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February 2020


Good morning Gentlemen and welcome to our February meeting.

We begin this month as our country has finally left the E.U market. Let’s hope the trade negotiations during this transactional period prove to be beneficial for us.

February is turning out to be an unlucky month for some of our Probus members. We have Eddie Bates in hospital with a broken hip, Chris Brough recovering from a walking accident and Bob Kay suffering with a foot ulcer. On behalf of Probus members I wish them all a speedy recovery to good health.

On a brighter theme the Probus club lunch at the Legs of Man on the 19 February was most pleasant and enjoyable for the members/wives and friends who attended.

                                                                                                       John Dunn President     









Wednesday 4 March     Probus walk – Long walk around Tittersworth Reservoir.

Tuesday 10 March         Probus bowling at Biddulph Leisure Centre 11am until 1pm.

Wednesday 18 March   Probus Council Meeting at Cricket Club 9.30am for 10am 

Friday 20 March            Probus weekend break at the Evans Hotel, Llandudno.

Wednesday 25 March   Probus Ordinary Meeting at Cricket Club 9.15am for 10am 


This month’s walk centered on Rudyard Lake. A party of nine walkers parked up at the Rudyard Hotel, booking in for lunch prior to our walk, which we walked in an anti-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 Hall is still derelict and the only major change being the number of trees uprooted in the recent storms.

Returning to the hotel we were pleased to find the food was up to its normal standard and was enjoyed by all.

The walk in March is on the 4th and will be the long route around Tittersworth reservoir, subject to weather conditions.

Provisional walks for 2020

April 8th Knypersley reservoir

May 6th Bluebell walk

June 3rd Winterley pool

July 1st Hanchurch woods

August 5th High Peak Trail

Sept 2nd South Cheshire Way

Nov 4th Westport Lake

Graham Tunnicliff



The lunch arranged by the President on Wednesday 19th February 2020 at the popular venue The Legs of Man was enjoyed by all who were able to attend.

Another week-end break has been arranged at the Evans Hotel Llandudno on Friday 20th March 2020. Bookings and deposits are being collected by Frank Timmis.

The Seven Day holiday arranged with Alfa Travel at the Cavendish Hotel Exmouth departing Sunday 17th May 2020 is now fully booked with 42 members and guests. The balance of £314.00 is now due and will be collected at the February meeting.

Presidents Evening will be held at the Manor House Hotel Alsager on Friday 29th May 2020 and menus are attached below. The cost will be £29.00 and a deposit of £10.00 per person will be required from those intending to attend at the February meeting.

A further week-end break will be held at the Evans Hotel Llandudno on Friday 6th November 2020. Bookings and deposits are being collected by Frank Timmis.

Ken Williamson






Cream of Vegetable Soup

Ham Hock Terrine homemade piccalilli and toasted sourdough bread 

Fresh Fruits and Melon charred grapefruit and mint dressing (V,GF)


Matured Roast English beef Yorkshire pudding and red wine gravy (served pink)

Roasted Chicken Supreme mushroom and tarragon cream sauce

Herb crusted Salmon Fillet served with parsley sauce


Tagliatelle with sautéed wild Mushrooms parmesan shavings and roast garlic cream sauce

All served with crispy roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, thyme carrots and steamed broccoli


Vanilla Cheesecake with seasonal berry compote

Sticky Toffee Pudding served with butterscotch sauce

Chocolate Profiteroles with chocolate sauce


PRICE £29 – £10 deposit required at March meeting



Margaret Bates would like say thanks to all Members and friends who have sent cards, best wishes and made telephone calls to enquire about the health of Eddie who is currently in hospital.


Do you need to know this?

Q: Why do men’s clothes have buttons on the right while women’s clothes have buttons on the left?
A: When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid’s right! And that’s where women’s buttons have remained since.Q: Why do ships and aircraft use ‘mayday’ as their call for help?
A: This comes from the French word m’aidez -meaning ‘help me’ — and is pronounced, approximately, ‘mayday.’

Q: Why are zero scores in tennis called ‘love’?
A: In France, where tennis became popular, the round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called ‘l’oeuf,’ which is French for ‘the egg.’ When tennis was introduced in the US, Americans (mis)pronounced it ‘love.’

Q. Why do X’s at the end of a letter signify kisses?
A: In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.

Q: Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called ‘passing the buck’?
A: In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing, he would ‘pass the buck’ to the next player.

Q: Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?
A: It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would only touch or clink the host’s glass with his own.

Q: Why are people in the public eye said to be ‘in the limelight’?

A: Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and theatres by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theatre, a performer ‘in the limelight’ was the centre of attention.

Q: Why is someone who is feeling great ‘on cloud nine’?
A: Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.Q: In golf, where did the term ‘Caddie’ come from?
A. When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl, Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scots game ‘golf.’ He had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when returned to Scotland 
(not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced ‘ca-day’ and the Scots changed it into ‘caddie.’

Q: Why are many coin banks shaped like pigs?
A: Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of a dense orange clay called ‘pygg’. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as ‘pygg banks.’ When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a container that resembled a pig. And it caught on.

So there you are! Now you know!                                                                                                                                      

Newsletter Editor 

As Chris Brough is incapacitated at present, Michael Nield has compiled and published the Probus Newsletter. Articles of interest to members should be sent by Email to Michael at or phone 01782 782004 in the first instance. For an inclusion in the next newsletter, articles should be delivered to the editor at least 7 days before the monthly meeting. Our next Probus meeting is on the Wednesday 25 March 2020 at Kidsgrove Cricket Club, 9.30 for 10am.