Taree Probus Club members held their annual President’s Barbecue at Cundle Green to welcome their newly elected president, John Ward.
This proved a satisfactory venue and was well attended by members, their wives and partners, weather was overcast and showery, otherwise it was a great day of fellowship.
The club’s most recent meeting, the first of the 2018-2019 year, was well attended.
During this meeting life membership was presented to Mr Bill Papworth, a long standing and valuable member of the club’s committee, being treasurer for the last 14 years. Coming from a banking background was well suited to the role.
Guest speaker at this meeting, was Terry Stanton, author of a book "Deliver Me From Evil" on the life of Thomas Wentworth, 1st. Earl of Strafford (1543-1641). Terry opened his talk with a clarinet solo of "Amarilla Mia Bella", a lovely piece, of a sad tale from the era.
Terry was a solicitor in England. He retired and migrated to Australia in the 1990s, and had a love of history which he studied at school.
Wentworth was appointed adviser to King Charles I. One of his duties was to go to Ireland and introduce the Anglican Prayer Book which made him a lot of enemies.
The council of advisers appointed Thomas a Privy Councillor, then he became a Baron. The Duke of Buckingham was assassinated around this time. In 1631, Thomas was sent to Ireland to govern and regain land stolen from nobility. He was a great support to the King. Eventually he waas invited back to London where he was arrested, tried in a shameful trial process, convicted and executed in a brutal way.
Len Worth thanked Terry for his contribution to the day’s meeting.
The club’s annual week long trip to Urunga was a huge success. Thirty six members, past and present, wives and partners, enjoyed four days of events in great weather.
The group travelled to Urunga on the Monday and after settling in to our cabins or vans, they all met in the camp kitchen for a barbecue followed by bingo.
Tuesday morning was free time to explore the area and afternoon activities included lawn bowls or cards, followed by "happy hour" and a meal at the hotel across the road.
Wednesday was an organised trip to Coffs Harbour Botanic Gardens, with morning tea provided by volunteers, then a stroll through the gardens. Golf buggy transport was available for those not able to do it on foot. Then it was free time until "happy hour” and dinner at the Urunga Bowling Club.
Thursday morning fee time, then bowls or cards, then the final night in the camp kitchen for a barbecue with meat supplied by park management. This was followed by trivia and presentation of awards for lucky bowlers.
On the Friday we travelled home to eagerly await next year’s sojourn.