Rolleston Combined Probus

03.07.2019

Probus Clubs are established to provide friendship, fellowship and fun for retired and semi retired members of our community. There are over 1,700 clubs throughout New Zealand and Australia.

In April, thirty members of the Rolleston Combined Probus Club enjoyed a visit to the Christchurch Adventure Park. The very helpful staff assisted us to board the chairlift for the ride to the top, with its spectacular views over Christchurch City and Lyttleton Harbour.

Our guest speaker in May was Geoff Griffiths from the LTSA (Land Transport) with a presentation on the improvements being made to SH1 between Templeton and Rolleston and the complex management plan to allow a flow of traffic while work continues. We were bemused by the concept of an overpass/underpass being classified according to where the motorway runs. The bridge carrying Trents  Road over the highway is referred to as Trents Road underpass because the motorway goes under it.

The outing in May was a guided tour of the new central library, Turanga.  We quickly discovered the four floors provided a wide range of activities and educational opportunities to go along with the reading facilities. From the library, we made the short walk along Colombo Street to the new Hoyts EntX theatre complex, where we were treated to an escorted visit to three different theatres. While listening to our guide, we entertained ourselves by operating the electric seats!

In June, our guest speaker  from the New Zealand Met Service, Tony Hawkins, gave an interesting explanation of weather forecasting, which he defined as trying to bring scientific order to natural chaos. Computer modelling has allowed their forecasts to become very much more accurate than twenty five years ago and they provide a service to many other countries, such as Ireland and Thailand.

Rolleston Combined Probus (Combined just means men and women) meets at the Rolleston Community Centre on the second Tuesday of each month. Visitors are most welcome.

Alex Stevens, Publicity Officer.