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April 2017

  President’s  Remarks  26th April 2017

Hopefully, I will be able to attend this month’s meeting, but because of my recent illness I have been instructed to take life at a slower pace for a while, so have asked Terry Dale to lead this session.

There are many people I wish to thank for the support they have given to me during this difficult time, particularly Terry who has led meetings, taken calls and messages as well as kept everyone informed about my progress. A special thank you as well to Michael Nield who has also helped with this task. What can Margaret and I say about the wonderful, caring prayers, messages, cards and offers of help we have received? We have been uplifted by the kindness of you and your wives. What a privilege it is to be part of such a supportive group.

 A warm welcome to Malcolm Rigby who received full membership of Probus at the last meeting. Malcolm, we hope you enjoy the fellowship. 

I would like to wish all those members going to the Isle of Wight on the 29th April a very happy holiday. We had wished to be with you,


The speaker for our April Meeting is: Mr J Nicholls

                 His talk is entitled :-  British Railways During WW1.

Birthdays in May:-

John Lowe.

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April Walk Report 5th April

April’s walk was centred on Audlem and the Shropshire Union canal.  We walked along the canal towards Market Drayton past a staircase of 15 locks raising the canal 93 feet. Then we circled round through farmland and Audlem itself before walking down a long picturesque dell just north of the village to re-join the canal.  We walked back down the canal to the Bridge pub in Audlem where we had an enjoyable lunch.  The walk was about 6 miles long, 5 members and 3 ladies attended.

Next Walk

Unfortunately I will not be able to lead a walk in May because of the Probus holiday.  

The June walk will be the Dove Dale Approach from the Okeover Arms in Mapleton near Ashbourne, more details in May’s newsletter.

    Gary Bell

Social Report

The Sunday Lunch held at the Masonic Hall Kidsgrove on the 9thApril was attended by 40 members and friends and enjoyed by all who attended.

   We now look forward to the holiday to Shanklin, Isle of Wight departing from Kidsgrove on Saturday 29th April and returning on Saturday 6th May. Pick up times and luggage labels will be distributed when received from Robinsons.

   Thursday 11th May to Saturday 13th May – ‘Ghost Train’ (by Arnold Ridley) is being staged at Yoxhall Village Hall, Haslington. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm, Tickets £6.50 from Peter Lloyd – 01270 586094.

   President’s Evening at the Manor House Hotel, Alsager on the 26th May 6.30 for 7.00pm with after dinner entertainment at a cost of £30.00 per person. Names payment and menu selection required by 7th May.

   A proposed week’s holiday to Ilfracombe with Alfa Travel, departing Sunday 3rd September 2017. More names are required to ascertain that this holiday is viable.

   Enquiries are being made for a coach outing to Liverpool in June and Southport in August.

   A visit to the Arboretum at Alrewas and the City of Lichfield is proposed for August

   Watch this space for further details.

    Ken Williamson

New Picture Gallery on Kidsgrove Probus Web Site

Have you checked out the new picture gallery on our website that has been created by Mike Nield and Peter Lloyd? The Gallery is accessed from the Members Section, at the bottom of the Navigation List on the web site, for which you will need a password to gain access. You can send images to Mike or Peter for inclusion of Probus outings and events if you wish. As well as the many images from 1996 to the present, there is other useful information for members.

        Please note:- Recently some web browser service providers have added caveats to their web sites, where you are required to provide a login password. This is to remind us, (this covers the provider for Health and Safety requirements) that when logging into a website or part of a website requiring a password, there is no encryption of password or data on their network.

Dates For Your Diary 

Saturday 29th April – Sunday 7th May. 8 day holiday to Isle of Wight.

Thursday 11th May to Saturday 13th May – ‘Ghost Train’ (by Arnold Ridley) is being staged at Yoxhall Village Hall, Haslington. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm, Tickets £6.50p from Peter Lloyd – 01270 586094.

Wednesday 24 May – Council Meeting at the Clough Hall Hotel at 9.30am. Friday 26 May 

Presidents Evening at the Manor House Hotel, Alsager. Meet 6.30pm for 7.00pm.

                                        Earth’s Celestial Bells.

My wife and I have just recently returned from a holiday in Suffolk, where we visited the birthplace of the painter John Constable and where the local parish church has an unusual arrangement of bells and bell ringing.

The story goes that many centuries ago the church builders ran out of money to build a bell tower after completing the church and having the bells made. So, being ingenious people, they dug a large hole in the churchyard and partially sank the bells into the hole. They built a ‘Bell Cage’ around the bells and they are still used in the service of the church to this day. To see how it all works, just use the  address given here.           

       Chris Brough   

                     The ‘Bell Cage’ at East Bergholt Parish Church

Outdoor Bowls

Len Dale informs me that there is a growing interest in the weekly outdoor bowling at Clough Hall Bowling Club – three members on the first week, seven on the second and 10 on the third week. It can only get better Len, the weather is getting warmer!

The Amateur Philosopher

In ‘Times Like These’ it helps to recall that there have always been ‘Times Like These.’

              Paul Harvey.

Newsletter Editor

Chris Brough compiles and publishes the Probus Newsletter.

Articles of interest to members should be sent by Email to Chris at  or phone 01782 784075 in the first instance. For any inclusion in the next newsletter, articles should be delivered to the editor at least 10 days before the monthly meeting.

Our next Probus meeting is on Wednesday 31st May at 

    Kidsgrove Cricket Club, 9.30 for 10am.