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Maney Probus Bridge Club

posted 10 Jan 2018, 02:03 by Phil Williams   [ updated 10 Jan 2018, 02:03 ]

Our bridge club held an impromptu Christmas party at the Harvester, in Boldmere, our Wednesday venue. We enjoyed buttered toast & marmalade, coffee & tea with a generous drop of 'red eye' thanks to Roy Shields, a choice of cream cakes, enough for two each, courtesy of birthday 'boy' Ken Batson who unfortunately couldn't make it, plus sumptuous home made mince pies supplied by Pam Cross, a large tin of biscuits, yet to be scoffed, from the lovely lady who looks after the 'Bridge Men' all this plus a laugh a minute. Where and with who else could you get such a 'great criac' for a £3.00 parking fee, many thanks to Bob Frisby the prime mover.

Bob Din 

New Member

posted 10 Jan 2018, 02:02 by Phil Williams   [ updated 10 Jan 2018, 02:02 ]

Welcome to Bob Phillips who joined Maney Probus at our November meeting, who is 66 years of age, lives in Lichfield and is married to Brenda. He ran a small building services company.

Quiz at Sutton Probus Club

posted 18 Oct 2017, 02:14 by Phil Williams   [ updated 18 Oct 2017, 02:17 ]

On Thursday 5th October, eight brainy Members of Maney Probus arrived at Mere Green Library in a second attempt to take the honours at the Sutton Coldfield Annual Probus Club Quiz. 


We divided into two teams and settled down to battling against some twelve or more teams from Sutton and other Probus Clubs over 10 rounds of questions ranging from geography, history and more spurious titles of Yellow Mellow and Yankee Doodle Dandee. The inevitable picture round occupied us all between questions to identify personalities from the worlds of sport and entertainment.

Within the overall competition for first place there was our own interclub challenge. It was a close fought battle and after the first six rounds our first team, ‘Maney Marvels’ with Ron Hines (Captain), Ron Feather, Andrew MacFarlane and Mike Phillips went ahead. By the ninth round Captain Trevor Smith supported by our President Peter, Vice President Bob and myself (John Langley) in Team ‘Densa’ drew level.

At the finish after 11 rounds, ‘Densa’ not only drew three points ahead of our Maney Rivals but took the honour of second place overall in the Quiz although gaining no prize other than respectful accolade from all in attendance.

Sincere thanks were given to the organisers at Sutton Probus Club for a very successful evening.

Many thanks to our Members for joining the Maney entry!

John Langley 

Bridge Club

posted 12 Jul 2017, 01:26 by Phil Williams   [ updated 12 Jul 2017, 01:26 ]

The Bridge Club is once again in Bob Din's hands with Ken off to pastures new. This club meets every Tuesday and most Wednesdays, where we enjoy not only the cards but an extraordinary diverse airing of opinions from various members much akin a 'speakers corner' where all can and do join in. Tuesdays at the All Saints Church Hall, Belwell Lane. Wednesday we play at the Harvester, Boldmere depending on number of players, this cost is £3, the parking fee, which is well refunded with interest by the supply of toast and as much coffee as you can drink. We cater for all abilities from good, bad to indifferent and greatly welcome any beginners, who will be helped/guided by the (be warned) existing players. Times for both venues are 9.45 am until 12.30 pm, of course.

Bob Din 

The Bridge Club

posted 12 Jul 2017, 01:23 by Phil Williams   [ updated 12 Jul 2017, 01:24 ]

What a morning of celebration, enjoyment and yet sadness at the Bridge Club today. Firstly we welcomed the appearance of a new member to our happy band namely Mr Terry Jones. The last time Terry played bridge was apparently some 63 years ago but after a little support from our experts and encouragement from us all, Terry started to play with application and confidence. We look forward to his regular attendance.

Then the main event when celebrations started for Bob Randle who reached his 90th birthday this very day and was greeted with loud applause on his arrival before coffee break. Indeed the spread was extensive with not only cream scones and chocolate éclairs supplied by Bob but a specially baked and expertly decorated carrot cake by Roy Foster’s 12 year old Grandson, Jacob. Bob managed to blow out the single candle to mark his first 90 years whilst we drank his health with a bottle of bubbly again supplied by Roy Foster (catering?) whilst we greedily tucked into the splendid fare. Bob is still an enthusiastic member of the Bridge Club and continues to amuse us during breaks with jokes and stories from his keen and extensive memory. Long may he continue now that he has joined the ranks of nonagenarians within Maney Probus.

But then, a tinge of sadness as we said goodbye to our Bridgemaster Ken Larden, who is leaving Sutton Coldfield for family commitments in Yorkshire. Ken has been an inspiration to all us young and aspiring bridge players with his patience in trying to impart some of his extensive knowledge of the game. He will be greatly missed. But as we bade him fond farewell in solemnity yet our spirits were lifted when Bob Din, our new Captain of equal prowess on the Bridge table, confirmed that the coach was already organised to take the whole Bridge Club up to Northalleton for a special session in a few weeks time in the apparently palatial country residence of the greater Larden family. Sandra has yet to be informed! We give our best wishes to them all.

John Langley 

The Presidential Handover

posted 21 Jun 2017, 02:00 by Phil Williams   [ updated 21 Jun 2017, 02:05 ]

At our 2017 AGM, President John Langley hands over to our new President Peter Knights along with his new Vice President Bob Johnson. Maney Probus still in safe hands for 2017/18.
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New Member Joins Maney Probus

posted 13 Jan 2017, 01:54 by Phil Williams   [ updated 13 Jan 2017, 01:54 ]

Welcome to John Gilmour. John was born in Sutton Coldfield and left school at the age of 15 years and worked on his parent’s farm. He did two years National Service in Germany and Holland, then returning home to work on the farm. He has three children (two girls and one son) and still plays an active roll in the farm.

We hope you have many enjoyable years with Maney Probus.

Phil Williams 

Welcome New Member

posted 18 Nov 2016, 03:22 by Phil Williams   [ updated 18 Nov 2016, 03:22 ]

Welcome to John Wright. John worked for Lloyds Bank for over 40 years and during that time travelled the length and breadth of the UK in his job. He retired from his position as Senior Manager and he and his wife and their two children have lived in Sutton Coldfield for over 20 years.

We hope you have many enjoyable years with Maney Probus.



Phil Williams

Welcome New Members

posted 17 Aug 2016, 01:35 by Phil Williams   [ updated 17 Aug 2016, 01:41 ]

Welcome to two new members at our June meeting. They were Roy Foster and Frank Weetman.

It was a complete coincidence that Roy Foster and Frank Weetman who both live in Shenstone and know each other, independently decided to apply to join Maney Probus.

Roy Foster


Roy, now retired, ran a small building service in Lichfield and lives with his wife Viv in Shenstone. A member of the Walsall Round Table, he enjoys playing Golf and also plays Bridge.




Frank Weetman


Frank also retired, has two children and lives with his wife Joy in Shenstone. He was an Engineer by trade and is involved with the Scouts and helps produce the Gang Shows. He enjoys Canal Cruising and is a member of the Canal Cruising Club.



Phil Williams

Handing Over Ceremony

posted 18 May 2016, 01:06 by Phil Williams   [ updated 18 May 2016, 01:06 ]

During our A.G.M. outgoing President David Cross hands over the office of President to John Langley and then John hands over the office of Vice Presidents to Peter Knights and David Cross receives his Past Presidents badge. Once again, I am sure we are in safe hands.











Phil Williams

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