Clubs and Societies, October 6, 2016

PUBLISHED: 13:47 07 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:47 07 October 2016




Wrington Inner Wheel

The club held its annual ploughman’s lunch and after, a delicious meal a raffle was drawn.

Thanks to the generosity of the guests more than £450 was raised, which will go towards a weekend away for Young Carers from Weston.

This eagerly-awaited event is a joint venture held each year with the Wrington Vale Rotary.

Weston Horticultural Society

The next meeting will be on October 13 at St Peter’s Church Hall at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Gilly Hayward who will give a talk entitled Growing Into Moor Plants. Admission is free for members and £1 for visitors.

Tickets are on sale for the talk by the well-known TV gardener Christine Walkden on November 10 at St Peter’s Church Hall at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available at the meeting, from The Trading Hut, Clarke’s Field Allotments, any weekend from 9.30am to noon, or from Cynthia Filer on 01934 514057. Admission is £8.50 for members and £9.50 for visitors.

Weston and District National Trust Association

Today (Thursday) at 2.15pm Christine Brain, head gardener, will give a talk on the gardens and history of Barrington Court.

The speakers on October 21 at 7.15pm will be Colin Thomas and Anita Townsend with a talk on Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

This year’s autumn lunch will be held at The Commodore Hotel on November 6 at 12.30 for 1pm. Contact, including SAE for reply, is Mrs R Wiltshire, 29 Uphill Road North, Weston, BS23 4NG.

Following our donations to the National Trust’s Dyrham Park, near Bath, a group was invited to see the Building Dyrham exhibition and met Sarah Jones, senior gardener. She explained plans to re-instate some of William Blathwayt’s 17th century terraces and long borders.

While there, we were able to see a large oil painting by Albert Eeckhout (c1610) which has been cleaned and conserved using a legacy from Mary Faull, an active member of this association for many years. Her solicitor took advice from chairman David Bowring on how this legacy could be used, and he was aware she had been a regular visitor to Dyrham Park and so it seemed a fitting choice. Visitors can now admire this work.

RAFA Concert Band

Monday will be the start of rehearsals for our latest engagements.

There are a few vacancies for competent players including a percussionist. If you would like to be a part of the concert band please visit or call 01934 820205.

Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA)

A joint charity quiz night raised £212 which was split between the mayor’s charities and the Wings Appeal. Everyone had an enjoyable night with lots of debate as to the right answers.

We have an Italian supper night on Saturday and a movie night on October 15. Come to one of our coffee mornings on Wednesdays at Eagle House and get your name down for some of our regular social events.

SSAFA have a representative at the club on a Wednesday at 10.30am until noon.

WorleWind Band

Two weekends, two concerts, two different programmes of well-known popular music.

The first will be at St Martin’s Church in Worle on Saturday, with tickets available from the parish office on 01934 515922 or on the door. The second is at Coronation Halls in Bleadon on October 15. Tickets are available from Bleadon farm shop or the band. Concerts start at 7.30pm and include refreshments.

For details about the band and its activities, visit or call Julia Ractliffe on 01934 517719.

Weston Masonic Lodge

The Lodge held an installation ceremony in which the current master, worshipful brother David Pettitt, handed over to new master, worshipful brother Tom Jacobs.

The ceremony is held every year during the September meeting. Tom will be raising funds during his year in office for the Children’s Hospice South West and Masonic charities.

Tivoli Lodge meets on Saturday mornings, four times a year and in May 2016 celebrated its 100th meeting.

Winscombe Probus

The club for retired or semi-retired people meets at Winscombe Community Centre on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, except bank holidays, at 10.15am for refreshments and a social chat.

New members are welcome; for further details call Keith on 01934 842776.

On Monday Nick Wray will talk on Darwin the botanist and his travels aboard the Beagle.

We have a regular programme of presentations; call Alan on 01934 782505 for details.

Weston Youth Orchestra

The next concert will be on Saturday at 7.30pm at St Paul’s Church, Weston.

The junior and senior orchestra will perform a varied and enjoyable programme which will also features solo items.

Visit for more information.

Weston Music Appreciation Society

The new season started with Jude Forth’s talk – if music be the food of love – in which she followed the progressive changes in music as applied to Shakespeare’s plays.

From 1594 onwards, minstrels initially sang the songs until they were accompanied by shawls, viols, trumpets and lutes.

Film music in the 20th century has full orchestral backing to set the scene for Shakespeare’s love stories or battle scenes with composers like Finzi and Walton writing the scores.

On Wednesday society member Pat Gehler’s talk will be on Vienna horns and more at 7.30pm in St Jude’s Hall, St Peters Church.

For further information call the secretary on 01934 814752.

North Somerset Modellers Society

The society holds its meetings at The Windsor Castle, Weston from 8.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month.

It also holds an all-day model-in at The Helicopter Museum one Sunday each month, which is proving increasingly popular. All modellers are welcome to either meeting, regardless of age, experience or area of model-making interest.

The club would also like to congratulate one of its junior members, Matthew Wheeler, achieving his Duke of Edinburgh Gold award, presented to him at St James’s Palace.

For further information about meetings or the model shows call Fred Tooke on 01934 416798 or email

Wrington Vale Rotary Club

The club welcomed Brian Saunders to its meeting. Brian was wearing a medal awarded to him by the National Operatic and Dramatic Association for his 60 years of service to musical theatre.

Although Brian began his musical career as a young tenor he later became a master of theatrical props. It was about this part of his life that he entertained us with stories of technical challenges and apparently impossible demands made by directors, many accustomed to West End budgets, to provide the cast with realistic effects.

Brian filled two tables with exhibits and it was impressive to see the ingenuity applied and especially in making injuries realistic.

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