The Pendlside Probus AGM was held last week, with the members welcoming their new "live-wire" President to the role.
The incoming Allan Walker takes over from Keith Richardson in the position, with the new President bringing all kind of ideas for the new year, which will see the club celebrate a big anniversary of its founding.
Promising inter-club quizzes, charity walks, and a proper website, Alan - the previous year's Vice President, a position now taken up by Harold Foster - nevertheless assured the club that he does not think his taking the presidency will change his standing amongst members.
"Allan introduced himself with tails of his younger days, from getting a job at Blackburn Rovers at sixteen to delivering the Christmas mail and picking fruit," said club member Ken Geddes. "He went to university and afterwards became an Articled Clerk [which] led to higher qualifications.
"The club is in good shape with just over 40 members but, as with many similar organisation, new people are always welcome and members were challenged to introduce their friends," Ken added.
Pendleside Probus meet in the hall of St Anne’s Church in Fence on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 10am for 10:30. The next meeting will be on 7th February.