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November 27th Meeting report

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The meeting on Thursday 27th November must have been one of the most enjoyable and memorable in the Club's history.

With the scene set by President Mike Smith with his joke of the day we welcomed back one of our favourite speakers Father Michael Burgess. His talk on his life as a Church of England Minister did not disappoint, covering over 40 years as a minister working in parishes from Devon and Cornwall to Northumberland before coming to Cheshire.

However his travels are really a collection of wonderful anecdotes which kept members laughing from his opening tale of a minister with a reputation for boring sermons who asked the Congregation 'if everyone could hear at the back'. One lady's quick response was' yes, but don't worry I am going to move!'

In another rural parish an elderly lady who sometimes got her words mixed up asked his advice about buying 'one of these new coffee machines'. Having told her they sold coffee percolators at Fenwicks in Newcastle she went and asked for a 'perky copulator!' He even treated us to spontaneous solo rendition of a folk song appropriate to talk.

Next it was Probus members turn to perform their rendition of 'Amazing Grace' for the 'mend our mum' DVD.
Arranged by our Social Secretary John Evans this was organised and set up by Ralph Warburton, John Gunstone and Pete Marshall from the production team.

To hear 60 members (plus some of the ladies) with their rich sound echoing through Brookfield made the hair on the back of your head stand on end (if you had any).

All in a wonderful cause, and the morning finished with a record number staying for an enjoyable light lunch and chat.
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Update on walks
Terry Shutt confirmed he is organising a walk in and around Nantwich on Thursday 15 January 2015. Details to follow

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