News: October 2014

Club member Joe Wilson gave a most interesting and amusing talk on his boyhood days in the rural village of Occlestone Green, Joe’s parents had a smallholding and life on the farm was hard graft, particularly in winter, before mechanisation became more widespread.

To bring the travel programme season to an end there were two events, a five day break “Discovering Northumberland” and finally a ‘Welsh Highland Railway Tour”.

Northumberland is of course well known for its castles, beaches and rolling hills and Graham Hannens carefully researched itinerary included the best of what was on offer. Over the five days we visited the Roman market town of Hexham famous for its Abbey and the Gaol Museum. One of the highlights was certainly the magnificent Alnwick Castle, residence of Ralph Percy, 12th Duke of Northumberland, both Harry Potter and Downton Abbey have shot scenes on location here. Beamish Museum was another experience, trundling trams, pit village, smell of fired up steam engines then chips and fish cooked on a coal fired range, unforgettable. A morning visit to Bamburgh Castle high on the cliffs overlooking the north sea was followed by a visit to Lindisfarne and then on the final day a visit to the City of Durham and its imposing Cathedral.

Our final excursion was the “Welsh Highland Railway Tour”, this proved a very popular choice and was sold out within hours. We travelled to the pretty harbour town of Porthmadog overlooked by the magnificent Snowdonia range of mountains and after lunch boarded our steam train for the two and half hour journey to Caernarfon. The scenery was spectacular and all too soon we were boarding our coach for our return journey.

The bowling season closed with a victory in the annual challenge match against Saxon Cross Probus Club for “The David Lea Cup” . The weekly indoor Bowls at Yoxhall Village Hall is now well under way and John Hope will also be making bookings at Shrewsbury.

Arrangements are now complete for the annual Christmas lunch at Hunter’s Lodge and we expect about one hundred members and guests.

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