The Men’s Probus Club of Skegness founded 1974
Speakers September to December 2017 Marc Jones: Lincolnshire Police Commissioner Marc   Jones   was   elected   12   months   ago   to   serve   the people    of    Lincolnshire    as    their    new    Police    &    Crimes Commissioner.     This     role     replaced     the     old     Police Authority. The   Chief   Constable   has   overall   responsibility   but   the Crime   Commissioner   appoints   the   Chief   Constable   who is     responsible     for     appointing     the     Chief     Executive Committee.  The   county   has   a   good   safety   record   as   it   is   considered to   be   the   fourth   safest   county   in   the   country.      It   has   a budget   of   £115   million   of   which   £65   million   is   derived from   council   tax   receipts.      It   is   the   Commissioner’s   job   to co-ordinate   all   front   line   services   and   has   a   mandate   to liaise with all emergency services. The     Police     Commissioner     was     asked     to     provide information   to   government   on   the   best   ways   to   recruit and   it   was   suggested   recruits   from   a   variety   of   sources not   just   university   graduates.      It   was   found   that   very   few young   people   want   to   make   a   career   with   the   police force   and   out   of   200   applications   for   various   reasons only about 15-20 applicants were successful. The   new   rural   community   safety   strategy      is   a   promise   to   the   residents   of   this   county   that   this   will   be   put as   a   priority   as   rural   communities   say   they   feel   abandoned   so   solutions   such   as      drones,   4x4   vehicles and a wider use of body cameras. Night vision goggles have also been made use of.    In   a   joint   initiative   between   Forces,   a   new   on-line   crime   reporting   tool   has   been   launched.   The   new software   takes   users   through   an   easy   step   by   step   process   and   will   give   each   a   unique   reference number followed up by contact from an officer. Gordon Cartwright gave a vote of thanks 11th October Steve O’Dare: Town Crier Thirty   members   attended   the   meeting   with   12 apologies.      Before   the   meeting   got   underway members     stood     for     a     minutes     silence     in memory   of   Brian   Chapman,   who   had   died   a   few days before. The   speaker   was   Steve   O’Dare,   Skegness   Town Crier.      Steve’s   talk   consisted   mainly   of   the   history and   responsibilities   of   this   voluntary   position,   and how much he enjoys his work. The   President   gave   the   vote   of   thanks   and   then asked   our   Town   Crier   to   close   the   meeting   with   the Probus prayer. 25th October Malcolm Ringsell Harvest & Halloween Stepping   in   at   the   last   minute   due   to   a   cancellation   by a    speaker,    Malcolm    gave    a    brief    insight    into    two annual events and the history of both. Harvest    Celebrations     throughout    the    World    were pictured   and   explained,   including   the   ‘bullock   racing’ in   Indonesia   where   drivers   race   their   beasts   throught the water filled fields. Halloween    Celebrations     are    rooted    in    the    ancient Celtic    Festival,    Sammhein,    which    celebrated    the Celtic   New   Year   around   1st   October.   Sammhein   was a   time   when   it   was   believed   that   the   two   worlds   came closer   together   and   that   the   Druids   could   comunicate more easily with the dead. ‘Trick   or Treat’   has   its   origins   in   the   custom   of   ‘Soul   Cakes’   when   poor   people   would   visit   houses   asking for drink and food, including specially baked oatcakes. The President gave the vote of thanks 8th November Michael Clark  A Skegness Boy Michael    started    by    asking    how    many    of    the    members    were    born    in Skegness and only four replied in the affirmative. Having   attended   both   Skegness   Infant   and   Junior   Schools,   he   progressed to   Lumley   Secondary   School   with   an   average   of   47   pupils   to   a   class!      A few    of    his    school    reports    were    read    out    accompanied    by    amusing anecdotes   about   the   teachers.   Leaving   school   at   14   years   of   age   he   went to    work    as    one    of    the    many    barrow    boys    at    the    station.        His    first employment    was    at    the    Co-op    butchers    delivering    meat    and    then progressing   to   the   Co-op   store   (which   is   now   Beales)   in   the   menswear department.   At    16    he    took    a    job    at    the   Arcadia    Theatre    working    the spotlights   and   meeting   some   of   the   artists   at   the   time.      Looking   for   better wages,   he   moved   on   to   a   company   called   Stiebel   (lace   manufacturers)   as a   machine   minder.   He   had   a   short   time   at   Skegness   Hosiery   but   they   were not   very   successful   and   eventually   closed.     The   next   14   years   were   spent   at   Skegness telephone   exchange.   While   he   was   working   there   on   the   night   shift   he took a job at the outdoor swimming pool. He     joined     the     lifeboat     ( The     John Gillespie )   as   a   volunteer.   This   boat   was replaced    in    1990    by    The    Poacher    lifeboat   staff   being   originally   called   out by   rocket,   this   was   later   replaced   by   a bleeper     system.     In     1978     a     storm seriously    damaged    the    pier    and    the lifeboat   was   in   great   demand.   It   was   so bad   that   debris   was   strewn   all   the   way to      Ingoldmells.      He      brought      in      a decorative   cast   iron   plaque   that   he   had salvaged from the pier. Eventually   he   joined   the   Town   Council,   serving   as   mayor   in   1997,   and during   this   time   he   was   proud   to   have   helped   raise   over   £1.2   million for improvements to The Tower Gardens.   Gordon Cartwright gave a vote of thanks Sunday 12th November: Remembrance Sunday The President, Gordon Cartwright, laid a wreath on behalf of the members Aferwards members and guests met together for lunch at Poppy’s Restaurant. 22nd November Stephen Gay  “Walking The Line” The     talk     consisted     of     two     halves.          The     first     part concentrated    on    the    line    from    Scarborough    to    Whitby which   was   discontinued   in   1966   by   the   Beeching   closures. The   tunnel   that   linked   the   line   from   Scarborough   station   to Whitby   had   been   bricked   up   and   at   the   exit   of   the   tunnel   at Cloughton   a   railway   carriage   is   still   sited   on   a   part   of   the line and is let out as a holiday rental. Most   of   the   station   platforms   were   originally   built   of   wood and   no   longer   exist   but   the   station   houses   still   remain   and are,    today,    used    as    hotels    or    tea    rooms.        Haven    Way station   was   given   the   best   kept   station   award   in   1962.     These    awards    were    given    each    year    and    were    fiercely contested.    Just    beyond    Ravenscar    station    was    Peak Tunnel   which   opened   in   1885.   The   line   was   only   given permission    by    the    landowner    as    long    as    they    went underground and he could not see the trains from his house. The   second   part   of   the   talk   was   on   the   Bath   to   Bournemouth    railway   which   opened   in   1874   and   also closed   in   1966.      Bath   Green   Park   station   fell   into   decline   and   was   earmarked   for   demolition   but   it   was decided,   with   the   financial   help   of   Sainsburys   who   acquired   the   track   to   use   as   their   car   park,   to   restore it   to   its   former   glory   in   1982.      Part   of   the   line   went   through   the   Green   Way   Come   Down   tunnel   and   this is   the   longest   tunnel   anywhere   in   the   country   open   to   the   public   and   it   takes   approximately   25   minutes to walk through. Gordon Cartwright gave the vote of thanks 6th December Neil Watson  Pantomimes This   commenced   with   a   slide   show   of   Christmas pantomimes   showing   various   family   members   in panto   costumes.   There   was   a   short   film   relating   to a modern pantomime, Cinderella. The   history   of   pantomimes   from   about   1500-1600s originated    in    Italy    and    spread    across    Europe.      There    was    much    use    of    masks    and    elaborate costumes   and   makeup   to   overcome   the   language barriers   throughout   Europe.      Characters   such   as Harlequin    and    Columbine    used    slapstick    and trickery.   In   England   in   1837   Mr   Grimaldi   dressed as    a    clown    and    was    the    founder    of    the    panto “dame”. Pantomimes,   Cinderella,   Jack   and   the   Beanstalk,   Mother   Goose   etc.      were   very   important   to   the theatres,   being   very   popular   as   a   family   Christmas   treat.     Also   the   rapport   between   audience   and   actors was   very   much   part   of   the   experience.      The   dame   is   used   as   the   link   between   the   audience   and   actors and   it   was   important   that   the   dame   had   to   be   a   man   dressed   as   a   woman.      The   storylines   were   very simple   and   usually   broken   into   four   pieces.   Separate   routines   were   added   to   enable   scenery   to   be   set up   as   it   was   important   to   create   an   atmosphere.      The   costumes   were   made   to   fit   the   performers   and   a selection were on show for the members to view and try on. Panto has stood the test of time and is still very popular today.      Gordon Cartwright gave a vote of thanks
Steve closed the meeting
School reports in poor light
Gordon's    costume    was    originally    worn    in    a pantomime  by Dirty Den of ex EastEnders fame This was Gordon’s Final Meeting as President before the AGM
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