THE speakers at the first three November meetings of the Babbacombe and St Marychurch Probus Club provided the theme of worldwide geography refreshers for members.
On November 1, the guest speaker was Jean Potter, who described her experiences on behalf of the National Girl Guides' Association to assist with administration of Girl Guides in a number of the Pacific Islands including Tonga, Vanuatu, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Tuvalu, and Kiribati (formerly the Gilberts Isles).
Her pictorial reflections ended on a very sober note with a picture of the Alfred Sadd Memorial Chapel, Kiribati.
The club was told the Rev Sadd, who had once had a Ministry in Teignmouth, had been executed by the Japanese occupying forces during the Second World War.
On November 8, the Rev Gavin Hancocks started his 'Postcard from South Africa' with a greeting spoken in five of the 11 languages which had been afforded official status by the African National Congress following the first democratic election in 1994.
He then explained in detail the outstanding historical dates which emphasised the changes which South Africa had endured through colonisation over 500 years.
On November 15, the club members were able to witness very detailed travels on the Silk Road presented by Edward Ellis.
Another well-illustrated presentation, which included a variety of images of the largest desert in China, Takliman, through to the northern extreme of the Himalayas.
The main emphasis being the basic existence of those persons associated over many centuries through to the present day with the silk trade.
On November 22, John Ellis presented his talk Forgotten Times, Forgotten Men, which described the efforts and responses made by the citizens of Newton Abbot during the First World War and the ultimate provision of the dominant war memorial in Queen Street.
The 2012 season concluded with a talk by club member, John Coltman, entitled Flying High, outlining his services around the world as a staff officer in the Royal Air Force.
Following the annual Christmas lunch which will be held on December 5, the club members look forward to a programme of 35 talks during 2013.
The first meeting will be held at 10.30am on Thursday, January 3, at 1, St Margaret's Road, St Marychurch, Torquay, with a talk by Don Shobbrook on the subject Building Industry — 1945 Onwards.
New members welcome. Further details can be obtained from club secretary Rod Tuck on 01803 617041, or John Lawrence on 01803 400848.
FRIENDS of Brixham Library are holding a Winter Festival of Poetry on Tuesday, December 10, between 10am and 4pm. There will be a full day's workshop with Suzy Miles, who has had her work published and is a member of the Poetry for Pleasure group.
Bring your work along to read to other participants.
£2 to members, £4 non members.
ON Saturday, December 1, Newton Abbot Jive Club presents the band Johnnie Fox and the Invaders.
All are welcome and tickets available through the venue, Forde Hall Social Club, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot.
Tickets cost £8 each for non-members.
Fun choir plan
TORBAY Music Service is due to launch a new children's choir this month.
A new fun and friendly children's choir for children aged eight years and up is starting in Brixham on Thursdays, between 4 and 5pm, at Chestnut School.
No auditions are necessary as this choir is designed to bring out the best in every voice with an emphasis on having fun and singing as part of a team.
Rehearsals will be led by Annabelle Knowles, music development co-ordinator for Torbay Music Service.
Choir members get to have the final say in the songs they sing.
POLISH Saturday School, run by Polonia Torbay Club, is holding a fundraising event and open day on Saturday, December 1, between 1pm and 3pm, at Hollacombe Community Resource Centre, Torquay Road, Paignton
There will be Polish cakes, Polish music, stalls with bric-a-brac, raffle, meet the teachers, art and craft activities, games and much more. For more information telephone 01803 607845 or 07771806870.
Orchids on show
BOVEY Tracey Horticultural Society heard an excellent talk by Sarah Ritterhausen, of Burnham Nursery, Forches Cross, on the history of how her grandfather came to Devon 60 years ago to grow orchids.
Sarah brought a cross-section of orchids for members to handle.
The next meeting will be held on January 9 at the Methodist Church Hall, Bovey Tracey, at 7.30. Visitors welcome.