40 Years of PROBUS

Members of Coulsdon Probus attended the 40th anniversary dinner of Caterham Probus, and as Caterham is acknowledged as the very first Probus club, this also celeberated the 40th anniversary of the Probus fraternity. Special guest was Richard Stilgo the television personality and his wife Annabella. Richard has had a long association with Caterham Probus and […]

Chairmans Charity 2005

Chairman Jim Mulvey’s charity for 2005 was The Old Coulsdon Centre For The Retired.  Jim is presenting the cheque for the money he raised to the president of the centre Peter Babler and the manager Iris Holah. In accepting the cheque Peter described the work done by the centre and how the money raised by Probus will […]

Ladies Luncheon

Once again Reg Baker excelled himself with the organisation of the Ladies Luncheon at Coulsdon Court Hotel. Reg managed to negotiate a deal with the hotel which not only provided us with a first class meal, but enabled Reg to provide table decorations and many wonderful raffle prizes.

River Thames Murders

The 9th September saw us on a river cruise along the Thames with talk on murders solved and unsolved which had been committed in the vicinity of the river. Tales of murder and mayhem included were Jack the Ripper, The Krays dumping ground for bodies, ‘Gods Banker’ Roberto Calvi, The Princes in the Tower and […]

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 […]