Clubs and Societies, June 26, 2014

PUBLISHED: 11:35 27 June 2014 | UPDATED: 11:35 27 June 2014



© Patricia Murphy


Our only meeting in July will be on July 3 when Martha Perriam will be giving a talk entitled ‘War paint – art of World War Two’ . On July 10 our members and their ladies will enjoy a summer tea at the Batch Hotel and this will be the final event before we take our summer break.

We sadly report that three of our members have recently passed away, Gordon Chenhall, Charles Herd and Arthur Smart. They will all be greatly missed and we remember their loved ones at this time. If any retired gentleman would be interested in joining our friendly club, when we start again in September, please telephone 01934 625330 or visit our website


The society will be holding an open day on July 12 at St Paul’s Church Hall, Walliscote Road, 10am-4pm. Entrance is free. The following societies will be attending, Bristol & Avon, Gwent, Wiltshire, Somerset & Dorset, Anglo-German, Guild of One Name Studies, as well as local history groups. We will have a special section dedicated to remembering World War One showing a large amount of research that has been undertaken locally. If you need help with your research come and pick our brains.


The Monday Club, which was based at the Conservative Club, has now re-located to the 49 Social Club. A big thank you for making us so welcome.


The group invites you to a talk by Dr Shane Clarke, consultant rheumatologist and support group president. There will be an osteoporosis update for 2014 preceded by a short annual meeting on July 7. It will be held at the Academy Unit, Weston General Hospital, doors opening at 6 for a 6.30pm start. Entry is £1 and refreshments 50p.


The Friends of Weston Museum will be holding a book sale tomorrow (Fri) from 10.15am till 12.30pm in the museum courtyard. There will also be some bric-a-brac for sale. Also, the Sewing and Knitting Group will be meeting on July 2 at 2pm. They are making dressing up costumes for the museum, helping with a new quilt for Clara’s Cottage and covering coat hangers for the costume collection. The Friends exist to support the museum in many ways, we hold speaker meetings, walks and social events and fundraise to help the museum with the refurbishment plans. New members are always welcome and membership forms can be obtained from the museum in Burlington Street.


If you are a young musician aged 21 or under and are interested to join an orchestra, Weston Youth Orchestra would like to hear from you. We rehearse at the Boulevard United Reformed Church in Weston and welcome new members to both our junior and senior orchestras throughout the year. If you would like to join us for a rehearsal please contact our director, Dennis Cole on 01934 623787 or 07787 520230. For further information about the orchestra, including our concert diary, past programmes and how to become a member please visit our website


The club put on a small exhibition on the Beach Lawns at the Weston Air Festival showing different aspects of amateur radio. The exhibition included crystal sets made by junior members and a home constructed advanced transceiver. Mike Jones brought along his vintage radio collection and certificates were given to those people who successfully sent a message using Morse Code. With good support from the members, and the number of visitors showing interest, the world of amateur radio was given a good public airing.

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


Twelve members celebrated the club’s Charter Night with an evening stroll from Deer Leap on the Mendip Hills. The walk was led by Les Davis who was very interesting and informative, which was much appreciated by the ladies. The views across the Mendips were magnificent as it was a perfect summer evening. At the end of the walk the ladies formed a circle to make their Inner Wheel mark on the ridge. The walk was followed by an excellent buffet supper at the Rodney Stoke Inn where the new president Pauline Carr and other members joined them.


This Saturday we will be entertained by the incredible duo, Reflections. The flyer this Saturday stands at £108 if house called in 56 numbers. The Golden Oldies Party is on July 9 and all members are invited with entertainment being provided by the amazing Steve Kay. A buffet is being provided courtesy of Cockney Al, Julia and Pat. The next quiz night is on July 16 from 8pm. Coverage of Wimbledon will be shown and if you would like to watch a particular game on the red button, please ask behind the bar and we will do our best to accommodate you. Any queries, please contact the secretary on 01934 621231.


Our monthly talk was Chris Richards ‘walk and talk’ which attracted an excellent number of people, all of whom thoroughly enjoyed his detailed knowledge of the quarry as they toured this well preserved site.

We now have a short break from the talks until September but the work at the quarry by the volunteers continues. Over 500 flowering plants put in and constant tidying and maintenance by the volunteers of the above keep this a wonderful place to visit. Refreshments served in the tearoom add to the enjoyment. Why not pay us a visit and find out about one of the gems in the area.


We need this wonderful spell of hot weather to continue into July; the band is warming up and nearly ready to perform. You are strongly recommended to book out two Sunday afternoons in July for a trip to Grove Park, July 6 and July 20. Bring your relatives, your deckchairs, your sun cream and sun hat. The band will be playing a selection of well known music, some from shows, a little jazz and little swing. You are guaranteed to be tapping your feet and singing along. For more details see our website


Our speaker for this month was Francis Benson talking about her passion for pearls. She brought along a huge amount of pearl jewellery for us to look at and examine during her talk, most of it for sale. We learnt many interesting fact about pearls and how they are formed, the different colours and sizes, and of their value. It was a fascinating subject and a very good speaker.

Best wishes go to Sharon who is not very well; our thoughts are with her and her family.

The walk on Wednesday will start from the Prince Consort Gardens in Weston near the fish pond at 10am.

The subject at the next meeting on July 17 is on training dogs for the blind and the

speaker hopes to be able to bring along a puppy. If anyone has used postage stamps, please bring them along as the organisation collects them to help raise money for charity.

Visitors will be made very welcome. We meet in the Hewish Village Hall for 7.30pm start every third Thursday.


It was a glorious summer’s afternoon with an attendance of 30 for the annual meeting and strawberry tea. Unfortunately our chairlady could not be with us so the vice chairman, George Puddy, stepped in and chaired the meeting. He welcomed members, with a special welcome for Win Hill. It was good to see her and she was pleased to chat with old friends.

Reports were given, the vice chairman thanked the committee and members for their continued support throughout the year, especially in this our 50th anniversary year.

Strawberries and cream were much enjoyed and numerous cups of tea were handed out. There was a raffle with the first prize being won by Gordon Goodman

On July 3rd our meeting returns to normal with a talk being given by Steve Greenhalgh about road safety in Somerset.


The association had a great Armed Forces Day, and are now looking ahead to the next lot of events, beginning with a roast lunch on Friday and our regular quiz night on Saturday.

Other upcoming social events are displayed on the club notice board 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 you would be sure of a warm welcome. A representative from SSAFA Forces Help is also available for advice and guidance in the club on a Wednesday between 10am and 12noon.


The annual trip to National Memorial Arboretum, Stafford was a long day, especially the journey back on the M5. On Saturday we attended as concert and music support to the Muster and Drumhead service at the Armed Forces Day event on the Beach Lawns. An ensemble also played at the Flowerdown House anniversary dinner in the evening. To those people who wanted to hear more of the RAFA Band during the afternoon thank you but, you have to ask the AFD committee. There are a few more vacancies for competent players, remember you don’t have to be ex forces to join. Please visit our website or Facebook RAF Association Concert Band for details.

Future engagements include: July 27, Grove Park, 2.30-4.30pm; August 17, Grove Park, 2.30-4.30pm; September 6, concert at Memorial Theatre, Frome; October 4, concert at Blakehay Theatre, Weston.


Following positive remarks during the recent Folkfest fun day when Burnham-on-Sea Moose International Lodge 123 ran a Ham Radio exhibition station (call sign GB4JJD), it has been decided to initiate the start of a new amateur radio club in Burnham’s BAY Centre.

The first meeting will be held in the BAY Centre training room on July 16 at 7pm, with monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of each successive month, between 7 and 9pm.

Membership is open to anybody with an interest in Ham Radio and can be actioned by completion a membership form. There will be an attendance subscription at each meeting, to include refreshments.

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