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Posted by TPC-ADMIN on June 19, 2017

Tavistock Probus Club Celebrate Their 25th Anniversary

A CELEBRATION lunch was held in the Bedford Hotel, Tavistock, to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of the town’s Probus Club.

The occasion was held in the hotel’s Gallery 26 restaurant and attended by the Mayor of Tavistock and the president of Tavistock Rotary.

The Rev Michael Lapage said grace, and two founder members, Malcolm Gore and David Kettle, proposed ’The Loyal Toast’ and ’The Trafalgar Day toast’.

Tavistock mayor Cllr Harry Smith praised Tavistock Probus Club for its long record of enriching the life of Tavistock and in response, the chairman Tony Dunk said that the club is a happy and joyful group, a sentiment echoed by all members present.

Tony Everett brought greetings from Tavistock Rotary and wished the Probus Club well.

Anyone interested in Probus can contact the secretary on 01822 615669.

To view the actual article in the Tavistock Times Gazette, follow this link.

Posted by TPC-ADMIN on June 8, 2017

Dartmoor Rescue

We are lucky to live in the stunningly beautiful national park of Dartmoor, but with that dramatic landscape comes danger, be it mist, heavy rain, bogs, severe injury or simply losing one’s way. Dartmoor Rescue is ready to come to our aid, day or night throughout the year.

James Metcalf FRCS is a badged member of the Dartmoor Search and Rescue team skilled in swift water rescue and a member of the “Hasty” team – they carry out searches on foot at high-speed! James gave members a very interesting account of all the services which Dartmoor Rescue can and do offer. This includes: finding people who are lost or injured, administering first aid, getting people to a place of safety, providing safety cover for large events such as Ten Tors and giving talks on mountain safety. The training of team members is demanding and usually lasts 6 to 12 months. Most important are navigation skills, first aid, local knowledge, use of communications equipment, off-road driving and assistance of helicopters. They also work closely with the police.

Dartmoor Rescue is a vital local service and is a charity, relying on the generosity of the local population to cover its operational costs. Members are volunteers and can be called out to help at any time, day or night. The teams are supplemented by some very important members – the search dogs. Dartmoor Rescue has used the services of two spaniels, an Aberdeen pinscher, and two collies. They would love to have a St Bernard.

Peter Brinsden gave the Vote of Thanks saying how much we are grateful to volunteers like James who give up their time and safety to go out and rescue people. In July, we hold our Club Lunch in the Bedford Hotel. Tavistock Probus Club is always pleased to welcome new members.

If you would like more information or a complimentary invitation to one of our talks, please have a word with our secretary on 01822 615669.

Posted by TPC-ADMIN on May 8, 2017

Reminiscences

Our talk this month was given by Ted Sherrell who, for 40 years, was a Tavistock Councillor, 30 years a Justice of the Peace and, for very many years, a journalist at the Tavistock Times and Gazette. Ted entertained members with reminiscences of his working life as a journalist.

The Tavistock Gazette was founded in 1857 followed by The Tavistock Times in 1920 and throughout their early years, the two newspapers ran as separate titles. Ted joined the staff of the Times in 1959 as a sub-reporter. In those days, the newspaper was printed on site. Both newspapers were crucial to Tavistock as a source of local news, events and the activities of the town’s organisations. In 1977, the owner and editor of the Tavistock Gazette invited Ted to switch sides and join his newspaper.

The Times was owned by The Mirror Group and was used as a training ground for novice journalists. Ted surprised members by saying that one of those novices was Alastair Campbell and that he worked in Tavistock in the 1980s before returning to The Mirror in London.

In 1987, Ted helped set up the Tavistock Clarion but this venture was not the success he had hoped for and in 1991 Ted returned to the Times where he is, to this day, writing his own very popular column.

Ray Hurle gave the vote of thanks describing Ted as a wonderful character both in his talks and his many books. Tavistock Probus Club is always pleased to welcome new members. 

If you would like more information or a complimentary invitation to one of our Tavistock Probus Club talks, please have a word with our secretary on 01822 615669.

Posted by TPC-ADMIN on March 8, 2017

Studio Ceramics

 

Winter Mist bowls Peter Lane Tavistock Probus Club

The fascinating subject of our March talk was “Sources of inspiration in Studio Ceramics” which was given by Peter Lane, Chairman of the Tavistock Probus Club.  With 60 years’ experience in the design and making of exquisitely attractive ceramics, Peter has explored the qualities of light, luminosity, and colour using landscape, nature and sunlight as his predominant themes. For 30 years, Peter played a significant role in art education both in the UK and around the world and was awarded a senior fellowship at the University of East Anglia in 1984.

Peter’s designs emphasised his love of trees and landscapes, particularly in the Lake District and the Derbyshire Downs. This he combined with the carving of pottery and the colouring of the surface using natural elements such as copper, cobalt, and manganese. Techniques of overlaying colours to produce fractured light effects were described using both slides and the many examples of his pottery on display. Some of the techniques were surprisingly simple, using such items as strips of cornflake packets and masking tape. Random repeated shapes represented examples of nature such as fungi and swans.

The vote of thanks was given by David Denton who described Peter’s talk as widely enthusiastic and expertly presented. In April, we hold our AGM preceded by lunch in the Bedford Hotel. Tavistock Probus Club is always pleased to welcome new members. If you would like more information or a complimentary invitation to one of our talks, please have a word with our secretary on 01822 615669.

If you would like more information or a complimentary invitation to one of our Tavistock Probus Club talks, please have a word with our secretary on 01822 615669.

Here are some more images of Peter Lane’s Studio Ceramics:

Fractured Light bowls Peter Lane Tavistock Probus Club

Wax carving blue bowls Peter Lane Tavistock Probus Club

Round Sky Peter Lane Tavistock Probus Club

Posted by TPC-ADMIN on February 25, 2017

New Zealand, North Island

New Zealand was the subject of February’s Probus Club talk in The Bedford Hotel. Lou Fletcher gave members a colourful description of the North Island from its creation, 85 million years ago. Today, New Zealand is an island full of amazing and sometimes dangerous features with its hot lakes, volcanic disturbances, ancient trees but, above all, wonderful scenery.

The island was first sighted by a Dutch seafarer, Abel Tasman, in 1642 and was named Nieuw Zeeland after the western province of Zeeland in the Netherlands. Tasman met stiff resistance from the Maoris and never went ashore. Captain James Cook sighted the island on 6 October 1769 and landed there two days later.

The island’s Kauri tree

The island’s Kauri tree is one of the world’s oldest species and grows to a height of 160 feet. Early visiting sailors found the trunk of this tree ideal for ships masts and settlers used the wood for building. The trees are now protected by preservation orders. Lou showed members an ornate chopping board made from wood which was 40,000 years old.

Lou’s presentation included photos of the geothermic hot pools which are a favourite tourist attraction. They were originally used by the Maoris, not only for therapeutic benefits but also for washing and dying clothes and cooking meat and fish.

The vote of thanks was ably delivered by John Wall. Our March talk is on pottery design. Tavistock Probus Club is always pleased to welcome new members.

If you would like more information, please have a word with our secretary on 01822 615669.

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