2016-17 Diary

One of the highlights of our Probus year was our Summer Outing to Dumfries House - see the Outing Report kindly contributed by our President, Margaret Laing.  In addition to our usual very interesting and enjoyable Programme, our sub-groups continued to be active.  We are grateful for the reports contributed by various participants.  Another successful year - with photographs to prove it!




Meet and Greet


“My Jute Journey” - Sandra Thomson


“Growth through Choice” - Gordon Dewar


“Glorious Greenland” - Duncan Currie


Christmas Lunch - Capital Hotel


“Norwegian War Tales” - Ragnar Ingebrigsten


“The Royal Mile” - George Laing


Charity – Maggie Centre


Annual General Meeting
“Army Chaplaincy” - Rev Dr Angus Kerr


Summer Outing – Dumfries House



The walkers have enjoyed yet another successful season, culminating with a Summer Outing walk through Jupiter Artland at Wilkieston, West Lothian.

The number attending the walks have ranged from 7-12, with generally 10 walkers taking part each time.  The rather unique aspect of the walks (apart from the lovely places visited) is the camaraderie which exists and is fostered within the group.  This means that new members are quickly and naturally absorbed and made to feel welcome.

The planning meeting for next season will be held on Tuesday 1 August in the White Lady at 10.30 am.  Do come and share your favourite walk with us.


LUNCH CLUB  Our third trip through the alphabet took the group to:


Locanda de Gusti, Dalry Road


Beautifully cooked and presented genuine Neapolitan food.  Great staff.  Good value 3-course lunch.


Michael’s Steak & Seafood Bar,Jeffrey Street

Really good food and good service.


No 8 Lister Square


Modern bistro in modern surroundings.  Great menu – some diners had 2 starters as there was such a great choice.


Old Chain Pier, Newhaven

16 of us gathered for a New Year lunch at an old Edinburgh favourite.  Excellent menu with good food and service.


Papavero, Howe Street


Standard Italian food, but great value at £9.95 for good 3-course lunch.


Rick’s, Frederick Street

Stylish decor, good menu and friendly staff.

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.  (Thanks also to Margaret Miller for the Lunch Club report.)


BOOK GROUP   (Thanks to Joan Dakers for the Book Group report.)

The Book Group read a variety of different books this year.  We began with I Can't Begin to Tell You by Elizabeth Buchan -a tale of the Danish resistance in WW2.  We then went to Canada with the Scottish diaspora in The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro.  Staying with a Scottish theme, we enjoyed The Outrun by Amy Liptrot, which strongly evoked Orkney and the healing effect of the Islands on Amy, a recovering alcoholic.

In complete contrast, our next book took us to Saudi Arabia with Night of the M'Raj by Zoe Ferraris.  This detective story gave us an excellent insight into the difficulties faced by an independent-minded woman living in that country.

Next we went to war torn Singapore and The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng - all about a young man caught between two cultures.  Back to the UK for The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon, a deceptively simple tale of the effects rumour and secrets had on a small community during a 1960s heatwave.  Lastly, Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Fawlkes is the rather sad story of the lasting effect of lost love.

Not everyone enjoyed all the books but that is what makes it all so interesting, and we look forward to some lively discussions next year.



The Christmas Lunch

Another enjoyable lunch at the Capital Hotel – some problems with the food, but excellent entertainment.


The May Outing to Dumfries House - 25 May 2017


What can I say?  Thirty eight members dressed in summer finery had the most enjoyable day in fabulous weather - a fitting climax to a very successful season. 

We had an interesting one and a half hour drive, passing Centre 1 at East Kilbride en route.  The highlight for me was the hawthorn blossom, which was beautiful and to be seen everywhere.

We arrived to a warm welcome from the Chief Guide at Dumfries House and had time to explore the front of the beautifully proportioned Robert Adam house and admire the fountain and the planting before having tea/coffee with delicious home made shortbread in a very convivial atmosphere.

We were divided into two groups  for the house tour, which started with a short introductory film featuring Prince Charles explaining the background and ethos of the project.

The guide on the group I was in was excellent and I was told the other guide was equally good. They were so knowledgeable and friendly and brought the house to life.

The rooms in the house are beautiful and quite varied in décor. The Chippendale furniture, mirrors etc are incredible and some of those fabulous chairs would look very nice in an ordinary domestic setting.  I also liked the chairs we sat on for the film but was told they are all counted!

It was also great to see terrific Scottish workmanship by Francis Brodie, Alexander Peter and William Mathie.

After this wonderful tour, we were escorted to the Pavilion, a lovely tented ceiling space, which must make a fabulous wedding venue.  We had a very nice lunch, served by delightful young people, who had gone through the hospitality training programme.  They were certainly a wonderful advert for it.

(Contributed by Margaret Laing, President)

After lunch we had over 2 hours to roam the gardens and finish off with a pleasant refreshment in the outdoor restaurant – in beautiful sunshine.  A wonderful day out!