PUBLISHED: 10:29 20 May 2011




WESTON-SUPER-MARE TANGENT CLUB: At their recent Chairman's Dinner at Batch Country Hotel, Val Biggs was installed as chairman for the coming year by outgoing chairman Val Goad.

Liz Cromwell who has been honary president of Weston Tangent for the past two years handed the chain of office to Christine Dodgson, and Hilary Wyatt received the Vice-Chairman’s Badge.

An evening full of friendship and laughter was enjoyed by 50 guests which included members of Weston Tangent, other local Tangent clubs, friends, and members of other organisations. Jeanette Thacker, president of West Woodspring Inner Wheel gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the guests.

An interesting and varied programme of events has been planned for the coming year, including in August a Charity Afternoon Tea at the home of 
chairman Val Biggs. The proceeds will go to her chosen charity, The Huntingtons Disease Association.

NORTH SOMERSET THERAPISTS: The group is holding its 22nd meeting on May 23 in Locking 
Village Hall, BS24 8AR.

Sam Thompson, managing director of Allergy Test UK, will be presenting a talk as a therapist qualified in Advanced BER Testing. Doors open 7.35 for 7.45pm start.

The group operates under the umbrella of the FHT.

The meetings make a good base for local therapists to meet, make friends and share knowledge.

Entrance £4 for FHT members and £5 for non- members. Refreshments are included and two CPD points will be gained by attendees.

The group’s website is

For details contact coordinators Conrad on 01934 822452 or Vivien on 01934 824809.

UPHILL WI: This month, we discussed and voted on the two resolutions which will be tabled at the National AGM in Liverpool next month – planning permission for animal mega farms and the closure of local libraries.

After tea we sang an amusing version of ‘My Favourite Things’ followed by a quiz.

Since our last meeting activities have included lunch at The Ship in Uphill and two members being kindly invited to join in on birthday celebrations at Walton-in-Gordano’s WI.

At our next meeting, which will be held in Uphill’s Victory Hall on June 8 at 2.15pm, our speaker, Susan Marshfield, will be talking about mini breaks.

We are pleased to have had several new members joining us over the last few months and visitors will be most welcome.

For further information please ring the secretary on 01934 633946.

BLEADON PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP: On May 10 the professional photographer Nigel Cheffers-Heard gave a most interesting and absorbing presentation on his work associated with the Fleet Air Arm at Yeovilton and his involvement with recording the history of happenings from its inception, much of which can now be down-loaded from museum’s website.

The second half of his presentation dealt with his photographic work including landscapes and character portraits.

He works from his studio at the Bridge Inn in Topsham. The next meeting will be on the May 24 – ‘It’s a knock out’, where the members judge the photographs.

New members are always welcome, please visit the website or contact Carol Wilson 01934628070.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION, WOMEN’S SECTION, WESTON BRANCH: There will be no coffee morning on May 27 as the hall will be used for a Christian Aid Art Show.

Refreshments and a book sale will be at this event – all welcome.

The next women’s section meeting will be on June 8 at 2.15pm in the United Reformed Church Hall. It will be our strawberry tea – cost only £1.50 including a raffle ticket.

All members are welcome.

On August 10 meeting will be a Victorian market.

Items needed for grocery, books and clothes stalls. Admission free – 2.15pm in the United Reformed Church Hall, all welcome.

welcomed local plant specialist Don Everitt who gave an interesting talk on the origins of the cottage garden and how it developed into the garden of the present day.

The slides illustrated the many traditional plants from herbs such as thyme and various mints to plants such as clary and soapwort, valerian and evening primrose which were used as medicines by our forbears. There were slides of many other herbaceous plants which keen gardeners amongst members could recognise as being in their own 
collection of plants.

Afterwards members were able to take advantage of the plants for sale.

The first outing to Otter Nurseries and the scenic tour of the Quantocks was a great success.

The next outing to Sidmouth and Seaton at the end of May is already fully booked.

THE RAFA CONCERT BAND - The Blakehay Resident Band: On May 14 a small dinner band (15 piece) played at the Lympsham Charity Ball and Auction held at The Batch Hotel with proceeds going to Help for Heroes and Dementia.

Tomorrow (Fri) a brass ensemble have been asked to play at the National Memorial Arboretum, Arlewas, Staffordshire.

We are always on the look out for competent 
players on brass and woodwind especially on oboe.

Future engagements include: May 20, request for a brass ensemble to play at The National Memorial Arboretum, Arlewas, Staffordshire; June 9, five piece Guest Night, Shropshire; June 12, Grove Park Bandstand (3pm to 5pm).

Visit our website or ring 01934 820205 for more details.

ROTARY CLUB OF WRINGTON VALE: Last week’s speaker was Matthew Hill who is the BBC’s health correspondent for the West of England.

The club was treated to a rare and fascinating insight into how a television journalist spends his working day

He told us that being a correspondent means that most of his time is spent seeking out the stories of public interest.

All too often this is about delivering news we do not wish to hear such as him breaking the news concerning the poor mortality rate of children at the paediatric cardiac department of Bristol Children’s Hospital and the subsequent scandal concerning the organs that had been retained.

The club meets weekly at the Burrington Inn, 
Burrington, and is involved in charitable projects locally, nationally and internationally.

Please contact president Mark Parnell on 07702 589617 for further details.

FRIENDS OF THE PLAYHOUSE: Twenty years! That’s how long the Friends of The Playhouse have been going. On May 10, we marked this milestone.

Robbie Burns, who was our original chairman in 1991, opened the proceedings at our informal celebration at The Playhouse.

This event started with refreshments including an anniversary cake and continued with excellent 
entertainment from our talented members who sang some songs from the shows, played guitar and 
saxophone - both solo items and duets, and performed a couple of amusing sketches.

The grand finale took the form of a dance line-up from some of our ladies, all masked and two equally anonymous gentlemen - hilarious!

A date for your diaries - Open Day at The 
Playhouse is on September 4, with an opportunity to peep behind the scenes on one of our free guided tours backstage.

More information available from The Playhouse.

THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF OCCUPATIONAL PENSIONERS, BRANCH 341: To all our members please come along to our coffee morning on May 26 at the Carers Centre between 10.15am and 12noon.

All are welcome.

Have a cup of coffee with old friends and colleagues and find out about our coach trips, etc.

Please telephone Tony Apperley on 01934 625973 with any queries.

SOCIETY: We will next meet on May 23 at 2.30pm in St Georges Hall, St Georges, where David Martin, from Wooton Bassett will be our demonstrator.

Why not come along and join us and have a 
relaxing afternoon with flowers?

David’s wonderful arrangements will be raffled at the end of the afternoon so you may be lucky enough to have one of these in your own home.

For information contact Pauline Wakely on 01934 413140.

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