Seahouses Probus Club

The chairman of Seahouses Probus Club opened the meeting and announced the death of one of our founder members, Bill Jones.

Bill had been a civil engineer and had worked on railway projects through the UK and the world.

A eulogy was given by David Morgan.

He told us how Bill had never missed a Probus meeting, except for hospital and doctor visits, and how he had worked much of his life overseas in places such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Taiwan.

He spent 10 years working on the Bedford to St Pancras line before retiring to Embleton.

Bill will be sorely missed by all.

Our chairman then called for reports from our secretary and treasurer and after being assured that all matters were satisfactory, our speaker for the morning was introduced.

This proved to be Jane Lamont, services manager – Northumberland, for the Alzheimer’s Society who introduced and was ably assisted by Amy Syron-Mallenby, business manager.

The talk was entitled Alzheimer’s Society.

The talk ranged far and wide over the many aspects of dementia that the Society is engaged in helping to combat and in particular emphasised that Alzheimer’s is but one form of dementia and that the Society acts in respect of all forms of dementia.

We learned that the Society has 20,000 members and is dedicated to act on behalf of both sufferers and carers for the UK excluding Scotland.

There are 2,500 confirmed and referred sufferers in Northumberland and an estimated probable total of about 4,000. Funding of the organisation is through local teams running memory walks, coffee mornings, lotteries, donations, legacies, etc.

Much can be found on the internet at www.alzheimers.org.uk

The vote of thanks was given by Ian Wilkinson.