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Probus Club of Charlbury

THE PROBUS CLUB OF CHARLBURY & DISTRICT

Membership
We currently have 38 members who enjoy meeting together for lunch on the 1st Wednesday of each month, except January. We hold our meetings at the Witney Lakes Resort. Each meeting lasts about 3 hours and includes time to socialise at the bar before sitting down to a two course lunch, followed by a short presentation from an invited speaker. Last year we have had presentations on subjects such as the discovery of Penicillin, James Sadler, an Oxford pastry chef who became our first English Aeronaut, and Sex, Drink and Death in the 17th Century.For our first lunch of 2018 our speaker was Mike Bunstone who gave us a fascinating demonstration of tea tasting and told us about the history and development of the global tea trade. The cost of lunch is currently £15 which includes a draw for a bottle of wine. The annual membership fee is £15.

Activities
We have outings to which partners and friends are invited, last year these outings included a matinee visit to the Watermill Theatre near Newbury, a trip on the Severn Valley Railway, and an afternoon concert at the Birmingham Symphony Hall. In previous years we have had trips to Kelmscott Manor, the former home of William Morris, followed by a trip on the Thames including lunch, and to Stratford On Avon with a visit to Shakespeare's birthplace, also followed by a trip on the river with lunch included. Last year we visited the Severn Valley Railway and spent a day enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of steam railways.

At our Annual Dinner on the 18th January 48 members, partners and friends, enjoyed a three course dinner at Witney Lakes Resort followed by great entertainment from local musician Alan Fraser and his fellow musicians who are better known as Mingus Tree. It was a fantastic evening perfect for lifting the gloom of the winter months.

This year we are looking forward to a trip to the Back Country Museum at Dudley, and once again, visits to the Watermill Theatre near Newbury and the Birmingham Symphony Hall. The date for the visit to the Black Country Museum is Wednesday 23rd of May, 2018. The dates for the other two outings mentioned above have yet to be decided.

Applying for Membership
We always welcome new members, if you are interested in joining or simply want to find out more about us please contact the Secretary at this address or email:
Mike White, Ashmead Cottage, The Slade, Charlbury, OX7 3SJ or 'mike.ewhite7@gmail.com'.

Future activities
Our next lunch will be on the 7th March 2018 and which will be our Annual General Meeting.

You can also catch up with our activities and see some of the photos on our Facebook Page.

Last updated: Thu 15 Feb

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