clubs and Societies, June 23, 2011

PUBLISHED: 10:53 24 June 2011 | UPDATED: 10:53 24 June 2011




INNER WHEEL CLUB OF WRINGTON VALE: President Lal welcomed members to her last meeting as president.

The evening started with a minute’s silence as we remembered Rotarian Alf Small who had recently died, everyone’s thoughts were with Pam and her family at this sad time.

She reported on a successful weekend with young carers at Goblin Coombe, which was a joint event with Wrington Vale Rotary.

The district tennis competition was won by a team from Mendip club and thanks went to Heather Pearce and Jennifer Kirkup for organising this event.

The speaker, Dave Bailey from BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat), told us about the early days of the charity and told anecdotes of adults, children, cars and even cattle and horses that had been rescued from the mudflats.

Lal presented a cheque for £660. This had been raised by the club at a barn dance earlier in the year.

UPHILL FRIENDSHIP CLUB: Members meet at the Victory Hall in Westfield Road at 2.15pm every Thursday.

There are regular talks, music events, quizzes, bingo and today (Thurs) Lynne Arlow will be discussing the history of quilt making.

Visitors welcome, entry cost £1.

THE RAFA CONCERT BAND (The Blakehay Resident Band): The search for competent players on brass and woodwind continues especially on oboe and trombone, please call if you are interested.

Future engagements include: June 26 - Armed Forces Day Service, Concert and Sunset Ceremony, Clarence Park East, 4pm; July 2 - Concerts at Nailsea Carnival, 2.15pm; July 3 - Grove Park Bandstand, 3-5pm; July 30 - Three concerts at Bristol Harbour Festival starting at 11am; July 31 - Three concerts at Bristol Harbour Festival starting at 11am.

Visit our website on or ring 01934 820205 for more details.

WESTON ELECTRICITY LEISURE CLUB: We still have seats available for our outing to Highclere Castle and Gardens – where Downton Abbey was filmed.

The coach leaves Weston at 9am on July 14. Price includes coach, entrance fee and meal on the way home - £30.50.

For more information telephone Sue on 01934 643420 or Colin on 01934 514960. Everyone is welcome.

WESTON MONDAY ART GROUP: Last month’s visit to the excellent Robert Lankiewicz Exhibition at Bristol’s Royal Academy was enjoyed by all.

The friendly helpful staff made the visit a sheer delight.

We are looking forward to exhibiting at the garden open days on June 26 and July 3, venue is 3, The Ridgeway, Worlebury, Weston, BS22 9SY. Admission £2.50.

Newcomers with an interest in art are very welcome.

We meet every Monday term time 10am-12.30pm in St Saviours Hall, Locking Road, Weston.

For further information please contact Sam Robinson on 01934 528214.

CHEDDAR MALE CHOIR: Monmouth Street Methodist Church in Bridgwater was the venue for the choir’s concert where a packed audience gave a standing ovation to the choir and the soloist harpist, Elaine Thornycroft-Gibb.

The choir sang 15 items which included When the Saints, Dashenka, Les Miserables trilogy, Speed your Journey, Bridge over Troubled Water and culminated with How Great Thou Art.

Both the choir members and audience were impressed by the performance of Elaine and her renderings from the harp.

Attention is now directed to a wedding on July 2 in St Andrew’s Church in Cheddar and to July 9 when they will be in St John’s Church in Glastonbury for the festival week final concert.

Should any organisations or charities wish to book the choir for any available dates during 2012 or 2013, then please contact Alan Fox on 01934 743905.

CHAPLAINCY ABOUT TOWN (ChAt): ChAt will be holding their next monthly Coffee Morning on July 2 from 10am to 2pm at the United Reformed Church Hall in the Boulevard.

Refreshments, homemade cakes, light lunches and a variety of stalls all make the event worth a visit.

Volunteer chaplains are available to all in need of a listening ear and to talk about the work of ChAt.

HEWISH AND PUXTON WI: John Gingell, a chocolatier, stood in at short notice to give us an interesting and informative talk about chocolate making entitled ‘From bean to bar’.

He had been involved with chocolate making for 40 years at Cadbury’s working in Bristol and all over the world.

We were told how the beans were grown and treated until their products became the chocolate, cocoa and drinking chocolate we all know and love.

He also gave tasters of chocolate at the various stages of production.

After the talk we had an opportunity to look at his extensive range of items of historical interest which included those used in the production, boxes, tins and wrappers, some dating from the early part of the 20th century.

Jean, our president, then gave us information and dates for diaries.

A group walk will be on July 6 meeting 10am at Canada Coombe. The July meeting will be held on the second Thursday, bring nibbles, a bottle plus glasses.

A number of members are attending Bath Ladies Day at the races.

There will be no meeting in August, but members were asked if someone would like to host a coffee evening – please contact Jean.

Elaine will report on the resolutions results at the next meeting. Jean Hutchings will be our delegate at the autumn annual meeting in The Winter Gardens.

We welcome new members at our meetings on the third Thursday in the month at Puxton Village Hall.

If you would like to come along we would be pleased to see you.

CHILDREN’S HOSPICE SOUTH WEST WESTON FRIEND’S GROUP: After a very successful month of fundraising in May when our annual dinner, murder mystery evening and open garden were held, raising £6,000, we are now looking ahead to our next event.

A quiz night will be held on July 8 at Milton Primary School, Milton Park Road, starting at 7.30pm.

Bring your own nibbles and drinks. For tickets or more information ring 01934 418998.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION (WESTON): The next branch meeting is to be held on June 29, 7.30pm at RAFA Club, Alexandra Parade, Weston.

WORLE WI: Our last meeting was well attended with three visitors which were warmly welcomed. Due to unforeseen circumstances the talk on Safety by Avon & Somerset was cancelled and we were pleased to have Brian Shelldrake join us who gave an interesting and amusing talk on Mendip villages.

Ann Barnes informed us about the next walk which will take place on July 6 when we should meet at the Manor Pub, Queensway at 10am.

Our next meeting will take place on July 20 when Glynis Tyrrell will enlighten us on the history of hats.

We were all asked to wear a hat to make the occasion more relevant to the members.

This is not obligatory so don’t decide not to attend if you feel awkward about having to wear a hat as everyone will be welcome however they are dressed.

WESTON-SUPER-MARE RADIO SOCIETY: The radio society organised a special event station at Westonzoyland Pumping Station Museum to celebrate the installation of the steam driven pump 150 years ago.

Contacts made by the special event station, call sign GB2WZ, were made in Europe Russia and the USA.

The club station, which was manned by Steve Cole, will send QSL cards to all stations commemorating the occasion.

As the national RSGB annual field day occurred on the same weekend it was decided to hold the event at this venue.

In the allotted 24 hours the field day contestants contacted 695 stations with Morse Code in this worldwide contest.

With this number of contacts it is hoped that the club will have fared better than last year’s 14th position.

WORDSMITHS OF WESTON (WOW): The group meets on the first Thursday of the month at The Nightjar public house, between 7.30pm and 9.30pm.

At the last meeting, members were entertained with short stories, flash fiction, and poems about mosquitoes, a budgie and driving.

A reminder to all members that the closing date is July 31 for a poetry competition with a maximum of 70 lines - any subject.

There will be prize money of £600 first place, £300 second place, and 5 x £50 runners up prizes. Bring your entries to our next meeting on July 7.

New members are always welcome. Please phone Brian on 01934 523864 or email

WESTON HOMEMAKERS: The June meeting had a talk given by the Weston branch of ChAt – Chaplaincy About town.

They spoke about their work in the town centre offering friendship and a listening ear to anyone in need of help or guidance, without any judgement or prejudice. It was a very interesting talk.

Notices were given about future events including our quick and Last Night at the Proms at Victoria Methodist Church on July 16.

Our next meeting is on July 5 at Weston Social Club.

WESTON RED HAT LADIES: Weston Red Hat Ladies, are part of an international ladies movement aimed at ladies aged 50+ who meet for fun and friendship.

We have recently hosted the SW annual International Red Hat Day on Weston pier, had a cream tea, been to a literary evening, met for hatter natter (we do this once a month), watched the knicker lady play and been to a ballet, so you can see how diverse we are!

We are open for new ladies to join us with the only criteria being that we wear purple clothes and a red hat when we meet together.

We live according to the Jenny Joseph poem which starts: “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple

With a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me...”.

For more information please see our website or call Choccy on 07926 564266.

WOODSPRING PROFESSIONAL LADIES CLUB: At their June luncheon at Batch Country Hotel Jean Sutherland, chairman from May 2010 to May 2011 presented a cheque for £400 which had been raised during her year, to her chosen charity the RNLI

The cheque was accepted by Jean’s husband Don Sutherland the Management Group Chairman for the local RNLI.

Don thanked the Woodspring Professional Ladies for their generous donation, and commented that it was unusual for his wife to be giving money to him!

CONGRESBURY OVER 60S CLUB: Members of Congresbury Over-60s Club were delighted to welcome Richard Lennox (formerly Baker) and Sarah Bridal who once again gave their usual outstanding performance.

The wonderful singing voice of Sarah soared throughout the hall as she sang songs such as Summertime, Cherry Ripe, the Evening Prayer from Hansel and Gretel and Someone to Watch Over Me.

As usual the hall resonated to the outstanding piano playing of Richard with items such as the Moonlight Sonata, Trout Quintet, Nights of Gladness and a truly splendid finale with a rousing performance of the Dam Busters March.

The prolonged applause from members showed their appreciation of the truly stupendous entertainment.

The afternoon came to a close all too soon and members can only look forward to November when Richard and Sarah will make a welcome return appearance. The speaker at the next meeting on June 28 will be Charles Heard who will give a talk on Aviation and Concord.

MARK FRIENDSHIP CLUB: Attending an annual meeting can sometimes be a dull and boring experience – but not if you belong to Mark Friendship Club.

On June 16, there was a full house for the annual meeting as the chairman, Arthur Hill, welcomed everyone, informing us that the club is now 47 years old and has a membership of 70 with an honorary membership of 8.

After the usual reports, the chairman gave his address thanking both committee and members for their attendance and loyalty during the year.

With the business out of the way, it was time to indulge in a delicious strawberry tea which was enjoyed by everyone. This was followed by an opportunity to catch up on all the local news and chatter with friends and neighbours. The next meeting will be on July 7, when the Free Wheelers, the motor cycle courier service for hospitals, will be our invited speakers.

MENDIP SOCIETY: More than 60 society members met at the Bath Arms in Cheddar on June 10 to rescue the society from a state of limbo.

The earlier annual meeting in March failed to attract enough members to be able to elect a new management committee for the year ahead.

So, on advice from the charity commission, the secretary called another annual meeting and wrote to the members appealing for their support.

They turned out in numbers to answer the call, and the new committee was elected in short order.

The officers then posed some key questions to the assembled members on the future of the Mendip Society, before the meeting closed and everyone enjoyed a well-earned buffet.

WESTON ROTARY CLUB: On June 17 members enjoyed a pleasant lunch at Weston Golf Club followed by the annual club assembly where the newly appointed chairs of all sections laid out their plans for the coming year, and a major focus was on the Grand Banquet and Ball to be held on the Grand Pier on October 21.

We were all left in no doubt that this will be a very active year under the guidance of Richard Purgas – soon to be made president of the Weston club.

WESTON FLOWER ARRANGEMENT SOCIETY: The next meeting is on June 27 at 2.30pm at St Georges Hall, St Georges, where some of our own talented members will be demonstrating a variety of floral techniques.

Members have been asked to take part in a competition for the best arrangement in a tea cup. Come along and have some fun - all visitors welcome.

WESTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Weston Horticultural Society in conjunction with Weston in Bloom will once again be judging gardens in the Weston area for their prestigious garden competition.

Wilkinson’s are sponsoring the competition with gift cards of £25 for the best front, large, medium and small gardens. There will also be a cash prize of £10 for the best hanging basket.

Last year we had 45 entries and really enjoyed judging all the gardens. Gardens are judged to RHS rules and takes into account the general scheme, colour, tasteful arrange, cleanliness and any special features. Judging will be week commencing July 18. Entry forms can be obtained from the society’s Trading Hut at Clarke’s Field Allotments, Rectors Way any weekend from 9.30-12.30pm or from Cynthia Filer on 01934 514057.

CIVIL SERVICE RETIREMENT FELLOWSHIP: The group meets on the first and third Thursdays at 10am. We have an outing each month.

July 12 Swansea and Gower Coast, August 4 40th anniversary lunch at the Commodore Hotel, August 9 coach outing to Poole including tea.

New members, friends and families and visitors are welcome to attend our meetings which are held at the Friends Meeting House in High Street, Weston.

For more information please contact Alan Jackson on 01275 858766.

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