CHESTERFIELD: Nightgale Probus welcome Doug Bradbury to talk about life as farrier



The April meeting of Nightingale Probus was held at the Olde House, Newbold. President, Chris Smith, welcomed 38 members. She thanked all those who had helped with the planning of the 25th foundation lunch, held at the Chesterfield Hotel in March. All members had been given an inscribed pen to mark our silver jubilee.

The social secretary, Eileen Larner, gave notices of proposed trips to Southall Races, Litchfield Cathedral, Renishaw Hall and maybe tea at Hassop Hall. More details to be available in May.

The raffle raised £30 for club funds.

The speaker was Mr Doug Bradbury, who talked about the ‘Life and Times of a Farrier’. He brought along equipment dating from 1640 and explained that a blacksmith works in ironware and a farrier shoes horses, The oldest livery company in the country is the Lord Mayors Worshipful Comany of Farriers and Doug has been a member since 1986. Doug’s expertise and his subject and stories were amusing and showed his love of the job. He especially liked the “one size fits all” expandable horse shoe, for emergency use. Several questions were asked before the vote of thanks was given by Ruth Cable.

New members are welcome and anyone interested should ring our secretary, Mrs Marilyn James on Chesterfield 222446 for further information.