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June 2018

AGM Meeting

The June meeting will bring to an end my term as President. I have felt it an honour and a privilege to serve our great club in this capacity. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our club officials and council members for all the hard work they do behind the scenes, and have helped to make my job enjoyable and  a memorable experience.

It has been a year not without its sad happenings as we said farewell to three of our long serving ex-presidents, John Manley, Len Harrop and Peter Lowe, who contributed so much to the success of the club, who were also our friends and are sorely missed. It has been a shock to receive the recent news that another of our members, Graham Bew, passed away on Saturday 2nd June. He had suffered with ill health in recent months. He became a member in 2013 and thoroughly enjoyed Probus. He and Joan had joined us on a number of our holidays. Our thoughts are with Joan and the family at this sad time.

On a more cheerful note, June 21st marked the Summer Equinox and we can now all look forward to some warm sunny days and lighter nights. Probably many of us will have holidays planned for here or abroad or simply days out with family and friends. We also have Wimbledon fortnight thrown in for good measure, with strawberries and cream on the menu and where the players coming on to the centre court will walk past a quote from the iconic poem by Rudyard Kipling  “IF”.  “If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat these two imposters just the same etc”, which reminds me of this months Probus walk, again kindly organised by Graham Tunnicliff when a number of us spent a lovely sunny day walking around Rudyard Lake followed by lunch at the Rudyard Hotel and from where Kipling takes his name as a result of his parents meeting there in 1863.   

Whatever it is you have planned, Pauline and I wish you all a very happy relaxing summer.

Now it is only left for me to wish our incoming President Norman Hankey an enjoyable and successful year.

Terry Dale, President  

Peter Lowe

Doreen and the family would like to say a big thank you to all those who attended Peter’s funeral and who donated to The Douglas Macmillan Hospice. The total of all the monies donated was £837. Once again our thanks, Doreen.

Birthdays in July 2018

Bill Booth, Terry Dale, Peter Lloyd and Malcolm Rigby.

Social Report June 2018


Unfortunately numbers were insufficient to warrant the Tinsel and Turkey holiday to Llandudno in November and the holiday booked with Alfa Travel has had to be cancelled.

Provisional arrangements have been made for an outing to Llangollen and Bala with a ride on the Bala Lakeside Steam Railway on Wednesday 11thJuly 2018 at a cost of £25.00 per person. Names will be collected at the June meeting.

Arrangements for the visit to Middleport Pottery are on going and hopefully a date for the visit will be advised at the June meeting.       Ken Williamson.

Club Walk.  Wednesday 6th June

Eight of us travelled to Rudyard, parking at the hotel where we were later to enjoy lunch.

Ten years ago when we walked around the lake there was seventeen of us. Time has taken it’s toll but I am pleased to say that the sun is continuing to shine.

This time, by way of a change, we walked in an anti clockwise direction starting at the visitor centre, then climbing up past the much improved houses that line this section of the lake.

The next point of interest was Cliffe House, which I described in 2008 as being rather sad looking. Well nothing has changed. From this view point you get a complete view of the 168 acre lake.

Walking down the driveway we eventually came to the bridge leading us to the Car Park at Ryecroft, which is where the old Railway Station to Macclesfield was and is now the terminus for the miniature train line and the very pleasant level walk returning us to the dam and on to The Rudyard Hotel where we enjoyed a very pleasant lunch.

The next walk will continue with the lake theme. Meet at the Kidsgrove car parks at 0930 on Wednesday 4th July for a trip to Tittersworth Reservoir. Lunch will be at the Lazy Trout.                                      Graham Tunnicliff.

Winter Bowls   The dates for the winter bowls season 2018/19 are as follows:-  October 9th, November 13th, December 11th, January 8th, February 12th and March12th.

A Club Photograph will be attempted at this June meeting!

WORDPLAY,  Submitted by David Tipper

  1. I went to a bookstore and asked the assistant “Where’s the self help section please? She said “If I told you it would defeat the purpose”.
  2. Atheism is a non-prophet making organization.    
  3. Is there another word for Synonym?
  4. What if there were no hypothetical questions.
  5. Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?
  6. If you ate both pasta & antipasto, would you still be hungry?
  7. Why is there a use by date on sour cream?
  8. If you try to fail and succeed, which have you done?
  9. What was the best thing before sliced bread?


The Amateur Philosopher

                  When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.

                                                                       Confucius 551 – 479 BC

Newsletter Editor

Chris Brough compiles and publishes the Probus Newsletter.

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           Our next Probus meeting is on Wednesday 25th of July at

                      Kidsgrove Cricket Club, 9.30 for 10am.

                              LATE NEWS

New Data Protection Laws Issued By H. M. Government.


You will have read the article in the spring edition of the Probus Magazine regarding the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which came in to force on May 25th 2018.

This affects our club as we collect and store personal data on members. To abide with the law it is necessary to have the consent of members.

In this regard, I have drawn up a new “Application for Membership/Renewal Form” which is being issued to all members today as we wish to adhere with the conditions of the law.

Will you kindly complete the application form and sign and print your name on the reverse to confirm you have read and accepted the terms to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Thank you,

Michael Nield.

Club Secretary.

A new photographic competition will take place in early autumn, so lets

get ‘snapping’. Details will be given out at this June meeting.