Clubs and Societies

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  • Tuesday Morning Painting Group
    Address: Winscombe Community Association
    Contact: Jo Risk
    Tel: 01934 844235
    Description: We are a small group who meet Tuesday mornings in term time to paint together, mostly watercolour, and invite tutors in approximately every three sessions to teach us. It is a very sociable group, probably not suited to beginners as there is not a tutor every week, but if you would like to find out more about it please contact Jo on 01934 844235 or email The sessions start at 10 a.m. until 12.30 p.m.
  • The Art Shed
    Address: Winscombe Community Association
    Contact: David Cuthbert
    Tel: 01934 842970
    Description: The Art Shed gives expert guidance in painting and drawing to everyone from beginners to experienced painters. It is run by professional artists and experienced tutors David and Ros Cuthbert who have been teaching painting and drawing in Winscombe since 1996. We have a well-equipped studio and a good reputation for helping our members to make the most of their talents. There are talks, demonstrations and plenty of one-to-one help.
    Our classes include a Monday morning watercolour class, Tuesday Foundation in Drawing and Painting, Wednesday Painting Studio and Wednesday evening Art class. Three terms a year run for 12 weeks each. We also offer evening talks on art history.
    Please see our website for details at
    To contact:
    Tel 01934 842970
  • Tamarind Supper Club
    Address: 19 well close winscombe BS25 1HQ
    Contact: NAJ YUSUFI
    Tel: 1934 844125
    Description: AUTHENTIC HOME COOKED NORTH INDIAN SUPPER CLUB - 8 PER SITTING ONLY. In a home in Winscombe - £25 per head bring your own alcohol. 23rd JUNE
    Welcome drink - Rose Milk
    Starter - Veg Samosa
    Mains (all will be served)
    Saffron basmati rice with seasonal peas
    Lamb karhai - a fiery dry lamb chop dish
    Chicken shorba - a mild gravy dish with chicken and potatoes
    Kofta with coriander herb centre - meatballs with a Indian fresh herd filling.
    Bhindi - ladies finger (veg) stir fry
    Tamarind Dal - tangy lentils
    Chapatti (freshly cooked to order)
    Gajjar ka halwa - a carrot dessert with cream
    Firni - a rice milk dessert
    Also - 30th June
    28th July
    4th August
    25th August
    1st Sept
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  • Sandford Gardening Club
    Address: 8 Copse End, Winscombe, BS25 1JS
    Contact: Janet Baker (Secretary)
    Tel: 01934 820151
    Description: * Founded in 1974 the club aims to promote all aspects of horticulture in a friendly and social environmennt.
    * Monthly meetings are held in Sandford Village Hall on the first Wednesday of each month except in January, August and September.
    * Speakers on a range of subjects related to horticulture are enjoyed at each meeting together with a raffle and refreshments.
    * Outings and Garden visits are arranged.
    * Spring bulbs and seeds are obtained for members at discounted prices.
    * Member's Spring Bulb Show is held at the March meeting.
    * A Plant Sale is held in May.
    * Village Flower, Produce and Craft Show is aranged by the Club in August.
    * Floral displays are planted in the Village tubs by the Garden Club to enhance Sandford Village.
    * Members benefit from a discount at Banwell and Hutton Garden Centres.
  • Winscombe and District Horticultural Society
    Contact: Peter Owen
    Description: Winscombe and District Horticultural Society was revived in 1981 (after a twelve year gap) to promote enjoyment in horticulture in the community. This is achieved by:
    • Arranging lectures and outings of horticultural interest, throughout the year
    • Communicating meeting details, and contact names, through a newsletter
    • Manning a table at the Thursday morning market for booking Trips, paying for Seed orders and subscriptions, and additional information and horticultural advice
    • Holding the annual Spring Show at the end of March
    • Organising the sale of members plants, and annuals from a celebrated local nursery; proceeds usually donated to Winscombe Community Centre
    • Supplying seedlings to the Winscombe and Woodborough Primary School for children to grow on and display at the Michaelmas Fair
    • Managing, on behalf of the Michaelmas Fair Committee, the flower and vegetable show at the Fair
    • Obtaining discounted seeds for members from a national supplier
    • Enabling members to benefit from a discount at Banwell and Hutton Garden Centres, and Cheddar Vale Nursery
    • Providing financial support for gardening activities at the Primary School
  • Somerset Singers
    Address: Sidcot Quaker Hall
    Contact: Paul Ashmore
    Tel: 01934 843388
    Description: The Somerset Singers are the local Choral Society in this area with many members from Winscombe, Cheddar, Axbridge, and Wedmore and we rehearse at the Sidcot Quaker Hall outside Winscombe every Wednesday evening.
  • Winscombe Community Singers
    Address: Winscombe Community Association
    Contact: Penny Hall
    Description: Meetings are Tuesday 7.30-9pm at the community centre, no audition necessary. Contact for info
  • Winscombe Orchestra
    Description: A medium size amateur orchestra performing classical repertoire and some lighter orchestral music.
  • Winscombe Ringers
    Address: St James' Church
    Contact: Mary Hannam, Ringing Master 01934 843567 or John Matthews, Tower Captain 01934 843378
    Description: We practice Thursdays from 7.30 pm until 9pm and ring for all major services in the church.
    More ringers are urgently required. Expert and trained ringers at Winscombe can teach new learners.
    Costs are minimal - £6.00 per year once the basic handling requirements are met to the satisfaction of the Bath and Wells Diocesan Association of Church Bellringers. No special equipment or dress is needed and there is an extensive social option including visits to other towers etc. There is a minimum age of 14 - this is because ringers need to be tall enough to manage handling a bell. We have had learners well into their retirement!

  • Burning Salsa
    Address: The Winscombe Club, Sandford Rd, BS25 1HD
    Contact: Ben Hazell
    Tel: 07534 492328
    Description: A social night of learning salsa & other types of dancing. Every Wednesday from 7:30 to 10:30 for £4. Come along & have fun.
  • The Winscombe Club
    Address: 7 Sandford Road, Winscombe BS25 1HD
    Contact: Mark Fountain
    Tel: 01934 842624
    Description: A friendly, local members club, open 7 days a week, with private room and bar for hire for christening and wedding receptions, parties etc., real ales, live music, skittles, pool, darts, sky sports, ESPN, Bingo Tuesdays and Sundays.
  • Churchill and Langford minibus society
    Address: 1, Says Lane, Langford,BS40 5DZ
    Contact: Anthony (Tony) Hughes
    Tel: 01934 852725
    Description: The Society runs two community minibuses one 10 seat the other 12 seat, both are adapted vehicles and can take wheelchair passengers also. The minibuses are available for use to our members living in Winscombe and Sandford. To become a member of the Society is free, please see contact details above. We run both scheduled trips (see timetable below) and unscheduled trips for residents of the parish, example are Weston Arboretum, Tobacco Factory, Hippodrome, South Coast, Churchill Music. In addition there have been "Good Companion" trips for the local nursing home and we have helped people with ambulatory problems get to healthcare appointments (for further details please contact the booking secretary Laura on 01934 863679)


    Day (in the month) / Time and Destination
    Monday (2nd and 4th Monday) 1.45 pm Social Club, Reading Room, Churchill
    Monday (3rd Monday) 1.30 pm Sewell House, Winscombe to Weston-super-Mare
    Tuesday 9.30 am (no run 5th Tuesday) Weston-super-Mare
    Tuesday (1st Tuesday) 1.45pm, Poppy Club, Reading Room, Churchill
    Tuesday (2nd and 4th Tuesday) 1.30 pm Weston-super-Mare
    Wednesday (3rd and 4th Wednesday) 9.30 am Wells Wednesday
    (1st Wednesday) 1.30 pm Worle
    Wednesday (2nd Wednesday) 1.30 pm Winscombe / Sandford to Nailsea
    Wednesday (3rd Wednesday) 1.30 pm Clevedon
    Wednesday (4th Wednesday) 1.00pm Cinema
    Thursday (2nd and 4th Thursday) 9.30 am Winscombe
    Thursday (1st and 3rd Thursday) 9.30 am Yatton
    Thursday (Weekly) 12.00 noon Methodist lunches
    Friday (1st and 3rd Friday) 1.30 pm Weston-super-Mare
    Once a month we run a trip to either Cribbs Causeway, Bath or Street --- contact Jennie 01934 843758 for further details

    Saturday (Various Saturdays) 6.30pm Churchill Music Concerts

    Sunday (once a month) 12.30pm Sunday Lunch Club

    In addition to the above schedule timetable we also run "Good Companion" trips and Social Outings (see for more details)

    We accommodate a limited number of social outings for the minibus society members to a range of different venues.

    In addition we also support local community groups such as
    • the Methodist Church (
    • Churchill Music (
    • Trinity Singers (
    • Sanford WI
    • Churchill Pre-school
    • Winscombe Pre-school

    and any clubs or organisations in the Community who wish to use the minibus to take their members to events or concerts in the area should contact the Booking Secretary on 01934 863679 for further details.

  • Mendip Society
    Contact: Peter Janes
    Tel: 01761 221995
    Description: A society for those who love the Mendip Hills and want to conserve and enjoy the area.
  • North Somerset Agricultural Society
    Tel: 08456 342464
  • Rotary Club of Wrington Vale
    Address: Barley Wood House, Wrington every Wednesday Evening, 7.15 for 7.30
    Contact: Roger Burrows, Secretary
    Tel: 01934 842554
    Description: The Rotary Club of Wrington Vale is in existence to support charities and voluntary groups within the local community, the wider nation and internationally both through our club activities and through our world-wide organisation called Rotary International. Like all Rotary clubs we welcome everyone irrespective of culture, race and creed. We have no political and no religious allegiances. We have no secret ceremonies or complex joining processes. What we do have is a commitment to putting service above self.....something we share with each one of the 33,000 Rotary Clubs in the world.
  • Sandford Station Railway Heritage Centre
    Address: Sandford Station, Station Road, Sandford
    Description: Preserved railway station buildings, artefacts and carriages, with access from the Strawberry Line. Open Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 4 pm from April 1st to October 31st. Refreshments available.
  • Winscombe & Sandford Local History & Archaeology Society
    Address: Winscombe Community Centre, Sandford Road, Winscombe, BS25 1JA
    Contact: Peter Owen
    Tel: 01934 842666
    Description: The Society was founded in 1990 to promote the study of the history and archaeology of Winscombe. This is achieved through:
    • Holding meetings every two months during the winter
    • An Annual Social Evening, with a short talk, and exhibits of interest
    • Occasional summer rambles and visits to nearby sites
    • Supporting the Winscombe and Sandford History Project, initiated by the late Professor Mick Aston
    • Holding a collection of artefacts relating to Winscombe
    • Maintaining a library of books relevant to the history and location of the Parish
    • Providing a newsletter for members, with occasional essays on local topics.
    • Membership of the CBA Southwest, and of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society

    Meeting are held at the Community Centre usually on the third Thursday of alternate months in the winter.
    Membership fees are £6.00 per year, payable on January 1st, (or shortly thereafter!).
    Hard copies of the newsletter are delivered by hand (some by post), but an increasing number of members receive an electronic version by e-mail, which helps to reduce expenditure.
  • Winscombe & Sandford Millennium Green Trust
    Tel: 01934 843868
    Description: The Old Station Millennium Green is a community owned facility held in trust and managed by local volunteers on behalf of all residents of Winscombe and Sandford parish.
  • Walking for Health Group
    Address: Woodborough Inn, Sandford Road, Winscombe
    Contact: Sue and Tim Burrows
    Tel: 01934 842554
    Description: We are one of a collection of 6 friendly local short walk groups in Weston, Winscombe,
    Nailsea, Yatton, Clevedon and Pill/ Portishead aimed at people wanting gentle, accessible exercise.
    We meet outside the Woodborough Inn at 11am on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month.
    1 hour Walks are planned on a flat route with no stiles. There is always a Leader and Back-marker whose job it is to support the less confident or slower walkers.Our walks are circular and some walkers end the hour with coffee and a chat back at the Woodborough Inn.
    For more details please ring Tim or Sue Burrows on 01934 842554.

    We look forward to welcoming you to our friendly group!
  • Weston Walking Group
    Address: Mrs J Hole Secretary 6 Underwood Avenue Weston-super-Mare BS22 8BS
    Contact: Mrs Jennie Hole
    Tel: 01934 629189
    Description: The Group walks on Wednesdays, 7-8 miles and Saturdays, 8-9 miles with other social events arranged during the year.
  • Winscombe AFC
    Contact: Andy Flint
    Tel: 01934 842094
    Description: Winscombe AFC are a friendly welcoming club that have achieved Community Status.
    They are looking for local senior players to join the team. The club consists of 3 Saturday senior sides with new management at First Team County League level and they are looking to recruit and develop local talent.
    In addition to the senior side they also run an Under 18 mid-week Somerset County Floodlight League team and junior teams from under 6 to under 16.
    Senior training is on a Tuesday and Thursday night at 7.30pm. You are invited to pop down and see the facilities and set up that they have created or, if you would like more details you can contact the club Chairman, Andy Flint, on 01934 842094 or one of the Club Secretaries: Mel Moore on 07974635115 or Jane Weedon on 07522 907060.

  • Winscombe Bowling Club
  • Winscombe Cricket Club
    Address: Recreation Ground, The Lynch, Winscombe, BS251AP
    Tel: 01934 842720
  • Winscombe Ladies Hockey Club
    Description: We offer high standards of hockey and coaching whilst preserving a warm and friendly atmosphere throughout the Club, where newcomers are made most welcome - irrespective of the standard of hockey that you may play.
  • Winscombe Rugby Football Club
    Address: Longfield playing field, The Lynch, Winscombe, Somerset, BS25 1AP
    Contact: Mini & Junior section - Mike Williamson
    Tel: 01934 843511
    Description: Teams at all age groups from Under 6 to Under 17 10.00am to 12noon every Sunday morning through the season from 1 Sept. to 30 April.
    Everyone welcome, come along and have some fun. Our club motto is 'Friendship through Rugby'

    Our season starts again on Sunday, 2nd September 2012.

  • Winscombe Table Tennis Club
    Address: Winscombe Community Centre
    Contact: Richard or Sheila
    Tel: 01934 842305
    Mobile: 7899753603
    Description: Wednesdays, 10:30am and 7:30pm
  • Winscombe Tennis Club
    Address: Winscombe Lawn Tennis Club, The Lynch, Winscombe, BS25 1AP.
    Contact: Suzie
    Tel: 01934 843475
    Description: A friendly club with around 165 members offering some of the best facilities in the locality.
  • Winscombe WI
    Address: St. James Church Hall
    Contact: Lyn Sims
    Tel: 01934 842214
    Description: Winscombe WI is a local branch of the National organisation,
    for women of all ages.
    Our programme for 2017 can be found on this website on the Noticeboard, by
    clicking on the image at right, or this link for a printable version.

    There is an annual subscription to be a member of £39 in 2017.
    We welcome visitors at a cost of £4 per meeting.
    We meet at 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of the month at St James' Church
  • Sandford WI
    Address: Sandford Village Hall
    Contact: Jenny Barley (President)
    Tel: 01934 820893
    Description: Sandford WI is a local branch of the National organisation, for women of all ages. For a full view of WI activities see the website.
  • Age UK
    Address: Age UK Somerset Ash House Cook Way, Bindon Road Taunton Somerset TA2 6BJ
    Contact: Linda Jones
    Tel: 0845 643 4706
    Description: Senior Community Link is a forum for people over 50 who are interested in receiving up-to-date information about older people's issues and services and who will share this information with other people may they be your neighbour, relative or a group you are attending.

    There are five SCL groups in North Somerset (see below) and each have regular monthly meetings lasting approx. 2 hours. Each group decides the content of its meetings which have been as wide ranging as a local post box petition to cuts in public transport, for example.
    In addition, regular guestspeakers are invited to speak on current older people's issues and consultations.

    Having your voice heard is in the representation of each group to North Somerset Council and NHS North Somerset via the Older People Champion Group (OPCG) , which meets quarterly, and also in the various petitions we have initiated or supported.

    Meetings are free and all venues are disabled friendly (travel expenses can be claimed for attending each meeting).
    Minutes are sent to each SCL member and we now also have a regular SCL newsletter which is also available to non-members.

    All SCL groups meet once a year to reflect and have their voice heard.

    SCL group names and area covered:

    SCL North - Covering Portishead, Clevedon and Pill

    SCL South - Covering Weston

    SCL East - Covering the villages of North Somerset [Backwell, Long Ashton, Yatton, Dundry, Blagdon and between]

    SCL West - Covering Worle

    SCL Black and Minority Ethnic Group - This is run by Somerset Racial Equality Council Worker Miriam Robertson.
    For more information please phone Jane on 07758 469809.

  • Friends of St. James
    Contact: Maria Forbes
    Description: 'The Friends' is an independent and separately registered charity established more than two years ago whose activities are funded totally with the money it raises. The prime targets for support are the maintenance and enhancement of the church building and fabric either at the request of the PCC or as a proposal to the PCC.
    Please click here for the Friends page with much more detail about current activities
  • RNLI Lifeboats
    Contact: Tina Joyce
    Tel: 01934 842304
    Description: Winscombe and District Branch RNLI
  • The Big Bra Hunt !
    Description: Ladies, Oxfam need your bras! It may seem an odd request but they are sent to Senegal where Oxfam run a social enterprise called Frip Ethique. Ladies there bundle up the bras to sell to local market traders. The ladies at Frip Ethique earn a good wage to help them support their families and educate their children. Some of the profit from their work is returned to Oxfam for use in its work in Senegal. British Bras are seriously sought after in Senegal - as in many developing countries - they don't have the technology needed to manufacture them. Please dig out your ill-fitting, ones that looked better in the shop or unwanted gift bras and drop them into the 'Big Bra Hunt Box' in St James's Church Hall. Thank you!
  • W&S Fairtrade Group
    Description: New members welcome


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