Retford Men’s Probus Club has been running since 1971. Our meetings take place at the Westhill Community Centre, Ordsall at 10.00am every other Friday. If you want to get involved pleased view our website.
On Friday May 27th our immediate past President, Bob Blatchford gave us a talk about a trip he made to Canada to see how justice is administered there. Bob spent over 26 years as a magistrate in our area, and has strong views on how justice should be administered, and the judiciary served.
It is fascinating how coincidence plays a part in our lives, and Bob’s tale was a classic example. He told us of his early life in the Navy, and later when he worked in the rope making industry, then running his own company who rigged sailing ships.
In Canada, on holiday with his wife, he was invited for coffee in the Judge’s chambers in the Yellowknife Courthouse. On the wall was a picture of a sailing boat belonging to the judge, which had just been re-rigged with rope from Bob’s company. He was invited back to Canada by the judge to see how they administered justice in the North West Territories. Bob told us some classic examples of court cases, involving $1,000 fines, which equated to 100 hours community service. This was the best form of justice, as there are limited custodial jails or prisons. A great talk.
On 10th June, we are visiting the National Mining Museum at Caphouse Colliery. Members please note that our bus will leave Kettlewell’s yard at no later than 09.30, so be there for 09.15.
We should wear sensible clothing and decent shoes We are being given a talk and mining presentation around 14.30, and we will be leaving Caphouse no later than 15.30. We should get back to Retford around 17.00.
Remember all are welcome to our meetings and visitors are more than welcome.