Probus Club of Kidsgrove > Newsletters > March 2016

March 2016

President’s Remarks

Our Musical evening held on 9 March, which included a pie and pea supper was again a great success and enjoyed by all who attended. Thanks and appreciation goes to Graham our very own D.J, and to the ladies from the Cricket club for preparing the food and serving it.

Our Social Committee has arranged a trip to Carsington Water and Masson Mill on Tuesday 19 April 2016.

I have been to visit Bob Kay who unfortunately is still not doing too well after his knee operation. He wishes to be remembered to you all. I would like to add my best wishes to any of our other members who are not well at the moment.

Stephen Rhodes

The Speaker today is: Mr Mike Hewitt who will talk to us about the Chernobyl Disaster.

Birthdays during April 2016.

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


Eddie and Margaret Bates will be celebrating their 50 gold wedding anniversary on 3 of April 2016

Monies due at meetings

April 19. 2016 – Day trip to Carsington – £11.00 due at the March meeting.

September 3-10. 2016 – Holiday to St. Ives – £40.00 deposit due at Marchmeeting.

May 27. 2016 – Presidents Evening – £20.00 per head due at April meeting.

June 14. 2016 –  Day trip to the Lake District – £27.00 due at May meeting.

The Treasurer would appreciate you paying by cheque.

March Walk Report

The March walk was in Cheshire’s Peckforton hills starting from the attractive village of Bulkeley on the Nantwich to Wrexham road.

Five members and three ladies attended. The weather was poor, it snowed heavily for the first hour of the walk and later we were lashed with hail driven by a raw wind.

The walk took us passed rugged sandstone outcrops and through lofty pinewoods.  It took in Bulkeley Hill and the aptly named Raw Head, the highest point on the Sandstone trail at 227 metres, with panoramic views both east and west. We also passed through the village of Burwardsley where the candle factory is located.

It was an invigorating 6 mile, 3 hour walk, which it was generally agreed we would repeat in better weather.

We had a pleasant lunch at The Bickerton Poacher getting home at about 3pm

Next Walk

The next walk is on Wednesday 6th April.  It will be over Shuttlingsloe (the Cheshire Matterhorn) from the Wildboarclough side.

The walk involves a short steep climb of less than half a mile to reach the summit.  It is a short one of about 4 miles and is quite squelchy in places so over trousers are advisable.

Lunch is at the Crag Inn, Wildboarclough (no cards accepted).

Please meet by 9:30 at the tiered car parks in Kidsgrove.

Garry Bell

Bowls Report

The Probus last indoor bowls session of the winter took place at Biddulph Leisure Centre on Tuesday 8 March 2016. Twenty three people turned up to see the final take place. The cup was won by Len Harrop’s team who scored 90 points over Graham Tunnicliff’s team who were pipped at the post and scored 87 points.

The outdoor bowls season starts in April 2016 at Clough Hall Bowling Club. An announcement will be made by the organiser Len Dale later.

The picture shows Len Dale presenting the cup to the winning captain Len Harrop, together with his team comprising of Doreen Lowe, Barbara Mould, Frank Timmis, and Andrew Dimelow.

Dates for your Diary

Wednesday30 Mar 2016Probus Ordinary Meeting at the Cricket Club. Meet 9.30am for 10.00am start.
Wednesday6 April 2016Probus walk over Shuttlingsloe (the Cheshire Matterhorn) from the Wildboarclough side. Lunch at the Crag Inn, Wildboarclough (no cards accepted). Please meet at the tiered car parks in Kidsgrove.
Saturday9 April 2016The Rhos Orpheus Male Choir will be in concert at All Saints’ Church, Odd Rode, Scholar Green at 7.00pm with Alf Gladman (Tenor) and supporting Artiste. Tickets £8.00 available from John Lowe 01782 785451
Tuesday19 April 2016Visit to Carsington Water and Masson Mill at Matlock Bath. Cost £11.00.
Wednesday27 Apr 2016Probus Ordinary Meeting at the Cricket Club. Meet 9.30am for 10.00am start.
Sunday – Saturday1-7 May 2016Probus 7 day holiday to Torquay with Robinson’s Travel stopping at the Abbey Lawn Hotel.
Thurs to Saturday12 -14 May 2016Murder in Play at Yoxall Village Hall Haslington  Prices TBA.Contact Peter Lloyd for further information.
Wednesday18 May 2016Probus Council Meeting at the Cricket Club. Meet at 9.30am
Wednesday25 May 2016Probus Ordinary Meeting at the Cricket Club. Meet 9.30am for 10.00am start.
Friday27 May 2016President’s Evening at the Manor House Hotel, Alsager
Tuesday14 June 2016Coach trip to visit the Laurel & Hardy Museum in Ulverston, the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway and sail on Windermere to Bowness. Cost £27.00.
Wednesday29 June 2016Probus Annual General Meeting at the Cricket Club. Meet 9.30am for 10.00am start.
Wednesday20 July 2016Probus Council Meeting at the Cricket Club. Meet at 9.30am
Wednesday27 July 2016Probus Ordinary Meeting at the Cricket Club. Meet 9.30am for 10.00am start.
Wednesday31 Aug 2016Probus Ordinary Meeting at the Cricket Club. Meet 9.30am for 10.00am start.
Saturday to Saturday3-10 Sept 20168 day coach holiday with Alpha Holidays to St.Ives, Cornwall. Cost £399.00. We will be staying at the Cottage Hotel.

Revised Bus Service Operated by Stanways Coaches

The Kidsgrove Town bus service published last month was taken from the Whitehill website but is not up to date. I have checked with Stanways Coaches Office and their Transport Manager confirms the service operates Monday to Friday and not Tuesday and Fridays. He has sent me the following times:-


Service 80

Kidsgrove Town Service

Period of Contract:          2 September 2012 until 3 September 2016

                                           or as determined by the County Council

Days of Operation:          Monday to Friday

Route Description:

Health Centre, Mount Road, Attwood Street, Heathcote Street, King Street, Whitehall Avenue, Gloucester Road, Liverpool Road, (Tesco), Liverpool Road, The Avenue, First Avenue, Clough Hall Road, Beech Drive, Mitchell Avenue, Cedar Avenue, Congleton Road, Old Butt Lane, West Avenue Linley Road, Coppice Road, Lynn Avenue, Walton Way, Coalpit Hill, Newcastle Road, Unity Way, Mitchell Drive, Beech Drive, Clough Hall Road, First Avenue, the Avenue, Liverpool Road (Tesco) Liverpool Road, Gloucester Road, Whitehall Avenue, King Street, Heathcote Street, Attwood Street, Whitehill Road, Mount Road, The Mount, Liverpool Road, Stone Bank Road, Chatterley Drive, Hillside Avenue, Chatterley Drive, Stone Bank Road, Windmill Avenue, Ravenscliffe Road, Long Row, The Mount, Mount Road, to Health Centre.

Fare: £1.00 per journey


Kidsgrove, Health Centre0919101511151215
Whitehill, Co-op0921101711171217
King Street0929102511251225
Tesco Store0932102811281228
Clough Hall Road0934103011301230
Old Butt Lane0940103611361236
Lynn Way0944104011401240
Unity Way0947104311431243
Clough Hall Road0953104811481248
Tesco Store0956105211521252
King Street0959105611561256
Whitehill, Co-op1002110112011301
Kidsgrove, Health Centre1005110412041304
Latebrook, Chatterley Drive1008110812081308
Windmill Avenue1012111212121312
Kidsgrove Health Centre1015111512151315

Eating in the Fifties

  • “Kebab” was not even a word never mind a food.
  • Hot dogs were a type of sausage that only the Americans ate.
  • Cornflakes had arrived from America but it was obvious that they would never catch on.
  • The phrase “boil in the bag” would have been beyond our realms of comprehension.
  • The idea of “oven chips” would not have made any sense at all to us.
  • The world had not yet benefited from weird and wonderful things like 3 minute Noodles, Instant Mashed potatoes and Pop Tarts.
  • We bought milk and cream at the same time in the same container.
  • Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold.
  • Lettuce and tomatoes in winter were just a rumour.
  • Prunes were medicinal.
  • Surprising muesli was readily available in those days, it was called cattle feed.
  • Pineapples came in chunks in a tin; we had only ever seen a picture of a real one.