Clubs and Societies, September 22, 2011

PUBLISHED: 09:50 23 September 2011 | UPDATED: 09:50 23 September 2011




WESTON ROTARY CLUB: Twenty club members and guests competed in the annual golf competition, this year held at Tall Pines Golf Club.

A nine-hole warm up in the morning was won by guest Matthew Simmonds.

After a sandwich lunch the main event got started in fine weather, five teams of four competed for the team and individual prizes including the Rotary Trophy, which went to the best Rotarian score and was won by James Robertson who has the honour of organising next years event.

The prizes were presented by the organisers, Rotarian John Scott and Rotarian Roy Schubert at the evening meal in the club house.

For more information about Rotary please see

RAF ASSOCIATION (RAFA): The Weston branch/club commemorated and celebrated the anniversary of the Battle of Britain by holding a formal dinner attended by over 50 members and guests who, after a delicious meal, were entertained by ‘Chantel’ serenading us with songs of the forties as well as more up-to-date popular numbers – all beautifully presented.

Saturday saw some of our members, supported by boys and girls of 290 Squadron, out in Weston 
collecting for our Wings Appeal charity – many thanks to all who helped us raise a considerable amount throughout the day.

The commemoration service at St John’s Parish Church on Sunday, officiated over by the Rev Richard Taylor, was very well supported and attended by the Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr and Mrs Cyril King.

On Saturday we have one of our popular Quiz Nights with John and Ted as quizmasters and next 
Wednesday we are hosting a visit by members of Exmouth Branch.

Full details of our future programme of events are available at the club or can be seen on our website

WESTON MUSIC APPRECIATION SOCIETY: The new season begins on September 28 when the speaker will be the composer and lecturer Professor John Pickard.

His subject is Wagner and Bayreuth and the meeting is in St Jude’s Hall, St Peter’s Church, Baytree Road, at 7.15pm for a 7.30 start.

All are welcome and further details can be obtained from the secretary on 01934 814752.

INNER WHEEL CLUB OF WRINGTON VALE: President Pauline opened the meeting by welcoming members back after the summer break.

She reported on the August club outing to Holt Farm and gardens, which members had thoroughly enjoyed.

The club also discussed the details for the annual Ploughman’s Lunch to be held be at St James’ Hall Winscombe today (Thurs), the proceeds of this will be used to fund the Young Carers weekend in May next year.

Overseas Service Representative Jennifer advised members of a lunch in November from which proceeds will be donated to the Rotary Jaipur Limb Project, more details for this will be available at the next meeting.

The speaker for the evening was Steve Egginton who gave a fascinating talk on his life in journalism from working in newspapers and later on television production.

He also spoke on setting up the Mendip Times, its growth over the years and plans for the future.

THE NOTABLE CLUB: Volunteer David Elsey gave an enjoyable power point presentation of his 
observations and experiences touring five countries, Columbia, Venezuela, Guyana, French Guyana and Suriname in Northern South America.

Each country has something of interest whether it be a way of life or location especially the Angel Water Fall in Venezuela which David will never forget.

The following week 27 members enjoyed in 
glorious sunshine a Sharpness Canal cruise aboard the Willow Trust’s Leonard Matchin boat for children and adults with disabilities based at Saul junction.

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.

WESTON SCRABBLE CLUB: Brenda Wall heads the new committee and spoke warmly of the past year’s meetings and looked forward to the coming year.

Prizes were distributed by Kevin Morris and the evening concluded with a wine and cheese supper and a game of Scrabble. New members are always welcome on Tuesdays at 7pm.

WESTON OSTEOPOROSIS SUPPORT GROUP: The group listened to a talk by occupational therapist Jodie Birchall.

Jodie, who is also Tlelecare Project Manager, talked to us about falls, the consequence of them and the prevention of them.

It was a talk packed full of interesting and useful facts, delivered very clearly and with humour.

After the members had plied Jodie with questions, she gave us all hand-outs containing helpful names and telephone numbers.

Anyone sustaining a fall could contact North 
Somerset PCT Falls Prevention and Management Service on 01275 546579.

NFOP BRANCH 341: All members are welcome to our coffee morning on September 29 at 10.30am at The Carers Centre in Graham Road. Come along and have a natter and a cup of coffee with old friends and colleagues.

Occupational pensioners are welcome to join, just call Tony Apperley on 01934 625973.

WESTON BRASS: Following the successful ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert for Hutton Horticultural Society, Weston Brass members can look forward to the concluding concert of the summer season.

Held in Grove Park on Sunday it will be part of the National Brass Band Marathon.

This annual event involves hundreds of brass bands all over the country, doing what they do best, giving concerts in their local bandstands entertaining many people.

With the summer season almost over its time to concentrate on the contest in Torquay in November.

Steve Sykes will conduct a brass workshop for the band on October 29, giving tips and advice to players.

To keep up-to-date with the band visitor our 

WORLE LIONS CLUB: The club has a successful Fun Day in August raising almost £3,000 to help local causes.

Many thanks to everyone who came along to 
support us and other charities on the day.

On September 2 a ‘Meet the Lions’ evening was held and September 10 saw us assisting the local Alzheimer’s Society by marshalling their walk along Weston seafront.

If you are interested in learning more about Worle Lions Club please ring 0845 833 9862 or visit

Worle Lions in partnership with Vision North 
Somerset is holding a 50/60s Dance at Weston 
Football Club, Winterstoke Road on October 21.

Tickets cost £5 which will include a Ploughman’s Supper and are available from Worle Lions Club on 0845 833 9862. Fancy Dress is optional.

MARK FRIENDSHIP CLUB: Gerry Davies welcomed everyone at the Harvest meeting.

After the business there was a short service of thanksgiving.

Prayers were said for absent members, including the chairman Arthur Hill. Brian Ducker was 
introduced and agreed to auction all the produce which members had donated.

The last outing of the year will be on October 13 to the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean and on October 6 look forward to the annual visit from Peter Tinney – one not to be missed.

ALL SAINTS CONCERTS: The autumn season begins with a concert tonight (Thurs) at 7.45pm.

St Petersburg Blagovest Ensemble returns for a concert of stunning Russian music – orthodox and folk as part of their UK tour.

Tickets are available from the Heritage Café priced £7 or on the door at £8, students £3.

Award winning Miscellany singers in concert on Saturday at 7.30pm.

Tickets from the Heritage Café priced £6, or on the door at £7, students £3.

Weston Light Orchestra on October 15 at midday and North Somerset Community Brass on October 21 at 7.30pm and Bristol Ensemble – Roger Huckle director on October 22 at 7.30pm.

HEWISH AND DISTRICT WI: There was plenty to discuss at the start of the evening, due to the summer break.

Beryl has a list for anyone interested in a visit to the theatre, names should be added as soon as possible.

The group meeting on October 21 in St James’ Hall, Winscombe, is £5 per ticket.

The speaker is Ian Fergusson – the local Points West weather man.

Please see the News Letter for the October and November walks.

There will be a coffee morning in aid of the 
Macmillan Nurses which will be held at Daphne’s home on September 28 10-12.30am.

Mr Chris Cudlip was once again our speaker for the evening.

This time he spoke about his cruise on the QE2 liner just before it went out of commission.

He had some beautiful slides to show us, with a few of his amusing stories included throughout the talk.

We meet every third Thursday in Hewish Village Hall and next month’s meeting will be our Member’s Night.

WESTON CHESS CLUB: The annual lightning 
tournament will be held on September 29 at Victoria Bowling Club, Albert Quadrant starting at 7.30pm.

With only 10 seconds allowed for thought between moves play is fast and furious.

Even the best players can make mistakes at this speed and lesser players can often benefit provided that their own mistakes go un-noticed!

With the Somerset Leagues starting shortly new members will always be welcome to come along and join in before the serious chess begins.

RAFA CONCERT BAND – (The Blakehay Resident Band): A 10 piece played at The Battle of Britain Sunset and Dinner in Wiltshire last Thursday.

The VIPs and guests applauded every piece played and gave us a three minute ovation when we had 

An 18 piece band travelled to Wolverhampton for a Battle of Britain service and parade.

The weather was not kind to us however with a 
little ingenuity displayed by some of the band 
members we managed to re-position in the RAFA area display vehicle.

The search for competent players on brass and woodwind continues especially on oboe and 
trombone, gives us a call if you are interested.

Engagements coming up include: September 23 - RAFA concert and Mandy Starr, Tacchi Morris, Taunton - 7.30pm. October 8- A Night at The Oscars concert, Blakehay, (7.30pm). October 15 - RAFA concert and Two Welsh Choirs, Barry Comprehensive School, Barry 7.30pm.

Visit our website on or call 01934 820205 for further details.

LIONS CLUB OF WESTON: Members would like to thank all those who supported our fourth Real Ale and Cider Festival, held on Beach Lawns.

With so many brilliant businesses sponsoring the event, and so many wonderful people attending, everyone had a great time and we made a profit of over £14,000.

Through all your efforts we are able to give Weston Hospicecare £5,000, and the RNLI (Weston branch) £5,000.

The balance will be used to support all the, principally, local causes which ask for our help.

Each year the Lions raise and donate about £35,000.

We would not be able to do all this without all your help.

We are planning for an even bigger and better Real Ale Festival for next year, dates still to be decided, but discussions already under way. We would be glad to hear from anyone with ideas and suggestions for this event; please contact any Lions Club member or through our website.

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