Our March meeting was addressed by next year’s Chairman, Peter Woolley, who gave an absorbing talk on his recent journey through the Panama Canal. He had lots of information on the canal itself and on the neighbouring countries, most of which was new to the majority of members present. As usual the talk ended too soon with members asking for more information.
At the end of April we were to have been given a talk on conservation in Cardigan
Bay by Sarah Perry, chief administrator of the Marine Wildlife Centre at New Quay,
but she was unable to attend due to pressure of work. Her place was taken by Mr Steve
Hartley, founder of the Centre and skipper of the survey boat. In a fascinating talk
he described the foundation and the work of the Centre and how it was funded by donations
and ticket sales to the public. It provides a unique on-
He emphasised the importance of respecting the wildlife at sea and gave examples
of how seemingly innocuous disregard could have disastrous consequences. All-
The 2009 AGM and 20th Birthday celebration
Peter Woolley presents Mike Perry with his Vice-
IT’S ALL THEIR FAULT!
Present and past Chairmen, Arthur Walters,
Griff James, Peter Woolley, Ron Knowlton and
THREE SPRIGHTLY FOUNDER MEMBERS.
Bill Hale, John Robertson and Alan Bell.
HONOURED GUESTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, ...
Peter and Janet Woolley with the Mayor and Mayoress
Of Cardigan and representatives of Cardigan Rotary Club,
Teifiside Probus Club and the Cardigan Soroptimists.
Barry Greenfield gets no hints from Colin Lewis!
SHORT MAT BOWLS
We and our ladies were again invited to an evening of Indoor Bowls with the Cilgerran Club on Tuesday, 8th September 2009 at Cilgerran Village Hall.
Complete novices and experienced players turned up for an entertaining and enjoyable evening, rounded off with refreshments. Most of us can look back on the occasional master stroke to mask memories of the far more numerous shockers!
In his thanks to the Cilgerran Short Mat Bowls Club Peter Woolley expressed the hope that we might get another invitation next year and this was echoed by all present. Our thanks go to Ronnie Hind for organising a most successful evening.
The October and November meetings of the Club were spent with speakers from the spheres
of national and local government. In October we welcomed the Welsh Assembly Government
Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Local Government, Jane Davidson, AM,
who gave an enthralling talk on the WAG’s history, powers and ambitions. She outlined
the developments which she could foresee happening in the coastal areas of Wales
and listed the problems, social and economic changes which will have to be tackled
if we are to move to a more sustainable way of life, which she obviously regards
as vital to the nation’s long-
The following month the Club were fascinated by the overview of the work of Ceredigion
County Council, presented by its leader, Cllr Keith Evans, who was able to illustrate
his talk with events from his many years experience and his close involvement with
many aspects of local government. The problems of meeting the electorate’s expectations
within the financial constraints imposed by successive governments were a recurring
feature but he also had much good to say about the co-
We were left with an abiding impression of the ability and dedication of our representatives and both speakers were warmly thanked for finding time in their busy schedules to address the Club.
Jane Davidson, AM, with Peter Woolley, Probus Chairman
Cllr Keith Evans, Leader, Ceredigion CC, with Peter Woolley, Probus Chairman
Seriously though, folks, it was an occasion which was enjoyed by all, especially the cast, and we must thank Ronnie Hind for the original idea and for seeing it through to fruition. We also thank all who took part in any way, as none are experienced on the stage and it was not easy to agree to make a fool of yourself in public, but it was necessary to make the morning such an enjoyable and different one.
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Ron Knowlton congratulates Peter Woolley on his succession as Chairman.