Sat 19 Oct 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.

 

 

RECENT TALK

October 9 2019

AIRCRAFT QUIZ

Ron Campbell

Cupar Probus Club met in in Age Concern on Wednesday 9th October when Chairman Peter Speirs welcomed 32 members. Forms for the Annual Lunch on Wednesday 4th December were circulated and members were reminded to return these with their menu choice and payment by 13th November. A reminder was given to those going on the bus trip to Rosslyn Chapel to be in the Fluthers car park, ready to depart at 9am on Thursday 17th October.

Our scheduled speaker for today had called off but Club Member Ron Campbell stepped into the gap with a quiz to entertain the members.

Our quiz master, Ron Campbell

One of Ron’s favourite subjects is aircraft, and he had devised a series of 25 questions in which the answers contained a place name which had also been used as a type of aircraft. Some of the questions were fairly easy such as England white rose town (York), and England red rose town (Lancaster). Things became more challenging however when asked about an Earl who was a king maker (Warwick), or putting your money in to a bank or society (Halifax), and a Lincolnshire tea party held here (Boston). The one that caused the most head scratching, and some amusement was, a fishy duck, not many managed to answer that one, (Bombay)! The winning team scored a very creditable 20 points from 25 questions, well done gents! The chairman proposed a vote of thanks to Ron for coming in at very short notice to give us an interesting morning in good company. The members responded with the usual hearty applause.

Report by Peter Speirs

2019 TALKS

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

CUPAR PROBUS CLUB

Sat 19 Oct 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.

Welcome Bill MacDonald

New member, Bill MacDonald is welcomed by Chairman Peter Speirs on 25th September

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.

 

 

RECENT TALK

September 25 2019

SOUTH WITH SHACKLETON

David Munro

Cupar Probus Club met in in Age Concern on Wednesday 25th September when Chairman Peter Speirs welcomed 36 members. He first welcomed a new member, Bill MacDonald who gave a brief introduction on his life and interests.

Our speaker, David Munro

Peter then welcomed the guest speaker for the day, David Munro who was giving a talk on Ernest Shackleton who led four expeditions to the Antarctic. David was a Director of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, and also the secretary for a time, this being the previous job of Shackleton. He is now a Freelance Geographical Consultant.
Ernest Henry Shackleton was born in County Kildare in Ireland on 15th February 1874. His father was a doctor and wanted his son to follow in his footsteps, but instead he joined the merchant navy and qualified as a master mariner in 1898. In 1901 Shackleton was selected to go on the Antarctic expedition led by Captain Scott on the Discovery. The ship Discovery was specially built for the venture, and was constructed as a wooden sailing ship, with auxiliary engines, measured 172 feet long and weighed 485 tons. Built in Dundee, the Discovery left on 31st July 1901 to sail south to Antarctica. Discovery is now in Dundee as a permanent public display. This expedition reached the latitude of 82 degrees south, closer to the south pole than any previous attempt. Unfortunately Shackleton became ill on this trip and returned home early.
In 1908 he returned to the Antarctic on his own expedition on the Nimrod. During this expedition his team climbed Mount Erebus, the most active volcano on the continent, and made important scientific discoveries. They ventured even further south to 88 degrees, just 112 miles from the pole. On his return Shackleton was knighted by King Edward the seventh.
In 1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen reached the south pole, followed by Captain Scott who perished on the return journey. Shackleton then turned his attention to crossing the Antarctic from sea to sea, via the south pole.
His third trip to the Antarctic was on the ship Endurance and started in 1914, and this was thought to be useful as a publicity diversion in a world which had just became involved in WW1. Early in 1915 the Endurance became trapped in ice and the crew abandoned the ship to camp on the ice. In April 1916 they used three lifeboats to reach Elephant Island. Shackleton and five others again set to sea and they spent 16 days crossing the ocean to reach South Georgia, where they trekked across the island to a whaling station. From here they arranged help and in August 1916 all the members of the expedition were safely rescued and returned home.
Shackleton attempted a fourth expedition to circumnavigate the Antarctic, but on 5th January he died of a heart attack while his ship was moored in South Georgia. At his wife’s request he was buried on the Island, and a memorial was erected in his memory.
Speaker David Munro had visited several of the expedition sites and showed many pictures to add to his fascinating talk. The vote of thanks was given by Malcolm Gerdes-Hansen and the members responded with the usual hearty applause.

Report by Peter Speirs

2019 TALKS

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




CUPAR PROBUS CLUB

Sat 19 Oct 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.

 

 

RECENT TALK

September 11 2019

HEALTHY EATING

Lyndsey Clark

 

Chairman Peter Speirs introduced our guest speaker for the day, Lyndsey Clark, who gave advice on healthy eating.

Lyndsey Clark


Lyndsey gave a sparkling talk providing as someone said, much food for thought to Probus members, most of whom were old enough to remember wartime and post war rationing, and the days when unhealthy eating was offset by physical exercise.
She concentrated on eight main areas: fresh fruit and veg; two portions of fish, one oily one not; importance of breakfast; reducing red meat; the value of eating eggs; reducing sugar, fats, and salt; the importance of brown bread and dairy foods; and  taking in enough fluids during the day. However she stressed that there were no unhealthy foods as such: it was their unbalanced choice that was damaging. For example meat and fats were necessary but only in moderation. She extracted these principles by cleverly involving her audience in question and answer and discussion.
While some of her areas like the importance of eating breakfast was more applicable to younger listeners there were two points she wanted to stress for older eaters: the vital importance of intaking Vitamin D and of drinking a litre of fluid a day. Moderation in all things was her theme for our membership: a formulation not just pre-war but pre-war by some 2,700 years.
The vote of thanks was given by David Cleland and the hearty applause from the members showed how much they enjoyed the presentation by Lyndsey.

Report by David Cleland

2019 TALKS

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