Clubs and Societies May 17

PUBLISHED: 10:23 18 May 2012

BLEADON PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP: Richard Vale gave a presentation on ‘Garden photography and more’ at the last meeting.

He demonstrated by way of his own work how best to take photographs in a garden and then gave a critical analysis of the subject to improve on it. His methods are very simplistic along with the camera he uses. Some of the tips he gave will no doubt help those in that area of photography.

Our next and final meeting in Bleadon will be on Tuesday with ‘It’s a Knockout’, where members will judge by way of voting the best image of the evening.

We are travelling to Backwell Camera Club on May 31 as part of a return visit to pitch our members’ work against Backwell.

Why not join us for an interesting evening at the Coronation Hall, Bleadon. New members are always welcome, please visit the website www. or contact Carol Wilson 01934 628070.

WESTON AND DISTRICT NATIONAL TRUST ASSOCIATION: After a successful series of indoor meetings, 32 members are on holiday in Yorkshire visiting Harrogate, York and National Trust properties in the area.

The next outing on Wednesday is to Kelmscott Manor, a Grade 1 listed farmhouse by the River Thames. The summer home of William Morris is surrounded by a beautiful garden planted with flowers and shrubs so many of which he used in his designs. Donations from the association this year have been to Tyntesfield to conserve an ornate cross in the chapel and re-establish the fountain in working order which is housed in the stable yard.

Support has also been given to Barrington Court near Ilminster to replace a tree in an avenue there.

CHEW VALLEY PROBUS CLUB: We meet monthly for fellowship, lunch and a speaker at the Mooseheart, Winscombe.

If you are a retired professional or businessman and would like to join us please ring our membership secretary Barry Mather on 01934 822462 for further information.

Twice yearly we also hold a ‘Ladies Luncheon’.

In April we enjoyed a talk by Peter Ryalls on ‘One of the world’s biggest sea battles’ and at our May meeting a talk by Kirwan on the ‘Samaritans’. We are arranging a coach tour of Avon Docks for our members in September.

PROBUS MILTON: The club meets on the second and fourth Thursday mornings each month at Hornets Rugby Club.

Speakers on specialist subjects plus occasionally club members drawing upon work/life experiences provide lectures/presentations.

We were treated to a fascinating insight into the problems encountered in tracing family history and genealogy by Pat Hase.

For further information phone David Arnold on 01934 626270 or visit or email

WESTON CONSERVATIVE CLUB: Saturday night entertainers for May are: May 19 Chris Rainbow, May 26 Andrea.

Bingo is played on Saturday nights at 10pm and also Tuesday afternoons from 3pm.

The weekly draw has been moved to Friday nights to be drawn just before the meat draw.

The jubilee celebration preparations are going well. June 2 is the Red, White and Blue Party Night in the Duncan Grey Room with entertainment and buffet for only £5 per person.

Bingo will be upstairs which all members will be invited to attend from 10pm. Bank Holiday Monday will be a fancy dress competition hosted by the Monday Club with entertainment provided by Jennie Robbin and a free buffet.

On June 5 there is a special lunch menu available from the No 10 restaurant and after Tuesday bingo, cream teas will be made available along with some live background music. Any questions please contact the secretary on 01934 621231.

WESTON HOMEMAKERS: At the May meeting a very interesting talk was given by Peter Davey titled ‘Around Weston by tram’.

He showed us slides of how Weston used to be when trams were used as the modern form of transport.

Notices were given of future events including our jubilee tree planting and our ‘Last Night of the Proms’ at Victoria Church on July 14.

Our next meeting is June 5 at Weston Social Club, Devonshire Road.

WESTON BRASS: The next date in the diary for the band is the 50 year celebratory CD, due to be recorded on June 9 and 10. It promises to be an exciting time for Weston’s only brass band.

The next engagement will be in Grove Park, when they will be the only band in North Somerset to take part in ‘Brass the Baton Relay’.

This event is being produced by the British Federation of Brass Bands, and is part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, celebrating the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.

Band members will be officiating once more, for the annual Weston Contest to be held in the Winter Gardens on Sunday.

This popular event attracts some of the best brass band in the South West and beyond.

If you are a brass player looking to play in this friendly band, more details can be obtained from the band’s website or by ringing band secretary Gill Rogers on 01934 824661.

WORLEWIND BAND: Tonight’s the night, don’t miss the opportunity to hear the band. WorleWind Band will be entertaining the audience at Christ Church, Weston at 7.30pm today (Thurs) to raise money for charity.

It’ll be a fabulous evening so why not come and listen. Tickets will be available on the door. Other events are lined up already, on June 2 we will be in Kewstoke. Full details are on their website

WESTON ROTARY CLUB: At our Friday lunchtime meeting at Weston Golf Club president Richard Purgas presented a cheque for £500 to Paul Smith of The Brainwave South West Centre.

Brainwave was established in 1982 as a ‘beacon of hope’ for families of children who have suffered a brain injury such as Cerebral Palsy, have a genetic condition such as Down’s Syndrome or Developmental Delay, sometimes a combination of all three.

Paul Smith had previously spoken to the club and explained the painstaking programmes they set up for each individual child designed to help and encourage the unlocking of their potential.

Weston Rotary Club is very impressed by the marvellous work being done by Brainwave who rely entirely on donations and is delighted to be able to support them.

We also gave some words of encouragement to our member Peter Castell as he is setting off on his unsupported charity bike ride from Lands End to John O’Groats. Good luck Peter.

For more information about Rotary see

UPHILL WI: At our recent meeting our speaker was Paul Temple who told us all about the Luhimba Project in Southern Tanzania.

It was set up in 1984 with the aim of providing people with clean water, education, health and agriculture.

He gave us an amusing account of his visits along with beautiful photographs of the villagers.

We have an exciting month ahead of us with our Jubilee Celebration lunch as well as joining other local WIs in Avon Federation’s own Olympic torch rally on the seafront on the afternoon of 24th.

Our next meeting will be June 13 at 2.15pm at Uphill’s Victory Hall. Our speaker will be Sarah Harris who will talk about windmills and millers in Somerset. Visitors are always welcome.

For further information about our WI please ring the secretary on 01934 633946.

WRINGTON FRIENDSHIP CLUB: The turnout for our last meeting was very encouraging and pleasing too.

We were entertained by George Martin ably assisted by his wife, Anne, who gave us an illustrated talk of their cycling tour.

Several European countries were included in the 1,200 mile bike ride and we were delighted to see some beautiful scenery.

Our next gatherings are scheduled for June 15 and 29.

Norman Oliver has kindly agreed to come along on June 15 to talk about the training of police dogs.

On the 29th we shall be learning something about ‘Hearing dogs for deaf people’.

Please give your full support to these events. And perhaps bring along anyone that might be interested in joining our very friendly club. Enquiries from Fred on 01934 863562 or Gena on 862911.

AVON FEDERATION WI: The ‘Olympic torch’ will be passed from Kewstoke WI to Worle WI tomorrow (Fri) at 2.15-2.30pm at Kewstoke Village Hall.

Local support would be appreciated.

RAFA CONCERT BAND (BLAKEHAY RESIDENT BAND): The next engagement is a jubilee concert in the Coronation Hall, Bleadon, 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 is seated cabaret style at tables which can be more or less any number from four upwards. Please ring 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 or ring 01934 820205 for details.

Future engagements include: June 2 - Jubilee Concert, Coronation Hall, Bleadon; June 6 - Ensemble playing in Flowerdown House; June 8 - Charity Dinner, 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.

WORLE FRIENDSHIP CLUB: On May 9 we were entertained by The Rainbow Singers. Future bookings are Mrs Marshfield, Yatton Ladies Choir and ‘Diane’.

The Diamond Jubilee tea for club members is on June 13 and promises to be a ‘real good knees up’. Entertainment included. Please wear red, white and blue if possible.

Joyce is doing her special ‘Table Top’ to raise club funds. Any items or unwanted gifts for the stall would be welcome. The annual meeting is on June 27.

We are closing for the summer break on July 25 and reopening on September 5. We are looking for new members – please call 01934 510863 for details.

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