Clubs and Societies, June 25, 2015

PUBLISHED: 10:16 26 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:16 26 June 2015





Are you a young musician aged 21 or under and interested in joining an orchestra? If so Weston Youth Orchestra would love to hear from you. We rehearse every Friday at the Boulevard United Reformed Church in Weston and have a junior and a senior orchestra to cater for a wide scope of age and ability. We perform a number of concerts each year and our members are given the opportunity to experience a varied range of musical repertoire. If you would like to arrange to come along to one of our rehearsals please contact director, Dennis Cole on 01934 623787 or 07787 520230. Further information about the orchestra can also be found by visiting


Despite the windy weather the society had a successful two days at the Air Days Festival. The display of vintage military radio equipment attracted many older ex-servicemen and the children were enticed by the sound of Morse code and keen to learn how to send their name and be rewarded with a certificate.

The next main meeting on July 20 will be on the beach at Uphill where kite aerials will be flown if the weather permits.

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


On Monday members and their partners were entertained by Kay Wych, a Living History presenter, on the subject ‘How I became a 16th century Tudor kitchen maid’. It was a humorous and historical presentation about how she became a tour guide in the kitchen at Glastonbury Cathedral. Kay was dressed in typical clothing for the period, ably assisted by her husband, and the dramatic presentation was an outstanding success with club members and partners in attendance. Kay’s contact details are or 01458 833255.


The band travelled to the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire for the annual RAFA dedication service. Nearly 400 guests filled the marquee. Feedback from those who attended was very complimentary. If you want to know more about the band or perhaps how to join please visit our website or tel 01934 820205. Future engagements include

July 5 - Grove Park bandstand at 2.30-4.30pm; July 12 – small band - 90th birthday, Tortworth Court; July 14 – five piece ensembles – formal reception in Cardiff;

August 21 - Wells Cathedral, 75th Anniversary Battle of Britain concert.


In front of huge crowds and in bright sunny weather, Weston Brass gave two concerts for Weston’s hugely successful Air Day Festival. It was an honour to be asked to take part and band members thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend. Whilst the main focus of the weekend was the fantastic air displays, large crowds gathered round the main arena to watch the band and the many other events that took place there.

The next concert for the band will be in Bridgwater Town Hall on July 4 and the band is currently preparing a brand new exciting programme for this event.

The band is always keen to encourage experienced players to join, and for the less experienced or beginners, the band runs its own training band. For more details please see our website


Our summer outing this year to Llancaiach Fawr Manor and the Brecon Mountain Railway has been hailed an outstanding success.

At our last meeting, Brian Saunders recalled his lifelong career in theatre, both in front and behind the scenes.

Our next meeting is July 2 when Bob Thompson will present ‘Volcanic hazards’.

New members are always welcome to join us at our new venue at Worlebury Golf Club.

We have a varied programme of talks and outings arranged for this year.

If you are interested or would like further information, telephone 01934 514857 or visit our website


The recipe for rock cakes has been omitted from the show schedule. Please ensure when submitting entries that the recipe is as follows:

100g (4oz) self-raising flour

50g (2oz) margarine

50g (2oz) brown sugar

50g (2oz) currants

1 egg

½ teaspoon of mixed spices

Divide into four on a baking tray and display on a plate in a plastic bag.


Moose International will be holding a series of events in and around Weston in the near future. On July 4 there will be an American brunch to be held at 141 Oldmixon Road, Hutton starting at 10.30am with stacks of pancakes and maple syrup amongst other goodies. On July 11 there will be a jumble sale in Winscombe Community Hall starting at 2pm. Donations welcome prior to the event. On July 29 there will be a skittles evening at Ebdon Arms, Wick St Lawrence starting at 7pm and just £3 for a light hearted evening of fun. On August 2 there will be a barbecue held at Russell’s, 141 Oldmixon Road, Hutton which will include a chance to have a go at clay pigeon shooting. All are welcome to any of these events just contact Mike on 01934 814042 or Profits from all these events are donated to charities.


On June 16 club members and partners enjoyed a summer lunch at Shipham Village Hall. The organising and catering was carried out by the committee members together in association with their wives/partners. A very big thank you to all involved in putting on such a good meal. After the meal a talk was given by Francis Burroughs on the subject of ‘Enjoyable and amusing events in his life as a conductor/director of an amateur operatic society.’

These events covered his time spent in Yeovil, Chard and Chipping Norton. A very good time was had by all.


Members and visitors spent an amusing and interactive afternoon with Julia Russett. Julia based her five beautiful floral designs on ‘My life with flowers’, cleverly depicting each stage of her journey so far. Five lucky ticket winners proudly took them home.

St Peters Church is holding its flower festival from Monday- July 6. Several of our club members are involved. Our club meets again on July 27 when we will welcome speaker Margaret Adams, who is going to tell us about ‘Down on the Farm’.


For those who attended the evening of choral music was expecting a great night’s entertainment, and they were not disappointed.

Both choirs gave their best; the singing was superb and we were soon mesmerised by the versatility of the singers who raised the bar for this kind of choral entertainment to a new level.

First to perform was The Great Western Chorus who had us applauding loudly at the end of each piece. Just before the interval along came Waves of Harmony directed by Mike Peters. The ladies showed their metal and performed brilliantly, also with loud applause from the audience.

Finally both choirs joined together to sing and finish what was truly a brilliant night of entertainment to a rapturous applause.

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the branch by attending the concert and making it such a success.


Bees featured widely at the latest meeting, as a swarm had recently taken up residence in the church tower that contains the bells and several hundred had found their way into the bell ringing chamber, making it unsafe for the campanologists practising. Hence there was no sound of bells during the evening when Bryn Bowles was giving his beautifully illustrated talk ‘Doing your bit for bees.’ He dealt with the many properties and uses of manuka honey and how to test a jar to prove its quality. Bryn then went on to describe some of the reasons why our honey bees are under so much stress which leads to colony collapse and then suggested several ways to help the bees survive to carry out their essential work in pollinating our crops.

On July 21 a coach to Tredegar House and Gardens will leave the village at 9.45am. There are still a few seats available which can be booked by ringing 01934 813152.


‘Village agents’ was the topic introduced by David Ford and Tina Huckle-Mills at the weekly meeting. It turned out to be a very interesting meeting which raised many questions especially as the subject matter was directed towards service in the community, something identified in the existence of the Rotary movement.

Essentially the presentation was directed towards helping those in the community which is provided by Curo in partnership with the West of England Rural Network. Information, advice and guidance is provided across North Somerset for persons aged 50 plus who live independently, this is via face to face meetings or regular phone contact. Currently they have 15 colleagues working in the community project with 100 plus volunteers. Further information on their activities is available on either of the WERN or CURO websites.

Future meetings include ‘Benefits, brass and the grandest day’ by Phillip Hoyland on July 8 and ‘The smallholder development’ with Joe Anderson on July 22.


At a recent meeting President Shelagh was delighted to introduce her daughter, Philippa, as our speaker for the evening. Philippa is a doctor and talked to the club about her recent experiences travelling in Africa and India.

In Africa she had revisited a project she had helped to set up sponsored by the charity Foundation for Women’s Dignity (FOWODI) and supported by the Soroptimists. This gives women, ostracised by their communities because they suffer from obstetric fistula, the opportunity to farm goats or chickens.

In India Philippa had worked in Kerala with a charitable organisation called Pallium of India which provides palliative care to those in need both in a small hospital and, primarily, in their own homes, utilising two mobile vans equipped with drugs, equipment and trained staff. She observed some differences in India compared with the UK.

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