David Bayley’s talk was entitled ‘How records began - the Edison Phonograph.’
AUGUST 2nd: MEMBERS’ POETRY AND PROSE
Organised by Roy Davies
AUGUST 2nd: - CALL MY BLUFF -
ORGANISED BY DAVID MORRISON
No one had knowledge of any of the items - too difficult to pronounce even!. The three proposed descriptions of each item was well presented and very convincing.
There was a tie breaker question between tables 3 &4. Table 4 won and each contestant presented with with chocolates.
Sandy came dressed in his clan’s Scottish uniform to illustrate the ‘men only’ aspect of PROBUS and to advertise the Great Debate that will take place on October 11th.
This Happy Event Included the Investiture of John Franklin
Aug 23rd: Four Years with an electric vehicle - Nissan Leaf. A good experience by Sheila Joynes
Aug 23 rd -Evening Chinese buffet at the Four Seasons.
Aug 20th - Evening at the Gardener’s Arms.
Sept 6th - Lock, stock and barrel a talk by Neil Brazier
Sept 8th -Droitwich Spa Salt Fest:
Sept 13th - Lunch at the Dew Drop Inn
The Gardener's Arms near Vines Park was the venue with a difference for twenty members and our wives on the 30th August. After a lovely buffet, Simon Berry the owner had made sure we enjoyed our evening by inviting two gentlemen from the Sadler's Brewery in Stourbridge to educate us about its 'Peaky Blinder' range of Black IPA craft-brewed beers, using five different malts and five different hop varieties. The Irish Whiskey, dark rum and fancy gin afterwards certainly brought a smile to our chops and spring in our step! Downright decadent!
The Pub happens to be the birthplace of the award-winning Droitwich sausage which we also sampled.
A veritable haven for all self-indulgent 'sausageolics'!
This most memorable of evenings was finally embellished by a performance of table-magic by a local, and prestigious, member of the 'Inner Magic Circle'. Magic indeed! We must go again sometime.
Map of Birmingham Arms Center
Sept 20th HUMOROUS POEMS
BY Paul Evans
- It was hilarious!! -
OCTOBER 11th ANNUAL DEBATE
- THIS HOUSE DENIES THAT MAN MADE EMISSIONS ARE CAUSING GLOBAL WARMING -
RESULT OF THE VOTE: WE HUMANS ARE NOT CAUSING GLOBAL WARMING! Well we would vote this way, wouldn't we!
Organised by Sandy Laird.
September 27th Talk by Duncan Coombs - Autumn in the Garden
October 4th Talk by …………….. Treasures found by Metal Detection.
October 18th Talk by Lynn Hilditch “A Family History”
OCTOBER 25th Part Life Story by Our Keith Garvey-‘ to where the sea sweats
November 1st Lunch at the Crown and Sandys
November 8th A talk by Chris O’Laughlin - ‘Augmented and Virtual Reality
November 15th Member’s Melange - 15 minute talks by Allan Roberts, David Morrison, Ken Robinson and Geoff Briscoe
November 22nd Talk by Howard Robinson - “Edward Lear”
November 12th a Presentation by David Bayley - “Magic Lantern Show”
CHRISTMAS LUNCH December 6th at The Fleet Holt Hotel
A terrific event —
December 13th A talk by Richard Churchley on ‘POPULAR SONGS 1860 to 1960’
December 20th - THE CHAIRMAN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY
OCTOBER 25th CONKER CHAMPIONSHIPS
Changing the slides,operation the special effects and telling the storiy - all at once was breath taking!
Jack and the Bean Stalk
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
And the proverbial adverts !
31st January: Gerry Thwaites gave an excellent and inspired talk on “A day in the Life of a Submariner”
7th February: Max Keen, dressed as a 1879 colour sergeant, gave a rousing act to describe Britain's worst battle when a Zulu army completely destroyed a British force armed with modern weapons (the battle of Isandwana). Spears and shields against the Martin-Henry breach loading rifle!.
He also described the battle of Rorke’s Drift, where he traced the steps of the film stars.
He attacked false film information: there was in fact no shortage of ammunition and no Welsh songs. Two of the VC’s were local men.
Our Chairman presents our thanks to the ladies for their work in the kitchen supplying us with coffee, tea and biscuits.
14th February 2019: This morning we had four talks - a Members’ Melange.
Peter Daniels expertly reviled his experience of sailing the English Channel.
Roy Hodge gave us details of his early life in the Army.
Sandy Laird, suitably kilted, entertained us with his knowledge of Robert Burns.
And Tim Cree gave a lecture on Thomas Newcomen and his atmospheric steam engine.