Probus Club of Kidsgrove > Newsletters > November 2019

November 2019


Gentlemen, good morning and welcome to our November meeting.

The month started with our ‘annual’ ‘Start of Winter Holiday’ break in Llandudno. I was pleased to see so many members and friends having an enjoyable time. The staff at the Evans Hotel were first class once again and the evening entertainment was most enjoyable. Many thanks to all our members involved in the organisation of this holiday.

I had the honour of laying a wreath on behalf of our Probus Club at the cenotaph in Kidsgrove on Remembrance Sunday along with Vivien Henshall of the Kidsgrove Town’s Women’s Guild.

I was very impressed with the British Legion parade and was amazed with the number of people who turned out for the ceremony.

The service at St. Thomas’s Church was very enlightening and the hot cups of tea served afterwards were very welcome on this cold but sunny morning.

 This meeting will be our last meeting of 2019 so may I take this opportunity to wish you all a pleasant Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  John Dunn President.




December – John Dunn, Peter Groom and Steve Rhodes.

January – Dave Birchall, Barrie Knapper and Graham Tunnicliff.


The weekend break to the Evans Hotel in Llandudno on the 1st November 2019 was enjoyed by all who attended.

Sixty-eight members and friends are booked in for the Christmas Luncheon to take place at the Manor House Hotel Alsager on Wednesday 4th December 2019. Reception 12noon for 12.30 sit down.

A seven day holiday has been arranged with Alfa Travel at the Cavendish Hotel Exmouth departing Sunday 17th May 2020. Total price £364.00, names and deposits of £50.00 have been collected. Insurance if required is £26.00 per person. There are places available for any members and friends who wish to attend.

A social evening and Beetle Drive will be held at the Cricket Club in March 2020.

The Presidents Evening will be held at the Manor House Hotel Alsager on Friday 29th May 2020

    Ken Williamson.  

PROBUS WALK, NOVEMBER.                                                                                    

This month’s walk took place on Wednesday 6th November.

As planned, we started our walk from Bathpool and, as previously. we encountered rain. Regular readers will realise what a rare occurrence this is!  

Arriving at Westport visitor centre we enjoyed a coffee break before continuing our walk around the lake with a detour through the wildlife sanctuary, where we managed to lose two of our party, a feat of some doing! Somehow, they had managed to overtake us and, not to be fazed, they continued to the carpark whilst the rest to us searched in vain until a young dog walker informed us of their progress!

Lunch was intended to be taken at The Swan at Talke, however this was fully booked by a Baby Shower. (A mother and baby event). Next, we tried The Travellers Rest at Scholar Green but this was also in vain, as it was full with a Wake. Finally, we settled in The Bleeding Wolf where we were made comfortable with some excellent food.

The next walk will be on Wednesday 5th February 2020.     Graham Tunnicliff.



The Photo Competition is now closed and the photos will be judged by the members at this November meeting and the winner will be presented with a bottle of wine.                                                       




The Secretary reports that a meeting was held recently with Dr Peter Brough of Cybernautix Ltd to make improvements to the website, particularly the Members Section and the Gallery.

There is now a separate section for Portraits and Group Photos and also a new section which shows the membership record with joining and deceased dates. Other parts of the website have also been improved. This has entailed a lot of work for the administrators Peter Lloyd and Michael Nield.

It would seem that the oldest Probus Group photograph we have was taken outside the Rifleman Inn in August 2005. Could members please search their own picture albums as we think there may be others that were taken prior to this date that we would dearly like to show on our site. If you have any photographs that you would like putting in the gallery, please let Peter Lloyd have them.

Members are reminded that to view these photographs on the Probus Website in the “Members Section” you need a password which can be obtained from the Secretary.

                     Regards Michael



12.00 for 12.30pm start cost £23 each


Pressed Ham Hock and Garden Herb Terrine, pickled vegetables salad and toasted sourdough GF

Poached Salmon, potato and red onion salad, lemon emulsion, granary tuile GF

Chilled Fresh Fruit and Melon with charred Grapefruit V GF

Leek and Potato Soup with crispy leeks, bread and butter V


Roast Breast of Turkey with pork and cranberry stuffing, pigs in blankets and gravy GF

Roast English Beef with Yorkshire pudding and a rich beef gravy GF

Baked Scottish Salmon Fillet with a parmesan and herb crumb, served with a lemon and dill cream sauce GF

Roasted Red Pepper, Courgette, Caramelised Red Onion and Cornish Brie Filo Tart with dressed rocket and a cherry tomato sauce V

All main courses served with roast potatoes, buttered sprouts, honey roast parsnips and thyme roast carrots


Traditional Christmas Pudding with brandy sauce GF

Belgian Chocolate Profiteroles served with warm chocolate sauce V

Clementine Gel Mulled Winter Berry Cheesecake with spiced berry compote V


                                            Freshly Brewed Coffee or tea served with a warm mince pie.


Medical Terms For Non Medical People

Artery – The study of paintings                   Bacteria – The back door of a cafeteria

Barium – What to do when a patient dies.  Catscan – Searching for Kitty

        Caesarean Section – A neighbourhood in Rome

Cauterize – Made eye contact with her       Coma – a punctuation mark

Enema – Not a friend!                                    Fester – Quicker than someone else

Labour Pain – Getting hurt at work              Nitrates – More expensive than day rates

Outpatient – A person who has fainted        Post – Operative – A letter carrier

Recovery Room – A place to do upholstery Terminal Illness – Falling ill at the airport                                                                                  

 Submitted by Norman Hankey


We can’t change the direction of the wind. But we can adjust our sail.


 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 29th January 2020 at Kidsgrove Cricket Club, 9.30 for 10am.          

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year.