Ladies Probus treated to exciting Forbes trip

On Friday, April 9, at the Services Club was where our members met for another exciting meeting for Ladies Probus.

After morning tea Margie Ryan introduced our guest speaker from Canowindra, Jan Kerr, who introduced us to hot air ballooning.

Jan has been involved for 37 years.

Hot air ballooning started in France in 1783 and early 1900 in Melbourne.

Special flights were held in 1986 for Halley's Comet, in 1988 for Bi-centennial flights and of course our regular flights in Canowindra when permitted.

Jan told us in better times, for the Balloon-a-Glow, used to attract over 4000 people but this year only around 2000 people were permitted.

Back Roads and Farmer wants a Wife from TV were also mentioned in showing interest.

Frank Packer Jones started the hot air ballooning for his mother in the Canowindra district.

Jan also holds a license but a younger committee have now taken over.

Beryl Bryant thanked Jan for the wonderful talk and slide show, and presented her with a gift in appreciation.

As our meeting was around Easter, for a bit of fun, six of our members made Easter bonnets.

Shirley, Beryl, Trish, Pam, Sandra and Joy won first prize for Best Hat while Beryl won second prize for funniest hat.

Twenty-five of our members were treated to a mystery trip to Forbes, the weather was perfect and the company great.

Stopping for morning tea at Gooloogong (at the pub) then onto Forbes with a tour of the biscuit factory, auto museum for lunch and onto view the huge galvanized steel goanna (Gugaa) of special significance to the Wiradjuri people.

We called into the rugby union ground where a memorial has been erected in memory to three footballers who were tragically killed in the Bali Bombings and those who were injured, it was very touching.

Back to town, dropping off our guide Daff, we made our way back to Cowra via Eugowra and a glimpse of the murals as we drove through.

A great day was had by all, thanks to Beryl and Ann.

Our next meeting will be Friday, May 14, at the Services Club, 10am morning tea then 10.30am for the meeting including another interesting guest speaker.

members are asked to bring along a tea towel to be displayed on the day.

New members are always made welcome.