Local community and groups

Here people can find out about local interest groups.

A place to go to find out what you can get involved in as a resident!

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Wirksworth & District Probus Club

Probus clubs are linked to their local Rotary clubs. Members are drawn from local retired Professional and Business people within the community. Hence the name Probus.

Probus clubs began to be formed around Great Britain and overseas in the mid-1960s and then, as now, were linked to their local Rotary clubs. Members were drawn from senior retired Rotarians, but also from local retired Professional and Business people within the community. Hence the name Probus.

There is no central organisation; each club is self-financing and self-administered by its members. The only common link is a magazine which is published quarterly by a commercial publisher. The aim of each club is to provide an opportunity for members to meet regularly in friendship, fellowship and common interest.

Most clubs engage speakers on a variety of subjects and will regularly take trips to places of interest around the country. There are clubs whose members are men only, women only and mixed. Visitors are always welcomed, whether from other clubs or as guests of existing members.

Plans to form a Wirksworth & District Probus Club began in 1985 with help from local Rotarians and it became men only. However, when appropriate, members' wives and widows of former members will be invited to attend and on these occasions the meeting is often followed by a lunch.

The meetings are held at The Hope and Anchor Inn in Wirksworth and take place on the second Monday of each month, starting at 10.00 am for 10.30 am.


OFFICERS & COMMITTEE MEMBERS 2014 - 15:

Chairman: Colin Pidgeon

Vice Chairman: John Westerman

Hon. Secretary: Tony Holmes

Hon. Treasurer: Richard Derbyshire

Social Secretary: Vacant

Programme Secretary: Peter Spencer

Elected Members: Alan Barton, Malcolm Lake

Almoner: John Preece 

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1. Officers

The 2009 Club Chairman Alan Barton (centre) with Treasurer Martin Beresford (left) and Secretary John Preece (right)



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2. Rail Trip

Club Members on a very popular rail trip to Idridgehay.



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3. Reg Dean

Perhaps it's the Wirksworth water! This photo shows the club's oldest member, Reg Dean (now deceased) with former club chairman Norman Laud.




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4. Christmas Dinner

Lunches, dinners and special occasions are always well supported. This event was the Club's 20th Anniversary annual Christmas dinner, attended by the then Mayor of Wirksworth and other dignitaries, at the Brackendale Restaurant at Carsington.





AGM 2014: N.B. (Full report not available at present.)

The Wirksworth and District Probus Club met for its Annual General Meeting on Monday April 14th at the Hope and Anchor Public House in Wirksworth.

As usual the meeting was preceded by coffee and biscuits and the meeting proper commenced at 10.30 am.

The Chair was taken by Colin Pidgeon, who was re-elected as Chairman for the coming year.

The other Officers elected and re-elected are: 

Chairman: Colin Pidgeon

Vice Chairman: John Westerman

Hon. Secretary: Tony Holmes

Hon. Treasurer: Richard Derbyshire

Programme Secretary: Peter Spencer

Elected Members: Alan Barton, Malcolm Lake

Almoner: John Preece 

Probus Meetings are held at the Hope and Anchor on the second Monday in the month.  



REPORT ON MEETING HELD ON 11th AUGUST 2014
At the August meeting, John Westerman (Vice Chairman) introduced David Brown who enthralled the members with a talk on the project that built the fastest diesel car in the world. David, a long serving stalwart of JCB, explained the plans to create this car and what they wanted to achieve. The old record for the fastest diesel car was 272 mph and they set a target of 350 mph.


JCB had spent 10 years developing a diesel engine into production and they used two of these engines in the the Dieselmax. He gave full details on the design of the chassis and how the engines would fit in the car and the position of the four turbo chargers. The ingenious way of cooling the engines with ice water was explained in theory and of how it worked in practice. One problem was tyres – no tyres were made to stand 350 mph. Goodyear made ones to 300 mph and these were tested on a special test rig and found to be suitable. Brakes were of carbon fibre and part of the braking system was a parachute. The final part was the design of the body. The car when built was constructed so that any component that need to be changed could be done in the shortest possible time.

Initial testing was done on a runway at RAF Wittering. When everyone was satisfied that the car was ready for the record attempt, the car and all the necessary equipment and staff were transported to Bonneville Salt Flats in America. After a few trials they smashed the old record and achieved a maximum speed of 365.745 mph on the 26th of August 2006. Well done to the JCB team! A very technical question time extended the meeting and the Vice Chairman gave a vote of thanks for such an interesting talk.

The next meeting of the above club is on the 14th of October when Dr. Tony Bethel will be giving a talk called “Bolivia; its Animals and Farms. Meeting are held at the Hope and Anchor and commence at 10.30 am. New members and visitors are welcome to attend.
 

PROGRAMME OF MEETINGS & EVENTS:

The meetings are held at The Hope and Anchor Inn in Wirksworth (Adjacent to Wirksworth Market Place) unless otherwise stated, on the second Monday of each month, starting at 10.00 am for 10.30 am.

2014

November 10th: Oberammergau - "Hope Out of Darkness".   Rev. John Cooper
Ladies invited

December 8th: Festive Lunch at the Hope & Anchor. !2 noon for a 3 course meal at 12.30 pm. Ladies invitedDetails of the menu were given out at the October meeting.  Menu selection & payment  required byNovember 11th. After the meal Nick Lockett will give a talk on "His Photographic Experiences in Australia". 

2015

January 12th: Tribute to Morecambe and Wise.  Joan Carr

February 9th: What to do if you can't find a car you like.  Jerry Climson

March 9th: So that's where I came from: a Genealogical journey.  Nic Wilson

April 14th: Annual General Meeting.

Updated 1st November 2014.