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February 2017

President’s Remarks

Welcome to this February meeting. I was sorry I could not attend last month’s gathering. This was due to family commitments. 

My thanks to Terry Dale for officiating in my place. The feedback I received was very favourable and it gave Terry an opportunity to practise his role as President ready for June. I knew the meeting would be in a safe pair of hands.

This has been a quiet month after the hustle and bustle of the festive season, a chance to relax and look forward to our spring holiday in the Isle of Wight.

Bob Kay has now had a new leg fitted and is coping well. He and Sheila have now moved to an apartment in Newcastle. We wish both of them every happiness in their new home. Hopefully, Bob will be able to continue meeting with us at some time in the future.


The speaker for our February meeting is Mr. Tim Coltman

His talk is entitled :-  A Story Of Two Crosses.

Birthdays in March:-

Peter Davenport, Norman Hart and John Vardon

The February Walk was from Brereton Park Nature Reserve 

This month’s walk was from Brereton Heath Nature Reserve following a bridleway down into the Dane Valley.  We crossed the river in this rich dairy country and walked up into Swettenham where we followed a circular walk around the village, ending up at the 12th century church of St. Peter.  We then retraced our steps back along the bridleway to Brereton Heath.

Twelve people went on the walk – seven members and five ladies.  We had a very enjoyable lunch at The Swan next to the station in Holmes Chapel.

March Walk

For the March walk we re-visit The Cloud – surely one of the best short walks for miles around – if the visibility is good!

We will park at Timbersbrook and walk the opposite way round to the usual walk.

I suggest we go to the Church House, Buglawton for lunch.

Please meet on the tiered car parks in Kidsgrove  at 9:30 on Wednesday 1st March.                                                         


Probus Indoor Bowls Schedule at Biddulph  Sports Centre 2016/17

The last one of the indoor season  –  Tuesday 14th March.

All the matches start at 11am and finish at 1pm.

Dates For Your Diary

Wednesday 8th March – Probus Club luncheon at the ‘Legs of Man’ in Smallwood. Meet in the restaurant –  1.00pm for a 1.30pm. John Crutchley is organising the event.

Tuesday14th March Bowls at Biddulph Leisure Centre 11am to 1pm

Saturday 29th April to Sunday 7th May  Isle of Wight Holiday.


A four course Sunday Lunch will be held at the Masonic Hall Kidsgrove on the 9th April 2017 at a cost of £15.00. per head.

The holiday to Shanklin, Isle of Wight has 42 members, partners and friends attending and departs from Kidsgrove on Saturday 29thApril and returning on Saturday 6th May. Deposits of £50.00 per person have already been paid and the balance of £299.00 per person is due at the meeting on 22nd February 2017. Outings on the holiday include a visit to Ryde and Osborne House and a full day Island Tour.

        The President’s Evening will again be held at the Manor House Hotel, Alsager on Friday 26th May, with after dinner entertainment at a cost of £30.00 per person. Adrian looks forward to a good attendance to mark the climax of his year in office.

A week’s holiday to Ilfracombe with Alfa Travel is proposed, departing on Sunday 3rd September 2017.

Enquiries are still being made for a visit to the Houses of Parliament in London, but at present our local MP is busy with the Stoke Central By-election. Further news will be advised later.

Ken Williamson 

New Picture Gallery on Kidsgrove Probus Web Site

Thanks to the foresight and hard work of Mike Nield and Peter Lloyd, Kidsgrove Probus Club now has an enhanced Picture Gallery.

The Gallery is accessed from the Members Section, at the bottom of  the Navigation List, for which you will need a password to gain access. As well as many images from 1996 to the present, there is other useful information for members.

The Amateur Philosopher

Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be!

       Abraham Lincoln.

Our next Probus meeting is on Wednesday 29th March, 9.30 for 10am

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