Probus Mens’ Lunch Meeting 25th January 2024

To begin our first meeting of the year Derrick Stock took over as President of the Club for 2024, the first time in a number of years that a local ‘Sandy’ man has held this office.  On handing over the chain of office, outgoing President Paul Godley thanked the members for their support during his Presidential year. He was pleased to report that, during his year in office, the Bowls section had been refreshed under the leadership of Peter Bennett. We now regularly field three teams with a number of members taking up the sport for the first time (see the BOWLS section for further details).  The Golf section is also under new management with Terry Griffiths planning a number of events during the forthcoming year. Derek Adams, the Club’s Social Secretary, outlined the social programme for the year ahead, further details of which can be found in the SOCIAL section.  Membership is continuing to grow, with new members joining on an almost monthly basis, and long service awards were handed out to a number of members.

As the lunch took place on ‘Burns Night’, 25th January, the meal had a Scottish theme with Haggis, Neeps and Tatties served as the first course.

Following lunch members settled down to a very interesting talk by local Historian George Howe on “The impact of the Railway on Sandy”.  After the talk Robin Chandler thanked George on behalf of the attendees.

The President wound up the lunch with the usual toast to ‘Probians Everywhere’

Probus Ladies’ Lunch Meeting 25th January 2024

The New Year saw The Ladies Probus Club of Sandy and District getting off to a good start with the first lunch of 2024 held on January 25th, coinciding with Burns Day.  Sue Snowsill, President, opened the Ladies Lunch Meeting, held in the Sandy Conservative Club Bowls Pavilion, by warmly welcoming the 36 attending members and 2 guests to the luncheon and read out apologies from 16 absent members.

The Selkirk Grace was magnificently said by Dundonian Bill Hamilton, followed by the contemporary version said by Pauline Westhorp.  Those present enjoyed an excellent meal which included the traditional ‘Haggis, Neeps and Tatties’ and was enjoyed by all.

After lunch, the President stood for the Loyal Toast and one member was presented with an award for 25 years of service to PROBUS.

The President introduced television journalist and author, Bill Hamilton, the speaker for the day, whose enlightening and informative presentation, ‘Man on the Spot’ covering six decades of journalism at home and abroad, was extremely well received.

The vote of thanks was given by Jane Godley

The monthly raffle winners include  Ann Lovesey and Jeanette Taylor.

The President ended the luncheon with the final toast to Probians everywhere.

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