Visit to Gatton Park, Reigate

Tuesday 4th April  2017 at 1.30pm

Ian Bowring is proposing to organise a visit to Gatton Park on Tuesday 4th April, with a 1 - 2 hour guided level walking tour, which is to conclude with refreshments (coffee/tea and cakes). The all inclusive cost will be £9.00 per person. Please contact Ian Bowring to express an interest.

Gatton Park is located adjacent to the National Trust area at the top of Reigate Hill and is home to the Royal Alexandra & Albert School. Gatton Park was previously the home of Sir Jeremiah Colman (of mustard fame).

Coleman's additions developed and sympathetically amended the work that had previously been undertaken by Lancelot "Capability" Brown. Lord James Colebroke had commissioned Brown to landscape his park between 1762 and 17666.

Among the many features of the park are:

  • Gatton Hall (destroyed by fire in 1934 and rebuilt with the needs of a school in mind)

  • Parterre (restored in 2010)

  • St Andrew's Church
  • Japanese Garden

  • Rock and Water Garden

  • Hop Garden Pond

  • Engine Pond

  • Serpentine

  • Lake

  • Landscaped Parkland

Gatton Park (Royal Alexandra & Albert School) is  near Merstham and is accessable from Rocky Lane, which runs from Gatton Bottom in the North to Gatton Park Road in the South. Full details are on the Gatton Park website

Probus BBQ 4th July 2017

The annual Probus BBQ is to be again kindly hosted by Ray & Jill Langridge at their home, Orchard House, 40 Limes Avenue, Horley. RH6 9DG as from 12.30pm.


The cost will be £8 per head, payable in advance by cheque.


Please bring along deckchairs (a table also if you wish), glasses and drinks for your own consumtion (Alcohol, Juice, etc). Ladies are requested to bring along a dessert/pudding.

Contribution of prizes for the proposed raffle would also be most welcome.




Tower House Hotel

Probus Holiday in Bournemouth

18-22 September 2017

Ray Langridge is proposing to organise a Probus holiday based in Bournemouth from 18 to 22 September 2017, and wishes to determine if there is sufficient support to make this holiday a viable proposition. The final cost has yet to be fixed, but it is likely to be similar to last year, i.e. circa £400.

If you are interested in principle in coming on this holiday will you please let Ray Langridge know as soon as possible by telephone, email, post or on a list that will be available at the February meeting.

Accommodation would be provided at the Tower House Hotel in Bournemouth, and the price will include:

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast

  • Porterage

  • Executive coach travel throughout

  • Admission to chosen attractions (except for NT)

  • Gratuities to coach driver and hotel staff

  • There is no single supplement

The itinery has yet to be worked out but attractions that may be considered include:

  • Mottisfont Abbey (NT)

  • Romsey

  • Monkey World

  • Kingston Lacy (NT)

  • HMS Alliance and Submarine Museum, Gosport

  • Explosion Exhibition, Priddy's Hard

  • Beaulieu Motor Museum, Abbey, House and Gardens

  • Portchester Castle

  • Royal Armories, Fort Nelson