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Minutes of Members’ Mtg 21.1.14


1. The chairman wished everyone a happy new year.

2. The chairman thanked Harry Bowes for managing the refreshments and Walter Gregory for the sherry and mince pies.

3. The chairman introduced the Speaker: Ted Parker “Travels in China”.

Ted presented an account of his holiday taken with his wife in a group booking with G W Travel.

They travelled across China mostly on the Trans-Siberian Train.

They touched on Mongolia and Tibet. They experienced deserts and arid mountainous stretches in a vast land.

They enjoyed a journey on the highest rail line in the world at 16,790 feet. The train had air conditioning with extra oxygen.

They crossed ‘Marco Polo’s Silk Road’.

They enjoyed the luxury of expensive Hotels but also saw much poverty in the rural life.

Beijing and Kashgar were highlights.

Beijing station is six times larger than St Pancras and caters for many thousands every day.

They enjoyed the Terracotta Wariors, a theatre dance performance, visited Temples and caves in the desert, had camel rides in oasis areas, saw sledging on sand dunes, visited Dunwang market (saw lots of weird and wonderful fish, fruit and vegetables), visited Turpan (the lowest and driest place in China, 800m below sea level with rain once every 20years), saw a 2000year old village made of mud, saw an underground irrigation system used to water grapes, experienced 400 C temps with 20% humidity, crossed four times zones but local times used with the official Beijing time, visited Kashgar market (the largest in the world), saw the largest statue of Chairman Mao in a Muslim anti-Beijing area, saw many donkeys and scooters as a popular mode of travel, saw many flocks of sheep and goats herded along motorways.

Hygiene and toilet facilities poor outside of hotels. Animal welfare poor.

Ted concluded with responses to questions but will return to complete his talk later in the year.

1. 40 members attended inc one guest. There were 5 apologies.

2. The chairman welcomed back Members who had missed a few meetings for a variety of reasons.

3. Minutes from 19.11.13 accepted with no matters arising.

4. Guests. The chairman  introduced Dr Jack Candlin as a guest of Amara Jayaweera and John Rhind. Jack is ex-ICI, a chemist and lives in Hutton Rudby.

5. New Members. The chairman issued Chris Lee and Peter Robinson with their membership Probus pens.

6. Christmas Lunch 17.12 13 38 Members and 34 guests booked. Positive comments were expressed. ‘The meal was better than last year’, ‘there was a nice atmosphere’. The chairman thanked David Middleton for all of his efforts. The next meal is booked for the 16th Dec. 2014

7. Committee.

8. The chairman reminded Members of current issues:

Auditor name change to Accounts Examiner and tenure change to 3 years

Bob Ashby; Secretary 2012 -2017; stepping down wef 15.4.14

New Sec required 2014 - 2019

2015 – no elections

2016 – elections for 3 Committee Members and Chairman

2017 – elections for Speaker Finder

2018 – elections for Treasurer/Membership Secretary

9. Members’ Lunch

Wednesday 2nd April 2014 The Treebridge

The chairman will circulate Menu and information

Wednesday 24th September 2014 The Bay Horse, Hutton Rudby

10.  Visits.

We currently do not have any visits planned or under proposal.

Members are requested to suggest possible places/venues.

11.  Millennium Photo.

The photo and commentary by Alan Crosskill is now on the website.

Members are asked to try to identify the people to add to the website.

12.  Reports.

David Middleton. Legacy balance £468

Bob Ashby. Apologies

Stefan Barnes. Contact him with any IT difficulties.

Dick Hawkins. Programme for 2014-2015 almost complete.

Gap for 19.8.14 filled at meeting by Ted Parker

21.4.15 AGM Speaker pending

      STH Management Committee.

      The chairman reported on Minutes from 9.12.13

      (Key issue for Probus – review of Room Hire costs).

      Minutes from 13.1.14 – pending

13.  AOB.

- John Kirkpatrick; change of address

 Trevor Lee; change of email address

 Now &Then; inc. David Storry and Derek Whiting

 Town Crier; inc. Derek Whiting and Steve Lane

 Gazette; inc. Gertrude Bell and The chairman

 Dalesman Sept.; inc. Ampleforth and Joan Heggie

 Dalesman Jan.; inc. Capt Cook and Great Ayton

 Jim King calendar

 Fun Draw

14.  Next Meeting. Tuesday 18th February 2014

David Miller: Stewart Park; Past, Present and Future