Clubs and societies, June 30

PUBLISHED: 09:14 01 July 2011 | UPDATED: 09:28 01 July 2011




INNER WHEEL CLUB OF WRINGTON VALE: President Lal began the annual meeting by thanking her committee and members for their support, help and encouragement over the past year.

Various events undertaken during her term as president included a ploughman’s lunch, barn dance, quiz, concert and charity breakfast, £660 donated to Burnham Area Rescue Boat, £1,000 to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, and donations to National Osteoporosis Society, the Lugualo project in Zambia, Save the Children Fund and others.

Members found time for fellowship and friendship with visits to Dyrham Park, BBC Bristol, sponsored walks and theatre visits.

The meeting concluded with president Lal handing over the chain of office to incoming president Pauline Alvis, and wishing her every success for the incoming year.

WEST WOODSPRING INNER WHEEL: Carol Schubert, president elect of the inner wheel, was a guest at Weston Golf Club when Richard Purgas was inaugurated as president of Weston Rotary Club on 24 June.

Carol says she is looking forward to working with Richard during their corresponding time in office for the 2011/12 Rotary year and helping to raise funds in support of charities and other good causes at home and abroad.

LAKESIDE SOCIAL ACTIVITY CLUB: Members have had a busy June, with a trip to the Royal Inn in Portishead and a fish and chip supper as well as our weekly fun and games sessions and film club and another excellent poetry session.

Activities for July include speakers on the theatre and narrow boat art, a musical entertainment and a strawberry tea.

Membership is open to older people living in the area and further information may be obtained by writing to Lakeside Court, Jasmine Way, Worle, BS24 7JN, or emailing

WESTON MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers will be displaying copies of old local newspapers in Weston Museum in Burlington Street.

The event will take place in the museum courtyard on July 8 and 9 during museum opening hours from 11am-4pm.

The event will be free.

Newspapers on show will highlight important local events such as the World War Two bombing raids on Weston, the opening of the pool (Tropicana), and many other memorable occasions.

Everyone is welcome to come along to look at the papers. Museum volunteers will be on hand to answer questions, give help, and provide assistance in the handling of the fragile newsprint.

WESTON PHILATELIC SOCIETY: The society’s annual stamp fair will take place at St Paul’s Church Hall, Walliscote Road, Weston, on July 16, 10am-4pm.

Quality dealers will be in attendance with stamps, postal history and postcards.

There is easy parking and refreshments available. Admission 50p (juniors free).

BLEADON LADIES CLUB: Members meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 2.30pm in the Coronation Hall in Bleadon.

We enjoy a very varied programme.

In June we welcome Toby Pinn from Clevedon Auction Rooms. We were allowed to take items to be valued, and that was most interesting:.

July 12 is our homespun meeting which will include a bring and buy, a cream tea and also lots of surprises, so do come along and join in the fun.

We are always happy to welcome new members.

For more information call Barbara on 814362.

RAFA CONCERT BAND - THE BLAKEHAY RESIDENT BAND: An ensemble performed at the Oaktree Arena on Saturday and on Sunday at Clarence Park East as part of the Weston armed forces event.

The service, concert and sunset ceremony was attended by many dignitaries and a large audience entertained by the band on a warm sunny afternoon.

Look out for our concert adverts in the Mercury, we hope to see you at one of our events.

The search for competent players on brass and woodwind continues especially on oboe and trombone.

Please call us if you are interested. Future engagements include: July 2 concert in Millennium Park, Nailsea at 2.30pm, July 3 Grove Park bandstand at 3-5pm, July 30 three concerts at Bristol Harbour Festival starting at 11am, July 31 - three concerts at Bristol Harbour Festival starting at 11am, August 6 Air Cadets, anniversary concert Princess Hall, Burnham-on-Sea 7.30pm.

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

WESTON AND MENDIP ADVANCED MOTORISTS: Last Tuesday the group had an interesting and informative talk about the Bloodhound Project, which is attempting to break the land speed record by reaching 1000mph over a measured mile in South Africa in 2013.

Bloodhound HQ is based in Bristol and the project is being used for education purposes showing new technology and engineering methods.

If you would like further information about the IAM or have a free assessment drive with one of our qualified observers, please phone 07020 934714.

THE NOTABLE CLUB: Members welcomed railway enthusiast Lionel Jones for a power point presentation ‘An Australian adventure’.

Starting from Brisbane he talked about his rail and coach tour.

More than 25 members of the Rainbow Singers entertained us with a very enjoyable programme.

Chris Nelson’s presentation ‘Tyntsfield, - past, present and future’ was informative and enjoyable, with the Gibb’s family history, the National Trust and the continuing improvements in the building.

The Notable Club is a weekly, socially active lunchtime club for physically disabled people aged 16 to 60 years. Contact Dina on 07845 220349 for further information.

WESTON ROTARY CLUB: After a successful year of fundraising and service, Tim Garner handed over the club’s chain to the incoming president, Richard Purgas.

Richard will have the honour of presiding over the club’s 90th anniversary year as the club was chartered in October 1921.

In 1921 the formation of a Rotary club was suggested and a group of prominent Westonians met with one of the founders of the Bristol club. As a result, a public meeting was held and was reported by the Weston Mercury.

To celebrate, Weston Rotary Club is holding a lavish banquet and ball on October 21 inviting local Rotary clubs, neighbouring clubs and all local businesses to celebrate 90 years of service and enterprise in Weston.

It will be in The Great Hall on the newly rebuilt Grand Pier. John Penrose, MP for Weston and Tourism Minister, will speak. A superb 16-piece band with three vocalists has been booked.

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