The Pocklington Probus Club met on Wednesday 12 February at the Freemasons’ Hall, Pocklington. The meeting was chaired by Mr Tony Petch, the Club Chairman, who warmly welcomed members and the speaker, The Reverend David Senior. After conducting a small amount of Club business, with particular reference to future events such as summer outings and the Ladies’ Luncheon, he requested Mr Brian Penter to introduce Rev Senior. Brian referred to David’s vocation as a curate in the Team Ministry of Pocklington All Saints’ Church, commenting that such employment was unpaid.
Rev Senior illustrated his talk on the life of a curate with anecdotes derived from his very varied career starting as a trainee draughtsman in engineering, through various appointments arising from engineering, to become a teacher and finally to his vocation being trained as a priest in the Church of England. His appointments in the Church of England were in various parishes until, finally, he came to live in Pocklington, where he accepted a post as Curate. His upbringing had been in a truly Christian family and he well remembered his days at Sunday School. The anecdotes he spoke of were sometimes humorous, such as that about the bride of small stature who wore such a voluminous cone shaped dress that, when she knelt to pray, she ‘disappeared’. Others were related to more serious matters like the importance of good education and sound initial training on leaving school, such as he had received when learning to be an engineering draughtsman. He concluded his thought provoking, yet humorous, talk by appealing to his audience to continue through life with a smile and thought for others.
At the conclusion of the talk Mr David Watson, in proposing a vote of thanks, commented that David had given the Club Members a good illustration of the varied nature of a Curate’s vocation. The vote of thanks was passed with acclamation