THE PROBUS 87 CLUB OF DROITWICH SPA NEWS 2018

INVESTITURE OF DEREK TOLLEY

Oct 20TH 2016

FOLLOWED BY ‘BOY’S HAVE MEMORIES’, AN EXCELELNT TALK by Graham Sutherland

6TH October 2016: The CONKER GAMES and CHAMPIONSHIPS

It was a beautiful morning, organised splendidly by Roy Davis

AND THE WINNER WAS MIKE RUSSELL

The was followed by a very interesting talk about the Isle of Man between1914 and 1945, given by Cathy Jones

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November 10th 2016: 24 years  - an MG Special: by Peter Briggs

November 3rd 2016:    LUNCH AT THE CROWN & SANDYS

Well done Brian Boon for organising such a good lunch in a splendid atmosphere.

Brian- Was he ordering drinks all round??

THE CHAIRMAN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY  22nd Dec 2, 2016

January 12th 2017
The first meeting this year:

A LIFE HISTORY BY PETER DANIELS:

“HOW I THINK I GOT HERE”

The 26th January, dawned damp and drizzly, in stark contrast to the ambience of the Granary Hotel's banqueting suite.

'Ladies and gentlemen, your tables are ready!' announced Scott, the head waiter, with white gloves.

Bedecked with flowers arranged by Ann Brown and festooned with balloons, everyone smiled.  Mind you, it might have had something to do with the welcome drinks beforehand!  

We waited.  I looked around.   There was Olive Thompson, the widow of Alan, with her daughter.  Liz, Mike Swan's eldest daughter was here also. As was Alun Davis's  daughter, Jayne.   

 The Chairman performed the preliminaries and called us to order. Sandy said grace. Then we tucked in - to a wonderful meal.  My, was the braised lamb delicious.  Sumptuous.

 Then it was to 'the cuttiing of the cake', with Jim and Joan Russell – they'd come all the way from down south - doing the honours.  It seemed such a pity to vandalise such a beautiful creation!   It tasted beautiful too.

Jan had asked me to reminisce for a few minutes, which I followed with a dire rendition of our Probus anthem, with apologies to the 'Men of Harlech'.  What a masochist I must be. Then it was time for proper entertainment!

With their unique brand of Black Country humour, the husband and wife team of Allan and Glynnis Briscoe, alias Dandy - they have delighted audiences throughout the Midlands for many years - strutted their stuff with aplomb. 'The funniest thing on four legs,' according to Jasper Carrott.   And they were too - after suitable  interpretation  of the lingo.

A big THANK YOU to Brian (and Joan) Boon for organising the culinary side of things. And to the Granary Hotel and staff for providing such wonderful service and support.

Please be upstanding.  May I propose a toast.....

To absent friends!


30th  Anniversary Lunch  at the  Granary 2017 St. Richard’s Hospice: A caring place well illustrated by Alice Spearing on the 16th Februray 2017. February 9th: Sandy Laird  delivered an excellent technical talk on ‘Fracking’ Jan19th:  Paul Harding entertained us  describing the history of the Tank.

St Richard’s Fest: April 29th  - POBUS 87 Organises the Brine Pit Blessing,              click :-

St RICHARD'S FESTIVAL

SALT FEST: 9th Sept 2017  - PROBUS 87 Demonstrates our Brine and Salt Heritage:-

MAKING

SALT

Thur Oct 19th - ‘HEART START’ DEMONSTRATION
Well presented by the HeartStart Team.

We are now, hopefully, more capable of helping some one who is unconscious or worse.

Thursday Oct 12th - ‘Member’s Debate -
The motion was:

 “The UK Needs More Immigrants”.

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Thursday Oct 5th -

The Joys Of Metal Detecting by John Bromley

Lots of artefacts on display including Roman coins.

This event was well organised by David Morison.

Thursday Sept 28th - John Brown by John Brown.
An interesting life story.

Thursday Sept. 21st -
‘Gold, Ghosts and Graveyards’
A good look at Western Australia by Ron Gallivan.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH
AT THE HOLT FLEET INN

7th December 2017

30th November 2017 - Duncan Coombs entertained us with his visit to Tibet to study high mountain plants

JANUARY  11th 2018 - First Meeting after the holidays.

It is the first time that Lynn Hilditch – at quite short notice – came and spoke to us on 11th January.  Her reminiscences about 22 years in the RAF as an Air Traffic Controller were quite riveting - edge of the seat stuff!  The time flew, too!  Presented with such charm, wit and  alacrity, it was unsurprising that many of the 'chaps' have asked whether she could come again and talk.......about anything!   This she has kindly agreed to do (October 18th) and talk about 'A Family Story' which sounds equally riveting - a date for your diary chaps.

THE CHAIRMAN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY -  END OF 2017 -
 It was great fun - really it was! All these pictures were taken one second before the punch line of the jokes were uttered!!

It just illustrates the the high sophistication of the jokes..


14th December:  CHRISTMAS CAROLS
Celebrating the Diamond Wedding Anniversary of Peter and Joan Briggs followed by Christmas songs expertly  led by their daughter on the piano.

Excellent and refreshing.