Clubs and Societies, October 20, 2011

PUBLISHED: 09:33 21 October 2011

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CHEDDAR MALE CHOIR: The recent concert was a night to remember when the choir joined forces with the Cheddar Valley Music Club Brass Band & 
Ensemble at Victoria Methodist Church in Weston.

The evening was for the Voices for Hospices and in particular Weston Hospicecare. Similar concerts were also taking place throughout the world to celebrate the World Hospice Palliative Care Day.

The audience enjoyed a varied programme of music and songs which included You Raise Me Up, Portrait of my Love, a selection from Les Miserables and Bridge Over Troubled Water from the choir, the brass band and ensemble included Rock ‘n’ Roll Trumpets, The William Tell Overture, Trumpet Voluntary and a Suite for Brass.

UPHILL WI: This month our speaker was John Gingell who told us about the history, and making, of chocolate. He brought along samples of all the stages involved in making chocolate from beans to the final product.

Since our last meeting three members visited the WI’s Denman College in Oxfordshire to do handbell ringing, silver jewellery making, and visiting the Olympic site; several of our group attended Avon WI Federation’s AGM at the Winter Gardens; we ran a stall at Uphill’s Village Fete; went on a pamper day at a spa in Axbridge; and had our bi-monthly lunch at La Cucina in the village.

Our annual business meeting, when we will be reviewing our activities over the past year, will be held in Uphill’s Victory Hall on November 9 at 2.15pm. Visitors are always welcome. For further information about our WI please ring the secretary on 01934 633946.

WESTON-SUPER-MARE ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY: On October 11 members of the society and visitors were treated to a fascinating and stimulating talk ‘Death, burial and rock art - new discoveries in Western Britain’ by Dr George Nash.

Dr Nash is a very experienced and well respected archaeologist, a specialist in prehistoric art. He teaches at Bristol University, is involved with research here and internationally and is a prolific author and broadcaster.

We were privileged to hear first hand about an example of cave art in South Wales which Dr Nash discovered recently that is believed to be the oldest example of rock art in Britain.

This rock art had only been revealed in the 
newspapers and on television in July, so we heard the latest information and proposed developments for the future.

THE WOODSPRING RAMBLERS: Members 
celebrated 20 years as a walking group on October 9 with an anniversary walk followed by a tea party at Kewstoke Village Hall.

Mrs Downton, mother of Robin, one of the original members made a lovely large, iced cake.

There were many photo albums of local walks and walking holidays enjoyed through the years.

So a good deal of reminiscing and laughter, as well as plenty of plans for the future.

For details of the group please contact David Thompson on 07729 039962 or log onto our website http://www.ramblers.co.uk/programmes/print.php?group=SO06

THE RAFA CONCERT BAND - (The Blakehay 
Resident Band): Members travelled across to Barry last Saturday at the invite of the RAFA branch there.

Appearing with the band were two Welsh choirs and the audience was entertained to a veritable musical pot-pouri of songs and selections to suit all tastes. Once again the band has been booked for another concert next year!

The band’s next engagement is at Cardiff Castle for the RBL Poppy Appeal.

The search for competent players on brass and woodwind continues especially on oboe and 
trombone; please call if you are interested.

Future engagements include: Saturday - German Band - Private gig; November - Royal British Legion, March-4-Honour and Poppy Appeal in the grounds of Cardiff Castle; November 12 - RAFA Concert, Melksham Town Hall (7.30pm); November 19 - Rotary Christmas Craft Fayre, Winter Gardens, Weston.

Visit our website www.rafaswconcertband.org.uk or ring 01934 820205 for more details.

CONGRESBURY OVER-60S: Members enjoyed their last outing of the year to the lovely city of Salisbury. It was market day with many stalls displaying a wide choice of foodstuffs and the weather was mild and dry. Suggestions are now being taken for places to visit next year which hopefully will be as enjoyable as those that have taken place this year.

At the meeting on November 1, Terry Merrett-Smith will give a talk on ‘Movie magic’.

There are just a few vacancies for new members and as nowadays more people seem to be taking early retirement the club would be happy to consider younger members. Anyone in this position is welcome to come along and see if they would like to join in with the club’s activities.

For further details please contact the chairman, 
Irving Prowse, on 01934 832004.

WESTON PHILATELIC SOCIETY: The first meeting of the new season on October 11 was quite successful with the committee members giving a 10 sheet display on subjects beginning with P, Q, or R. These included some early plate proofs of the Falkland Islands by the president, peanuts by Bill and publicity by Phillip.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday at our usual venue with Richard giving a presentation on the postage stamps of the Ionian Islands.

Any interested in collecting postage stamps or other items of postal history will be made welcome, will find the members friendly and only too happy to share their interests. The society meets on the second and fourth 
Tuesday of the month, October to April, at 6.45 for 7.15pm in the upstairs meeting room of the Conservative Club, 24/26 Alexandra Parade.

A programme for the year will be available at this meeting. Please ring Graham on 01934 622318 for details.

WESTON FILM SOCIETY: The current season at the Blakehay Theatre, Wadham Street, continues on November 2 with a screening of ‘Skeletons’.

Best new British feature at the Edinburgh Film 
Festival, defies categorisation, delightfully bonkers!

Performance at 7.45pm - £4.50 or £3 for society members.

WOMEN OF WESTON WI: The next meeting will be held at the Blakehay Theatre, in Wadham Street on Tuesday.

It will be the formation of the group, and will also act as the annual meeting. The meeting starts at 7.30pm and will focus on the launch of their charity of the year, which is Weston Hospicecare. There will also be another session in the WOW WI series of their 30 minute makes.

ARTHRITIS CARE WESTON BRANCH: At our next social meeting on November 14, St Saviours Hall, Locking Road, Weston, at 2pm we shall be having a small party for one of our long standing members on her 100 year birthday.

FRIENDS OF THE PLAYHOUSE: Our social activities are continuing with a Beetle Drive with fish ‘n’ chips in November. Then on December 14 we have Friends’ night the pantomime for Aladdin. Our Christmas celebration will be a Holly Jolly at the Playhouse on December 15 from 2.30pm.

A visit to the theatre at Worcester for a New Year pantomime is planned for January and later we shall have New Year lunch here in Weston at the Royal Hotel.

Coffee mornings continue at the Playhouse on most Saturday mornings at which all are welcome.

BLEADON PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP: The group was the host to the A1 Camera Club from St Georges, Weston. A thank-you to Keith Spicer who gave an introduction and a short précis of the A1 club’s history which started originally with a group of students some years ago from the Weston college.

His presentation centred around Macro photography showing how it could be accomplished by adapting simple methods using lenses to cameras.

Our next meeting will be on October 25 - a Judge’s Forum with John Bjergfelt LRPS as judge.

Why not join us for an interesting evening at the Coronation Hall, Bleadon.

New members are always welcome, please visit the website www.bleadonphotographicgroup.moonfruit.com or contact Carol Wilson 01934 628070.

WEST WOODSPRING INNER WHEEL: The message given by Inner Wheel District 20 chairman Tricia 
Harris, to the Rotary International District 1200 
Conference, held in Plymouth, was that Rotary clubs should keep in close touch with their Inner Wheel. Tricia stressed that working together was beneficial to both, ensuring the continuation of each organisation.

President Carole said the main speakers, Ann 
Widdecombe, Martin Bell and Andy Cook, who helped rescue Martin in 1992 when he was injured in the Bosnian conflict were brilliant and that the conference generally was superb, one of the best she’d been to.

RB LEGION WOMEN’S SECTION – WESTON BRANCH: The annual church service will be in the United Reformed Church on Sunday at 10.30am.

The Annual Meeting is on Wednesday at 2.15 in the United Reformed church hall.

There will be a poppy appeal coffee morning on October 28 at 10.30am to noon also in the church hall with coffee/tea being served for 50p. There will also be a raffle and cake sale, all for a good cause.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION - WESTON: A branch meeting will be held on Wednesday at 7.30pm at RAFA Club, Alexandra Parade, Weston. Members are reminded that subs are now due.

WESTON MUSIC APPRECIATION SOCIETY: Chairman Dennis Darling gave a talk entitled ‘Those Inverted Cassandras - the critics’ in which he outlined the way critics can make or mar a musical performance.

Critics to a first performance are unsure as to what to expect, and it can be very unnerving for the composer. As with beauty being in the eye of the beholder, so music is judged by the ear of the individual, and the critics.

The next meeting of the society in St Judes Hall, St Peters Church, Baytree Road is on Wednesday at 7.15pm for 7.30 start when society member - Mrs Pat Spackman gives a talk entitled ‘Backroom boys and girls’.

All are welcome and for further information contact the secretary on 01934 814752.

WESTON CHESS CLUB: The club made a sound start to the new season in the Somerset Leagues. Away to last season’s division three winners Chard/Ilminster, Weston A secured a creditable 2-2 draw with a win by John Parsons on board three and draws on the top two boards by Joe Haines and Mike Cooper.

In division two Weston were hosts to a far stronger Yeovil team. Peter Chaplin’s draw against Yeovil’s top board was a fine result as his opponent had a 100 per cent record in the league last season.

On board two Pavel Madry drew against a player who outgraded him by 29 points.

On bottom board Malcolm Dinham found a resource which his opponent had overlooked to win a piece and soon converted this to a win.

Yeovil cancelled this out with victory on board three leaving boards four and five to decide the match.

Both Mike Cooper and John Parsons played 
accurately to draw their games leaving the final match results as a 3-3 draw.

NFOP BRANCH 341: It is our coffee morning on October 27. All members are invited to come along and have a cup of coffee/tea and a chat. We meet at The Carers Centre in Graham Road behind Tesco. For further information telephone Tony Apperley on 01934 625973.

WESTON BRASS: On Saturday night, the rafters of Victoria Methodist Church will once again be ringing to the sounds of Weston Brass. This will be the second time this year that Weston’s only brass band will be appearing at this popular venue.

Popular local singer Lucy Taylor will be the guest soloist, and band members Adam Hall and Alison Linfield will be spotlighted playing solos.

Tickets are available for this special charity event in aid of The Children’s Hospice South West on the night.

Band members are eagerly anticipating the brass workshop to be held in the band room by legendry tuba player Steve Sykes.

This is a great opportunity for local bandsman and following the great success of last year’s master class by Phillip Harper, the band have been hard at work preparing Suite Gothic and Saint Saens 
variations which are the chosen test pieces they will be working on with him.

For more information on the band please check out the website at www.westonbrass.com, or ring 01934513214

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION - CONGRESBURY: The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal starts on October 29 and although a few new names have come 
forward as collectors, more are still needed. If 
anyone can spare an hour or two to help with this most worthy cause between October 29 and 
November 13 please contact the Poppy Appeal organiser – Irving Prowse on 01934 832004.

EATING BETTER, PAYING LESS VEGETARIAN COOKING CLUB: ‘Let’s go Mexican’ was the theme on October 6, the beginning of the fourth year of the club. Mexican flags decorate the tables and 20 guests and helpers enjoyed a three course meal.

The club meets fortnightly in the hall at the back of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 500 Locking Road, Worle.

The programmes include talks on healthy living, demonstrations on how to prepare economical vegetarian meals, and a chance to sample what has been cooked.

The next meeting will be this evening (Thurs) at 6.45pm.

New members are very welcome.

SOROPTIMISTS INTERNATIONAL OF WESTON: On the recent National Literacy Day president Anne Woolley was one of the Soroptimists who read to youngsters visiting the Early Learning Centre in Weston. She is seen pictured, dressed as the Queen of Hearts, reading to Tilly.

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