News: September 2012

The speaker at this month’s meeting was J Keith Towns, he spoke on the subject of “Coal Mining in Cheshire”. Thin seams of inferior coal lying close to the surface on Macclesfield Common were mined in the 14th century, the coal was delivered by packhorse to local brewers and blacksmiths. By the end of 18th century the demand for coal had increased dramatically as the Industrial Revolution gathered momentum. Larger coal mines in Poynton, Neston and north east Cheshire employed about three thousand  miners providing coal to the factories and mills. Coal mining peaked in Cheshire in about 1900 but after the Great War the economic recession and strikes damaged the coal industry.  In 1936 Bredbury Colliery became the last deep colliery to close in Cheshire.

The Bowling Section retained the David Lea Bowling Challenge Trophy which they won by 141 to 87 against Saxon Cross Probus. The indoor bowling season starts at Yoxall Village Hall on the 3rd of October.

On the 12th of September Probus Club members and their guests enjoyed a day at Llandudno. Many enjoyed a leisurely stroll along the promenade and the inevitable shopping for the ladies. In the afternoon a vintage coach tour around Great Orme had been organised, breath taking scenery and many very interesting historical facts made this tour a great success. All agreed that it was another very well organised excursion organised by Graham Hannen. The next trip will be to Media City, Salford Quays on the 31st of October and once again Christmas lunch has been arranged at Hunters Lodge.

The Probus Club of Sandbach meets on the second Tuesday in the month at Bradwall Village Hall at 10.15am. Further details on joining or visiting a meeting can be found at