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October 2015

President’s Remarks

It came as quite a shock to learn of the sad passing of Ernie Beckett, he had been a probus member for over 10 years, and travelled with the club on many of the holidays, before failing health curtailed his travels. I would like to thank all our members who were able to attend the funeral service at Saint John’s Catholic Church, last Friday, followed by cremation at Bradwell.

On a brighter note, the musical evening was again a great success, thanks to Graham (our very own “Disk Jockey”). We enjoyed good company from other members, along with the refreshments of oatcakes and cheese, thanks to the girls from the Cricket Club.

The new bowls venue at Biddulph leisure centre was reported to be a success, I hope to join the rest of the bowlers at their next meeting.

Stephen Rhodes

The Speaker today is Mr Shaun Farrelly who will talk to us about Marconi.

Birthdays during November 2015

Peter Lowe, Barry Rogerson.

Walk Report – October 2015

This month’s walk was a circumnavigation of Rudyard Reservoir, a distance of about 4.5 miles.  We had lunch afterwards at the Rudyard Hotel.

Five members and one lady attended on what was a very blustery and rainy morning.

November Walk

November’s excursion will be a walk along the Roaches if the weather is fine and clear or a walk around Tittesworth Reservoir if it is not.  Both walks are approximately 4.5 miles.  Lunch will be at Rock Inn (for the Roaches) or the Lazy Trout (for Tittesworth).

Garry Bell


The picture shows probus members, friends and wives at Clough Hall Bowling Club on the final day of the Crown Green Season.

Over the summer period a sum of £318.00 was raised which will help towards the cost of maintenance.

Len would like to thank all who took part in the events.

Big Breakfast @ Church

Probus members have been invited to take part in a hearty breakfast for just £1 per person, served Mondays 8-10am at Christ Church Hall, Church Road, Alsager. ST7 2HS

Plenty of choices including fruit juice, tea, coffee, cereals, toast or a cooked breakfast.

A warm welcoming atmosphere for all ages. Meet new people or bring your family & friends. Website:

More information available from Probus Member John Dunn.

 I’m   sure you will enjoy this.  I never knew one word in the English language can be a noun, verb, adj, adv, prep.    UP  
 This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is UP.’  It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], and [adj], [n] or [v].  
It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake  UP? 
At  a  meeting, why does a topic come UP?   Why do we speak UP,  and why are the officers UP for   election (if there is a tie, it is a toss UP) and why is it UP to  the secretary to write UP a  report?  We call UP our friends, brighten UP a  room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house  and fix UP the old car.  
 At  other times, this little word has real special meaning. People stir UP  trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP  excuses.    
To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.  

And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP  because it is  blocked  UP. 
We  open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP  at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP  about UP!  
 To  be knowledgeable about the proper uses of  UP, look UP  the word UP  in the  dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP  almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.      
 If  you are UP  to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP  is used.  It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with (UP to)  a hundred or more.  
 When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding  UP. When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it soaks UP the earth. When it does not rain for  a while, things dry UP. One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP, for now . . . My time is UP!          
  Oh  …  . . One more thing:  What is the first thing you do in the morning and the  last thing you  do at night? 
 U P! 
 Did  that one crack you UP? 

  Don’t  screw UP..   Send this on to everyone you look UP in  your address book . …. Or not . . . it’s  UP to  you. 

Now I’ll shut UP!

Dates for your Diary

Wednesday28 Oct 2015Probus Ordinary Meeting at the Cricket Club. Meet 9.30am for 10.00am start.
Wednesday4 Nov 2015Probus Walk. Meet at Heathcote Street, Kidsgrove at 9.30am.
Sunday8 Nov 2015Remembrance Sunday. Probus will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in the Avenue, Kidsgrove at 11.00am. To join the parade, meet at Kidsgrove Town Hall at 10.00am.
Tuesday10 Nov 2015Probus Bowls at the Biddulph Valley Leisure Centre. Start 11.00am – 13.00pm
Tuesday17 Nov 2015Visit to Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8UP
Wednesday18 Nov 2015Probus Council Meeting at the Cricket Club. Meet 9.30am.
Friday20 Nov 2015Clough Hall B.C has a race night at the Cricket Club commencing at 7.30pm. Tickets priced at £7.00 available from Derek Cross or Len Dale.
Wednesday25 Nov 2015Probus Ordinary Meeting at the Cricket Club. Meet 9.30am for 10.00am start.

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