Photo: President Gordon Ward greets Maurice McHenry, with Club Members Cecil Leitch and Jim Gordon (R)
Talk by Mr. Maurice McHenry on ‘John Clarke and the History of the Potato’
Gordon Ward, outgoing President welcomed the speaker for today Maurice McHenry, a well known retired head teacher, sheep farmer and author from Ballintoy. Maurice told Probus members the fascinating story of John Clarke 'Potato Wizard!’.
In his introduction he told members how the potato had made its way to our shores. Moving on he related the largely forgotten story of John Clarke.
Photo: President Gordon Ward greets Robert Anderson, with Club Members John Dobson (L) and Ian Murray (R)
Talk by Mr. Robert Anderson on ‘The History of the Barmouth’
Club President Gordon Ward welcomed members and hardy souls to our second meeting of the year, on this stormy day. The President then introduced our speaker for the morning Mr. Robert Anderson, well known river pilot and local historian. Robert's talk today was the fascinating story of 'The History of the Barmouth’.
Robert began his talk by saying that he assumed that there wouldn't be many people in the room that hadn't walked along the beach, either at Portstewart or Castlerock, and got a far as the bar mouth, perhaps even walking along it. However, it wasn't always like it is today. Contrary to some beliefs, the river always has drained into the Atlantic at this point, and there had long been a problem access for ships.
Photo: President Gordon Ward greets Brian Fillis, with Club Member Joe Alcorn (R)
Talk by Mr. Brian Fillis on ‘The Inca Empire’
Club President Gordon Ward welcomed members to this, the first meeting of 2015, on a fine sunny morning. The President then introduced our speaker for the morning Mr. Brian Fillis, who was a member of our nearest local club, Portstewart Probus, and a valued volunteer at the Rally last May, who was giving a talk about the 'Inca Empire’.