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Wednesday 29th May 2024 – Bowls – Knutsford Rex v Wilmslow Fulshaw Probus


The weather in the days running up to the fixture had not been encouraging so it was a delight to find the Knutsford green bathed in sunshine with a very comfortable temperature.

Games against Fulshaw can always be expect to be competitive, as for both teams, there is a good mix of regular and occasional bowlers. In the first half the match remained close and by half time there was only a few points in the scores. However in the second half Knutsford took advantage and with the help of a particular big score in favour of the home team Knutsford came out winners by 83 points to 57.

It was no doubt a very pleasant afternoon with an excellent window for some enjoyable bowling. It was however fortuitous that within 10 minutes of the finish the rain came down.

Thursday 23rd May 2024 – Club Meeting – Speaker, Nicky Patterson, who gave a talk about Air Traffic Control.

Nicky explained about her early life in Reading and attending University in Hull to do a course completely unrelated to Air Traffic Control.

Nicky went into fantastic detail about the training and requirements for Air Traffic Control candidates she also illustrated the structure of Air Traffic management from 2 centres, one at Prestwick for the North and one at Swanwick for the south of the UK. All communications were on a single channel so that all users can hear instructions to others as well as themselves. The National Air Traffic Service(NATS) served 13 airports in the UK using a workforce of 5000 who worked their shifts in maximum of 2 hour blocks.

Nicky then went on to present a tour of the Manchester Airport facilities and the Air Traffic environment in the North West including 3 aircraft ‘stacking’ areas.

Thursday 16th May 2024 – Walk – Fletcher Moss/Didsbury


Today’s walk was through the Fletcher Moss Gardens in Didsbury and onwards to the River Mersey embankment where the group walked downstream. Stopping for a coffee break next to the Henry Simon bridge the group carried on to the Northenden footbridge then turning back on the southern bank to cross back over the Henry Simon bridge. Meeting up with other members who had been on a shorter walk all tucked in to a nice lunch at ‘The Didsbury’ pub.

Wednesday 15th May 2024 – Bowls – Lymm Probus v Knutsford Rex Probus

It would be unfair to Lymm to suggest that Knutsford cannot cope with wet conditions but the green and intermittent showers was a challenge to both teams. Lymm also use a different match format playing the scores after 8 ends. So, the result of 81-69 in favour of Lymm should not be made as an excuse so congratulations to a better team on the day. Knutsford no doubt are looking forward to playing their Lymm friends in hopefully better conditions at their home green in September.

Thursday 9th May 2024 – Club Meeting – Speaker, Andrew Rowe, who gave a presentation entitled “Don’t tell him, Pike.”

The title “Don’t tell him Pike” being a quote from his subject, the BBC comedy series ‘Dad’s Army’.

Andrew detailed how the series came about as a collaboration between former actor Jimmy Perry and Comedy writer David Croft. As is often the case, the ideas came from Perry’s life experiences in the Home Guard.

Andrew gave a synopsis of the casting process featuring Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie, James Beck and others. The series ran from September 1968 to November 1977, much longer than the 2nd World War which it depicted.

Wednesday 8th May 2024 – Bowls – Northwich & Weaver Probus v Knutsford Rex Probus

Knutsford captain Roger doing the paperwork with the Northwich captain Selwyn.

A beautiful May morning welcomed the Knutsford bowlers to the Owley Wood Bowling Club, home for the friends from the Northwich & Weaverham Probus.

This fixture is always competitive and the Northwich players were looking for revenge from the defeat they had at the hands of Knutsford only a couple of weeks earlier.

At the half time break Knutsford were ahead of the slenderest of margins by 7 points. Energised the players took to the green for the second half. It would seem the refreshments suited Knutsford more than the home team and a the scores were totalled it was a surprise on the comprehensive win by the Knutsford crew by 112 points to 85.

Next week the Knutsford Rex team travel to Oughtrington for a fixture against Lymm Probus starting at 13:30.

Thursday 2nd May 2024 – Walk – Tatton Park

The Group entered the park at the Knutsford entrance and walked along the south bank of Tatton Mere. Then onwards to the Parachute Regiment Memorial for a coffee stop before heading to the main hall and children’s playground. The memorial is to commemorate members of the regiment who used Tatton for parachute training during WWII. Further on, the intended route via the farm area was closed off due to lambing, so the party headed back to Knutsford along the south wall and past the Golf Club for an excellent lunch at the Angel Hotel.