Mearns Probus Club

During the month of February the Club has met on three occasions in the Crown Inn, Laurencekirk.

On the first meeting Tom Fleming, a local man talked about the local Fire Service from 1948 to date. He recounted how in 1948 the Service was called the National Fire Service and operated from the Burgh Buildings with local men as volunteers manning the tender.

In 1959 there was a new Fire Station built on Station Road with modern facilities and equipment as well as space for hose drying and practice areas.

There have been six Station Managers in that period, Tom is the latest manager and the team are still volunteers – local men and women.

Now part of Fire and Rescue Scotland, the members can be in attendance in a matter of minutes after a bleeper signals to them.

The call out may be to put out fires, in housing or farms but most of their work is dealing with road traffic accidents where rescue and recovery is their main action, supporting Police and Ambulance teams on the scene.

A series of slides were shown by Tom’s assistant Mike Megginson, illustrating the devastation at accident scenes and their effects on others. Some slides are also used in an Education Programme shown to teenagers and young drivers in an effort to reduce accidents in the future.

A vote of thanks on behalf of the club was made by Charlie Black.

At the second meeting for February, the President Eric Bell apologised to members as the speaker was unavailable. However, Secretary Ian Bell provided a presentation from his laptop and powerpoint slide show of a sale at Forfar Mart in January that he had attended and photographed many of the items.

The sale was a disposal of a lifetimes collection of tractors, farm machinery, hand tools, equipment and spare parts amounting to over 700 items.

Ian showed pictures of the various vintage tractors from the 1920s to the 1950s, including Case, Caterpillar, International, Massey Harris, Farmall, Ferguson, Leyland, David Brown and M.M. (Minneapolis Moline).

Also shown were ploughs by Massey Harris, Ransome, Cockshutt, David Brown and Ferguson. Mowers, potato planters, hay turners, turnip seeders and many other items were all shown and discussed.

After a question and answer session the meeting was closed with a vote of thanks to Ian for standing in as substitute.

Presentation to Sandy Dunn

This was the third meeting of the Club and it was a dinner in the Crown Inn followed by a tribute and presentation to Sandy Dunn. Sandy has been Secretary and Treasurer at the Club for twenty years and has now recently retired from both posts.

Past President, Sandy Jeffrey made the presentation on behalf of the Club and thanked Sandy for his twenty years of service. The commemoration plaque presented to Sandy was designed and made by club member Malcolm McCoig. Sandy will continue as a Committee Member this year, and it was hoped that he can now relax and enjoy his new role without the pressures of his previous posts. President Eric Bell thanked all for their attendance at the dinner.