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March 2015

President’s Remarks

Thank you to all members who attended St Thomas’s Church to pay their last respects to Maurice Colclough on the occasion of his funeral. The church was full and it is fair to say that the majority of the mourners were Probus members and their wives.


You will remember that our PA system had failed at our last meeting; fortunately this coincided with the Town Council awarding community grants to local organisations towards operational equipment.   

Consequently we applied to the council and I am pleased to announce that we have been awarded the full amount enabling us to purchase a replacement system, including head set microphones, USB ports and other sockets which will enable us to connect to computers and other related devices. I will make a further announcement at the next meeting.

The last indoor bowls competition at the Oakley Centre in Crewe took place on Tuesday 17 March and this seasons winners were awarded the cherished cup. Celebrations continued in the Travellers Rest at Scholar Green. 


It has been confirmed that the Oakley centre will remain open until April 2016, this means that the traditional Winter season bowls competition will commence again in September 2015.


It does not seem two months since we had to abandon our Musical Evening due to a severe weather forecast and for once they got it right, fortunately our treasurer had plenty of space in his freezer and the pies were saved. So Thursday 26th March is the big day, make sure you attend and bring along your choice of music which I will be pleased to play. Don’t forget there is also a free raffle.

The next walk will be on April 1st, meet on the terraced car park in Kidsgrove at 09:30hrs. The walk will be in Apedale Country Park. Lunch t.b.a.

Graham Tunnicliff

The Speaker today is Mr Tom Cunningham who will talk to us about the Battle of North Atlantic 

Birthdays during April 2015

Eddie Bates, John Hughes, Andrew Dimelow, Stephen Jenks, Chris Brough.

Walk Report 

There is no walk report this month due to Maurice’s funeral.


The final of the indoor long mat bowling took place at the Victoria Centre Crewe on Wednesday 17 March 2015. The competition was competed for over three matches and the winning team comprised of Grace Lowe, Terry Cook, Peter Crowther Green, Dennis Fletcher, Michael Nield and Len Dale.

The trophy was presented by President Graham Tunnicliff. Members retired afterwards to a Pre-booked superb lunch at the Travellers Rest Inn at Scholar Green.

The outdoor season of Crown Green Bowling commences on Tuesday 7 April 2015 at 10.15am at Clough Hall Bowling Club. Members are asked to make their own arrangements for lunch afterwards.

News From Ernie Beckett

Ernie is currently in Ravenscroft Care Home in Kidsgrove and would be delighted if any Probus Members could visit him. From Sunday 29 March 2015 he will be transferring to The Poplars Care Home, Alsagers Bank, Stoke-on-Trent. ST7 8BA. Tel no: 01782 721515

Commumity Computer Course

Details have been received of the next community Computer Courses at the old Clough Hall Technology College. From 1st January 2015 the new name for the school is The King’s CE (VA) School.

Thursday – 4 June 2015

Thursday – 11 June 2015

Thursday – 18 June 2015

Thursday – 25 June 2015

Thursday – 2 July 2015

Thursday – 9 July 2015

The courses will be held at 1.30pm until 3.00pm. If you wish to attend, please advise Chris Brough.


The coach holiday to Weymouth 8 days Saturday 11 April 2015 to Saturday 18 April will depart at the following times:-

Town Hall, Kidsgrove               –         9.15am

Clough Hall Road                      –         9.20am

Cedar Avenue, Butt Lane           –         9.30am

West Avenue, Talke                  –         9.35am

Church Lawton                          –         9.45am

Tour Excursions

Full Day to Poole and Bournemouth

Full Day to Dorchester, Bridport and Abbotsbury.

Full Day to Corfe Castle and Swanage.

There are still vacancies for the holiday to Bognor Regis 7 days Sunday 23 August 2015 to Saturday 29 August 2015 staying at the Royal Norfolk Hotel Cost £379.00. Insurance if required £21.00

Tour Excursions

Full Day to Chichester and Selsey.

Full Day to Portsmouth and Southsea.

Full Day to Worthing and Arundel.

Ken Williamson

Dates for Your Diary

 Wednesday25 Mar 2015Probus Ordinary Meeting at the Cricket Club. Meet 9.30am for 10.00am start.Thursday26 Mar 2015Probus Music Evening at the Cricket Club. Meet at 7.30pm. Bring along a C.D of your choice and select a track to be played. Everyone welcome. There will be a pie and pea supper. Cost £3.00 with free raffle. Everyone welcome.Wednesday1 April 2015Probus Walk in Apedale Country Park. Lunch T.B.A.Tuesday7 April 2015Probus Bowls at C.H.B.C at 10.15am. Make own arrangements for lunch afterwards.Saturday11 – 19 Apr 2015Probus coach holiday to Weymouth with Alpha Holidays stopping at the Norfolk Hotel.Tuesday21 April 2015Probus Bowls at C.H.B.C at 10.15am.Tuesday28 April 2015Probus Bowls at C.H.B.C at 10.15am.Wednesday29 April 2015Probus Ordinary Meeting at the Cricket Club. Meet 9.30am for 10.00am start.  
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