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April 2015

President’s Remarks

I am pleased to report that the musical evening with Pie and Pea supper was a success with 55 pies being consumed. CDs brought in by members were very varied and the music continued until past 11 o-clock. Thanks to all who took part to make the evening so enjoyable. Musical evenings will recommence in the Autumn and it is hoped to include a cheese and wine theme for the first event.

From one success to another, a big thanks and congratulations to our social committee who did such a splendid job in organising the holiday to Weymouth. More details will follow in their report, but I will just mention, that we now have two sporting champions. Ken Williamson and Frank Timmis, who were declared joint winners of the putting competition. After an extended tie-break it was impossible to separate them their efforts being loudly applauded by all those who had taken part and the other spectators.

The outdoor bowling season has commenced and once again Len dale is doing a fine job organising the bowling every Tuesday, all welcome.

Unfortunately I was unable to organise the club walk this month, many thanks to new member Gary Bell for stepping in at the last minute, unfortunately only 5 people turned up, hopefully more will attend the next walk which will be a bluebell extravaganza and include little visited areas of Bathpool and, of course Parrot’s Drumble

We have a busy time coming up with our various trips and don’t forget the Presidents Evening on Friday 29th May.


The speaker today is Mr Graham Royle who will talk to us about Bees and Bee Keeping.

Birthdays during May 2015

Ernie Beckett, John Lowe.

Re: Winifred Murphy

Winifred died peacefully at the RSUH on 30 March after a short illness. She was the wife of the late Tom who was our first President from 1996-1997.  Her funeral will take place on Monday 27 April 2015 at St John the Evangelist Church, Kidsgrove at 11.00am followed by interment at Tunstall Cemetery. She will be sadly missed.

Re: Eddie Bates

Eddie has been in contact to say that he is making good progress and wishes to thank people who have been in touch and sent him get well cards. He is undergoing physiotherapy and hopes to be with us soon.

Did You Know?

Q. When and where were jigsaws invented?

A. The jigsaw was invented by the English map-maker and geographer John Spilsbury in 1760. His first were maps of the world pasted on to board and cut up as an educational aid to teach geography.

Walk Report – Wednesday 4th April

We had an enjoyable walk this month around Apedale Country Park.  Five members attended and the walk took about 2 hours followed by lunch at the Visitor Centre Café in the park during which the museum guide took it upon himself to impress us with his knowledge of the parks industrial past.

During the walk we stopped at the Energy Centre, a new building which incorporates various renewable energy technologies and the latest energy saving building techniques in its operation and construction.  One of the Staffordshire County Rangers chatted to us here about the park and the building which was very interesting.

Garry Bell 

Holiday to Weymouth – April 2015

All present and correct for an early start to the Norfolk Hotel. It was an uneventful journey with two stops for refreshments. Forty two members and guests completed the usual quiz and we arrived at approx. 3 o’clock.

The Norfolk is a small hotel/guest house which we filled. First impressions were not great but the place grew on us. The staff, although few, were friendly and efficient. The food was varied and usually good. The bedrooms varied between excellent and poor but all were clean and newly decorated. Plenty of hot water and clean towels. The main drawback was the lack of a lounge. With the weather being so good this did not present too much of a problem, the sea and sands being only 40 yards away.

Entertainment:  The bar and dance floor were in the basement. Saturday night was Tim’s turn. He played the guitar and accordion and could involve the audience with a dance and played pretty well all kinds of music. Different from all the others who were tied to their computer’s library. He was entertaining.

Sunday was a younger guitarist who played music from the 60’s/70’s. Monday was for the father of Pete who played on Sunday. He was slightly more versatile, his name was Steve. Tuesday was a quiz night master minded by Andrew. He was bar man and bingo caller (every night). The most patient man alive.

Wednesday – Well, again 60’s/70’s music with little variation. O.K if you like that music. Thursday: Most of us took a visit to the local theatre. The local group were performing a stage version of Dad’s Army, specially written by Perry and Croft. Excellent performances! For me the best of the week’s entertainment. Friday – Most of us gathered to hear a Father and Daughter singing act. They worked hard with a varied programme; in fact they both sang themselves hoarse. A good final night!

During the week we visited Dorchester, Poole, Bournemouth, Corfe Castle, Swanage, Bridport, Abbotsbury Lyme Regis, Portland and of course Weymouth. All had their interests and were enjoyed. With the weather being so good we all enjoyed the various places. The week was rounded off when President Graham organised a putting competition which was well attended and enjoyed by most of our group.

The journey home was uneventful. Thanks to our Alpha driver, Kevin who was most helpful to our flock. A good week!

I must apologise to the quiz members for some unknown reason I put fish instead of duck in one of the questions. No reason, my dictionary says duck. Sorry Ducks!

Frank Timmis

Shrewsbury Flower Show

If you are interested in a visit to Shrewsbury Flower Show on Friday 14 August 2015, please put your name on the list at the meeting on 29 April. Cost £29.00 for coach and show or £10.00 for Town only.

Dates for your Diary  

Wednesday29 April 2015Probus Ordinary Meeting at the Cricket Club. Meet 9.30am for 10.00am start.Tuesday5 May 2015Probus Bowls at C.H.B.C at 10.15am. Make own arrangements for lunch afterwards.Wednesday6 May 2015Probus Walk. The walk today is a bluebell extravaganza, starting in Bathpool and including Parrot’s Drumble.Tuesday12 May 2015Probus Bowls at C.H.B.C at 10.15am. Make own arrangements for lunch afterwards.Thurs – Sat14 – 16  May 2015Over My Dead Body. Comedy Play at Yoxall Hall Haslington. Doors Open 7pm Performance 7.30pm Tickets £6.00. See Peter Lloyd for TicketsTuesday19 May 2015Probus Bowls at C.H.B.C at 10.15am. Lunch at the Clough Hall Hotel afterwards. Bookings being taken by Len Dale.Wednesday20 May 2015Probus Council Meeting at the Cricket Club. Meet 9.30am.Monday25 May 2015Probus coach outing to Liverpool to see Cunard’s ocean going liners Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria on the River Mersey. Cost £10.00 to be paid at the meeting on 29 April 2015.Tuesday26 May 2015Probus Bowls at C.H.B.C at 10.15am. Make own arrangements for lunch afterwards.Wednesday27 May 2015Probus Ordinary Meeting at the Cricket Club. Meet 9.30am for 10.00am start.Friday29 May 2015President’s Evening at Lawton Memorial Hall. Meet 6.15pm for 7.00pm start. Cost £20.00 to be paid at the meeting on 29 April 2015.  
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