Clubs and Societies, May 10, 2012

PUBLISHED: 09:46 11 May 2012




SSAFA FORCES HELP: On Monday we are holding a coffee and bring and buy morning at St Paul’s Church Hall, Walliscote Road, Weston, 10.30am to noon.

Admission is £2.50 which includes a cup of coffee or tea and biscuits. With the kind consent of the owners, we will also be making a collection, helped by the local Royal Marine Cadet Force, on the Grand Pier on May 19.

Recent reports show that 80 per cent of the cases dealt with by the Royal Air Force Benevolent fund, and some 60 per cent of those dealt with by The Royal British Legion are referred to them by our organisation.

We need all the support we can get to continue helping service, ex-service personnel and their dependants and if any reader would like to help us in our work please contact our secretary Anne Kerruish on 01934 811386, or call at the RAFA HQ Eagle House, Alexandra Parade on 01934 644924.

FRIENDS OF CHILDREN’S HOSPICE SOUTH WEST: Forthcoming fundraising events: The Mendip Male Choir is performing in the Victoria Methodist Church on May 26 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £7 and for more information call Margaret on 822938 or Jackie on 525587.

There will be an ‘Open Garden’ at 6 St Matthews Close, Weston, on June 9 from 10.30am-3.30pm. Tickets priced £3 include refreshments.

It is a lovely garden to sit and enjoy an afternoon in.

There will be a quiz night at the Milton Park Primary School on June 15, 7.30pm start. Tickets are priced £3 per person with teams of four to six. Bring your own drinks and refreshments. This will be a good night for anyone who likes to test their brain.

For more information call Sandra on 416432 or Judy on 632274.

MARK FRIENDSHIP CLUB: It was good to have the chairman, Arthur Hill, and his wife, Win, back with us for the meeting on May 3.

Steve Holford provided our entertainment.

Steve has been coming to the Friendship Club for many years and is very popular; although it was such a wet and miserable afternoon weather-wise, we had a most enjoyable and nostalgic hour listening and joining in with a selection of familiar songs and ballads.

After tea, the raffle brought the meeting to a close, and we meet again on May 17 when Roy Ackrill gives a presentation entitled ‘Elf and safety – myth or fact’.

WOODSPRING RAMBLERS: Members are organising an easy summer evening walk for Wednesday starting from Prince Consort Gardens and returning along Black Rock path.

Finishing with a drink and meal at the Captain’s Cabin.

Meet at 6.30pm at the Prince Consort Gardens, Weston, for further information contact David on 01934 513260.

RAFA CONCERT BAND - BLAKEHAY RESIDENT BAND: The band’s next engagement is a Jubilee concert in the very aptly named Coronation Hall, Bleadon village, on June 2.

Tickets are going very quickly and are priced at £5 each (children under 14 free), including a light buffet which will be served after the concert.

The audience are seated cabaret style at tables which can be more or less any number from four upwards. Please telephone the Coronation Hall to book your seat(s).

We have a few vacancies for competent players on brass and woodwind especially on oboe and trombone. Please call or email if you are interested in playing. Visit our website or call 01934 820205 for details.

Future engagements include: June 2 - Jubilee Concert - Coronation Hall, Bleadon; June 8 - charity dinner at the Webbington Hotel; June 15 - National Memorial Arboretum – Arlewas; June 23 - Armed Forces event - lunchtime concert, Italian Gardens, Weston; June 24 - AF Drumhead Service, Royal Hotel, Weston.

WORLEWIND BAND: There will be another opportunity to hear the band in a local venue on May 17 when members of WorleWind Band will be entertaining the audience at Christ Church, Weston, at 7.30pm.

The concert is hosted by the church and is being held to raise money for charity.

The band is in top form at the moment and has added some new pieces to their repertoire so, even if you have heard them before, it will be well worth coming along for a listen.

Full details of this event and other events the band have planned are on their website www.

ARTHRITIS CARE WESTON AND DISTRICT BRANCH:The next social meeting will be at St Saviour’s Hall, Locking Road, at 2pm on Monday with entertainer Mike.

The next day outing will be on July 2 to The Wye Valley with lunch on the boat on The River Wye, then to the outlet centre in Ross-on-Wye. New members will always be welcome whether they have arthritis or not. For details call Sandy on 01934 622808 or 07803746323.

Arthritis Care exists to help, advise and support all people with arthritis, can we help you?

CONGRESBURY OVER 60S CLUB: Members were given an insight into the amount of planning and work behind the scenes it took to get Concorde off the drawing board and into the air when Charles Heard gave a most interesting talk about the iconic aircraft.

It was fascinating to hear first hand anecdotes about VIPs who had flown on Concorde, and in these days of expensive petrol it was almost unbelievable that the 26,000 gallon capacity cost a mere £137,000 and that the range of the aircraft was 4,200 miles before it had to be re-fuelled.

Members found this a most enjoyable and fascinating talk and hope for a return visit from this wonderful speaker.

At the meeting on Tuesday the very popular Reflections Trio will provide the entertainment.

The trip to Otter Nurseries started the year off with an excellent day with an extremely picturesque journey through the Exe Valley on the return journey.

The destination for the coach trip on May 22 is Sidmouth with a coffee stop at the Donkey Sanctuary en route. There are a few vacancies for new members and anyone interested should telephone the secretary on 01934 832004 for further details.

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 including a cup of tea/coffee.

BLEADON PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP: Members held a workshop evening ‘Hands on cameras’ to highlight whether they did know their own camera’s capability.

Aided by Ian Johnson, a number of setups were constructed using lighting to show how high speed photography can be managed.

Our thanks to Ian for an interesting evening. More of these workshops will be forthcoming in the near future with models!

Our next meeting will be our own ‘It’s a Knockout’ on May 22 where members will be the judges. Why not join us for an interesting evening at the Coronation Hall, Bleadon?

New members are always welcome, please visit the website: or contact Carol Wilson on 01934 628070.

WESTON WOODTURNING CIRCLE: We would like to invite members of the public, young and old, to an open evening on May 17 commencing at 7pm at Weston Football Club, Winterstoke Road, Weston.

We are a friendly and welcoming club seeking to increase our membership and encourage all those people who may be interested to come and join us for an evening of woodturning.

Members of the club will be demonstrating the art of woodturning with three woodturning lathes being operational.

Woodturned items will be on display along with some which will be for sale.

The enthusiasm displayed by some of our younger members is particularly inspiring and we would like to attract more of them to join our club - junior membership allows for free admission to all our meetings. Anyone who may be interested in learning more about our craft is welcome to join us or just turn up on the night. For further information telephone John on 01934 510862.

THE FRIENDS OF WESTON MUSEUM: Members will be having a book stall in the museum on Saturday from 10.30am-4.30pm.

We will be selling used books, paperbacks and hardbacks, at reasonable prices to raise funds for the museum. This will be at the museum’s monthly craft fayre which takes place in the courtyard of the museum in Burlington Street, Weston.

Admission to the fayre will be free.

The next meeting will be on May 30 at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Laurence Price who will give a talk on ‘Grey owl - conservationist or charlatan?’

Members can attend free of charge and visitors are welcome for a fee of £2 payable on the door.

The Friends exists to support the museum in many different ways. We raise money to purchase items of equipment, hold speaker meetings, help to publicise events and some members work as volunteers.

If you would like to join us membership forms can be obtained from the museum shop or you can join at one of our meetings.

BLEADON WI: We have enjoyed a diverse and busy few months - apart from visits to the theatre, walks, Ideal Home Exhibition, third birthday celebrations, skittles and scrabble, we’ve had an excellent talk on willow weaving, with many members looking forward to trying their hands on various courses.

At our April meeting we were shown three delicious courses suitable for a vegan – and Bleadon WI members also took part in the ‘Women Walk the World’ event, in support of Associated Country Women of the World - a charity founded by WI members in the 1930s which supports women in more than 70 countries. The resolution calling for more midwives will be discussed at our next meeting today (Thurs) in the Jubilee Hall, Bleadon. And we won a Federation award for increasing membership by 55 per cent. We have more than 90 members now.

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