The Tavistock Probus Club members celebrated the start of a new Club year with a veritable abundance of activities.
A tour of historical buildings in Launceston was led by local historian Arthur Wills and included visits to the Guildhall, the Town Hall and the parish church of St Mary Magdalene.
An excellent lunch with Launceston Club members in the White Hart Hotel was followed by a talk and slide presentation by Lou Fletcher showing many of the delightful tourist spots in the north island of New Zealand.
Michael Ridley Miniature Autobiography
For our monthly talk in the Bedford Hotel, Tavistock Probus Club members were entertained with an amusing autobiography by the Reverend Canon Michael Ridley covering his war experiences as a young child, his time in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and leading on to his entry into priesthood in Old Leake, Crediton and Salisbury. A keen cricketer, Michael scored a half century playing for Harlaxton (Grantham). Ray Hurle thanked Michael for his talk ably given without notes.
Probus completed its month’s agenda with a visit to Mary Tavy Power Station. Karl Jones, the engineering team manager at Mary Tavy, gave a slide presentation of the development of the power station from 1932 onwards and followed it with a tour of the turbines and workshops. Not only does the team generate enough electricity to power Tavistock, they also maintain a picturesque habitat for wildlife
Next month’s talk will be on family life in China and will be presented by Peter Brinsden.
Tavistock Probus Club is pleased to welcome new members. If you are interested in joining, please have a word with our secretary on 01822 615669.