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September 2016

President’s Remarks – Adrian Ford

Most of you will know now that Peter Crowther- Green, an original member of our Probus Club, passed away on the 15th September at the age of eighty six. Peter was well- known and respected in Kidsgrove through his business and was a faithful member of Probus, enjoying the meetings, trips and holidays that provided him with friendship and fellowship in his later years. Our condolences go out to his family and friends who will miss him greatly.

On a brighter note, Peter Davenport continues to make a good recovery from his operation and hopes to be with us for today’s meeting. Bob Kay is also doing well and is in good spirits.

Those members who went on the holiday to St. Ives report that it was a most enjoyable week with very favourable weather and a good hotel. Many commented on the day trips, which were to exceptionally lovely places. Our thanks again to Ken who organized them so well.


The speaker for the September is Mr. Ray Parry who will speak  about

Rudyard Lake and its Environs

Holiday Report   Carbis Bay  Cornwall,  3rd to 10th September.

A busy and enjoyable holiday with good weather, but for some, the terrain  a bit hilly!

Our outward journey was chaotic! We didn’t arrive at our destination, The Cottage Hotel until 7pm, weary, worn out and fed up! But from the time we arrived things did improve 100%

The hotel was good, the food was good, never seen such quantities before. The staff were young, European and very pleasant, which made up for their lack of experience, which was laughed away. The broken English of the Bingo caller numbers was funny. His ’Legs Eleven’ will be well remembered. The entertainment was varied and enjoyable. There were numerous sitting rooms, games rooms and one with a snooker table and there was an outside swimming pool.

The hotel was not well situated for the less able, as it was perched half way up on a mountain, but the views were outstanding. We all went our own way during the week and Cornwall is a good county to explore when you are active with plenty of beaches and coastal paths .For the majority of us there was a railway station close to the hotel, which many of us used on our free days to take us the short distance to St. Ives. St. Ives is a world famous place for its scenic views and unusual light and over the years has attracted many famous artists. With its small shops of many kinds (many of them art galleries) and cobbled streets the town has a look and feel of a Cornish fishing village. There are three beaches and cafes in abundance.

The days out where to Lands End, Truro with it’s cathedral, St. Maws,  Mevagissey and Falmouth where most of our group stayed together and took a two hour cruise across the bay and partway up the river Fal.

Charlie who was our coach driver was pleasant, informative and helpful and brought us back to Kidsgrove via a scenic route to end another enjoyable if exhausting holiday.

Many thanks to Ken for setting all up.                                         Frank Timmis

September Walk Report  

The September walk returned to the Sandstone Trail, this time starting from Beeston Castle.  We followed the trail through the Peckforton Hills as far as the Pheasant pub in Burwardsley and then crossed over to the east side of the hills to descend to the picturesque village of Peckforton. We then returned to  Beeston via the road passing the impressive lodge at the entrance  to the Peckforton Castle Hotel.

It was a very warm day for mid- September (about 27 degrees C at its hottest) but very pleasant all the same.  Unfortunately  it was hazy, so this obscured the great views available on this walk to both east and west.  The walk was about 5 miles long and took two and a half hours. Three members and two ladies attended.

We had lunch at the nearby Shady Oak in Tiverton followed by a much needed ice cream at Snugberry’s farm on the way home.

Please note I won’t be available to lead a walk in October but the last walk of the season will be at the beginning of November – details in the October News Letter.

Garry Bell

Birthdays during October 2016.

John Crutchley, Kenneth Williamson, Garry Bell, Michael Woodcock. Anthony Brown

Probus Indoor Bowls Schedule at Biddulph  Sports Centre

Tuesday 11th October.  Tuesday 8th November.  Tuesday 13th December.

Tuesday 10th January.  Tuesday 14th February. Tuesday 14th March.

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

Other Probus Events To End Of Year

WednesdayOct 2016The Probus walk this month has been cancelled due to holidays.
Wednesday26 Oct 2016Probus Ordinary Meeting at the Cricket Club. Meet 9.30am for 10.00am start.
Wednesday9 Nov 2016Visit to Robert’s Bakery at Northwich
Wednesday16 Nov 2016Music Evening at the Cricket Club at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.
Wednesday23 Nov 2016Probus Council Meeting at the Cricket Club. Meet at 9.30am
Wednesday23 Nov 2016Second visit to Robert’s Bakery at Northwich
Wednesday30 Nov 2016Probus Ordinary Meeting at the Cricket Club. Meet 9.30am for 10.00am start.
Tuesday6 Dec 2016Christmas Lunch at The Manor House in Alsager

The Amateur Philosopher

Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong!

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