April 2013

THE MISSING MEDAL By Roger Brunton Some of my wife’s ancestors were wealthy enough to live in a large house with its own private chapel in the parish church.  No such luck for my lot, but there is an ancestral portrait in possession of my cousin’s son who is the latest in the line bearing […]

February 2013

LOCAL HISTORY The back page of this month’s Newsletter has a version of national history as understood by Jim Mulvey and I am happy to print it, not because I agree with Jim’s version and not because it is national;  I took eleven A-level exams and failed just one:  History.  No, it’s local history that […]

January 2013

A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR __Another year starts, the 86th time for me, though I don’t remember the earliest one or two.  As always it comes immediately after a splendid Christmas, even though it was wet.  What made it so good for me, as always these days I had the pleasure of gathering available […]

December 2012

MORE OF MY OPINIONS ___Each month this page relates opinions held by your Editor and has little to do with our Club.  I apologise to any who are wondering why I should bother you, but they just might get you thinking along the same lines; or they might even cause you to disagree out loud. […]

October 2012

SO, WE’RE OLDER THAN MOST Well, we wouldn’t be Probeans if we weren’t, would we?  Retired to a man, no longer wanted in the office or board room, past it and glad not to have to catch the 7.56 train to Town in the morning; just a little longer in bed listening to the cars […]

September 2012

A SECRET SOCIETY? NO WAY As a male-only Club, our Probus Club would be exceptional if it didn’t include a number of members who are also Freemasons and it is true, a handful of us, including your Editor, are members of both.  I have been a brother in Freemasonry for nearly forty years and can […]

August 2012

OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR Well, we sort of won it after all and it is now finished; the Olympics I mean.  Best of all was that we won over Paris in getting it to London and second best that the French were beaten by TeamGB in their favourite sport of cycling, adding yet another […]

July 2012

ENNISKILLEN    This page may bore the lot of you, but it is something personal that I want to share, brought about by Her Majesty’s visit a week or two ago to my home town in Northern Ireland.    Enniskillen may be a familiar name to those who watch the weather forecast on the BBC: […]

June 2012

QUEEN’S JUBILEE What a wonderful weekend!    With the exception of the wet weather that caused a problem, the last four days thanking HM the Queen for her sixty glorious years of leading our country have been an eye-opener: how can an 86-year-old spend so much time thanking us for thanking her, spending up to […]

May 2012

What Drought? Modern telecommunications are a wondrous thing.  It cannot have been more than a few hours after Government issued the drought emergency, but God read His emails and brought the rain, probably apologising quietly to all concerned that He had forgotten.  He has certainly made up for the lack over the last two years […]