With peaceful January now just a distant memory, the month of February has arrived and our calenders are filling up fast. Clubs have reopened after the Christmas/New Year hiatus, and with them, committee meetings. So we are back on the treadmill again. Today we attended our Probus group, and it was good to see such a big crowd in the hall for the first meeting of the year.
Our speaker was Linda Fletcher who spoke about her trip to honour the soldiers and nurses of WW1. Linda and her fellow travellers to Gallipolli and nearby places were gifted the nurses uniforms used in the four part TV series Anzac Girls. These were altered to fit, and the worn at various cemeteries and places of interest on their tour.
Piped along the beach while dressed in WW1 nurses uniforms
Linda Fletcher has long had an interest in this part of history and has recently researched and written a book which identifies all the casualties named on Horowhenua War Memorials. “Horowhenua and the Great War 1914-1918” details the lives and deaths of 188 men from the district who died in World War I, telling their stories through letters from the front and obituaries printed in newspapers.
Linda Fletcher’s book
We enjoyed our club meeting this morning, and meeting up with members not seen for a while. But our aim this year is to take longer trips away in the caravan for weeks on end, and hopefully overseas for a trip or two, while we are both still fit and healthy. Something has to give, and after quite some thought, we have decided to both give up our respective committees when the AGMs roll around shortly. That will give some relief from the feeling we were on a never-ending treadmill and we can plan our trips away without having to rush back in time for yet another committee meeting.