Mercury club reports, October 28
PUBLISHED: 16:34 01 November 2010
n WESTON FILM SOCIETY: The next film showing at The Playhouse is Robin Hood (PG) on November 4 at 2.30 and 7.30pm. Entry is free for members and the usual fees apply for non-members.
The film is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Max Von Sydow and William Hurt.
The next film showing at the Blakehay in Wadham Street is The Infidel (15) on November 10. Doors open at 7pm for refreshments and the film starts at 7.45pm. Entry is £2 members and £3.50 for non-members.
The Infidel, starring Archie Panjabi and Matt Lucas, is an identity crisis comedy centred on Mahmud Nasir, a successful business owner and salt of the earth East End Muslim who discovers that he’s adopted - and Jewish.
n THE NOTABLE CLUB: Members welcomed Peter Lee who gave an interesting Powerpoint presentation of award winning Yeo Valley organic foods.
Peter spoke about the 36-year history of the dairy and Holt Farm by Blagdon Lake. He showed a video outlining the firm’s production processes, revealed how yoghurt has been produced since 1974 and how organic marketing was introduced in 1993. Yeo Valley is now a leading branded supplier.
The following week members enjoyed an autumn visit to Sanders GardenWorld.
The Notable Club is a weekly, socially active lunchtime club for physically disabled people aged 16 to 60. Contact Dina on 07845 220349 for details.
n MARK FRIENDSHIP CLUB: At the meeting on October 21, the chairman welcomed everyone and was happy to report that several new members had enrolled.
The treasurer, Mrs Cox, said we have now completed all the club outings for the year, and they have been well supported and enjoyed.
The Christmas lunch will be on December 16 at Brent House for which the treasurer would like payment at the next meeting if possible.
Entertainment was provided by Mrs Isabel Lillico, a popular visitor, who read a number of poems and stories.
As British Summertime ends on Sunday, meetings thereafter will be starting at 2pm (not 2.15pm) to enable everyone to get home safely in the daylight. The next meeting will be on November 4, when Joan McCarthy and the Rainbow Singers will entertain.
n HEWISH AND DISTRICT WI: Members took on the roles of president and secretary on members’ night. The food and table decorations looked lovely – thank you to all the volunteers who helped make it a successful evening, with a special thanks to Pauline.
There were several ‘Fashioned pumpkins’ on the competition table, and the winning ones were taken to the Banwell group meeting.
Anyone wish to see Calendar Girls in Bristol should see Margaret Brees.
Jean Hutchings said the popular Macmillan coffee morning, held in the Wick St Lawrence Church, had collected £140.
The walk on November 3 will be around the Cadbury Hill area, meet at Roundtrees Garden Centre for 10.30am.
We have now found a permanent alley at Victoria Bowls Club in Weston.
The speaker for the evening was Tim Lewis, accompanied by Sheila on keyboard. He took a story from the Wind in the Willows book and combined popular tunes with the verses which he then sang along to.
Members paying for their Christmas dinner should make the cheque out to Daphne Buttery, or provide cash in an envelope with their names on.
Next month’s meeting will be on November 18 at Hewish Village Hall.
n THE RAFA CONCERT BAND is busy rehearsing for its future concerts, including Christmas ones.
The charity concert last Saturday was well attended and the audience enjoyed a varied programme. The mayor played bass drum during the playing of Old Comrades and a rendition of the poem ‘Tommy’ was given by Tom Herman.
We are always looking for players to join the band on brass, woodwind or percussion.
Future engagements include: November 4 - Cardiff Castle, March4Honour, RBL Event; November 13 - rugby international, Wales v South Africa in Cardiff; November 20 - Rotary Christmas Charity Fayre, Winter Gardens; December 5 - Annual Christmas Concert, Blakehay, 3pm.
Visit our website on www.rafaswconcertband.org.uk or telephone 01934 820205 for more details.
n LOCKING VILLAGE ARTS: The ‘This Is Our Locking’ exhibition of drawings and photos of the village is being presented in the village hall 2.30-4.30pm on Saturday. Entry is free - call in to make your own contribution. For more details call Jayne Butler on 01934 823291.
n UPHILL WI: At the meeting on October 13 members were treated to a game of indoor croquet.
Although some members were reluctant at first they soon realised it was a game for everyone, regardless of fitness. It may be played by bending, sitting in a chair or standing using a pole. Everyone, including three visitors, declared it to be great fun.
Our next meeting, which will be our AGM, will be held at Uphill’s Victory Hall on November 10 at 2.15pm. Visitors will be most welcome. For more details call the secretary on 01934 633946.
n CIVIL SERVICE RETIREMENT FELLOWSHIP: The AGM will be held on November 4 – can all members please try to attend.
There are still seats available for our outing to Southampton on November 9.
The club meets on the first and third Thursday of the month at 10am in the Friends Meeting House in High Street, Weston. Please contact our chairman, Alan, on 01275 858766, for more details.
n WESTON BRASS: Members are preparing for the Remembrance Sunday service on November 14 in Grove Park. The band is rightly proud of its association with this event.
It is rehearsing for its next concert in Leicester on November 28 and conductor Tony Osborne has chosen Music for a Festival as the band’s test piece. It is a piece of music especially written for brass bands by Philip Sparke and will prove a real challenge.
The band is also preparing for the concert in the Winter Gardens on December 12. Children from St Martin’s Junior School choir will be joining the band for the first time.
The band does have a few vacancies for players and would welcome enquiries. Please contact Colin on 01934 514960.
n BLEADON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Having completed 39 years in the classroom, Graeme Thompson joined the volunteer wildlife rescue drivers attached to the now world famous Secret World in East Huntspill.
He has been an animal rescue driver for the past six years. His stories and beautiful heart-moving photographs were very well received by all attending the latest meeting of the society.
The next meeting sees the welcome return of Paul Gilmour from Cadbury Garden & Leisure, presenting ‘Christmas celebrations’. This is open to anyone at £1 admission and takes place in the Coronation Hall at 7.30pm on November 16. During the evening tickets for the Beetle Drive and social on December 21 will be on sale at £1 each.
n INNER WHEEL CLUB OF WRINGTON VALE: President Lal Adamson opened the meeting by thanking members for their help at the ploughman’s lunch in September. She particularly thanked Wendy Welham whose superb effort in organising the event was much appreciated. The final profit for the lunch was £542.42, with proceeds to local Young Carers.
The club will be hosting a charity concert at Axbridge church on November 27. Tickets, priced £6, are available from Lal on 01934 732221. Proceeds will go to Blind Aid Africa and Zambia Link.
The speaker for the evening was Les Davies, former senior warden of the Mendip ANOB, who gave an illustrated talk on the history of the Mendip Hills through geographical formation and social history.
The next meeting will be on November 11.
n FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP: This is a non-denominational self-help group for sufferers of Fibromyalgia. We meet at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Milton on the first Wednesday of every month from 2-4pm. If you are a Fibro sufferer or have an illness that causes chronic pain and fatigue, please join us for a meeting.
Our November 3 meeting is a bring and buy sale in the large church hall. Free entry. Tea/coffee with biscuits/cake will be available.
n BLEADON PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP: The club enjoyed a visit by John Loveday on October 19. He presented a selection of natural history images including colourful butterflies followed by portraiture and figure work.
Member Trevor Hartgroves will lead an audiovisual tutorial evening on November 9 using Pics2Exe. There is always more to learn and he hopes to demonstrate some macros and incorporating music.
On December 7, the club is hosting its annual Multi Battle competition with three other clubs – Hanham, Imperial and Phoenix
The club meets at the Coronation Hall, Bleadon, on Tuesdays at 7.30pm and always welcomes visitors and new members.
n WESTON CHESS CLUB: Both of Weston’s second division teams had home matches last week. The A team played hosts to Chard/Ilminster losing 1-3, the solitary point being gained by John Parsons and Kerry Kyriacou who both drew their games.
Weston B had Taunton as the visitors and shared the points 2-2. David Gough on top board and Rob Will on board two both drew and Joe Haines secured the draw with a win on the bottom board.
The club meets every Thursday evening at Weston Football Club and new members will always be welcome.
n WESTON & MENDIP ADVANCED MOTORISTS: Members received an informative talk from Jim Newman who represents the motorcycle section of the Somerset Road Safety Partnership.
He is involved with the police, ambulance, fire, IAM, highways, DSA, NHS, Red Cross etc to improve the safety on roads throughout Somerset.
The main object is to improve riding standards and reduce the number of seriously injured and deaths on our roads by offering various options of training such as ‘Ride to Arrive’ and ‘Bike Safety Days’ in conjunction with the police.
Jim then highlighted the advance riding groups, such as Cheddar Valley or Somerset, who give a lot of their voluntary time to safety and riding the correct way – there are even performance courses at the Castle Combe circuit.
We continue to offer better driving skills, through a free assessment drive or the skills for life package, and are happy to talk to groups with a Powerpoint presentation. Please call 07020 934714 for details.