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29th December 2022 – Funeral of Member Andy Whittaker

Funeral of member Andy Whittaker who sadly died at the age of 76.

Andy passed away on Tuesday evening 13th December after a short illness. Andy was a valued member who contributed to many of the club activities including the bowling, bridge, golf and walking sections.

The Knutsford Rex Probus Club members sent their sincere condolences to Andy’s wife Irene and family at their most difficult time.

15th December 2022 – Club Meeting – Speaker, Mr Frank Dean, who gave a talk entitled ‘The Comedians’.


On a bitterly cold day when an ideal tonic would be to enjoy a good laugh Frank certainly provided what the doctor ordered. A veritable tour de force of highly amusing jokes and gags in the style of comedians ranging from Max Miller to Peter Kay, Norman Evans to Tony Hancock and Arthur Askey to Ken Dodd amongst many others. The Chairman remarked that recent talks, although interesting and some thought provoking, it was so good to just sit and listen to a professional at work.

14th December 2022 – Christmas Lunch at Statham Lodge Hotel

The annual Christmas lunch which was held at Statham Lodge on 14th December was enjoyed by the 54 attendees of Members, Wives and Widows. Roy Conchie was again thanked for organising the event. The Chairman was congratulated on the brevity of his welcoming address.

9th December 2022 – Tatton Christmas Concert

Over 20 members and guests took advantage of the privileged priced tickets to attend the Tatton at Christmas concert. The ticket included a tour of the Tenants Hall which was then followed by an excellent evening concert performed by the Northern Chamber Orchestra and St Nicholas Catholic High School. Special thanks to Roy Conchie for obtaining excellent seats.

8th December 2022 – Traditional “Christmas Walk” – Tatton Park

Report by Jim Flett

The five-mile walk started with five walkers near the old water tower in Mobberley Road and finished at Giovanni’s Restaurant in King Street. It was a glorious winter day, frosty but with brilliant, even warm, sunshine. The final group of six walkers assembled at the entrance to Tatton Park, and walked by the western edge of the Mere, past the Old Hall to the Memorial Stone for the Second World War Parachute Training School, Ringway. They were entertained along the way by miscellaneous groups of deer, including two rutting stags. After suitably fortified warm drinks the walkers returned along the east of the Mere through Dog Wood and across the Moor to King Street, where they were joined by four partners and friends for the traditional festive lunch at Giovanni’s.

1st December 2022 – Walk – Great Budworth/Arley Hall

On a bitterly cold day the 5 ½ mile walk started at the George & Dragon pub in Gt Budworth. Leaving the village the group walked over some very muddy fields getting close to Arley Hall before returning back to Great Budworth and the George & Dragon pub for a hearty lunch.