Seahouses Probus Club

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Bill Godfrey, the vice chairman of Seahouses Probus Club, took the chair in the absence of chairman Brian Brand who is recovering from heart surgery in the Freeman Hospital.

Our good wishes are to be sent to Brian who had successful surgery on Monday and has already had his first walk.

Fraser Suffield, our secretary, reported on recent attendance and membership and our treasurer, Forbes Grant, reported the state of our bank account.

Bill Godfrey, now wearing his second hat as social secretary, reported regarding our annual dinner which will be at Doxford Hall and asked for comments regarding his suggestion of two outings, one to Holy Island and another to the BBC Pink Palace in Newcastle.

We were then introduced to our speaker Major Brian Finlayson who spoke to us very movingly on the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Family Association.

He explained that it was formed over 100 years ago by Sir John Kildare to look after the wives and families of military personnel serving overseas and how it now includes airmen and has now combined with Forces Help.

He further told us that it helps all ranks and their family members and that during the last eight months it has helped out over 350 people at a cost of over £1million.

He also informed us that the Military Wives Choir donated half the proceeds of their hit single Wherever You Are to SSAFA.

We were then shown a film illustrating the many causes of the need for assistance and finally Major Finlayson was asked from the floor to tell us about his walk through Scotland and across the North of England when he raised over £3,000 for SSAFA. This was a walk through dreadful weather and Major Finlayson is to be congratulated both on the amount raised and on completing the walk.