CLAY CROSS: Probus Club welcomes speaker Jean Henshaw for her ninth visit

Clay Cross


President Geoff Cowlishaw welcomed 19 members to the March meeting of the Clay Cross and District Probus Club, held at the North East Derbyshire Snooker Centre (NEDSC). A minute’s silence was held in memory of John Roundtree.

The treasurer reported that all subscriptions had been received for the year and that the club was in a good financial position.

The February walk was well attended with 12 people walking on the Five Pits trail from Pilsley car park to Tibshelf ponds and returning in the opposite direction. The March walk is planned for Monday, March 25, and will be on the Teversal Trail.

Trip organiser Guy Freeland gave a report on the plans for the May outing which will be to Belvoir Castle, followed by a visit to Melton Mowbray.

The members were then introduced to the speaker, Jean Henshaw, whose talk was entitled From “Rags to Riches”. This was Jean’s ninth visit to the club. She gave a very inspiring account about her brother David Allen, who from very humble beginnings in Matlock, had various jobs as a young man and showing a flair for design attended Chesterfield Art College. He remarked in his early years of learning that he was on the bottom rung of the ladder, but one day his aim was to reach the top. That he did, working for various companies, then attending the Royal College of Art in London, and eventually lecturing all over the world and collecting wonderful items of art and furnishings. Over the years he has written four books and now lives in London, but still enjoys his visits back to his native Matlock. Jean was thanked by Richard Moon.

The next meeting will be held at the NEDSC on April 2, when the speaker will be Stephen Gay, with a talk and a presentation of slides entitled “Railways in a Yorkshire Landscape”.