clubs and Societies, September 5, 2013

PUBLISHED: 09:35 06 September 2013 | UPDATED: 09:35 06 September 2013




ARTHRITIS CARE WESTON BRANCH: Our next social meeting will be at St Saviour's Hall, Locking Road, on Monday at 2pm.

The entertainer will be Denver. Why not join us – whether you have arthritis or not?

Our day outing will be to Exmoor on September 16.

Please note the branch annual meeting will be on November 11.

Arthritis Care exists to help advise and support all people with arthritis.

Arthritis Care helpline services available on 0808 800 4050 – 10am-4pm Monday-Friday.

For further details telephone Sandy on 01934 622808 or 07803 746323.

RAFA CONCERT BAND (BLAKEHAY RESIDENT BAND): Rehearsals commenced again last Monday with a final run through for our Music in the Air Concert on Saturday in the Blakehay Theatre, Wadham Street.

Tickets on sale now or book online from the box office.

This is the start of a busy month for the band. 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: Saturday - Music in the Air Concert, Blakehay; Wednesday - Lunchtime concert, Bristol; September 12 - Formal dinner, Bristol; September 14 - Somerset Military Tattoo, Race Course, Taunton; October 5 - Film Music Concert, Blakehay.

CONGRESBURY EVENING WI: Come to visit us in September and pay £3.

Become a member in October, and you will be paying for 12 months but will have membership for 15 months.

We meet in the Methodist Hall on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.45pm.

In addition to our monthly meetings we arrange outings, theatre visits and social occasions with neighbouring WIs. We are part of the County 
Federation which provides additional opportunities for visits, outings and many short courses. Don’t be shy, give us a try. Bring a friend or neighbour along.

The speaker at the September meeting will be Heather Saxby ‘Travelling twixt The Galapagos Islands and Barbados’.

WESTON BREATHE EASY: This is a local part of the British Lung Foundation.

We are a self help group for anyone with a 
respiratory condition.

Our meetings are now held at Weston Cricket Club, Windwhistle Lane, on the third Wednesday of each month at 2pm.

Our next meeting is on September 18, when our speaker will be the chairperson of Health Watch, 
Georgie Biggs. There will also be a light exercise session with Norma. Anyone with an interest will be welcome – please contact Ann on 01934 251380 or Nick on 01275 873322.

WESTON BRASS: Playing at the Hutton Festival is always a special event in the calendar for Weston Brass, but this year, playing in front of a record crowd was something special.

The audience really played its part in the Last Night of the Proms tradition, and with wonderful 
contributions by guest singers Zoe Maitland, Lucy Taylor and Ellie Hill, and band soloists Greg Lovell and Mark Smith, the whole event is one that will be remembered by both audience and band for a long time.

Next week sees the band playing another ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert this time in Weston Quarry.

The band is always keen to welcome new 
members to both the learner and senior bands, and would encourage anyone keen to join this friendly traditional brass band, or who would just like more information on the band, to visit our website or ring Gilly on 01934 824461.

WESTON YOUTH ORCHESTRA: This orchestra has been running since 1958 and offers young musicians from Weston and the surrounding area the chance to play their instrument as part of an orchestra within a social atmosphere.

Over the years the orchestra has built up an 
impressive library of music and members can expect to play anything from Mozart to John Williams.

If you are a young musician aged 21 or under and would like to join us please contact our 
conductor, Dennis Cole, on 01934 623787 or 07787 520230. Please also visit our website at where you can find out more about us, view our concert diary and listen to samples from our recent performances.

Members will be holding their meetings at our new venue, The Windsor Castle, Upper Bristol Road, Milton, Weston, from 8.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month.

The next meeting is this coming Tuesday.

The society 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.

For further information about the meetings or the model shows, please telephone Fred Tooke on 01934 416798 or email

HISTORY SOCIETY: Vince Russett, North Somerset 
archaeologist, will give his talk ‘Victorines and 
Victorians: the making and breaking of Woodspring Priory’ on this coming Tuesday at 7.30pm.

We meet at the Victoria Methodist Church Hall, 
Station Road, Weston, BS23 1XU.

This is the first meeting of the 2013/2014 

If you are interested in archaeology and natural 
history, local and farther afield, do come and join us.

Our complete year’s programme and other 
interesting articles can be seen on our website

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

WESTON CONSERVATIVE CLUB: Kathy Jayne will be entertaining us in the club this Saturday Night from 9pm to midnight with Bingo called at 10pm and the New Bottle Draw.

The restaurant is open six days a week again.

The Weymouth trip is up, all those wishing to go must put your names on the list in the foyer with your deposit, no deposit, no seat. Balance is due by September 22. Dates for your diary: October 5 - The Bingo Extravaganza, six games of Bingo and two 
flyers with one guaranteed at least £100.

All members, their guests and IA card holders are welcome so please come along and support your club. Any questions, please contact the secretary on 01934 621231.

SOMERSET PROSTATE SUPPORT ASSOCIATION (SPSA): Members received a boost this week when 
villagers from Oakford on Exmoor raised £400 towards the coming PSA Blood Test Clinic to be held in the Winter Gardens Weston.

The picture shows SPSA receiving the donation, with Bernard Burrows, Brian Smart (for SPSA), Joy Fisher, Connie Brown and Brenda Burrows.

SPSA will be running a free, walk-in, prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test clinic for men in the Winter Gardens, Weston, on Saturday between 10am and noon. There will be a talk about the PSA test by Consultant Urologist Dr David Baxter-Smith and we have a number of professional phlebotomists who are volunteering to carry out the blood tests. We need an idea of the numbers attending to ensure we order sufficient test kits, so we need men to telephone us and say if they will be coming. Our telephone numbers are 01823 272184, 01934 713012 and 01934 842513.

The Graham Fulford Charitable Trust will be doing the testing and it has found over 560 cancers to date in 29,000 tests. If prostate cancer is detected early enough it can be treated effectively.

Sadly, in many cases it is detected too late. Many men are not tested because of ignorance or a ‘head-in-the-sand’ attitude.

Our aim is to raise awareness of this disease, how it can be tackled, and save lives in the process.

WORLEWIND BAND: Despite the windy 
conditions on Sunday afternoon the WorleWind Band attracted a large audience in Grove Park and entertained the crowd with a great selection of music.

Musical director Julia Ractliffe said: “The windy conditions took us a little by surprise this weekend, the musicians had to take extra precautions to stop their music from blowing all around the park. We did warn the audience and ask it to be on standby to start running after it for us!”

The programme contained a wide selection of music from chart hits to show tunes, a little light jazz and a couple of old TV theme tunes.

The audience was one of the largest the band has seen at the park and it was not disappointed.

For more information on the band please visit

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