PUBLISHED: 11:04 26 November 2010

Lions Club of Weston

Lions Club of Weston


LIONS CLUB OF WESTON: A long service award was presented to Eddie Wirth as one of the longest serving members of the club since its formation in 1968.

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Presenting his 40 year chevron is charter president Bryan Fowler with the current president David Poole.

Eddie Wirth a retired engineer instrumental in developing the flight simulator for training Concorde pilots, he was president in 1995/96 and has always been actively involved in all the club’s activities.

WESTON ORGAN AND KEYBOARD CLUB: The next concert will be on December 2 in the Somerset Suite, Weston Football Club at 7.30pm.

Our guest artist for the evening will be Andrew Nix.

RAFA concert band

Everyone is welcome and there is ample free parking. For further details contact Jo on 01934 812759 or visit

CONGRESBURY OVER 60s CLUB: Members were delighted to welcome Richard Lennox (formerly Baker) and Sarah Bridal who once again gave an outstanding performance.

The wonderful singing voice of Sarah soared throughout the hall as she sang songs such as Come to the Fair and Somewhere Over the Rainbow while the hall resonated to the outstanding piano playing of Richard with items such as Forgotten Dreams and None But the Lonely Heart.

The afternoon came to a close all too soon and members can only look forward to next year when Richard and Sarah will return.

Most of the menus for the Christmas Lunch at Cadbury House have been returned, the deadline for this being at the next meeting on November 30 when the entertainment will be the excellent Rainbow Choir and members will enjoy a mince pie with their cup of tea.

INNER WHEEL CLUB OF WRINGTON VALE: President Lal opened the November meeting by thanking members for supporting the quiz held in October which raised over £650 in aid of Hearing Dogs for the Deaf.

She reminded members of the charity concert in aid of overseas charities which takes place on November 26 at St John’s Church Axbridge when there will be performances from Bristol Brass Consort and The Axbridge Singers.

Tickets £6 are available from President Lal on 01934 732221.

The speaker for the evening was District President Mrs Angie Horne, who entertained us with an insight into her life past, present and plans for the rest of her year in office.

The next club meeting will be the Christmas celebration when we will be entertained by members of the club on December 9.

MARK FRIENDSHIP CLUB: It was a very busy afternoon on November 18 with the chairman welcoming 50 members.

Mrs Pauline Alvis was welcomed and gave an entertaining and informative talk about the history of cheese-making. The Alvis family produces cheese for local supermarkets and their own farm shop. A tasting session followed and produced a brisk sale of mild and mature cheeses which Pauline had brought with her. With just one club meeting before Christmas the chairman and members of the club would like to wish our many friends a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year.

WEST WOODSPRING ROTARY CLUB: The day of the Santa Fun Run is being held on December 12, starting from the Lauriston Hotel at any time after 11am and proceeding to the Royal Pier Hotel, around Marine Lake, and then back.

Entrants can purchase a Santa suit at the start point for £10 or before if they register on our website or send an email 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.

Our next meeting is 7 for 7.30pm at our new venue, Weston Golf Club, will have Brian Cooper as its speaker and his subject will be ‘Hutton in bloom’.

Anyone interested in attending should contact Dick Richards on 01934 844214 or by email on

WORLE WI: Our AGM was well attended and the new committee duly elected with Marlene Board as president and Rachel Monger as secretary.

Due to increased membership the institute will be moving in March 2011 to Castle Batch Community Centre which will be bigger premises able to cope with the increasing numbers.

We welcomed the Community Support Officer for North Worle who was able to reassure us of our safety whilst occupying the new premises and steps being taken to discourage vandalism.

A presentation from a representative of the Federation was given encouraging members to take advantage of the facilities at Denman College and this will be enabled by the sharing of a bursary for those interested in attending one of the courses or open days.

Members were reminded of the temporary arrangements for January and February meetings in 2011 but our next meeting will take place as usual at St Mark’s on December 21 when we will hear Pamela Taylor give a presentation on the ‘History of perfume’. Please join us for our Christmas meeting you will receive a warm welcome.

NORTH SOMERSET THERAPISTS: There will be a Christmas Gifts and Therapy Share Evening on November 29 at 8pm in Locking Village Hall. For further details contact Conrad on 01934 822452.

WESTON AND MENDIP ADVANCED MOTORISTS: A talk by Mike Rowlands, who was a policeman for 30 years was enjoyed at the last meeting.

He now works on the Clifton Suspension Bridge and as a Blue Badge Guide in Bristol. He had a wealth of interesting anecdotes, some hilarious and some sad but all entertaining.

If your group would like a talk about the Institute of Advanced Motorists or you would like to check your driving abilities by having a free assessed drive with one of our qualified observers please phone 07020 934714.

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION WOMEN’S SECTION: Many thanks go to Mrs K Brenner and Mrs S Blake of Lympsham and Mr Masters of Bleadon, local Poppy Appeal organisers for all their hard work collecting in all weathers and to Jeff Brown’s Garage for allowing us to collect on their premises.

The total is the most ever collected since records began and all monies are urgently needed.

The village of Lympsham collected £1,635 and the village of Bleadon £1,000.07 giving a grand total of £2,635.

Forthcoming events include a carol service at Bleadon Parish Church on December 9 at 2.30pm, Christmas Bingo at The Manor Hall, Lympsham on December 11 commencing at 7.30pm, there will be grand prizes and a raffle.

BANWELL WI: The group enjoyed a Halloween party with guests WIs in the Roman Way Group. The hall was decorated and carved pumpkins judged.

The AGM in November saw the committee and president elected and thanked Shirley Yarde, Margaret Oatway and Margaret Harris for all their hard work and commitment over many years.

Following the AGM Mr Merrett-Smith gave a talk entitled ‘Ration books to rock and roll’.

At our Christmas meeting there will be a demonstration by ‘Cats Wiskers’.

This should be a fun evening when members are invited to bring their children and grand children along.

If you are interest in hearing more about Banwell WI come along to any meeting or call Margaret Cunningham on 01934 822938.

WESTON CHORAL SOCIETY: The society invites you to its autumn concert on November 27 in All Saints Church, All Saints Road, Weston commencing at 7.30pm. Ticket are £8.50 and available on the door.

In the run up to Christmas the choir will be singing carols at various venues in the local area.

Following the Christmas break the society will prepare for its spring concert scheduled for May 14, 2011 in All Saints Church with rehearsals starting on January 4.

The group is always keen to increase its membership so if you enjoy choral singing and would like to get involved you will be very welcome at our rehearsals held at Milton Methodist Church Hall, Milton Hill on Tuesday evenings, commencing at 7.30pm.

For further information call the secretary Gill Williams on 01934 813255 or visit our website at

SANDFORD VILLAGE HALL: We have good news and bad to report. The good news is we have sold all the tickets available for the Christmas dinner this coming Saturday.

The bad news is some of you may be disappointed that you have not got a ticket.

It seems we are victims of our own success, so many of you would like to join us.

We are sorry if this is you, but we look forward to seeing many of you on November 27.

THE RAFA CONCERT BAND: The band played in support of the Rotary Club Christmas Charity Fayre last Saturday in and outside the Winter Gardens.

We are always looking for players to join the band on either brass, woodwind or percussion.

Future engagements include: Sunday December 5 - Annual Christmas Concert - Blakehay starts at 3pm. Tickets on sale now! December 7-9 - Ensembles playing at Christmas Dinners, Abbey Wood, Bristol, December 9 - Ensemble playing at Court de Wyck Candlelight Carol Evening.

Visit our website on or ring 01934 820205 for more details.

WESTON CHESS CLUB: Wellington visited Weston last week to play Weston B in Division 3 of the Somerset leagues.

Weston started badly when David Gough on top board allowed his queen to be trapped in very few moves and was forced to immediately concede.

The remaining three games were very closely fought, all going beyond the first time control.

David Wood on board three built up a strong attack with three central passed pawns and, with only two minutes left on his clock, converted them into an unstoppable attack on his opponent’s king.

Steve Miles on board four found a mating attack and Joe Haines secured Weston B’s first win of the season by accurate play for a draw in a complex position in which both players looked to have chances.

WESTON ARTS FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION: The committee met on November 16 and after much consideration voted unanimously that the association should be wound up in accordance with the rules of their constitution.

There was considerable regret that this decision had to be taken, the Arts Festival having been an annual event in Weston for the past twenty two years.

The current situation dictated that there was little or no possibility of presenting a festival in 2011 and many suggestions were considered before coming to the final conclusion that further festival events were not viable.

The committee expressed their grateful thanks to the many individuals and groups who had taken part in festival events over the years, and hoped that some legacy had been left with the continuation of the Short Story Writing competition, which is due to be held again next year.

CLASSYANDSASSY RED HAT LADIES: We have a chapter German Christmas tea party on December 4 and are open for new ladies to join us for friendship and fun.

To find out more visit or telephone 01934 613942.

WESTON FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP: This is a non-denominational self-help group for sufferers of Fibromyalgia. We meet at Our Lady of Lourdes Church (small hall at rear of church) on the first Wednesday of every month from 2-4pm.

We have speakers on subjects such as exercise, chronic pain and Fibromyalgia and other supporting subjects, also open afternoons where we have discussions on the problem and how to overcome the difficulties associated with it.

If you are a Fibro sufferer or have an illness that causes chronic pain and fatigue, join us for a meeting. Our next meeting is an open afternoon on December 1, where you can meet other like minded people and fellow sufferers. Tea/coffee with biscuits/cake will be available at £2.

YACWAG WINTER BIRD WALK: On December 11 Trevor Riddle will lead a two hour walk along the Strawberry Line, including Congresbury Moor Nature Reserve. Meet at Yatton Station at 10am.

Stout footwear recommended. Sorry, no dogs.

Weather permitting - contact Trevor on 01934 835208 if in doubt about the weather.

YACWAG CHRISTMAS BIRD SURVEY: This is the fifth year of the survey in the Yatton and Congresbury area - will the blackbird retain its number one position?

Help us find out by counting the birds in your garden from Christmas Eve to January 2.

Download a survey form from our website or contact Win Lowman on 01934 833596 for a paper copy. Keep your bird feeders filled.

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