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March 2020


Gentlemen it is with regret that our Probus meetings will not take place in the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus problem. However we can still contact each other if the occasion arises.

If anyone wishes to inform us all of anything, I suggest they address us through our secretary Michael Nield who will pass on all information.

I’m hoping that by the time of our A.G.M meeting things will be something like back to normal.

Good luck to you all and take care of yourselves and your families.

John Dunn


Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Council have decided that all Probus meetings and social events are cancelled until further notice. The Cricket Club is closed.

In view of the exceptional circumstances and doubt about the A.G.M may not take place, the council will recommend to members that all officials will serve another 12 months.


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


The Seven Day holiday arranged with Alfa Travel at the Cavendish Hotel Exmouth departing Sunday 17th May 2020 is now fully booked with 41 members and guests. I have not received any information from Alfa as to whether it will take place but present travel restrictions make it extremely unlikely. 

Presidents Evening should be held at the Manor House Hotel Alsager on Friday 29th May 2020 and menus should have been returned, but a further copy is attached. The cost will be £29.00 and a deposit of £10.00 per person will be required from those intending to attend at the end of March.

 As the March meeting has been cancelled. Menus and payment to be sent to myself. Again I have received no answer from the Manor House regarding cancellation

A social evening with refreshments and Beetle Drive to celebrate John Crutchley’s 90th birthday will be held at the Cricket Club on Wednesday 21st October 2020. The cost will be £5.00 and John Lowe will collect names.

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


Graham Tunnicliff has produced the annual Probus report,‘The 23rd Year July 2018 to June 2019. A copy of the report has been posted on the club’s website and further copies are available from the Secretary.


This month’s walk was around Tittersworth reservoir a distance of 7km, but our adventures started before we even arrived and illustrate the perils of “SATNAV’s and travelling in convoy.

The back of the convoy lost momentary contact with the car in front and followed the car they assumed to be in our convoy into the health centre car park, resuming their journey they had lost the car they were supposed to be following. But no worries they had SATNAV.

Some 20+miles later and after visiting several peak district villages, amazingly they arrived at the Lazy Trout in Meerbrook, the start of our walk; by which time the rest of us were well on our way. Eventually we managed to get all eleven together and after some hilarity we all completed the walk and retired to the Pub for an excellent Lunch before going home, all arriving in Kidsgrove together and without further incident. Oh! And it didn’t rain and the sun shone, well part of the way.

Names are omitted to protect the innocent.

Graham Tunnicliff



Peter Lloyd reports that H.A.T.S. will not be rehearsing or presenting ‘Practice to Deceive’ (originally scheduled for 7th, 8th and 9th May). In addition, “HATS Summer Showcase” originally scheduled for 12 and 13 June 2020.

The Society hopes to return for the panto later in the year



Club photographer Peter Lloyd says that he will again be organising a photographic competition for members. This year he would like pictures of anything taken from your back garden.

Two entries are allowed and should ideally be on photographic paper size 6” x 4” (10mm x 15mm) and brought along to the next Probus Meeting. Alternatively, pictures in JPEG format can be forwarded to Peter via e.mail:






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

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.