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The SECOND Year – July 1997 to June 1998


The SECOND Year – July 1997 to June 1998

The PresidentRoy Potts
Vice PresidentJohn Podmore
Hon TreasurerDerrick Bradshaw
Hon SecretaryDerek Sharp
Social SecretaryJack Poole
Speakers SecretaryDon Lawton


Further talks took place; the first was given by Founder Member Edward Bracegirdle – about his trip to Romania. Other subjects were:-

Caring Services, Pottery Industry, Great English Walks, Engelsea Brook Museum, Lions Movement, Egyptology, Integral Yoga, Day Care Centres, Clock Making and Restoring.


An impending visit to Bass Brewery at Burton was cancelled.


A Musical Evening was arranged as a contribution to the Centenary Celebrations in connection with the Kidsgrove Town Hall. The event took place in the Town Hall on the 11th September 1997.

Some bowls and golf matches were arranged with other clubs.

The usual Christmas Luncheon took place at the Rifleman Inn on the 17thDecember 1997. Volunteers from the club again helped the Rotary Club with the ‘Santa Claus Collection’ held on the 20th December 1997.


At the first meeting in July ’97, The President announced the death of Founder Member and Treasurer – JOHN CROWTHER-GREEN. Members also learned of the death of John’s widow which took place shortly after.

The sudden death in December of Club Member BERNARD LEESE was announced.


President Roy Potts had this to say about his Presidential Year:-

“I thought that taking over from Tom Murphy would prove to be a hard act to follow. However, with the help of my Officers I felt a sense of satisfaction in being able to further the work done previously. My term in office was saddened by the death of two members and the serious illness of another member who I am pleased to say, made a good recovery”.