Clubs and Societies, September 27, 2012

PUBLISHED: 10:01 28 September 2012 | UPDATED: 10:01 28 September 2012

Wrington Vale Rotary Club

Wrington Vale Rotary Club


PARKINSON'S UK - Weston branch: With much regret, during the summer break, members heard of the sudden death of Dr Easton, who had recently taken over the Parkinson's Clinic at Weston Hospital. Dr Roberts will return for the interim period.

Members and friends enjoyed the skittles lunch and the trip to Jack’s Patch and Teignmouth in August and September and look forward to our annual lunch at The Beachlands to be held on Sunday.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday when Dr Roberts will give us an update on recent Parkinson’s research etc.

Regular coffee mornings continue – the next are on October 11 and November 15 at the Midlands Hotel on the seafront.

Come and join us - membership is only £4 per annum.

Telephone Ann Cherry on 01934 623743 for more information and to join in any of the events.

WESTON SOCIETY OF ARTS: On Wednesday there will be a slide presentation by Geraldine Marchand on ‘The changing silhouette, from Victorian to Edwardian’.

The meeting opens at 2pm at the Victoria Methodist church hall, Station Road, Weston.

THE WESTON AND MENDIP ADVANCED MOTORISTS: Members had a very interesting talk from Helen Schofield on what to do if our members came across an accident.

She was the nursing sister on the casualty ward at the Bath Royal United Hospital for some time.

As motorists we were told it was important how we approached an accident, making sure we were safe ourselves, to prioritise the casualties, make sure we sent a correct message to the emergency services and to do as little as we need to comfort and reassure any casualties.

As a group we would like to offer a free demonstration drive to anyone young or old, with a possible chance to go onto the Skills for Life package. For further information telephone 07020 934714 or 01934 517524.

UPHILL WI: On September 12 we were joined by Mark Walker who told us about his work with an organisation called Show Gardens for Charities.

Since 2005 Mark has been designing and, along with other volunteers, planting gardens mostly for hospices.

Since then he has entered into various shows winning bronze and silver medals.

Locally he works closely with Weston Hospicecare and Westhaven School; the latter growing many of the plants he uses.

Earlier this year he created a charity garden in Grove Park, which can be seen on the left by the cafe. Our next meeting will be on October 10 at 2.15pm in Uphill’s Victory Hall. Mike Littleton will give us a talk on Bristol Airport.

For further information about our WI please telephone 01934 633946.

WESTON BRASS: The band is currently preparing for a very special concert to be held at Victoria Methodist Church on October 27.

This will be a charity concert in aid of the Star Tribute Appeal (Bristol Children’s Hospital charity) in memory of Lydia Biddlecombe.

Tickets are available now.

The band is also preparing for its contest in Torquay on November 3. The musicians in the band are hoping that their current run of good form will continue, and that we can return once more with a silver cup, and a placing in the top three.

New members are always welcome in the band, and an instrument, uniform and tuition will be supplied. For more information visit our website www. or ring Gill on 01934 824461

RAFA CONCERT BAND - (BLAKEHAY RESIDENT BAND): The band is well into the rehearsals for our second Film Oscar Music Concert in the Blakehay on October 6, with special guests the Waves of Harmony Ladies Choir and tickets are on sale now.

Today (Thurs) an ensemble from the band will be playing at a wedding reception.

The band helps to raise the profile and funds for the RAF Association, other service and civilian charities around the Midlands, Wales and the South West through concerts and music support to events being held.

To achieve this we are continually looking for competent players on brass/woodwind and percussion. Visit our website or ring 01934 820205 for details.

Future engagements include: October 6 - Film Oscars Music Concert, Blakehay Theatre; November 7 - Poppy Appeal Field of Remembrance, Cardiff Castle.

WESTON FILM SOCIETY: Bus Stop (U) will be screened on October 9 at the Winter Gardens in the Clarence Suite. Starring Marilyn Monroe, this is the first film in the new Winter Garden’s season.

The film starts at 7.45pm – doors open at 7pm. There will be a raffle and refreshments are available.

Members £3 and £4.50 for non-members.

MARK FRIENDSHIP CLUB: It’s that time of year again when up and down the country harvest time is being celebrated and at Mark Friendship Club we certainly know how to celebrate.

Attendance was good as members arrived with their gifts of fruit, vegetables, home-made bread and cakes.

The chairman welcomed everyone including the Rev Christine Nelmes, who led us in a short service of thanksgiving with appropriate hymns played by Norman Bracey.

After the service the auction began with George Puddy and Peter Waller, ably assisted by Frank and Rebecca.

Bidding was brisk and very entertaining, and has no doubt raised a substantial amount of money. Everyone then enjoyed tea and cakes.

At our next meeting on October 4 we look forward to our annual visit from Peter Tinney.

CONGRESBURY OVER 60S CLUB: Members enjoyed a talk by their favourite garden expert Don Everitt whose wonderful slides encompassed the wide spectrum of spring bulbs which can be used to add colour to the garden from January onwards.

The wide variety of bulbs means that there is plenty of choice available for early colour from bulbs such as crocus, narcissi, daffodils, tulips, iris, hyacinths and small flowering anemones in blue, pink, white and red. After this most enjoyable talk members were able to purchase plants and bulbs and look forward to planting them for colour next year.

The club meets every other Tuesday at the War Memorial Hall from 2.30-4pm and on October 2 the entertainment will be provided by very popular entertainer Jimi Rizzo.

NHS RETIREMENT FELLOWSHIP – WESTON AND DISTRICT: The first meeting on October 3 is to be held at the Imperial Hotel from 11am-1pm.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to you if you have retired or are about to retire from the hospital, GP surgery, community, ambulance service and contracted work.

We are an active group of friendly forward thinking people and we hope to provide a varied and interesting monthly program for all its members.

WESTON RADIO SOCIETY: Member Steve Walrond gave an excellent talk on Buying and selling on eBay.

With so much equipment being traded through the internet the techniques and precautions were explained and members were able to see first hand how it all worked.

Steve planned his talk around three items he had previously put on the site and with his projected computer the completion of his sales was watched with avid interest.

Graham Jones and Mike Jones will be starting their constructors’ evening with simple oscillators and crystal sets this month.

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

CHEDDAR MALE CHOIR: Visitors to the Seedtime and Harvest Gathering on Sunday afternoon at Havyatt Farm, Langford, enjoyed a family occasion with activities to suit everyone.

Tractor and trailer rides to Lower Stock Farm for a nature trail and to Box Farm to see the milking parlour proved to be popular.

During the afternoon the Cheddar Male Choir gave a concert in a barn, this was an unusual venue for the choir and perhaps the first time one could hear the sound of cattle outside as the choir sang.

This was the first concert under the direction of new musical director, Fabian Huss, and was well received.

Following a pig roast and refreshments a packed thanksgiving service was led by the Rev Julie Letts.

The day was organised by the churches of Churchill and Langford, Banwell and Congresbury.

This proved to be a happy family occasion and proceeds will be divided amongst the churches and Water Aid.

WESTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The speaker at the first session of the autumn/winter season was Margaret Headen, a volunteer from Westonbirt Arboretum, who gave a most interesting talk emphasising there is interest in all seasons at the arboretum and not just the autumn that is absolutely spectacular.

Our next meeting is on October 11 at 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm, at St Peter’s church hall, Baytree Road.

The speaker will be Paul Gilmour of Cadbury Garden Centre who is returning by popular demand. The topic will be preparing for winter.

There will be a raffle and refreshments with admission free for members and £1 for visitors.

Our celebrity speaker this year is Toby Buckland who is a qualified horticulturist, TV broadcaster, author and a lifelong gardener known for his earthy, hands on style.

The meeting will be on November 8 at 7.30pm at St Peter’s church hall, Baytree Road. Admission is £7.50 for members and £8.50 for visitors.

Tickets are limited but there are still some available that can be obtained from the Trading Hut, Clarke’s Field allotments any weekend from 9.30am-12.30pm or from Cynthia Filer on 01934 514057.

WESTON GROUP OF FRIENDS: On September 13 at our dinner with our ladies we were entertained by fellow members to an evening of mystery and magic.

Our chairman Rod Still thanked the participants for their contribution to a very good evening. On September 14 a group of members, wives and guests had a four night break in Belgium making visits to Ostend, Bruge and Ghent. We were very lucky the sun shone for the whole time so that a good time was had by all.

WORLEWIND BAND: WorleWind Band joined forces with Spectrum Music (Devon) to visit France last weekend. The band played at three open air concerts - the market place in Morlaix; busking in the town square outside the old city in Concarneaux and then as part of the European celebrations in Roscoff.

The first overseas trip for the band has been a huge success and band members hope that it’s the first of many.

The weather was perfect and, unlike in the UK, the music was not blowing off the stands.

There is an opportunity to see the band a little closer to home this weekend as it will be at St Martin’s Church, Worle, on Saturday at 7.30pm.

For further information on the band visit the website

WESTON YOUTH ORCHESTRA: A packed audience at the Boulevard United Reformed Church enjoyed an exciting performance at its autumn concert.

The overture Poet and Peasant by Suppe showed the high standard of the young players and this was maintained throughout the evening.

A new programme for future concerts starts from tomorrow (Fri).

Anyone aged between eight and 20 years is welcomed for each of our orchestras on any instrument.

Rehearsals take place at the Boulevard United Reformed Church each Friday from 6-7pm and 7-9pm. Just turn up any Friday or contact Dennis Cole on 07787520230 for further information. Annual subs £30.

HEWISH AND DISTRICT WI: We enjoyed a musical comedy evening given by Tim Lewis with musical accompaniment at our recent meeting.

It was an amusing take on the story Around the World in 80 days set to familiar tunes old and new which, with some delightful cartoon style drawings, which helped illustrate the places visited on Phileas Fogg’s trip.

A number of members will be attending the annual meeting at the Winter Gardens.

A coffee morning in aid of Macmillan nurses will be held today (Thurs) at 12 Spring Hill - all members welcome.

Our next meeting will be members’ night which always involves a lovely buffet.

New members are always welcome at our meetings which are held on the third Thursday of the month in Hewish village hall starting at 7.30pm.

We are a very friendly group so why not come as a visitor to find out what the WI is about.

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