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Wednesday 31st May 2023 – Bowls – Knutsford Rex v Wilmslow Fulshaw Probus


Todays visitors to the Knutsford Rex Probus green at Knutsford Bowling Club were the members of Wilmslow Fulshaw Probus. At the start the cloud cover made the air cooler than in previous days but as the match progressed the sun broke through to give the most ideal conditions. The visitors from Wilmslow contain a number of club bowlers so the challenge was anticipated. At the half time break the total points difference was only 3 in favour of Rex. The second half however was more of a one sided affair for the Rex who came out winners by a flattering 76-57 points.

Thursday 25th May – Club Meeting – Speakers, John and Nick Geary to give their presentation entitled ‘Happy Days’.

John Geary, a most valued Probus member.

Nick, John’s son, explained that he would give a detailed account of his father’s life history. John was born on 2nd March 1926 and when he was 16 applied to join the RAF. After training in Canada, he was assigned to 47th Squadron piloting Halifax bombers. After the war John was employed by British European Airways and became their youngest Senior Captain 1st John married Audrey when they were both 21 and last year celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary.

The sad part of the presentation was when Nick stated that this would be John’s last attendance at a Probus meeting as his health was now so restrictive to consider attending in the future. This was responded by a tremendous round of applause and for some members a very emotional “send off.”

Wednesday 24th May 2023 –  Bowls – Knutsford Rex v Macclesfield 2 Probus


A beautiful sunny day at the Knutsford Bowling Club green saw Knutsford Rex Probus entertain their friends from Macclesfield 2 Probus. It is usual that when the teams meet that it is a close encounter and todays match was not an exception. As the points accumulated things were neck and neck up to the last game. Macclesfield knew they had to win by 2 points to take the honours. As it was Knutsford kept their nerve by winning by a single point giving a total points of 89 to Macclesfield’s 86.

Tuesday 23rd May 2023 – Social – Trip to Woollerton Gardens


The club visited Woollerton last Autumn so a repeat visit to see the gardens in their early summer splendour was a must. The visitors were taken on a tour of the grounds by the Head Gradener who answered any questions in a highly professional manner. Of course the visit would not be complete without participating in one of the highly acclaimed cream teas. A wonderful day out by all.

Thursday 18th May 2023 – Walk – Capesthorne Area

Mike Hargreaves; Elizabeth Whitehead; David Howard

Mike Hargreaves Report :

Four of us including Elizabeth, Allan’s wife set off from Redesmere Car park on a lovely morning to do a clockwise circular walk Through Siddington and onto the lake of Capesthorn Hall. Quite busy on the roads initially until we got into the fields around S. We walked alongside the deep gorge and then on to Blake House Farm and Park Farm and the Kennels, to arrive at the Boat House alongside the Hall Estate via Mill Lane. We stopped for coffee leaning on a five bar gate- no where to sit- a sprightly lady walked up and hopped over the gate introducing herself as Lizzey Bromley-Davenport – we have of course frequently joked about having coffee with the BDs on our Capesthorn walks and it was happening, we had a pleasant chat and she parted into the Estate, reminding us that it was open to the public on Sundays and Mondays! 
Onwards to the A34 and past the Yacht club onto Fanshawe Lane and back to our cars, a very pleasant walk of about 2 hours, then onto the Davenport Arms where we met Jim Flett for a good lunch!

Thursday 11th May 2023 – Club Meeting – Speaker, Mr John Whitehead, who gave a talk entitled ‘Winston Churchill’.

John adopted the persona of Winston and acted the time in 1955 when he pondered whether to retire and hand over to Anthony Eden. A theatrical history lesson was acted recalling Winston’s life and career covering his poor school record, his army career in India and Africa, his long parliamentary career and the events in the First and Second World Wars. 

Wednesday 10th May 2023 – Bowls – Weaverham Probus v Knutsford Rex Probus

Weaverham Probus welcomed their visitors from Knutsford to the Owley Wood Bowling Club on a pleasant morning. Knutsford Rex had to yet taste defeat during the current season but the question was being asked on whether the 10:00 start would affect their form. During the first half the bowling was “Even Steven” and by the break Weaverham were showing a slender lead. However, dark clouds had begun to threaten proceedings and shortly after the restart spots of rain began to fall. The bowlers did try to continue but as the rain fell heavier there was little choice but to abandon the match. It is normal under such circumstances that the total points accumulated at the time of the abandonment should stand for the result. This mutually agreed decision showed Weaverham ahead by 68 points to 59. The match would go down as a Knutsford defeat but whether the Rex bowlers could have rallied to take the result was not conclusive. The next match for Knutsford Rex is on the 24th May when they entertain Macclesfield 2 at their Knutsford Bowling Club home.

Thursday 4th May 2023 – Walk – Cown Edge Rocks & Rowarth Area

Cown Edge Rocks looking to Kinder

The group started at the Little Mill Inn, Rowarth for a strenuous 25-minute uphill climb onto Cown Edge Rocks where there were excellent views of Kinder Scout to the east and Manchester to the west. During their ramble the walkers identified many birds and they spotted a very large hare making haste across the fields. From Cown Edge it was downhill back to the pub for an excellent lunch.

Wednesday 3rd May 2023 – Bowls – Knutsford Rex v Northwich Probus


On another early summer sunny afternoon Rex entertained their neighbours from Northwich Probus. The result was a flattering 85-46 point victory for Rex but this really did not reflect on the standard of bowling from the opposition as a number of their players were seasoned bowlers. However, yet another victory by Rex sees them still unbeaten for the season. Nobody is getting carried away with this early form and they will no doubt be challenged when they travel to the Owley Wood green on the 10th May, 10:00am start.