March 2012

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING As usual, after the AGM, we list the Officers for the coming year: Chairman           Ian Payne01737 554 449 Immediate Past ChairmanAndrew Banfield020 8669 0706 Vice-ChairmanVacant Secretary           Dennis Evans01342 836 163 Treasurer           Roger Davis020 8668 4549 Outings/Events          Jim Mulvey01737 555 974 Web-Master          Jim Mulvey01737 555 974 Luncheons          Andrew Kellard01737 554 055 Speakers          Phil […]

March 2012

THE WEATHER As I write, it is warmer than it should be, but the splendid sun we have had in the past few days is hidden under thoroughly uninteresting cloud; only a gentle breeze, though.   But No real rain again! The forecast for the rest of the week is much the same and thank heavens […]

2012 Annual General Meeting

Our March meeting, which this year fell on the 1st March, was our Annual General Meeting. The outgoing chairman, Andrew Banfield, gave a summary of his year in office, including outings, luncheons and his chairman’s outing on the steam railway. The various committee members gave reports on the activities they were responsible for over the […]

February 2012

HOW WE HAVE CHANGED A few months ago I was listening to a radio discussion with some men saying how life and society has changed in their time, when one of them said “In the earlier part of the last century…” and then went on to offer examples of change.  The point was that he […]

January 2012

SIXTY YEARS AGO Yes, a couple of months ago I mentioned my decision to change my life, but the fact that once again Nigeria is in the news for all the wrong reasons will suffice as an excuse to add a bit of detail to my life. I am not alone in our Probus Club […]

December 2001

Living in Old Coulsdon now We are almost all incomers to Old Coulsdon these days, a fact that is regularly proved when, at the beginning of a lecture on local history I ask ‘Who was born and bred here?’  Out of say 40 people present just a couple of hands will rise and they are […]

2011 Ladies Luncheon

October 20th 2011 was the premier lunch of the year. Our annual Ladies Luncheon. The time that we thank the ladies for their support and forbearance throughout the year. The luncheon was held in the sumptuous and opulent surroundings of the Blenheim Suite of the Coulsdon Manor Hotel. After pre-lunch drinks in the lounge we […]

October 2011

PLACE NAMES Coulsdon What do we call the place?  I mean when we speak the name of our lovely village tucked on and under the Surrey North Downs.  A village still?  Part of the Borough of Croydon in Greater London?  Certainly not the latter if we can possibly avoid it. No, I mean how should […]

Mystery Tour

Our eagerly awaited ‘Chairman’s Mystery Tour’ proved to be an outstanding success. The tour was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, as well as being blessed with excellent weather. We left Old Coulsdon on time and had an enjoyable tour through the Kent Weald via country lanes to our first stop, Teapot Island at Yalding. Teapot Island […]

August 2011

THE COST OF THINGS Yes, we belong to the luckiest generation known to recent history, what with the last serious war being over sixty years ago and economics having a generally-upwards trend all the time; our pensions, while not being the greatest, are at least more certain than those for our children. It’s just the […]