Clubs and Societies, October 29, 2015

PUBLISHED: 11:11 30 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:11 30 October 2015




IS YOUR club looking for a speaker? If you would like someone from Weston Hospicecare, your local hospice, to visit your club to give an interesting talk to your members please ring the fundraising team on 01934 423926.


Cheddar Vale Lions Club raised more than £350 at a jumble sale and will go towards their work in the community. Many thanks to all who contributed. If you would like to come to the Lions senior citizens shopping trip to Cheddar Garden Centre with sherry, tea and mince pies on November 19 then book your place by calling Marion on 01934 740366.

This year we are raising money to buy a defibrillator and the money raised from the Christmas raffle will be going towards this project. So if you see us out and about selling tickets, please give generously.


As a result of another successful Real Ale and Cider Festival, the Lions were able to present cheques to deserving local charities - those pictured with President David Hunt and members of the club are Peter Elmont from the RNLI who received £3,500; Fiona Richings from Baytree School who received £3,660; Alan Richardson from Crossroads Young Careers who received £3,700.


Weston Youth Orchestra’s next concert will be held on November 20 at Princes Hall, Clevedon. Tickets cost £9 or £5 for under 18s and will be available on the door. Join us for an enjoyable evening of music that will feature both our junior and senior orchestras as well as solo performances. We were delighted to perform a successful concert earlier this month at the Boulevard United Reformed Church, Weston and we will be repeating, with some variations, what proved to be a very popular programme of music. For more information about Weston Youth Orchestra, including how to join us as a member, please visit our website


With ages ranging from nine weeks to 90 years, friends and family joined members in an amble for Alzheimer’s along Weston seafront. Led by President, Dorothy Lazzari, with special guest District Chairman Carol Price, whose chosen charity this year is the Alzheimer’s Society, we were joined by residents of Osborne House, a residential dementia care home in Clevedon and walked the prom from Royal Sands to Stones Café on Knightstone Island, where refreshments were welcomed.

Approximately 850,000 people in the UK live with dementia, for which there is currently no cure. It can happen to anybody. The Alzheimer’s Society supports people affected by dementia doing everything possible to keep families, the people who matter most, connected at this difficult time. If you have questions or concerns about dementia, Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia helpline 0300 222 1122 can provide information and support.


Rehearsals for the forthcoming Christmas concerts have commenced and we are actively seeking auxiliary percussionists to complete the line-up. The band has 55 lively, friendly and talented musicians and if you are interested in joining please contact us via email or telephone musical director, Julia Ractliffe on 01934 517719.


Rehearsals concentrated on music in readiness for the diverse engagements that are coming up. Today (Thurs) the band will be playing in support of this year’s Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Launch at Bristol Airport. On November 11 a special Armistice Day Concert will take place at the Blakehay Theatre, commencing at 7.30pm tickets are on sale now and available from the box office.

We have an almost full diary for 2016 and only a few vacancies left in the band. Please visit our website or ring 01934 820205.

Future engagements include: Today (Thurs) Poppy Launch at Bristol Airport, 2-4pm; November 11 - Armistice Day Concert, Blakehay Theatre.


Worle WI held its annual meeting on October 21 and Margaret Livingstone was elected President for the coming year. There was also a most amusing talk by Pat Hase about a holiday diary of a holiday in Weston in 1836.

Upcoming events include a walk around Arnos Vale, a trip to Swindon Designer Outlet centre and Christmas dinner among many others.

We are a friendly group of women and would love to show you our group. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at Castle Batch Community Centre, Worle at 7.30pm. Visitors and new members are always welcome to come along.


The group recently had Simon Sherwin ARPS, give a very interesting presentation on his ‘Spherical Panoramas’ using some very basic principles to demonstrate how he takes his panoramas. These can be seen on his website

A critique evening with Howard Rockliffe, a professional photographer, on October 27 gave an assessment of members work, in style and intention of the photographer. Another workshop evening is scheduled for Tuesday titled ‘Textures and glass using artificial lighting’.

We are a friendly group of all abilities with interests in all aspects and techniques of photography. The group is affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, through the Western Counties Photographic Federation (WCPF).

For further details visit


On Monday at 7.30pm at Boulevard United Reformed Church the speakers will be Jenny Lester and Myra Taylor. Non-members are very welcome for a cost of £4.


Our next coffee morning will be on November 5 when we will be having our annual meeting and also taking final bookings for the outing on November 10 to Swansea. Friends are most welcome on the coach, if there are vacancies. This is the last outing for 2015. Please come and give your committee your vote for 2016 and the last get-together will be the Christmas lunch, where everyone is welcome.

For further information on the outings and activities please contact Margaret on 514309. The club meets on the first and third Thursday at 10am at The Friends Meeting House.


There were mixed fortunes for Weston in the Somerset Leagues in their last matches.

In division three Yeovil were the visitors and went away with a 3-1 victory, Weston’s only point coming from the ever improving Oliver Isaac on bottom board.

In division two Weston were away to Chard/Ilminster. Peter Chaplin on top board scored a creditable draw against an opponent graded sixteen rating points above him. The other boards all went Weston’s way with wins for Mike Townsend, David Gough, John Parsons, Kerry Kyriacou and Oliver Isaac.


In her talk last week Sally Lewis, once head of the Avon and Somerset Probation Service, discussed risk and how we perceive it. She pointed out that these days risk is seen as a negative - what bad thing might happen? Whereas in the past it was more positive - might win some money gambling. Two settings where risk is regularly calculated are in insurance - actuarial risk, and in medicine - clinical risk. Impact has to be balanced against likelihood.

Sally currently chairs the Children’s Safeguarding Board in Bristol and she talked about this, noting that if safeguarding is done well nothing happens, there is no news story, and the board’s success may not be appreciated.

Finally Sally discussed the new science of victimology, mentioning that most victims’ prime concern is to receive an apology.

Club members felt that Sally’s talk, tailored for Soroptimists, had given them plenty to think about.


Members have prepared shoe boxes filled with presents as part of the annual Operation Christmas Child charity.


Following an interesting month which the club enjoyed visits to other clubs in the district, coupled with excellent presentations by Claire Mantell speaking on ‘Enhancing children’s lives’ and a presentation by Neil Wilkins speaking about CLIC 24, the club is now looking forward to the lead up to the Christmas period.

On Wednesday we have Ken Tatem speaking on the future of flooding in Somerset; November 11 is the continuation of the CLIC 24 project, two evenings of Youth Speaks on November 10 and 19 and ‘Follow the plough’ by Les Davies on November 18. On November 14 there will be a special coffee morning where the public are invited to attend at All Saints Church Hall, Sandford to learn more about Rotary in general. To find out more please visit the hall 10.30am-noon for a free coffee and perhaps some consideration that this may be an organisation you would to be a member of. More information is on our site.


Do you enjoy playing a wind instrument? Want to join a local band? We are recruiting new members now.

Cadbury Wind Band was formed in 1983 and is currently conducted by David James, a well-known local musician and teacher. The band draws players from North Somerset and Bristol.

Through the year the band performs its popular and varied musical repertoire at many public venues in the locality, including Clevedon Bandstand, Grove Park Weston, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway and various local fetes and fairs.

The band is open to all ages and all abilities and we welcome new players in all sections without auditions.

For more information about joining the band please contact Michael Joce on 01275 792300, mobile 07958185086 or email

or just bring your instrument and a music stand along to Yatton Rugby Club, any school term, Tuesday evening from 7-9.15pm.

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