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July 2019



welcome to our July meeting, which is my first as president.

Many thanks to Norman for this past year as our president, from which we all benefited from and my personal thanks to him for the help and advice he has given to me.

Thanks to our vice president Victor for standing in for me at our recent council meeting where a social committee was formed comprising four members, Adrian Ford, John Lowe, Frank Timmis and Ken Williamson to replace the post of social secretary.

There were forty members and friends who went on our recent Scarborough holiday, which will be reported on by our new social committee who will also report on future events.

I have spoken to our member Norman Hart who is still unwell but is responding to his new treatment. I’m sure we all wish him well.

On the sporting front our England O.D.I. team won the cricket world cup in a most historic final. Congratulations to them.

John Dunn, President



                                                                                  Dennis Fletcher, Jeff Parker and Cliff Triner.



Mr. Tony Heritage:-  ‘Life in the Pottery Industry’



Forty one members and guests booked in for the 7 Day Holiday to Scarborough with Alfa Travel on Sunday 21st July 2019, setting off at 9.00am from the Town Hall, Kidsgrove with the usual pick up points en route. An entertaining journey ensued with a prize quiz and music from the Probus Choir which entranced our driver, Shaun.

 We arrived at the Cumberland Hotel at 2.30pm and after room allocations most people had a walk to view the locality. Dinner was followed by Bingo and a quiz in the entertainment room. On Monday we had an outing to Pickering, Goathland and Whitby returning to the hotel for dinner. Bingo followed and entertainment by a very good lady singer. Even better entertainment followed at 4.00am when the fire alarm went off and everyone assembled in the foyer in various states of dress or undress. Fortunately, it was a false alarm and we all returned to our rooms to resume our slumbers.

On Tuesday we had a morning conducted coach tour of Scarborough seeing the hotel where the Royal Hospital was filmed, the Remembrance Tower and park and the circuit for the Barry Sheen memorial race. A male singer entertained after dinner and this was the pattern for the rest of the week. Wednesday was a free day for people to explore either by foot, bus or train.

On Thursday the temperature soared to 100 degrees and we had a coach trip to York. After the sweltering morning looking round the Minster it was a relief to board the air-conditioned coach for a conducted tour of the city with an official guide. On Friday we had another coach trip to Bridlington, a seaside town, and Beverley with its Minster, Parish Church and up market shops which delighted the ladies. We had the first rain of the week when boarding the coach to return to the hotel.

Saturday morning it was cases out, breakfast and board the coach for the return journey home arriving back at Kidsgrove just before 2.30pm. Everyone enjoyed the holiday, good weather, good food, good hotel, good entertainment, good outings, good coach, good driver, but most of all, the good company.

The outing to Bala and Llangollen is arranged for Wednesday 14th August 2019. The cost including a short train ride on the Bala Railway is £20.00 and this will be collected at the July meeting.

The Christmas Luncheon will be held on Wednesday 4th December 2019 at the Manor House Hotel Alsager.

Ken Williamson


This month’s Probus walk centred on Oakamoor and followed the disused railway passing the old Station at Alton. After a mile we followed a path on the right passing a peaceful herd of grazing cows who calmly moved aside to allow us passage over the river Churnet. Our next stop was at the Alton Bridge Hotel where we enjoyed our lunch before continuing along Red Road and back to the Car Park.

I will not be available to organise a walk in August!

                                                                                                     Graham Tunnicliff.

Winter Bowls Calendar at Biddulph Leisure Centre 2019/20.

Tuesday 8th October,  Tuesday 12th November,  No Bowling in December.  Tuesday 14th January,  Tuesday 11th February and  Tuesday 10th March.

All matches run from 11 am to 1pm.

                                                                                                  Len Dale

 Probus Bowlers at Clough Hall Bowling Club

Photo Competition

There will be a new Photo Competition open to all members and will run until the October meeting. It is an open category competition. Please present up to two photos on 6 x 4 borderless glossy photo paper. The photos will be judged by the members at the November meeting.

                                                                                       Peter Lloyd


                                                                                         THE AMATUER PHILOSOPHER

 Walking is man’s best medicine.



Newsletter Editor

 Chris Brough compiles and publishes the Probus Newsletter. Articles of interest to members should be sent by Email to Chris at  Or phone 01782 784075 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 the on Wednesday 24th July at Kidsgrove Cricket Club, 9.30 for 10am.