Clubs & societies, May 12, 2011

PUBLISHED: 11:31 13 May 2011

WESTON GROUP OF FRIENDS: At our ladies night on April 21 it was time for our annual chairman's change over (pictured above), the current chairman Mike Platts had the pleasure of handing over the chain of office to incoming chairman Graham Clark.

He assured the members that he would keep up the standards set by all the previous chairmen.

The out going chairman’s wife Betty presented a lovely bouquet of flowers to the new chairman’s lady Pat Hogan.

HUTTON LACE AND CRAFTS: We meet in the small hall in Hutton village. Please come and join our friendly group.

For more details please contact Ann on 01934 822871 – new members always welcome.

WORDSMITHS OF WESTON (WOW): This newly formed writers’ group, meets on the first Thursday of every month between 7.30 and 9.30pm.

Our aims are simple:

To encourage, support, inspire and mentor all members to improve their writing skills. In 12 months time, we plan to publish an anthology of our best work.

New members are welcome. Please email or telephone 01934 523864 for details of our next meeting on June 2.

WESTON HOMEMAKERS: The May meeting was a return visit of Susan Marshfield. She again gave us a very entertaining and amusing talk about ‘Gail’s’ trip to England’.

Hilarious from beginning to end it was a most enjoyable evening.

Notices were given about future events of our skittles evening and our summer fete in August. Our next meeting is on June 7 at Weston Social Club.

BANWELL SOCIETY OF ARCHAEOLOGY: Members meet tomorrow (Fri) to celebrate their anniversary with a members’ night.

The evening will be full of fun and games, a buffet supper and news of local research by members.

This will take place in Banwell village hall commencing at 7.30pm. All members and guests are welcome.

Future meetings will take place on June 10 when the AGM will be followed by a talk on ‘The Edwardian home’ by Yvonne Bell and on July 8 on ‘Somerset vernacular buildings’ by the SVB Research Group. Visitors always welcome.

WEST WOODSPRING ROTARY CLUB: On Sunday (May 8) the club held a lunch at Batch Farm to celebrate 35 years since being founded. Some 50 present and past members, including Tim Garner, the Weston Rotary Club president and his wife, attended for an excellent lunch and the opportunity to renew old friendships and talk about times past.

Our next meeting will be the AGM on May 17 at our usual venue, Weston Golf Club, 7 for 7.30pm. We are constantly on the lookout for new members from the local business community and anyone interested in attending should contact Dick Richards on 01934 844214.

To find out more about us go to our website

WRINGTON VALE ROTARY CLUB: At last Wednesday’s meeting members heard a presentation by Richard Dungey, a volunteer with Mission Aviation Fellowship.

The charity was formed by pilots after the Second World War and now operates in many of the parts of Africa, Asia and South America providing air transport services.

They also assist in areas of natural disasters such as Haiti. With an annual cost of running the aircraft in excess of £50million per annum many of the people involved are volunteers and even the pilots are expected to raise their own salary. Most of the funds raised are through local churches throughout the world.

Wrington Vale Rotary Club meets weekly at the Burrington Inn, Burrington, and is involved in charitable projects locally, nationally and internationally.

If you are interested in learning more about Rotary and what we do please contact president Mark Parnell on 07702 589617.

MARK FRIENDSHIP CLUB: As always, the meeting began with a warm welcome from the chairman.

Our speaker, John Page from Brent Knoll, made his first visit to the club. Members watched and listened to captivating stories and legends of Wells Cathedral and Glastonbury Abbey, and of Brent Knoll Church and its amazing carved benches and pew-ends.

John certainly knows his Somerset, and I feel sure that anyone who is not familiar with the church at Brent Knoll will now be inspired to go and see these wonderful carvings for themselves.

Tea followed and the raffle brought the meeting to a close.

The next meeting is on May 19, with Tim Lewis entertaining us with memories of Flanders and Swann.

THE RAFA CONCERT BAND - (The Blakehay Resident Band): On May 2 a trio from the band were asked to play to the guests at the reception held in Flowerdown House on Beach Road.

On May 6 the five piece, at the request of the commandant, travelled to Boscombe Down for the annual Test Pilots Dinner much to the appreciation of all the guests.

The rehearsals started again on May 9 ready for our busy season; look out for our adverts in the Mercury and we hope to see you at one of our events.

We are always on the lookout for competent players on brass and woodwind, especially on oboe.

Future engagements include: May 14, Lympsham Charity Ball, proceeds to Help for Heroes and Dementia, Batch Hotel; May 20, request for a brass ensemble to play at The National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire; June 9, five piece guest night, Shropshire; June 12, Grove Park bandstand (3- 5pm).

Visit our website or ring 01934 820205 for more details

WEST WOODSPRING INNER WHEEL: Our president Jeanette Thacker’s last meeting before our AGM was a very successful occasion with two of our very talented members Myra Taylor and Jenny Lester entertaining us with their talk of the history of quilting.

This was followed by a display of fantastic quilts and even quilted jackets and other items that they had made. One of the quilts shown had been recently raffled to support Inner Wheel Charities and had raised over £1,000.

WESTON ROTARY CLUB: On May 6 the AGM of the club was held at Weston Golf Club, chaired by the president, Tim Garner, who reported a great year for the club. The food was delicious and everyone was back to work on time!!

SSAFA FORCES HELP: The coffee morning at St Paul’s Church Hall on May 9 raised the sum of £240, which will help us to continue supporting service and ex-service personnel and their dependants, and we thank all those who attended.

May 14 (Sat) is our national collection day and we will be in Weston High Street with our collecting tins, so we look forward to the public’s usual generosity and hope that the weather will be kind to us all.

WESTON-SUPER-MARE CHORAL SOCIETY: The spring concert is on May 14 in All Saints Church, All Saints Road, Weston commencing at 7.30pm.

Tickets for the concert are £10, available at the door. The choir will be joined by soloists Roland Kitchen and Stephen Foulkes.

Accompaniment is by orchestra, with local musician Richard Lennox on keyboards. Musical direction is given by resident conductor Ray Willis.

After the summer break the society will prepare for its autumn concert scheduled for December 3 in All Saints Church.

The society is always keen to increase its membership and you will be very welcome at rehearsals, which are held at Milton Methodist Church Hall, Milton Hill on Tuesday evenings commencing at 7.30pm. Rehearsals will commence on September 6.

For further information call secretary Gill Williams on 01934 813255 or visit our website at

WESTON-SUPER-MARE BREATHE: Weston Breathe is a local part of the British Lung Foundation. We are a friendly self-help group for anyone with a lung condition.

We meet at the Hutton Village Hall on the third Wednesday of each month commencing 2pm. Our speaker this month will be Ian Weston of Avon Fire Service.

Anyone with an interest will be welcome. For further information contact Sue on 01934 521259 or Nick on 01275 873322.

WESTON BRASS: Although March and April have been very quite months, Weston Brass has used this time to practice and prepare for their busy summer season.

Musical Director Tony Osborne is rehearsing the band, so that it will be able to perform a different programme at every concert.

So far the rehearsals have gone very well and the band has recruited several new players, which means that for the first time for many years the band will have a full brass section. The season got off to a great start as the band played at the grand re-opening of Wilkinson’s in the Sovereign Centre.

It was the first time the band played at that location and drew a large and appreciative audience, which made the whole event very enjoyable.

The next engagement for the band is on June 5, we will be performing on Pier Square.

As the band will be playing again at this venue on September 11 we are hoping for good weather and a large audience. The band is still looking for competent cornet players and new players can be assured of a friendly welcome.

For all enquiries regarding the band, please contact Colin on 01934 514960.

WESTON & DISTRICT NATIONAL TRUST ASSOCIATION: The committee held a celebratory lunch for Peggy and David Curtis at the Beachlands Hotel to mark their retiring from the roles they have held for so many years as secretary and lectures organiser.

Chairman David Bowring thanked them for their support, hard work, friendship and huge commitment to the association.

First of the summer outings took place to Teignmouth and Ugbrooke Park this month.

Visits arranged to Mottisfont Abbey near Romsey in June, followed by Plymouth, a river cruise, and Tudor Cotehele in July are fully booked.

However there are some places available for the outing to Witley Court (English Heritage) and Moseley Old Hall (National Trust) on July 20.

This atmospheric Elizabethan house has strong links with Charles II and a garden now reconstructed in 17th century style. Contact Anne Bowring on 01275 848347 for further details.

WORLE WI: Members met at their new venue Castle Batch Community Centre on April 20. All members were delighted with the venue and look forward to some good evenings at this location.

After welcoming a new member we were treated to a very special demonstration on rubber stamping which included some really beautiful techniques such as embossing. Mrs Katherine Smeaton used the overhead projection available at our new premises to very good effect.

Our next meeting will be on June 15 when we will be given a talk by Avon & Somerset Constabulary on Keeping Safe.

All are welcome to join us and see for yourself what a super permanent venue we now have.

WESTON U3A: The AGM and lecture ‘Jack of all trades and master of none’ will be held tomorrow (Fri) at 2.30pm in the United Reformed Church, Waterloo Street, Weston.

The speaker is U3A member Brig Rooke and tea and coffee will be served.

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