Windsor Lunch Cruise

A warm sunny, spring day had us on the River Thames on a cruise from Windsor to Bray. The cruise took us past Windsor Race Course, which, though the course covers several thousand acres, is in fact, an island encircled by the Thames. Our cruise took us through Boveney Lock to Bray Film Studios, home […]

May 2011

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES Last month’s childhood memory from Tony Simpson, of living before and during World War II in the countryside of Devon, with no water or electricity mains and such, was a revelation to me and no doubt to many of our members of a similar age.  I was luckier. This memory of my childhood […]

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 […]

May 2005

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE… … and not a drop to drink (said, I think, The Ancient Mariner). If it doesn’t start raining soon, we shall be in the same position. The weather forecasters don’t help, with their joyful faces telling us that “the weather will be bright, hot and sunny for the foreseeable future”, never thinking […]

April 2005

OUR HUNDREDTH Never thought we would make it; indeed, never thought about it at all until this passing milestone was mentioned at our last meeting. What is so special about achieving a hundred of anything anyway? It’s a passing thought that, had humans been born with six digits on each hand instead of five, there […]

March 2005

THE MONARCHY We live in odd times. Some would call them dangerous while others might consider the changes talked about as being long overdue. This Editor comes into the first category, a Royalist to the core. I don’t have to spell it out, but for over a thousand years this country of ours has developed […]