News: June 2014

At the meeting in May veteran Probus Club member Joe Wilson gave an illustrated talk on ”Australia in the Sixties and The Ten Pound Poms.”. Joe completed his apprenticeship at Fodens and three years later he was selected to go to Australia where Foden’s had a dealership. Wide roads, dust and tremendous distances between towns left an everlasting impression, trucks had to have additional fuel tanks fitted. It wasn’t all work however and as a guest of the RAC, Joe went to the Australian Grand Prix and was in the company of John Surtees, Graham Hill and Jack Brabham, a souvenir program Joe bought for two shillings has since been valued at £130.

Well known Sandbach author Jean Hood was the speaker in June, her subject was “The Sinking of the Winterton” which is based upon her book ‘Marked for Misfortune”. In 1792 the East Indiaman Winterton set sail from London with her cargo of 300,000 silver dollars and 300 passengers and crew. The ship was wrecked on a reef off Masdagascar, 40 were drowned and the remainder clung to wreckage and scrambled ashore exhausted. Surviving officer John Dale rigged a washed up yawl and set sail for help. It was seven months before he returned only to find that half of the original survivors had died from malaria. They set sail for home only for more misfortune to befall them, they were captured by the French, imprisoned on Mauritius, gained passage to India and finally sailed home two years after they first set sail.

The bowling season opened with a thrilling 72 – 92 victory against top team Tarporley but their form took a dip in the next match when Marriott House Vets came from behind to win by four points.

Graham Hannen’s (764777) has been busy with his programme of tours for members and others. The Lake District is next followed by Coronation St on the 3rd September then a four night stay in Northumberland commencing 16th September which includes Durham Cathedral, Beamish Museum, Lindisfarne etc. On October 8th it’s The Welsh Highland Railway, Snowdonia and Conwy.

Preparations are now almost complete for The Presidents Summer Lunch at Bradwall Village Hall on the 9th of July. Magician Pete Turner will entertain and a boules competition will follow with the winner being presented with the coveted Presidents Cup.

The club meets at 10.15am on the second Tuesday of the month at Bradwall Village Hall. For more information visit