Clubs and Societies, October 8, 2015

PUBLISHED: 10:58 09 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:58 09 October 2015





The next meeting will be on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. This is our 50th birthday and annual meeting. The Rainbow Singers will be there to entertain us followed by cake and bubbly and then on to the business of the evening. Any ladies wishing to join the committee please contact Carol on 07778 452435.


Weston Rotarians and ladies of Inner Wheel were in action over the weekend stewarding the Weston super Food Festival in the Town Square and Winter Gardens. The weather was superb, the crowds flocked in, and the festival was highly successful with an amazing variety of food on offer. We were also raising money for the Salvation Army food parcel scheme with our newly designed and constructed coconut shy which proved a great hit and made around £400 over the two days.

For more information about Rotary activities and membership see and or telephone secretary Bernard Land 07970 184301.


The club had a very successful charity auction in September. Local people were very generous with donations of many saleable items and others came along to bid for a bargain. The Railway Inn in Yatton was also very supportive in continuing to provide the hall for the auction. Around £1,400 was taken, which, after some limited expenses, will be used to fund club community projects.


Weston Breathe Easy is a friendly self-help group for anyone with a lung condition and is part of the British Lung Foundation.

We meet at the cricket club in Windwhistle Lane on the third Wednesday of each month at 2pm. The next meeting will be on October 21.

The speaker will be senior pharmacist Allister Rutherford who in addition to advising the group on their medication will discuss how the products are made and what they contain. Anyone with an interest will be made welcome and for further information contact Ann on 01934 251380 or Nick on 01275 873322.

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.


Unfortunately we are now booking for our last outing of the year, this will be to Swansea on November 10. We hope many of you will come along and have an enjoyable day. As a club we meet twice a month on the first and third Thursday at 10am at the Friends Meeting House. All retired and serving civil servants are most welcome and if seats are available on the coach trip, please bring along your friends. Advance notice that our annual meeting is on November 5. For further details please contact Margaret on 01934 514309.


Weston made a fine start to the season with wins in both division one and division three of the Somerset leagues.

In division one at home to Frome wins by Maciej Blosinski, Chris Strong and Stuart Iles together with draws by Peter Chaplin, D Peters and Mike Townsend resulted in a 4.5-1.5 victory.

In division three at Taunton there were wins for Mike Cooper and David Wood. A draw by David Gough on top board was enough to secure victory against Taunton Bishops by 2.5 -1.5. The remaining game on board two ended in a loss for the Weston player faced with a lone pawn against a knight and four pawns.


On Monday at 10.30am there will be a presentation by Mike Carthy on the fire service at Winscombe Community Centre.


The next concert is on October 17 at Burtle Village Hall. There will be a selection of lively tunes on offer culminating in a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ set with plenty of opportunity for singing and flag waving. Tickets, which are selling fast, 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 musical director, Julia Ractliffe, on 01934 517719.


The society opened the first meeting of the new programme with a visit from an old friend from Ireland, John Baverstock, who gave a most excellent presentation on the postal history of Ireland. This was followed by a 10 sheet display by the members present.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, when Philip will enthral us with a display of British Colonials in Africa up to independence.

We meet in the small meeting room upstairs in the Conservative Club, Alexandra Parade on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 6.45 for 7.15pm. New members or visitors with an interest in stamp collecting will be made welcome.

Should you require any further information please contact Graham on 01934 622318.


The group had its first competition of the season. David Pratt was the guest judge who is a professional photographer working with a wide range of clients. He accepted the challenge to step in to judge and comment on the members submissions for the evening.

Results were as follows: General Digital Images: 1st ‘Hay There’- Ben Nicholas; 2nd ‘Good Night Bristol’ and 3rd ‘Bristol Temple Meads - Henry Harrison.

Advanced Digital Images: 1st ‘Frame in a Frame’ and 2nd ‘Birnbeck Pier’ - Simon Walford; 3rd ‘Mating Glasswings’ - Gillian Taylor. General Prints: 1st ‘Keukenhoff Gardens in spring time’ - Tony Gilbert; 2nd ‘Housefly’ - Graham Brown; 3rd ‘Butterfly’- John Warren. Advanced Prints: 1st ‘Edwardian Style’ and 2nd ‘Love in the Mist’ - Clifford Brown and 3rd ‘Exercise in Colour’ - Vince Price.

We are a friendly group of all abilities, with interests in all aspects and techniques of photography. For information visit


Members enjoyed a barbeque in fine weather and the following week a pub lunch at the Summerhouse, Worle. Jean Routley was welcomed to entertain with ‘Musical Memories’. This was both enjoyable and nostalgic with piano music from the 1930s to recent years.

Helen Jeffrey was welcomed to give a presentation on the Clifton Suspension Bridge. This was an interesting and informative presentation of the bridge’s history including locations, building costs, different designs, comparing with other bridges. Helen also spoke about the new visitor centre at the bridge.

The Notable Club is a weekly, socially active lunchtime club for physically disabled people aged 16 to 60 years. Contact Dina on 07845220349 for further information.


At our last meeting, Nigel Turner presented a talk entitled, ‘The Dambusters Raid’.

Along with a visual slide show, an in depth account of the raid, using the technology of the day, was presented from the inventions through to the consequences.

Our next meeting is on October 15 and will feature, the Isle of Scilly by Pat Lomasney.

New members are always welcome to join us at our new venue at Worlebury Golf Club.

We have a varied programme of talks and outings arranged for the year.

If anyone is interested or would like further information, telephone 01934 514857 or visit


The Music from the Movies concert was well attended by an appreciative audience. Members from Strike A Chord Male Choir (Rick Bowers) were our guests for the evening and the mayor and mayoress of Weston also supported this event. 2016 is developing into another special year with 10 engagements confirmed or under negotiations. Not bad for a 35 piece band. Enquiries for bands support continue to arrive along with new players. If you would like to know more about the band or

perhaps how to join, please visit or call 01934 820205

Future engagements include: October 28– ensemble, anniversary buffet in Weymouth;

October 29 - poppy launch – Bristol Airport; November 11 - Armistice Day concert.


Member Pat Gehler, entertained us with memories of special musical performances which she has attended during her fascinating and busy life. Starting with an early age recollection of Peruvian singer Yma Sumac, she has seen and met Tito Gobbi, Nana Mouskouri, heard great performances of Montserrat Caballe, Menhuin, Schwarzkopf and in the 1980s was among a few people at a concert in Blenheim Palace attended by the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough.

The next meeting of the society is on Wednesday in St Jude’s Hall, St Peter’s Church, Baytree Road at 7.30pm when Tony Stavacre, a former TV music producer will give a talk entitled ‘Music for the Eyes’.

For further information please contact 01934 814752.


The Somerset Singers are busy rehearsing for their next concert which will be on November 28 in St Cuthbert’s Church, Wells at 7.30pm. The programme is George Frideric Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus which recounts the story of the military leader Judas who regains the temple in Jerusalem for the Jews.

The Somerset Singers will be conducted by our musical director Jonathan Vaughn with the Lochrian Ensemble, leader Catherine Black and soloists Siona Stockel (Soprano), Rachael Cox (Mezzo-Soprano), Ruari Bowen (Tenor) and Craig Bissex (Bass).

Tickets cost £12 in advance from Wells Tourist Information Office or 01934 842353 but £14 if purchased on the door; alternatively visit


Join us on October 18 at 5pm for an enjoyable evening of orchestral music performed by both our junior and senior orchestras. We rehearse throughout the year and perform concerts at a variety of local venues in Weston and the surrounding area including the Boulevard United Reformed Church which has now been the orchestra’s home for a number of years.

We continually welcome new members from a number of different schools and colleges, so if you are a young musician aged 21 or under and would like to join an orchestra please get in touch. Visit to view our full concert diary, past programmes and for more information about the orchestra.


A successful social evening with a fun game of skittles to keep the evening moving was held on September 30 and raised more than £80 which goes into our fund to distribute to charities at the end of the financial year.

Due to an unusual set of circumstances Mr Peter Douras has stepped up as acting governor and ably supported by his wife Joan. The first major event will be a ‘Gov at Home’ on October 18. All members are welcome but please telephone 01934 814042.


The talk on Tuesday is ‘Otters on the doorstep’ by Gill Brown of YACWAG.

We meet at the Victoria Methodist Church Hall and the meeting start at 7.30pm.

If you are interested in archaeology and natural history, local and farther afield, come and join us. Our complete year’s programme and other interesting articles can be seen by visiting

New members and visitors are very welcome. Visitors are £2.50.


After a very busy few months of celebrating 100 years of the WI in England and Wales and 40 years of the WI in the Avon Federation we are all ready to settle down and enjoy a winter of entertaining speakers.

On Wednesday at 7.45pm our subject is ‘Fungi in fact and fiction’.

We have a ‘fun guy’ giving the talk and we hope there won’t be ‘mushroom’ left in the hall! So come along and fill those seats. We meet in the Methodist Hall, visitors are most welcome, and a charge of £3 covers tea\coffee and biscuits. Please come along to get to know us, especially if you are new to the village.


If you are a member of the National Trust why not think about joining the local association which is here in Weston, to promote the work of the trust, with afternoon and evening lectures, outings, lunches, and holidays as well as fundraising.

We look forward to Raye Green’s talk on Worle’s listed buildings on October 16 at 7.15pm in Corpus Christi Church Hall. Our chairman, David Bowring will present ‘Neptune Coastal Project 15th Anniversary’ on November 5 at 2.15pm. The association has donated £2,500 to the coast project specifically for the traditional Somerset area.

‘Progress and discovery at Tyntesfield’ is the title of Terry Stevens’ talk on November 20 at 7.15pm.

Ann Holtham has organised a holiday in Lincolnshire, based in Grantham from April 24 to April 29, 2016. For further details contact 01275 875877. Our autumn lunch is again at Weston Golf Club on November 1 at 12.30 for 1pm and promises to be well attended.


The club of Mendip held an extremely successful coffee morning in Church House, Cheddar in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research. The total sum raised was £501.50 which exceeded all expectations. On a beautiful morning our customers enjoyed a variety of homemade cakes and coffee and at the same time were able to participate in a raffle and browse on the second hand book stall. Some visitors were even lucky enough to be able to buy more cakes to take home with them.

The club will be arranging more events in the new year so do watch out for publicity nearer the time for a cheese and wine evening with entertainment on February 13 in Cheddar Caves and a fashion show on April 20 to be held in Wedmore Village Hall.

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