Historical Dockyard Chatham

The historic Dockyard at Chatham has for over 300 years played a highly important role in supporting the Royal Navy. These dockyards built over 400 ships including HMS Victory, Nelsons flagship at Trafalgar. The dockyard encompasses an area of 80 acres and has been voted Kents attraction of the year, it includes the historic warships […]

Docklands Museum

A cold, damp misty February day at the start of 2005 found us in London’s dockland surrounded by the cities skyscrapers. Nevertheless the trip, organised by Phil Munsen, was enthralling, and was very worthwhile. We traveled up to London on our Freedom Passes, braving not only British Rail but the underground system. The museum traced […]

Denies Wine Estate

Nestling in the beautiful Mole Valley on Surrey’s North Downs is Denbies, the largest wine estate in England. It is also the first wine estate in the world to give visitors a unique and fascinating inside into all aspects of the wine producing process. In 2004 alone Denbies wines have won more than twenty national […]

Arundel Corps Christi Festival

On June 10th 2004 we enjoyed a coach trip to Arundel Cathedral to see the festival of flowers. This is an ancient custom whereby the floor of the cathedral is carpeted with flowers, and every nook and cranny contains beautiful floral displays. The custom is very popular in Italy where the streets around cathedrals are […]

Guide Dogs For The Blind

At our meeting on the first of April 2004 Audrey Butler and her guide dog ‘Goldie’, representing the charity ‘Guide Dogs For The Blind’ attended our meeting. Audrey gave an interesting talk describing the training a dog such as Goldie must go through before being assigned to a blind person. Guide Dogs For The Blind […]

Chairams Charity

At our March meeting our outgoing chairman for 2004, Bill Brinkley presented a cheque of £600 to his charity for last year. Bill’s charity was the Disabled Artists Group of the Garwood Foundation. Receiving the cheque from Bill is Philip Aling, a lively twenty year old quadraplegic. Philip displayed his pictures and gave a short […]

PROBUS Ladies Lunch

October 23rd 2003 saw Coulsdon Probus Ladies Lunch. Held at the Coulsdon Manor Hotel, the event was an enormous success, mainly due to the efforts of Reg Baker, our Luncheon Secretary. Reg’s system of different coloured stars and triangle shapes on the place names worked like clockwork, ensuring that the serving staff delivered the correct […]

Newhaven Fort, East Sussex

Newhaven Fort and the Paradise Gardens in Newhaven East Sussex was destination of our fully booked coach trip on a pleasant sunny day in April. There has been a fort on this site since Roman times. At times allowed to become derelict, only to be renovated whenever danger threatened our southern shores, Newhaven Fort has […]

Kew Bridge Steam Museum

Kew Bridge Steam Museum was the destination of our first excursion of the year on the 1st of March 2003. This little known museum is on the site of the original pumping station built in 1837 to supply clean water for that part of London. The great steam pumping engines were still in operation right […]

Shepherd Neame Brewery, Kent

Coulsdon Probus enjoyed a pleasant coach trip to our neighbouring county of Kent, famous as the “Garden of England”. Our destination was the Shepherd Neame brewery, one of only three breweries left in Kent. Before the last war there were over fifty breweries in the county. The vast hop fields grown for the beers were […]