News: August 2012

This month’s speaker was Sheila Dale, her subject was “The Eddie Stobart Story”. Starting from rather humble beginnings Eddie Stobart has become an international household name with a fan club of thousands. Eddie was a farmer in Cumbria, and a lay preacher. In 1957 he had the idea that delivering bulk fertilizer to farms was a good way to supplement the farm income. He purchased a second hand truck and set to work, the business prospered, but it was the third son Edward who brought fame and fortune to Eddie Stobart Ltd. By 2004 they had over 1000 trucks all named and in distinctive livery and smart uniformed drivers complete with tie. They had set the standard for haulage companies. Sheila had on display part of her huge collection of Corgie model Eddie Stobart trucks, some of the models costing £130.

Nonagenarian Norman Rogers featured in this months “Getting to Know You”. After qualifying for a career in local government events overtook Norman and he responded to the crisis in Europe by volunteering to join the regular army in 1939 eventually serving in Burma. By the end of the war he had been promoted to Regimental Sergeant Major. He resumed his career in local government working in London, Shropshire and Cheshire. Norman was a founder member of the Club and allowing no concession for age, was the winner of the 2011 Probus Bowls Trophy. Joyce, Norman’s wife sadly died seven years ago, daughter Sandra lives in Canada.

Our bowlers have had mixed fortunes, losing against Tarporley Probus and M.H. Vets but managing to beat Tudors 3A. The next match is the highlight of the bowlers calendar when Saxon Cross Probus are our opponents for “The David Lea Challenge Trophy”.

Planned future social visits include lunch at Mrs. Lomas’s, Byley 22nd August; Llandudno 12th September and Media City, Salford 31st October.

The Probus Club of Sandbach meets on the second Tuesday in the month at Bradwall Village Hall at 10.15am. Further details can be found at Submitted by J Keith Towns, member.