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October 2017

President’s  Remarks October 2017

Welcome to our October meeting. The nights are now drawing in and I can’t believe that we shall soon be adjusting our clocks to cover the winter months. It really does feel that we are flying through the year. Unfortunately I wont be attending this meeting as I shall be joining Ken Williamson and Graham Tunnicliff as we journey to Scotland with the Audley Male Voice Choir to perform various concerts at venues including Fort William, Oban and the Isle of Iona. It should be quite an enjoyable experience, which we are very much looking forward to. The meeting I know will be in the safe hands of our vice president John Vardon.

I know that many of you will be aware that Remembrance Sunday this year falls on the 12th November and I’m sure that as in previous years Probus will be well represented for this important event in the year’s calendar. Whether it is an indication of the uncertain times in which we live with on-going conflicts around the world, attendance at the Cenotaph has been growing as we continue to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

On the home front I understand that Chris Brough will start his chemotherapy programme in November and Peter Lowe has started his radiotherapy course on Monday 15th of this month. Both members are I’m sure very much in our thoughts at this crucial time in their treatment and we all trust that it will prove successful and very much improve their health.

Finally as our November turkey and tinsel holiday in Criccieth will be on the 20th to the 25th November it will be necessary to bring forward our next committee meeting.  So will members please note that this will be held on the 15th November 9.30am at the Clough Hall Hotel.

                                                                             President Terry Dale

            Todays speaker is  Mr. A Bates, 

whose subject is ‘Cyber Crime’

Birthdays in November:-

Peter Lowe and Barry Rogerson.

Social Report October

The Five Day Turkey and Tinsel Holiday to Criccieth will depart at 8.30am from the Town Hall Kidsgrove on Monday 20th November 2017. Tickets and the itinerary will be distributed when received from Alfa Travel. There are still some vacancies and any late bookings from members or friends will be very welcome.

Menu selections for the Christmas Luncheon at the Manor House Hotel on Friday 1st December 2017 are now required and must be completed and returned by 14th November 2017 in order to arrange table place cards and provide food requirements to the Hotel.

Payment for the luncheon £21.00 per person will be collected at the Probus October meeting. 

Ken Williamson

Walk Report Wednesday 4thOctober 2017

Despite recent winds and torrential rain, once again the Probus walk took place in dry weather. Our destination this month was Knypersley Reservoir.

       Parking was on the top Car Park and 13 of us set off to meander through the woods descending rapidly to join the lakeside track. The trees were in full autumn splendour and provided shelter from the wind.

       We stopped for a coffee break before heading off into the woods to find Gawtons Well. In 2015 this was voted one of Staffordshire’s most spiritual sites. Legend has it that  a deceased man was expelled from his village and bathed in the waters wherein he was cured. It is certainly a very atmospheric location with many prehistoric rock formations. The path continues through the woods and includes a picturesque waterfall before re-joining the lakeside path and eventually the road that forms the dam, which we followed up the hill back to the car park.

       The reservoir is 6.5 metres deep, 630 metres long and 220 metres wide with an area of 1,420,000 square metres

Although the reservoir has many streams feeding it, none are officially regarded as the start of the River Trent. That honour rests with the reservoir itself. (But many people believe the source of the Trent lies up on Biddulph Moor!).

       Lunch was taken at the nearby Top Inn and was really enjoyed by everyone

       The next Walk will be on Wednesday November 1st. leaving the tiered car park in Kidsgrove at 09.30hrs. Destination will be Rudyard Lake with parking at the Rudyard Hotel, where we will also take lunch.

Graham Tunnicliff

Further information and events can be found in 

‘Dates For Your Diary’ on the Probus Web Site.

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Our next Probus meeting is on

Wednesday 25th October at Kidsgrove  Cricket Club, 9.30 for 10am.