DIARY 2011-12


Our Probus Club continues to thrive, as will be seen from the following reports on the various events and activities of our sub-groups.


WALKING GROUP    Walking group members meet at the beginning of the new session and volunteer to research a walk for our programme.  The research includes timings, transport and, most importantly and in true Probus tradition, a lunch venue.   Theresa then collates the data and draws up the programme.  The walks are planned to be suitable for all abilities – and we haven’t lost anyone yet!  The 2011-12 programme included the following:


27 Sep

The Forth Road Bridge – from the park&ride at Rosyth to South Queensferry

A breezy walk!

1 Nov

Fife coastal path from Burntisland to Aberdour

A train journey, autumn sunshine and seal spotting.

29 Nov

Roslin Village   

      Waterproofs needed for this one.

10 Jan

Pentlands and Swanston Village

Uphill and a bit muddy but not too challenging.

31 Jan

Gogar Roundabout to South Queensferry over River Almond via Kirkliston

Great bird spotting opportunities that day.

28 Feb

Along the canal from Wester Hailes to Ratho Climbing Centre

A longer walk with an opportunity to see some canal wildlife and some very active people on the climbing walls.

27 Mar

Esk River walk to Musselburgh

Blue sky, off-road walk to picturesque village of Carberry – rewarded with lunch at Luca’s and of course ice cream

1 May

Colinton Dell

Not yet done at time of writing.


Dirleton Castle and surrounding village

Planned as finale to the season.


BOOK GROUP  A lively group of avid readers, still going strong.  Members enjoy getting together to discuss the chosen book and to swap recommendations of any “extras” they have managed to read.  They don’t always agree on any book, but that is part of the enjoyment – along with the glass of wine which accompanies the discussions.  Some members race through a book which others have struggled with but invariably finish because it is for the Book Group.

It is always interesting to hear what some saw and others missed in a book.  Here are 4 recommendations out of the dozen or more books read this year:

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

 - by David Mitchell

This book takes a bit of getting into but is well worth the effort.  Set in 17th century Japan, it is the one book everybody agreed on.

The Help

- by Kathryn Stockett

A thought-provoking book set in the Deep South of the USA pre Martin Luther King – recently made into a film.

Child 44

- by Tom Rob Scott

Pretty strong stuff this one.  Set in Stalinist Russia, it is a good thriller, the first of 3 by the same author.

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

- by Helen Simonson

Set in 1960s England, this is an amusing ‘feel good’ book, which also manages to make you stop and think about issues raised.


LUNCH CLUB  The first lunch of the 2011-12 session was at Zucco at the Lyceum Theatre.  This very nice lunch was enjoyed by about a dozen ladies and rounded off the second trip through the alphabet.

The third trip through the alphabet took the group to:


Angels and Bagpipes in the High Street.


Brown’s in George Street – enjoyed by about 14 ladies, who indulged in some shopping afterwards.


Café Rouge – very tasty food and excellent wine.


After some debate – afternoon tea at The Dome – very Morningside and very much enjoyed.  Although booking is not usually possible, staff were very accommodating and had  set up 3 round tables in banquettes for 16 ladies,  who partook of sandwiches, scones and cakes – with the obligatory lively conversation.   Another group of ladies was enjoying tea – no surprise to report that our ladies outblethered them in quality and quantity!   


On a snowy, sleety Tuesday in April, 8 Probus ladies lunch at a cosy Ecco Vino in Cockburn Street – very pleasant.


Filling Station in Rose Street – final lunch of the session planned for 11 May.

Thanks are due to the ladies who took turns to organise the lunches.  All are welcome  - please see the list at the table at each Probus meeting.


BRIDGE  AND WHIST GROUPS  The Whist Group continued to meet each month and another Ratho Barge Trip with dinner and cards is planned for August.  This session saw the introduction of a Bridge Group – thanks to Joan McBain – hopefully this will become a fixture in our calendar.  But remember, Joan – there is not a game in every hand!


THEATRE GROUP  This session saw the welcome return of the Theatre Group – thanks to Margaret Turner, who is to be commended for her effort in resurrecting this group.   Two performances in particular were enjoyed – ‘Of Mice and Men’, a drama set in the Southern States of the USA, and ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, a comedy adapted from the opera of the same name, which was hilarious.  It is hoped that this group will go from strength to strength.



The Christmas Party was a great success – many thanks to the organisers of the food and entertainment – Margaret Simister’s Xmas cake was artistically decorated, and Pat Calder’s music quiz provided an enjoyable challenge.

The Burns Lunch, as always, was lively and good fun – our thanks particularly to Anne Ritchie for ‘The Immortal Memory’ and to Theresa Ironside for the ‘Toast to the Lassies’.


The third enjoyable stay at the Open Arms in Dirleton took place in February.


The May Outing this year was a trip on Maid of the Forth to Inchcolm Island, followed by lunch at the Two Bridges Hotel in South Queensferry.  A haar hung over the Forth on the outward journey but cleared to give us a sunny and interesting visit to the island, which is very picturesque.   


NEW THIS YEAR – Golf Outing to Kilspindie on 18 June – Frances Sorlie arranged for blue skies, warm sun and no wind – which made this inaugural event, attended by 11 ladies,  a real pleasure, in spite of some comments about 3 lost balls and balls either in the rough or in the Firth of Forth!  Bacon rolls were served before golf and a very nice meal and prizes followed the 18 holes.  Hopefully, a fixture in the calendar!