April No.2 2021

Club News – Luncheon on 1st July 2021 Please complete attached attendance slip for July and August and email or post it to me (Ian) secretary@coulsdonprobus.co.uk Committee Meeting 15th April 2021 Agreed to refund subscriptions for year starting 01/02/2021. Those who have paid will be individually contacted with the option of donating your sub to the Chairman’s Charity. No decision has been made on the annual subscriptions for following years, but it was noted that: Average age is 82 and there is a limited life to the club without recruitment of younger members We have £5,000 in reserve which could meet the luncheon room hire costs for 5 years Monthly speaker costs (average £75) have been met from lunch charges each month, but as member- ship reduces this will not be possible, so we have agreed that below 15 each month is not viable If room hire costs and speaker costs were entirely met from reserves, […]

March No.2 2021

Club News on our 300th edition We hear that Gerry Thompson is in Mayday hospital. Gerry suffered a number of falls which were diagnosed as blood pressure problems. He is now having a pacemaker fitted. You can contact Gerry via the contacts page on this website. We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery. Committee Meeting 11th March and date for first post-Covid meeting – 7th October 2021 The Committee met by Zoom and decided on a provisional Club meeting date of 7th October. Various ideas for running luncheons without a Luncheon Secretary (any volunteers?) were discussed and will be taken forward. Bob Witham to book provisional speaker. Andrew Banfield with Jenny will organise an outing for 2022. Editorial Hope you are all keeping well and surely looking forward to the glimmer of light on the horizon regarding the possible opening up of social activities. My thanks go to Dennis Evans for submitting […]

March No.1 2021

Club News There is a vacance for Luncheon Secretary. Please consider volunteering. ‘Men of few words’ by Andrew Kellard Seventy years ago seems like a long time and in some ways it is. Let us look at the technology of 1948 in so far as it relates to my career. In that year there were still four masted fully rigged sailing ships sailing from Liverpool! What has this got to do with my career in accounting? Well, the parallel technology in office work was of course only slightly ahead of the canvas and rope manhandled by the Liverpool “hardcases”. In my case the technology I used at my desk had hardly changed from Dickens time, heavily bound ledger books, reams of ruled paper, probably no expensive mechanical hand cranked calculators (those were only for the boss) and a fountain pen as Biros had not come on the scene so there […]

February No.2 2021

‘You are what you think’ by Vincent Fosdike People often respond to the word Psychology in a defensive manner. At least those who have no knowledge or experience of it. It is a vast field and seems to have grown almost exponentially since the 1960s. Am I allowed to guess that you are now thinking of the words swinging, acid, psychedelic and groovy? You see I can read your mind thanks to my study of the subject! The fear that the discipline engenders gives rise to its own counterculture with words and phrases like, shrink, trick-cyclist and fraudster. Practitioners are sometimes viewed as expensive pedlars of the obvious or in need of help themselves. These same practitioners may find themselves challenged at dinner parties to account for why a guest finds himself experiencing a phobia or a compulsion. He/she then sticks their neck out with a suggestion or two only […]