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Tue 20 Aug 2019

OFFICE BEARERS

CHAIRMAN
Peter Speirs
01334 652866

VICE CHAIRMAN
Maurice Shepherd
01334 656536

PAST CHAIRMAN
Colin Moore
01334 656300

SECRETARY
David Galloway
01337 831257

ASST SECRETARY
Allan Black
01334 653754

TREASURER
Brian Knight
01334 654260

COMMITTEE MEMBERS
John Brand
Malcolm Gerdes-Hansen

SPEAKERS TEAM
Ron Campbell
Colin Moore
Robin Thomson

REPORT EDITORS
David Cleland
Colin Moore
John Topliss

 


PAST CHAIRMEN

WHERE WE ARE

Cupar is located in Fife Region near the east coast of Scotland, about 44mls from Edinburgh. It has a population of just over 9,000 and was for many years the county town of Fife.

CUPAR PROBUS CLUB

Where and when we meet

The Club was founded in 1970 and meets throughout the year in the Cupar Age Concern Centre. This building is off Provost Wynd and adjacent to the Bonnygate Car Park. See map.

Meetings are held at 9.45am on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.

Our membership

Our members are drawn from retired and semi-retired members of the professional and business communities who appreciate a focus to allow them to meet new people and old friends.

The Probus Club meetings provide a rendezvous for morning coffee or tea, followed by a talk by an invited speaker on a selected topic.

On this website

The 2019 Club Officers are listed at the top left of this page.The list of 2019 talks is given in the right hand column of this page.

These talks are presented by external speakers and by club members and cover a wide range of topics.

The website also provides a TALKS ARCHIVE with summaries of all talks given to the Club since 2011. The PHOTO ALBUM page shows some photographs of Club occasions.

New members and visitors

The Club welcomes new members. If you are interested in joining, contact the Secretary and he can arrange for you to attend a meeting as a guest. Visitors from other clubs are always welcome but do let us know that you are coming.

MEMBERS PAGE

To access the MEMBERS page enter your password in the left hand box below

Not know or not remember your password? Click to email Maurice Shepherd for information.

 

Report by Malcolm Truesdale

 

RECENT TALK

August 14 2019

THE BARD OF THE YUKON

Martin Hepworth

Chairman Peter Speirs introduced our guest speaker for today - Martin Hepworth. Martin is a very popular and regular visitor to our club. He has talked to us on a wide range of subjects over the years. From “Laurel and Hardy” to the “Great Preston Bank Fraud” Martin’s talks have always been both amusing and poignant.

Martin Hepworth

Today, Martin’s subject was “The Bard of the Yukon!” This talk was all about the life and adventures experienced by the poet and verse writer, Robert Service. Martin took us through the life and times of Robert Service. He was born in Preston, Lancashire of Scottish descent in 1874. He was a bank clerk by trade, but spent long periods in the Wild West frontiers of Canada. Our speaker conjured up graphic images of the dangers and perils of Yukon life in those far off days. A place where survival was a game of chance! But, against all of the odds, Robert Service lived well and indeed prospered. Martin cleverly peppered his talk with some of the poetry and verse written by Service. This helped to illustrate his lifetime experiences. He was inspired by tales of the Yukon Gold Rush to write poetry revealing the comedy and angst experienced by the miners scrabbling for their share of the gold.

These poems enjoyed immediate success and popularity during the lifetime of Robert Service and are still amusing to audiences today. Martin’s reading of such classics as the “The Dangerous Dan McGrew” earned an appreciative round of applause from a receptive audience. Robert Service became a wealthy man because of his poetry and could afford to travel widely and live a leisurely life. He based himself in Paris and the French Riviera. His works were dismissed as doggerel by critics at the time, but today he is classed almost in the same league as Kipling. This talk generated a wide range of questions and provided some very interesting insights from members of the audience. These acted as an excellent supplement to a most interesting talk.

Colin Moore gave a very well deserved vote of thanks. He thanked Martin for his regular visits to the club and commented on the amusing and by turns, serious content of today’s talk. Colin’s vote of thanks was heartily and enthusiastically endorsed by all present. Cupar Probus Club will meet again in Age Concern at 9:45 on Wednesday 28th August, when club Vice Chairman Maurice Shepherd will give us a talk on the Saturn V rocket which was used in the moon landing expeditions.

Report by Colin Moore

2019 TALKS

* Note that there are some changes from the original printed card.

Aug 28*
Maurice Shepherd
Saturn V

Sep 11
Lyndsey Clark
Healthy Eating

Sep 25
David Munro
South with Shackelton

Oct 9
Roddy Greig
Fife Family History

Oct 23
Ron Campbell
By Moonlight

Nov 13
Ian Garden
Lies in Wartime

Nov 27
Robert Oliver
Mince Pie Day History

Dec 11
Mince Pie Day