Clubs & Societies, June 20, 2013

PUBLISHED: 10:11 21 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:12 21 June 2013

Inner Wheel of Wrington

Inner Wheel of Wrington


WRINGTON VALE INNER WHEEL: At the annual meeting president Jacky Batchelor thanked the club for their support during her year of office.

The club has raised money for overseas projects, joined with Rotary in sending Weston Young Carers away for a weekend, given money to several smaller charities and through fundraising events raised £2,225 for the charity BRACE (Bristol Research into Alzheimer’s and Care of the Elderly).

A representative from BRACE, Jane Dare, received the cheque and told the group that BRACE raises around £500k per year, largely due to fundraising and donations.

These are small but add up to something big, meaning that individuals and small groups make a real difference in the fight against dementia.

THE LIONS CLUB OF WESTON: Members have again exceeded all expectations having made donations totalling £41,600 during the year of office of president Tony Williams.

Local charities and organisations received £15,000 and cancer charities £12,500 along with £7,500 to North Somerset groups, individuals and schools.

Large national charities were given £6,000.

The club’s regular fundraising activities include bag packing and bucket collections at supermarkets, Teddy bear prize raffles and tombolas and marshalling of The Tough Ten and Christmas Cracker races.

The club’s major fundraiser is The Real Ale and Cider Festival which is held each year on The Beach Lawns. This year’s event is on July 26-28. The club would like to thank everyone who has helped us to raise this amount of money, which hopefully will make someone’s life a lot easier.

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF OCCUPATIONAL PENSIONERS: Come along to our coffee morning – all members and new ones welcome.

We meet on June 27 at the Crossroads Carers Centre in Graham Road, behind Tesco at 10.15am to noon.

All enquiries to Tony Apperley on 01934 625973.

MOOSE INTERNATIONAL: Come along to the Weston Club 55 and Ladies Circle, see what we do.

Our next social event is darts at The Walnut Tree, Winterstoke Road, tomorrow (Fri), 7-7.30pm. Please contact Mike Willcox on 814042 for catering numbers – cost is £4. Or join us for our strawberry tea at Russell’s, Oldmixon Road, Hutton, on Sunday from 3pm onwards – cost £6 – again please ring Mike for catering numbers.


The original club which closed down after the final AGM in April has now completed its business and disbursed all its funds - £800 was given to the Conservative Association this year and the gavel has been engraved and given to the association for safe keeping.

The ex-committee sends good wishes and hopes of success to any new club being formed.

UPHILL WI: The president welcomed members and guests to our meeting on June 12.

Our speaker was Tim Lewis who entertained us with stories and songs from Flanders and Swann’s ‘On a Monday Morning’ with musical accompaniment.

The president read out the business of the meeting, followed by a report on the AGM in Cardiff on June 1. Very interesting day after voting on resolutions which were all carried.

The meeting had four main speakers, William Shawcross, chairman of Charity Commission for England and Wales, Griff Rhys Jones, president of Civic Voice, John Humphrys of the Today programme and Mastermind and finally Jonathan Willcocks who led the members into a small singing lesson.

Visitors are always welcome to join us. For further information please ring the secretary on 01934 633946.

WORLEWIND BAND: The young people at Worle Baptist made a unique contribution to the band’s charity concert at Worle Baptist Church on Sunday evening by hosting and compering the show.

The audience was treated to an excellent selection of music performed to the usual high standard. The interpretation of Jaws on the bassoon by Vikki Corke was memorably chilling and the first addition of a violin solo to the programme performed by Helen Page was just exquisite. Well done all!

The evening raised valuable funds to support a youth group from Worle who is planning to visit its church link in Drita e Botes, Albania, later in the year. Thanks for all who attended and supported the event.

The band will next be performing in Grove Park, Weston, on July 7 from 2.30-4.30pm.

For more information on the band and our concerts, please visit

WESTON YOUTH ORCHESTRA: Are you a young musician looking to make new friends and enhance your musical ability? If so why not consider joining Weston Youth Orchestra?

We are a friendly, local orchestra and we welcome new members all year round. If you are aged 21 or under and would like more information about the orchestra and how to join please visit our website

MILTON PROBUS: The club meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 10.30am at Hornets Rugby Club.

Speakers give presentations on interesting subjects and at our latest meeting Jean Routley gave an in-depth talk, both educational and amusing, about the coronation of Edward VII. A jaw dropping display of some of her personal coronation memorabilia accompanied the talk. A tour of Weston courthouse is planned for June 27. For any further information call David Arnold on 01934 626270 or or email secretary at

CONGRESBURY OVER 60S CLUB: Members enjoyed an afternoon of nostalgia when David Morgan gave an interesting talk with slides on ‘Remember when’.

Looking back to the childhood memories of those present it seemed as if we were looking at a quieter, gentler age.

There were county names instead of postcodes, film themes were mostly cowboy or comedy, with Hollywood changing everything so that Errol Flynn and the USA single-handedly appeared to have won the war in Burma.

It seemed strange to see the money again which was the everyday currency before decimalisation and the advertisements, especially for cigarettes, seemed to be those of another world.

All members present agreed that it had been a most interesting afternoon.

The Reflections Group will be making a welcome return to the club at the next meeting on Tuesday. Nomination forms will be available for members who want to make changes to the current committee and these must be returned to the secretary by July 9 at the latest.

There are just a few vacancies available for new members who would like to join in the activities of this lively club, anyone interested should telephone 01934 832004 for further details.

NOTABLE CLUB: David Elsey gave a most informative PowerPoint presentation on his recent travels to Namibia in South West Africa.

He started with a brief modern history of the country.

Members then saw 2,000 year old bushman rock art in the Erongo Mountains, some 270,000 fur seals in a colony at Cape Cross situated on the infamous Skeleton Coast including ship-wrecks, saltpans and deserts; the unique Welwitschia Mirabilis, giant shredded lettuce look-a-like.

David continued showing the great star sand dunes of Sossusvlei, many at a height equal to that of a 60 storey skyscraper and the ghost town of Kolmanskop and he finished with views of Fish River Canyon which is the second largest in the world.

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

Contact Dina on 07845 220349 for further information.

WESTON WOODTURNING CIRCLE: The next meeting of Weston Woodturning Circle will be today (Thurs) commencing at 7pm, Weston Football Club, Winterstoke Road, Weston.

Our guest is Simon Hope who is an international woodturner and tutor. Living in Essex and woodturning since the age of 11, Simon at the age of 26 was the youngest member on the register of professional woodturners, Great Britain.

Non members are welcome to join us at this special event. For any additional information contact John on 01934 510862.

WESTON RADIO SOCIETY: The club held its annual DF Hunt with a respectable nine teams competing to find the ‘fox’, Steve Walrond.

Following the ease with which he was found last year he decided to make things harder.

Hiding in a lane in Hewish and making transmissions every 10 minutes until 9pm he was not located by anyone.

Several teams got very close but were put off by the rough terrain and after adjourning to the Ebdon Arms to analyse the evening a decision as to whether the trophy should be awarded to anyone has yet to be made. The club will be manning a station on the seafront at this year’s air day.

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

WESTON BRASS: It’s going to be a busy weekend for the players of Weston Brass.

On Saturday they will be performing at the Weston Air Day, and on Sunday afternoon they will be playing in Grove Park. The band has had a quiet few weeks, so it will be great to get out there and play for the people of Weston again.

The band is very fortunate in that it has many fine players and a fairly full compliment of players, but new recruits are always very welcome, and new players can be assured of a warm welcome in either the training or main band. For more information on the bands 50 year celebrations or any other enquiries please visit are or ring Gill on 01934 824461.

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