Clubs and Societies, June 9, 2011

PUBLISHED: 09:40 10 June 2011




WESTON U3A: Words and Wit 2011 at Milton Baptist Church on June 2 was attended by members of the Weston U3A, an association for lively, mature folks, who enjoyed an afternoon of poetry, prose, humour and oratory.

Guest judge Margaret Briggs awarded first prize in the Public Speaking competition to Anne Mitchell (pictured), second to Brig Rooke, and third to Bill Hudson.

The next lecture will be on June 10, at 2.15pm, St Paul’s Church Hall, Walliscote Road - ‘Another blast from the past’.

This time about the horns and strings of the Middle Ages.

Our speaker is Jonathan Weeks

Tea/coffee will be available afterwards.

THE RAFA CONCERT BAND - (The Blakehay Resident Band): 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 if you are interested.

Future engagements include: Today (Thurs) - Ensemble playing at guest night, Shropshire; June 12 - Grove Park bandstand (3-5pm); July 2 - Concerts at Nailsea Carnival; July 3 - Grove Park bandstand (3-5pm).

Visit our website or telephone 01934 820205 for more details

WESTON FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP: This is a lively, sociable, self-help group for sufferers of Fibromyalgia.

We meet at The Purple Sheep Centre, Hughenden Road, Milton, on the second Monday of every month from 2-4pm.

We have discussions on relevant subjects 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.

Subs are £2 per meeting, including refreshments. Next meeting is on June 13.

THE MDF BIPOLAR ORGANISATION SELF-HELP GROUP: The group meets on June at FRIEND 39 Oxford Street, Weston, BS23 1TN, 7.30-9.30pm.

People who suffer from bipolar and/or their supporters are very welcome to join us.

Telephone 0845 434 9915 or email: for details.

Please note that we now meet on the second Tuesday of each month.

BLEADON WI: Our meetings recently have been a Salsa Experience and Design a New Cocktail.

Alcohol featured again at our April meeting when we were guided through three different wines by The Wine Tasting Co.

At our May meeting, serious discussions took place on the resolutions going forward to the AGM of the NFWI - on large scale farming of animals and the closure of libraries and at our meeting today (Thurs) we will be discussing allergies.

We meet every second Thursday in the Coronation Hall at Bleadon, starting with welcoming drinks at 7.30 pm.

If you would like to join us, just come along - you will be most welcome.

CONGRESBURY OVER 60S CLUB: Members enjoyed a lively performance from Reflections, a musical group which is firm favourites with all the members.

Everyone enjoyed listening to the varied repertoire which ranged from songs such as ‘If ever I would Leave You’ to an inspired version of ‘I’ll Walk with God’ from The Student Prince.

Piano solos and various jokes were all so well received that the afternoon passed quickly.

At the next meeting on June 14 members are looking forward to the return of Richard Lennox and Sarah Bridal.

The outing to Seaton and Sidmouth was a great success as members were blessed with glorious sunshine all day which enabled everyone to enjoy scenery, shops and the shoreline. Bookings are being taken for the outing to Bucklers Hard and the New Forest on June 21 which has proved popular with only a couple of seats left.

WEST WOODSPRING ROTARY CLUB: Local schools have submitted their pupils’ entries for the annual art competition and they can be seen at the Weston Museum.

The presentation of prizes will take place at the museum on June 14 and all are welcome to see the high standard of entries.

Our district has reported that 100 Water Survival Boxes were sent to Japan to help in the aftermath of the recent earthquake.

On the Japan Airlines passenger plane the captain announced that the plane was carrying these boxes and a collection followed which raised £500.

Any local business person interested in helping us to continue with our charitable work will be made very welcome at any one of our Tuesday evening meetings at the Weston Golf Club, 7 for 7.30pm.

Contact Dick Richards on 01934 844214 or visit our website

BRENT KNOLL AND MARK TENNIS CLUB: Members are holding an open evening at Brent Knoll on June 15 starting at 7pm.

Tony Pryce Sports will be in attendance and will provide advice and a choice of rackets to try.

The club welcomes new members of all standards and offers coaching for junior and adult players.

For information contact 01934 815407.

WESTON ROTARY CLUB: Last Friday was lunch at the Weston Golf Club, this was our business meeting and all our coming events were discussed and numbers helping recorded for a treasure hunt, ‘Kids out’ and collections at the service area .

With a new president waiting in the wings Tim Garner is keen to get all the details in place for our own big Golf Day on the July 28, plus a major event on the Grand Pier for our 90th anniversary on October 1.

Please contact Ken Lohmann on 01934 416131 for more details - a great chance for local business to network and support local charities.

WESTON BREATHE EASY: Weston Breathe Easy is a local part of the British Lung Foundation.

We are a self-help group for anyone with a lung condition and meet at Hutton Village Hall on the third Wednesday of each month commencing at 2pm.

Our next meeting is on June 15 and the speaker will be Community Matron Caroline Shawyer.

Anyone with an interest will be made welcome. For further information telephone Nick on 01275 873322 or Sue on 01934 521259.

The British Lung Foundation also has a telephone helpline open Monday to Friday 10am-6pm – 08458 505020 (calls charged at local rate).

They give confidential advice and support for anyone affected by lung disease.

WEST WOODSPRING INNER WHEEL: At the AGM held on June 2 president Jeanette Thacker presented a cheque of £1,000 to the Hearing Dogs for the Deaf charity making a total for the year of £1,300 given.

A cheque of £60 was also sent to Mirama an African school girl to pay for her education for this year. We have been supporting her education over six years.

The next meeting will be the hand over meeting held at the Beachlands Hotel on July 7 when Jeanette will hand over to incoming president Carol Schubert.

A book, plant and cake sale in aid of Save the Children was held at Angie Horne’s house and raised £285 for the charity.

CREATIVE BODS CRAFT CLUB: The club meets every Tuesday from 7-9pm at Seventh Day Adventist Church Hall, Locking Road.

We are a friendly, self teach craft club that has been running for almost 20 years!

Subs, which includes as much tea and coffee you can drink is £3 per week with the first week free. For further information, please call Alison on 07976 847821.

ARTHRITIS CARE WESTON BRANCH: We would like to invite you to an “open” social meeting at St Saviours Hall, Locking Road, on June 13 at 2pm.

There will be no charge and tea and coffee will also be free.

Arthritis Care helps, supports and advises all people with arthritis, we also have branch social meetings and day outings.

You do not have to have arthritis to come along to our meetings, for details contact Sandy on 01934 622808 or 07803746323.

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