BISHOPSTEIGNTON Probus Club had an interesting presentation from Brian Graham, a former police officer whose responsibilities included guarding the front door at 10 Downing Street.
This experience, together with information he gleaned from Margaret Thatcher's chauffer and others, allowed Brian to talk about her qualities.
Brian said her attention to detail was phenomenal on both national and domestic issues. On one morning, for example, she was walking swiftly towards the front door when she stopped and turned to her house manager and demanded to know when the net curtains were last cleaned.
Following questions, the vote of thanks was given by John Mason who had also guarded Number 10 when he was a police officer.
At a previous meeting members heard from Kents Cavern owner Nick Powe.
Nick is the fifth generation of his family to run Kents Cavern and he took members on a tour de force through the cave's history.
It is one of the top 10 most important prehistoric caves in Europe and a key factor in Torbay being awarded Global Geopark status.
This prestigious designation is held by only 100 places in the world, each of which has an outstanding geological heritage.
He provided evidence that Kents Cavern is Britain's oldest home, having provided shelter for the very earliest cavemen some 500,000 years ago.
He contrasted this with ancient Stonehenge which was built only 5,000 years ago.
As a site of special scientific interest and a scheduled Ancient Monument, there are strict rules about what work can and cannot be undertaken. It would, for example, require permission from the Secretary of State to fit a new light socket.
His great, great, great grandfather was foreman of the 'Great Excavation' undertaken in the caves from 1865 to 1880, which found many artefacts ranging from cavemen's stone tools, skulls and other bones to Roman coins. Since then a 41,000-year-old human jaw bone has been found, being the oldest bone found in north west Europe.
Famous visitors to Kents Cavern included Beatrix Potter, who was inspired by her visit to create a home in the side of a hill for her character Mrs Tiggy-winkle, the hedgehog.
Questions followed and then chairman Dr Roger Avery gave the vote of thanks.
Before the presentation there was a silent tribute to the late Bryan Boswood, who was a significant contributor to Probus and the local community.
Harvesting cash for hospice
TOTNES Conservative Social Club held its annual harvest festival auction to raise money for Rowcroft Hospice.
The club thanks all shops, traders and everyone who donated prizes and all participants who bid on the items for the auction.
The auction raised more than £1,000.
There was a presentation night later in the month where Jeff Palfrey was the entertainer. He donated his fee to the fund. A collection and draw for two bottles of whisky also took place which added to the total. The total raised over the two nights were £1,610.
Nicki Monk, an in-patient unit social worker for Rowcroft, accepted the cheque.
'THE Opposite Sex within Us' is the title of a lecture at the Theosophical Society in Torquay on Sunday.
The lecture is by Mary McGovern from the Martinus Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The lecture at the Theosophical Society in Parkhill Road starts at 3pm.
THE Lions Club is recruiting to form a branch targeting people in the 25-to-50 age group.
They've been serving the local community for 48 years and have achieved an amazing amount but think a new branch with new officers, members and ideas is the best the way of continuing this work in future.
To find out more, contact Geoff Payne on 01803 292816 or email email@example.com.
LEON McCarron, Northern Ireland adventurer and explorer, gave a talk to the South Devon Geographical Association branch at Torquay Boys' Grammar School.
There was a large audience of A-level geography students from schools across the Bay. He spoke about his 3,000-mile walk from southern Mongolia to Hong Kong. He has made a National Geographic series about it.
For more details on upcoming talks contact branch secretary Teresa Davison on firstname.lastname@example.org.