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  • Forthcoming events:
    • Wed 20 Jun 2018 - Walk & pub lunch - The Crown, Goostrey, CW4 8PE.
    • Wed 27 Jun 2018 - Coffee morning - John Kerwin - “The History of Rubber Technology”
    • ¯Wed 27 Jun 2018 - Bowls 2pm
    • Wed 4 Jul 2018 - Golf at Walton
    • Wed 11 Jul 2018 - Mgt meeting & lunch meeting
    • Wed 18 Jul 2018 - Walk & pub lunch - location to be announced
    • Thurs 19 Jul 2018 - Coach trip to Towneley Hall, Burnley
    • Tues 24 Jul 2018 - Bowls vs Stockton Heath Probus at Stag Inn, Chester Rd.
    • Wed 25 Jul 2018 - Coffee morning - Geoff Keeling - “Milestones in Forensic Science”
    • Wed 25 Jul 2018 - Bowls 2pm vs. Bridgewater Probus at Great Budworth


Harvey Range (centre) takes over from Brian Sutcliffe (r) as President for 2018-19. Mike Allen (l) is Vice-President.

Brian (r) handing over to Harvey (c) and Mike (l)


New bridges for Warrington
We are all familiar with the traffic jams at Bridgefoot when trying to get from one side of town to the other, but there are now plans for two new crossings of the River Mersey to relieve the congestion. The opening in October 2017 of the new £1.75 billion Mersey Gateway Bridge linking Runcorn and Widnes has added to the volume of traffic through Warrington as drivers seek to avoid the £2 toll charge for cars (£8 for lorries) on the new bridge.  The 1961 Silver Jubilee Bridge will be subject to the same toll charge when it reopens after refurbishment.

The first crossing is called the Centre Park Link and will link Chester Rd near its junction with Gainsborough Rd to Wilson Patten St near Bank Quay Station. Earlier plans for a new one-way system in the town centre have been abandoned. The scheme is shown in detail at Warrington Borough Council’s Centre Park Link website.  Work started in 2017 and the new road is estimated to open early in 2020. It is estimated to cost about £20 million. There’s a YouTube video of the planned route available here.

The second crossing, named the Warrington Western Link, is much more ambitious.  Its cost has increased from £145m to £212m.  The new road, formerly called the Red Route, will start from the A56 Chester Road near Walton Lea on the south side of the town, crossing the Manchester Ship Canal and River Mersey via new high-level bridges and joining the A57 Sankey Way at its junction with Cromwell Ave on the north side of town.  Opening date if all goes well will be 2023.

Plans were approved by the Borough Council in November 2017 and will be submitted for funding to the Department for Transport (DfT) at the end of December 2017.  The submission to DfT will be for consideration against other major infrastructure schemes across England, as part of the Large Local Majors Fund. The Council expects to hear whether the funding bid has been successful before Summer 2018 and the DfT has noted that this scheme could potentially be considered for bids for wider DfT monies should the Large Local Majors bid be unsuccessful.  More on the Warrington Guardian website.


 About us

Appleton Probus Club was founded in 1991 and currently has about 50 members.

The annual subscription is £38 and is payable in April.

We meet twice a month at the Warrington Sports Club (Walton Lea Road, Higher Walton, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 6SJ) for a lunch meeting (12 for 12:30) on the 2nd Wednesday and a coffee morning with a guest speaker at 10am on the 4th Wednesday.  Click here for a map.

On the first Wednesday of each month our golfing members meet for a round of golf at Walton Hall.

On the third Wednesday of each month we have a modest two-hour walk in the countryside of northern Cheshire which is rounded off by a pub lunch with typically twenty or so walkers and their wives being joined by other members.

Highlights of our social year are a festive dinner dance in December, the President’s dinner in March and a ladies’ invitation lunch when the members are joined by their wives and the widows of past members. Also very popular is our Mixed Bowling Day at Great Budworth in August when our wives join us for a very enjoyable event which includes a picnic lunch.

Each year a variety of day trips and theatre visits are organised and we try to arrange one longer break during the year. Recent trips have included a visit to the Moselle Valley in Germany. In 2009 we visited Durham, staying at a 4-star hotel near the city centre and enjoyed day trips to Beamish and to the outstanding gardens at Alnwick Castle. 2010 saw us taking a weekend break at Bodelwyddan Castle in North Wales and in 2011 a group of us visited Warner’s Norton Grange resort on the Isle of Wight. In 2012 we went to Eastbourne, with trips to Brighton and Rye. 2013 saw us at the Warner’s resort in Cricket St Thomas in picturesque Somerset with days out to Weymouth and Sidmouth. In 2015 we flew to Jersey, taking in a coach tour of the island and exploring the war tunnels. Trips in 2017 included a week in lovely Llandrindod Wells as well as a day trip to the JCB factory in Staffordshire.

There are several Probus clubs in the Warrington area and with good links between them, members of these clubs share in each other’s regular activities as well as quiz nights, bowls and golf competitions. There is a thriving programme for members to take part in and after our recent move to the present  venue with its ample accommodation there is no longer a waiting list and our membership is continuing to grow.

Please click on the buttons on the left to see details of our meetings and other social activities.

New members are very welcome. Please contact us for membership details.





The constitution of Appleton Probus Club (updated April 2018) is available in PDF format here.

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