Month: October 2018

October 27, 2018 TPC-ADMIN

Tavistock Probus Club enjoyed Dartmoor Guide Simon Dell’s presentation on Dartmoor archaeology when he visited this month at the Bedford Hotel. Simon has visited the Club on a number of occasions and always proves to be a popular and erudite speaker.
Simon explained about the basics of Archaeology relating to the National Park within a national picture and included all the major features such as Hut Circles, Stone Rows and Granite crosses as well as specific sites of interest such as Merrivale and Grimspound. The recent excavation of the Whitehorse Hill chamber was also detailed with interesting images of the site as well as a wealth of photographs all around the moorland area. He then put it all into a chronological timescale from Palaeolithic right up through to the Bronze Age and on to modern day 21st century archaeology.
Tony Smith gave a vote of thanks and complimented Simon on his knowledge and clarity, which made for a greatly enjoyable and easily understood presentation. The presentation was complemented by a collection of flint arrowheads, axes and bronze artefacts etc which the members enjoyed looking at. Of great interest was the recent surveying of Tavistock’s ‘Trendle’ near Mount Kelly School which involved modern and scientific methods of ground penetrating LIDAR technology which had unearthed previously-unknown features which are being analysed at this present time.

October 27, 2018 TPC-ADMIN

Probus Club Speakers Secretary, David Denton, gave an illustrated talk to the Club at its recent well-attended meeting. The talk, entitled ‘This Cruising Life’ made use of the large number of photographs which David had taken during several cruises and sought to highlight some of the interesting and unusual places the voyages visited.
David and his late wife Phillippa started cruising after their retirement and have visited many unusual places around the world. In addition to the photographs, David was able to give the history and background to the places highlighted which included the Panama Canal, Egypt, Petra, Salalah in Oman, the Taj Mahal and the north east coast of the USA. Of particular interest to some members of the Club were the world’s first nuclear missile armed submarine in New York and a World War II corvette in Halifax, Nova Scotia. David was also able to describe in detail being on board MS Balmoral when it was chased by pirates in the Gulf of Aden who got within 300 metres of the ship before excellent ship handling by the Captain prevented them attempting to board.