September 2012

A SECRET SOCIETY? NO WAY As a male-only Club, our Probus Club would be exceptional if it didn’t include a number of members who are also Freemasons and it is true, a handful of us, including your Editor, are members of both.  I have been a brother in Freemasonry for nearly forty years and can […]

August 2012

OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR Well, we sort of won it after all and it is now finished; the Olympics I mean.  Best of all was that we won over Paris in getting it to London and second best that the French were beaten by TeamGB in their favourite sport of cycling, adding yet another […]

July 2012

ENNISKILLEN    This page may bore the lot of you, but it is something personal that I want to share, brought about by Her Majesty’s visit a week or two ago to my home town in Northern Ireland.    Enniskillen may be a familiar name to those who watch the weather forecast on the BBC: […]

June 2012

QUEEN’S JUBILEE What a wonderful weekend!    With the exception of the wet weather that caused a problem, the last four days thanking HM the Queen for her sixty glorious years of leading our country have been an eye-opener: how can an 86-year-old spend so much time thanking us for thanking her, spending up to […]

May 2012

What Drought? Modern telecommunications are a wondrous thing.  It cannot have been more than a few hours after Government issued the drought emergency, but God read His emails and brought the rain, probably apologising quietly to all concerned that He had forgotten.  He has certainly made up for the lack over the last two years […]

2012 May ladies meeting

After the tremendous success of the joint meeting we held in 2011 it was agreed by everyone that we must have a meeting each year when ladies are to be included. This meeting will not overshadow our annual ‘Ladies Luncheon’ which takes place later in the year. It is to be a normal Probus meeting […]

2012 River Thames Cruise

Considering the bad weather and rain we have been experiencing just lately, and forecasted for the day of our outing, (all in the week that the water companies had declared an official drought and imposed a hosepipe ban) we were very lucky to have the sun shining for our spring cruise on Old Father Thames. […]

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 […]