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Club member Scott Martin stepped into the breach at the last meeting when the official speaker pulled out at short notice because of illness. Scott based his talk on the building of the new Wembley Stadium and as a member of the Board, he gave details of the difficulties encountered, its cost overruns and late delivery before, showing the world class multi-use stadium that eventually emerged.
He had a number of pictures of the stadium under construction and a remarkable video showing how the stadium can cater for a football match one evening and a music entertainment the next, setting up the facilities needed for an event on the pitch.
The bowls season finished on a high note with a victory over Atherton Probus by 64-61, their ninth win of the season in 25 matches. Ken Ackroyd beat Jim Flett in the final of the annual bowls handicap competition winning 11-2.
The fist winter Bridge and Supper event will take place on Friday October 20 at Knutsford Golf Club, where the golfers meet Tatton Probus on October 12.
The Club holiday next year will be in York from Sunday September 23 to Friday September 28.
As a young boy, Ray Jackson had a dream to work with wild life. It didn’t look like becoming a fact of life for many years as he worked in a Crewe Engineering firm. But he became frustrated with the boring job and when he got the chance he took redundancy and set out to achieve his dream.
It did not come easily, however, and it was a couple of years before he got the chance to work with voluntary staff at the Lower Moss Nature Reserve Animal Hospital which was funded mainly by donations. Mr Jackson stuck at it and eventually he was able, thanks to the generosity of a Scottish lady he had never met to turn the ramshackle wooden shed hospital into a new purpose-built hospital for wild animals. The Scottish woman who had heard of his efforts from a friend left Ray £150,000 in total to achieve his dream.
Now he treats all types of wild animals who are in need of hospitalisation and also provides educational visits for school children teaching them about wild life and what the hospital can do for the animals. His efforts have been acknowledged nationally and he has been awarded the MBE. Mr Jackson also gives talks on the hospital which is not open to the public and Knutsford Rex Probus members were most appreciative of his engaging manner at their last meeting.
Richard Fenby gave advance notice of a new social event planned for Tuesday January 16 – a luxury afternoon tea at the Brasserie Blanc while Bob Flint announced a Bowls Dinner at the Dunn Cow on November 22.
The Discussion Group will meet on November 7, when the topic will be “Infrastructure” while the indoor winter bowling will get under way at the Owley Wood Club in Weaverham on Wednesday November 22 and Wednesday December 13 with matches starting at 10.30.