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 […]

April 2003

VOTE FOR US! I have thought to start a new political party which I am sure would catch on- The Presbycrats, being formed by and for the Elders of Society. The first person I bounced this off said “I’m not a Presbyterian”, so a new name is needed Why Greek anyway? Our own Anglo-Saxon language […]

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 […]

April 2002

AN OCCASIONAL AGONY Annual General Meeting Agenda Minutes of the last AGM & matters arising. Chairman’s report. Treasurer’s report. Election of Officers & Committee for the coming year. Any other business. The Chaining of the New Chairman. Speakers We welcomed members of The Orpheus Trust to our February meeting, when staff members Donna Holland and […]

February 2002

50 YEARS AGO – A GLANCE OVER THE SHOULDER By Anthony Simpson I will begin with a brief autobiographical note to fix my time scale. On the basis of my Higher School Certificate results in 1946 I was offered and I accepted a place at Liverpool University School of Naval Architecture. Shortly before beginning the […]

January 2002

A MILLENNIUM BEGUN Prompted by a reference on Radio 4 to the kind of year we have just survived, I jotted down some headlines from the news we have heard in this, the first year of a new century and millennium. There have been some bright moments of course, mainly personal: we welcomed a new […]