Salesbury - St Peter

'Keys Club'


Men's Group


2nd Monday of the month between September and March



at 7.45pm



in the Staff Room at Salesbury School




Philip Bradshaw  01254 249 764


The Commitee would like to extend a warm welcome to any other gentleman of the parish who may like to attend. Most meetings will be held in the Staff Room at Salesbury School, on the second Monday evening of the month, commencing at 7:45 p.m.



Keys’ Club Notes

As promised in the last issue of the Magazine, members of the committee have drawn up what we hope will prove to be an interesting and varied fixture list for the forthcoming season.

 Included are: two talks about historic battles against the French, tips to improve driving, an Open Evening looking at the Science of Jam Making, a slideshow presented by a distinguished local photographer and all rounded off with the annual dinner.

All gentlemen of the parish are cordially invited to join us in Salesbury School staffroom at 7.45pm on the second Monday of each month from October onwards. Fixture lists are available for collection from the back of church.

The first meeting on October 12th will be addressed by Peter Houldsworth who will be looking at the Battle of Agincourt from the perspective of Shakespeare’s Henry V.

Philip Bradshaw, Secretary

Our new season will commence on October 12th.

In the meantime the committee will be busy putting together a range of interesting and informative speakers for the winter programme. Meetings will once again be held at Salesbury School on the second Monday of each month.

Full details will be published in the September magazine. Fixture List Cards will also be available in church.

Best wishes for the summer.

Philip Bradshaw, Secretary

March 2015

The Annual Dinner brought the season to a conclusion. Once again we enjoyed a splendid evening at Wilpshire Golf Club.

Our inspirational guest speaker was Geoff Ardern, who is a Non-Stipendiary Minister (NSM). Geoff outlined his career with the police-force on Merseyside which he left, just before retiring to work for a charity. Of particular significance in his life have been the three occasions he received the message “Do not worry”. The last time was just before an operation for cancer of the tongue. The instructions came in different ways: opening a bible at a significant page or hearing a radio broadcast in an empty shop. Geoff has a strong sense of vocation and he clearly lives life to the full with a very positive attitude.

The committee would like to thank members for their support during the winter and look forward to reconvening in the autumn.

Philip Bradshaw


February 2015

The February meeting saw a new departure for the Keys’ Club. Several members responded to the invitation to take part in a “Thanks for the Memory” evening. Great care and not a little thought had been put into preparing short illustrated talks about people places or events, which had proved significant in the lives of the participants. Settings ranged from Lancashire to the Antarctic and from Cornwall to the Far East. Paintings, old cuttings, web-based research, photographs and digital images were all used to good effect. A telling comment made by one member was that we had probably learned more about each other in a couple of hours than we had previously over many years! Fellowship in action. Many thanks to all contributors.

March 9th will be the last meeting of the season when we meet at Wilpshire Golf Club for the Annual Dinner.

Michael Singleton, Her Majesty’s Coroner for Blackburn, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley was the speaker at our November meeting. In talking about the work of a coroner Michael was keen to dispel the myths that surround the job. He began by tracing the origins of the current office back to 1194 and the “Crowners”. In the past coroners came from either legal or medical backgrounds but all future appointments will be lawyers.  Any person aware of a dead body lying in the district of a coroner has a duty to report it to the coroner. The coroner's jurisdiction is limited to determining who the deceased was and how, when and where they came by their death. When the death is suspected to have been either sudden with unknown cause, violent, or unnatural, the coroner decides whether to hold a post-mortem examination and, if necessary, an inquest. Coroners’ Courts also adjudicate over matters relating to treasure.

That this subject held our undivided attention was due very largely to Michael’s delivery. He spoke without reference to notes and used statistics sparingly. Reference was made to cases of which all were aware, notably Harold Shipman and the Hillsborough disaster. Most importantly we were aware of his compassion towards grieving relatives.

Next Meeting: 8th December -Open Meeting  - Royal National Lifeboat Institution