Probus Club of Kidsgrove > Newsletters > April 2019

April 2019


Another quiet month, except for the weekend trip to Llandudno. Members and guests enjoyed a very pleasant weekend there, at the Evans Hotel.  The accommodation, food, and the entertainment were very good and along with pleasant company, made for a very enjoyable stay.

Peter Lloyd is on his way to a full recovery and we hope to see him attending our monthly meetings very soon.

Dennis Fletcher is still rather unwell, but hopefully he will improve soon.

I am on holiday when we have our April monthly meeting, so our Vice-President will take the Chair.

         Norman Hankey, President.

                                                    TODAYS SPEAKER

Mr. S Farrelli

The Life and Times of James Brindley


John Lowe.


Everyone who attended enjoyed the weekend break at the Evans Hotel Llandudno on Friday 5th April 2019. If you wish to attend another weekend break at the Evans Hotel Llandudno on Friday 1st November 2019, names and room requirements and £20.00 deposit per person are to be forwarded to Michael Nield as soon as possible.

The visit to the Gladstone Pottery Museum, Longton has had to be re-arranged and the new date will be advised at the meeting today. The outing to Bala and Llangollen has now been arranged for Wednesday 14th August 2019.

The Presidents Evening will be held at the Manor House Hotel, Alsager on Friday 31st May 2019. Payment of £28.00 per person and menu selection will be required at the April meeting. The menu selection is attached to this report.

Members travelling on the Holiday to Scarborough on Sunday 21st July 2019 are reminded that the balance payment of £344.00 per person is required at the April meeting. There are still some places available to fill the coach.

The Christmas Luncheon will be held at the Lawton Memorial Hal on Wednesday 4th December 2019.                                                Ken Williamson.





Vegetable soup

Ham hock terrine

Fresh fruits and melon


Slow braised blade of beef

Pan fried chicken breast

Salmon fillet


Crème Brule

Sticky toffee pudding

Vanilla cheesecake


Ken Williamson

Thur-Sat9 – 11May 2019Tip Toe Through The Tombstones –  A comedy at Yoxall Village Hall Haslington Doors open 7.00pm Curtain up 7.30pm  Tickets £7.00 from Peter LloydTel: 01270586094   or   07592334041


A party of 25 Probus members, wives, partners and guests spent a happy and relaxed weekend at the Evans Hotel in Llandudno. We were the only guests there, so we had a choice of bedrooms. Food and staff were excellent and evenings were taken up with Bingo followed by quizzes and karaoke on the Friday evening, a male singer with 50/60s songs on the Saturday evening and on the Sunday evening we had a lady singer who sang a spectrum of songs from folk to jazz. All very entertaining, and we had plenty of laughs and dancing! Barbara Crutchley and Chris Brough celebrated their birthdays during the holiday and Jane and Carl Lawrence celebrated managing their 60 years together. Cheers!

          Everyone did their own thing during the day with walks along the promenade and pier, walks around or over the Great Orme, on foot, by car or by bus to the Little Orme (seals are a common sight at both the Ormes), Red Wharf Bay, Colwyn Bay and Conwy. Further afield, people visited Prestatyn, Bangor and The National Trust Gardens at Bodnant, in the Conwy Valley. The club plan to return to the Evans Hotel in early November.                         Frank Timmis/Chris Brough


This month’s walk centred on Rudyard Lake. A somewhat depleted party of 6 walkers parked our cars at the Rudyard Hotel, booking in for lunch prior to our walk, which we did in a clockwise direction.

          Our usual Wednesday weather had been booked and we all enjoyed this 5 mile stroll in the sunshine without incident.

In fact, so little changes it is almost as though it is frozen in time. The only noticeable difference on this occasion was the railway track that has been recently relaid.

          Returning to the hotel we were joined for lunch by Len’s wife and daughter. The food was up to its normal standard and enjoyed by all, some even having deserts. Names redacted to preserve modesty.

          The walk in May is on the 1st and will be on the Biddulph Valley Way and the Staffordshire Way, centred on The Church House in Buglawton. Meet at Kidsgrove car park 0930hrs.

                                                                                                         Graham Tunnicliff


A drunken Irishman staggers into a church confessional booth, sits down, but says nothing. The priest coughs a few times to get his attention but the drunk continues to sit there. Finally, the priest pounds three times on the partition wall. The drunk mumbles “Ain’t no use knockin”, there’s no paper on this side either!”

                                                                                             Submitted by David Tipper.


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Chris Brough compiles and publishes the Probus Newsletter.

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7 days before the monthly meeting. Our next Probus meeting is on Wednesday 29th May at Kidsgrove Cricket Club, 9.30 for 10am.