Clubs and Societies, October 27, 2011
PUBLISHED: 09:54 28 October 2011
n BLEADON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Jean Drew was the guest speaker at the October meeting and her talk and practical demonstration of container gardening for the spring was very well received.
Many tips were also passed on including ideas of keeping pest out of flower pots with a fleece lining, helping slugs to die happy and propagating cuttings so they could talk to each other!
At the conclusion of the meeting long standing committee member Roy Tamsley (pictured below with Chris Cudlipp) was presented with a gardening voucher to mark his recent retirement after many years of loyal service and a bouquet of flowers to take home to his wife Joyce, who could not be present, to say thank you for her efforts in the past.
Eileen Roberts was also presented with a bouquet of flowers to mark her retirement.
The next meeting at the Coronation Hall will see the return of Paul Gilmour from Cadbury Garden & Leisure. The meeting takes place on November 15 at 7.30pm and Paul’s talk is entitled ‘Winter stems and berries’.
On the evening, tickets for the beetle drive and American-style supper which will be held on December 20 will be available for £1 each.
n WEST WOODSPRING INNER WHEEL: This year’s Inner Wheel District 20 annual picnic held at Edgar Hall, Somerton, was in support of uk4u Thanks!
West Woodspring members, organised by Marilyn Pastou, travelled with food, wine, cloths, flowers and candles for their table, in support of the charity which provides Christmas boxes to members of the armed forces.
Club member Angie Horne, unable to travel to Somerton on the day, donated a box of champagne and chocolates from a top London store, which greatly added to the coffers when raffled during the evening.
President Carol Schubert said that last year 22,500 boxes were distributed to our troops together with their civilian support staff and our club is proud to do its bit towards this year’s effort.
The photo above, taken by club member Jenny Lester, shows Kathy Lock, Heather Marshall, Rose Gilbert, Doreen Brown and Ladies of District 20 supporting Britain’s troops.
n WESTON YOUTH ORCHESTRA: Following the recent full-house concert at The Blakehay Theatre, the next public performance will be at Mark Parish Church on November 11 at 7.30pm.
Conductors will be Dennis Cole MBE, Andrew Barrington and Diane Parfitt. Ben Johns will be leader in a programme of popular classics together with soloists from the ranks of the orchestra.
Amongst the works to be performed are Overture The Caliph of Bagdad by Boildieu, Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No1, Pomp and Circumstance Op 39 - Elgar, a selection from Pirates of the Caribbean and the Khachaturian Sabre Dance.
Tickets will be available at the door £5. New members aged from eight to 20 are always welcomed for each of our two orchestras on any instrument. Call Dennis Cole on 07787 520230 for more details.
n CONGRESBURY OVER 60s: Members enjoyed an afternoon of bright and bouncy tunes from Mike and his Music. Going back to the rock ‘n’ roll era, he sang songs by Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tom Jones and Cliff Richard and the hall reverberated as he sang many old favourites and there were plenty of toes tapping in time to the music.
At the next meeting the entertainment will be provided by Terry Merrett-Smith who will give a talk on ‘Movie magic’ and it is hoped to hand out the menus for the Christmas lunch at Cadbury House when members who renewed their subscriptions by the end of September will be able to book their lunch at the subsidised price.
There are just a few vacancies for new members to this lively club which meets every other Tuesday at the War Memorial Hall from 2.30-4pm and preferably they should be interested in getting involved with club activities as this is the way to get the best out of membership.
n WESTON AND MENDIP ADVANCED MOTORISTS: Last Tuesday members enjoyed an interesting talk by Sarah Bell, traffic commissioner for the West of England. She explained how by licensing goods vehicles and PSVs and their drivers they also aimed to promote road safety.
The IAM has discounted the skill for life package leading up to Christmas, so if you or someone you know would like to improve their driving skills, as well as saving money on fuel and insurance costs, then please call 07020 934714.
n WESTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Members were disappointed that a representative from Cheddar Garden Centre could not attend because he had lost his voice, but nevertheless enjoyed a talk by Felicity Downs, from Cleeve Garden Centre, who stepped in at very short notice, and gave a talk on autumn colour.
We are now looking forward to the next meeting when the TV gardener, designer and author Chris Beardshaw will be giving a talk on English gardens and will also be weaving in anecdotes of his TV and media experiences. All of the tickets are now sold out.
Two coach trips have been arranged for next year. The first is to Bowood House and Gardens and Rhododendron Walk on May 19, at a cost of £24. The second is a three-day trip, staying two nights at the foot of Mount Snowdon and visiting Bodnant House and Abbey-Cwm-Hir on the way back, from June 25-27.
The cost of this trip is between £200 and £234 per person, depending on the number of people going. For more details on both trips call Christine Hawkes on 644549.
n RAFA CONCERT BAND: Last Saturday the German Oompah Band was in action at a charity function in Weston.
Our next engagement in Weston is at the Rotary Christmas Craft Fayre on November 19, followed by our annual Christmas concert on December 4.
The search for competent players on brass and woodwind continues especially on oboe and trombone, please call if you are interested.
Future engagements include: November 9 - Royal British Legion 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. December 4 - Annual Christmas Concert, Blakehay, starts at 3pm, tickets on sale now.
Visit our website www.rafaswconcertband.org.uk or ring 01934 820205 for more details.
n THE MDF - THE BIPOLAR ORGANISATION: The self-help group meets on November 8 at FRIEND, 39 Oxford Street, Weston, from 7.30-9.30pm.
People who suffer from bipolar and/or their supporters are very welcome to join us. Call 08454 349915 for details.
Our speaker will be Chris Ellis, from the University of Bristol research project into advance decision-making
n WESTON CHESS CLUB: Both Weston teams were in action last Thursday at Victoria Bowling Club when the A team played host to Taunton and the B team was home to Sedgeless, from Bridgwater, both in division three of the Somerset league.
The B team was first to finish, winning by three games to one. Pawel Madry on board one quickly built up a winning attack against his opponent’s castled king position and Steve Miles on board four also won against an opponent with a much lower grading. David Gough, on board two, kept up strong pressure throughout his game to eventually force checkmate to clinch the match with Sedgeless gaining a consolation win on board three.
For the A team, Joe Haines gained a quick win on top board when his opponent gave his queen away. The remaining games were hard fought and all sent close to the time limit.
Mike Cooper played accurately for his win but the remaining games both went Taunton’s way, leaving the match result as a two-all draw. A quick analysis afterwards showed that Weston’s bottom board player might have overlooked a winning opportunity. Although a bishop down he did have a passed pawn as some compensation and may have had a combination available to win his opponent’s rook.
n HEWISH AND DISTRICT WI: Members’ night was celebrated recently with group members taking on the role of the regular committee. We enjoyed the supper which followed the entertainment.
Brigitte Whittington, a demonstrator in origami, showed us how to make a bird out of folding paper and explained a little about the origin of origami. Margaret gave a vote of thanks.
The November meeting will be our AGM and entertainment for the evening will not be as in the programme. Instead Libby Lockyer, our WI advisor, will give a talk on the ‘History of the WI’.
All visitors are welcome. We meet on the third Thursday of every month at Hewish Village Hall.
n A1 CAMERA CLUB (WESTON): Members have welcomed several new members for the 2011/12 season and prepared an exciting programme of talks, presentations, practical evenings and competitions taking us through to the 2012 summer exhibition.
Our season started with a review of images taken by members during their summer holidays or on the club arranged photoshoots in and around the South West.
Entries are in for our first club competition of the season with judging being done by Pete Brownett, of Emotions Photography.
Forthcoming meetings will include presentations/tutorials on flash photography, the use of filters and an evening of practical work trying our hand at macro photography.
Meetings are held on Tuesdays at 7.30pm at St Georges Community Centre, Willow Close, St Georges, BS22 7XF. More information about the club can be found at www.a1cameraclubweston.co.uk or via Howard Evans on 01934 521780.
n MARK FRIENDHSIP CLUB: The final outing of the year to the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley was enjoyed by everyone and Audrey Cox was thanked for organising such a varied programme throughout the year.
The committee has recommended that in 2012 there will be no meetings in January, but to make up the balance we will have two meetings in August.
We then had a travel talk with slides as Miss Eileen Goundry took us on a journey to Singapore and New Zealand. She was thanked by George Puddy. The afternoon concluded with the raffle.
The next meeting will be on November 3, when Ann Healey will talk about ‘Somerset Voices’.
n WESTON PROBUS CLUB: On November 3 our good friend Martha Perriam will be giving members a talk entitled ‘Brean Down and its fort’.
Members will be experiencing a tour of North Somerset Courthouse on November 10 and on November 17 Michelle Michael will give a talk on ‘The re-construction of the Grand Pier’. This talk will be open to members’ ladies and we are looking forward to a large gathering.
We are growing in strength all the time and if any retired gentlemen would like to join us please contact our secretary on 01934 514857.
n WESTON BRASS: A large and enthusiastic audience enjoyed the concert by Weston Brass at the Victoria Methodist Church.
Band members and soloists were thrilled at the response to their new and varied programme. Guest soloist, 11-year-old Lucy Taylor, was absolutely superb, and enchanted the audience with her beautiful voice. Surely one to watch for the future.
The band is now preparing the test pieces for the contest on the November 5 and, with this in mind, members are really looking forward to the brass workshop to be held in the band room this weekend. The band has engaged Steve Sykes, legendry tuba player and conductor, to take the workshop.
The band will be playing their traditional Christmas concert in the Winter Gardens on December 11. For more details on the band please visit our website www.westonbrass.com or call 01934 514960.