Probus members on occasions take a trip to somewhere interesting in the local area. In the past we have been to the workhouse at Southwell, the air museum at Newark and if we could have found a slot we would have gone to the new incinerator at Lincoln, but instead we went to The Queen’s Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum at Thoresby Hall. The entrance door is insignificantly tucked away in the corner of the old stables courtyard. We men, ignoring the shops there, filled the café and then “formed up in threes” military style and marched up the stairs into the long room full of fascinating artefacts. We were taken by the Curator and were intrigued by the Regiments’ information from the 1700s to the present day for over an hour and a half. We saw the unusual pistol that was used by the young Winston Churchill, the badly damaged bugle that was used during the Charge of the Light Brigade and one of four Wimbledon Womens’ Championship Plate Trophies. There was a wartime trench downstairs which I missed (which will mean I will have an excuse to revisit!). We then went on to the Carpenters Arms at Walesby for an excellent fish and chips lunch.
We have recently also had a presentation by Jim Martin, a Will and Trust Advisor and we learnt firstly that only 33% of the UK population as a whole has a valid Will. One of the comical instances given by Jim was that the only way to find who your relations are is to die since it is then that the ‘vultures’ come out of the woodwork! Our Probus members formed the opinion that writing a Will can be a complicated process if you wish to have the proceeds go to the correct recipient, but sadly even this can be challenged unless it is going to a charity. It was certainly impressed upon us how important it is to have this document written correctly as they can so easily be contested and changed by other family members. Further information such as if you are an unmarried couple but have been living together for years the remainder of your estate, without a Will may not go to your other half but to your blood relative and if you remarry it is important to write a new Will.. So much interesting and informative information in this presentation made us realise how important it is to make a Will and appoint a Living Power of Attorney. It is our duty to take care of those we love, we all know of someone who has died suddenly, sadly, long before their time and put off making a Will because they think “I am not going to die for years.”
By the time you receive your next copy of Retford Life we will having our next meeting which is the AGM and Lunch on the 8th of May. On the 22nd of May we are off to visit the EFW Incinerator in Lincoln and then close until September . If you are retired then why not join us in September. For more information you can go to Google and search for Retford Mens’ Probus or ring Chris on 01777838421