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Long Eaton Probus Club


Meeting Thursday May 3rd 2018 Speaker for this meeting was one of our own, member President Ken Pye. This was a very interesting talk by Ken who told the members all about the time he spent in Paupa New Guinea. Ken and his wife Liz had gone out to Paupa New Guinea, as volunteer teachers and remained there for two years. The members were regaled with the many experiences that befell them during the time they spent there. Speaker finder David Howley gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the members. Terence Brown

Put together a five a side tournament featuring the legends of the former Albion Leisure Centre followed by a Summer Sounds concert with Ellie Marie, Miss Bowie and no less than Starman, the East Midlands most famous magician (a.k.a. Carl Leek), and for an entrance fee of £1 you’ve got yourself a pretty good day out. It’s all happening at the “Stute” on Hallam Fields Road Ilkeston on Saturday June 23 commencing with the tournament at mid day and the concert at 7.00p.m. All proceeds will be going to the local children’s holiday charity Bens Den. Hungry and thirsty? No problem. The “Fillies” Prosecco Bar and a BBQ will take care of that and you can work up your appetite on the Bouncy Castle. Organisers Carl Tatham, Robert Roberts, Stuart Pearson and Darryl Peck are already half way to their target of raising £2,000 and you can help them get there and have a good time into the bargain. David Potter

David Howley and President Ken Pye

The Probus Club of Ilkeston Meeting - May 10th 2018 Our meeting this month continues to attract over 30 of our members, and another will be joining us shortly.. The presentation this month was provided by Bob Massey. The Arena Church once again provided us with an excellent meal, and the lemon meringue pie always goes down very well. Bob is a historian and retired Theatre Consultant who has planned many theatres and performance spaces throughout the world. He was, for 30yrs, Technical Manager of a Theatre in Nottingham, running shows and organising events for the visiting artists. As a lighting designer for over 40yrs, he lit all types of shows from drama to musicals. He has recently published three volumes of stories on the history of Arnold and Mapperley and the surrounding villages. Bob has, over the years put together a very impressive programme of talks, and currently, I’ve estimated it amounts to over 160 individual talks on a wide variety of subjects, many derived from the various lecturing courses he had run over the years. Today Bob’s talk was “ The Victorian Holiday “. Bob’s talk was based on a mix of slides and video clips in a Powerpoint presentation. His knowledge on the subject is very extensive and his lecturing background enabled him to present his subject clearly and articulately for a full 45 minutes. The Probus Club of Ilkeston is open to all retired / partly retired men who have a professional background and business men who would like to meet once a month, and for other organised events during the year. Partners of our members may attend any of the presentations and are warmly welcomed to our other trips and events. Our aim is to provide a convivial atmosphere, in pleasant surroundings, to meet for conversation and the development of friendships. We also provide an excellent lunch and a diverse range of presenters. If you wish to learn more, please contact Michael Slater, our Secretary, on 0115 932 6185 or email David Jones

Canal Trust Appeals For More Hands, Hearts and Minds The Derby & Sandiacre Canal Trust has launched an appeal for more local people to help them in their work to bring the former Derby Canal back to its former glory. The Trust was founded in 1993 with the ultimate aim of restoring a 12.5 mile stretch between Derby and Sandiacre to connect to the Trent and Mersey and Erewash Canals. This would create a 25 mile cruising ring with access to more than 2,000 miles of navigable waterways across the UK. Over the last ten years the Trust’s members have worked to keep the canal path clear and to restore canal bridges and other structures. Now with the accelerating progress being achieved at various sites along the path the call has gone out for reinforcements. The work to be done is varied – everything from physical work like bricklaying, building clearance, hedgelaying and landscaping to outdoor activities like surveying and managing wildlife, uprooting invasive plants to the more cerebral work of researching history, writing articles for Social Media and our website and manning the Trust’s stall at outside events in the summer. The volunteers have already achieved a lot, but with the current building work on cottages restoration at Draycott, together with lock restoration at Borrowash and Sandiacre and canal path clear up at Spondon the opportunities are growing. If volunteers can deal with the more straightforward tasks it frees up funding to bring in experts for the bigger challenges. Site working parties are organised on Wednesdays, Fridays and alternative Sundays, so volunteers can pick a convenient time. Training is available where appropriate – all that’s required is a willing pair of hands and an open mind. For more information on how to get involved in the work of Derby & Sandiacre Canal Trust please visit Photo right: Volunteers at work on the canal towpath

June 2018


Dinner time at Chaucer girls school


innertime at Chaucer girls was always looked forward to by many of the children who relied on it for their one good meal of the day.

We got milk every day and the school dinners were quite nice. The teachers helped serve the dinners. You were not allowed to leave saucy plates, the only way to clear something from your plate if you didn’t like it, would be to slip it in your pocket, or wrap it in your hankie and tuck it into the leg of your knickers, which could be pretty messy if it was covered in gravy. The teachers were very good at Chaucer Girls, compared to other schools in the area, about the worse thing you would get was a good slap from the teacher, but on the other hand, they had very sharp tongues, and took no nonsense from anyone. I have in these articles often spoken of Ilkeston people of my parents and grandparents generations having an abundance of larger than life characters that were well known throughout the community. This type of person really very rarely emerges nowadays due

mainly to the changes from the insular society of yesteryear where much of their lives intermingled with each other as opposed to our changed global society today, where often people do not even know the names of neighbours living a few doors away. However one such person from my generation did emerge, and will long be remembered by thousands and generations of Ilkeston’s children and adults I am of course speaking of Dorothy Haywood who sadly passed away recently. I have known (as have many) Dorothy for most of my life. Dorothy who was born and lived all her life on Flamstead Road, would have sat at the tables in my picture and later was no doubt on duty there. When she left for her secondary education she passed her eleven plus and went to Hallcroft School. She left Hallcroft and trained as a nursery nurse, and when her training was completed returned to Chaucer. It was as if she had never left and there she stayed until her retirement. Dorothy was a kind, gentle lady, but a lady who firmly

and kindly guided her young charges into school life. Her distinctive voice made her a natural and mesmerizing story teller to children. She never really left Chaucer, she was still in demand even after her retirement. Dorothy will be missed and remembered by thousands. My husband was born opposite Dorothy on Flamstead Road. He and his Mum were living with his Mum’s sister and family whilst his dad was away at war. He recalls his Mum and Aunt saying that Dorothy was knocking on the door asking if she could take the new baby a walk as she did his cousins the day after he was born and she was only 6 or 7 years old herself. So Dorothy’s calling in life was in her from the very beginning I think. Dorothy’s father was also well known in Ilkeston and pictured in many Mayoral processions as the Mayor’s Mace Bearer. Dorothy cared for her father until his death.

Painting and narrative by Betty O’Neill

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Ilkeston Life Newspaper June 2018  

Ilkeston Life Newspaper June 2018