March 2018

Club News

Shortly before our February meeting, we heard the sad news that Harry Cundell (94) had passed away – a celebration of his life is on the back page. In February Dave Garner was welcomed back. Phil Munson has had a pacemaker fitted and is due home soon. Otherwise, no changes for those temporarily unable to attend. There were 32 members present, theChairman’s Charity contribution was £54 – today our speaker is Major Mike Lloyd-Jones, pastor of the Salvation Army to whom our cheque will be presented. The raffle raised £28.50 for the amenity fund.

Please contact our Almoner (*as elected at our AGM), if you, your partner or another member is unwell. Please let our Luncheons Secretary (*) knowby 10.30 am the prior Tuesday if you can’t make the lunch.

Annual General Meeting

This March meeting is our Annual General Meeting. All the current officers stand down and the following positions are open for election (nominated): Chairman(IanPayne); V-Chairman(vacant);HonSecretary(DennisEvans); Hon Treasurer (Michael Southwell). Five others are elected plus the Immediate Past Chairman (Gerry Thompson). The five include secs for: Luncheons, Speakers (Alan Green), Outings, Almoner (Hugh Roberts or Andrew Kellard), Other (Andrew Banfield). Not on the committee are Membership (Reg Baker) and Web-Master (Jim Mulvey). We also have to elect an auditor.

Outings and Events

See page 3 for special 50th Anniversary Year events. Pending a new Outings Organiser, there are none planned for this year. We will, however, offer outings arranged by other local Probus Clubs.
Kill or Cure: Wednesday 11th April 2018, £31 p.p. London Blue Badge Guide and Museum. Contact Peter Coombes, Sanderstead Probus, Tel: 020 8405 8406 or 07941 234945. Ian Payne has more details and a few reservation forms.


Today: Major Mike Lloyd-Jones – The Salvation ArmyApril 5th: Laurence Fisher:
May 3rd: Dr Linda Makepeace: Poles Apart
June 7th: Peter Jones: A Year at Chartwell


Jim Mulvey: The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

Jim is an Ambassador for the Royal Marsden Hospital – he is often called on to give talks as part of their charity raising opportunities.

William Marsden (1796–1867) set up a free clinic in Holborn in 1826 for which poverty was the only requirement for admission – this later became the Royal Free Hospital and moved toGray’s Inn Road in the 1840s.

Following his wife’s death from Cancer in 1846, Marsden turned his attention to cancer sufferers and, in 1851, set up another small establishment in Cannon Row, Westminster. In 1855, the board obtained the patronage of Baroness Burdett-Coutts, whose loan of £3,000 made it possible to purchase the Fulham Road site – about an acre of land. The hospital opened in 1862 and became known as The Cancer Hospital (Free). This was subsequently changed by King Edward VIII to include the word‘Royal’ and in 1954 the hospital was renamed The Royal Marsden Hospitalin recognition of the vision and commitment of its founder. Later, the Royal Marsden Foundation Trust was set up and a new Hospital built in Sutton.

Jim went on to tell us how the Trust raises funds and forever continues toimprove the Hospital’s facilities and to save lives. 2003: PET/CT scanner,2007: Marsden introduced the Da Vinci Surgical Robot (now has two) which facilitates microscopic incision, greater accuracy and control, shorter stays and therefore quicker recovery times. Charity collections make all this possible. 2011: Cyberknife (delivers multiple beams of high dose radiation with extreme accuracy); Mobile Chemotherapy Unit; Oak Centre for Children and Young People. 2012: Institute of Cancer Research (Royal Marsden, Sutton) – from bench to bedside, personalised treatment. 2013: RMI Scanners (very high resolution state of the art imaging).

Yesterday on the news we heard that the UK has one of the worst survival rates for cancer – 47th out of 56. We have the equipment and the expertise and we have some of the best treatments available (e.g. Royal Marsden) but we have a very poor GP referral rate due to surgeries trying to save money. The Guardian, yesterday, revealed that GP practices are given large financial incentives for not sending patients to hospital.

Jim told us about the different ways of raising funds for the Royal Marsden who will support your local group with posters and banners etc. The Big C Challenge is on – support the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity over cupcakes, over cocktails or over chess. Jim is very pleased to donate our usual speaker’s fee to the Royal Marsden.


Editorial – Ian Payne

The annual membership fee (£30) is payable at the April meeting along with the usual luncheon fee (£20). You may wish to bring your cheque book.

50th Anniversary Year 2018
Celebration Dinner: 11th May 2018 at 6.30 for 7 pm at the Coulsdon Manor Hotel: with the Mayor of Croydon, special guests, reception drink, entertainer and free raffle. £35 per person. You should have already received your invitation and menu reservation form. If you need a lift please let the committee know and we will make it happen.
Old Coulsdon Fair: 7th July 2018: Andrew Banfield and Ian Payne are plan- ning our stall. Support and ideas are welcome to make this a Probus showpiece.600th Meeting: 2nd August 2018: This will be our annual Open Meeting.Celebration Lunch: 17th October 2018: Coach House Restaurant, Godstone. 3 courses, £5 reservation, otherwise free for members, partners and widows. A top three-course menu has been chosen – menu choices willbe available August or September. There isn’t a coach, but again, the committee will support car sharing.
Other Activities: There’s still some money in the kitty – have you got an idea to contribute to our Celebration Year?

‘The Snake’ by Vincent Fosdike

Times scroll on the indicator, a mute form of Bingo call. Destinations, cancellations, and coach numbers, remorselessly change places.

But the 7.13 is on time! Watery winter eyes peer sceptically down the track. Alleluia, a white eyed green and yellow snake is swaying towards the platform promising warmth and soothing movement.

Subtly it merges with the station and sighs to a standstill. Seductive yellow lights wink on. The hopeful surge forward and are ingested into its warm belly. A brief pause before a steady high keening note fills the ears of the faithful as the motors charm the snake forward.

The weary heavy laden pilgrims seeking their daily bread settle in and relax.

Speed increases and steamy suburban windows slide past. Mobiles are surreptitiously prodded into life and small blooms of colour emerge. The working day is underway. Six minutes latter ‘old yellow’ writhes and bumps over the points into Balham and hisses to a stop. Smug complacency reigns (these pilgrims have got their place already).

But soft! The doors are shut, the friendly carriage indicator fades, darkens and dies. A voice from outside, cold and weary announces ‘This snake will terminate here’. The faithful outside wail and shrink back. Then the doors stutter open and the disillusioned stumble out onto the bleak dawning platform.

The snake has struck again!



Harry Cundell 26th August 1923 – 11th January 2018

Harry was a WWII hero and a well know photographer. Before retirement he was employed by Coutts Bank in London but he moved to Saffron Walden some years ago continuing as a Companion Member of Coulsdon Probus. Here’s the WWII story we carried in our July 2016 Newsletter.

On 11 February 2016 an Attaché of the Russian Embassy, Oleg Shor, presented the Ushakov medals to five of the Arctic Convoys veterans. Among them was our own Harry Cundell, who was awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for his personal courage and bravery

displayed in WWII. [Allied convoys to Murmansk on Russia’s artic coast.]

Harry continues the story: “It was quite a surprise on Wednesday 10th February toreceive a phone call from Captain Oleg Shor, the Defence Attaché at the Russian Embassy, to say that he was visiting me at home the next day, Thursday, to present the Ushakov Medal to me. The next day he came and handed over the medal with all the official papers from the Ambassador and told me it was the highest Russian Naval award for services on Russian convoys during the last war. I really feel very honoured especially as it has taken 70 years for it to be allowed!”

In respect of his many years in Photography, Harry wrote on his website: “I have been a keen photographer for about 60 years, retiring from Banking in 1978, after which I was able to pursue my passion for photography full time.

I have always believed that photography stands in its own right as a visual art form and have constantly viewed the energy of surrealism of the Bauhaus with great excitement. A lot of my work over the years has been influenced by them. As a group they were very prominent in the 30s. Strangely the members were not long haired hippies but rather grey people in raincoats which is my description of them.

I am a purist at heart but have always enjoyed testing new and old processes both chemical and digital. We are now in the digital age and I believe that art will influence photography more and more in the near future. The different darkroom processes, over the years, were of particular interest to me and I spent some time using the bleach etch process. I have included some of the prints of these in my galleries.

I have always been searching for images in the illusive background and my ventures into taking pictures of minute objects, which I often enlarge substantially, by means of a flatbed scanner, often help me to see a totally different view of the hidden secrets which have become the backbone of some of my work. I am able to be critically selective which enables me to retain stunning detail, but my aim is to try to find some sort of truth in these searches; what I see is only there for a second or two before I am on to the next personal moment.” Do look at Harry’s own website for more of his photographs and techniques.


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