~~ A Day Trip to Buxton (4th September 2018) ~~
For our 2018 outing, 34 club members, wives and partners stayed local to Derbyshire by visiting Buxton. We started with a guided tour around the magnificently ornate Edwardian Opera House which is one of many designed by the theatre architect, Frank Matcham. Included in our tour were many parts of the building not normally open to the public, such as the stage and dressing rooms.
From the Opera House we walked the short distance to the Pump Room where we heard a short illustrated talk outlining the history of the adjacent Buxton Crescent. This building, dating from the late-eighteenth century, was intended to rival that of Bath and, for many years, served as a fashionable venue for clients drawn to Buxton by the medicinal attractions of the spa’s thermal mineral springs. Later, with changing times the Crescent saw different uses until, with increasing costs of maintenance, its structure and appearance slowly deteriorated and it became something of a local eyesore and embarrassment. However, in recent years a major refurbishment has been under way and it is planned to reopen the building as a top-class hotel in 2019.
We concluded our outing with a two-course lunch at the nearby Old Hall Hotel.
~~ The 2018 Summer Lunch at Hassop Hall Hotel ~~
Held during the Autumn in previous years, this annual event was moved to the Summer this year. On 17th July 2018, some fifty people comprising club members and their wives/partners met in the prestigious surroundings of the Hassop Hall Hotel near Bakewell. Having enjoyed pre-luncheon drinks in the bar, they moved into the dining room for a three-course meal.
An innovation this year was that, after the main course had been cleared away, half of the guests changed their seats such that everyone was seated between different neighbours for the dessert course; thus providing the opportunity for people to converse with a greater number of their fellow guests than would otherwise have been the case. This proved to be a success which will most probably be repeated in future.
~~ The 2018 Afternoon Tea at Hassop Station Café ~~
Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, members of the club, their wives and partners met on the 1st May 2018 at the Hassop Station Café for a traditional Afternoon Tea of sandwiches, cakes, scones and, of course, tea. The event proved as popular as in 2017 and will probably now become a regular annual gathering.
~~ Breakfast Club at Hassop Station Café ~~
In addition to the twice-monthly meetings held at the Monsal Head Hotel, we have formed a ‘breakfast club’ which meets, very informally, every week at the Hassop Station Café. Here, members and guests can drop-in for a breakfast and a chat with colleagues for an hour or so. There are no rules other than that the subjects for discussion should not be too serious; indeed, in these days when ‘good news’ often seems to be in short supply, such topics are actively encouraged. The number attending these breakfasts varies but, at a get-together before Christmas 2017 the total was ten people.
~~ The 2017 Probus Christmas Lunch ~~
Once again, the clubhouse of Bakewell Golf Club provided the venue for our annual Christmas Lunch at which our members and their wives or partners were treated to another excellent meal in relaxed and convivial company, as illustrated by the accompanying photo of one of the five tables.
~~ The 2017 Ladies Lunch at Hassop Hall ~~
A total of more than sixty people assembled on 19th September 2017 at the Hassop Hall Hotel near Bakewell for this annual lunch which provides the opportunity for club members, their wives/partners and guests to meet each another in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Pre-luncheon drinks and snibboes in the bar were followed by a three-course meal which was to the usual high standard for this venue.
~~ A Day Trip to Leicester (8th June 2017) ~~
A party of 28 members and guests enjoyed an excellent and memorable day trip to Leicester on election day, the 8th June 2017.
In the morning, the group visited the fascinating exhibition at the King Richard III Visitor Centre and then moved on to Leicester Cathedral to see King Richard's sarcophagus.
After lunch in the King's suite, the party was entertained by a very professional performance of "The Graduate", starring Catherine McCormack as Mrs Robinson, at Leicester's Curve Theatre.
~~ The 2017 Afternoon Tea at Hassop Station ~~
This new event on the club’s social calendar was suggested by chairman, Ainslie Kelly, who arranged for the Hassop Station Café to provide a traditional Afternoon Tea to our party of club members and their wives and partners on 2nd May. A total of fifty people sat down to the meal and the overwhelming judgment of those attending was that the afternoon had been a complete success.
~~ The 2016 Probus Christmas Lunch ~~
Annually, members, their wives or partners and guests are invited to our Christmas Lunch which, in 2016 was held at the clubhouse of Bakewell Golf Club, on 13th December. This was the third year that we held the event here, and as before, we were treated to an excellent meal in a convivial atmosphere.”
~~ The 2016 September Lunch at Hassop Hall ~~
This was held at Hassop Hall Hotel. Historic Hassop Hall is set within the beautiful parkland of Hassop Estate, near Bakewell and is close to all the attractions of the Peak District.
Our annual September luncheons are open to all members and their guests and comprise pre-luncheon drinks followed by a fine three course lunch. As usual at these events a very enjoyable time was had by all.
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~~ The Club Outing to Lancaster and South Lakeland 2015 ~~
The 2015 annual outing was based in Lancaster for two nights. Our party comprised a total of 29 club members, wives, partners and friends.
During our stay, visits were arranged for several activities, starting with a tour of Lancaster's historic castle which, until quite recently, had served as a gaol. Not only were we shown some of the former prison cells but we were also taken through the impressive courts of law which are housed in the castle itself.
On the second day of our tour we travelled, via the picturesque village of Cartmel with its famous priory, to Ravenglass where we took a trip on the narrow-gauge Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway (known as "La'al Ratty").
For our final day, we visited the Lakeland Motor Museum at Newby Bridge and then went the short distance to Lakeside where we joined the Windermere boat, "Teal", for a cruise up the lake to Bowness from where, after a break for lunch and sightseeing, we returned home to Derbyshire.
On this club outing, the weather was unseasonably tempestuous at times but, nevertheless, this didn't prevent us from having an enjoyable time.
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~~ The Club Outing to Durham and Newcastle, July 2014 ~~
Our party comprised a total of 23 Members. This included Members, their wives, partners and friends.
Basing ourselves in the Thistle Hotel, Newcastle, visits were arranged to Durham City and Cathedral, Alnwick Gardens, The Beamish Northumberland Life Museum and Cragside Estate (the home of William Armstrong the great industrialist).
On Monday evening we attended a performance of Agatha Christie’s play, “Black Coffee”.
The whole trip was very successful and enjoyed by all; this much helped by a spell of glorious weather.
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