PUBLISHED: 09:49 06 July 2012

Somerset Freemasons

Somerset Freemasons


MARK FRIENDSHIP CLUB: There was a good attendance for the annual meeting and 48th birthday of Mark Friendship Club on June 21.

The chairman welcomed members and guests and after reports from the secretary and treasurer, the chairman thanked the committee and members for their continued support.

Our special guest and local celebrity, Dot Reaney, was introduced. A super-fit Dot, at the age of 85, told us how and why she had been chosen to carry the Olympic torch last month at Washford, and everyone was fascinated to hear the story and be able to see and touch the torch.

Photographs were taken and when all the excitement had died down, everyone tucked into a delicious strawberry tea.

We meet again on July 5, when Jon Glauert will talk about the Avalon Camps.

BLEADON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Peter Burks from Sanders Garden World was the guest panellist for a session of ‘Gardeners Question Time’ in the Coronation Hall.

He dealt with a wide range of topics from clematis to grapes, non flowering laburnums to control of slugs.

The next event will see us visit Ottery St Mary Nursery and Bicton Gardens in Devon.

There are a few seats available to anyone interested in the trip on July 17. Further information is available on 01934 813152.

The summer flower show will be on September 1 and schedules will be available shortly from the church porch, the village shop/post office or committee members.

HEWISH AND DISTRICT WI: The annual meeting in May held in the Albert Hall, was as usual a great occasion. A very interesting report was read out by the Winscombe WI’s delegate.

We then went on to enjoy listening to our speaker, Les Cloutman, who spoke about ‘Somerset’s wonderful wildlife’.

He showed us slides of the beautiful Somerset countryside, areas right on our own doorsteps, full of all the different flora and fauna you could wish for. The vote of thanks was given by June Beecham.

Don’t forget goods for the sales table, also the competition, which is ‘Anything depicting the month of July in any medium’.

We meet on the third Thursday of each month in Hewish Village Hall for 7.30pm.

WORLE WIND BAND: On Sunday at 3pm WorleWind Band will be on the bandstand in Grove Park ready to entertain you with a fabulous selection of music.

All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the sunshine.

We hope you can join us, the programme of music is varied so it will suit all tastes; what better way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon.

We look forward to seeing you. For more information on the band please visit our website

PARKINSON’S UK – WESTON BRANCH: The branch celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in fine form in The Churchill Unit of Weston General Hospital at their last meeting.

There was a quiz, and plenty of food, including red, white and blue cakes, followed by Eton Mess. There was also champagne for the royal toast.

Time now to look forward to our summer activities including our next meeting on Tuesday when we will hear ‘It seemed a good idea at the time’ from Roy Jones. On August 7 our speaker will be Mark Bullen on ‘Old time smuggling’; closely followed by our annual skittles with lunch on August 21 at West Huntspill.

The annual lunch at Beachlands will be on September 30.

Regular coffee mornings on the seafront continue – why not come and join us. Membership is only £4 per year and for further information call Ann Cherry on 01934 623743.

WORLE LIONS CLUB: The club is holding their 12th Family Fun Day and Classic Car Show on August 27 at Baytree Recreation Ground, Milton, from noon to 4pm.

If you would like to book a stall or help in any way please contact the Fun Day co-ordinator, Lion Margaret Simpson, on 01934 527529 or email

WESTON FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP: This is a lively, sociable, self-help group for sufferers of Fibromyalgia. Our next meeting is at The Purple Sheep Centre, Hughenden Road, Milton, on Monday from 2-4pm. We have lively discussions and share our experiences. If you are a fibro sufferer, or have an illness that causes chronic pain and fatigue, join us for a meeting where you can meet fellow sufferers and have a chat and a cuppa.

The cost is £2 per meeting and includes tea/ coffee.

WESTON RADIO SOCIETY: The annual 144 MHz direction finding contest was held this month.

Seven teams gathered with their vehicles on top of Bleadon Hill to hunt for the ‘fox’ Steve Walrond.

Making transmissions every 10 minutes from a lay-by near Wick St Lawrence he was tracked down in 40 minutes by Dave Dyer who wins the shield this year.

Most participants had quite sophisticated aerials and OS maps but Rob Frost, with the support of his three children, came a close second using a simple aerial, his hands and a Google map on his phone.

A buffet supper was enjoyed at the end of the contest at the nearby Ebdon Arms, where contestants then compared their different routes.

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

The club can be contacted at

WESTON AND MENDIP ADVANCED MOTORISTS: Christine Kitteridge from Eurosigns spoke to the group about the history, design and manufacture of road signs, the first one of which appeared on tracks in the 17th Century. Are you interested in saving money on fuel, insurance costs and other benefits?

Then why not phone 07020934714, and arrange a free assessed drive or have a demonstration drive with one of our qualified observers?

RAFA CONCERT BAND - BLAKEHAY RESIDENT BAND: The band gave a concert in the town square and a small 15-piece played at the Drumhead Service as part of the Weston Armed Forces event.

Next Sunday we are off to play in Trowbridge.

We have a few vacancies for competent players on brass and woodwind especially on oboe and trombone. No contests, no subscriptions, uniform provided and lots of varied concerts.

All that is asked of the musicians is that they give a commitment of their time and talents to the band rehearsals and the engagements.

Please call or email if you are interested in playing. Visit our website or ring 01934 820205 for details.

Future engagements include: Sunday – Armed Forces Day Concert and Drumhead Service at Trowbridge; July 5 - part of the entertainment for the South West in Bloom judging, starting at 12noon; July 7 - two concerts during the Nailsea Carnival; July 21 and 22 - two concerts each day at Bristol Harbour Festival by the M Shed.

WESTON BRASS: With a break of nearly three weeks between engagements, members have used this valuable time to practice new music for their up-and-coming engagements, and to ensure that their existing repertoire is still fresh and exciting.

The next engagement for the band will not be as previously stated, but in Banwell Abbey, and will be Songs of Praise.

This will be followed a week later on July 14 by a Last Night of the Proms at Victoria Methodist Church.

This very popular concert is very well supported and it is advisable to get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

The band is very keen to welcome new players to the band, and more information can be obtained by visiting our website

BURNHAM INNER WHEEL: New Inner Wheel president Debbie Spragg took over from Sandra Moon in fine style at a special iubilee dinner in the upstairs function room of Burnham and Berrow Golf club.

SOMERSET FREEMASONS: Somerset Freemasons have presented Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance with a grant of £4,000 from their national charity, the Freemasons’ Grand Charity.

Dorset Freemasons also gave £4,000.

This £8,000 donation is part of the total figure of over £1million donated by the charity since 2007, providing funding to every air ambulance in England and Wales.

On average, an emergency air ambulance takes off every 10 minutes in the UK, reaching people as quickly as possible to save lives. Air ambulances operate almost entirely from donations from charities such as The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, as well as from the general public.

On behalf of Somerset Masons, Justin Martin said: “Somerset Freemasons, together with Dorset Freemasons, are proud to be able to provide this support for air ambulances yet again. Air ambulances across the country play such a vital role in ‘taking the hospital to the patient’ saving precious time and consequently saving lives.

“We recognise the increased importance of supporting vital services such as this. Helping our local communities is important to Somerset Freemasons.”

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