Clubs and Societies, June 12, 2014

PUBLISHED: 09:54 13 June 2014 | UPDATED: 09:54 13 June 2014

Wrington Vale

Wrington Vale



The annual meeting of the Weston and District Society for Spastics and Mentally Handicapped will be held on June 26 at 7pm at Abberleigh House, 17 Grove Park Road, Weston.


The club held its first charity tournament of the year at Hutton Village Hall on June 1 in aid of Cystic Fibrosis. The tournament was well attended and thanks go to all clubs who entered a team. The teams were split into two groups with each team playing four games and the winners of each group playing in the final.

The group winners were Sidbury from Devon and Evercreech from Somerset. After an excellent final Evercreech were the eventual winners. The trophies were sponsored and presented by Gary Cox from Gary Cox (Glazing) Ltd.

Thanks must go to our captain, Frank Paige for organising another excellent tournament, to the ladies who worked tirelessly in the kitchen, producing an endless supply of tea and coffee, excellent bacon rolls, meals at lunchtime and homemade cakes in the afternoon. Whilst the total raised has not yet been finalised it is expected to be in the region of £900.

The next charity tournament will be held in September and information will be available soon at


Weston branch/club will be holding a cheese and wine evening on Saturday evening, and we’re also looking ahead to June 21 to the Armed Forces Day on the Beach Lawns alongside the Air Show. Please come along and get involved on the day.

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

A representative from SSAFA Forces Help is also available for advice and guidance in the club on a Wednesday between 10am and 12noon.


The Inner Wheel Club of Wrington Vale together with the Rotary Club funded a weekend at Goblin Combe for sixteen young carers and four helpers. These children are carers for members of their family, some of them as young as eight years old.

On Friday evening two Rotarians Tony Poole and John Hinton took the children on a night walk and treasure hunt. On Saturday the Goblin Combe Environment Group worked with the children doing various wood craft activities. This was followed by a barbecue arranged by John Thatcher. There was great excitement on Sunday morning as Nick Baker from Lower Stock Farm arrived with his tractor and trailer and whisked the children off for a fun morning on the farm.

The ladies organised the food for the weekend; the homemade cakes made by Inner Wheel members were a great success. Thanks must go to Tony Poole who cooked the breakfasts. The children loved all the delicious food and were given a roast chicken dinner at lunch time before going home. Inner Wheel club’s President Tina Forsey made The Young Carers her charity for the year and was delighted the weekend was such a success.


The club hosted the annual Inner Wheel Tennis Tournament at Winscombe Tennis Club. Six pairs entered from a number of Inner Wheel Clubs in District 20. The tournament took place in gradually increasing rain. However some excellent tennis was played and Irene McIntosh and Jane Pottow, from the Inner Wheel Club of Mendip, claimed the title and were presented with the Jennifer Kirkup tennis trophy. The runners up were Ann Pattermore and Corinne Lyon from Taunton Inner Wheel. The ladies of Wrington Vale provided a scrumptious lunch which was enjoyed by competitors and spectators alike. Thanks must go to Heather Pearce who organised this event.


There really is nothing better than a sunny afternoon in Grove Park with live music to enjoy. Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas and after only two pieces, we were rained off. We did however receive some great comments from audience members as they squeezed into the café for cover and we are very grateful to all who came to listen and support us.

We will be back in the Park on July 20 so make sure the date is on your calendar.

There is no rest for the band though and this weekend we are joining Joyful Spirit at Christ Church, Weston. The programme has a real mixture of styles of music and you will not be disappointed; the percussion feature is not to be missed. Baton down at 7.30pm on Saturday; tickets are available in advance from the church or the band but they will also be available on the door. If you would like more information on the band then please visit our website


We welcome a few new players who have joined the band recently Anne, Suzanne and James. There are a few more vacancies for competent players; you don’t have to be ex forces to join. Please visit our website or on Facebook RAF Association Concert Band for details.

Future engagements include: Friday - National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas;

June 21 - Armed Forces Day, Beach Lawns, Weston; July 27 - Grove Park 2.30 – 4.30pm.


For the second time in a row we had musical entertainment, but completely different from our previous meeting. Thanks to one of our members we were introduced to The Hometown Skiffle Trio led by Jeff Hague, as they played and sang music reminiscent of the American Deep South and the Lonnie Donegan skiffle era.

They had an amazing array of instruments including various guitars, banjos, washboard, tea-chest double bass and a harmonica as they kept things moving at a cracking pace, which included hand-clapping and toe-tapping from the audience. They certainly earned their cups of tea.

After the tea-break, the treasurer gave her report, Peter conducted the auction and George drew the raffle.

Gerry Davies asked for support for the church flower festival and all the other associated activities, and hoped that as many as possible would join in with what is expected to be an amazing weekend.

The next meeting will be on June 19, which will be the annual meeting and strawberry tea - an afternoon not to be missed.


We have been very busy lately! We had a fun evening recently during which we held an impromptu quiz. Our skittles team, which is very ably led by Beryl Jenkins, has continued its winning streak; the Book Club recently reviewed Two Brothers by Ben Elton and the Craft Club were given a demonstration of silk printing by Jill Lake. If you would like to give Sandford WI a try, then pop along to our next full group meeting at Sandford Village Hall. We meet on the second Monday of each month at 7.00 for 7.30pm. You will be very welcome.


The club received a trophy for gaining the most points for a small club at the annual Young Farmer rally, held on May 17.

Every young farmer rally has a theme and this year it was ‘A Day at the Races’.

Weston & Banwell YFC were amazed with the amount of awards received for handicrafts in comparison to previous years. A big well done to all Weston and Banwell YFC members.

Weston and Banwell YFC welcome new members to join their club. You don’t have to be a farmer to be a young farmer. If you are aged between 10 and 26 and would like to try a wide variety of competitive sports, brain-racking quizzes, confidence building competitions and a social life that’s second to none then come along.

For further information about the rally or if interested in becoming a member contact the county office on 01278 691711.


Unfortunately the arranged fashion show in aid of Cancer Research had to be cancelled due to illness. However, Jutta Blumenthal stepped in and gave a very interesting and informative presentation of the use of herbs for everyday health and well-being.

The next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday at 7.30pm at Castle Batch Community Centre, Bishop’s Avenue, Worle. This month we will be hearing about Gemini Services, who provide support for victims of domestic abuse. Our competition this month will be a flower arrangement - maximum height of six inches high and wide.

Worle WI holds its meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 7. In addition there are monthly lunches and skittles evenings at the Woodspring, book club, craft group, walks and bi-monthly quiz evenings. There are also many additional events and outings during the course of the year. New members and visitors are very welcome.


With two bands to run, nearly two complete sets of instruments, all of which need to be continually maintained, Weston Brass find themselves permanently fundraising. Money comes from members’ subscriptions, concerts, and various other fundraising activities carried out by band members. So it was with enormous pleasure that Rachel Mansfield, Community Life Raiser for Asda, Weston was welcomed to band rehearsals this week to present a cheque to the band for £200. Asda customers have been voting for who they would most like to receive the award and the band was fortunate to win the poll. The band would like to express its thanks to Asda and indeed all Asda customers for their generosity.

St Andrews Church, Banwell is the venue for the bands next concert this Saturday. On June 22 the band will be playing for the huge crowds at Weston Air Day.

New members are always very welcome in the band, as indeed are any enquiries from individuals or organisations wishing to book the band for their special event. Secretary Gill Rogers will be very pleased to give more details of the band on 01934 824461 or visit


The World Cup kicks off today (Thurs) and we will be showing all of England’s games. For those who don’t want to watch the football we will be entertained by Dave Dean in the lounge from 9pm who is the King of Swing. The bumper weekly draw and bingo is as usual with the new flyer card now standing at £104 if you get the full house in 54 numbers or less. The next quiz night is on June 25. A date for your diary: Black Country Living Museum June 22, the list is up in the foyer, there are still places left if you want to go. Any queries, please contact the secretary on 01934 621231.


The club was very pleased to support their longest serving member Alan Griffiths as their guest speaker at the recent meeting.

Alan, who is 90 years of age, and has been a Rotarian for 50 years, spoke eloquently, in great detail and with a mixture of humour, humility and passion about ‘How we liberated Europe’ at the conclusion of the Second World War. His Rotarian colleagues listened intently to the details of Alan’s personal involvement with the Battle of Britain and D Day landing, and how both he and friends from 16 years of age onwards were so involved.

At the end of his presentation, President John Thatcher had a surprise for Alan when he thanked him for his very interesting presentation and then presented him with the Rotary Paul Harrison Fellowship award.

Alan thanked everyone in the club for their friendship, camaraderie and expressed what being a Rotary member had meant to his life.

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