Congleton Dane Probus Club held their January meeting at the Lion and Swan on Monday the 20th of January. The meeting was well attended and Chairman Roger opened the meeting by welcoming guest Trevor Adams and the speaker for the day, Catherine Harrison from Age UK.
The day trip to Port Sunlight was now well in place and scheduled for Monday the 24th of March. The proposal for a day out in Liverpool attracted much attention and it was thought that this could be organised for early in May, Don Newling giving out a lot of information regarding the trip and the places that could be visited during the day.He also gave the members an outline of a trip to the bulb and rose displays at Keukenhof in Holland and this was also a possibility for May. Again this proposal received a very favourable response and Don undertook to get more detail and let the members know.
The next meeting of the dining group was set for the 31st of March and there was some discussion on the idea of a five day visit to the First World War battlefields and Bruges, this was to be looked at for 2015.
Don Newling told the meeting that the snooker group was continuing to prosper and that the scoring rate was showing signs of improving.
Gordon Watkin informed the members that the date of the spring lunch was now set for the 2nd of May and was going to be held at the George and Dragon in Holmes Chapel, the price and menu to be available at the next meeting if not earlier.
Peter Jordan introduced the speaker who gave a very interesting talk on the subject of Age UK, its background, funding arrangements and what services it provided with particular reference to its latest venture, The Hub at Foundry Bank in Congleton. Many questions were asked and Ted Bestwick gave the members’ thanks.
Probus clubs are local to towns and districts and are made up of retired professional and business people. They are non-denominational and the name itself derives from the first three letters from ‘PROfessional and BUSiness’. We meet once a month to listen to an invited speaker, followed by lunch at the hotel for those who wish to stay.
During the year many other activities are arranged, such as visits to places of interest (e.g. television studios, factory sites, museums etc.), days-out at the races, sports events ranging from snooker (regularly) to ten-pin-bowling, canal boat cruises, countryside walks, club lunches with spouses invited and group holidays.