Cricket chief Colin as new President of Probus

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WELL-known Papplewick villager and sporting enthusiast Colin Tinker is the new president of HUCKNALL MEN’S PROBUS CLUB.

Colin was handed the chain of office by the outgoing president, Ron Holdsworth, when the club’s annual meeting took place at the Horse And Groom pub in Linby.

Ron has been elected the club’s treasurer in succession to Eric Croft.

Colin (75), who originates from Beeston, has lived in Papplewick since 1966. He has been a member of the Probus club for four years.

He is keen on many sports, most notably cricket, football and horse-racing. He is president of one of the leading cricket clubs in the county, Papplewick And Linby, having previously held the positions of chairman and secretary.

He is also a former chairman of the Papplewick branch of the Royal British Legion and was secretary of the old Papplewick and Linby Village Institute, as well as serving as a verger at St James’s Church, Papplewick.

Before his retirement, Colin was a claims inspector for the General Accident insurance company for 41 years, and he had a spell with Apex as a full-time lay trade union official. He did National Service with the Royal Air Force in Cyprus and the Suez Canal Zone.

He and his wife, Jill, have two sons, Richard and Michael, and a 14-year-old grandson, Aaron. A third son, Andrew, died in 2003 from testicular cancer.

Other Probus club officers elected include Alan Fallows as vice-president and speaker finder, the Rev Eric Ashby as secretary and Maurice Foster as social secretary. The club now has three honorary life members — Bill Wheel, Roland Clarke and Frank Robbins.

OUR photo shows Colin Tinker (right), the new president of Hucknall Men’s Probus Club, with outgoing president Ron Holdsworth.