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CHESTERFIELD: Scarsdale Probus Club hears talk on history of Robinsons

Chairman, Richard Robinson, welcomed 39 members to the January meeting of Scarsdale Probus Club which was held at Club Chesterfield, Brampton. There was one visitor, John Barker, who came as a guest of David Oliver.

Chairman, Richard Robinson, welcomed 39 members to the January meeting of Scarsdale Probus Club which was held at Club Chesterfield, Brampton. There was one visitor, John Barker, who came as a guest of David Oliver.

The minutes of the December 11, 2012, meeting were read and approved.

Our guest speaker for this meeting should have been club member Frank Clifford, but he was unfortunately unavailable. At somewhat short notice, the chairman’s brother, John Robinson was given a warm welcome. John’s subject was “The 400 year History of Robinsons”. With the aid of charts and graphs, John outlined the history of the family business which he described was one of innovation and manufacturing excellence. The roots of the Robinsons packaging business dates back to 1839 but member of the family were operating successful businesses in Derbyshire for at least two hundred years before that. Beginning in the 1600’s the Robinson family set up and ran pottery businesses in Bolsover and Chesterfield. In 1625 and the restoration of the pipe charter led to the diversification into pipe manufacturing. In the 1700’s one branch of the family set up a blacksmith specializing in buckle manufacture. John then took members thorough the 1800’s and 1900’s, up to the present time with a very detailed account of the family’s activities. The vote of thanks was given by Tony Hallam who reminded members of what the Robinson family business had meant to Chesterfield and its provision of employment for many of its residents over many years. John received a certificate of appreciation from the chairman and the warm thanks of the members.

Pie and pea supper to be held on Friday, March 22, Mike Little, event organizer, informed the meeting that this event was now fully subscribed with 70 members and guests.

The secretary reported that the Club’s website had now had over 1000 hits as of January 4, 2013.

If you have a morning to spare and would like to come to a meeting of the club, you would be made welcome. For more information on the club, go to our official web site, www.scarsdaleprobus

 

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