Dear Member/Guest,

The Didsbury Probus Club invites you to our next scheduled Speaker Meeting on Thursday 15th February

Venue: Didsbury Baptist Church on the corner of School Lane and Beaver Road opposite Didsbury Metrolink, M20 6SX

Time:  We will meet at 10:30 am  for tea/coffee and biscuits with the talk starting at 11.00am.

Talk Title: Sir Edward Watkin – Reformer and Railway Entrepreneur
Edward Watkin, 1819 – 1901, of Rose Hill, Longley Lane, Northenden, was an ambitious visionary who presided over many large scale railway projects.  He was the chairman of nine British railway companies and was also involved in many foreign railway ventures including completing the Canadian Pacific Railway.   He had started to build the Channel Tunnel in 1880 but after 2 miles, political and diplomatic concerns caused operations to cease.  Later he wanted to build a Wembley Tower to outrival the Eiffel Tower, but this was also really too ambitious.

From 1843 to 1846 he organised Saturday half day closing for Manchester businesses, campaigned for the first ‘Parks for People’ in Salford and Manchester and also founded the Manchester Examiner newspaper.  Watkin even influenced the naming of Sharston after the Shar Stone, a possible glacial erratic he placed in his garden.  Come and find out more about this forgotten but remarkable local man.

Speaker: Geoff Scargill

Visitors are very welcome.  Donations from visitors, to help with our running costs and provision of refreshments, will be very welcome.

Further meetings for your diary. The venue will be the Didsbury Baptist Church unless otherwise stated.

7th Mar    Advances in medical science – Bernard Loveday

21st Mar   How was the World reshaped in 1919 and with what consequences? – David Walmsley.  Our AGM will be directly after this talk.

4th Apr      Sent to Siberia – Terry Callaghan

18th Apr    Antarctica – Neil Wilson

2nd May – Church closed for polling
Guided walk around Castlefield, looking at the three major events – the Romans AD 79, the first Industrial Canal 1791 and the first Intercity Railway for general freight and passengers 1830

16th May    Amazing women pilots. Amy Johnson through to the women who delivered planes in WW II – Victor Crawford

6th June      3D Printing.  Is this of any use? – Dr Ernie Hill

Date for your diary

13th June 2024  Canal Boat Trip from Castlefield to Salford Basin  – This is a MRIAS trip which Probus members are invited to join.  It will include a commentary and lunch (details to follow).  Provisionally the cost is £27 and the sailing is 11:30am to 2:00pm.  The main meal is on the way out and the desert on the return leg.  There will be some time at Salford Quays where Gordon is investigating some possible activities.

Mary Hill – didsbury.probus@gmail.com

Ian Grant – ian wilsongrant@btopenworld.com