Mercury club reports, November 4

PUBLISHED: 09:46 05 November 2010

WESTON GROUP OF FRIENDS: Union Jacks were flying aplenty at the Commodore Hotel to celebrate Trafalgar Night. An excellent meal was enjoyed by our members and guests.

Before each course details of the battle and Nelson’s death was related. During coffee a cheque for £562 was presented to Mr Phill Lewis who represented Help for Heroes.

The evening closed with a melody of sea songs.

WESTON ROTARY CLUB: At the dinner meeting at Weston Golf Club we were treated to a splendid history of the Old Vic in Bristol.

With no notes in sight our speaker relayed the building and renovation of the lovely theatre and, with pictures, recalled the names of a hundred now famous actors who started board treading in Bristol.

An array of props, pictures and costumes were handed around.

WESTON ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY: Our November talk is ‘Life in an urban fox family’ by Helen Whiteside, of the Mammal Research Unit, University of Bristol.

The talk is on November 9 and starts at 7.30pm at our usual venue, the Victoria Methodist Church Hall, Station Road, Weston. New members and visitors are very welcome. Visitors are charged £2 per meeting.

WESTON PHILATELIC SOCIETY: At the society’s last meeting the presentation by Roger Martin of his collection of local postcards was a great success, being both entertaining and most informative.

Our next meeting is on November 9 in the function room of the conservative Club, in Alexandra Parade at 6.45pm for 7.15pm. The subject for the evening will be ‘Victorian’ presented by the members.

Anyone interested in collecting postage stamps or other items of postal history will be made very welcome and will find the members friendly and only too happy to share their interests.

The society meets in the evening on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. A programme for the year will be available on the first evening.

Please ring Graham on 01934 622318 for details.

NORTH SOMERSET MODELLERS’ SOCIETY: Members are now in the final stages of preparation for their display at the Scale Model World two day in November.

The dress rehearsal at the October Sunday meeting at The Helicopter Museum looked very good and just highlighted a few things still to do.

Scale Model World takes place at The International Centre in Telford on November 13 and 14.

The society continues to attract new members at its meetings in the function room at The Woodspring, Worle High Street from 8.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month, with the next meeting on November 9.

The society holds an all day ‘model-in’ at The Helicopter Museum one Sunday a month.

For further information about the club please telephone Fred Tooke on 01934 416798 or email

WESTON MUSIC APPRECIATION SOCIETY: The speaker, Prof John Pickard, was unfortunately unable to give his talk in October on Wagner due to a computer hitch. However the society secretary, Diane Board, stepped in at the last minute and gave an interesting talk recalling music from her youth which included Elgar, Faure, Dvorak, Rutter and Tavener. The guest speaker on November 10 is David Threasher, a reviewer for the Gramophone magazine, whose talk entitled ‘Mozart, The Mass, Messiah and the Masons’ is at St Judes Hall, St Peter’s Church, Baytree Road at 7.15pm for 7.30pm start.

Further details from the secretary on 01934 814752.

WINSCOMBE WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: It seems impossible that another year has passed and we are now planning our AGM which will be held on November 10, 7.30pm at St James Church Hall, Winscombe.

We are anxious to recruit new members to the committee and hope a few will come forward before the voting takes place.

If you are a member, can I let you know that the duties are not too onerous and that there is a friendly atmosphere amongst the committee.

On a lighter note, we thoroughly enjoyed last month’s Indian Pakora and Bhaji snacks demo by Ruki Clark - we all had a taste of the food she cooked and it was delicious and very easy to prepare.

For our Christmas meeting on December 8 we shall have our Christmas party, with American supper and generally we are treated to some lovely home-cooked goodies.

If you would like more information about Winscombe WI please feel free to come along to one of our meetings held on the first Wednesday in the month or contact Sheila on 01934 844893 for more information.

THE FRIENDS OF THE PLAYHOUSE: Friends’ social activities continued with our recent skittles match at The Ebdon Arms at Wick St Lawrence.

Two mixed teams battled it out. One of our ladies achieved the highest score of the evening and one or two others also did very well! It was all good fun.

In late November, we travel by coach to Malvern Theatre to see ‘The Magic of the Music’. Our own Barry North who appeared in Weston Operatic Society’s brilliant My Fair Lady at The Playhouse last week, will be in the cast. It promises to be another great show. Then, we have our Friends night at the pantomime on December 15. We hope to see many Friends at this performance of Cinderella.

After what will be a hectic season, we have our post-pantomime lunch in January at The Royal Hotel, Weston. Our coffee mornings continue on most Saturdays. All are welcome.

RAFA CONCERT BAND: The band will be busy supporting service and civilian charities events this month starting today (Thurs) in Cardiff Castle with the Royal British Legion March4Honour. Every Monday we will be rehearsing for the future concerts including the annual Christmas concert in the Blakehay.

We are always looking for players to join the band on brass, woodwind or percussion. Our oboe player Audrey has just retired and we are looking for a person to fill this important position. Future engagements include: Today (Thurs) - Cardiff Castle - March4Honour, RBL Event; November 13 - Rugby International, Wales v South Africa – Cardiff; November 20 - Rotary Christmas charity fayre - Winter Gardens; December 5 - Annual Christmas Concert -Blakehay starts at 3pm.

Visit our website on or ring 01934 820205 for more details.

WOMEN’S SECTION RBL WESTON BRANCH: Our AGM was successful. The next meeting is on November 10 at 2.15pm in the United Reformed Church Hall.

There will be a coffee morning from 10.30am until noon on November 26 with coffee/tea and biscuits for 50p. There will be a raffle, handmade Christmas and birthday cards and notelets for sale from 20p and 25p each.

Our re-dedication service was held in the United Reformed Church and was well supported.

Our Christmas party is on December 8 – members only.

WESTON AND DISTRICT NATIONAL TRUST ASSOCIATION: Why not join our association and share your interest in the National Trust with liked minded members from this area? For further details contact the membership secretary on 01934 612313.

Today (Thurs) Anthony Pugh-Thomas will talk about ‘Recovered art treasurers’’ at 2.15pm.

On November 19 at 7.30pm Graham Hackett’s subject is ‘The RAF versus the Mau Mau’. Both meetings are held in Corpus Christi’s Church Hall.

A ‘puzzle and pudding’ evening has been arranged for November 12 at 7pm.

David Bowring will act as quiz master and there will be delicious puds served in the interval.

A holiday to Northumberland and Durham is planned for week commencing May 23 until May 28 with visits to National Trust properties as well as other excursions. Further details may be obtained from David Bowring on 01275 848347.

BLEADON PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP: Another successful turnout for the October Judges Forum judged by Nick Ball LRPS. Sally Green’s ‘Landing’ came top in the Colour Prints with ‘Not Amused’ by Jill Taylor in second place; Colin Walter’s ‘Winter Walker’ was first in the mono prints, ‘Blowing in the Wind’ by Connie Wakley in second place. In the digitally projected images section Colin Walter’s ‘Whitewater Struggle’ came first with ‘Copy Me’ by Carol Wilson second.

On November 2, tables were turned and club members found themselves judging fellow member’s images to go forward to the county digitally projected image competition. This was a great opportunity for members to exercise their criterion on what makes a good image.

WESTON ARTS FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION: The association would like to give notice of an Extraordinary General Meeting to be held at 7.30pm on November 16 following the resignation of our chair, Ann Baber, from the committee. Details of the venue can be obtained by phoning 01934 419280.

WORLE WI: The group welcomed Malcolm Jago to their last meeting. Malcolm who is a visitors’ guide on the Bath Buses gave a most interesting presentation supported by some very unusual slides of places in Bath.

We heard how the city’s heritage was built entirely of Bath stone and how three men were most influential in the building of its reputation i.e. Ralph Allen, John Wood and Beau Nash.

The talk gave some most unusual anecdotes of the city and facts such as that regarding Jane Austen who features prominently in Bath but that she was not at all enamoured by it and couldn’t wait to leave.

Our next meeting is at St Mark’s Church (back entrance) on November 16 and although it will be our AGM we will be having a visitor from Denman WI College who will encourage us to try some of the many subjects on offer at the college.

As usual all new members will be most welcome to join us.

UNISON NORTH SOMERSET BRANCH RETIRED MEMBERS: Martha Perriam was welcomed with her interesting talk on Hans Price who lived from 1835 to 1912.

He designed and built a large part of Weston using local stone.

Well known properties include part of the old town hall, central library and Weston Mercury office.

The next meeting is on November 10 in The Old Council Chamber of the Town Hall at 2.30pm.

The speaker will be Mrs Pat Hase with her presentation on Weston Cemeteries.

THE FRIENDS OF NORTH SOMERSET MUSEUM: The Friends will be hosting a meeting at the museum on November 10 at 2pm.

Visitors will be very welcome to come along to hear the speaker John Penny who will give a talk about ‘The story of ballooning in the Bristol region 1784 to 2000’.

Our talks are free to members, visitors pay £2.

The Friends exist to support the museum in Burlington Street in many ways and new members are welcome, ask for a membership form at the museum shop.

WESTON BRASS: Members enjoyed a fun night out, when they attended a quiz organised by band member Rachael Tilling.

The quiz was held at the 49 Club and was voted a great success by all who entered. Winning team this time was led by cornet player Steve Howard.

Band members are currently preparing their Christmas concerts programme that has been selected for them by musical director Tony Osborne.

This year’s promises to be even more challenging than last years and the band is thoroughly enjoying rehearsing the music.

The band’s next contest is on November 28 in Leicester, and as all followers will know, this is the contest they won last year.

So as well as rehearsing their Christmas music they are also hard at work preparing their chosen test piece, Music for a Festival, by Philip Sparke.

It would be a great achievement for the band to do the double and win the contest again.

Recruiting new members is always a top priority for the band and currently the band is actively seeking new cornet players to complement its existing cornet section. Anyone interested in joining this friendly band will be made most welcome and all enquiries should be made to band secretary Colin Rossiter on 01934514960.

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