Chester Visit June 2019

Chester’s Old Town Hall Courtroom
Chester’s famous clock (the second most photographed clock in the UK)

A number of members and partners visited Chester on Monday 24th June 2019, where they were taken on a walking tour of the historic city by Stephen Shakeshaft. Stephen, who has also given a couple of recent talks to the club, is a very experienced Chester guide who knows many interesting, and some slightly obscure, points of interest, which he showed us during the two hour ramble which took in some of the city walls, some quiet back streets, a Roman amphitheatre, and the old town hall – a wonderful building, no longer used for its original purpose, which can be rented by anyone for special events (parties, weddings, etc).

Photos from Probus Walks – Pre-2020

A murky day going up Shuttlingsloe December 2019
Macclesfield Forest, December 2019
Dragon’s Back from Chrome Hill, July 2019
Chrome Hill, July 2019
Mam Tor Ridge, Edale, September 2018
“Which way Mike?” Mam Tor Ridge, Edale, September 2018
Pit stop, Mam Tor Ridge, Edale, September 2018
“He’s not one of us!”, Mam Tor Ridge, Edale, September 2018

Social Activities and Events

Throughout the year, we have a varied programme of group activities.

Bowls – April to September: Crown Green bowls every Monday afternoon on Crosstown Bowling Club’s green (changed for 2022 – used to be Tuesday); occasional matches against various other local clubs; October to March: short mat indoor bowls on Wednesday afternoons at Alderley Edge Festival Hall.

Bridge – occasional social matches with other clubs during the winter months, generally with a pre-match meal.

Golf – primarily social; occasional matches with other clubs.

IT – meets virtually using Zoom, fourth Monday mornings (monthly except December); IT/modern technology related issues discussed; IT tips/warnings etc. passed on to the wider club membership; where possible, help provided to any Probus member who has a technical IT related problem. Pre-covid we met at Crosstown, but Zoom actually works quite well (no room costs, plus people sometimes need to refer to articles/bits of kit they might not have to hand at a live meeting); this will be kept under review, and live meetings may be resumed in the future.

Walking – second and fourth Tuesdays monthly; walks, normally within an hour’s drive (sharing cars) are 5 to 8 miles, followed by a pub lunch. An annual 3 or 4 day walking holiday is arranged, normally in the summer, most recently in the Lake District.

Christmas Lunch – resumed in 2021 (after having to cancel in 2020 because of covid); recent lunches have been held at Statham Lodge in Lymm; partners and guests welcome.

Wining and Dining – regular lunches (on 5th Tuesdays) and wine tasting themed evenings with dinner; partners and guests welcome.

Other Events – occasional quizzes, plus regular trips to places and events of interest, e.g. theatre, opera, country houses, historical towns, factories, museums; and sometimes the more unusual, such as a recycling plant, an industrial tomato greenhouse, the North West M6 Traffic Control Centre, et al.