CLUBS AND SOCIETIES, JUNE 13, 2013

PUBLISHED: 11:14 14 June 2013 | UPDATED: 11:14 14 June 2013

NOTABLE CLUB (NOT ABLE): Members enjoyed a first time visit to the new Brewers Fayre on the seafront and the following week a presentation 'Musical Pot Pourrie' by Mike Bass was enjoyed.

It was dry for an outing to Westonbirt Arboretum and a good time was had by all. Brian Saunders storyteller and vocal with Sheila Furneaux on keyboard were welcomed by the members to give a presentation ‘Wind in the Willows’. This presentation was both brilliant and wonderful to see and enjoyed by the members.

The Notable Club is a weekly, socially active lunchtime club for physically disabled people aged 16 to 60 years. Contact Dina on 07845220349 for further details.

WESTON & DISTRICT NATIONAL TRUSTASSOCIATION: Members have been enjoying the summer outings the first of which was a trip on Tiverton canal by horse-drawn barge, followed by Knightshayes Court.

Our driver’s skill was tested in the Devon lanes seeking out the cream tea venue, well hidden in the Horner woods but it was worth it. In May we visited Dyrham Park, Marlborough and Avebury Manor, while June’s outing is to the cathedral city of Winchester followed by Hinton Ampner six miles away. This National Trust house is also famous for its distinctive gardens and wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Something different is planned for early July - a visit to Dingles Steam Village and Fairground Museum followed after lunch by Antony House, Tor Point, Plymouth home of the Carew Pole family. Contact Peter Carr on 01934 823362 for further details of this outing. Membership of the society which as well as outings enjoy social events, afternoon and evening talks from September to April and fundraising for the National Trust. Contact membership secretary Rachel Wiltshire on 01934 633593 for further information.

WESTON FRIENDS OF CHILDREN’S HOSPICE SOUTH WEST: On July 27 there will be a Kurling Evening held in the United Reformed Church. Tickets are priced at £6 per person - teams of 4 to play. Commencing at 7pm, BYO drinks and nibbles, tea and coffee will be available. For tickets call 418998 or 632274.

On August 3 there will be a Cream Tea held at 26 Wellsea Grove, off Locking Road, Weston, noon to 4pm with tickets priced at £3. And on August 26 our usual stall can be found at the Worle Lions Fun Day, held in the Baytree Recreation Ground.

MARK FRIENDSHIP CLUB: It was a glorious day for the meeting on June 6, and there was a good attendance in spite of a few apologies.

In view of the annual meeting and strawberry tea on June 20, and to help with the catering, members were asked to fill in a slip of paper indicating whether they would be attending. Subscriptions are also due on that date.

Unfortunately the outing to Weymouth has been cancelled due to lack of support, which was especially disappointing to Jan Smith who has been working hard to get the outings under way. She was thanked by the chairman for all her efforts.

Our speaker was Sue Bell from West Hay with a collection of gorgeous hats. She told us all about her business (Get Ahead Hats), which she runs from her home, giving ladies an opportunity to either buy or hire hats for a special occasion. The talk couldn’t have turned out better as she invited members to try out some of her wonderful creations. It was most enjoyable and something quite different – and even the men seemed to enjoy it! Afterwards she accepted a donation for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

The next meeting will be on June 20, which will be our annual meeting and free strawberry tea.

SOMERSET YFC: Somerset YFC has been keeping themselves busy in the last few weeks with the county rally and the YFC Marquee at the Bath & West Show.

This year the Bath & West Show chairman Alice Hooper and a committee of 15 YFC members put on a fabulous display of YFC activities.

This included a butchery demonstration, preparing poultry for show, cheerleading, dog grooming, aromatherapy demonstration, junior public speaking, mock auction, poi skills, floristry demonstration and a thatching display.

The effort and time member put in paid off when Alan Lyons presented a Bronze Award for Agricultural Trade Stand which Somerset YFC is incredibly proud of. Thank you to all involved.

WESTON BRASS: The next engagements for the band are the Air Day on June 22 and Grove Park on June 23, and with such a comprehensive library built up over the bands 50 year existence, it is not difficult to find suitable music for any engagement no matter what the occasion.

It was a joy to see Phillip Harper, great friend and mentor to the band, bring his own band to the Playhouse. Cory Band now rated number one band in the world, gave an outstanding concert. It was a truly inspirational performance, one that attracted brass players, and enthusiast from around the area.

The training band continues to go from strength to strength, and leader Steve Howard is very willing to enrol anyone who would love to learn a brass instrument.

All that is required is the commitment to practice the instrument and enjoy the rehearsals.

We are always very keen to help other organisations, by playing concerts to assist with their fundraising. Contact Gill on 01934 824461 or visit our website www.westonbrass.com for more information.

CHEDDAR MALE CHOIR: With 10 engagements already booked for the balance of this year, the choir is getting very busy rehearsing old and new items for maximum appeal to its audiences.

One current new item is entitled ‘Flight’, this has been especially commissioned on behalf of the late member, Fred Banbury. The words relate to the time when Fred was flying in the war with an American pilot. It is anticipated the first singing of this song will be in concerts in either Banwell in August or Burnham in September.

On Sunday the choir will be singing in the open air at the pier end of Weston High Street. The singing will commence at 1.30pm. This will be a first for the choir so we are all hoping for good weather. This event will be repeated again at the same time and location on July 14. The choir always extends a welcome to new members so, if any males are interested, please come to Draycott Village Hall on any Tuesday evening at 7.30pm to see how we perform. Nothing ventured is nothing gained.

SOMERSET CANCER CARE SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a meeting of Somerset Cancer Care Support Group on Tuesday from 2-4pm at the Friends Meeting House on the High Street in Weston. Free and confidential information, advice, support, refreshments and complementary therapies for those with or affected by cancer will be on offer.

WESTON YOUTH ORCHESTRA: Weston Youth Orchestra welcomes new members, studying any instrument, all year round.

If you are a young musician aged 21 or under and are looking to join a local orchestra then we could be just what you are looking for. Weston Youth Orchestra was formed in 1958 and has since built up an impressive library of music ranging from classical orchestral to lighter music from film and the theatre. We have a separate junior and senior orchestra to cater for a wide range of musical ability and a number of professional musicians assist the orchestra through participating in rehearsals and mentoring members on a weekly basis. If you would like more information please visit our website www.westonyouthorchestra.org.uk or contact mail@westonyouthorchestra.org.uk

RAFA CONCERT BAND – BLAKEHAY RESIDENT BAND: The band resumed rehearsals preparing for engagements and we have recently welcomed a few new players into the band.

The band is off to the National Memorial Arboretum on Friday to play at a RAF dedication service. Requests continue to roll in for music support from trio’s to concert band, once again we will try to accommodate these if we can. To meet this demand we are looking for more competent players on brass, woodwind and tuned percussion, especially on trombone. Please visit our website www.rafaswconcertband.org.uk or ring 01934 820205 for details. Future engagement include on July 6, Nailsea Carnival, bandstand concert.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Weston Mercury

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists