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June 2016

President’s Remarks

It is hard to believe we are now at the end of June, and my term of office as President of this great club is about to end.

I feel very privileged to have had this honour, and I wish to thank all of our members, officials and council members who have not only supported me but made my period of office such a memorable one.

Tributes must be paid to our members’ Trevor Proudman who passed away last August and Ernie Beckett, a wonderful man who sadly passed away last September. Derek Jones, a former member also passed away earlier this year

On a brighter note we have welcomed a new member, John Dunn this term.

Club activities have continued to flourish with all holidays and day trips fully booked, thanks to all those who make these events so enjoyable. I wish to give special thanks to Peter Lowe who has done a tremendous job as our Social Secretary, but is now stepping down after a period of twelve years.

This brings me to the President’s Evening. It was a pleasure to see so many members and wives/partners enjoying the proceedings. The entertainer Joe Deacon was first class, as was the meal and the venue.

Earlier this month we had a trip to the Lake District starting at the Laurel and Hardy museum at Ulverston and going on a steam train and then a boat trip to Bowness. This was a very enjoyable day with good weather as an added bonus. Once again thanks are extended to Peter Lowe for organising the day.

Finally, on behalf of the club, I would like to pay a special tribute to Michael Nield who is retiring this month as our Newsletter Editor having held this position for the past five years, and done the job extremely well.

I would now like to wish our new President, Adrian Ford, a successful and enjoyable year. I know that he can continue to rely on the support not only of the officials, but all the membership.


There is no speaker today

Birthdays during July 2016.

Geoff Couch, Bill Booth, Terry Dale, Peter Lloyd.

Probus Walk Report

June’s walk was a very attractive canal walk right on our door step.  Starting at the Rising Sun Kent Green it crossed over to the Trent and Mersey at Lawton, followed that to Red Bull and then went up the Macclesfield Canal back to the pub for lunch.  Five members, three ladies and my son’s dog came along for this leisurely stroll of just under 5 miles. We were joined by two members and friend at the Rising Sun Pub for an excellent lunch.

Next Walk

The next walk is on Wednesday 6th July.  It is a linear one so we will have to leave cars at both ends.  It starts at the Visitor Centre in Consall Nature Park and goes down to the Cauldon Canal at a point near the Black Lionpub where the Churnet Valley Railway and the river Churnet are next to the canal.  Trains run on a Wednesday but we will not be using them instead we will walk along the canal to The Boat Inn at Cheddleton where we will have lunch.  This walk is a very easy one of about 3.5 miles.

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

Garry Bell

St Ives Holiday 3rd September 2016 – 8 Days

Following the successful day out in the Lake District, we look forward to the St Ives holiday with Alfa staying at the Cottage Hotel with excursions to Falmouth, Truro and Land’s End. We hope the sun shines in Cornwall like it did in Cumbria. 45 passengers are booked in for the holiday and payment of £359.00 balance is due Wednesday 29 June 2016.

Marjorie and Ken would like to thank all club members for their telephone calls, cards and good wishes on the celebration of their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on 2 June 2016.

Ken Williamson

Proposed Constitution Changes

Constitution Changes – recommended by Council

Members will be asked to vote to adopt these changes at the AGM.

Rule 3 (ii) reads:-

3 (ii). All members of the Council (except the President) shall be elected by and from the Club members at the Annual General Meeting or at a Special Meeting convened for such purpose.

Council may propose a candidate for the office of Vice President.

Proposed change 

3 (ii) All members of ………………………………

                                                            convened for such purpos

The President may co-opt up to two members to serve on the Council for a set period but not beyond the following Annual General Meeting. The co-opted members shall enjoy full voting rights.                        

Council may propose…………………………………Vice President.

Rule 3 (iii) reads:-

 3 (iii).The President shall retire after one year but can continue as an ex-officio member of the Council for the following year. The Vice President after one year in office will automatically become President. All other Officers will retire after three consecutive years. In the event that no replacements are elected for any of these Officers, they may continue to serve on a yearly basis subject to review and approval by the Council. Two Ordinary Members elected to Council shall retire after two years and will not be eligible for re-election for the subsequent year.

Proposed change 

3 (iii) delete ‘they may continue to serve on a yearly basis subject to review and approval by Council’

Replace with

                    The President may appeal for any willing member to fill the vacancy/vacancies.

Door to Door Transport Service

A friendly transport service for residents of Newcastle Borough, who experience mobility problems and cannot use public transport easily.

To book a driver or for further information contact:-

Margaret Dobell

Door2Door Co-ordinator

Newcastle CVS

12 Andrew Place

Newcastle Staffs

ST5 1Dl

Tel: 01782 621936

Telephone Preference Service

Plagued by nuisance phone calls? It is now easier to complain.

The Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is a central opt out register whereby individuals can register their wish not to receive unsolicited sales and marketing telephone calls.

The service is free and you can register your phone number with the TPS on its website (  or registration line: 0345 070 0707.

Something You should be able to Use

Four Things You Never Knew Your Cell Phone Could Do 

For all the folks with cell phones. (This should be printed and kept in your car, purse, and wallet. Good information to have with you.) 
There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. 

Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. 
Check out the things that you can do with it:

FIRST   (Emergency) 

The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an Emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly, this number 112 can be dialled even if the keypad is locked. Try it out. 

SECOND   (Locked Keys in Car)

Have you locked your keys in the car? Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: 
If you lock your keys In the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other ‘remote’ for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk). 

Editor’s Note: It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked our car over a cell phone!

THIRD   (Hidden Battery Power) 

Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370#. Your cell phone will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell phone next time.

FOURTH   (How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone? )To check your Mobile phone’s serial number, key in the following Digits on your phone:                      *#06# . A 15-digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe.

If your phone is stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won’t get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can’t use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

This is the kind of information people don’t mind receiving, so pass it on to your family and friends.    

Newsletter Editor

Michael Nield is retiring from the position of Newsletter Editor.

Chris Brough has kindly stepped forward to compile and publish the Probus Newsletter from July 2016. Any articles of interest to members should be directed to Chris.

Email: or phone 01782 784075