Clubs and Societies, May 3, 2012

PUBLISHED: 10:24 04 May 2012

Clevedon Yeo rotary club

Clevedon Yeo rotary club


WESTON GROUP OF FRIENDS: On April 29 the Group of Friends held their monthly ladies night, coinciding with the annual chairman’s change over.

Our out going chairman Graham Clark said how happy he has been during his year of office and went on to say ‘thank you’ to all the members who had helped to make his year so successful.

The in coming chairman Rod Still said that he would hope to make his year of office as successful as Graham’s had been and has composed a programme for his year to please everybody.

WESTON CONSERVATIVE CLUB: Saturday night entertainers in May are as follows: - Alan Roberts, May 5, Chris Rainbow May 19, Andrea May 26. Bingo is played on Saturday nights at 10pm and also Tuesday afternoons from 3pm.

On Bank Holiday Monday come along and be entertained by Jimmi Rizzo from 3-6pm, right after the Monday club.

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. June 5 is a special lunch menu available from the No 10 Restaurant and after Tuesday bingo, cream teas will be available along with some live background music.

Any questions, please contact the secretary on 01934 621231.

RETIRED GAS EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION, WESTON BRANCH: The branch wishes one of their members, Bob Trego, a very happy birthday for May 18, when he will be 100 years of age.

We wish him well and better health for the future. Our annual meeting and lunch is being held on May 22 at The Windsor Castle public house, Upper Bristol Road, Weston, at 1pm with the meeting at 12.30pm. Members who have not replied yet should contact the secretary Mr Ollie Pratlett as soon as possible on 01934 627508.

ROTARY CLUB OF CLEVEDON YEO: A series of stunning fashion creations for both men and women viewed by a large and enthusiastic audience at the Doubletree by Hilton near Yatton helped a local Rotary club raise over £1,000 for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf.

The fashions, supplied by The House of Allington and The Borough Venture Menswear, were modelled by Clevedon Yeo Rotarians, their partners and friends of the club.

President’s wife Maggie Morris said: “A fabulous show with some sensational fashions were complimented by the brave volunteers who did a great job. Two Hearing dogs were here tonight and we were all able to see how good they really are and how they substantially improve the lives of their deaf owners.”

For further details of club activities please visit the club website at

WEST WOODSPRING ROTARY CLUB: On April 17 club members had an interesting talk from Brian Humphries regarding the work which he and other members of the St Georges Community Church had been carrying out in Ulumbi, in Kenya, since 2006.

In a very deprived area they had built a community centre as a much needed facility, which has been greatly appreciated by the local people. A team is scheduled to return there again later this year and any help will be appreciated – telephone 01934 520822.

The annual St George’s Night was held at The Beachlands Hotel on the April 26 and enjoyed by all who attended. Anyone interested in attending a club meeting on a Tuesday at Weston Golf Club, 7 for 7.30pm or who would like to help with any of the club’s projects should contact Dick Richards on 01934 844215.

WESTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Members learnt a lot about bulbs, corms and tubers at their last meeting when Elaine Horton did a talk. She started off in the spring with snowdrops and winter aconites and went right through the seasons finishing with autumn flowering crocus.

The next meeting is on May 10 at St Peter’s Church Hall, Baytree Road at 7.30pm when Jane Sands will be giving a talk on Honey Bees in the garden, their annual cycle and how a colony works together. There will be a raffle and refreshments and new members are welcome.

The annual plant sale will be held on May 12/13 at Clarke’s Field Allotments, Rectors Way (off Drove Road) from 9am-12.30pm.

There will be a large selection of bedding plants and vegetable plants for sale as well as geraniums, perennials and anything else that members bring along to sell. The plants are good quality at bargain prices. Cheddar Garden Centre is sponsoring the garden competition this year that will be judged week commencing July 16. There will be vouchers to the value of £40 first prize, £20 second prize and £10 third prize. There will be classes for front, large, medium and small gardens as well as a patio. Also, £10 for the best hanging basket. To enter please contact Cynthia Filer on 01934 514057.

WESTON BREATHE EASY: Weston Breathe Easy is a part of The British Lung Foundation. We are a friendly self-help group for anyone with a lung condition.

We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Hutton Village Hall at 2pm.

Our next meeting will be on May 16. Our guest speaker will be North Somerset councillor Roz Willis who will be speaking about the benefits of voluntary groups.

Anyone with an interest will be welcome. Please contact Ann on 01934 513874 or Nick on 01275 873322.

BANWELL WI: At our February meeting we had Mr Roy Colman as our speaker who gave us a talk on leather.

He brought samples of all the different leathers used in the production of shoes and accessories, it was a very entertaining and informative evening.

In March we heard from Don Packham who for 50 years worked at Bristol Zoo ending his career as head keeper, and was instrumental in the breeding programme that they have today to help combat the loss of endangered species. This was also a very entertaining and informative evening enjoyed by all.

And finally April was members’ night, organised by the members. This year we enjoyed a pub quiz style evening, with finger buffet organised by Maureen West, Carole Taylor, Joyce Plumb, Sue Vickrey and Co. A big ‘thank you’ to all who helped, it was a very enjoyable evening and the buffet was lovely.

The next meeting is on May 10 (Resolutions) at 7.30pm in Banwell Village Hall. Don’t forget flower of the month and the competition is a handmade fascinator.

WESTON FILM SOCIETY: To be screened on Tuesday is ‘Incendies’ (15) at the Winter Gardens (Clarence Suite). An astonishing intense French drama that tracks two adult twins from Quebec tasked with uncovering the truth about their late mother’s traumatic past in the war-torn Middle East. Film starts at 7.45pm, priced at £4.50/£3.00 for society members.

UNISON NORTH SOMERSET BRANCH RETIRED MEMBERS SECTION: Members enjoyed the return visit of Barry North, the retired front of house manager of The Playhouse, Weston.

He told us of his wish since he was a child to be on the stage and of the various jobs he had and was very happy to be retired. He had been in pantomime in The Midlands and would be again this coming season after this year’s very successful run. They had to book a larger theatre to contain the crowds that wanted to see it. After many questions he was thanked by the secretary and wished him well. Our next meeting and the annual meeting is on Wednesday in the Old Council Chamber of the Town Hall, Weston, at 2.20pm when the speaker will be Mr Steve Gambling and his talk will be about the Children’s Hospice South West.

WESTON BRASS: Weston Brass is extremely pleased to have been invited to take part in Brass The Baton, the only London 2012 Cultural Olympiad project to be specifically designed for brass bands.

The project provides a unique opportunity for brass band musicians and conductors, across the UK, to link up and participate in a huge relay race, involving five conductors’ batons and a unique new music commission from Paul Lovatt-Cooper entitled Going The Distance.

This special event will take place on the June 17, in Grove Park when Weston Brass will perform this brilliant and original piece of music, and as the only band in North Somerset participating in this special event, are promising an unusual and interesting method of having the special baton that will be travelling all around the country, presented to conductor Tony Osborne.

Weston Brass currently has a vacancy for a solo Eb horn player and would encourage anybody keen to play with the band to contact Gill on 01934 824461 or to check out the band website

An instrument and uniform will be provided.

WESTON FLORAL SOCIETY: David Martin, an area demonstrator, stood in at the last moment on April 23 for the monthly meeting.

Members and visitors enjoyed his demonstration ‘Memories of Cornwall’. David created seven arrangements and chatted about his childhood memories of Cornwall.

The arrangements were raffled and the winning ticket holders left with lovely floral designs to enjoy at home.

The floral club will not be holding its usual monthly meeting in May as the club members will be visiting Michael Bowyer, national demonstrator, judge and speaker in Salisbury as part of the club’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

RAFA CONCERT BAND - (BLAKEHAY RESIDENT BAND): The Clarinet Quintet was asked to provide music support for the annual town council meeting held in the Blakehay last Monday.

Corriene, Janice, Sylvia, Jim and Tom played a varied programme of music in the foyer whilst councillors and the public gathered to view the charity stalls and to attend the meeting.

We still 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 www. or telephone 01934 820205 for details.

Future engagements include: June 2 - Jubilee Concert, Coronation Hall, Bleadon; June 8 - charity dinner, Webbington; June 15 - National Memorial Arboretum, Arlewas; June 23 - Armed Forces event, lunchtime concert, Italian Gardens, Weston;

June 24 – Armed Forces Drumhead Service, Royal Hotel, Weston.

WINSCOMBE WI: Wednesday is going to be games night at Winscombe Church Hall when the WI meets at 7.30pm, so please wear something appropriate.

We’ll also be having a bring and buy table to recycle any of our unwanted items. There will be a brief discussion about the resolutions, and we will wind up the evening with wine and cheese and a chat. Phone Di Smithson for more information on 842968.

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF WESTON: Members recently held their annual meeting at Weston Golf Club. This year’s joint president, Mrs Ronnie Murdin, summarised a successful year which had seen over £5,000 raised for local, national and international charities. The main recipients will be Macmillan Nurses, the Local Women’s Refuge, Cancer Research UK, FOWODI and Project Return. This money had been raised from a variety of events. The club’s programme action work had also been recognised through the awards received by Skirting Science, a study day for year nine girls in North Somerset to raise their awareness of science based career opportunities.

Ann Keseteven was installed as the new president when children’s charities would benefit from our fund raising efforts.

If you would like to know more about the work of Soroptimist International then take a look at the SIGBI website.

BLEADON LADIES CLUB: Members meet at 2.30pm on the second Tuesday of the month in Coronation Hall in Bleadon.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday featuring a sing-along with Terry Merrett Smith ‘The music of Rogers and Hammerstein’ and on June 12 – ‘Back packing at 65’ with Mrs Audrey Mitchell.

We have a very varied programme, so do come and join us. For only £1 you get an interesting speaker, a free raffle, tea and biscuits and a quiz. Please call Barbara on 814362 for further information.

WESTON CHESS CLUB: Yeovil has won division two of the Somerset leagues, overtaking Weston by winning their last two games.

Although one of these was courtesy of a 6-0 default it did not alter the positioning as Yeovil had the better game score against Weston in the event of tied scores. Malcolm Dinham of Weston was the league’s leading player with a score of 10/11.

In division three Weston A just pipped Weston B for second place behind runaway winners Glastonbury. Although scores were level and there were also equal game scores between the two teams, board count favoured the A team by just one point. Kerry Kyriacou was equal first leading scorer with 5/6 for the A team. David Gough for the B team scored 6.5/9.

The club has now closed for the summer break and will resume again in September.

WESTON YOUTH ORCHESTRA: The senior members of the orchestra, lead by Ben Johns under director Dennis Cole, took to the stage last Sunday at The Playhouse. A well-balanced, real symphony programme gave everyone a wonderful, challenging spring concert. Rossini’s Semiramide overture was followed by Mozart’s Symphony No 40 in G Minor. Next Andrew Barrington took the baton with the string section showing their expertise with the Russian themed finale of Serenade for Strings by Tchaikovsky, and Laura Baker’s first clarinet performing as soloist in Weber’s virtuosic ‘Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra’. After the interval the junior orchestra played works by Purcell, Woodhouse and Julian Nott.

There followed a variety of works performed by the main orchestra. The audience gave enthusiastic applause for everyone on stage.

WESTON HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS ASSOCIATION: The following awards were made at the recent annual meeting: The Margaret Horler Quality Award for the best improved accommodation provider: Ms D Hope and Mr R Dawson of Albany Lodge Guest House and the Eric Keen memorial Award for the best improved restaurant to Mr and Mrs Jenkins of Hadleys at Number 1.

The recipients of the Flower Power competition were first prize Large Garden – Seaward Hotel, second prize Woolpack Inn. First prize for small garden – Doubleton Farm, second prize Highlea Hotel. Best street – Upper Church Road.

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