Clubs and Societies, May 15, 2014

PUBLISHED: 14:18 16 May 2014 | UPDATED: 14:18 16 May 2014





The society is a four-part (SATB) choir open to all ages from 16 years upwards. We have 40 voices and membership is open to all abilities, there is no audition or test of musical ability.

The society rehearses during term-time, from September to April, every Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in Milton Methodist Church Hall. We also give full concerts twice a year, in late autumn and spring.

For further information about the society call Gill Williams on 01934 813255.

Our next concert is ‘Petite Messe Solennelle’ by Rossini, with conductor Ray Willis at All Saints’ Church, Weston on May 17 at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £10 from or on the door.


We are a local division of the largest and oldest charity in the UK.

The charity helps our local serving and ex-service personnel and their families.

We have experienced caseworkers who offer help and guidance wherever it is needed.

One of our caseworkers, Police Sgt Ash Jones was presented with his five year certificate and badge by our chairman Major (retd) Dick Richards. Another member Mr Ken Jones has also received a certificate and badge for 20 years voluntary service. Ken has been a stalwart member with SSAFA and is a very experienced caseworker.

SSAFA meet every Wednesday at the RAFA club on Alexander Parade between 10.30am and 12noon. Anyone interested in joining SSAFA as a caseworker or helping to raise funds please come along on a Wednesday morning and introduce yourself.


The society had a splendid end to their winter/spring session of meetings when Chris Sperring of the Hawk and Owl Trust gave an inspiring talk on birdsong. He also brought along his 10 month old Barn Owl that was much admired and photographed. We are now looking forward to our coach trips.

The garden competition this year is sponsored jointly by the society and Weston in Bloom. Judging will take place week commencing July 14. There will a 1st prize of £25, 2nd prize of £15 and 3rd prize of £10, plus £10 for the best hanging basket. This is an open competition to everyone in the immediate Weston area. For an entry form contact Cynthia Filer on 01934 514057.

Due to the bad weather at the weekend when we held the plant sale, there will be some plants for sale at The Trading Hut, Clarke’s Field Allotments, Rector’s Way off Drove Road, this weekend from 9.30am-12.30pm.


In a departure from our usual member’s monthly meeting our President Angie Horne invited husbands and partners, many of whom are past or current Rotarians. After a superb meal President Angie introduced our speaker Mr Tom Burr who gave us a fascinating insight into the early years of the National Trust with many anecdotes along the way. The evening was relaxing for members after a busy year fundraising for the president’s chosen charity Teenage Cancer Trust. We would like to thank our guests for making the evening so enjoyable.


Our calendar is rapidly filling up for this year and we are all looking forward to entertaining our audiences with some great new music.

The next opportunity you have to hear us is in Grove Park, Weston on the afternoon of June 8.

We will then be playing at Christchurch, Weston at 7.30pm on June 14. This will be a joyful concert as we will be joined by Joyful Spirit, so please keep that evening free, it promises to be a real musical treat.

Watch this space for more information and details of our concerts, alternatively all the information is posted on our website


It is the clubs annual meeting when the new committee will be appointed. After the formalities members will show and discuss work holding devices and jigs which have proved helpful when woodturning.

The display table will be devoted to wood turned eggs and egg cups.

Anyone one who is interested in the craft of woodturning is welcome to visit our friendly club by just turning up on the evening. For any additional information call John on 01934 510862.


Club members welcomed David Elsey who gave an informative and amusing PowerPoint presentation on his latest adventures in Harar, a medieval walled city in Eastern Ethiopia. He met a direct descendant of the second Emir (co-founder), fed wild hyenas from a stick in his mouth before visiting Djibouti to swim with giant Whale Sharks in the Bay of Ghoubbet, as well as experiencing both the European and African quarters of this now rapidly changing capital.

An outing to Minehead using W&D Community transport and steam train was an enjoyable day out.

The Notable Club is a weekly, socially active lunchtime club for physically disabled people aged 16 to 60 years. Contact Dina on 07845220349 for further information.


A small dinner band played at a formal dinner last Thursday at the UOTC Bristol and received complimentary feedback from the sponsor and guests. Rehearsals last Monday included some new arrangements in preparation for forthcoming engagements. Thank you for your continuing support and requests for the bands services that we are still receiving. A few vacancies are available for competent players to join us, so if you can hit the right notes please visit our website or on Facebook RAF Association Concert Band for details.

Future 2014 engagements include:

June 20 - National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas; June 21 - Armed Forces Day, Weston; June 29 - Armed Forces Day, Bristol.


The club meets on the second and fourth Thursday morning of each month at the Milton Methodist Hall. We start gathering around 10am mingling socially with light refreshments.

At 10.30am we will be listening to the presentation of the week. This week we were entertained by the multi-talented Jeff Peglar with his ‘Life with music’. On May 22 we will listen to a talk by Terry Merritt-Smith. For further information ring George Wiseman on 01934 813841 or or email


The club was recently very pleased to welcome Duke Hazard from Avon and Somerset Police as their speaker.

Duke admitted his real name was Adrian and Duke was an obvious addition to his surname used by his colleagues. He delivered a very poignant yet amusingly honest presentation encompassing what duties and rules of encounter the police now have to follow in view of human rights.

Adrian concluded his presentation by answering very honestly many very pertinent questions both about ongoing policing and recent event changes, and finished by emphasising that, whether they have the authority to enforce an action or not, they still try to ‘do the right thing for the right reason’.

He was thanked by Rotarian Mike Batchelor and received a very warm round of applause from the audience.


Weston Homemakers May meeting was a talk by John Crockford-Hawley. He gave us an insight into smuggling in Weston and how drinking and violence was rife in the past history of Weston. Another interesting look into the history of our town. Notices were given of outings and theatre trips. Our next meeting is June 3 at Weston Social Club, Devonshire Road.


If you are a young musician aged 21 or under and are looking to join an orchestra why not become a member of the Weston Youth Orchestra. We welcome new members to both our junior and senior orchestras throughout the year. If you would like to join us for one of our rehearsals, held every Friday at the Boulevard United Reformed Church in Weston, please contact our director Dennis Cole on 01934 623787 or 07787 520230. For further information about the orchestra including our history, past programmes, concert diary and more please visit our website


This Saturday night we are being entertained by Ged Scott, a male vocalist and guitarist. Members and guests are all welcome, it is a great night out. The next quiz night is on May 28 at 9pm with cash and other prizes to be won. The more teams we have, the bigger the prize fund so bring your friends and challenge them to a Brain of Weston competition.

Sadly, The Monday Club have chosen to leave so we will be having a game of bingo from 2.30pm on Monday for those members not wishing to move with them. The more people who attend the bigger the prize fund. Tuesday bingo will continue as normal. Date for your diary: May 26 Bank Holiday Monday with Ravel from 3pm. Any queries, please contact the secretary on 01934 621231 or email


The annual chairman’s dinner held at Batch Country House was a joint celebration this year, as Tangent was also celebrating their 40th Anniversary. Friends from other local Tangent clubs and from Inner Wheel and The Soroptomists joined us and enjoyed a delicious meal and a slice of the 40th Anniversary cake. Before the meal, Jean Booth the out going chairman handed the chain of office to new chairman Ruth Lamb who was also delighted to welcome Janice O’Neill the new National President of Tangent Clubs. Continued Friendship is Tangent’s main theme, and this was certainly very evident at this event. Everyone enjoyed a very special evening and gathered around the cake with our new National President for a photo-call.


Children’s Hospice SW Weston Friends Group held two very successful events last week.

On Thursday evening our annual dinner took place at Weston College. This was a very happy evening with the meal and entertainment provided by the college students, reception music by Sarabanda and a very interesting after dinner talk by Nathan Sale, helped by Adam Cook, from Aardman Animations. This opened everyone’s eyes to the amount of time and effort needed to produce films like Wallace and Gromit. We would like to thank all our sponsors and those who contributed to make this such a lovely event which raised just over £2,000.

Our second event was a dinner and dance held on Saturday evening at the Commodore Hotel, Sand Bay. After enjoying the five course dinner those present were entertained by Dave Ford who also played music for dancing. This was another very happy evening which raised £560 for our charity.

On August 2 a Cream Tea will be held at 26 Wellsea Grove, Weston, when there will also be stalls selling cakes, books, and other items. We will also be at the Lions Fun Day on Baytree Recreation Ground and look forward to seeing you there.


The club will be holding a steak night on Saturday evening, so come along and enjoy some great food in great company.

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

You would be sure of a warm welcome as are all members and visitors of other ex-service associations, whether local, on holiday in Weston or just passing through. A representative from SSAFA Forces Help is also available for advice and guidance in the club on a Wednesday between 10am and 12noon.

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