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Members please note that

1.) Our meetings are now held at Potten End hall. If you need a lift there and back please contact Norman Dugard.

2.) Use the link on this page to email the Secretary to apologise for your absence in advance for any meeting.

3.) See the attached map for additional parking at Potten End

4.) Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening is available for over 65 year males by calling 01727 897719 and leaving your phone number for a call back. Scans take place in HH, are free and take only 10 minutes with an instant result. Please tell your friends. See

5. Hope for Children presentation from October 2017 may be found here

6.Club compliance with GDPR can be found here

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Our Speakers

July 4th Bayonets, Bonnets and Massacres Paul Chamberlain
July 25th He set the desert on fire Peter Clayton
September 5th REMAP (charity talk) Di Stevens
October 3rd London to Brighton car run Jim Gregory
November 7th Wine and Cheese  
December 5th Don't forget the paperchains Tricia Thomson
January 2nd Moments, Memory and Magic Vic Botrill
February 6th Bagels and bacon Jeff Rozelar
March 6th Amy Wonderful Amy,"Queen of the air" Roy Smart
April 3rd Photographer of wildlife Tom Way
May 5th Thames Barge Trust David Gibson



Minutes of the General Meeting held on 6th June 2018 at Potten End Village Hall

    • The Chairman; Peter Wilkinson opened the meeting at 10:30 and welcomed all members and MIW Abdul Nath. Vouchers for Afternoon Tea at Pendley Manor were presented to the tea ladies, Margaret, Barbara and Diane in thanks for the service provided to members at our monthly meetings.
    • The Speaker; Pete Randall introduced the speaker, Nick Brazil to give a talk entitled “Castles In The Air”, an illustrated review of inventions made between the 18th and early 20th centuries. From a list of inventions for the home we heard of sewing machines powered by dogs and the human voice, sweat beds, swooning chairs and a climbing machine, some of which illustrated the Victorian taste for exercise but not necessarily for fresh air. A dinner express delivered food to diners on a model train running across the table. A French inventor came up with an umbrella that doubled as a lightening conductor and in 1907 Julius Neubronner successfully developed a camera that could be attached to a pigeon for aerial photography. Various forms of monocycle with the rider sitting inside the wheel were developed but these were all superseded by the bicycle in the same way that a mule-powered tram in San Antonio was replaced with an electric tram. Pedestrian “catchers” on the front of vehicles were not successful, nor was the jam jar lifeboat or Henry Bessemers’s ship with accommodation on gimbals to prevent seasickness but which was highly unstable. The Lumière brothers, pioneers of cinematography in France, developed Autochrome, the first practical colour photographic system, a principal component of which was potato starch. The title of today’s talk comes from a proposal to suspend a structure above the 1894 Antwerp Exhibition. Following questions Pete gave our thanks to the speaker.
    • The Chairman; Graham & Margaret Cooper celebrated their Diamond Wedding in May and Peter Wilkinson read out a card from them thanking the Club for flowers sent.
    • New Member; Tom Bloch was given the floor to make a short address telling the members about himself, his career and his interests.
    • Attendance:  present 79, apologies 17.
    • The Minutes of the meeting of 2nd May 2018, which had been circulated by email and hard copies of which were available for those who wanted them, were approved. There were no matters arising not already covered by the agenda.
    • Secretary; Mike Beavington thanked all members who had returned signed GDPR consent forms, there are now only a few members who have not yet signed up. Copies of the Summer 2018 Probus magazine were distributed before the meeting.
    • Care Secretary; Chris Gower reported on members who were unwell. This being his last time in this role he thanked members for keeping him advised of their illnesses as this is the only way he has been able to find out.
    • Social Secretary; Tom Derbyshire had distributed a leaflet detailing forthcoming Club and Theatre Club events and reminded members that from now on Andy Cunningham would be taking on this job. The proposed Spring Break to Harrogate for which bookings opened today is already oversubscribed. There are still a couple of places available for the Shepherd Neame Brewery trip in June and Sonning in July but prompt advice is needed for anyone wishing to add their name to the lists. The itinerary for the Museum trip in October has changed due to the closure of one of them.
    • Theatre Club; Dave Norris advised that the overnight trip to Chichester on 21st/22nd August to see “Me And My Girl” is full but names can still be added to the waiting list. Balance payment will be due by the 4th July meeting.
    • Treasurer; Geoff Kirk reported an opening balance for the month of £2,101.00 with receipts of £16.00 and less payments of £147.00 leaving a balance of £1,970.00 which, after adding the balance of the Social Fund of £1,270.00 and £2,486.00 net receipts in respect of future trips and social events gives a total balance of £5,726.00.
    • Speaker Secretary; Pete Randall advised that most of speakers in the past year had been booked by his predecessor John Baldwin but from now on they would be his. On 4th July Paul Chamberlain will give a talk entitled “Bayonets, Bonnets and Bloody Massacres”.
    • Meeting closed at 11:52                           Next Meeting:  4th July 2018 at Potten End Village Hall








    Committee Members - 2017/2018

    Tom Derbyshire

    Mike Beavington

    Geoff Kirk

    Social Secretary
    Andy Cunningham

    Vice Chairman
    Mike Beavington

    Care Secretary
    Keith Hamshere

    Speaker Secretary
    Peter Randall

    Asst. Social Secretary
    Steve Jacklin

    Past Chairman
    Peter Wilkinson

    Member 2nd Year
    John Gross

    Member 1st Year
    Norman Dugard

    Asst. Sec/Treasurer
    David Norris

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