March 2019 news

The talk at the next meeting of Congleton Dane Probus Club on Monday 18th March will be My Life Within Entertainment and Beyond presented by Rebecca Done. Rebecca is a very interesting person, a talented musician (classical guitar) and singer. As a politician she was very proud and honoured to have represented Leek as one of … Read more

February 2019 news

Our speaker next Monday is David Walmsley and he will be giving us a talk on the subject of ‘The Russian Revolution’. David is an Oxford history graduate and a retired secondary head teacher. He gives a number of history talks on a wide range of topics to raise money for a community walking project … Read more

January 2019 news

The speaker at our next meeting on Monday 21st January is Anthony Poulton-Smith, talking on the subject of  “Old English to Modern English”. Anthony is a freelance journalist and a prolific author with 70 published books on a variety of topics. They include such titles as Black Country Ghosts, The Salt Routes and Beaching Fifty Years On.  He … Read more

December 2018 news

The speaker at our next meeting on Monday 17th December will be Brian Hallworth.  He will be presenting Down Forget-Me-Not Lane (The Rocking Years 2), a light-hearted illustrated talk looking at the News, Music, TV, Films & Social History of the 1950s & 1960s. Brian’s early working life was spent in the fashion industry in Stockport & … Read more

November 2018 news

Our speaker at the next meeting of Congleton Dane Probus Club on Monday 19th November is Rodger Burgess, a retired Police Officer with a keen interest in history, both local and the First World War. He gives presentations on different subjects and lives in Holmes Chapel.  His presentation A Moment in Time recounts how a … Read more

September 2018 news

At the next meeting of Congleton Dane Probus Club on Monday the 17th  September our speaker will be John Hastings-Thomson who is a retired teacher living in Derbyshire,  a lifelong railway enthusiast and a director of the LMS Patriot Project. He has a particular interest in the LMS and is a founder member of the LMS Society. He is a volunteer at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway in Derbyshire, where he drives and fires the railway’s steam locomotives.

August 2018 news

Our speaker next week will be Gordon Speakman who is a long time member of the Warrington History Society, history from the ancient period up to the Napoleonic era having been a family interest for many years.

His talk will be about the Battle of Winwick Pass when, during the English Civil Wars, the Parliamentary victory over the Anglo Scottish army on 19th August 1648 at Winwick Pass brought an end to the second civil war. What was left of the Royalist Army gave up their weapons, ammunition and colours and surrendered them to Oliver Cromwell at Warrington Bridge.

July 2018 news

The speaker at the next meeting of Congleton Dane Probus Club will be John Miller who was a member of BBC staff for nearly 30 years, the majority of that time in television production.  He began his BBC career in sound radio operations and after his time in TV production moved on to producing exhibitions, shows and live events, initially as the BBC’s corporate exhibitions manager and later as a freelance for mainly BBC-related companies.

June 2018 news

Our speaker next week will be Mike Hewitt who was born in Holland and his family came back to England in 1940 due to the Second World War. He joined the Welsh Guards, attending Sandhurst for 18 months and then joined BP, following which he emigrated to Chicago and worked as a Christian minister, looking after alcoholics and the homeless.

May 2018 news

Our speaker on Monday the 21st of May will be Mark Thomas who been involved in fund-raising for the RNLI for well over a decade and since leaving work four years ago he has joined the RNLI Youth Education Team and has seen over 10,000 young people across Cheshire, helping them understand how to stay safe near the water.