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Pitlochry Probus Club Report of Meetings

11th January 2018
An Adventure
Dr Andy Walker

Talk about the experiences of hunting shooting and fishing our Probus Club has members who have done it all. The first Club meeting on Thursday 11th January heard our Chairman Dr Andy Walker give an interesting, often amusing and sometimes harrowing account of his experiences during a vacation in Alaska. A  Seaplane  took him and his wife  to Brooks River Falls in Katmai National Park, home of the world ' s largest salmon run  and concentration of brown bears in the world  consequently taking  advantage of the opportunity to sustain themselves for winter hibernation.Interestingly he also describes the site having archaeological human remnants dating back some 9,000 years.He arrived home safely emphasising that the bears remain top dog before Homo sapiens.At the conclusion of his talk, Andy answered questions from the floor before a vote of thanks was proposed by Dr David Cruikshank.

Our next meeting AGM, is February 1st 2018. Pitlochry Tryst, Pitlochry Church Road PH6 5EB, 7.30 pm,

30th November
Annual Lunch Green Park Hotel Pitlochry

Pitlochry Probus Club – Annual Christmas Lunch
Once again the Pitlochry Green Park Hotel presented our Christmas lunch with an outstanding menu, impeccable service and food. After lunch our Chairman Dr Andy Walker introduced our Speaker the Very Rev. Dr Graham Forbes,
Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh. Currently retired and living in Pitlochry, It is 40 years since Dr Forbes was ordained as a priest in the Diocese of Edinburgh. Ordained as a priest in 1976 and has worn many hats during his 40 years of service to the church.At present, Chair of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, Chair of OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) and Chair of Court, Edinburgh Napier University. He also serves on the Armed Forces Pay Review Body and the Security Vetting Appeals Panel. So much so for retirement!
Dr Forbes enlightened the club with his experiences of visiting troops in Afghanistan, being submerged in a ballistic submarine, shivering in the Falklands and roasting in the Gulf.
The conclusion of the lunch was the presentation of Trophies to the winners of this year’s Pitlochry Probus Club competitions. : Bill King: The Putting Trophy, Hugh Mackintosh The Ian McDiarmid Trophy for Bowls Singles:Les Brown and Ron Harriman Bowling Pairs Trophy: Jim Wilson: The Tom Allan Golf Trophy and: Alastair Dickson: The Bryan Bigg Trophy… Founder Chairman’s trophy awarded to a member whom the committee considers has given exceptional service to the Club and the wider community over a period of time.
Pitlochry Probus Club Vice Chairman Rainer Schmitt gave a vote of thanks of appreciation to all who contributed in one way or the other to make the Club’s Christmas Lunch a success.
Rainer finally expressed our gratitude and appreciation to the Guest of Honour the Very Rev. Dr Graham Forbes CBE who graced the occasion with his presence.

Sports Trophies
Probus MemberBill King

2nd November Thursday 2018
History of Pitlochry Angling Club

Presentation from one of our members, Ron Harriman, a retired Government Environmental Chemist and long-time senior staff member of the Freshwater Laboratory at Faskally. His topic was the history of Pitlochry Angling Club, one of the earliest to be established in Scotland, going back at least as far as 1884, and still very successful.  Ron has been Secretary of the Club for 44 years, surely a remarkable feat of dedication and endurance!





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