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Following the removal of partial or full Covid restrictions - I am pleased to announce that our meetings have resumed at the Jolly Farmers.   Any new  male members are very welcome .

3rd January 2019

Andrew Henderson

Following Andrews recent death, at my request, his daughter & Brian Houghton have written the following item.

Andrew was born in February 1921 in Eyemouth, a little fishing village on the east coast of Scotland .  He was one of six children. His father owned a fishing trawler but Andrew never showed any inclinationto follow in his footsteps.  On leaving school, he started working in a solicitors office in the nearby village of Coldingham, a job that World War 2 rudely interrupted.

Andrew ended up in a reserved occupation, working as a fitter/mechanic repairing aeroplanes.  As the war drew to an end , he enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps, and was demobbed in 1950.

Back in Civvy Street, there were limited jobs in and around Eyemouth, so he headed for London and got a job in the offices of the Great Northern Railway, he was a keen sportsman and took advantage of the GNR sports club, then based in Holtwhites Hill Enfield.  He was a very keen and good tennis player. Over time, tennis gave way to Badminton.

Andre found a new job in the world of Insurance, and this was effectively where he remained for the rest of his working life. He retired in 1986 and actually drew his pension longer than he worked.  

In later years Andrew along with his wife Anne, joined Winchmore Hill Bowling Club where he continued to play until his first knee replacement at the age of 89, following which the bending was too much.  Even when he was less able to get around , he always enjoyed eating and drinking with friends and relatives (putting away ENORMOUS amounts of food, despite remaining very whippet like!)   Andrew continued to attend and enjoy Probus meetings including the last December.  He lived a long and happy life surrounded by family and friends who loved him.

10th August 2018

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of one of our most recent members, Terry McGee.  The funeral will be held at Winchmore Hill Baptist Church on Friday 17th August.

22nd April 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Neil Moser on Friday 20th April 2018. 

Neil had asked that the Associate Minister at Enfield Baptist Church , Joe Egan, visit him. On Friday morning, Neil shared a Scripture with the Minister. Neil was lucid, and clearly spoken, although weak. Shortly after this,  he slipped away, whilst the Minister was still with him.

Norman Last - It is with great regret that we announce the death of Norman in late January.   Probus were represented at a memorial service that was held on Friday 7th February at the Winchmore Hill United Reformed Church.  Norman joined Probus in 1995.  He will always be remembered for his cheerful manner.   The memorial service was one of the most light-hearted & best that I have attended.  Sheila Dumayne gave memories and details of his early years.   Tony Townshend  gave a report on his involvement in Scouting and then details were given of his excellent performances in the Scout Pantomines from 1950 until 1976 ( total of 157 performances as the "Dame")  He also helped produce some of the performances as well as acting.  Reports were given of his many other stage appearances for local clubs.   A true friend who will be greatly missed.

Phyllis Haddon (wife of member) (25.1.2012) The following article appeared in the local press.

"Nurse Phyllis inspires with wartime memories"  A nurse who trained at Chase Farm Hospital during the second World War returned this week to share memories with staff.  She began work as a student nurse at Chase Farm in 1943, then moving to Central Middlesex Hospital becoming a district midwife in 1948, and delivered babies at Chase Farm for the next 38 years and opened the Ridgeway Birth Centre in 2003.

During and after the war years they nursed a lot of English and German soldiers because of our neurosurgery unit.  "The doctors - they were really wonderful".

Director of Nursing Terina Riches said "our staff were very pleased to meet Phyllis and hear about her early days there.  Much has changed since 1943 but professional values are timeless and she is an inspiration to us all."


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