August 2011

THE COST OF THINGS Yes, we belong to the luckiest generation known to recent history, what with the last serious war being over sixty years ago and economics having a generally-upwards trend all the time; our pensions, while not being the greatest, are at least more certain than those for our children. It’s just the […]

Olympic trip

Another fine summer’s day found us in the Lee Valley enjoying a combined coach and canal boat trip. We boarded the canal boat for a morning cruise whilst being pampered with Danish Pastries and lashings of tea and coffee. After the cruise our guide, Christine, escorted us to Waltham Abbey, describing on the way the […]

July 2011

THE QUEEN, GOD BLESS HER A toast to be given with pride and thanks. When I heard that Her Majesty was to visit the Republic of Ireland at a time when trouble was brewing again in Belfast, my heart sank and I made sure to pray that it would all pass without republican anger that […]

June 2011

LETS TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER Reg Baker  tells me his ankle is healing well; he is getting round much easier now and indeed he hopes to be present at this meeting. We have missed Roger Davies recently, owing to his wife’s illness, but Lawrence Painting is recovering after his operation, so let’s hope they will […]

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 […]