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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. Our recent speakers have talked 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. At our September lunch we were greatly entertained by speaker Jan Long who gave us a presentation on the life and times of Robert Stephenson. The cost of lunch is £15 which includes a draw for a bottle of wine. The annual membership fee is currently £15.

Activities
We have outings to which partners and friends are invited, this year these outings include 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. We also have an annual black-tie dinner in January just when the afterglow of Christmas is fading away.

On Thursday the 7th of September we had a great day out, as Wallace and Gromit would say, to the Severn Valley Railway. A full coach of members, partners and Probus Friends arrived at Kidderminster in time for the first steam train of the day to Bridgenorth and then spent the rest of the day enjoying the sights and sounds (and smells) of the this wonderfully preserved steam railway.

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 is on Thursday the 5th of October which is a one off change from our usual Wednesday meeting, at Witney Lakes. Our speaker will be Dr John Naylor who will tell us about the 'Watlington Hoard'. On Wednesday the 4th of October we have our outing to the Symphony Hall in Birmingham for an afternoon matinee performance of classical music with time to explore the vibrant centre of the city and enjoy lunch in one of the many restaurants located nearby. Our November lunch will be open to both members and their partners and will feature a talk on 'Lasting Power of Attorney'.

Last updated: Fri 8 Sep

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