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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 John Gross.

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

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Our Speakers

Nov 1st Club Social Event  
Dec 6th Power from the Gade Mike Stanyon
Jan 3rd Brinksmat Brian Greenan
Feb 7th On a 'Wing' and a Prayer The British Imperial Airship Scheme 1924-30 Rudi Newman
Mar 7th American Civil War David Skillen
April 4th Life and Times of a Ship's Pilot Capt William Wells
May 2nd How and Why we Age Dr Tony Maisey
June 6th Castles in the Air ( The bizarre world of Victorian inventions) Nick Brazil



Minutes of the General Meeting held on 4th October 2017 at Potten End Village Hall

  1. The Chairman; Peter Wilkinson opened the meeting at 10:30 and welcomed all members and MIWs Keith Gould and Paul Maynard. Member John Hancock died on 18th September; the funeral will be held at Leverstock Green Church at 13:45 on Friday 13th October.
  2. The Speaker; Peter Randall introduced the speaker, Ed Fletcher, Head of Fundraising and Communications at the Hemel Hempstead based charity Hope For Children, to give a talk entitled “Your Business, Their Lives”. Hope For Children’s vision is that every child has a right to a happy, healthy and positive childhood. Boxmoor Probus member Dr Bob Parsons OBE founded the charity in 1994. At the time he was working for Save The Children in Uganda but he saw a need for a more direct and personal approach to helping vulnerable children. In the last 4 years 161,00 children have been helped by Hope For Children. The charity works with local people in countries around the world directing their energies at education, health and wellbeing and the empowerment of families, the last of which helps families start up businesses and create savings groups to fund their children’s education. The focus is on the individual child with the aim to put them in a position to walk down the street with their heads held high. Assisted children have proved to be high achievers whatever their background. The speaker works with PricewaterhouseCoopers in a project called Your Business, Their Lives which gives businesses the opportunity to become involved. Business leaders value the benefits such work brings to their organisations and their involvement makes a big difference to a small charity such as Hope For Children. The initiative called Heads Held High is well supported by companies and is part of the UK Aid scheme whereby the British Government matches donations with an equal amount. Following questions Peter Randall gave our thanks to the speaker and collection buckets were passed around. Members contributed £600 to the charity, a sum which will be matched by the UK Government. (The presentation can also be seen again by the link on our Noticeboard above item 5.))
  3. The Chairman; Peter Wilkinson congratulated Keith and Gill Montgomery on their Golden Wedding in September.
  4. Attendance:  present 86, apologies 18.
  5. The Minutes of the meeting of 6th September 2017 had been circulated by email and hard copies were available for those who wanted them. The Secretary advised that there are now only a small number of members who do not have direct access to a copy of the minutes; members voted unanimously that the Secretary was no longer required to read out the minutes of the previous meeting. The minutes of the meeting of 6th September were approved. There were no matters arising not already covered by the agenda.
  6. Secretary; Mike Beavington advised that copies of the Autumn 2017 Probus Magazine were available for anyone who did not pick one up at the last meeting. A card from Keith and Gill Montgomery thanking the Club for the flowers for their Golden Wedding was read out.
  7. Care Secretary; Chris reported on the progress of those members who were unwell and asked members to keep him informed of those who were not well, emphasising that confidentiality will be maintained when requested. Further details of John Hancock’s funeral were given.
  8. Social Secretary; Tom Derbyshire had distributed a leaflet detailing forthcoming Club and Theatre Club events. Members attending the John Rutter concert in December are to make their own bookings for a meal. Members to return the Christmas Lunch choices at the earliest opportunity. Members were advised that contributions to the raffle prizes for the Cheese and Wine and for the Quiz are not required. Details of other forward events can be taken from the leaflet.
  9. Theatre Club; Dave Norris advised that “Follies” is full and places are available for “Tosca” at Milton Keynes on 4th April 2018, otherwise as per leaflet.
  10. Treasurer; Geoff Kirk reported an opening balance for the month of £3,718.00 with receipts of £18.00 and less payments of £392.00 leaving a balance of £3,344.00 which, after adding the balance of the Social Fund of £832.00 and £2,123.00 net receipts in respect of future trips and social events gives a total balance of £6,298.00.
  11. Speaker Secretary; Peter Randall reported that at the December meeting member Mike Stanyon will give a talk entitled “Power From The Gade”.
  12. Meeting closed at 11:50                Next Meeting:  1st November at Potten End Village Hall Cheese and Wine morning




Committee Members - 2017/2018

Peter Wilkinson

Mike Beavington

Geoff Kirk

Social Secretary
Tom Derbyshire

Vice Chairman
Tom Derbyshire

Care Secretary
Chris Gower

Speaker Secretary
Peter Randall

Asst. Social Secretary
Andy Cunningham

Past Chairman
Ian Burton

Member 2nd Year
Keith Hamshere

Member 1st Year
John Gross

Asst. Sec/Treasurer
David Norris

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