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March 2017

President’s  Remarks  29th March 2017

We give a special welcome to Malcolm Rigby who is attending his third meeting with us and has hopefully enjoyed the experience.

Our sympathies go to Peter Lloyd who has recently had a fall whilst gardening that has left him with a fractured shoulder. I am sure that he is being well cared for by his wife Jennifer. We send our best wishes to them both and hope that Peter makes a good recovery.

I would like to thank John Crutchley for the splendid meal he organised at the Legs Of Man for the club members, an event that was well supported.

        Thanks are also due to Alan Henshall who month by month works tirelessly to ensure we have excellent and entertaining speakers. Since our last meeting I have seen Lance Corporal Coltman  mentioned in many articles about World War One.                   Adrian

The speaker for our March Meeting is Professor Ian Morrison

                 His talk is entitled :-  Jodrell Bank And It’s Telescope.

Birthdays in April:-

Eddie Bates, Chris Brough, Andrew Dimelow, John Hughes 

and Steven Jenks.

And, we have a 40th Wedding Anniversary on the 9th April,

Stephen and Margaret Jenks.

Congratulations To You Both.

March Walk Report

The March walk was a local one – a trip up The Cloud, but from the opposite way round to our usual, via the Bridestones on the Congleton to Rushton Spencer road and then along Cloudside Lane.  This way it’s only a short climb to reach the top.  The great views on the west side were then enjoyed on the way down.  As I’ve said before, in my book, perhaps the best local walk. Lunch was taken at the Church House in Buglawton.

April Walk Wednesday 5th April

April’s walk will start from Audlem and go south along the Shropshire Union canal past a staircase of locks.  We will leave the canal and pass through the hamlet of Kinsey Heath, circling round and passing through farmland and Audlem  itself  before re-joining the canal just north of the Shropie Fly pub where I suggest we have lunch. The walk is a very easy one of 4 to 5 miles.

Please meet at the tiered car parks in Kidsgrove on Wednesday 5thApril at 9:30.                                                                            

Garry Bell

Winter Bowls Report

Another successful winter bowls tournament concluded on Tuesday 14th March at Biddulph Valley Leisure Centre. This seasons winners were Team 1, comprising – Graham & Joyce Brown, John & Grace Lowe and Terry Cook. The Runners Up were Graham Tunnicliff’s team. Commiserations to the other two teams!

Details will be announced at this months meeting of a new Summer Bowls Tournament.  

Len Dale                                                  

Social Report

A Sunday Lunch will be held at the Masonic Hall Kidsgrove on the 9th April 12.30 for 1.00pm at a cost of £15.00. per head. Names and the menu selection required by 31st March please.

       The holiday to Shanklin, Isle of Wight departs from Kidsgrove on Saturday 29th April and returns on Saturday 6th May. Pick up times later.

President’s Evening at the Manor House Hotel, Alsager on Friday the 26th May 6.30 for 7.00pm with after dinner entertainment at a cost of £30.00 per person. Names and menu selection required by 7th May please.

A week’s holiday to Ilfracombe with Alfa Travel departing  Sunday 3rd September 2017. Names required by 31st March to ascertain that this holiday is viable.

The visit to the Houses of Parliament is deferred until Spring 2018 as arrangements have to be completed six months before the event.

Enquiries are being made for a coach outing to Liverpool in June and Southport in August. Further details later.

  Ken Williamson

New Picture Gallery on Kidsgrove Probus Web Site

Have you checked out the new picture gallery on our website that has been created by Mike Nield and Peter Lloyd? The Gallery is accessed from the Members Section, at the bottom of the Navigation List on the web site, for which you will need a password to gain access. You can send images to Mike or Peter for inclusion of Probus outings and events if you wish. As well as the many images from 1996 to the present, there is other useful information for members.

Dates For Your Diary 

Sunday 9th April .– Sunday lunch at Kidsgrove Masonic Hall 

12.30 for 1pm Cost £15. – Contact Ken Williamson.

Saturday 29th April – 8 day holiday to Isle of Wight.

Thursday 11th May to Saturday 13th May – ‘Ghost Train’ (by Arnold Ridley) is being staged at Yoxhall Village Hall, Haslington. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm, Tickets £6 from Peter Lloyd – 01270 586094.

The Amateur Philosopher

Life is an onion which one peels, crying.

French Proverb.

Gentlemen, I have a quantity of Canon printer cartridges type C520 & C521 of various colours, looking to go to a good home for FREE –

 Mike Nield

Newsletter Editor

Chris Brough compiles and publishes the Probus Newsletter.

Any articles of interest to members should be sent by Email to Chris at  or phone 01782 784075 in the first instance. For any inclusion in the next newsletter, articles should be delivered to the editor at least 10 days before the monthly meeting.

Our next Probus meeting is on Wednesday 26th April at Kidsgrove Cricket Club.