Stokesley and district probus club.
AGM – Tuesday 16th April 2019
What is a Chairman’s Annual Report all about or supposed to be about?
The right start is with brief thanks to our Committee & Reps.
We held 5 Meetings all with excellent attendance and commitment.
David Middleton: Treasurer & Membership Sec.
David continued his expert management of the Budget always maintaining a healthy balance. David’s 7 year term ends today (1.4.12 to 16.4.19)
Thank you for all your service David and for keeping me right. Gift.
Peter Robinson: Secretary
Peter presented very professional Minutes with unparalleled Speaker Reports. He also excellently monitored other issues eg the Constitution & GDPR
Peter steps down today with our thanks for his 5 years of service
15.4.14 – 16.4.19 Thank you Peter Gift
Stefan Barnes: Website Manager (2013-
Stefan manages the Club Website which is an outstanding source of information. He has resolved numerous technical problems this year, maintained the site and found time, in spite of many outside pressures, to further develop it eg with the Remembrance Section. Thank you Stefan
Keith Burton: Speaker Finder (2016/17 O.M. 2017-
Keith provided yet another interesting and unique programme. The Standards are high for this role being the main attraction for new Members and Keith is doing a great job. Thank you Keith
John Edwards: General Member (2017-
John has continued to contribute incisive ideas into Committee discussion and supported the important refreshment start to the day. Thank you John
Keith Bell: General Member(2015-
Keith continues to add his light touch to Meetings and has also assumed responsibilities for refreshments. Thank you Keith
Derek Whiting: General Member (2013-
Derek continues his invaluable Committee work regularly promoting the Club through his photography and the S&DT. Derek is standing for re-
Chris Lee: General Member (2016-
Chris completes his 3-
Chris’ work for the Club is held in high regard. Thank you Chris
Chris ‘still here’ Stirk is an incredible man. He successfully fights adversity continuing to enjoy a full and rich life. He supported Members with cups of tea for 20 years but in July finally accepted that at (102) 94 it was time ‘just to help out a little’.
We were grateful for all of Chris’ work and thanked him last August.
Thank you again Chris and Keith Bell, John Edwards & Harry Bowes for the excellent refreshments start to the Meetings.
Walter Gregory: January Man. Members have enjoyed a glass of sherry with a mince pie at every January Meeting for over 20 years thanks to Walter. This is greatly appreciated so long may it continue. Thank you Walter
Maj Chuhan: Auditor (2016-
Maj completed the Audits with great efficacy. He is also very successful recruiting new Members and regularly adds supportive comments in Meetings.
He ends his 3-
Thank you Maj
So, on behalf of Members, ‘thank you’ to all those Members offering support to the management of the Club.
The Speaker Programme was brilliant and remains central to the Club’s success (Keith will Report). We had:
The last Great Battle of WW1 The re-
Stokesley: now & then The Bomber Boys
Keith Burton: Lest we forget Cleopatra’s Needle
Stokesley Clockmakers Stokesley railway network
Something for everyone in a diverse and enjoyable programme; impossible to choose a favourite (KB!); attendance and questions were good and appreciated; there were no problems with Speakers and best of all for David, it came in under budget.
Thanks for all the Member Speaker suggestions. Keep them coming in.
The new programme looks just as good especially with Fred Logie listed.
Monthly Meetings 2018-
The Meetings are the popular heart of the Club providing an opportunity to enjoy refreshments and conversation prior to the Speaker. The average number of Members attending remains at 34 per Meeting. This is an excellent % from the active membership (38+12)
34 /50 = 68% Full: 34/56 = 60% (Membership constantly changing!)
Ap May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Jan Feb Mar Tot./Avg.
34 33 30 36 33 33 35 43 33 36 33 379/34 2017/18
33 33 29 34 35 30 31 37 38 40 38 378/34 2018/19
12 11 8 5 11 8 9 4 13 8 11 100/9 2017/18
12 7 8 6 6 14 9 4 12 8 12 98/9 2018/19
(a) Wed. 3.10.18 Lunch and conversation were enjoyed at
The Royal Oak in Great Ayton. 10 Members and 1 Guest attended with 4 apologies
(b) Wed. 10.4.19 10 Members and 1 Guest attended enjoying the social occasion at the Blacksmith’s Arms in Swainby. There were 5 apologies. Another excellent visit.
There were many suggested Trips throughout the year.
Details are recorded in the Minutes. 10 were declined.
Trips which were supported were:
(a) Wed. 6.6.18 Ryedale Vineyards (SB) & Beningbrough Hall (JE)
19 Members and 14 Guests attended with 3 Member apols.
Everyone enjoyed an excellent day.
(b) Wed. 29.8.18 Whitby (KW), Arncliffe Arms (KW) &
(Private Lives) Esk Valley Theatre in Glaisdale (MH)
12 Members and 12 Guests attended with 9 Member apols.
A thoroughly enjoyable day.
(c) Fri. 30.11.18 York: Goddard House (SB),
The Treasurer’s House (KW), York Minster (KW:canc.),
York Christmas Market (KW)
15 Members and 13 Guests attended with 12 Member apols.
A diverse and enjoyable day.
Organised for 2019
(a) Thurs. 6.6.19 The King and I; Sunderland Empire (KW)
4 Members & 4 Guests booked with 4 Member apols.
2 spare places
(b) Wed. 31.7.19 Nat. Railway Locomotion Museum at Shildon (AB)
8 Members & 8 Guests booked so far. More welcome.
(c) Thurs. 26.9.19 Les Miserable; Theatre Royal, Newcastle (KW)
8 Members & 7 Guests booked with 15 Member apols.
2 spare places
(d) Thurs. 4.7.19 Mount St. John Garden (ML). Pending item
The Christmas Lunch on Tuesday 11th Dec 2018 at The Wainstones
was another festive success. Thank you David.
27 Members and 24 Guests booked. 59 in 2017
(David will Report)
This occasion is one of the highlights in the Club Calendar.
Website (stokesleyprobus.co.uk) is highly valued thanks to the
expertise of Stefan Barnes (Stefan will Report).
Our emailing system is well-
We send out Agendas, Minutes and Information about
Trips, Member Lunches and Christmas.
We receive emails with queries and comments so we are able to keep everyone well-
Membership (David will Report)
John Upton left last June. David Houston and Mike Brabin resign today.
All for reasons related to health.
We also lost John Foster in June but happily he rejoined in November.
Very sadly we lost David Fordy who passed away on the 6th July and
Mike Sockett who passed away on 4th October.
We gained 9 new Members
Wilf Elliott in May, Bill Graham in June,
Brian Dinsdale and Kevin Clifford in July,
David Warburton and David Stevenson in October,
Fred Logie and Richard Rose in January
Alec Smithson in February
Overall, an excellent year for membership.
We currently have 56 Members.
Many thanks to the Members who invited Guests to our Meetings.
This is a very successful practice for attracting new Members.
We enjoyed the company of 17 Guest visits through the year so please continue to promote the Club.
Looking forward …..
and Ethos for 2019-
The Adopted Constitution will be posted on the Website (Peter will Report)
Committee Nomination Form. They are available as hardcopies or
on the website
item in the Elections to follow.
October 2019 details to be confirmed
April 2020 details to be confirmed
Peter Robinson has offered to Organise Member Lunches
allow discussion on the various issues.
at The Wainstones Hotel in Great Broughton.
Programme and Cards
And finally ….
I would like to thank Committee Members for their advice and guidance for me over the past year. Thank you.
The last word is for you.
The Club remains very healthy offering an enjoyable service
to its membership but let us know if you think of any improvements
which will make the Club even more attractive
Thank you for your support for myself and for the Committee.
Your participation makes a difference.
Thank you. (Stefan has posted this Report on the website)