The Samaritans

March 5th 2020      

Todays talk was given by two members of the Samaritans.

A very interesting insight to this very worthwhile charity was explained.

This prompted a lively Q & A session.

Many thanks to these persons who will remain anonymous as is all the calls and conversations that take place.

Further details can be found on their website:

WSM Sewerage - The Dark Side - Paul Oaten

Posted on February 20, 2020                

Our Member, Paul Oaten gave the presentation talk talk today.

With a career of many years with a local regional Sewerage Company, Paul was able to give a first hand account of this ‘Dark Side’ of the water industry, especially in Weston Super Mare.

Aided with slides Paul delivered the presentation with facts accompanied with humour.

Travelling back in time to the days when all sewerage was literally ‘dumped’ in the nearest water course, right up to modern day pipelines and pumping stations, Paul explained all.

The members were left with information on what lies beneath our feet and what NOT to put down the toilet!

The Lost Railways of Somerset - John Montacute

Posted on February 6, 2020  

Our speaker for the morning was John Montacute who gave a talk on The Lost Railways of Somerset.

John (who is passionate about this subject) then proceeded to give a thoroughly detailed and interesting talk, accompanied by countless slides of the old railways, their engines and stations, going way back to the 1880’s.

He then took us on a fictional day’s journey on the railway, covering numerous stations – way out to the extremities of Somerset and ending back at Weston.

All these were accompanied by numerous photos.

It was interesting to hear that of the 72 stations of the time, only 9 were still open.

Three Talks Meeting

Posted on January 23, 2020   

Our first meeting of 2020 had the benefit of three short talks.

Talk One

Anne, from AMS Electrical gave an insight into the family business which is part of a North Somerset initiative called, ‘Handyperson Services’.

AMS Electrical help anyone over 60 years old or has a disability and needs help with small repairs or odd jobs around the house.

The service costs only £15.60 an hour.

Full details can be found here:

Talk Two

Our member David gave an account of an interesting story about the children who were ‘shipped’ abroad during  WW2.

Being able to imagine this story such vividly was down to the way of David’s presentation.

CORB (Children’s Overseas Reception Board)  was the name given given to this British Government sponsored organisation.

There was an unexpected twist at the end of the story…….

Talk Three

Our member Glynn, assisted by his son, Tom, gave an interesting insight into the local Police, then and now.

Glynn, now retired from the Force, gave his recolections of his time of service. This contrasted greatly with the account that Tom gave as a serving Sergeant.

Streamlining and consolidation, along with the reduction of actual Police numbers, has done very little to enhance what was a great institution.

“Keep up the good work Tom, it is appreciated by the public you serve”.