Ashbourne and District Probus Club

Once upon a time we would meet at 10am every second Tuesday at Ashbourne Golf Club. After coffee and a few minutes of housekeeping we sat back and listened to an entertaining speaker. Then we had a light lunch chosen from the Golf Club's menu.  We are a men only club and our wives appreciated not having us under their feet for that one morning a month. Not any longer! Our regular meetings and our (rather good) programme of events and excursions is suspended. But we look forward to resuming our old ways as soon as all this nasty business is over and done with.

In the meantime, we keep going. Every second Tuesday we meet over the internet via Zoom. About 25 of us - roughly half our membership - do this with a couple more joining our Zoom sessions every month.


The 5 Minute Slot

Chris Morris gave an interesting account of his ancestral family business which was set up as a horticultural company in the early 19th century. By 1870 it had developed to include the sale of farm animals as well as plants and seeds and it employed 30 men. The company reached its peak in the 1950’s when it was visited by members of the royal family (and was given the recognition of ‘By appointment to H.M. the Queen’) but sadly declined under the leadership of 5 elderly sisters and finally closed down in 1957.

Guest speaker

Mr Nigel Heldreich from Wheathills (Antique Furniture Restoration ) gave a fascinating talk about the history of Memory Boxes and the extremely intricate marquetry techniques which are used to make some of these for modern customers. He showed examples of the craftsmanship used for furniture and even for pictures and portraits made entirely from marquetry using minute pieces of veneer. He also answered several questions from members and will be willing for us to arrange a visit to Wheathills in the future.

Next meeting.
Tuesday 13th July, 10.00 for 10.30.
Our guest speaker will be from the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust  and he will speak about Otters in Derbyshire

Peter Lunn: President 2021-2022
Peter Snelson: Treasurer
Roger Slater: Committee
Roy Atkinson: Committee