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Le­gion Ex Ser­vice; Black Watch v Letham A; Saints Ham­dani v Staff Club; Tul­loch Saints v Staff Club A. Perth and District Ram­blers Walk on Satur­day, Septem­ber 16, is a nine-mile grade C walk from Bank­foot to Dunkeld by Glen­garry. Meet at 8.50am at the bus stop on Dunkeld Road, Perth, op­po­site Asda to take bus to Bank­foot. Re­turn to Perth from Dunkeld by bus. Reg­is­tered as­sis­tance dogs only please. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion from Paula Bow­man on 01738 582339 or 07870 937963. The group also holds walks ev­ery Wed­nes­day. For de­tails con­tact Jim Pirie on 01738 451314 or 07923 457219. Perth Hill­walk­ing Club Club mem­bers faced chal­leng­ing weather con­di­tions for the Septem­ber walks in the Cru­achan/Loch Awe area. The 28 walk­ers split into four groups and tack­led routes rang­ing from low-level for­est walks to the Mun­ros of the Ben Cru­achan range. The winds were strong and gusty by mid-morn­ing, and brought rain which be­came very heavy later in the af­ter­noon. All re­turned safely hav­ing en­joyed an ex­hil­a­rat­ing day. The next walks are on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 1, with a com­bined coach to Cri­an­larich. Two chal­leng­ing walks will tackle var­i­ous hills to the east of Glen Fal­loch, while two moder­ate walks will fol­low part of the West High­land Way from In­ver­ar­nan to Cri­an­larich. The coach leaves Brox­den Park and Ride at 7am, and book­ings should be with Elsie Wilke by Thurs­day, Au­gust 24. New mem­bers are most wel­come to try out a walk. Con­tact Eric Pryde, mem­ber­ship sec­re­tary, on 01738 445609 or see www.perth­hill­walk­ing­ for in­for­ma­tion on the club and fur­ther de­tails on the walks. Perth Probus Club In­tro­duc­ing Cameron Munro as some­time se­nior le­gal ad­viser to Glas­gow City Coun­cil and a lover of Scot­tish cricket, pres­i­dent Duncan Nay­smith didn’t hap­pen to men­tion our speaker’s gift for hu­mour – es­pe­cially the throw­away line va­ri­ety. Now his topic, The Pro­fumo Af­fair lent it­self to a load of laughs, yet Cameron not only knew the his­tor­i­cal de­tails thor­oughly – he spoke with­out notes or il­lus­tra­tions – but en­livened his talk with wit and satir­i­cal com­ment through­out. First, he set the well-known story in the con­text of the early Six­ties when so­cial and moral at­ti­tudes were very dif­fer­ent to those of the present. He used Philip Larkin’s poem, An­nus Mira­bilis, to show how, 1963 was a wa­ter­shed ‘Be­tween the end of the ‘Chat­ter­ley’ ban/ And the Bea­tles’ first LP’. Cameron high­lighted the change in at­ti­tudes with the ob­ser­va­tion that, if Christine Keil­lor’s ex­ploits had been re­ported to­day, she’d fin­ish up on Celebrity Big Brother or eat­ing bugs in the Aus­tralian jun­gle. And Pro­fumo would prob­a­bly not have been hounded out of par­lia­ment, nor Stephen Ward pres­sured to the point of tak­ing his own life. The dou­ble stan­dards of the Es­tab­lish­ment of 1963, with its blind-eye turn­ing and hypocrisy, tac­itly pro­tect­ing those of the in­ner cir­cle, were bound to be ex­posed in an era which saw the re­lax­ation of cen­sor­ship laws in the me­dia and the theatre. The age of satire, how­ever, had barely be­gun as the Pro­fumo scan­dal broke. John Pro­fumo ‘re­deemed’ him­self even­tu­ally by work­ing dili­gently for the Toyn­bee Trust, iron­i­cally earn­ing him­self an MBE in a slightly more en­light­ened age. The next meet­ing at Bell’s Sports Cen­tre takes place at 10.30am on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 20, when the talk will be about the V&A at Dundee. Perth Speak­ers’ Club Pres­i­dent Jim Reid opened the first meet­ing of the 2017-18 ses­sion of Perth Speak­ers Club. He wel­comed chair­man of the evening Rodger Scott who in­tro­duced three speak- Ro­tary Club of Perth’s Alas­tair Ma­cLean, pres­i­dent David Lind­say and Mark Bev­eridge col­lect­ing in Dob­bies

ers in turn: Paul Win­son, ‘Elec­tric Mo­tor­ing’, ex­am­in­ing the ad­van­tages and dis­ad­van­tages of elec­tric cars; Euan Dear, ‘GAP’, or Gen­eral Adult Psy­chi­a­try, on the need for men­tal health ser­vices to be lo­cal; Cameron Horne, ‘A Man for A’ That,’ re­lat­ing a story claim­ing that Robert Burns was re­ally English. The speak­ers were eval­u­ated by Hugh Macken­zie, Ewen An­der­son and Mitchell Wat­son. Top­ics Chair­man Sue Kilby gave top­ics to eight mem­bers based on a news­pa­per head­line or pic­ture, with a time of two min­utes but al­low­ing up to three min­utes. Those par­tic­i­pat­ing were: Cameron Horne, OAP’s ‘es­cape’ from prison; Hugh Macken­zie, pic­ture of a Sec­ond World War sol­dier and a girl be­side a ru­ined cas­tle; Euan Dear, Light shone on ‘hero’ sta­tus of lo­cal farmer; Paul Win­son, Right royal ding dong over pong; Mitchell Wat­son, Pic­ture of ele­phants on a beach; Rodger Scott, Huge metal spi­der ap­pears in Perth; Jim Reid, Liv­ing in a leafy hell; Ewen An­der­son, A case of sour grapes: Rome sus­pects prosecco plot. Time­keeper was Jim Reid. A gen­eral eval­u­a­tion of the evening was given by Sid­ney Cole­man. The next meet­ing of the club which is open to all in­ter­ested men and women is Thurs­day, Septem­ber 21, from 7.30pm, in the Salu­ta­tion Ho­tel. Perthshire Writ­ers Perthshire Writ­ers next meets on Tues­day, Septem­ber 19, at 7.30pm in the Con­fer­ence Room, Perth Fire Sta­tion, when the club looks for­ward to wel­com­ing mem­bers of Falkirk Writ­ers’ Cir­cle for an evening of rem­i­nis­cences on the topic ‘Mem­o­ries Are Made of This’. New mem­bers are al­ways wel­come at Perthshire Writ­ers, and any of the Tues­day meet­ings are a great op­por­tu­nity to come and see what the group is all about. For more in­for­ma­tion see Face­book, visit www. perthshirewrit­ or search on Twit­ter for @PerthshrWrit­ers. Ro­tary Club of Perth The re­cent col­lec­tion at Dob­bies, Perth, for the Shel­ter­box char­ity raised £575. The club has de­cided to send a to­tal do­na­tion of nearly £1800, be­ing the cost of three boxes. Each box con­tains a tent and sup­plies to give a fam­ily shel­ter and es­sen­tial

sup­plies. This do­na­tion is made as Shel­ter­box staff are as­sem­bling in Panama from where they are plan­ning their de­ploy­ment of re­lief sup­plies to those that need it most fol­low­ing the dev­as­ta­tion left by Hur­ri­cane Irma. Ro­tary Club of Pit­lochry Mind­ful of the ter­ri­ble con­di­tions be­ing en­coun­tered in the Bri­tish ter­ri­to­ries of the Caribbean Is­lands the Ro­tary Club of Pit­lochry has sent a cheque for £590 to cover the cost of a Shel­ter Box to be sent to the ar­eas al­ready be­ing sup­ported by Ro­tary and Shel­ter­box vol­un­teers in the Caribbean is­lands. A Shel­ter Box is a com­pact heavy duty con­tainer which con­tains an ex­tremely durable tent de­signed for ex­treme weather con­di­tions big enough for 10 peo­ple, bed­ding, blan­kets and all es­sen­tial tools for peo­ple to start re­build­ing homes as soon as pos­si­ble. They also con­tain kits and boxes which con­tain items which help to trans­form a shel­ter into a home such as cook­ing sets, eat­ing uten­sils, so­lar lights, wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion equip­ment and ac­tiv­ity sets for chil­dren. If any­one read­ing this wishes to do­nate to The Shel­ter Box Trust and help with dis­as­ter fund aid please go to https://www.shel­ter­box. org/ web­site and fol­low the in­struc­tions for do­nat­ing. If you wish to be in­volved more closely with this type of aid for the com­mu­nity or in­ter­na­tional dis­as­ters please con­tact the lo­cal Ro­tary Club on 01796 473096. RSAS Club The next meet­ing of the com­mit­tee of man­age­ment is on Sun­day, Septem­ber 24 at 10.30am. Cabaret is sched­uled for Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 6, with en­ter­tain­ment from ‘Just Bea­tles’. A Hal­lowe’en party for mem­bers chil­dren/grand­chil­dren is be­ing or­gan­ised from 4.30-6.30pm on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 31. The Fes­tive Party Night is sched­uled for Fri­day, De­cem­ber 15. It’s £20 per per­son and in­cludes a three-course meal and en­ter­tain­ment. Work groups and in­di­vid­u­als wel­come. Con­tact the club for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion. The as­so­ci­a­tion darts event is sched­uled for Fri­day, Septem­ber 15, be­ing held at the Perth club. Golf is Sun­day, Septen­ber 24. All match play com­pe­ti­tion to be

com­pleted. Ladies darts is Tues­day, Setem­ber 19 and fea­tures Blind Triples at the Ex-Ser­vice Club. Scone Bridge Club Re­sults for Fri­day, Septem­ber 8: N/S 1 R Met­calf/M An­der­son (58.33%), 2 S Valentine/A Walker 54.17%, 3 E Collin/N Bull 51.39%. E/W 1 B Leith/I Wat­son 52.78%, 2 P Martin/M Roger­son 52.08%, 3 B Pow/L Beecroft 47.92%. St John’s Probus Club On Tues­day, Septem­ber 5, when the club re­sumed af­ter its sum­mer re­cess vice-pres­i­dent Colin Fawcett in­tro­duced Wil­lie Couper – a past pres­i­dent of St Leonard’s Probus Club – who gave an ex­tremely in­ter­est­ing pre­sen­ta­tion en­ti­tled ‘The Pales­tine Cam­paign 1917-1918’ deal­ing par­tic­u­larly with the bat­tles for Gaza un­der the com­mand of Sir Ed­mund Al­lenby and cul­mi­nat­ing in the de­feat of the Turk­ish forces. In 1917, Pales­tine was part of the Ot­toman Em­pire but the strate­gic lo­ca­tion of the Suez Canal which Turk­ish forces had at­tacked two years ear­lier, cou­pled with the on­go­ing war on the Western Front, meant that the re­gion was mil­i­tar­ily im­por­tant for the Bri­tish Em­pire to re­tain con­trol. In March and April of 1917 Bri­tish forces suf­fered two de­feats in what be­came known as the First and Sec­ond Bat­tles of Gaza. In Oc­to­ber of that year Gen­eral Sir Ed­mund Al­lenby re­placed the for­mer com­man­der and the Third Bat­tle for Gaza started with him cap­tur­ing Beer­sheba, a very strate­gic site due to the avail­abil­ity of the wa­ter in the wells there. Dur­ing sub­se­quent op­er­a­tions about 50 miles of for­merly Ot­toman ter­ri­tory was cap­tured as a re­sult of vic­to­ries at the Bat­tle of Mughar Ridge fought be­tween Novem­ber 10 and 14 and the Bat­tle of Jerusalem fought be­tween Novem­ber 17 and De­cem­ber 30 when Al­lenby walked into Jerusalem to ac­cept its sur­ren­der. Mike McEwan pro­posed the vote of thanks to Wil­lie. The next meet­ing will be on Tues­day, Septem­ber 19, when the speaker will be Martin Payne. He will give a pre­sen­ta­tion en­ti­tled ‘The Great Wall of China’. St Leonard’s Probus Club Pres­i­dent Bob Leggeat wel­comed all to the meet­ing and in­tro­duced Heidi Knorr, of the Tay­side Chi­ro­prac­tic and Well­ness Clinic, whose sub­ject was ‘Chi­ro­prac­tic for the over 60s’. The role of a chiropractor was de­fined which in­cluded pro­fes­sional train­ing in de­fined sub­jects. Many as­pects of the age­ing process was ex­plained and the im­por­tance of keep­ing ac­tive, eg get­ting a hobby, stay­ing hy­drated and eat­ing reg­u­larly etc. Ms Knorr also ex­plained the chiropractor’s goals when as­sess­ing suit­able treat­ments. Sen­si­ble ac­tiv­i­ties for the over 60s in­cluded swim­ming, cy­cling, golf, hill­walk­ing, gar­den­ing and many more were all rec­om­mended. The com­mon con­di­tions, e.g. back pain etc were listed in­clud­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate chi­ro­prac­tic treat­ments. Many chi­ro­prac­tors “tools” were demon­strated in­clud­ing the use of cold laser ther­apy. It should be pointed out that cold laser ther­apy is an ad­junc­tive ther­apy only used by some chi­ro­prac­tors and is only used lo­cally by Heidi Knorr. Chi­ro­prac­tors do not write peo­ple off be­cause of their age but take into ac­count med­i­cal his­tory be­fore de­cid­ing ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ment. Demon­stra­tions us­ing laser ther­apy was car­ried out on Probus mem­bers Bert Jones, who has prob­lems with his knee, and Jack Rivet on his arthritic fin­gers. These demon­stra­tions also in­cluded ex­er­cises to im­prove bal­ance. The vote of thanks was given by John Greaves. The next meet­ing will be held at Cale­do­nian Bowl­ing Club on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 21, at 10am when John Hul­bert will talk about Perth’s his­tory. Tay Probus Club At the Septem­ber 6 meet­ing, mem­bers were treated to a fas­ci­nat­ing ac­count of The Life and Times of H M Frigate ‘Uni­corn’ by Dr Billy Rough, Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer of the Uni­corn Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety. Com­mis­sioned as a war­ship in 1817 and com­pleted in 1824, Uni­corn would have been one of the elite ships of the fleet. How­ever, the end of the sea cam­paign against Napoleon meant that she was not im­me­di­ately re­quired in ser­vice, was never rigged, had her hull roofed over and was put into re­serve. Tra­di­tion­ally built from oak wood, from as many as 1000 trees, Uni­corn also had the new iron rib com­po­nents and this, to­gether with her roof and non-seago­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and se­cure use as a gun­pow­der store, has en­abled her preser­va­tion to date. She is now the last in­tact war­ship from the days of sail and there are only five older ships than Uni­corn in the en­tire world. Fol­low­ing sev­eral uses un­der her re­serve sta­tus in the South of Eng­land, in 1872 she was towed to Dundee to act as a train­ing ship. Since her ar­rival there Uni­corn has en­joyed a va­ri­ety of roles – as base for the Dundee Com­pany of the RNVR, be­com­ing part of the Hood Com­pany of the Re­serve, briefly named ‘Cressy’ when the Navy con­fus­ingly gave a new air­craft car­rier the ‘Uni­corn’ ap­pel­la­tion, was home to the Wrens dur­ing the Sec­ond World War and re­ceived the sur­ren­der of a Ger­man U-boat in 1945. Moved in 1962 to Cam­per­down Dock, with an es­ti­mated crowd of over 20,000 spec­tat­ing – many prob­a­bly as­sum­ing it would sink – the ship now re­sides in the city’s Vic­to­ria Dock. Since found­ing in 1968 The Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety has suc­cess­fully op­er­ated the ves­sel as a mu­seum, ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre and so­cial/cor­po­rate event venue, re­cently in­creas­ingly in­volv­ing pri­mary school pupils on re­lated projects. Within the next few years, as part of Dundee’s wa­ter­front re­gen­er­a­tion, it is planned to move Uni­corn to a per­ma­nent dry- dock site with an ad­ja­cent mar­itime mu­seum. Dr Right was thanked by Joe May­land for his en­thu­si­as­tic and de­tailed de­liv­ery of the story of a ship which had pre­vi­ously been only a name to most of those present.


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