Clubs and Societies, October 1, 2015

PUBLISHED: 11:08 02 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:08 02 October 2015

Wrington Vale Inner Wheel

Wrington Vale Inner Wheel



Over 40 members attended the September meeting to hear Rachel Lewis, physiotherapist and hydrotherapy specialist at Southmead Hospital talk about exercise and demonstrate some simple standing and chair based exercises. Exercise is also helpful for those suffering pain. Further information is available in a booklet Exercise and Osteoporosis from the National Osteoporosis Society, telephone 0808 800 0035 for details of how to obtain a copy.

Nikki Smith from Age UK North Somerset also highlighted the classes run locally offering exercises ranging from very gentle to more active.

The next meeting is November 2 at 6.30pm at the Academy at Weston General Hospital which will be a question and answer session from a team of medical staff from Weston hospital.

For enquiries about the group please telephone 01934 415096.


The group will meet on Monday at 7.30pm at Boulevard United Reformed Church, Waterloo Street. Fiona Law is showing different types of appliqué. Non members are very welcome for a cost £4.


At a recent meeting Soroptimist’s heard a fascinating talk on garden design from Lesley Heggarty, who trained in horticulture and garden design following careers in the Navy and as a stockbroker. She now runs a successful garden design business with partner, Robert Webber.

After showing photographs of beautiful gardens open to the public Lesley explained that four aspects need to be considered when designing a garden – functionality, movement and flow, practicality and the spirit of the garden. She then outlined in detail the process of a commission from considering the environment of the site to the finished harmonious design and discussed making a garden look attractive in every season.

Club members appreciated the opportunity to ask questions and found her talk inspired them to go home and have a new look at their own gardens.


Band members are still talking about the wedding they played at for one of the musicians, Corriene. It was a beautiful sunny day, lots family and friends attended, with lots of varied types of music throughout the day. Tickets for Music from the Movies concert on Saturday are available from the box office at the Blakehay Theatre. Future engagements include Saturday - Music from the Movies concert, Blakehay Theatre, starting at 7.30pm; October 28 – ensemble, anniversary buffet, Weymouth; October 29 - poppy launch at Bristol Airport.


With no concerts and no contest for a while this is definitely the quiet season for Weston Brass. Band arranger John Bryant is busy working on new arrangements for the band and musical director Bryn James has time to work on new programmes for future concerts.

The band has been fortunate to gain several new players in the last few months and the training band has attracted some new players.

Engagements for next year are already being booked and more information regarding the band is available by visiting


Saturday saw the band performing at Worle Community Fest. The weather was fine as was the event and lots of fun was had by everyone. Sunday took the band to Weston super Food Festival where they performed to a large and enthusiastic audience. Now that the summer season is well and truly over, there are only three rehearsals left until the band is in concert again, this time at Burtle village hall, on October 17, where a prom concert will be on offer. Tickets for this event can be obtained from Heather Lee on 01278 722377. The band is now taking bookings for 2016 and anyone wishing to engage the bands services can contact us via our website or by telephoning our musical director, Julia Ractliffe, on 01934 517719.


The society will be holding an autumn plant sale this weekend at Clarke’s Field Allotments, Rector’s Way (off Drove Road) from 9am-12.30pm on Saturday and 9.30am to noon Sunday. There will be all the spring bedding plants for sale including pansies and polyanthus as well as perennial plants. The Trading Hut will be open for business as usual.


A scarecrow lunch was held to raise funds for two charities, firstly School in a Bag and secondly Water Aid. Each School in a Bag contains a variety of items needed for a child’s schooling and only costs £15. Children who have suffered the effects of war and famine may not have access to any equipment for their education and the gift of one of these bags for each child is welcomed. The second charity, Water Aid, sends boxes to countries where there is no clean water, through natural disasters, such as earthquake and flood. This year a substantial number of boxes were sent to Nepal after the earthquake there. The lunch was a great success with a profit of nearly £500 being raised to share between the two charities.


The group had its social evening on Saturday at Stones Café on Knightstone Island. The group has social events like this about four times a year.

It started out as a Facebook group a year ago, set up by Jim Woods, and it attracted a great deal of attention.

There are now more than 1,000 members and three more organisers helping Jim - Mike Davies, Ben Hopkins and Emma Bateman.

New members are always welcome to share ideas, hone your photography skills and gain companionship.

If you would like any more information on the group or its social outings, contact Mike on 07767 851930.


‘You never know when you, or someone you know, might need us’ was the message portrayed at a recent talk by Julia Ashley from Weston Hospicecare. The organisation needs to raise nearly £3million a year to provide the varied services offered to those not only with cancer, but also other life limiting illnesses.

The Day Hospice enables the patients’ family or carer to have a break or catch up with their own work or activities.

The organisation is currently undertaking a business review and planning its future strategy.


Weston Society of Arts meets on a Wednesday afternoon at Victoria Methodist Church hall, Station Road, at 2pm for prompt start at 2.30pm and visitors are very welcome. Our next meeting will be October 14 when Mrs Jud Forth presents ‘A marriage made in heaven,

the relationship between words and music’.


One, if not the, largest coffee mornings in the world took place last week in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Club member Carol Lohmann hosted an event for the organisations key annual fundraiser at her home. Members of West Woodspring Inner Wheel joined Tangent club members to prove that this year’s slogan adopted by Macmillan, ‘Cake Tastes Better Together’, was indeed true. One in three of us will face cancer at some time in our lives and the money raised at these coffee mornings, nearly £1million so far this year, will help make sure that no one has to face it alone.


Probus Milton is a club for socially active and retired men, meeting on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 10.15 for 10.45am. The club meet at Milton Methodist Church, welcomed with refreshments we mingle socially for half an hour before receiving a presentation by hired speakers. At our recent meeting, Roy Wood, a senior partner with St James’s Place Wealth Management gave a very informative presentation ‘The philosophy of money’.

The next meeting is October 8 and will be addressed by Pat Hase whose subject will be ‘Victorian pleasures and pastimes’. New members are always welcomed and for further information ring Peter Mansell on 01934 519290 or go to or email

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