket. Judging will take place from July 18 and entry forms can be obtained from Cynthia Filer on 01934 514057 or from The Trading Hut at Clarke’s Field Allotments, Rector’s Way (off Drove Road) any weekend from 9.30am-12.30pm on Saturdays or 9.30am-noon on Sundays.

For the first time for many years the flower show will be held in the town centre, behind the Sovereign Shopping Centre on August 8. There will be classes for vegetables, flowers, pot plants, floral art, handicraft, cookery and children. For a schedule contact our show secretary, Brian Airey on 01934 418998.


On Friday the strawberry tea will be taking place, an annual favourite, with lots of delicious sandwiches, strawberries and cream and of course a fine selection of cakes

Tickets are available from Mr John Dunster on 01934 844777.


All across the country we are all joining in many special events to celebrate 100 years of fun and friendship.

Last week Jenny Cobbold was our representative at Buckingham Palace for the garden party hosted by the Duchess of Cornwall and a great time was had by all. Hats, hats and even bigger hats were the order of the day.

Her Majesty the Queen plus the Princess Royal and the Duchess of Wessex all attended the annual meeting at the Royal Albert Hall and Sandford along with Winscombe and some members from Nailsea attended the broadcast of the annual meeting at Winscombe Cricket Club.

We now look forward to more events in the coming months with an opportunity to celebrate this great women’s movement.


As the rotary year draws to a close members gathered at Weston Golf Club to hear Laura Madams talk about the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children Grand Appeal. This is part of a group of charities supporting sick babies and children in Bristol and in hospitals and hospices throughout our region. This summer, Shaun the Sheep will be appearing around the city in support of Cots for Tots, the appeal which supports the work of the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michaels Hospital, in particular a dedicated house providing free accommodation for families of sick and premature babies. Rotarians were pleased to be able to support the very worthwhile work done by this charity with a cheque presented by President Terry Gilbert.

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