Membership rising at Berwick Probus
Membership is rising, but Berwick Probus Club was urged by retiring chairman Harry Wilson to bring in a new supply every year.
His plea was echoed by secretary George Martin and treasurer Charles Fairfield.
At the annual meeting Mr Wilson said it had been a privilege to lead a club that had been able to attract a huge range of speakers every week and it was right to take the opportunity of listening to them. The continuance of the club depended on its members.
He thanked the secretary and treasurer, as well as the committee, for their hard work.
Mr Martin reported a busy year, which included an outing to the Border Railway.
On members’ behalf he had contacted Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan to help fight for better cab parking in the town. In spite of their efforts, the problem remained.
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Mr Wilson now represented the club on the Talking Newspaper.
The treasurer reported on a successful year, with improving membership and a solvent club, which had supported several charities. There will be an unchanged subscription next year.
Michael Wright will take over a chairman on January 3. Mr Martin and Mr Fairfield were re-elected, with Colin Wakeling as almoner, Tony Lee as auditor and John Robertson as technical officer.
Appointed to committee were Rae Huntly, Ken Lamb and Ron Shaw, and Tom Brevis was welcomed as a new member.
Speakers were Ian Hannah, who recalled his service with the Royal Army Medical Corps in Egypt, and Alan Dumble, who described life as a young footballer in Sunderland, eventually playing in 13 cup finals.