Retford is blessed with having both men’s and ladies branches of Probus. We are the local branch of a National Association of around 2,000 UK clubs. Retford Men’s Probus Club has been running since 1971, and the name derives from Professional and Business. We are a non- political, non-sectarian international club, renowned for its informality, sociability and for having interesting and informative speakers visiting us on a fortnightly bases. Our meetings take place at the Westhill Community Centre, Ordsall at 10.00am every other Friday. If you want to get involved or want to find out more, our programme of events can be viewed on our website;
So, if you are around 60, or have recently retired with spare time on your hands, please have a look at our website.
We have just had in March two really good meetings. On the 4th, Dr Ann Featherstone gave a talk called ‘Sydney Races, Nottingham Nights’. Sydney was an insurance clerk who loved street fairs. Ann said he kept a journal telling what he had seen and where the fairs were. Mainly they were in and around the centre of Nottingham. Sydney loved the variety, and strange sideshows, bearded lady, smallest man etc. Ann has made a study of Sydney Races, and is now the BBC’s first point of contact for information on Victorian street fairs.
The second March meeting was on the 18th, and our speaker was Mike Newbold. For the last 12 years, Mike has been a television extra, or supporting artist. He has appeared in several episodes of ‘Last of the Summer Wine’, and in over 60 episodes of the daytime TV Drama Doctors. He gave a very informative and witty talk, with a number of very amusing anecdotes. He feels that as he gets older more parts for him become available, from grumpy old bald men to those quite debonair, when he has to wear a wig. In addition to our exiting 2016/17 programme of guest speakers, we have two events we wish to publicise, coming up.
On 10th June, we are visiting the National Mining Museum at Caphouse Colliery, Overton, near Wakefield. We will be going by bus from Retford to the museum, and included (for those who wish to do so) is a trip underground. This will be a full day event, and on site is a recently re-furbished cafe and a shop selling artefacts and souvenirs. All are welcome to come on this trip including spouses, so we anticipate it being a good day. The cost will be £10 per person. At the moment we are well on the way to fill our 40 seater coach. Members who wish to go need to put their name down on the attendance list as soon as they can.
The other event to mention is on 2nd July, when we will be linking up with Retford Ladies Probus Club for a joint summer social. We will be meeting at Goodwin Hall, Chancery Lane, Retford, and we will have a Hog Roast, with salads. Musical entertainment will be provided by Retford Oaks Academy. We are expecting around 120 to attend this social event, and again the cost will be £10 per person.
Sam Glasswell will be our guest speaker on the 1st April. Sam comes from Bassetlaw Museum, and will be talking about the Anglo-Saxons and their influence on this area.
On 15th April, Natalie Cockrell will be telling us about ‘Retford’s Neighbourhood Plan’. We know there is a crying need for new ‘affordable’ housing in this country, but we also know our local MP has said ‘in the House’, that Bassetlaw doesn’t need new houses, as we have surplus housing stock, so we should have an interesting meeting.
Finally congratulations to Worksop Men’s Probus Group. This March they had their 40th Anniversary, and our President, Robert Blatchford was invited to their lunch as a ‘Special Guest’.
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