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August 2015

President’s Remarks

It is with sadness at this point in my Presidency that I was informed on 2 August that one of our members Trevor Proudman had passed away in Macclesfield General Hospital. Trevor had been a probus member for a long time but was unable to attend meetings due to his failing health. He will however, be sadly missed.

There are really no further matters to report on at this moment in time as my report is only a week since our last meeting. I would however like to wish a happy holiday to all of you who are going on the holiday to Bognor Regis and other members who are going on holiday elsewhere.

Stephen Rhodes

The Speaker today is Mr David McCaddon and his talk is entitled “After the Ripper”.

Birthdays during September 2015

Len Dale, Michael Nield, Eric Owen, Graham Brown, Frank Timmis.

Holiday Bognor Regis – 23 August 2015

Forty five members, partners and guests are looking forward to the holiday to the Royal Norfolk Hotel, Bognor Regis with Alpha Travel. Excursions include outings to Portsmouth and Southsea, Worthing and Arundel and Chichester and Selsey.

Pick up times on Sunday 23 August 2015 are as follows:-

9.30am        Town Hall, Kidsgrove.

9.40am        Clough Hall Road, Kidsgrove

9.50am        Cedar Avenue, Butt Lane.

9.55am        West Avenue, Talke.

10.00am      Liverpool Road West, Church Lawton.

Ken Williamson

Winter Bowls

The Biddulph Valley Leisure Centre has been booked for Probus Members to continue to enjoy bowling on the long indoor mats during the winter period.The sessions will take place on the 2nd Tuesday of the month on the following dates: – 13 October 2015, 10 November 2015, 8 December 2015, 12 January 2016, 9 February 2016 and 8 March 2016. They will be held between 11.00am and 1.00pm. If anyone has enjoyed a meal in the Biddulph area that they can recommend for probus members to use, then please let Len Dale have the venue details

Walk Report

This photo (courtesy Peter Lloyd) shows our intrepid band taking a breather before crossing the Alton Road about 2 miles into our 5 mile walk through the Churnet Valley. The Walk follows the now disused railway line. On this occasion we detoured along Red Road before crossing the Alton Road to join a track leading to bridge over the River Churnet and back along the railway track to reach the village of Oakamoor. Thanks go to the Publican of the Lord Nelson who had agreed to open for us. Suitably refreshed and about 2 hours later we departed homewards.

G. Tunnicliff


I remember the Britain of my childhood,

And the bread that we cut with a knife,

When the children helped with the housework,

And the men went to work not the wife.

The cheese never needed a fridge,

And the bread was so crusty and hot,

The children were seldom unhappy

And the wife was content with her lot.

I remember the milk from the bottle,

With the yummy cream on the top,

Our dinner came hot from the oven,

And not from a freezer; or shop.

The kids were a lot more contented,

They didn’t need money for kicks,

Just a game with their friends in the road,

And sometimes the Saturday flicks.

I remember the shop on the corner,

Where sweets for pennies were sold

Do you think I’m a bit too nostalgic?

Or is it….I’m just getting old?

Bathing was done in a tub,

With plenty of rich foamy suds

But the ironing seemed never ending

As Mother ironed everyone’s clothes.

I remember the slap on my backside,

And the taste of soap if I swore

Anorexia and diets weren’t heard of

And we hadn’t much choice what we wore.

Do you think that bruised our ego?

Or our initiative was destroyed?

We ate what was put on the table

And I think life was better enjoyed.

Author, Unknown  

 Dates for your diary

Wednesday19 Aug 2015Probus Ordinary Meeting at the Cricket Club. Meet 9.30am for 10.00am start.
Sunday – Saturday23 – 29 Aug 2015Probus coach holiday with Alpha Travel to Bognor Regis.
Tuesday1 Sept 2015Probus Bowls at C.H.B.C at 10.15am.
Wednesday2 Sept 2015The Probus walk today will start from Deep Hayes Country Park and will be about 5 miles long. Lunch en-route at the Holly Bush, at Denford, on the Cauldon canal. This is about half a mile from the end of the walk.Meet on the terraced car park in Kidsgrove at 9.30am.
Tuesday8 Sept 2015Probus Bowls at C.H.B.C at 10.15am.
Tuesday15 Sept 2015Probus Bowls at C.H.B.C at 10.15am. Lunch at The Travellers Rest, Scholar Green afterwards. Order your meal in advance through Len Dale.
Tuesday22 Sept 2015Probus Bowls at C.H.B.C at 10.15am.
Wednesday23 Sept 2015Probus Council Meeting at the Cricket Club. Meet 9.30am.
Wednesday30 Sept 2015Probus Ordinary Meeting at the Cricket Club. Meet 9.30am for 10.00am start.

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