Seahouses Probus Club, October meeting

The October meeting of Seahouses Probus Club was opened by the chairman Roger Howell.

He reminded us that the next meeting in November will be the AGM and said that postcodes were introduced in the UK in October, 1959.

David Morgan gave a report about the Probus Clubs’ quiz in Berwick two weeks ago, which Warkworth Club won. We are the hosts next year.

Bill Godfrey reported that our annual lunch had been enjoyed by the 36 who attended and he praised Nicola, of Doxford Hall, for her help, in making it a success.

Roger introduced our speaker, David Corbyn, who gave us an absorbing talk about the work of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The story began at the end of the First World War and evolved through Switzerland to Edmondscope Manor, at Leamington Spa, the headquarters of the British branch.

An enterprising Miss Cook borrowed £100 from the National Institute for the Blind to start the venture.

Miss Cook hated publicity for herself and David told us that photographs of her are rare.

David himself left his job as a precision tool maker to work with guide dogs and spent 22 years in the job.

He outlined the training involved to match dogs with clients and gave us many examples of the breed of dogs used, the training involved and the outcomes.

Keith Harris, in his vote of thanks, said the talk had been full of enthusiasm and humour and illustrated the selflessness of the trainers.