Probus group entertained by Israel trip talk

Pocklington Probus Club chairman Richard Hawkins (left) with secretary David Brown who delivered the talk.
Pocklington Probus Club chairman Richard Hawkins (left) with secretary David Brown who delivered the talk.

Richard Hawkins, the Pocklington Probus Club chairman, welcomed existing members and a new one to the latest meeting.

After conducting a little club business, Mr Hawkins left the floor to club secretary David Brown, who proceeded to give an illustrated talk about his visit in February to Israel.

David explained that, after landing at Tel Aviv, he and his wife visited the major areas and towns of the country travelling first to Jerusalem, then to various other well-known cities and areas.

He emphasized how small the country is, which, coupled with the violent contrasts of geography and population density made the country one of significant variation and difficulties of access.

Most noticeable was the arid state of the area round the Dead Sea compared with the beauty of the lakeside in Galilee.

The towns appeared to be so very crowded compared with the sparsity of population in the lakeside areas, David explained how moving it was to be, in effect, part of a pilgrimage to Holy Centres such as the towns of Bethlehem and Nazareth.

The strangeness of the Dead Sea and its environs was commented on as was its astoundingly depth below sea level.

By giving examples of how he felt and with suitable illustrations given during his interesting talk David was able to give his listeners an insight into the many and varied emotions that a visit to an area so rich in historical and religious events can invoke in a visitor.