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We are situated in the attractive and vibrant market town of Sandbach in the heart of South Cheshire.

Our Club was formed in 1980 with the support of The Rotary Club of Sandbach and today enjoys a membership of well over 50 members.

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News: September 2017

This month, the Probus Club of Sandbach Travel set off on a holiday tour of Scotland. The standard of holidays organised by Graham Hannen are always excellent but comments from members who were on this tour rated it as one of the best.

The group were based in the Winnock Hotel in the village of Drymen just north of Glasgow and at the foot of the Trossachs National Park. Among the highlights were a boat trip on Loch Katrine and a visit to the canal boat lift, the Falkirk Wheel.

Further down the road the group visited the amazing horse head sculptures weighing almost 600 tons each and known as the mythical Kelpies.

A visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia was of particular interest as the ship’s auxiliary services whilst in port are powered by Foden marine diesel engines built in Sandbach. The ship to shore cutter is also Foden marine diesel powered. The club bowls double final has been played with Paul Plant and Derek Watts winning through.

This month’s speaker was the Reverend Malcolm Lorimer, a minister in the Methodist Church for South Cheshire whose subject was Crime and the Clergy. Reverend Lorimer has spent a great deal of time in deprived areas of Northern cities and has had a lifelong interest in crime. He has a number of novels and short stories to his credit and has a deep understanding of crime.

His talk was highly appreciated by the members, particularly as he was able to inject a considerable amount of humour into the presentation.

This year’s holiday from 31 st August to 4 th September took members and friends to the lovely county of Hampshire, steeped as it is in history with connections to Charles Dickens, Horatio Nelson, Jane Austen. In earlier times, King Alfred the Great, King Arthur and St Swithun (Swithins) Bishop of Winchester who was reputed to posthumously perform miracles and vowed that should his remains ever be moved he would cause it to rain for forty days on the anniversary of the move now referred to as St Swithun’s Day on the 15 th of July. Hampshire boasts two National parks whose rolling hills sweep down to the Solent.

The tour took in a visit to Basingstoke and the Milestones Museum. The story of the heritage and life of the county is displayed in the Museum depicting as it was in Victorian times. The party then travelled to the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery in the tiny village of Laverstoke. With over a thousand years of history, the distillery illustrates the skills and artistry behind the Bombay Sapphire Gin.

Next, in the words of the advert, they let “The Train Take The Strain” by taking the steam train on the Watercress Line, originally opened in 1865 as the Mid Hants Railway and running from Alresford for the ten mile journey to Alton. It became known as the Watercress Line due to its running through an area famous for growing watercress that requires a constant flow of water that is purified by the chalk downs.

Another important destination was Portsmouth with its naval heritage and historic dockyard that saw Nelsons fleet sail to the Battle of Trafalgar and the D-Day landings. Main attractions are the Mary Rose Exhibition and HMS Warrior. Next, the tour took in the county capital Winchester, in medieval times the capital of England long before London and the Great Hall. Also home to King Arthur’s Round Table. Made of solid oak, it hangs in the medieval remains of Winchester Castle.

The Probus Club of Sandbach meets monthly in Bradwall Village Hall. Anyone interested in visiting or joining should contact our Secretary, details on the web site www.probus-sandbach.org.uk

Tours are organised by Probus Travel and run by our member Graham Hannen. Graham has once again excelled himself with his attention to detail and ability to select amazing venues.

The photograph shows the group outside the station ready to board the train at Alresford Station.

News: September 2017