Probus Club of Kidsgrove > Newsletters > November 2016

November 2016

President’s Remarks

Welcome to this November meeting; it is good to see you all.

Christmas is fast approaching and I would like to wish all of you a very Happy Christmas and New Year. My wish is that 2017 will be a prosperous and healthy one for all of us, especially for those members who have had problems this year, namely, John Manley, Peter Davenport, Bob Kay, Frank Eardley, Michael Nield  who is recovering from an operation, John Vardon who is soon to see a consultant and Terry Dale who is receiving treatment.

Many thanks to Ken for organizing the trips to Roberts bakery. The tour was most interesting and enjoyable, giving a fascinating insight into the process that keeps our supermarket shelves stocked with bread. Thanks to the Roberts family for their very generous goody bags.

The Kidsgrove Community Choir will be presenting ‘An Evening of Song’ at their annual Christmas concert on the 2nd December at 7.30pm in St. Thomas’ Parish Church, Kidsgrove. The tickets cost £5 and include refreshments. Money raised will go to the Mayor’s Charity – The Alzheimer’s Society. Tickets  are available from Adrian, Graham Tunnicliff, Frank Timmis, Terry Dale and Terry Cook or from Kidsgrove Town Hall.   

We celebrate the festive season with our Christmas lunch on Tuesday, 6th December. We hope to see all of you at the Manor House Alsager at 11.45am for a 12.30pm lunch.


  The speaker for the November meeting is Mr Phil Austin. His talk is entitled:-  ‘Building The Monton Light House – The Beacon On The Canal’

 November Walk Report

This month’s walk started from Broughton, a hamlet on the Loggerheads to Eccleshall road.  It went through Bishop’s Wood, an ancient hunting ground for the Bishop of Lichfield.  Here we saw some interesting animal sculptures, among them a Wild Boar and a Water Buffalo carved into huge stones.  We then went through the Langot Valley named by French glass workers who settled here in the 16th century because of the ready supply of charcoal and sand and the huge demand by wealthy people to have glass in their windows.  Today there is a vineyard here producing Langot Valley wines (on sale in Eccleshall). We had lunch at the nearby Star Inn.

Six members and four wives came along.  Thanks go to Pete Wells, volunteer ranger at Apedale Country Park, for leading the walk.

February 2017 Walk

The next walk will be on Wednesday 1st February and will be through the Dane Valley and Swettenham starting from Brereton Heath Country Park – more details in the January News Letter.

     Garry Bell


Despite the health and safety issues, the two outings to the Roberts Bakery were enjoyed by all who were able to attend. The conducted bakery tour to see the flour mixed, kneaded, portioned and baked and then the finished loaves sliced, wrapped and loaded onto pallets for distribution, was an engineering marvel. The refreshments after and the goody bags to take home made the outings very worthwhile and our sincere thanks to Roberts Bakery for hosting us as visitors.

We now look forward to the Christmas Luncheon to be held at the Manor House Hotel Alsager on Tuesday 6th December at 11.45 for 12.30pm. Over 80 members and guests will be attending and we trust it will be an enjoyable and memorable event to close the year.

Next years holiday in May to the Robinsons Ocean View Hotel in the Isle of Wight is fully subscribed and should again prove to be a popular visit to this South Coast venue.                                                        

     Ken Williamson

Probus Indoor Bowls Schedule at Biddulph  Sports Centre 2016/17

 Tuesday 13th December, Tuesday 10th January,  Tuesday 14th February, Tuesday 14th March.

 All the matches start at 11am. and finish at 1pm.

The Amateur Philosopher

I’m 61 today,A year beyond the barrier,And what was once a Magic FluteIs now a water carrier!                                              Anon   

Our next Probus meeting is on Wednesday 25 January 2017

All other Dates & Events for the early part of 2017 can be found on this site