Ashdown Forest & Saint hill manor

On 12th June we had a splendid outing to Ashdown Forest and in the afternoon a guided tour of Saint Hill Manor. After a washed out spring we had wonderful weather for our outing, the coach picking us up at the Tudor Rose on Old Coulsdon. After we picked up our guide for the day, Carol, in East Grinstead. Unfortunately on our way to Heaven Farm we were caught up in a horrendous traffic jam which closed the road. When we reached Heaven Farm we were treated to tea and biscuits before our tour of Ashdown Forest. Carol gave us a interesting history of the forest including details of the social structure of the common lands.   We arrived back at Heaven Farm for lunch which was described as a ‘Ploughmans Lunch’ but was in fact a full ham and cheese salad that was greatly appreciated. After lunch we headed […]

2013 Spring Cruise

On the weekend of the 19th April Coulsdon Probus went on a cruise along the Gloucester Ship Canal. After a dreadful winter and a foul first part of April we were a little apprehensive regarding the weather for our cruise, but the clouds parted and we had the whole weekend in glorious sunshine. On Friday we were welcomed aboard by our captain for the weekend, Robert Anderson. who had his crew direct us to our compact, but comfortable cabins. Dinner was served followed by a quiz and drinks around the bar. Saturday morning saw us off on our cruise along the England’s first ship canal, a canal that by-passed the River Severn’s treacherous estuary and made Gloucester a major inland port. Before lunch we were introduced to the nautical game of Deck Quiots, the winner being June Dolan. After lunch we spent some time at the Slimbridge Wetland Centre. This […]