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The Probus Club of Stokesley and District

Minutes of the 333rd meeting held at 10.00 in Stokesley Town Hall on Tuesday 21st July 2015


1. There were 35 Members present and 8 Apologies.

2. The Minutes of the last Meeting were accepted as a true record.

3. There were no Matters Arising.

4. The new Members’ Name cards are now available.

5. There were no Guests at the Meeting. The Chairman gave a warm welcome to Malcolm D’Arcy, a New Member who has lived in the area all his life and now lives at Hutton Rudby. Keith encouraged Members to bring Guests to Meetings with the aim of increasing Club Membership. In the recent past, David Hughes had resigned because of ill health. Amara Jayaweera had moved to London and Trevor Lee to Durham. Bob Ashby will be moving to Surrey once his house sale has been completed. Keith gave a brief history of Past Members Seymour Halkett and David Helbert and Honorary Member Alf Strother, all of whom had died this year. Allan Stockdale had resigned since the last Meeting. Chris Stirk was congratulated on his 91st birthday on the day of the Meeting. He was presented with a book ‘Classic and Sportscar Magazine A-Z of cars of the 1970s’.

6. The Treasurer had nothing to report.

The Secretary had nothing to report.

The Website Manager asked if there were any difficulties in using the new website. It appeared that all Members were happy with the new arrangements.

The Speaker Finder had nothing to report.

7. The coach for the visit to the Black Sheep Brewery on 5th August will collect Members from the usual pickup points:

Great Ayton – the Buck Hotel at 09.00

Stokesley – various points from 09.20

Hutton Rudby – various points from 09.30

Lunch at the brewery can be pre-booked or arranged on the day. Alternatively Members can eat elsewhere in Masham if they wish.

8. The Chairman informed the Meeting that two Past Members have suffered deteriorating health. Dick Grunwell whose wife is housebound has a motorised scooter, but is virtually housebound. Allan Hetherington lost his daughter on the Saturday before the Meeting. He is now also using a motorised scooter.

Keith also told the Members of his experience of having a patterned concrete drive constructed in October 2014 as a comment /warning to Members on the Contractor JBS Driveways/JBS Home Improvements. The concrete had failed and the contractor had refused to reconstruct it. After taking legal advice, it was clear that the cheapest way out was to write off the cost and pay another contractor to do the work properly.

The prizes in the fun draw were books of photographs of birds. They were won by Mike Brabin and Geoff Phillips after Harry Bowes had won but had kindly asked for the prize to be redrawn.

9. The next Meeting will be on Tuesday 18th August 2015. Graeme Aldous will give a talk titled ‘Stop Gap. The History and Development of the Land Rover’.




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