Clubs and Societies, November 11

PUBLISHED: 09:54 12 November 2010




MARK WOMEN'S INSTITUTE: And now the end is near. It was time for our AGM. Congratulations went to Margaret Duckett who won the Kay Kerby cup for the most wins in our Flower of the Month competition.


Arrangements were also finalised for our Christmas lunch and the St Margaret’s Hospice coffee morning. Small thank you gifts were presented to several members for their dedicated hard work and support for the institute.

Unfortunately, this would be our last meeting, as the members, after many months of deliberation, voted to suspend our institute which has been in existence since 1928!

It was an extremely difficult decision to make, but with membership at an all time low and enthusiasm dwindling it was inevitable.

Who knows, in a few years time it may spring back into life. Anything is possible!

Some of the members will still continue being members of the WI and will be joining other local institutes. Each member left clutching their commemorative mug that was designed and hand painted by fellow member Susan Eckersley.

THE NOTABLE CLUB: Members welcomed Michelle Shipton Blake of Vision North Somerset to give an informative presentation. Michelle talked about the advice, information and services available and demonstrated a selection of aids and equipment to enable visually impaired people to have quality of life and remain independent.

The following week members enjoyed a visit to the Old Colonial on the seafront.

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

CONGRESBURY OVER 60’S CLUB: Members enjoyed an afternoon of bright and bouncy tunes from Mike and his music. Going back to the rock’n’roll era there were toes tapping throughout the hall.

All members enjoyed an entertaining afternoon.

At the next meeting we look forward to the outstanding piano playing of Richard Baker and the beautiful singing voice of Sarah Bridal.

Menus were handed out for the Christmas lunch at Cadbury House.

The club meets every other Tuesday at the War Memorial Hall from 2.30-4pm.

WESTON FRIENDS OF CHILDREN’S HOSPICE SOUTH WEST (CHSW): A brilliant night was had at the quiz night at Milton Park School on Friday, with about £300 being collected for CHSW.

The quizzers were all competing as teams not only for the questions but also in the nibbles that were taken!

There is will be a concert at Sidcot School on December 4 - no entry fee but a bucket will be available for donations at the end of the evening.

Sarabanda are to provide the music and all the proceeds will go to CHSW, start time 6.30pm.

We have a stall at the Rotary Club Fair on November 20 at the Winter Gardens and lots of interesting and fun things are planned for next year.

WESTON OSTEOPOROSIS SUPPORT GROUP: The group listened to a talk by their treasurer, Janet Strang, on her work with the Stroke Association.

Janet, who used to be on the staff of the National Osteoporosis Society, now works with a group of patients from the Stroke Association who have problems with their speech.

She visits them in their homes, and encourages them to join the group she runs once a week.

At these group meetings she chooses a topic which will encourage them to try and talk, or to write, draw or even to sing. She also arranges outings for them which they thoroughly enjoy.

Contact number for Stroke helpline: 03033033100. Please ring 01934 415096 for further details.

MARK FRIENDSHIP CLUB: Chairman, Arthur Hill, asked members to think about our vice chairman, George Puddy, who had in the last week suffered a double bereavement, having lost both a brother and a sister.

Our condolences go to George and Ruth and all the family.

The usual business continued and Gerry Davies conducted a lively auction.

Names have been taken for the Christmas lunch to be held at Brent House on December 16. The usual coach will be leaving at 11.45am.

Audrey Cox has almost finalised the list of outings for 2011. The Friendship Club Choir will meet to rehearse today in the church hall at 10am. At our next meeting on November 18, we look forward to a talk by Pauline Alvis about cheese-making.

THE NATIONAL RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS SOCIETY, Weston branch: The group meets at the Campus behind Morrisons, Highlands Lane, at 6.30-8pm every fourth Wednesday.

On November 24 Martin Williams, a podiatrist at Weston General Hospital, will be our speaker.

Please call 0845 458 3969 for further information.

WESTON CHESS CLUB: Weston’s A team played host to Wellington in division three of the Somerset league last week.

Although out-graded on the top two boards, Malcolm Dinham and John Parsons held their respective opponents to a draw.

Mike Cooper and Bill Springfield on the lower boards easily out-graded their opponents which resulted in two wins giving the match to Weston by three points to one.

WEST WOODSPRING ROTARY CLUB: Members visited Mendip club for a ‘Plat du Jour’ evening, joining Wrington Vale Inner Wheel club for their quiz evening and an evening at Butcombe Brewery.

The club’s Halloween night held at Weston Golf Club on November 2 was followed by a firework display.

Plans are well in hand for the Santa Fun-Run to be held tomorrow (Fri) starting from the Lauriston Hotel at 11am proceeding to the Royal Pier Hotel, around Marine Lake and then back.

Entrants can purchase a Santa suit at the start point for £10.

Visit to register or send an e-mail to Soup and rolls will be available free of charge to all entrants after the event. Proceeds from the sale of the Santa suits will go to the Action for the Blind charity and entrants can obtain sponsors for their own chosen charity.

SSAFA FORCES HELP: The divisional committee continues to meet every Wednesday from 10.30am -12noon at the RAFA Club HQ Eagle House, Alexandra Parade, and welcomes any service, ex-service personnel or their dependants who need assistance in any way.

Outside of these hours our secretary can be contacted on 01934 811386.

We will be manning a stand at the forthcoming Rotary Fair being held at the Winter Gardens on Saturday November 20 and will have a good range of reasonably priced Christmas cards for sale, so please come along and support us, your largest charity supporting the armed forces and their dependants.

BLEADON WI: Our second meeting saw a changing president, a refreshed committee and three new members joining on the night - a good enough reason to say ‘thank you’ and celebrate with the bubbly!

We then had a chance to learn about the ‘Alexander Technique’, adjusting our posture as we did so!

Alongside our monthly meetings, our skittle, walking and book groups are thriving (knitting at the pub starting soon) and members are also looking forward to visiting the BBC Good Food Show, a London theatre trip and the Avon Federation carol concert in Bath, with lunch and shopping thrown in before and after.

With expert tuition, we’re trying to make Christmas wreaths and other festive decorations at our next meeting today at 7.30pm in the Coronation Hall.

YATTON ROTARY CLUB: Forthcoming events include: November 26 – Quiz at Yatton Rugby Club; 29th – regular meet – ‘Flanders and Swan’ Tim Lewis & Spouse; December 4 – Christmas hamper and prizes raffle starts at Yatton precinct near Co-op/Somerfield, 50p per ticket; December 6 – regular meet – ‘Update The Luhimba Project’ by Paul Temple; December 11/12 – Christmas raffle continues - draw at 12noon on the December 12; December 20 – Christmas dinner evening at Woodspring Golf Club, £25 pp.

The Rotary Club of Yatton and District always welcomes new members or ‘friends of’.

Our regular meet is Monday evening at Cadbury House Hotel. Why not become a guest for an evening?

The cost is £4 or £11 for a waiter served meal which includes a hot main course, coffee, a piece of fudge and a free ticket in the raffle.

Male or female, of any age, if you would like to get involved please contact: Sue on 01934 876904, Peter on 01934-838763, Doris on 01934 832837 or find us at

INNER WHEEL OF MENDIP: Members have been preparing for their joint effort with Rotary, the Plat du Jour, filling shoe boxes for Christmas to be sent to women in the Ukraine and sewing comfort cushions for women after operations for breast cancer.

Arrangements were made for the Evergreen Teas held in Cheddar for its senior citizens.

Sarah presented the District Bowls Trophy to Margaret Travis and reminded members of the Christmas coffee morning at Janet Travis’ on November 20.

Overseas organiser Barbara Millard thanked members of the Christmas Shoe Boxes and brought along the new calendars containing recipes for each month provided by members.

SOMERSET FREEMASONS: At the beginning of each year it is the privilege of the Worshipful Master of each Masonic Lodge to nominate the charities that he wishes to donate to during his year of office.

It is the duty of the members of the lodge to support him by donating to, and raising money for, these deserving causes as it a prime objective of Freemasons to give to those less well off than themselves.

The money is raised by individual masons donating funds at each lodge meeting and by organising fund-raising social events.

None are from corporate donations.

In 2009/10, 88 lodges and 4,500 Somerset Freemasons have donated a massive £80,288 to local non-Masonic charities.

The main beneficiaries among many dozens were Children’s Hospice South West, RNLI, Cancer Research, Somerset Youth Organisations and Help for Heroes.

This was in addition to the money donated nationally to, amongst others, Air Ambulance (£180,000 in total of which £4,000 was from Somerset), SSAFA - Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen Families Association Forces Help (£250,000 of which £5,000 was from Somerset), £100,000 to Multiple Sclerosis, £40,000 to Spina Bifida and £45,000 to Barnardos.

Emergency grants of £30,000 were sent to the Haiti Earthquake Appeal and £25,000 was sent to the Red Cross for relief to the devastating flooding in Pakistan.

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