Clubs and Societies, June 2, 2016

PUBLISHED: 08:49 03 June 2016 | UPDATED: 08:49 03 June 2016




Wrington Vale Inner Wheel

A Cameron Bear coffee morning was held at the home of Viv Lennon. Members and visitors enjoyed sitting outside and admiring the garden on a lovely sunny morning.

As usual there were plenty of cakes and raffle prizes with the proceeds going to School in a Bag and WaterAid.

Weston Quilters

On Monday at 7.30pm we will be at the Boulevard United Reformed Church to hear Gail Lawther speaking on stained glass appliqué. Non-members are always welcome at a cost of £4.

RAFA Concert Band

Future band concerts coming up in June include: June 17 - National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas; June 19 - Westside Proms at the Tropicana; June 25 Armed Forces Day concert in Bristol.

If you would like be a part of this well respected, much in demand and entertaining concert band please visit or ring 01934 820205.

Weston & Mendip Advanced Motorists

We are pleased to announce that North Somerset has another local observer helping keep the roads safer in the North Somerset area. John Bushell has been confirmed by the Institute of Motor Industries as a local observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists, this means he now has an independent qualification recognising his skills in coaching drivers to reach the standard required to pass the advanced driving test.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you become a more confident driver or you would like to get more fun from your driving or perhaps you’d like to join us in becoming an advanced driver you can ring 07020 934714 or visit

We are shortly running another DriveSmart course available free of charge to anyone who holds a full driving licence.

The next course is at the Prince of Orange, High Street, Yatton, 7.30 to 10pm on the June 13, 20 and 27. Contact us on 07020 934714 or email to reserve your place.

Weston Soroptimist

Weston Soroptimist held a meeting for potential new members at the golf club on the seafront. Secretary Olly Parsons talked about the history, aims and achievements of Soroptimist International and displays about Weston Soroptimist activities and projects. A film about the charity Mary’s Meals was shown and some of the visitors plan to come to the club meetings.

WorleWind Band:

With this year all but booked up, this 56 strong concert wind band is now taking bookings for 2017. Music genres predominantly include swing, stage, screen and 20th century pops. For more details about the band and its activities, visit or call musical director, Julia Ractliffe on 01934 517719.

Bleadon Photographic Group

Members met for the annual competition, this year judged by Andy Beel FRPS. Andy chose Clifford Brown’s ‘Edwardian Style’ as Print of the Year with second place winner Ian Johnson’s ‘Uncoiling for spring’.

In the digital section Simon Walford’s ‘Stroller’ was selected Digital Image of the Year with Ben Nicholas’ ‘A Snowdrop in spring’ second place. Trophies for the year’s monthly competitions were also presented. Henry Harrison digital general section, Simon Walford digital advanced section, Tony Gilbert print general section, Clifford Brown print advanced section. Clifford crowned his evening with the Photographer of the Year trophy having the highest combined score for both print and digital sections Advanced. This event would normally end the club year, but John Warren programme secretary is leading two additional weeks of proactive meetings to get members using their cameras, comparing notes and discussing their work before finishing for summer.

The club meet at the Coronation Hall, Bleadon on Tuesdays at 7.30pm. Visit our for more information or better yet, come visit us on a club night.

RAFA (Royal Air Forces Association)

Members enjoyed a fair weather day visiting Blenheim Palace and gardens last week. Members were also challenged by the monthly quiz set by Helen on Saturday night and there will be a pie and mash supper on Saturday.

We hold a regular coffee morning on Wednesdays from 11am. Why not come along for coffee and a chat to see what we are all about. RAFA branches and clubs are renowned for their comradeship and friendly atmosphere.

Future social events are displayed on the club noticeboard and a programme of events for the next three months is featured on and Facebook. If you are planning a party, why not speak to the secretary about using the function room which is available for hire.

A representative from SSAFA is also available for advice and guidance in the club on a Wednesday 10.30am to noon.

Congresbury Evening WI

The next meeting will be held at the Methodist Hall on Wednesday. We meet at 7.30 for 7.45pm and the speaker will be role playing the life of a 16th century kitchen maid, which promises to be both entertaining and informative. You may like to bring along a favourite non electrical kitchen tool, the older the better. Visitors are most welcome; a friendly evening will cost you £3 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. We look forward to seeing you.

Weston Flower Club

On May 23 Sally Taylor entertained us with ‘Tales from a Gloucestershire lass’. Her amusing delivery was a pleasure to listen to. The exhibits that Sally produced were outstanding in design. These were raffled after tea and taken home by many happy winners to enjoy.

Next month the club will have a royal celebration when we will have a special tea party.

Weston Youth Orchestra

The next concert will take place at Mark Parish Church on June 19. Join us at 5pm for an enjoyable evening of music performed by our junior orchestra. If you are a young musician aged 21 or under and you are interested in joining an orchestra why not come along to our concert. We welcome new members throughout the year to both our junior and senior orchestras from a variety of schools and colleges and would love to hear from you. Please visit for further information.

Burnham Moose International Lodge 123

At the recent convention in Port Talbot, 19 attending delegates were presented with their new charters. British Moose International lodges are now chartered directly from the supreme lodge in America. Burnham Lodge 123 governor Ron Fisher was on hand to receive our charter, and at Thursday evening’s lodge meeting, Ron presented the newly framed certificate to the members.

Burnham Moose is a busy local lodge that organises lots of social events and all are welcome.

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