Clubs & Societies, January 10, 2013

PUBLISHED: 14:03 11 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:03 11 January 2013

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RAFA CONCERT BAND (BLAKEHAY RESIDENT BAND): A happy new year to all of our many supporters not only in and around Weston but also across our area of Wales, the Midlands and South West. Our musical director, Pete Skellon (pictured), was awarded the BEM in the New Year’s Honours List.

He said he felt very honoured to receive this award and he owes a lot to the support of his wife Pauline and friends both in and out of the band.

Visit our website www.rafaswconcertband.org.uk or ring 01934 820205 for details.

Future engagements include: February 23 - concert, Thornbury; March 10 - RAFA AGM, Torquay; March 21 - Ensemble, dinner Marriott Hotel; April 27 - Concert Wind Band Workshop, Blakehay Theatre.

U3A: The club’s lecture will be at St Paul’s Church Hall, in Walliscote Road, tomorrow (Fri) at 2.15pm.

Entitled ‘Elf ‘n’ safety, myth or fact’ by Roy Ackrill the cost will be £1.50 to include refreshments. All are welcome.

BREATHE EASY WESTON: This is a self-help group for anyone with a lung condition. We are part of the British Lung Foundation.

We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at Hutton Village Hall at 2pm.

Our next meeting will be on Wesdnesday when our speaker will be respiratory consultant Dr Srivastava, from Weston General Hospital.

Anyone with an interest will be welcome.

Further details contact Ann on 01934 513874 or Nick on 01275 873322.

UNISON NORTH SOMERSET BRANCH RETIRED MEMBERS SECTION: Members were enthralled by the talk by Mrs Letia Lenihan with her assistance dog Dudley.

She told us how long she had to wait before being considered for the dog and the training they went through. She told us that Dudley will assist her with undressing, putting the washing into the washing machine and when done will remove it and put it into the laundry basket. He will not pick up anything without being told to do so.

We had a demonstration of this when Mrs Lenihan dropped her glove and he sat by it until told to pick it up. Members asked her many questions and she was thanked by the secretary for a very interesting talk.

The new year lunch will be on February 5 at the Summerhouse, Worle, and members are asked to notify the secretary on 01934 627508 if they wish to come.

There will be no meeting in January and the next one is on February 13 at 2.30pm in the Old Council Chamber of the Town Hall, Weston, when the speaker will be from North Somerset ‘we care and repair team.’

WESTON CRICKET CLUB: The AGM of Weston Cricket Club will be held in the Sports Bar at the club house on Sunday and will start at 7.30pm.

WESTON AND MENDIP ADVANCED MOTORISTS: The group will hear a talk on level crossing safety on Tuesday, when Network Rail’s community safety manager Liz Heading will speak at the group’s monthly clubnight, held at Kewstoke Village Hall, Crookes Lane, Kewstoke, Weston, BS22 9XF.

Clubnights are held at 8pm on the third Tuesday of the month, with a wide variety of guest speakers, and all are welcome to attend. For further information about the group, please visit www.weston-iam.org.uk or call 07020 934714.

THE CONSERVATIVE LADIES LUNCHEON CLUB: Members will meet tomorrow (Fri), in the Winter Gardens at 12.30 for 1pm.

The speaker will be Ann Davies talking on self defence.

Contact Christine Gamble on 811709 for reservations or tickets payable on the door cost £15.

THE INNER WHEEL CLUB OF WEST WOODSPRING: Members began their year with speaker, Terry Porter, who as well as being chairman of North Somerset Council is the chairman of the National Chrysanthemum Society.

Mr Porter gave a fascinating presentation about his exhibits at the Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court show, during the last five years.

Mr Porter has won several prestigious awards, including gold medals, the president’s award and best in show at both shows.

The treasurer confirmed that £80 had been raised at the president’s coffee morning to add to the funds in the benevolent account.

Members are now looking forward to visiting the many clubs within district, who are organising their inter club events and the annual conference in April where the Military Wives Choir will be performing.

WESTON BRASS: With no engagements until the National Championships on March 9, musical director Tony Osborne has produced a schedule of rehearsals that will keep band members fully focused and working hard to produce the best possible performance at the championships in Torquay.

Leading conductor and musical director of the world famous Cory Band, Phil Harper, will once again be coming down and giving a workshop, as part of the band’s preparations.

The latest CD, celebrating 50 years of Weston Brass has been very well received, and the buzz in the band room is tangible.

New members are very welcome in the band, as are new recruits to the training band. More information on the band can be obtained by visiting its website www.westonbrass.com or by contacting Gill on 01934 824461.

FRIENDS OF CHILDREN’S HOSPICE SOUTH WEST: Friends of Children’s Hospice South West are holding a fundraising event at Worlebury Golf Club. The event will be a quiz evening and will be on February 1, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets will be £3 each for teams of up to six people. There will be food and drink available during the evening and more information can be obtained by calling 416432 or 632274.

WORLE LIONS CLUB: Over the past three months we have continued to hold our regular quiz evenings on the first Sunday of the month at the Windsor Castle pub on Upper Bristol Road, raising funds to help local causes.

We had a successful 70s/80s dance in November and on two occasions the weeks before Christmas saw us carol singing in the car park of the Golden Lion in Worle High Street. We had a very enjoyable Christmas party and are now looking forward to our Charter Day (Birthday) Dinner at Worlebury Golf Club in a few weeks time.

We continue to work on fundraising ideas, together with Priory Leo’s and if you would like to become involved take a look at our website www.worlelions.co.uk

To anyone who has supported us in any way during 2012 we would like to wish you a happy and healthy 2013 and hope to see you at our events.

WEST OF ENGLAND THEATRE ORGAN SOCIETY: Happy and prosperous new year to you all. It’s time to celebrate and the title for the next concert at the Odeon on January 20 with Robert Wolfe is ‘New Year’s party’.

Starting at 2pm tickets are £8 and available from the box office or online from the Odeon website.

Weston organist Richard Lennox will accompany the Weston Choral Society for an interlude of popular music. So come along and celebrate, have some fun and bring your friends. We look forward to seeing you and hearing your ideas for a day out in 2013.

WRINGTON FRIENDSHIP CLUB: Do you know of someone who you think might like to make new friends or just enjoy a chat with a cup of tea plus the wide variety of entertainers that has been arranged? If so, get them in touch with us.

Our year ended with an excellent lunch in the restaurant at Chew Valley Lake. A good turnout enjoyed our Christmas party in mid-December and our ladies once again did a marvellous job of preparing a selection of eats and our grateful thanks go to them for that. Betty, our renowned cake maker did a wonderful job again, producing a beauty! We were entertained throughout by Chris Brown and his music.

We’ll be pleased to welcome prospective members to join us. Come along for one or two meetings before making up your mind. For details please call Gena on 01934 862911 or Fred on 863562.

WESTON & DISTRICT NATIONAL TRUST ASSOCIATION: We start the year on a musical note with Mr Terry Merritt Smith presenting ‘Rogers and Hart music’ today (Thurs) at 2.15pm.

Our Friday evening meeting by Robert Tinker is entitled ‘City of Bath nooks and crannies’. Both events take place in Corpus Christi Church hall, Weston. Visitors are always welcome.

There is an outing to Newark Park near Wotton-under-Edge on February 14 to view the house and snowdrops for which the gardens are famous. This visit has proved very popular but there might be a waiting list in case of cancellations.

HUTTON LACE AND CRAFTS GROUP: Hutton Lace and Crafts Group will meet in Hutton Village Hall on Saturday at 9.30am.

This month the group will be making blankets from the knitted squares which were part of our display at Hutton Show for donation to charity. Next month Sally is going to run a knitting class. For further details please ring Ann on 01934 822871.

MARK FRIENDSHIP CLUB: Unlike 2012, we decided to start the year in the month of January, and go back to the tradition of having a celebratory cake, on this occasion made by committee member Lily Waller.

It was on display throughout the meeting, and she was thanked by the chairman.

The auction was conducted by Gerry Davies and continuing the ‘keep it in the family’ theme, our guest speaker was Peter Waller, who gave an interesting, and at times amusing account of his life in the RAF.

Peter was brought up in a musical family, so it came as no surprise that as a young man he auditioned and became a member of the RAF band. Originally a trumpet player, he was encouraged to switch to French horn, which became his first instrument. He clocked up 26 years in the service, and during that time travelled extensively both at home and abroad thanks to his love of music.

We meet again on January 17, when our entertainer will be Michael Scorgie.

BURNHAM AND HIGHBRIDGE CHORAL SOCIETY: Come and join us today (Thurs) at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Hall, College Street, Burnham.

We are a friendly and relaxed group of people, who just happen to sing choral music, which is sometimes serious, but there is a lot of laughter whilst learning.

We enjoy singing various types of music, there are no auditions and the first three weeks are free, so you can try before you buy. Now what have you got to lose? For further information contact Mr Bev Hearn on 01934 732041, or visit us on Facebook.

BLEADON WI: Members ended 2012 on a ‘high’, with three outstanding achievements:

for the third year running we won the village scarecrow competition, with our Queen Bee (pictured below). Then in November welcomed Damien Peach, European Astro-Photographer of the year (2011) – and runner-up 2012 – to come and talk about his love of photographing the ‘sky at night’.

We were also delighted to welcome our 100th member in November and this landmark will be marked at our meeting today – quite an achievement in the four years since we formed.

MOOSE INTERNATIONAL: Moose International received a request on behalf of Jake, who lives in Winscombe and attends Baytree School, for an iPad to use at home.

Weston and Winscombe lodges and Winscombe Ladies Circle combined efforts to fund the iPad and protective case. It was presented to Jake at Mooseheart, Winscombe, the British Headquarters of Moose International.

Jake is 16 years old and was born with a rare genetic syndrome called Pitt-Hopkins syndrome. This causes severe learning difficulties and Jake has no speech at all. Jake has been working with an iPad at school. Jake’s occupational therapist, Michaela Hasler, thought Jake would greatly benefit from one at home, and approached Moose International who very kindly donated an iPad with protective cover.

Pictured is Jake, with Paul Bateman, govenor Weston Lodge and Des McGuinness, vice governor Winscombe Lodge, who is also representing Winscombe Moose Ladies Circle.


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