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 something called Zoom. About 25 of us - roughly half our membership - do this with a couple more joining our Zoom sessions every month.

We have a guest speaker each month and at our July meeting this was the Revd Duncan Ballard, vicar of Ashbourne, who delivered a fascinating presentation on a subject none of us expected - artificial intelligence.

On 11th August, club member Peter Snelson will talk about his "Indian Experience" and on 8th September our guest speaker will be Dr Jim Riding, a palynologist (wossat?), whose presentation will be about "Lead Mining in the Peak District". 

Zoom meetings are great fun, completely painless  - and absolutely self-isolating. Any member who would like to find out more, please contact the Hon Sec: a one to one practice session can be set up very easily.

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"Two metres away please. Or, as you're Probus, six foot eight inches." 

(Seen in the Church of St Edward the Confessor in Leek
on an Arthur Williams Tour of Nearby Places You Did Not Realise Are Really Very Interesting 2019)

 

Dr Mike Dennison: President 2020-21
Chris Morris: President:2019-20
The Rev Nigel Rode: Treasurer
Presidents in 2004 and 2008

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