Around the societies: March 2018

February 28 2018
Around the societies: March 2018

The latest news from local organisations.


WELLS Cathedral City Miniaturist Club is small, but national magazine Dolls House and Miniature Scene is featuring us in the March edition.

It follows on from our involvement in the St Cuthbert’s Church Nativity Festival which was held in December. Our members helped to set up and steward the festival but in addition we entered our own display which depicted Christmas Nativities and Activities. It was this that interested the magazine.

Our handmade shepherds, kings and cribs told the Christmas story but we also displayed scenes showing the ‘hustle and bustle’ of the season from Victorian to modern times.
Cooking, decorating, shopping, toy making, bell ringing and pantomimes could be seen.

Those who have to work at Christmas time were not forgotten and could be seen in a doctors’ surgery.

A rather harassed vicar relaxing with a cup of tea amused the visitors, as did Wallace and Gromit sorting out their Christmas lights.

We enjoyed taking part in this wonderful festival but our 12 club members did not expect to achieve fame!

Jill Deane

Part of the display by Wells Cathedral City Miniaturist Club at the St Cuthbert’s Church Nativity Festival

Part of the display by Wells Cathedral City Miniaturist Club at the St Cuthbert’s Church Nativity Festival


THIS month Steve Jackson, former headteacher at Wells Blue School who was at the heart of secondary education in the city for over a decade, will talk about his experiences in teaching and leading those who are our future.

The meeting will be at Wells & Mendip Museum on March 14 at 7.30pm.

Members and non-members are very welcome.


DERRY Watkins of Special Plants will be the next guest speaker at the Wells Gardening Club’s March meeting.

Everything about Derry Watkins is special. She is a plantsperson extraordinary, her nursery in Cold Ashton near Bath specialising in unusual species and cultivars. These are often collected by her on plant hunting expeditions throughout the world but mostly in South America. She has exhibited with award winning success at the great horticultural shows and her garden developed over a couple of decades is quite spectacular.

In a nutshell this will be a special evening and it will be a delight to welcome Derry back to Wells to entertain us with her comprehensive knowledge and enthusiasm. Not to be missed.

The event will be held in Wells Town Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday, March 8. The title of her talk is ‘Unusual and Long-blooming Plants – how an American ended up running a nursery in Bath’. She will be bringing plants for sale. Members £1, visitors £3. All welcome.

There will be a chance to book a place on the enticing spring and summer visits to Exbury Gardens, Floyd’s Climbers, Stavordale and Cole Manor.
For more details, call 01749 679182

Philip Harwood


DESPITE the wet weather there was a very good turnout at Wells WI’s February meeting when members enjoyed a talk from Judith Derbyshire, a local solicitor, on All Things Probate. Judith took us through the most important principles of making a will, inheritance and capital gains tax and probate and at the same time dispelled several myths around inheritance issues.

The meeting was the last opportunity for each member to choose one resolution from a shortlist of six she would most like to see go forward as a potential campaign led by the National Federation of WIs next year. Some important issues have been raised including female genital mutilation (FGM), modern slavery, mental health and positive body image.

Plans were made for future events including the banner parade of Somerset WIs through Wells on April 28, as well as craft sessions later in February and local dog friendly walks which will start in April when we hope the weather will be better.

A welcome cup of tea and an opportunity to chat rounded off the evening.

We meet at 7.30pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Wells Museum. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, March 6, when we will have a practical demonstration of sugarcraft and members will have an opportunity to try out some of the skills being demonstrated.

Ladies can come along as visitors initially, without obligation, and will be made very welcome. Or check out our Facebook page which has full details of our programme and activities.

Find us on: email:; Facebook: @Wellssomersetwi; Twitter: @Wells_WI; Instagram: @Wellssomersetwi.

Val Pettman


IN 2017 the club was invited to arrange a flower festival to celebrate a century of Wells United Church. In June the festival, Ten Decades of Blessings, opened in the church. Both the church and the club chose the mental health charity, Heads Up, as their charity for 2017 and fundraising continued throughout the year.

On Sunday, January 21, 2018, a representative from Heads Up, Sally Dempsey, was invited to the church to receive a cheque for £4,127 from the Rev Rowena Francis, Minister of Wells United Church, and the chairman of Wells Floral Art Club, Non Hobson.

• Picture, top: from left, Sally Dempsey of Heads Up is handed a cheque by the Rev Rowena Francis of Wells United Church and Non Hobson, chairman of Wells Floral Art Club