Clubs and Societies, May 24, 2012

PUBLISHED: 11:12 25 May 2012

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WEST WOODSPRING ROTARY CLUB: The recent president’s night was held at the Beachlands Hotel with guest Richard Purgass, the president of Weston Rotary Club, and his wife Jo.

Recently, Rotary became a partner of Shelter Boxes, the organisation that delivers boxes that give emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people and families affected by natural disasters, and the box can also be used to purify drinking water, an essential for survival and the prevention of disease.

At the club’s annual meeting treasurer reported that, to date, the club had been instrumental in making a grant of £1,000 to the Baytree School, for playground equipment, and a further £1,550 to the Kids Club, Worle to help them continue with their good work.

President Mel Stevenson reported that on the July 7, at The Campus, Worle, there will be a ‘Kids for Concert’ event and more details will be announced later.

If anyone is interested in helping Rotary with this, and many other projects, they are welcome to attend one of our weekly meetings at the Weston Golf Club, 7 for 7.30pm and should contact Dick Richards on 01934 844214.

WESTON OSTEOPOROSIS GROUP: There was a good turnout at our group meeting on May 14, to greet Cathy Churchman, fracture liaison nurse at Weston hospital until the end of March this year.

She is now at the Bristol Royal Infirmary in a similar job. The first half of her talk was headed ‘Osteoporosis news’. The second half was all about vertebral fractures. Many of our members unfortunately suffer from these painful fractures, and were greatly helped by the information and advice she gave us. At the end of her talk she answered many questions, both in front of the audience and privately afterwards.

THE FRIENDS OF WESTON MUSEUM: The next meeting will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Laurence Price who will give a talk on ‘Grey owl - conservationist or charlatan?’

He will tell us about the mysterious affair of grey owl in the 1920s and 30s. Members can attend free of charge and visitors are welcome for a fee of £2 payable on the door. The Friends exist 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.

CHEDDAR MALE CHOIR: On May 19 the choir teamed up with the Great Britain Rhythmic Gymnastic Group at the University of Bath Sports Training Village, for an evening of the magic of male singing and the beauty of rhythmic gymnastic routines.

The audience was treated to a truly fantastic presentation from the Rhythmic Group, this included impressive individual performances from Helen Christie and Evie Longshaw and the team presenting a selection of the five balls, three ribbons and two hops Olympic Routines. Between each demonstration the choir treated the audience to a selection of songs including Les Miserables Trilogy, Bohemian Rhapsody, When the Saints and We are the Champions.

INNER WHEEL CLUB OF WRINGTON VALE: President Pauline Alvis opened the meeting by asking members to pay their respects for a very much loved member of our club, Jan Poole, who had sadly passed away, and to think of her husband Tony and his family at this very difficult time. President Pauline then went on to say a big thank you to everyone who helped and supported the charity breakfast, which raised over £1,000. The proceeds of which will be split between Young Carers and Horatio’s Garden Appeal.

Members were invited to attend the District Rally and installation of the next district chairman on July 12 at Haynes International Motor Museum.

WESTON FILM SOCIETY: The next showing for the film society is on Tuesday at 2.30 and 7.30pm at the Playhouse. Ticket prices matinees £3.50, concessions £4, evenings £4.50 – free entry to film society members.

My Week with Marilyn (15) 96 minutes – Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh lead an all star cast in the film based on the books of Colin Clark. The film depicts the tense relationship between Marilyn Monroe and Sir Lawrence Olivier during the production of the 1957 film ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’.

WESTON SOROPTIMISTS: President Ann opened the meeting and welcomed our guest speaker Helen Brodie. Helen spent many years in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a government department responsible for ambassadors, diplomats, British business and trade interests overseas and British travellers abroad. Ms Brodie was invited to join the Diplomatic Service and her first overseas appointment was in India installing IT systems, where employees were frequently confined to the buildings by rogue baboons in the compound. Many overseas postings in Africa, Asia and the Middle East followed during the next 25 years of service.

Helen was posted to Iraq during the war, and it was for this work she was awarded the MBE. Iraq turned out to be Helen’s last overseas post before a spell in Whitehall followed by retirement from the service.

The vote of thanks was given by Ruth Thomas.

RAF ASSOCIATION (RAFA): The Weston branch enjoyed a nostalgic 60s Party Night last Saturday with great music from Jeff, an excellent supper and, of course, most convivial company.

This Saturday is our monthly quiz night and on June 2 the Queen’s Jubilee Party and an Italian theme evening on the 9th.

More entertainment details are displayed on the club notice board and a programme of planned events over the next three months is featured on our website www.rafa-weston-super-mare.co.uk

The association is the largest single service membership organisation of current and past members of the RAF, their families, friends and those who wish to support the aims of the association. Why not call in at Eagle House in Alexandra Parade to see what we are all about and maybe join the association?

WESTON TANGENT CLUB: Val Biggs the out-going chairman and Hilary Wyatt the new chairman for 2012/2013 welcomed 50 members of Weston Tangent Club and guests from other clubs to the annual Chairman’s Dinner which was held at Batch Country Hotel.

Hilary was delighted to see all the members and guests, and said how lucky we were to have a network of friendship and support through our clubs. Friends are never far away and no one ever feels isolated.

Hilary announced that the charity that she would like to support this year is the Singing for the Brain Club which is organised by the local Alzheimer’s Society. At the beginning of the evening Val Biggs presented a cheque for £900 which Tangent had raised for the Huntington’s Disease Association.

HEWISH AND DISTRICT WI: As it is the jubilee year we started the evening off by singing the National Anthem instead of Jerusalem.

Pauline Gummery-Thomas outlined the pros and cons on this year’s resolutions that the Government should increase investments in the training, employment and retention of midwives in England and Wales. All members voted in favour of this resolution.

Jean Hayler spoke about her visit to Denman House after winning this year’s bursary. She went on to say what an interesting time she had, and thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

The walk on Monday will start at the Roundtrees Garden Centre for a 10.30am start. As we are celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee this summer it will have a red, white and blue theme. For those not wishing to walk come and join the walkers afterwards in the café for lunch. We meet every third Thursday in the month in the Hewish Village Hall at 7.30pm. A warm welcome will be given to anyone wishing to join us.

LIONS CLUB OF WESTON: The Lions Club of Weston would like to thank the restaurants and businesses in Weston who displayed our large Easter eggs this year, and held the draws for them.

Particularly we would like to thank the generosity of their customers and clients who entered into the draws; this year we raised the grand sum of £1,261 which will be used for local good causes.

THE FRIENDS OF CHILDREN’S HOSPICE SOUTH WEST: The Friends of Children’s Hospice South West would like to thank everyone who attended the annual dinner in Weston College, and for their generous support in helping to make it a great success once again.

Thanks also must go to the hard work of the catering staff, especially Graham the manager of that department, the students, both the waiters and the entertainers. Another thank you must go to Dr P Phillips and Gill Clarkson, they all did an excellent job. Due to the generosity of the college we made £3,418.

Other fundraising events taking place are on Saturday the Mendip Male Voice Choir is performing at the Victoria Methodist Church, 7.30pm start. Tickets are £7 at the door or call Margaret on 822938 or Judy 632274 for further information.

On June 8 (not the June 15 as previously advertised) is the quiz evening at Milton Park School, 7.30pm with admission at £3. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. June 9 there will be an open garden at Rosemary’s, 6 St Matthews Close, 10.30am to 3.30pm, entry is £3 with refreshments.

PARKINSON’S UK – WESTON BRANCH: Parkinson’s UK – Weston Branch, met on the first Monday of May at 7.30pm in The Churchill Unit, Weston General Hospital.

The talk was on the subject of the prevention of falls - an inherent part of everyday life for PD sufferers. Falls are the most serious type of accident in the over 65s. Advice on prevention included keeping active, gardening, walking and dancing to improve mobility, strength and balance; eat regularly and well, and drink plenty of fluids and check your eyesight and hearing.

May also brought our annual coach trip when a group visited the Otter Nurseries and Honiton. Regular coffee mornings on the seafront continue.

We are now looking forward to our jubilee meeting on June 5, and then there is the summer party and the annual lunch. Come and join us, membership is only £4 per year. Contact Ann Cherry on 01934 623743 for further information

WEST WOODSPRING INNER WHEEL: The ladies of Inner Wheel turned out in force in support of the Cakebreak, held on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Society at Carole Lohmann’s home.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition which affects around 100,000 people in the UK. Almost twice as many women have MS than men. So when top chef Ainsley Harriott invited clubs from all over the country to join him baking cakes to raise funds, West Woodspring Inner Wheel was happy to get involved. President Carol Schubert said this was a delightfully simple and fun filled way of helping the MS Society improve the lives of people with MS and so it proved. To find out how you can help, or for more information on MS visit www.mssociety.org.uk

WORLE WIND BAND: An amazing concert last Thursday at Christchurch in Weston was a foot- tapping success. The concert helped students from Mark College raise nearly £700 towards a trip to Sri Lanka. The students are travelling to Sri Lanka to support reading opportunities within a local school. The band played a wide selection of well known music which entertained the audience. Many thanks to the organisers and all those who supported the event.

The band will next be performing at Kewstoke, on the afternoon of June 2 to help the village celebrations for the jubilee. For more information please see the website www.worlewindband.co.uk

RAFA CONCERT BAND (BLAKEHAY RESIDENT BAND): Rehearsals continue in preparation for our next set of engagements. The first is a jubilee concert in the very aptly named Coronation Hall, Bleadon village on June 2.

Please call the Coronation Hall to book your seat(s).

We have vacancies for competent players on brass and woodwind especially on oboe and trombone. No contests, no subscriptions and a uniform provided and lots of varied concerts. All that is asked of the musicians is that they give a commitment of their time and talents to rehearsals and the engagements. Please call or email if you are interested in playing. Visit our website www.rafaswconcertband.org.uk 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 - Help the Heroes 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.

CONGRESBURY OVER 60S CLUB: Members thoroughly enjoyed listening to the lovely voices of the Reflections Group who gave their usual outstanding performance.

As usual the songs were most uplifting, ranging from ‘The First Music in May’ by Ivor Novello to songs such as ‘Never Say Goodbye’ from Sunset Boulevard, ‘If I loved You’ from Carousel and ‘I Won’t Send Roses’ from Mack and Mabel. The songs were interspersed with jokes and a lively piano solo pleased the audience and members are already looking forward to their next performance.

The entertainment at the meeting on Tuesday will be Richard Lennox and Sarah Bridal who always give an outstanding performance.

Bookings will be taken at the next meeting for the coach trip on June 19 when we visit Trego Mills, travel on to Dartmouth and enjoy a river cruise to Totnes. There are a few vacancies for new members and anyone interested should telephone the secretary on 01934 832004 for further details.

WESTON PROBUS CLUB: Our thanks to Brian Austin for recently stepping in to give us an excellent talk on the history of Weston.

Our next meeting, at Weston Football Club, will be on June 7 when John Green will be talking about ‘Bristol and the zinc industry’. On June 14 a party of members and their ladies will be going to Cadbury World in Birmingham for a day out. Currently we are nine short for the trip and anybody interested should contact our treasurer, Alan Slingsby, on 01934 512704 - the cost of the trip is £23. On June 21 our speaker will be Mike Brayley and the subject – ‘My hero’. Following our summer tea on July 5, at Batch Country Hotel, we will be breaking up for the summer. We wish all those connected with fellow clubs and societies a good summer and hope that the weather holds out.

WESTON U3A: Weston University of the Third Age, the self-help learning body for older people, will be holding the 2012 Words and Wit event soon.

This annual celebration of the spoken word in prose, poetry and public oratory, from the humorous to the philosophical, takes place in the new council chamber at Weston Town Hall from 2-4.15pm on May 31. Doors open at 1.40pm and we invite all members, past, present and prospective, and guests, to share an enjoyable afternoon.

SANDFORD WI: At the May meeting we were given an insight by Robbie Burns how the local Playhouse Theatre got the rights to use the script of Calendar Girls and also a drawing of the proposed stage set.

The walk around Cheddar Resevoir was a success and a future walk is planned for June 14 in the Uphill area for more details contact Kay Ellis.

On June 26 we will be joining in the group outing to Tapley Park, Instow. Joan Harvey has information for this, and the future trip on the Matthew at Bristol.

Arrangements are being made to pass on the WI Jubilee Torch to Yatton. Plans are also going ahead for our contribution for the design and needlecraft for the group tablecloth.

Any interested needle workers contact Wendy Cready as there are also plans to make a Sandford Primary School banner. The village litter pick up is on Monday, meeting at Margretta Bailey’s at 10.30am. The June meeting is a talk by Mr Saunders on Playhouse props. To find out more about WI contact Margretta Bailey or Wendy Pready or just turn up on the second Monday of the month at Sandford Village Hall.

WESTON BRASS: Supporters will be interested to know, that the episode of Restaurant Inspector in which the band made a rather unusual contribution, will be aired on June 6 at 9pm.

Last Sunday brass bands from all over the West Country descended on Weston for the 44th Weston Contest held in the Winter Gardens. The band was invited in the inaugural event to provide stewards and officials for this prestigious contest, and have been doing it ever since. There was a feast of top class brass band music all day, and adjudicators Philip Harper and Chris Davis had the unenviable job of choosing the best bands of the day. Severn Tunnel, Bream Silver, Lympstone South West Telecoms and Jackfield (Elcock Reisen) were worthy winners of their respective sections. Band stalwart Colin Rossiter, was given a special mention, to acknowledge his many years of running this contest, before handing the responsibility to the South West Brass Band Association. For more information on the contest and news of the band please visit their website www.westonbrass.com New members are always welcome, and an instrument and uniform will be supplied.

WORLE LIONS CLUB: The next quiz evening will be on the second Sunday of June, due to the Diamond Jubilee weekend. It will be on June 10 at The Windsor Castle pub, Upper Bristol Road starting at 7.30pm. There will be a cash prize for the winner and entry is £2.50 per person, which will include food. Just turn up for a fun evening and help us raise funds for local causes.

SSAFA FORCES HELP: The coffee and bring and buy event held at St Paul’s Church Hall, Walliscote Road on May 14 was not as well attended as we would have wished, but the Lord Lieutenant Mrs Mary Prior, and the town mayor Councillor Cyril King and his wife were in attendance, for which we thank them.

A more successful event was a collection that our members made on the Grand Pier last Saturday, which at the time of writing raised over £400 and we must thank the owners for giving us permission to carry out this collection, which will help us to continue our charitable work for service, ex-service personnel and their dependants in this area. If there is anyone who needs assistance of any kind and has a service background or connections please contact our secretary Anne Kerruish on 01934 811386.

NFBP BRANCH 341: Welcome to all our members. Come along to our coffee morning at The Carers Centre, Graham Road (behind Tesco). The next meet will be at 10.15am to 12noon on May 31. Why not come along for a chat with old friends and colleagues? New members are made very welcome.

For further information contact Tony Apperley on 01934 625973.

WEST WOODSPRING ROTARY CLUB: The recent president’s night was held at the Beachlands Hotel with guest Richard Purgass, the president of Weston Rotary Club, and his wife Jo.

Recently, Rotary became a partner of Shelter Boxes, the organisation that delivers boxes that give emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people and families affected by natural disasters, and the box can also be used to purify drinking water, an essential for survival and the prevention of disease.

At the club’s annual meeting treasurer reported that, to date, the club had been instrumental in making a grant of £1,000 to the Baytree School, for playground equipment, and a further £1,550 to the Kids Club, Worle to help them continue with their good work.

President Mel Stevenson reported that on the July 7, at The Campus, Worle, there will be a ‘Kids for Concert’ event and more details will be announced later.

If anyone is interested in helping Rotary with this, and many other projects, they are welcome to attend one of our weekly meetings at the Weston Golf Club, 7 for 7.30pm and should contact Dick Richards on 01934 844214.

WESTON OSTEOPOROSIS GROUP: There was a good turnout at our group meeting on May 14, to greet Cathy Churchman, fracture liaison nurse at Weston hospital until the end of March this year.

She is now at the Bristol Royal Infirmary in a similar job. The first half of her talk was headed ‘Osteoporosis news’. The second half was all about vertebral fractures. Many of our members unfortunately suffer from these painful fractures, and were greatly helped by the information and advice she gave us. At the end of her talk she answered many questions, both in front of the audience and privately afterwards.

THE FRIENDS OF WESTON MUSEUM: The next meeting will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Laurence Price who will give a talk on ‘Grey owl - conservationist or charlatan?’

He will tell us about the mysterious affair of grey owl in the 1920s and 30s. Members can attend free of charge and visitors are welcome for a fee of £2 payable on the door. The Friends exist 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.

CHEDDAR MALE CHOIR: On May 19 the choir teamed up with the Great Britain Rhythmic Gymnastic Group at the University of Bath Sports Training Village, for an evening of the magic of male singing and the beauty of rhythmic gymnastic routines.

The audience was treated to a truly fantastic presentation from the Rhythmic Group, this included impressive individual performances from Helen Christie and Evie Longshaw and the team presenting a selection of the five balls, three ribbons and two hops Olympic Routines. Between each demonstration the choir treated the audience to a selection of songs including Les Miserables Trilogy, Bohemian Rhapsody, When the Saints and We are the Champions.

INNER WHEEL CLUB OF WRINGTON VALE: President Pauline Alvis opened the meeting by asking members to pay their respects for a very much loved member of our club, Jan Poole, who had sadly passed away, and to think of her husband Tony and his family at this very difficult time. President Pauline then went on to say a big thank you to everyone who helped and supported the charity breakfast, which raised over £1,000. The proceeds of which will be split between Young Carers and Horatio’s Garden Appeal.

Members were invited to attend the District Rally and installation of the next district chairman on July 12 at Haynes International Motor Museum.

WESTON FILM SOCIETY: The next showing for the film society is on Tuesday at 2.30 and 7.30pm at the Playhouse. Ticket prices matinees £3.50, concessions £4, evenings £4.50 – free entry to film society members.

My Week with Marilyn (15) 96 minutes – Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh lead an all star cast in the film based on the books of Colin Clark. The film depicts the tense relationship between Marilyn Monroe and Sir Lawrence Olivier during the production of the 1957 film ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’.

WESTON SOROPTIMISTS: President Ann opened the meeting and welcomed our guest speaker Helen Brodie. Helen spent many years in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a government department responsible for ambassadors, diplomats, British business and trade interests overseas and British travellers abroad. Ms Brodie was invited to join the Diplomatic Service and her first overseas appointment was in India installing IT systems, where employees were frequently confined to the buildings by rogue baboons in the compound. Many overseas postings in Africa, Asia and the Middle East followed during the next 25 years of service.

Helen was posted to Iraq during the war, and it was for this work she was awarded the MBE. Iraq turned out to be Helen’s last overseas post before a spell in Whitehall followed by retirement from the service.

The vote of thanks was given by Ruth Thomas.

RAF ASSOCIATION (RAFA): The Weston branch enjoyed a nostalgic 60s Party Night last Saturday with great music from Jeff, an excellent supper and, of course, most convivial company.

This Saturday is our monthly quiz night and on June 2 the Queen’s Jubilee Party and an Italian theme evening on the 9th.

More entertainment details are displayed on the club notice board and a programme of planned events over the next three months is featured on our website www.rafa-weston-super-mare.co.uk

The association is the largest single service membership organisation of current and past members of the RAF, their families, friends and those who wish to support the aims of the association. Why not call in at Eagle House in Alexandra Parade to see what we are all about and maybe join the association?

WESTON TANGENT CLUB: Val Biggs the out-going chairman and Hilary Wyatt the new chairman for 2012/2013 welcomed 50 members of Weston Tangent Club and guests from other clubs to the annual Chairman’s Dinner which was held at Batch Country Hotel.

Hilary was delighted to see all the members and guests, and said how lucky we were to have a network of friendship and support through our clubs. Friends are never far away and no one ever feels isolated.

Hilary announced that the charity that she would like to support this year is the Singing for the Brain Club which is organised by the local Alzheimer’s Society. At the beginning of the evening Val Biggs presented a cheque for £900 which Tangent had raised for the Huntington’s Disease Association.

HEWISH AND DISTRICT WI: As it is the jubilee year we started the evening off by singing the National Anthem instead of Jerusalem.

Pauline Gummery-Thomas outlined the pros and cons on this year’s resolutions that the Government should increase investments in the training, employment and retention of midwives in England and Wales. All members voted in favour of this resolution.

Jean Hayler spoke about her visit to Denman House after winning this year’s bursary. She went on to say what an interesting time she had, and thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

The walk on Monday will start at the Roundtrees Garden Centre for a 10.30am start. As we are celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee this summer it will have a red, white and blue theme. For those not wishing to walk come and join the walkers afterwards in the café for lunch. We meet every third Thursday in the month in the Hewish Village Hall at 7.30pm. A warm welcome will be given to anyone wishing to join us.

LIONS CLUB OF WESTON: The Lions Club of Weston would like to thank the restaurants and businesses in Weston who displayed our large Easter eggs this year, and held the draws for them.

Particularly we would like to thank the generosity of their customers and clients who entered into the draws; this year we raised the grand sum of £1,261 which will be used for local good causes.

THE FRIENDS OF CHILDREN’S HOSPICE SOUTH WEST: The Friends of Children’s Hospice South West would like to thank everyone who attended the annual dinner in Weston College, and for their generous support in helping to make it a great success once again.

Thanks also must go to the hard work of the catering staff, especially Graham the manager of that department, the students, both the waiters and the entertainers. Another thank you must go to Dr P Phillips and Gill Clarkson, they all did an excellent job. Due to the generosity of the college we made £3,418.

Other fundraising events taking place are on Saturday the Mendip Male Voice Choir is performing at the Victoria Methodist Church, 7.30pm start. Tickets are £7 at the door or call Margaret on 822938 or Judy 632274 for further information.

On June 8 (not the June 15 as previously advertised) is the quiz evening at Milton Park School, 7.30pm with admission at £3. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. June 9 there will be an open garden at Rosemary’s, 6 St Matthews Close, 10.30am to 3.30pm, entry is £3 with refreshments.

PARKINSON’S UK – WESTON BRANCH: Parkinson’s UK – Weston Branch, met on the first Monday of May at 7.30pm in The Churchill Unit, Weston General Hospital.

The talk was on the subject of the prevention of falls - an inherent part of everyday life for PD sufferers. Falls are the most serious type of accident in the over 65s. Advice on prevention included keeping active, gardening, walking and dancing to improve mobility, strength and balance; eat regularly and well, and drink plenty of fluids and check your eyesight and hearing.

May also brought our annual coach trip when a group visited the Otter Nurseries and Honiton. Regular coffee mornings on the seafront continue.

We are now looking forward to our jubilee meeting on June 5, and then there is the summer party and the annual lunch. Come and join us, membership is only £4 per year. Contact Ann Cherry on 01934 623743 for further information

WEST WOODSPRING INNER WHEEL: The ladies of Inner Wheel turned out in force in support of the Cakebreak, held on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Society at Carole Lohmann’s home.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition which affects around 100,000 people in the UK. Almost twice as many women have MS than men. So when top chef Ainsley Harriott invited clubs from all over the country to join him baking cakes to raise funds, West Woodspring Inner Wheel was happy to get involved. President Carol Schubert said this was a delightfully simple and fun filled way of helping the MS Society improve the lives of people with MS and so it proved. To find out how you can help, or for more information on MS visit www.mssociety.org.uk

WORLE WIND BAND: An amazing concert last Thursday at Christchurch in Weston was a foot- tapping success. The concert helped students from Mark College raise nearly £700 towards a trip to Sri Lanka. The students are travelling to Sri Lanka to support reading opportunities within a local school. The band played a wide selection of well known music which entertained the audience. Many thanks to the organisers and all those who supported the event.

The band will next be performing at Kewstoke, on the afternoon of June 2 to help the village celebrations for the jubilee. For more information please see the website www.worlewindband.co.uk

RAFA CONCERT BAND (BLAKEHAY RESIDENT BAND): Rehearsals continue in preparation for our next set of engagements. The first is a jubilee concert in the very aptly named Coronation Hall, Bleadon village on June 2.

Please call the Coronation Hall to book your seat(s).

We have vacancies for competent players on brass and woodwind especially on oboe and trombone. No contests, no subscriptions and a uniform provided and lots of varied concerts. All that is asked of the musicians is that they give a commitment of their time and talents to rehearsals and the engagements. Please call or email if you are interested in playing. Visit our website www.rafaswconcertband.org.uk 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 - Help the Heroes 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.

CONGRESBURY OVER 60S CLUB: Members thoroughly enjoyed listening to the lovely voices of the Reflections Group who gave their usual outstanding performance.

As usual the songs were most uplifting, ranging from ‘The First Music in May’ by Ivor Novello to songs such as ‘Never Say Goodbye’ from Sunset Boulevard, ‘If I loved You’ from Carousel and ‘I Won’t Send Roses’ from Mack and Mabel. The songs were interspersed with jokes and a lively piano solo pleased the audience and members are already looking forward to their next performance.

The entertainment at the meeting on Tuesday will be Richard Lennox and Sarah Bridal who always give an outstanding performance.

Bookings will be taken at the next meeting for the coach trip on June 19 when we visit Trego Mills, travel on to Dartmouth and enjoy a river cruise to Totnes. There are a few vacancies for new members and anyone interested should telephone the secretary on 01934 832004 for further details.

WESTON PROBUS CLUB: Our thanks to Brian Austin for recently stepping in to give us an excellent talk on the history of Weston.

Our next meeting, at Weston Football Club, will be on June 7 when John Green will be talking about ‘Bristol and the zinc industry’. On June 14 a party of members and their ladies will be going to Cadbury World in Birmingham for a day out. Currently we are nine short for the trip and anybody interested should contact our treasurer, Alan Slingsby, on 01934 512704 - the cost of the trip is £23. On June 21 our speaker will be Mike Brayley and the subject – ‘My hero’. Following our summer tea on July 5, at Batch Country Hotel, we will be breaking up for the summer. We wish all those connected with fellow clubs and societies a good summer and hope that the weather holds out.

WESTON U3A: Weston University of the Third Age, the self-help learning body for older people, will be holding the 2012 Words and Wit event soon.

This annual celebration of the spoken word in prose, poetry and public oratory, from the humorous to the philosophical, takes place in the new council chamber at Weston Town Hall from 2-4.15pm on May 31. Doors open at 1.40pm and we invite all members, past, present and prospective, and guests, to share an enjoyable afternoon.

SANDFORD WI: At the May meeting we were given an insight by Robbie Burns how the local Playhouse Theatre got the rights to use the script of Calendar Girls and also a drawing of the proposed stage set.

The walk around Cheddar Resevoir was a success and a future walk is planned for June 14 in the Uphill area for more details contact Kay Ellis.

On June 26 we will be joining in the group outing to Tapley Park, Instow. Joan Harvey has information for this, and the future trip on the Matthew at Bristol.

Arrangements are being made to pass on the WI Jubilee Torch to Yatton. Plans are also going ahead for our contribution for the design and needlecraft for the group tablecloth.

Any interested needle workers contact Wendy Cready as there are also plans to make a Sandford Primary School banner. The village litter pick up is on Monday, meeting at Margretta Bailey’s at 10.30am. The June meeting is a talk by Mr Saunders on Playhouse props. To find out more about WI contact Margretta Bailey or Wendy Pready or just turn up on the second Monday of the month at Sandford Village Hall.

WESTON BRASS: Supporters will be interested to know, that the episode of Restaurant Inspector in which the band made a rather unusual contribution, will be aired on June 6 at 9pm.

Last Sunday brass bands from all over the West Country descended on Weston for the 44th Weston Contest held in the Winter Gardens. The band was invited in the inaugural event to provide stewards and officials for this prestigious contest, and have been doing it ever since. There was a feast of top class brass band music all day, and adjudicators Philip Harper and Chris Davis had the unenviable job of choosing the best bands of the day. Severn Tunnel, Bream Silver, Lympstone South West Telecoms and Jackfield (Elcock Reisen) were worthy winners of their respective sections. Band stalwart Colin Rossiter, was given a special mention, to acknowledge his many years of running this contest, before handing the responsibility to the South West Brass Band Association. For more information on the contest and news of the band please visit their website www.westonbrass.com New members are always welcome, and an instrument and uniform will be supplied.

WORLE LIONS CLUB: The next quiz evening will be on the second Sunday of June, due to the Diamond Jubilee weekend. It will be on June 10 at The Windsor Castle pub, Upper Bristol Road starting at 7.30pm. There will be a cash prize for the winner and entry is £2.50 per person, which will include food. Just turn up for a fun evening and help us raise funds for local causes.

SSAFA FORCES HELP: The coffee and bring and buy event held at St Paul’s Church Hall, Walliscote Road on May 14 was not as well attended as we would have wished, but the Lord Lieutenant Mrs Mary Prior, and the town mayor Councillor Cyril King and his wife were in attendance, for which we thank them.

A more successful event was a collection that our members made on the Grand Pier last Saturday, which at the time of writing raised over £400 and we must thank the owners for giving us permission to carry out this collection, which will help us to continue our charitable work for service, ex-service personnel and their dependants in this area. If there is anyone who needs assistance of any kind and has a service background or connections please contact our secretary Anne Kerruish on 01934 811386.

NFBP BRANCH 341: Welcome to all our members. Come along to our coffee morning at The Carers Centre, Graham Road (behind Tesco). The next meet will be at 10.15am to 12noon on May 31. Why not come along for a chat with old friends and colleagues? New members are made very welcome.

For further information contact Tony Apperley on 01934 625973.


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