Clubs and Societies, September 19, 2013

PUBLISHED: 11:56 20 September 2013 | UPDATED: 11:56 20 September 2013

RAFA Concert Band

RAFA Concert Band



The branch meeting will be held on September 25 at 7.30pm at the RAFA Club, Alexandra Parade, Weston. All members welcome.


Six visitors and members were welcomed by the chairman.

Tickets were on sale for the Roman Way Group meeting, to be hosted by Locking, on November 1.

Three members still have special birthdays to come this year and a meal will be arranged in November for them.

Avon Federation Carol Service will be held on December 2, at St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol.

Names were taken for the Christmas meal, on December 16, at Worlebury Golf Club.

Once business was completed, Terry and Jenny Stevens, on behalf of the National Trust, gave a most informative talk on ‘Tyntesfield, past, present and future.”

Our meeting on October 8 will be the AGM and social evening.

For more information, contact Anthea Raines on 01934 820255.


Members welcomed Julie Andrews, freelance journalist, adventurer and wheelchair user to give a talk ‘Where to go wild in the West’.

Julie spoke about her life, the difficulties she has encountered since childhood and how her positive attitude has helped overcome life’s trials and achieve momentous things for charity. She also introduced to our members, local accessible activities for all.

It was sunny for an enjoyable outing down the Gloucester and Sharpness canal on the Willow Trust’s Spirit of Freedom 11 specially adapted boat for people with disabilities.

The Notable Club is a weekly, socially active lunchtime club for physically disabled people aged 16 to 60 years. Contact Dina on 07845 220349.


Following a great summer the band is now busy rehearsing some new pieces for the autumn season and the run up to Christmas.

There a feast of opportunities to hear the band over the coming months - confirmation of dates and venues to follow.

Our main Christmas concerts are on November 30 and December 7.

For more information on the band please see their website


We meet on the first and third Thursday at 10am at the Friends Meeting House.

Our next outing is to Dunster for a coffee and lunch stop and in the afternoon a tour around Exmoor.

At our meeting on October 3 we will be having a short talk by Age UK.

All serving and retired civil servants will be most welcome to join us for coffee and outings.

For more information please contact our chairman Alan on 01275 858766.


Dean St Clair will be entertaining us in the club this Saturday from 9pm - midnight with Bingo called at 10pm and the Bottle Draw shortly after. The balance for the Weymouth trip is due by Sunday please. Also those wishing to go to Bournemouth for Turkey and Tinsel (November 22-25) have until the end of September to get your names on the list and full payment made – only £134 per person.

Dates for your diary: October 5 the Bingo Extravaganza, now 10 games of Bingo and two flyers with one guaranteed at £150.

New Year’s Eve is not that far away and I am pleased to announce that Ravel has agreed to entertain us in the club.

We will be providing a full buffet for all members, their guests and IA card holders so please come along and see in 2014 with us. Any questions, please contact the secretary on 01934 621231.


Members would like to welcome any young musician aged 21 or under who is looking to join an orchestra - please come along to one of our rehearsals on Friday evenings. We meet every week at the Boulevard United Reformed Church in Weston and rehearse from 6-7pm (junior orchestra) and from 7-9pm (senior orchestra).

New members are welcomed all year round and membership costs just £30 per year, although if you decide to become a member before the end of September you won’t have to pay anything until next year. If you’d like to come along to one of our rehearsals please contact Dennis Cole on 07787 520230 or email us at

Further information about the orchestra and how to join can also be found at our website:


Club member Ray Burgess gave a fascinating talk on codes called ‘From Caesar to Enigma’. Starting with the systems used by the Romans he went through the ages to World War Two. His explanations of the Enigma coding machine used at Bletchley Park during the war were of great interest to radio amateurs and his research into this subject was much appreciated. The club is having a social gathering on Berrow beach on Sunday between 11am and 5pm where it is hoped to fly kite aerials for the portable station that will be erected.

The club holds its main meeting on the third Monday of the month but meets every Monday for a natter night at the social club. The club can be contacted at


The first meeting of the new season will be on Wednesday at 6.45 for 7.15pm at our usual meeting place, the small committee room upstairs in The Conservative Club, 24/26 Alexandra Parade, Weston. The subject for the meeting will be ‘A 10 sheet display by members with the title starting with V W X Y or Z’.

We meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Should you require any further information please ring Graham on 01934 622318 - new members and visitors will be made welcome.


Come to our coffee morning at the Crossroads Carers Centre in Graham Road, Weston, behind Tesco at 10.15am-noon on September 26.

Welcome to all our members old and new. Drop in for a cup of coffee or tea and a chat – enquiries to Tony Apperley on 01934 625973.


Members start their new season on Tuesday reviewing the pictures taken by members during the summer.

They are also reviewing images for the Kingworth Salver and the exhibition coming up at the Bleadon church in November.

Why not join us for an interesting evening at the Coronation Hall, Bleadon? New members are always welcome, please visit the website. or contact Carol Wilson on 01934 628070.


Weston Civic Society awards for 2012 will be presented on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Old Town Quarry. Refreshments will be provided from 7pm and members past and present will be welcome to attend. The society will also be celebrating its 40th Anniversary on this occasion.


An exceptionally busy week for the musicians of the band; Piazza Concert, Filton; Battle of Britain Anniversary Dinner at Ashton Court Mansion then off to the Somerset Tattoo, held on Taunton Race Course. All well received by the audiences and guests attending these engagements.

Rehearsals have been taking place for the forthcoming Music from the Movies Concert on October 5 in the Blakehay Theatre. Tickets on sale now or book online from the box office. Guests on the night are Waves of Harmony Ladies Choir; we hope to see you there. We are still looking for players on brass, woodwind and tuned percussion. Please visit our website or ring 01934 820205 for details.

Future 2013 engagements include: October 5 - Film Music Concert, Blakehay Theatre; October 19 - Anniversary Dinner in the Winter Gardens, Weston; November 3 - Festival of Remembrance, Colston Hall, Bristol.


Our next meeting will be held at 7pm on Thursday at Weston Football Club,

Winterstoke Road.

Our guest demonstrator will be Tich Renee who will be turning wooden fruits and vegetables.

Non members are welcome at our friendly club so if this activity is of any interest to you just turn up on the night.


Probus Milton was rolling in the aisles at the recent meeting when Peter Tinney recounted his largely Second World War school days.

At the next meeting Ian Frazer will speak on the work of the Weston Foodbank team. You can join our friendly group each second and fourth Thursday at 10am by phoning David Arnold on 01934 626270 or at or email


Following what can only be described as a very successful September to date, the choir now moves forward its annual concert on September 28 at Clarence Park Baptist Church when they will be joined by the well known Welsh choir, Beaufort Male Choir. This choir has an impressive track record winning numerous major singing competitions, including the famous National Eisteddfod, in its book of achievements.

Each choir will sing several pieces from their own repertoire before joining forces for joint items. These are certain to be very popular pieces to be enjoyed by both young and old and include some from the shows, songs made famous by well known singers and rousing popular choral pieces.

The concert commences at 7.30pm with the tickets being priced at £8 each. These can be obtained from Dorothy Howkins Fashion, 21 Whitecross Road, Diva’s Hair Stylists at 41 Whitecross Road, Deane’s of Cheddar or pay on the door. For those who enjoy male choirs, this really is a concert not to be missed.

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