Clubs and Societies, June 19, 2014

PUBLISHED: 12:49 20 June 2014 | UPDATED: 12:49 20 June 2014

Inner Wheel Club of Wrington Vale

Inner Wheel Club of Wrington Vale



Our last outing to Poole was a perfect trip and we are now booking for our next outing which will be on July 8. This will be a mystery trip; we trust Alan and Ann to give us a good day out.

We meet on the first and third Thursday morning at 9.30am at The Friends Meeting House.

All serving and retried civil servants are most welcome to join us and for more information contact Alan on 01275 858766.


Members were delighted to welcome local plant specialist Don Everitt who gave a talk on herbs and fragrant plants. Starting with the history of how herbs came to be invaluable in everyday life as a medicine, useful in cooking and aromatic when rushes etc were strewn on the floor they became the mainstay of the home. The excellent selection of slides had something for everyone.

Afterwards members who were garden lovers were able to take advantage of the large selection of inexpensive plants for sale. Tickets were sold for the Tea Dance to be held on Tuesday and bookings taken for the outing to Teignmouth. Any member who would like to see a change in the running of the club should submit their request in writing by the meeting on July 8, in time for the annual meeting of July 22. For further details of this lively club please contact the secretary on 01934 832004.


There was an entertaining presentation by committee members of Wrington WI at the June 6 meeting. They gave an interesting account of the history of the WI and a highly amusing description of the functions performed by each member of the WI committee, finishing off with a song and dance to much applause. At the meeting on July 4 members will be able to enjoy a bingo session and bookings will be taken for the outing to Sidmouth on July 25. New members aged fifty plus will be made very welcome at this friendly club which meets at Wrington Memorial Hall, Silver Street on alternate Fridays at 2.30pm. For further details please contact Fred Parsons, chairman on 01934 863562.


The June meeting heard a talk entitled ‘Life before teabags’ given by Elizabeth Rhodes. She talked about her life and involved members in reminiscing about family members that had been involved in major events throughout history. Our notices were given of outings and theatre trips and our next meeting is on July 1 at Weston Social Club, Devonshire Road.


All members please note that the next branch meeting is on July 25 at 7.30pm at the RAFA Club, Alexandra Parade.


Saturday evening at Christchurch, Weston was simply a treat for everyone there. The band was superb with some fabulous arrangements. Their final piece, I got Rythmn had the audience wondering what would happen next; a percussion feature with boomwackers, hardhats and whistles.

The second half of the concert had the audience singing away to the sounds of Joyful Spirit, an uplifting selection of gospel music. Well done to all.

Many thanks to all who helped the evening go smoothly and who supported the event.

The band hope to be back in Grove Park in July, more details to follow or visit our website


Burnham Moose International has started an amateur radio club. There are five licensed radio operators with the Lodge and we will be holding a two day event this Saturday and Sunday to show and operate our Special Event Station - GB4JJD at the Bay Centre, Highbridge.

The timing of the two day event will be from 10am - 6pm. There will be HF transceivers and VHF transceivers in use.

Amateur radio, sometimes known as ham radio, is both a hobby and a service that uses various types of radio equipment allowing communication with other radio amateurs around the world for the purpose of self-training, recreation and public service.


The club is all set for the Armed Forces Day and Air Show on the Beach Lawns this Saturday. If any members want to come and spend some time helping out on the branch stand, then 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

RAFA branches and clubs are renowned for their comradeship and friendly atmosphere - why not call in to see what we are all about and, who knows, maybe join the association. A representative from SSAFA Forces Help is also available for advice and guidance in the club on a Wednesday between 10am and 12noon.


Graham Buck’s team were the only successful competitors in this year’s two metre DF Hunt. The other four teams failed to find Steve Walrond hiding in the car park of the Locking Castle District Centre. On the fine evening members then went back to the starting point on Roman Road for an enjoyable barbecue.

The society will be manning a stall at the Weston Air Festival this weekend.

The club holds its main meeting on the third Monday of the month but meets every Monday for a construction and natter night at the social club. The club can be contacted at


St Andrews Church, Banwell never fails to provide a perfect setting and create a wonderful atmosphere at the many concerts that Weston Brass have given in this historic church. Saturday was no exception, and the full and varied programme was fully appreciated by an enthusiastic audience. It was especially good to meet up with founder member Michael Hebdon, who as a young boy answered the call 51 years ago and joined the newly formed band. It was not long before two of his sisters joined the band, they encouraged more friends and before long Weston Silver Band, as they were called then, had a large contingent of Banwell youngsters, who became the main stay of the band for many years.

The band will be playing at Weston Air Day this Sunday afternoon, and on July 5 will be travelling to Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth for the first time, to give a concert. For more information of the band visit or ring Gill on 01934 824461.


Weston Youth Orchestra continues to welcome new members and rehearsals are well underway for our next concert which will be held in October. If you are a young musician and are looking to join an orchestra we would love to hear from you. Playing as part of an orchestra is a great way to meet new friends and to improve your musical skills. We have both a junior and a senior orchestra to cater for a wide range of age and ability, performing a number of concerts throughout the year. The orchestra rehearses every Friday at the Boulevard United Reformed Church in Weston. If you would like to join us for one of our rehearsals please contact our director, Dennis Cole on 01934 623787 or 07787 520230. You can also get in touch via email or for further information visit


The June meeting of the Inner Wheel Club of Wrington Vale was Tina Forsey’s last as president. Under her leadership the club has thrived with fun and friendship whilst raising considerable amounts of money for charity. So far £8,567 is going to Somewhere to Go, Trade Aid, Brainwave, Shoe Boxes, Literacy in a Box, Zambia Link, School in a Bag, St Mary’s Hospice, Somerset Levels appeal, All Hands Volunteers, Forget me not Café, and last but not least Wizzybugs. The presidents chosen charity Young Carers has yet to benefit from the fundraising. After money has been given to pay for their weekend away at Goblin Combe a cash donation will be given to them.


This Saturday we will be entertained by The Two Tommy’s, a double act tribute to Tom Jones (Peter from Legends) and Tommy Cooper. The flyer this Saturday stands at £104, if house called in 55 numbers. The next quiz night is on Wednesday from 8pm. Wimbledon starts on Monday, the TV on the Poop Deck will be available for those who wish to watch it with subtitles. Any queries, please contact the secretary on 01934 621231.


Come along to our coffee morning at Crossroads Carers Centre, Graham Road, Weston (behind Tesco) on June 26 at 10am-12noon.

Drop in for a chat and refreshments. All members and new members are welcome. For further information contact Tony Apperley on 01934 625973.


Our speaker at the June meeting was from Avon Wildlife Trust, which is the largest local charity working to protect wildlife. They care for 35 nature reserves and the map radius stretches from Gloucester down to Somerset. Volunteers are always required and can help with work on the wildflower meadows and creating new habitats.

Uphill WI is holding a fundraising lunch on July 16 with an Ascot theme. Lunch at 1pm is to be held in Uphill Village Hall. Tickets priced £9 are open to members, friends and husbands. Visitors will be made welcome.

Our next meeting will be on July 9 when Phillip Hoyland will be talking on ‘Benefits, brass and the girtest grandest day’; the competition will be old theatre programme.

Visitors are always welcome to join us. For further information about our WI please ring the secretary on 01934 416541.

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