Clubs & Societies, June 21, 2012

PUBLISHED: 12:18 22 June 2012




INNER WHEEL CLUB OF WRINGTON VALE: President Pauline Alvis welcomed everyone to her last meeting as club president and thanked all the members for their help with the Young Carers weekend at Goblin Combe which had been a great success.

She also announced that the district tennis tournament had been won by our very own Jennifer Kirkup and Heather Pearce.

The final fundraising event for the year was a charter and jubilee lunch held at Regilbury on June 17 in aid of the Horatio’s Garden Appeal.

After dinner the club held its annual meeting when it was reported that approximately £3,500 had been raised in the past year for charity.

The charities supported by the club included Jaipur Limb Project, Young Carers, Horatio’s Garden Appeal, Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue and sponsoring a child in India.

Finally Pauline thanked everyone especially her committee for its support during the past year and handed over the chain of office to incoming president Jacky Batchelor.

WORLEWIND BAND: Rain stopped play for our planned concert in Grove Park, sadly the weather was not on our side and the afternoon of music had to be cancelled but all is not lost and we will be back on July 1, 3pm, as before, on the bandstand in Grove Park.

Sunshine ordered, but not guaranteed, however we can guarantee a varied and entertaining programme of music to suit all tastes.

For more information on the band please visit our website

RAFA CONCERT BAND (BLAKEHAY RESIDENT BAND): A small 16 piece band travelled to the National Memorial Arboretum last Friday (15th) to support the Dedication of Remembrance Crosses.

The RAFA secretary general and national president along with the many guests were very appreciative of the band’s efforts

A few vacancies for competent players exist on brass and woodwind especially on oboe and trombone.

Please call or email if you are interested in playing. Visit our website or ring 01934 820205 for details.

Future engagements include: Saturday - Armed Forces Event, lunchtime concert, Italian Gardens. Weston; Sunday – Armed Forces Drumhead Service, Royal Hotel, Weston; July 1 - Armed Forces Day Concert and Drumhead Service, Trowbridge; July 7 - Two concerts during the Nailsea Carnival.

WEST WOODSPRING ROTARY CLUB: Arrangements for the Kids for Kids show to be held at the Worle Campus on July 7 are well in hand.

Tickets at £3 for anyone over the age of 12 years will be available on the door which opens at 6.30pm with the show starting at 7pm.

Please come and support this event and have what promises to be a most enjoyable evening.

At our last meeting incoming committee chairmen set out their ideas for the new Rotary year which begins on the July 1, with Jon Erskine as the new president. It promises to be an interesting and very busy year.

Anyone interested in helping us with these and many other events should come to one of our Tuesday evening meetings at Weston Golf Club, 7 for 7.30pm or contact Dick Richards on 01934 844214.

WESTON FLOWER ARRANGEMENT SOCIETY: Members will meet again on Monday at 2.30pm in St Georges Hall.

Come and enjoy a wonderful afternoon with area demonstrator Mrs Muriel Stafford. Her demonstration is entitled ‘Nature’s Woven Mantle’.

Tea and biscuits will then be served, followed by a raffle of the lovely floral arrangements.

Visitors are always welcome.

WEST OF ENGLAND THEATRE ORGAN SOCIETY: Day out – the committee recommends members and all those interested in the theatre organ to join the Bakers Dolphin three day coach trip to Thursford on November 23, 2012. Phil Kelsall is the organist at this the largest Christmas show of its kind in the country.

Some members have already booked this trip, so come and join us for a good day out – or three!

Contact Bakers Dolphin direct.

We look forward to seeing you.

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF OCCUPATIONAL PENSIONERS: Welcome to our coffee morning on June 28 at the Carers Centre in Graham Road, behind Tesco.

We meet at 10.15am to noon. All members are welcome.

We are also looking for new occupational pensioners. Call in for a cup of coffee and a chat.

We had an excellent trip to Weymouth recently.

Please telephone Tony Apperley on 01934 625973 for further details.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION WOMEN’S SECTION WESTON BRANCH: Our next meeting is on July 11 at 2.15pm in the United Reformed Church Hall. It will be a social afternoon with tea/coffee and biscuits for 60p. All visitors are welcome.

On August 11 we are holding a charity table top market at the above venue. For further information telephone 613974 after 6pm.

PROBUS MILTON: The club meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month and had a most informative presentation by Graham Smith on bomb disposal. His life work was spent dealing with all aspects of this from World War Two through to 2002. For further information telephone David Arnold on 626270 or visit or email

UPHILL WI: At our meeting on June 13 our speaker was Sarah Harris who gave an excellent and very amusing talk about windmills and millers in Somerset.

The best local example of the former can be seen at Ashton, near Chapel Allerton.

Our jubilee celebrations were a great hit with members. Both the lunch in the village hall and our transfer of Avon Federation’s own Olympic torch via the land train were well attended.

Fred the donkey was the star of the show as we received the torch from Worle WI on the beach.

Having passed it on to Bleadon on the promenade we all joined together for afternoon tea at the end of the pier.

Our next meeting will be on July 11 at 2.15pm in Uphill’s Victory Hall.

We will be having a cream tea followed by a beetle drive.

Visitors are always welcome and for further information telephone the secretary on 633946.

CONGRESBURY OVER 60S: Members enjoyed an afternoon of natural history when Darren Jenkins of Avon Owls brought some of his owls for members to look at as he spoke about their different calls, habitats and feeding habits.

Members were able to browse through a selection of owl mementos which were on sale and hope that Mr Jenkins will be given the opportunity to realise his aim of setting up an owl sanctuary.

On Tuesday at the next meeting the speaker will be Don Everitt who will give a talk entitled ‘Herbs and fragrant plants’ and will also bring along some plants for members to purchase.

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

WORLE LIONS: The next monthly quiz evening is on July 1 at our usual venue, The Windsor Castle pub, Upper Bristol Road starting at 7.30pm.

There will be a cash prize for the winner and entry is £2.50 per person which includes food.

Just turn up for a fun evening and help us to raise funds for local causes.

LOCKING GREEN WI: Our speaker at the June meeting was John Cromarty, with a very interesting and informative talk on ‘The secret lives of garden birds’.

A report of the NFWI annual meeting at the Royal Albert Hall was read out.

The forthcoming visit to the vineyard near Shepton Mallet was finalised.

Details of the cake stall to be held at the village fete on July 21 were discussed and names were taken from members willing to bake.

Visitors are most welcome to our meetings, held on the second Tuesday of the month.

For more information please contact Anthea on 820255.

HILLVIEW FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE: The last week of May, the week we had warm sunshine, members enjoyed a five day break on the Isle of Wight organised by Grace Stafford. Our thanks to Grace.

On June 7 members were entertained by Mike and his Music.

This week will see The Rainbow Singers on stage, led by Joan McArthy with Dennis Woods at the piano.

Thank you to everyone who has helped out with organising in the past weeks.

Please visit us at St Peter’s Church Hall any Thursday at 2.30pm, you will be made most welcome. For further details call Gordon on 628953.

WESTON BRASS: It was a lovely family afternoon in Grove Park last Sunday, as Weston Brass completed their leg of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad ‘Brass the Baton’.

The event was enjoyed by the many people who flocked to the park, and gave it such a special atmosphere.

Special thanks go the children of Weston Spirals, who entertained the crowd, with a lovely demonstration and who assisted with the very unique passing of the baton to conductor Tony Osborne.

Songs of Praise on July 8 coming from Banwell House, Banwell will be the next engagement for the band, to be followed on July 14 with a very special Last Night of the Proms in Victoria Methodist Church.

For information on ticket availability for these events, please contact Gill Rogers on 01934 824461, or visit the website

New players are always welcome and an instrument and uniform will be provided.

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