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Probus Club of Charlbury

THE PROBUS CLUB OF CHARLBURY & DISTRICT

Membership
We currently have 40 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 aim is to enjoy the company and meal in very relaxed surroundings. Our dress code is smart casual, ties are not required.

At our most recent meeting on 6th February, our speaker was Anne Lawson-Porrter who gave us a a talk and slide presentation on her epic tour of South America in 2018. The slides she used were of photos taken by her husband, and Probus member, Ken. In the bleak, dreary days of February it was nice to have a bit of sunshine even if it was on a large screen.

We held our Annual Dinner on the 17th of January at Witney Lakes Resort where 42 members, partners and Friends enjoyed a fabulous meal and were fully entertained by Magician/Comedian Eugene Matthias who was ably accompanied by his wife Sheila.

Previous Speakers: During 2018 our other speakers spoke on a great variety of subjects including: Tea, including a tasting; The History of the Waltz; Underwater photography; Inheritance Tax; and Snowshill Manor.

This year we have planned speakers on such varied subjects as: Shipbroking, Homelessness, Policing in the 1970's, Russian Literature, The Salvation Army, Decorative Glass and the Deepwater Horizon Incident. So there is much to look forward to.

Next Lunch: Wednesday 6th March which will be our Annual General Meeting. There will be no speaker on that occasion but, no doubt, there will be some interesting discussions. 

Activities
We have outings to which partners and friends are invited. Last year we have visited the Black Country living Museum in Dudley and the Watermill Theatre near Newbury to see a matinee performance of the musical 'Sweet Charity'. Most recently, during November, 40 members, Friends and partners, enjoyed an afternoon matinee performance at the Birmingham Symphony Hall. We are already planning the program for 2019 although nothing as been decided at this time.

Applying for Membership
The cost of membership is currently £15 per annum, with a charge of £17.50 for each lunch attended. The lunches are two courses, a main and a dessert, followed by tea/coffee and chocolate mints. The speaker presentation follows the lunch. The Christmas lunch in December features festive cuisine and costs a little more.

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'.

Thank you for taking time to read about Charlbury Probus, hopefully we may see you at one of our future meetings.

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