The Men’s Probus Club of Skegness founded 1974
June 14th Angela Smith; Hedgehog Care Caddington    Hedgehogs    was    set    up    in    2009    as    a    hospital, rehabilitation   and   retirement   homes   for   injured   and   sick   hedgehogs based   in   the   back   garden   of   a   house   in   Boston.      It   is   run   on   a   purely voluntary   basis   by   Angela   who   devotes   much   of   her   spare   time   to the welfare of the “hogs” in her care. Hedgehogs    requiring    help    come    from    the    public    and    vets.        If required,    medical    treatment    is    provided    by    Angela    and,    when necessary,   by   a   qualified   vet.   When   fully   recovered   they   are   then released   either   in   the   location   where   they   were   found   or   a   more suitable and safer location. The    daily    running    expenses    comprise    vet    fees,    food,    bedding, equipment,   waste   disposal   and   insurance.      Funds   are   raised   by making   and   selling   cards   and   by   giving   talks   like   this   one.      People who   bring   a   “hog”   often   give   a   donation   and   tinned   food,   disposable   gloves   and   other   essential   items and   cash   donations   are   regularly   received   from   many   kind   people   who   care   about   hedgehogs   and   the work that is being done.                                           Gordon Cartwright gave a vote of thanks
28th June Mary Pointer:   “Lady of the Woods”   Wild Life in the Garden Mary    moved    to    Lincolnshire    in    1988    and    became    a member    of    what    is    known    today    as    the    Lincolnshire Wildlife   Trust.   She   gave   an   idea   of   the   diverse   habitat   of our    local    wildlife    and    discussed    how    the    growth    of commercial   agriculture   had   removed   the   hedgerows   with a detrimental effect. Most   of   the   pictures   were   taken   from   the   kitchen   window looking   out   on   to   her   garden   that   has   been   left   to   grow wild    as    Mary’s    philosophy    is    that    life    is    too    short    to maintain   a   cultivated   garden.      She   says   her   garden   is   a haven   for   wildlife   -   as   was   shown   with   the   photos   of   frogs, grass   snakes,   hedgehogs,   dragonflies   laying   eggs   in   her pond etc. When   she   first   moved   into   her   abode   in   1988   the   frogs   were   using   her   pond   for   spawning   and   she   became   known as   the   “spawnbroker”   as   she   collected   and   distributed   the   spawn   round   the   area.      It   was   found   not   to   be   a   good idea as it spread infection. Some   of   the   photographs   that   were   shown   were   of   butterflies   and   caterpillars.   She   pointed   out   that   they   are   very selective   –   the   more   wild   flowers   in   the   garden   the   better.      She   likes   sunflowers   because   they   are   very   good   at producing nectar. Wild   gardens   attract   many   creatures   but   you   cannot   pick   and   choose   what   they   attract   –   from   spiders   to   large birds – because they provide food for every species.  Wildlife in the garden can be enjoyed by everyone.   Gordon Cartwright gave a vote of thanks
12th July Steve Lovell:  Scotland’s Wildlife Steve   started   his   slide-show   of   the   highlands   of   Scotland   with   a   map   showing   a route   round   the   coast   of   Scotland   starting   at   the   Firth   of   Forth   near   Edinburgh then round the top of Scotland and back to the Isle of Mull. He   showed   slides   of   Bass   Rock   in   Berwickshire,   a   sea   bird   sanctuary   which   is only   accessible   with   a   permit   as   it   is   home   to   many   different   species.   Loch   Leven is   famous   for   wild   geese   that   migrate   from   Iceland   and   the   imposing   house   set   on the   shore   was   used   to   film   Monarch   of   the   Glen.      He   travelled   further   up   the A9   to the   Inch   Marshes   which   were   created   by   a   glacier   and   are   now   a   permanent wetland   area,   monitored   by   the   RSPB   as   ospreys   and   various   other   species   migrate   to   this   area   and   it   has   about 40,000   visitors   per   year.      At   Grantown-on-Spey   the   clans   having   their   annual   meeting;   pipe   bands   and   various highland events. He   then   went   on   to   show   the   Caledonian   Forest   where   only   about   1%   of   the   original   forest   is   left. There   are   large stretches   of   water   for   outdoor   pursuits;   smaller   stretches   of   water   are   left   to   the   wild-life.      The   capercaillie   (called the   turkey   of   the   forest)   was   hunted   to   near   extinction   and   there   are   only   about   1,000   left.   Scottish   wild   cats   were dying   out   as   they   were   cross-breeding   with   domestic   cats   so   a   breeding   programme   was   introduced   to   release them   back   into   the   wild.   The   Cairngorms   National   Park   is   home   to   the   ptarmigan   and   dotterel,   a   relative   of   the grouse.      The   ptarmigan   are   brown   in   summer   and   white   in   winter   and   mainly   found   at   high   levels.   The   mountain hare also turns white in winter.  He   thinks   that   the   popularity   of   grouse   shooting   and   land   management   is   contributing   to   the   decline   in   native Scottish wild-life. Gordon Cartwright gave a vote of thanks
26th July Bernard Bale:   Great Entertainers Bernard   started   his   talk   by   mentioning   the   great   dancers ;   Fred Astaire, Gene   Kelly    etc.   and   spoke   about   when   Tommy   Steele,    who   appeared in   Finnigan’s   Rainbow,   was   asked   to   dance   in   front   of   Fred Astaire   who commented   that   he   must   have   picked   up   his   dancing   style   from   that Irishman,   Gene   Kelly.      Such   was   their   respect   and   friendship   that   they recognised instantly their individual style of dancing.  In    the    40s,    50s    and    60s    Judy    Garland    and    Liz    Taylor         were    two examples   of   the   superstars   of   the   day   along   with   Marilyn   Monroe    who, after   a   fashion   studio   photo   session,   was   asked,   “What   did   you   have on?”    and    her    reply    was    “The    radio!”.    Laurel    &    Hardy    appeared    at Skegness   and   Stan   especially   loved   to   sample   the   fish   and   chips!     Whilst   they   were   performing   in   Paris   Stan   Laurel,   who   was   unwell   at the   time,   asked   Norman   Wisdom ,   who   was   appearing   on   the   same   bill, if   he   would   stand   in   for   him   and   he   performed   with   Oliver   Hardy   as   the Hardy & Wisdom show.   One   of   Bernard’s   favourites    is   Will   Hay ,   who   played   a   big   part   in   WWII   as   he   was   an   accomplished   astronomer   and gave   lectures   on   the   movement   of   stars   to   aid   navigation.   He   flew   his   own   plane   -   a   far   cry   from   the   bumbling schoolmaster   he   portrayed   on   stage.         Another   star   from   the   WWII   era   was   Max      Miller    who   was   a   huge   star   and was   very   risqué   for   his   time.   Bernard   told   one   of   his   jokes   from   WWII   by   way   of   example.      Tommy   Handley    and Arthur   Askey   appeared   on   ITMA   along   with   Ted   Ray    who   had   a   quick-fire   humour   but,   unknown   to   most   people, had   two   script   writers   for   his   jokes.      What   the   three   entertainers   had   in   common   that   they   were   very   short   and   in Liverpool if you were short you were called a “diddyman” which had a big influence on Ken Dodd . Les   Dawson   started   by   selling   vacuum   cleaners   but   was   also   a   pianist   and   first   appeared   in   Hull   and   died   a   death. He   was   due   to   play   the   next   night   but   found   that   after   a   few   drinks   the   more   he   drank   the   more   miserable   he   got and   the   more   they   liked   him   so   that   is   how   he   got   his   act   together.      Ken   Dodd   was   a   very   good   friend   of   Bernard’s who collaborated with him on a book with material etc. and one of Bernard’s talks is solely on Ken Dodd.
9th August Dave Bussey: Radio Lincolnshire Dave   gave   a   brief   outline   of   his   involvement   in   radio   which   can   be   traced back   to   the   1970s   when   he   helped   to   run   a   station   on   board   HMS Ark   Royal where   he   had   ample   opportunity   to   practice   his   broadcasting   skills.      He   left the   navy   in   1979   and   decided   to   follow   a   career   in   broadcasting.   He   wrote   to a number of radio stations all over the country begging to be a DJ. A   telegram   from   Radio   Forth   in   Edinburgh   invited   him   to   audition.   His   first show   was   “Edinburgh   Rock”   which   prepared   him   musically.   From   there   he joined   a   new   station   in   Dundee   called   Radio   Tay   and   spent   a   number   of years presenting a variety of shows. Over   the   next   five   years   he   did   a   number   of   shows   for   the   BBC   (Radio2, BBC   Cambridge,   The   World   Service   and   BBC   Radio   Lincolnshire).   The   past 21 years have been spent broadcasting with Radio Lincolnshire. Broadcasters   today   have   to   introduce   a   variety   of   subjects.   T he   one   which provokes   most   debate   being   “Do   You   Have   Problems   With   Dog   Fouling   In Your   Street?”.    With   20-25%   of   the   county   listening   to   Radio   Lincolnshire   as much variety of subjects as possible has to be made. A      typical   9   hour      day   in   the   life   of   a   presenter      comprises      6   hours   preparation   for   a   3   hour   programme   and   the content is usually one third speech and two thirds music. Dave   explained   the   reason   why   quizzes   are   not   on   the   radio   any   more.   It   is   due   to   the   fact   that   some   contestants,   as they   were   being   asked   the   questions,   were   using   Google   to   obtain   the   answers   (and   also   some   of   the   prizes   weren’t quite as they seemed!)  Gordon Cartwright gave a vote of thanks
23rd August Steve Lovell:   Visit to Borneo Steve   gave   a   brief   outline   of   the   history   of   Borneo   from   1839   when   James Brook,   (the   so-called   white   Rajah)   was   sent   out   by   the   East   India   Company to    control    the    indigenous    population.        It    now    consists    of    13    states    of Malaysia   which   is   depicted   by   the   13   stripes   on   its   flag   together   with   a crescent signifying a Muslim state. Day   one   took   the   form   of   a   trip   out   to   Santubong   river   which   flows   out   into the   sea.   Several   Irrawaddy   dolphins   were   seen   interacting   with   the   local fishermen   as   they   sorted   their   catch   and   any   unwanted   fish   they   threw back   for   them.      The   following   day   it   was   a   trip   to   Gunung   Gading   National Park    (Gunung    meaning    “mountain”    in    Malay)    to    observe    the    Rafflesia flowers,   the   largest   flower   in   the   world.      They   are   parasitic   and   host   on vines   and   smell   of   rotting   flesh   to   attract   flies   to   pollenate   them.      The   next three   days   were   spent   enjoying   the   sights   and   sounds   of   Bako   National Park   which   was   the   first   national   park   in   Sarawak.   The   only   way   in   is   via boat.   Here   we   saw   the   Colugo   male   and   female,   a   nocturnal   flying   lemur and   also   marvelled   at   the   proboscis   monkeys   but   the   real   favourites   were the silver leaf Langurs which are known as the “David Beckham” monkey on account of their trendy hairstyles. A   walk   over   the   Lantang   trail,   which   has   many   species   of   pitcher   plants   and   other   types   of   plants   used   in   traditional Malaysian   medicines   and   cures.   Tonkat Alley   is   one   that   has   properties   that   help   blood   pressure   and   diabetes   and some claim it has the same effect as Viagra! Muloo   National   Park   is   renowned   for   its   caves   and   slides   were   shown   of   different   rock   formations   and   also   of   the bats that inhabit them which is estimated at around 2.5 million. Borneo   is   a   staggering   place   like   no   other   with   incredible   diversity   and   is   facing   great   challenges   but   with   their conservation efforts and initiatives offers hope for the future before it is too late.                                           Gordon Cartwright gave a vote of thanks