Warkworth, Probus

Warkworth Castle with daffodils.
Warkworth Castle with daffodils.

The oldest life-form

Warkworth and District Probus Club held its monthly lunch meeting at the Sun Hotel on Thursday, March 17, the third Thursday of the month as usual. Guest speaker was Dr John Sellerwho gave a talk on microbiology.

While we all had a vague idea of what a microbiologist gets involved in, Dr Sellers certainly increased greatly everyone’s knowledge of the extensive field covered by the study of microscopic organisms.

We now know that bacteria is thought to have first appeared on earth approximately four-and-a-half billion years ago and is by far the oldest form of life.

Dr Sellers took us through the history of microbiology from the earliest days of Pasteur and Koch, through to the modern studies of viruses, which have been in the news in recent years, such as HIV, ebola and zika.

This was a typical example of the very diverse subjects which the club offers each month, along with a simple two-course lunch.

We are always looking for new members. If you would like to know more about the club give Colin McClure a call on 01670 763006.