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December 2018

Our final meeting for the year was the Christmas Lunch at the Golf Club. The event was well attended this year and seemed to be enjoyed by everyone. There are some photographs in the "photo Gallery" which John Emms took, thanks, we hope you all enjoy. Any members with photos they want to share with other members, please send them to the Webmaster.

Seasonal Greetings to all members. We'lll see you all in the New Year on January 8th when we will have a presentation by Roz Hall entitled "A Comic Poet". Her recitations and entertainment sound like just the thing we need to start the New Year.

 

November 2018

There was a good turn-out at the November meeting of the club, held at Frinton Golf Clubhouse. Probus President Mike Smedley welcomed everyone and gave a resume of recent activities. The coach trip to see the show "42nd Street" and lunch afterwards proved a great success.  In-house Probus golf and snooker competitions are underway, and reservations are well advanced for the Club's 2019 holiday; planned to be a short cruise. Final bookings were being taken for our annual Christmas Lunch on 4th December, Probus members will be joined by their wives/partners.

The Speaker was Gary Egerton, and he gave an interesting talk on "Protection of VIP's" a vote of thanks was given by member Dennis Walby, himself formally involved with Royal Protection.

A delightful lunch then followed, the room buzzed with friendly conversations.

You can now see our "2019 Diary" of events by using the appropriate side tab on this website, and if you are just a visitor to the site and are interested in joinnig us then contact our Secretary, details on "Contact Us"  tab.

 

March 2018

The March meeting had a presentation by Brian Jennings, of the Frinton and Walton Heritage Trust, and the subject was "Postcards of Frinton & Walton for the past 100 years". It was really enjoyed as it particularly brought back memories for so many members. A list of possible social events was also circulated and with a holiday and Summer Ball already in the diary, this could be another good social year for the club.

 

February 2018

The AGM was well attended and one of the main events was the election of members to serve on Committee. Mike Smedley was elected as our new President, the "Photo Gallery" page shows the handover  and the main changes to committee were that John Emms and Tony Rudd who had previously been co-opted were now elected onto committee with all the re-elected members. Rob Humphrey and Alan Eldret stepped down from Committee after some years of service. The full committee with their main responsibilities is shown on the "Committee Member" page of this website.

The presentation by the officers of the club confirmed that we still have a strong membership level with reasonable funds, but the committee and members need to perhaps increase efforts to sustain this situation. The Social side of the Club continues to be strong and a small sub-committee has been formed to oversee organising the various event for the next year.

 

January 2018

Our January meeting had a good turnout and our speaker, Capt. Richard Woodman, gave an excellent talk on "The Mercant Navy in World War I".

We also had the Trophy presentation to our sporting champions. Alan Dunt won the Golf, beating Keith Banks in the final, and Roger Smith won the Snooker, beating Freddie Henderson in the final. Well done to them all. The photo gallery has picture of the presentations.

There may be limited places available for the May holiday at Thoresby Hall. It was also confirmed that the Summer Ball will be on July 11th and that we have booked the same excellent band that we had last year, The Revival Band. You can contact Mike Smedley on either of these events.

The 2018 programme is shown on this website and members all received an updated badge at the meeting which has the programme on its back, together with the phone number of the Luncheon Secretary, should you need to confirm any Luncheon arrangements.

The committe now has two new co-opted members, Tony Rudd and John Emms and it looks as though we will have all committee posts covered at the AGM next month. However it is still not too late to volunteer to come onto Committee, just contact our Secretary, Tony, before 23rd January if you are interested.

 

December 2017

Our Christmas Luncheon at the Golf Club was very well attended, the table layout and decoration was really good and I believe a good time was had by all. Many of us carried on chatting in the bar afterwards so it almost became a day long event, but very enjoyable. This was the first Christmas Luncheon organised by Mick Mockford, and on behalf of members, a big thank you for all your hard work. There are a few photographs in the Photo Gallery pages, just click the heading in the left margin.

Merry Christmas to all members and their families and let's hope 2018 is a good year for all of us.

 

Autumn of 2017

We've had our normal good meetings with some excellent speakers, but we've also had a couple of social events that are worth mentioning.

We had our September evening dinner at the Avenue Bistro this year and a really good evening was enjoyed by all who attended. There are photos in the Gallery area, kindly taken by Carol Brewerton.

We also had a theatre trip in October to see "An American in Paris" at the Dominion Theatre which included a very good lunch before the show. Excellent value and it seemed to be enjoyed by the whole coachload, although the journey time was a challenge for some.

Thanks again to Mike Smedley for his excellent arrangements for these events.

At the November meeting, we were all reminded of the Christmas lunch on December 5th and Mick Mockford is finalising detail for this and should be contacted for any last minute bookings or with any queries.

We were also reminded that we needed to get our snooker matches completed in the annual club competition, Mike Smedley is the contact if you have any queries.

Finally, there will be two vacancies on Committee for the new year starting in February and if you are interested in helping to run YOUR CLUB, then contact our Secretary Tony Comber. The Committee is a friendly and helpful group and it doesn't matter if you don't know anything about Committees, there is enough experience around to help settle new members in, and just the fact that you are doing your small bit for your club, will be much appreciated.

 

July 2017

Perhaps the main social event of the month was the Annual Summer Ball that was held at the Frinton Golf Club. There was a very good turnout, the meal and general setting was very good and dancing was to The Revival Band, a very good function band that came highly recommended. The Band did not disappoint us and kept the dance floor full right up until the end The whole event seemed to be thoroughly enjoyed by all those present, and we must all thank Mike Smedley for organising such a fine event, well done.

I took some photos around the tables and these are shown in the "Photo Gallery" section of the website. I'm sorry if some are out of focus or not always well lit, but I hope you enjoy them.

 

Don't forget our next meeting on Tuesday August 1st when we have a speaker on "The Black Death".

 

 

June 2017

We had a good talk, with some singing, about the Music Hall and Variety. We have had David Padwick to the Club before to do a talk and once again, he did not disappoint.

Mike Smedley confirmed there are some tickets remaining for the Summer Ball so don't miss out on this special event. It is on July 26th at the Golf Club with entertainment by the Revival Band. Ring Mike for tickets.

He also confirmed that he will be seeking some commitment next month for a trip to Bletchley Park in October.

The Gent evennig is likely to be late September and Mike is presently talking to Avenue Bistro as a new venue.

There are some more pictures of the Littlecote House Hotel holiday, thanks Mike for those.

 

 

Probus Holiday

The holiday break this year was to Littlecote House Hotel, a beautiful Country House near Hungerford. The Warners site was up to the normal high standard we expect, the house and gardens were beautiful, there were Spa facilities and a few different types of sports and other activities to try. Many members also supported the trips, these being, a horse-drawn barge trip on the Kennet and Avon canal, an Oxford city tour, a Blenheim Palace trip and a trip on the GWSR Steam Railway.

It seemed that everyone enjoyed the break and we were even blessed with glorious weather which no doubt helped.

Our thanks to Mike Smedley for all his arrangements, well done.

I will be uploading photographs on a special section, see left-hand side menu, but I was not on all the trips so any photographs that members took can be loaded later, please send to Alan.

 

 

May 2017

The meeting was, as normal, a very social event and we had a good Speaker on “Essex Smugglers” followed by a good Lunch.

However we were also updated on two fund-raising events which many members had contributed to. Ken Guyton confirmed that he and his wife Sylvia had raised £500.50 towards the Colchester Hospital’s Time Garden appeal. They had an informal Tea Party at their home to raise this money and he thanked the members who had turned out in support of this good cause. There is a picture in the gallery of Ken with a cheque.

The Club members were also thanked by Barrie Wheatley for their contributions to the fund-raising by his Grandson, Tom Jack. Tom has recently completed the London Marathon, improving on his previous best time, but perhaps of equal significance is that he has also raised over £8,000 for St. Helena’s Hospice in Colchester.

 

April 2017

We had an excellent talk by one of our members, Roy Brewerton, on "The life and times of Michael Faraday". This gave us a wonderful insight into Faraday's humble beginnings and achievements.The talk was supported with a number of pictures and fortunately did not get too technical.

It also demonstrated once more the wealth of talent we have at our club taking on the speaker role, thanks Roy.

 

March 2017

A really good talk on "When Pirates ruled the waves" was a surprise to many. The title led us to believe there would be tales of battles at sea, fortunes being sought by the raiding of sea vessels and ports and much more. However, it was a talk about The Radio pirates of the 60's, with many interesting inside stories and old photographs of many of the people and vessels involved. A local story really as some of these vessels were moored just over 3 miles off the Frinton coast. Someone even mentioned the "Frinton Flashers", well known at the time.

 

February Meeting  -  AGM

The AGM was reasonably well attended. The years Accounts were presented by the Treasurer and approved by the members. The officers gave updates on a number of items and I have selected only a few for mention here:

  • Members agreed to a motion that groups of members from Local Probus Clubs in the Tendring District and Essex areas could attend our meetings as guests and our club could reciprocate. Control of this would be exercised by the Club Secretaries.
  • It was confirmed that the theatre trip to 42nd street and the Wine Tasting have had to be cancelled. However The Summer Ball was discussed and the Social Secretary was finalising arrangements for the event on 26th July, 7pm start.
  • The Club holiday to Littlecote House is 22nd May - 26th May and final payments are being taken.
  • A new Suggestion scheme has been started and members had blank cards to use on the lunch tables.
  • The Committee proposed George Gardner  as the new President and members approved unanimously. Pictures of the handing over of the chain of office are in the Photo Gallery.
  • The President then annouced the committee's proposals for committee responsibilities in the coming year and these were approved en-bloc by the members. The Committee page shows the immediate responsibilities and this page will be changed throughout the year as roles change.

 

January 2017

We had a good meeting with a talk by Cherry Mullins on "Tales of a Tour Manager". There were some very interesting little stories around the various tours she had managed.

The trophies were given out to the Snooker and Golf winners and there are some pictures in the photo Gallery page.

There was also a very special presentaion.

Allen White – Legion d’honneur for British World War II Veterans.

The French government has been awarding the Legion d’honneur to D-Day veterans from many different countries for several years as a way of honouring and thanking those who fought and risked their lives to secure France’s liberation during the Second World War.

On the 70th Anniversary of D – Day in June 2014, the French President announced that the distinction would be awarded to all British veterans who fought for the Liberation of France.

Allen has recently received the Legion d’honneur and our President, on behalf of the Club, presented him with a bottle of ‘French’ Wine. There is a picture of this in the photo gallery.

Members will remember that in November 2014 Allen White received  a similar medal from the Russian Embassy for his service on Royal Naval convoys taking aid and supplies to Russia during the Second World War.

 

 

 

More December News ...

Both our Annual Sport competitions have now been completed for 2016.

 

Our Snooker Champion is    Derek Peachey    and the runner-up is    Keith Banks

 

Our Golf Champion is     Alan Dunt    and the runner-up is   Chris Sims

 

Well done to you all.

 

December 2016

The Christmas Lunch at The Frinton Golf Club was a well attended event and seemed to be enjoyed by all. There are some photographs in the Gallery section of the website that you can look at and of course download if you know how to.

There were a few changes this year and we do welcome any constructive feedback that we we can consider for the future.

Shirley Furlong kindly gave the vote of thanks for the guests, thank you.

Our thanks to Mick Mockford for organising the Christmas Luncheon. Well done.

 

A number of annoucements were made at the Luncheon and this is just a short reminder:

  • A Theatre trip to see "42nd Street" at The Drury Lane Theatre on 5th April requires you to phone or email Mike Smedley and be ready to pay a deposit at the January meeting.
  • The Wine Tasting on February 17th will be selling tickets at the January meeting and why not make up a table of eight with your friends whether they are Club members or not.
  • The January meeting is on Jan 3rd, and the new Luncheon fee is £18. The years membership subscription is also due in January (held at £24) so that's a total due of £42, plus any Social event payments.

Merry Christmas everyone ..

 

 

More November news

The final of this year's Snooker Competition will be held on Tuesday 29th November at the Memorial Club, Ashlyns Road, Frinton commencing at 6pm, .Snacks will be provided at a nominal cost.

 

Would all Members attending this event please telephone Mike Smedley our Social Secretary  no later than Sunday 27th November so that he can ensure that there will be food for all those attending.

 

 

November 2016

November meeting had John Floyd as our speaker and he talked about "No. 89 GCU".

We were all in the dark about the subject but we finally found out it was Unit 89 of the Graves Concentration Unit. The story unfolded about how John had learnt Flemish during his RAF posting in WW2; his short term problems with Education and work in the UK; and how his knowledge of a number of languages got him the interpreter role in this special unit. He joined the unit just after the war and it's role was to recover, identify and either repatriate bodies or ensure they were left in an appropriate location.

John gave us a great talk with so many little stories around this part of his life and the role of the unit. We all enjoyed it, thanks John, and we are lucky to have such an accomplished speaker as a member.

He finished his role with Unit 89 and returned to Education and a career in the UK. Maybe we might have another little gem from John in the future.

 

There were some other points raised at the meeting and I'll just list out the following reminders for you:

  • The Christmas Lunch at the Golf Club on December 6th is a 12 o'clock start for a 13.00 sit down.
  • The Thursford trips on 28th November and 22nd December have pick-up times of 7.55am, opposite Titfords in Elmtree Avenue.
  • The Wine tasting evening is definitely on for February 17th.
  • The 2017 holiday to Warners Littlecote House Hotel starts on 22nd May. More details later.
  • A summer Ball is being arranged in July 2017, more details later.
  • We are looking to link up with Essex Theatre Group so that members can access their itinery. More details later.

 

October 2016

You know I have not mentioned our October meeting, so just as a reminder; we had Christopher Chippendale talking about Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). The talk was very informative and there was a lot of interest from members after the meeting about possibly using their services. If you did not get a card or company paperwork, it's not too late, we still have their contact details.

 

September 2016

Our speaker this month was Edward Hitchins who gave us a really good insight into different taxes applied throughout the ages. It was a good talk and at times it made me think our present system seems quite uncomplicated.

Our turnout was lower than normal, quite a few on holiday, but we had a good meal and Social meet.

Quite a bit of news came out at the meeting, listed below:

Tony has now negotiated next years contract with the Golf Club and the meal price will be going up to £18 from the January meeting. The Annual membership fee stays unchanged. The meal choices and no. of courses stays as we presently have.

The Skipper night is on 22nd September, if you've booked then don't forget, should be a good night.

The trip to Thursford still has a small number of tickets remaining, it is on 28th November and the cost is only £77 for the Coach, a good meal, and the Show/extravaganza. A really good deal so contact Mike asap if you are interested.

The Bournemouth Break on Sept. 24th will have just one coach pick-up, it will be at 9am in Elm Tree Avenue, in the layby opposite Titmarsh Funeral Directors.

The Snooker competition is underway and if you didn't get your match details then contact Mike, Tony or Alan who have the details. We really need the early rounds out of the way in September .

We have provisionally booked the Warners holiday for next year, May 22nd, and £30/head deposits will be required at the October meeting from those already on the list or those who want to be added.

Mike is still looking to arrange a Summer Ball and will progress that and inform us at subsequent meetings.

We have now firmed up on the Wine Tasting event, it will be at the McGrigor Hall on Friday 17th February 2017. There will be many wines tasted and a light snack part way through. We hope that numbers will allow members to bring friends along and make it a good social event.

 

Finally, unfortunately Roger Dimmock has resigned from Committee as he is taking on further  activities outside our club and is worried he wont be able to give of his best to our Committee.

The Committee thanked Roger for the good work he has done whilst on Committee.

Mick Mockford will take over as Luncheon Secretary and Roger will assist him while he gets over his knee operation. Mike Smedley will take over the role of Vice-Pesident in parallel with his role of Social Secretary.

We should have new badge inserts available at the October meeting with the 2017 agenda and the phone number of the Luncheon Secretary on the back.

 

August 2016

We had a really good speaker, Robert Needham who talked about The History and Happenings of a Town Crier. It certainly kept us awake when he started with his loud call to get attention. Robert didn't bring all his attire as it was a very hot day, but there are a couple of pictures in the Photo Gallery section of him.

It was confirmed that we are going to have the Snooker competition this year so I hope a lot of you signed up. We will be using the Memorial Club tables as before.

The Christmas lunch menu was circulated and if you haven't already returned it with your choices, could you make sure you bring it to the September meeting. Roger will be endeavouring to satisfy everyones preferred seating arrangements, not an easy task, so if you have a particular request then it would help if you scribbled that on the form also. The Cost of the Christmas Lunch this year is £27 per head which includes wine on the table.

There was sufficient interest shown for a wine tasting event so the Club will be looking to arrange this at the McGrigor Hall in February. More information at the next meeting.

The 2017 Holiday is to be at Warner's Littlecote Historic Hotel in Berkshire for four nights from 27th May. More on this at subsequent meetings.

 

 

First half of 2016

Let me firstly start with an apology for the lack of regular updates. Other events meant this website did not get the priority it deserves. You can now see that there has been an update to many of the other pages with changes of contacts, the normal change of officers at the AGM and these changes are reflected on the Committee page, there are also quite a few photographs added in the Gallery. Unfortunately I couldn't make the trip to Duxford so if anyone else has photos that I could upload then just email them to me. I understand the trip went very well. Thanks Brian for organising.

I'm not going to give a meeting by meeting update as members will know we've had some really good speakers in these last few months and we've got some really good ones to come.

However I do want to emphasise the effort that has gone in to increase our social events this year.

I've already mentioned the Duxford visit, but later this year we have the regular Skipper night in September, followed closely by this years holiday in Bournemouth. In November we then have a trip to the Thursford Christmas Extravaganza. The dates for all these can be seen on the 2016 Diary page.

We do have other ideas that will be floated at our meetings and the committee continue to welcome suggestions from all members.

 

December 2015

Our Christmas Luncheon at the Golf Club was once again very successful. A good meal and as always, great company. There are some pictures on the Gallery page, I'm sorry if I didn't get round to your table, but they show how good an event it was.

 

 

November 2015

Our speaker this month was Terry Elton who gave us lots of pointers on how members might improve their financial arrangements, an enjoyable talk which made many of us all think hard.  The meal served by the Golf Club seemed to be well appreciated by members and once again was a good friendly, and social event.

Our recent trip to The Mayflower Project in Harwich was enjoyed by all. Well organised Roger. Our next trip will be to Duxford. Brian is preparing a short presentation showing what we can expect, which he hopes to show after the February AGM.   

December 1st is our Christmas Lunch at the Golf Club, and yet again, a big turnout is expected with 102 bookings at present. There will be the normal prizes and quiz, and of course, great company. The event starts at 12pm  so lots of time to chat before lunch serving starts at 1pm. Keith has prepared the table layouts taking into account any preferences you may have declared. Each table will have a sheet to show what menu options you chose. Well done Keith, he knows that I never remember things like that!!   I'm sure we'll all have a great time !!

The question of a 2016 Spring holiday was raised at the November meeting and the committee will be investigating one or two options before our next meeting.

Roy Stevenson will be taking over from David Gager as our Auditor with both of them overseeing the 2015 audit. Our thanks to David for his great service in the past and thanks to Roy for taking over.

 

Finally, at the time of writing this report, I have just heard the result of our 2015 Golf Competition.

In a keenly contested final between Keith Banks and Roy Stevenson, Keith came out on top with a score of 2 and 1. Well Done Keith.  .

 

 

 

October 2015

Our speaker this month, Ian Kirby, gave a really interesting talk about East London, supplemented with many pictures and an old film newsreal of riots surrounding the attempted Moseley parade through Cable Street. The talk also highlighted other famous individuals and events that are associated with this street.

Mike Smedley was confirmed as a co-opted member of our committee, welcome.

We also had three guests this month so we are hopeful our membership base will continue to be strong.

We used our new PA system for the first time this month so members have no excuse now for falling asleep in the back rows!!!

The Christmas Lunch "list" went round, if you were unable to sort out your attendance or menu choice then do contact Keith or Brian. The date is 1st December and the menu can be downloaded from the members section.(Password from Secretary if you've forgotten it)

The trip to visit the Mayflower Project in Harwich is on 20th Oct and if you're unsure of your pick-up point then contact our President.

The 2016 Speaker Programme was circulated by George Gardner, it is printed on a small card that can be inserted in the back of your name badge holder. If you did not get a copy then see George at the next meeting. Of course the Programme can also be seen on this website and the web page will always be updated with any amendments.

Finally, our President/Treasurer explained how the club had a small surplus from previous years and confirmed that as a once-off concession, the lunch at our AGM meeting in February will be free to members attending. This is to encourage members to attend the meeting and give feedback to the Committee on what they want from our club. At that meeting, Brian Heard will also be giving a brief presentation about Duxford.

 

Sept 2015

The talk about Arts and Lits was good and was that bit more interesting as we have so many of our members who attend in Clacton.

This months lunch seemed to be well received and all tables seemed happy.

Final details of the trip to the Mayflower Project in Harwich were outlined by Roger Dimmock.

20th Oct looks the date and total cost is £30 per person including coach and lunch at The Pier Hotel. Please be ready to pay at the next meeting.

The trip to Duxford is now going to be next year and Brian will arrange it when we are likely to have warmer weather.

We confirmed that some local estate agents are going to give out a "contact list" that we have prepared. Anyone who wants a copy can get one from the "Members Area" of the website.

Also from the "Members Area", you can get a copy of the Menu for Christmas Lunch. Keith should have given you a copy at the last meet, but if you've not got it then you now have no excuse. Can you please make sure at the next meeting, that you let Keith or Brian have details of your choice from the Christmas menu, and that of any guest you're bringing.

The 2016 Speakers Programme is now shown on this website and at the next meeting, we will be issuing a version on card that will fit into the back of your badge holder.

Finally, Keith made an appeal at the meeting for the Golfers taking part in this years competition to get their matches completed as soon as practical. You have been told!!

 

July 2015

 

Another good monthly meeting at the golf club venue. The speaker, Tony Barrett, gave us a good insight into The Frinton and Walton Heritage Trust.

Brian Heard has been canvassing members about what sort of social events they would prefer and we are now hopeful that he will arrange a day trip to Duxford Aircraft Museum later this year.

Roger Dimmock has been co-opted onto the Committee and he is hoping to arrange a trip this year also, to the Mayflower boat-building project at Harwich.

Names have also been gathered for the "Gents" dinner on September 24th and the £15 fee will be collected at the next meeting. Anyone who hasn't had a chance to put their name down should contact a committee member soon as we are getting near to our maximum.

Finally, we will have some extra tickets available soon for our monthly lottery draw, as the national lottery are increasing their numbers by another 10. Any interest, see our Treasurer.

 

 

Eastbourne Holiday (27/4/15 to 1/5/15)

A really good club holiday at the View Hotel. The accomodation and food were good and being so near to the town gave us all the opportunity to explore the town and surrounding area. Beachy Head was beautiful, in spite of the strong wind, and the beach area of Birling Gap was quite imposing. Many used the open-top bus tour that you could hop on and hop off whenever you wanted. Pevensey Bay and Pevensey Castle were a short bus ride away and the Town had some good shops, including an interesting one which had a Museum of "How we used to Live". The theatre trip was good and the quiz amused, or frustrated, many over the week. Well done Derek for organising the holiday. To see some of the photos taken, click Eastbourne 2015 on the menu to your left.

 

April 2015

Brian Kelly gave a very interesting talk of his time and experiences as a British Consul. I think many of us were surprised at the various and often unpleasant experiences Brian's role involved in different parts of the world. Thanks Brian.

Chris Sims was presented with the 2014 Golf Trophy by our President, photos and details elsewhere in the Sport and Photo Gallery sections.

 

It was the last meeting before our holiday in Eastbourne and all those going should have all the details they need on meeting the coach and the general itinerary. However, in case you have misplaced the details handed our by Derek you can download a copy by clicking here.

 

March 2015

A good meeting with an excellent presentation by Guy Dimmock, Roger's son, about the new "Queen Elizabeth" Class Aircraft Carrier. I think we all enjoyed the talk which was backed up with many pictures and statistics. Thanks Guy.

 

February 2015

This month's meeting was the AGM and the second Club meeting at our new venue of the Frinton Golf Club.

The AGM saw the normal rotation of the President position, with Derek Peachey taking over as President. Tony Comber was thanked by the Club for leading the club for over 18 months, through what was a difficult period, particularly with the change of venue. Thanks Tony.

Keith Banks has stepped down from the position of Social Secretary, a role he has been involved with for 22 years. Keith is staying on Committee for the time being and will help in handing over of the role. Brian Heard has taken on the Role of Social Co-ordinator and other Commiittee members will take on some of the duties.

A presentation to Keith was made by Brian, and the whole Club showed their appreciation of the great work he has done for so many years. Thanks Keith.

The Committee page shows the Committee with their new confirmed titles for this year and there are some photos on the photo gallery page..

At the January meeting we had Ray Smith as the speaker on Acoustic musical instruments and we have had so much good feedback about the talk that maybe we should have him back sometime.

The first two months at the Golf Club have gone well with the location meeting all our expectations, and the meals and service judged by most as very good.

 See the Sport page for an update.

 

January 2015 update, new venue and Holiday details

The next meeting is on January 13th, at the Frinton Golf Club. Members to arrive from 10.45am and the meeting will start promptly at 11.30am. Lunch will be served  after the meeting.

The Holiday to Eastbourne is now going ahead, an update of details can be obtained by clicking here.

There are 2 or 3 spare seats at present on the coach so do contact Derek immediately if you want to come. It will be a case of "first come first served" so don't delay.

A non-returnable deposit of £60 per person will be required to be paid at the Jan 13th meeting.

The Committee wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year.

 

December 2014 further update

It looks as if the holiday in Eastbourne has had enough interest to take it further and Derek should be able to update us all at the next meeting. He may also want your deposits so bring along your cheque books.

The Christmas Lunch, at our new location of the Golf Club, seemed to go well and we have had a lot of good feedback. It is a good setting and it was great to have windows and look out onto a nice scene.

There are a few photographs of the event in the Photo Gallery section of this website, thanks to Carol Brewerton for taking them.

Finally, don't forget that the next meeting is on January 13th, at the Golf Club. Members to arrive from 10.45am and the meeting will start promptly at 11.30am. Lunch will be served after the meeting.

 

December 2014 update

We will be handing out details of a 2015 holiday proposal at the Christmas Lunch on December 4th. You can click here to download a copy, and if you are interested please let the Treasurer, Derek, know as soon as possible.

 

December 2014

The 2015 speaker programme has been circulated to all members and is on the website. It looks to be a good year of speakers.

We are holding the December Christmas Lunch at The Frinton Golf Club on 4th Dec 2014. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Unfortunately, it looks as though the 2015 holiday will need to cancelled as Keith has not been able to get enough interest from members. A big shame really and something the committee will discuss more fully.

At the November meeting, our President reported that one of our members, Allen White, has recently been awarded the Ushakov medal by the Russian Embassy for his participation in the Royal Navy convoys taking aid and supplies to Russia during the Second World War. Winston Churchill described these convoys as "The worse journey in the World" as approximately 102 ships were lost as well as 3000 personel. Allen was at the meeting to accept the warm appreciation from members, accompanied by a bottle of wine.

The November meeting was our last one at The Masonic Hall and members were once again given details of our new venue and timing of meetings at the Golf Club.

We have had to abandon this years Snooker contest as the Memorial Hall will no longer allow individual who are not members of their club to use the Snooker tables. Let's hope we can find ways to continue this competition in future.

 

 

 

May 2014  -   The Holiday to Thoresby Hall

A coachload of us went to Thoresby Hall for our Holiday break, it is a Warner's Hotel and Spa in Nottinghamshire.

Unfortunately the weather was poor for most of the week, with slight showers everyday and no sunny periods. 

However the Hotel was good, with some very nice lounges and seating areas. It was set in a large country estate with goods views and some nice walks for those of us who took a chance with the weather.

The staff were friendly and helpful, and there were things to do in and around the Hotel, albeit some of these activities were not always practical due to the weather.

The internal activities seemed well attended, particularly the bar and cafeteria areas. There were things going on during the day and each evening there were quizzes, a show and a resident dance band, followed by a late Disco.

A few of us tried out some of the Spa facilities but it wasn't the most popular activity for our party.

Quite a few more tried the Archery and Shooting, thankfully with no accidents.

 

On the Wednesday we went on a coach trip to Lincoln and had the opportunity to explore the magnificent Cathedral, the Castle and Museums, or just take in some of the unusual shops up near the Cathedral. I think also that some of our members' partners could not resist the chance to do a bit of shopping in the main town area. A good day out.

 

Keith arranged afternoon tea and cakes for all of us all in the Blue Room on the Thursday afternoon. It was very nice and an opportunity for getting the results of the two quizzes handed out on the Coach as we travelled North, and there were some nice prizes given out in a raffle for our party members.

 

Friday seemed to suddenly appear and it was back on the coach to return to sunny Frinton.

 

Club members and their guests seemed to really enjoy the Holiday and once again our thanks must go out to Keith for all his arrangement before and during the Holiday. Thanks Keith.

 

Note:

There are some pictures in the Photo Gallery, taken mainly at afternoon tea on the Thursday.

 

Feb 2014  AGM

The February meeting was the AGM with a fair attendance for the event.

The Treasurer reported a reasonably healthy situation with regard to the club funds, with each member receiving their copy of the accounts and having any questions answered.

The new committee was voted in and is shown on the Committee page of this website. the changes to Committee are:

 

          Tony Comber takes over as President.

          Derek Peachey becomes Vice-President in addition to his role as Treasurer.

          George Gardner was fully voted onto Committee and is now Speaker Secretary.

          Brian Heard joins the Committee as part of the Presidential cycle.

 

The President gave special thanks to Roy Brewerton who stepped down from committee after serving many years as Speaker Secretary.

 

The Social Secretary formally handed out prizes for the Golf and Snooker competitions, although holiday prevented our double champion receiving his.

 

There are some photos on the Photo Gallery page of the meeting.

 

 

On 8th January 2014, the Club's Golf final took place and Mike Reynolds beat John Nield to become the 2013 Champion of this annual Knock-out Competition.

 Well done Mike.

 

The Club's Christmas Luncheon took place on 17th December 2013 at The Taylor Rooms, and as always, was a very enjoyable event.

Carol Brewerton took some photographs of the event and you can see a selection of them on the new Photo Gallery page. Thanks Carol.

There seems to be an absence of smiles on a few faces, it was probaby due to the extreme concentration of many of us on the table quiz supplied by Keith Banks.

Thanks Keith for the organisation of the whole events, another success.

 

On 13th November, the Club's Snooker final took place at the Memorial Club. There was a good turn-out to watch, and Mike Reynolds beat Roy Brewerton in an interesting and cagey match to become our 2013 Champion. Presentation of trophies to both finalists were carried out on the night. Well done Mike.

Also, thanks go out to Roger Smith for arranging the knock-out competition and the buffet served after the final.