March 2012


As usual, after the AGM, we list the Officers for the coming year:

Chairman           Ian Payne01737 554 449

Immediate Past ChairmanAndrew Banfield020 8669 0706


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 Munson01273 464 230

Transport          Graham Fox01737 556 092

Almoner          Hugh Roberts020 8660 3836

Membership          Reg Baker020 8660 6662

Auditor          Eugene Lightbody020 8660 2260

Ties & Badges          Dennis Evans01342 836 163

Newsletter Editor          Ian Scales01737 553 704


We were delighted to meet Janet Tobin from the Royal Marsden Cancer hospital to our meeting; she came to thank us for our generous gift of £1,000, our Chairman Andrew Banfield’s Charity for the year and to tell us what that – with many other contributions – has enabled them to do recently at the Sutton hospital.

They have delivered a wonderful service to those suffering from cancer ever since 1851, but developments in cures over time have shown the need for a state of the art centre especially for teen-aged sufferers which was opened by Prince William.  This has been in use for the past eighteen months and has 33 beds in single and four-bed rooms, showers and, most importantly, beds for family and friends, enabling them to stay in the hospital with the youngsters who are so ill.  Each bed space has facility for laptops, MP3 docks and a TV/DVD, with internet access throughout the unit.  The youngsters have a ward cook who can serve items from a menu designed by themselves available seven days a week.

There is also a schoolroom that can be used for arts or music activities. The chill-out zone has a coffee bar, relaxation pod, games zone, a pool table and a huge TV.

It is worthy of note that Jim Mulvey spends a lot of time going round lecturing groups locally about the needs of the Royal Marsden, so our support for them continues.

It may well be something to do with our above-average ages, that we in Probus offer support to charities, more perhaps than the population at large. Whatever the reason, we should be sure to tell our retired friends how they, too, could help those in need by joining us.


Today:Derek Barr tells us about Fairfield Halls

May 3rd:Ladies’ luncheon and Jack Devlin’s Magic Life

June 7th:David Brown tells us about the Titanic, lost

just one hundred years ago this year.

July 5th:Explore the Internet with Jim Mulvey, our Webmaster.

Note:Our August  meeting will be on August 16th.

Club News

We regret to report that David Barrell died in March, aged 80.  His funeral was due to take place yesterday at the Croydon Crematorium.  We offer our heartfelt condolences to his wife Hazel and the family.

Peter Babler is absent from today’s meeting, owing to his wife Marguerite’s illness with jaundice.  We wish her well soon.

Phil Munson tells us that he is slowly recovering at home from his fall that broke leg bones and now gets around on a Zimmer frame, so we hope to see him soon.

We welcome Ian Payne as our new Chairman, a job he adds to that of being Chairman of the Coulsdon & Purley Debating Society and his support of many other local groups.  Ian told us in March that his charity will be the Macular Disease Society, well worth our support, coping as it does with an eye disease that affects so many of us in later life.

Apart from welcoming Ian as Chairman and the other Officers who were block-re-elected at the AGM, please bear in mind that today we are due to pay our annual subscriptions – now £20 each – and that our monthly luncheon costs £15.  Cheques are acceptable, of course.

Jim Mulvey  reports that our joint outing with the Sanderstead and Riddlesdown Probus Clubs to the National Theatre and Greenwich was a great success.  It is worth noting that we from Coulsdon Probus made up nearly half the coach load.

Next week there is a superb cruise down the Thames from Maidenhead to Henley with lashings of tea, coffee, pastries and shortbread on the boat.  Date April 12th.  Early start from the Tudor Rose at 8.a.m.  Tickets are £32.50 pp and that doesn’t include lunch at Henley, but bring a friend.

Next month’s luncheon on May 3rd is our Open Lunch when guests are invited, to be encouraged to join, perhaps.  Cheques at £15 each in payment are preferred.

Jim has also arranged a theatre trip to Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre on June 21st, for the 2.30 pm show.  That’ll cost £36 each, plus £14 for lunch at 12.30 at Porters in Henrietta Street.

Then there is our annual Ladies Luncheon on Thursday, October 18th at the Coulsdon Manor Hotel.  You all received a reservation form from Jim, so book what you want to eat, make out the cheque (£27 per person) and let Jim have it before the end of August.

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