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Probus Club of Charlbury

THE PROBUS CLUB OF CHARLBURY & DISTRICT

Membership
We currently have 39 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 August lunch our speaker was ex-soldier Bruce Duncan who spent time during his career as a 'loan soldier'. Bruce captured his audience with stories and anecdotes of his time spent with the Sultan of Brunei, life in Nigeria, Oman and his experience in Kuwait where he was serving at the time of the Iraqi invasion. Our next lunch on September 5th is our annual partners invitation lunch when the speaker will be Jenny Mallin who will be talking about her book 'A Grandmothers Legacy' the story of a family living in India during the time of the British Raj. The cost of lunch is currently £17.50 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. This year our annual coach trip travelled to Dudley to the home of the 'Black Country Museum' which included a short canal boat trip into the tunnels under the hills of this historic mining area. To start the year off, or to see out the old one, we hold our annual dinner around the third week in January each year.

Our annual visit to the Watermill Theatre near Newbury will be on August 30th and will feature that wonderful musical 'Sweet Charity'. We will also be making our annual coach trip to the the Birmingham Symphony Hall on Tuesday the 27th of November where Mirga Grazinte-Tyla will again entertain us conducting the orchestra playing some Brahms and Tchaikovsky.

Our March meeting was our Annual General Meeting which was a lively affair with some interesting debates. One of the issues discussed was the raising of the monthly lunch fee to £17.50 brought bout by the increase in the charge made by Witney Lakes. The annual membership remains unchanged. The 2017 Committee was re-elected to serve in 2018, and, at the same time, we welcomed member Simon Handley to the Committee.

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'.

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

Last updated: Thu 2 Aug

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