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Grafton Probus

Twenty-three of our members and 12 visitors toured the Warwick area during the last week of March. All agreed that they had a great time over the five days and the club would like to thank Northland Travel for the care and courtesy shown to us. It is understood that what happens on tour stays on tour but there were only happy travellers the alighted from the bus.

Our April meeting was at South Grafton Services Club. Thirty-six members and three visitors attended. 

A one day trip is being organised for June 4 to ‘Remember When’ at Eatonsville, on to Copmanhurst for lunch and return via Stockyard Creek and Coaldale. The cost will be $20 plus lunch.

The next Bridge Tour is organised for May 6. Members should contact Fay See if they wish to attend either of these events. Fay would also like names for our 400th meeting in June.

Eighteen of our members enjoyed lunch and fellowship at the Grafton Golf Club on April 2.

The May 7 luncheon will follow a morning of croquette at Coutts Crossing. Car-pooling will take place from the library and South Grafton Ex-Services Club at 9.30.

Bill Greenlees was our five-minute speaker and shared some life highlights with us. He was born and raised in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney and took up a career in the electrical field. He met Maureen from Parramatta and after their marriage moved to Grafton in the late 1960s, where he secured employment at the brewery. Bill penned a poem about the Warwick trip and recited it (to the merriment of all).

“In Flanders Fields” was the topic for our main speaker, Ron Payne. He delivered a power point talk on the Western Front in World War 1, concentrating on the areas around Ypres and Villers Bretonneux, the rebuilding of the towns and the aspects of the war that keep coming to the fore today. He also described the commemoration of the Hundredth Anniversary of the Armistice Ceremony at the Australian Memorial.

Ron Payne