First meeting of Fryern Ladies Probus Club

The newly formed 'Fryern Ladies Probus Club'
The newly formed 'Fryern Ladies Probus Club'

There was plenty of activity at The Roundabout Hotel, on Thursday 6th February, as twenty four ladies,from Storrington and West Chiltington, arrived for their first Ladies Probus meeting.

The name of ‘Fryern’ Ladies Probus was so called because of the Fryern road link between Storrington and West Chiltington – much shorter than the obvious version.

After registration and pre - lunch drinks, a commemorative photograph was taken by Paul Hayward, a celebrated local photographer and indeed the invited Speaker of the day.

The Roundabout Hotel was an excellent venue and the staff had gone to great lengths to make the ladies feel comfortable – table layout was superb and the service exemplary.

Before lunch the President, Russ Fry,introduced her committee.

Barbara Yarrow – Secretary, Patsy Currie – Treasurer, Maureen Heath – Programme Secretary, Ann Salmon – Events Secretary.

Apologies from four members were accepted one of whomwas from Jean Minter – Vice President who sadly, because of a clash of dates was on vacation in Dubai. The ladies gave her a round of applause in absentia.

Warm support and congratulations were given from West Chiltington Men’s Probus and from The Probus Club of Storrington& District. A letter from President Malcolm Bennett was read to the membership and was much appreciated by the ladies – thank you gentlemen.

After lunch Paul Hayward spoke to an enthusiastic audience about his travels to Antarctica.

He presented an amazing, visual collection of natural and wild life, found in the deep - south, andthe ladies found his talk fascinating and very informative - thanks also to Derek Grieve, who was there to technically assist Paul.

Both men were warmly thanked by Betty Parker; especially as their own Probus group were meeting for lunch at exactly thesame time as the ladies – they felt very honoured.

The meeting finished with the raffle and the Probus Toast. Our next meeting will be on Thursday 6thMarch and our Speaker will be Philip Circus whose talk title will be ‘A Councillors Lot is……….’

Report and picture contributed by Pat Beard.