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Important Notice to Members Booking and Attending Club Activities during COVID 19 Restrictions

Presidents Report

What a delight it was to welcome forty-nine members on 9th November to our first General Meeting since March. Although we have had a number of activities for a relatively small number of members over this time this was the largest group in the one place for some eight months. It was also an opportunity to introduce our 2020/21 committee members and recently inducted members. We also had the pleasure of inducting Trevor and Jocelyn Housley as our newest members. The talk by Hette Mollema on "The History of Sydney Trams" was very informative and entertaining, bringing back many fond memories for several members.

We still have lots to look forward to in December. Bookings for our Christmas luncheon on 4 December are strong so a good time should be had as we celebrate the drawing to a close this somewhat forgettable year. Our final General Meeting for 2020 is scheduled for 14th December and an intriguing "Christmas Lights" outing for 16 December. In January, our regular barbeque at Bobbin Head is booked for 11th January and we also have a walk scheduled for 18th January..

So as we enter this final month of the year, there are still several opportunities to meet and socialise with your fellow members. Check the notices in this newsletter. Note that you still need to pre-register for all activities and meetings.

Dennis Cowell 

Monthly General Meetings were Resumed in November

Please note that there are some changes to our normal format so it is important that you read the following conditions very carefully as you consider your attendance.


1 We are limited as to numbers. All members and visitors planning to attend must register beforehand with our Secretary, Mentie Knowles

If you fail to register, you may not be able to join the meeting if maximum numbers have already been reached. Also, If after registration you find you are unable to attend, please notify the Secretary ASAP.

2. Entry will not be permitted until after 9.30am and is to be via the main entry door only. Upon entering, your attendance will be checked and your temperature taken by a remote device. Please do not come if you are not well. Wearing of a mask is recommended. Hand sanitisers will be available.

3. In order to comply with social distancing requirements we will be seated at tables, probably of three people per table, where we must remain for the entire meeting including morning tea which will be served to us. Moving around the room or mingling with people on other tables unfortunately will not be possible.

4. Therefore, there will not be the usual opportunities during the meeting to book for any up- coming activities and events. This must continue to be done via phone or email as has been the practice in recent months.

5. As we are limited in numbers please book early - do not wait until the last minute. Whilst visitors are welcome as usual, pre-registration is required. Priority will be given to members and it may be that we request you to ask your visitors to wait until a future meeting to attend.

6. If you have any questions, please contact Mentie.

* All details subject to Covid-19 regulations in force at the time

New Members

We welcome new members who are keen to expand their activities and friendships. Please join us if you are interested in participating in the Club.

Upcoming Events

Christmas Luncheon 12:00 pm Friday 4th December


Our Christmas Luncheon is...............ON!

*Friday 4 December 2020 from 12.00pm to 3.00pm approx.Terrey Hills Country Club, 116 Booralie Road, Terrey Hills.

Full details of pricing, how to book, arrangements etc will be in the next newsletter.

Because of social distancing requirements, places will be limited so it will pay to get in early when bookings are opened.Put this event in your diary now and watch for the next notice.

* Subject to Covid-19 regulations in force at the time.

"Christmas Lights" Bus Tour Wednesday 16th December

Join us for a champagne sunset in the city. Our coach will take us to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair to enjoy some Christmas Cheer (Champagne & Nibbles) and watch the sun set over the harbour and the city. As darkness approaches and the city is transformed by a myriad of lights we will enjoy a short drive through the city.

Highlights will be the tree in Martin Place, the Town Hall and David Jones displays. We will then travel to the Northern Beaches, driving to Belrose/Davidson to see the streets where all the homes are decorated with lights for Christmas.

Cost: per person is $50.00.

Time: departs the Turramurra Bowling Club at 6.00 pm and returns at approx 10.45 on the 16th December.

How to book: numbers are limited so please book with Anne Dowling 0402070185 and pay by Wednesday 9th December.

How to pay: by EFTOS to the club account 


As we hopefully move out and about again in 2021, I am looking at some events to go to.The Live at Lunch Concerts have not yet been organized, but here are a few events to whet your appetite to move out again.

The Noteable Theatre Company present Les Miserables on Saturday 6 . March 2021 at 2pm

The Willoughby Theatre Company present the following:

Pricilla Queen of the Desert on Saturday 22, May at 1.30pm

Cabaret Show on Saturday 28 . August at 1.30pm

Mamma Mia on Saturday 16 . October at 1.30pm

We had intended to go to the Willoughby Theatre events in 2020, but Covid 19 got in the way.

Are you still interested?

Please let me know if you have an interest in any of the above.

Catherine Reidy.

Morning Tea at Magpies

The next one has been cancelled.

This is a great time to catch up with other members and hear how they are doing. As always, I totally recommend this event to everyone as a way to keep in touch with your fellow Probians.


 Dec 14 .2020  "Peter Kirkwood OAM" Didgeridoo

Peter Kirkwood - Master of the Didgeridoo
An extraordinary musician and storyteller, who takes a particular delight in sharing his knowledge and expertise, Peter Kirkwood OAM is a master of this ancient musical instrument. Having acquired his first didgeridoo several years ago, whilst on a business trip to Alice Springs, he proceeded to teach himself how to play it. Today he is an accomplished performer who has played with several bands in Australia, including an Indigenous convocation at Uluru, as well at performing in the USA, Canada and Singapore.
 During his presentation, Peter plays a wide variety of instruments – ranging from an expensive trumpet, to a piece of PVC pipe – and he somehow manages to produce magical sounds from all of them. He punctuates his performance  with a wealth of anecdotes about the instrument, its history and its origins - presenting his information with warmth and humour. Peter has elicited rave reviews from other clubs where he has featured as a speaker, so be sure to book early to join us for our final general meeting of 2020 on December 14, when we will (literally) be ending the year on a very high note!

Peter Kirkwood OAM 
A resident of Sydney’s Upper North Shore for over 30 years, Peter was instrumental in establishing the Rotary Club of Waitara CommUnity Connections project, which focuses on youth and disability in the local community. He also initiated a number of vocational programs for Hornsby TAFE , Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Community College, and the Ku-ring-gai Police Area Command. In recognition of his commitment to Rotary, PCYC and his community, Peter has been named a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, received a Rotary International Vocational Service Leadership Award and Rotary District 9685 Rotarian Excellence Award. He has received a Government of NSW Premier’s Community Service Award, was named Ku-ring-gai Citizen of the Year on Australia Day 2018 and, last year was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).


Feb 08   2021 Faye Yarroll and her dog Sydney Cochlear Implants & Lions Hearing Dogs

March 08 2021 Dennis Cowell (in house) “Fun with Fotography”

April  12 2021 Lachlan Turner Cobb & Co



Monday 11th January 2021 from 4.00pm.

Bobbin Head Pavilion, Bobbin Head (Opposite the Cafe and Park Office)

BYO Food and Drinks. Electric Hot Plates Available

Everyone welcome. Registration required. At present we are limited to 30 people but this could change if current restrictions are lifted

*In spite of an increased fee now applying for the booking of the Pavilion, the Committee has agreed to waive the usual $5 per member cost for this year.

BOOK NOW! Contact Dennis or Alison Cowell

* Subject to Covid-19 regulations in force at the time. 


When:Monday 22nd February 2021

Where from:Tour departs from and returns to the Turramurra Bowling Club 

Time: Meet 8:30am Coach leaves 9:00am sharp & returns 5:00 pm

Cost: $85 per person includes morning tea, cruise with commentary, 2 course lunch with tea or coffee and coach transport.

Bookings: Contact Anne Dowling

How to pay: by EFTOS to the club account or cash or cheque at a meeting or event by 15th February 2021

Account name: Probus Club of Bobbin Head Inc. at Westpac Wahroonga

BSB:032-089   Account number: 146781 Please add your name in the reference number

We travel by luxury air conditioned coach, with plenty of room for social distancing to Sans Souci where we will board our Bass and Flinders bright modern catamaran for a one and a half hour cruise on the beautiful Georges River. We will explore many of the sparkling bays and inlets on one of Sydney's prettiest waterways. We pass through areas such as Sylvania Waters, Kogarah Bay, Blakehurst, Oatley and Lugarno before the million dollar real estate gives way to the tranquil beauty of the National Park.

Following our cruise, our two course lunch is at the St George Motor Boat Club, at the mouth of the Georges River, overlooking the river. Here you will have a choice of main courses, dessert and tea or coffee while enjoying the views from our reserved seating.

Afterwards we will travel to Captain Cook’s Landing Place and the Monument Track at Kurnell and visit the Visitors Information Centre. If time allows afterwards we can enjoy the coastline and visit the Cronulla Beaches.

Walking Group

This will resume in theNew year

Past Walks

Cinemagic Film Group

I continue to go to most new films on Fridays- with one or more friends,following the film with an enjoyable lunch/coffee nearby,usually "SALT",at 110 Pacific Highway,next to Roseville Cinema.You are very welcome to join us: hand sanitation,frequent cleaning of theatres,masks (optional but recommended),cashless; social distancing from strangers,tracing info essential)-great care taken.

*Right now,there are 4 films at Roseville which I have seen,and suspect many of you would also enjoy:

1) "RAMS", funny and endearing, with superb Sam Neill and Michael Caton;

2) "NEVER TOO LATE", with Jack Thompson,Jacki Weaver,Shane Jacobsen,Dennis Waterhouse-romantic comedy/drama,witty plot,satiric vision on seniors'-care/imprisonment;

3) " RADIOACTIVE", the extraordinary story of Marie Curie (Rosamund Pike) and husband Pierre-their scientific genius,Nobel Prize,world-changing legacies & revolutions.

4) "IN THE NAME OF THE LAND", moving & v popular French film, rural and personaldramas,humane and empathic,relevant to our Oz situations.

Coming Friday Probus films:

1) Fri 27.11.20: "MISBEHAVIOUR", probably 10 am (check-9416 8555).True story:1970 "Miss World" ( 100 million viewers, Bob Hope compere)became a shattered cliche,a Women's Lib revolution, disrupting the pervy patriarchy.The Western ideal of beauty was also challenged at last-the first "black"(well,gorgeously brown) Miss World (Miss Grenada) beat the Swedish Barbie Doll.Keira Knightley.

2) Fri 11.12.20: "CORPUS CHRISTIE" : a convicted man yearns to enter the spiritual life,mend his ways,become a minister in an inconspicuous church.Beautifully filmed;unique.

3) Fri 18.12.20: " IN THE NAME OF THE LAND" should be seen by discerning Probus film lovers.(I saw the preview).

4) Sat 26.12.20:BOXING DAY is a lovely day to recover from the Xcesses (if any?) on Xmas Day.We often enjoyed a troublefree picnic, a LEFT-OVER feast /brunch/lunch(where everybody gathered and shared LEFT-OVERS in the garden,by the river, or on a welcoming beach),then went to 1-2-3 new films which Roseville always released as a special treat.This year so far they have announced 2 new films on 26/12:

*"HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE",with the ever-exquisite Juliette Binoche; and

* "THE FATHER",with Sir Anthony Hopkins (80) playing an aging Welshman struggling with loss of memory and reality,but refusing a carer. His only daughter is moving to Paris,and needs an angelic and tolerant person to keep him safe and looked after.A familiar challenge? A paradox wrapped in an enigma?Another Oscar?

3 Special Cinemagic treats:

1) Orpheum showing beautiful Renaissance art film "RAPHAEL"-Sat 28 & Sun 29/11-11.15 am; Mon 30/11- 1 pm.

2) Persian (Iranian) Film Festival: Thurs 3.12.20-Sunday 6.12.20.Four days of curated films, from opening night gala "Son-mother" to closing night gala "The Chess of the Wind", both festive, with food and drink.Palace, 99 Norton Street, Leichhardt (tel 9564 5620).Dramas, bright comedies,documentary masterpieces,fab selection of 8 short films.

3) Summer Sydney Film Festival:Fri 15 Jan-Sun 17 Jan 2021, at the STATE THEATRE,Market St,CBD.Unprecedented, like you-know-who...

***3 new Australian films:

1) "Firestarter-Story of Bangarra Aboriginal Dance Co"-3 Page Brothers,plus Wesley Enoch,abor director.

2) "High Ground "-tense powerful Oz outback-Jack Thompson, Simon Baker.3) "Girls can't Surf"- triumphant doco.2 International winners:

4) "Minari"-Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner,Oscar nom; Korean-American family.

5) "Another Round"-Danish,with brilliant Mads Mikkelsen.Tickets can be bought individually,or all 5 together for $92.50.{[email protected] ; or tel 1300.733.733}

For enquiries and/or registrations: contact [email protected] or ring me on 0406 750 043

Hope to see you soon.Enquiries: Annie Schlebaum

Technology Group

Our technology group has continued to look at a wide range of Technology subjects.

The Technology Group resumed under COVID 19 safe conditions at the Turramurra Club with an excellent first part presentation of our Photography series by Dennis Cowell.
We all learned new insights into cameras and how to best use them and how to take great pictures. 

We then enjoyed a great presentation by a visiting speakker Mr Andras Hidas about his initiatives and adventures in Astronomy in particular the tracking of near earth objects such as asteroids.

The next meeting will be at the Turramurra Club on 15thDecember at 10:00 am where Brian Killin will present  "Technology for Emergencies" where will we learn about the technologies that you can access to assist you in emergencies.

You will need to register with Brian Killin so we maintain our Covid Safe protocols.

Some past topics

  • Driverless Vehicale
  • Undersea Cable Network
  • Water Resources - the Murray Darling Basin
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Alternative Energy Sources
  • NBN and how it will affect you
  • Medical Imaging
  • Facial Recognition and Artificial Intelligence
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Identity Protection and Passord Management


If you want to be aware of the current scams that are being perpetrated by telephone or online go to Scamwatch. This site is operated by the ACCC and it is a great source of information. It also provides an easy capability to report any attempts to scam you.

Music Appreciation


Book Club


The Book Club meetings are in recess and expect to resume in 2021.

The dates will remain the First Friday of each month and time 10am. 
We would encourage all interested members, and those who have not been Book Club members in the past, but would like to join the group, to communicate this to the Committee if at all possible, so we can get ideas as to what the group needs. If you know of anyone not on the email list, who would be interested, please let them know.