Events Held from May 2016 - November 2016
Holiday in North Wales 2016
Members and guests totalling 38 in number assembled in Horley on 9th May 2016 to board our coach to North Wales.
Following a comfort stop en-route we arrived at Trentham Gardens for lunch and shopping in a Bicester Village style shopping complex. Unfortunately there was limited time available to explore the gardens although some members did manage a quick walk. Back on the coach at 3.45pm for the last leg of the trip, we suffered congestion caused by the closure of the motorway, and did not arrive at The Beaufort Park Hotel, Mold, Flintshire, until 6.30pm, almost two hours later than expected. We had to forego Tea/Coffe and Bara Brith Bread on arrival.
The following day we travelled to Port Sunlight Village, which was built by Lever Brothers to accommodate workers in its soap factory (now part of Unilever); work commenced in 1888. The name is derived from Lever Brothers' most popular brand of cleaning agent, Sunlight. Port Sunlight contains 900 Grade II listed buildings, and was declared a Conservation Area in 1978. Following a visit to the Port Sunlight museum a local guide accompanied us on a guided tour of the village. Leaving Port Sunlight we travelled to the Liverpool Pier Head arriving in time for lunch before stepping aboard the Mersey Ferries River Explorer boat for our crossing of the Mersey. Of course during the journey we were treated to a rendition of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" by Gerry & the Pacemakers. Upon reaching Woodside we disembarked and visited the U-boat story museum, which was opened in 2009. This museum featured U-boat U534 which had been bombed by a British RAF Liberator aircraft and sunk on 5th May 1945. The wreck was located in 1986 and raised to the surface in 1993. Afterwards we re-boarded the ferry and returned to Liverpool and our return journey to our hotel. After dinner entertainment was provided by a singer.
Probus Coach Party at Port Sunlight
Beatles Statues at Liverpool Pier Head
On Day 3 of our holiday we took a trip to the Llangollen Railway, where we had reserved carriages on the steam train that was to take us to Corwen. This heritage railway is located beside the historic Dee Bridge (built in 1345) in Llangollen and journeys 10 miles through the picturesque Dee Valley to the town of Corwen.The line follows the River Dee, classed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), for its entire length. Upon arrival at Corwen we re-boarded our coach, which had travelled by road to meet us. Our next stop was Erddig, a National Trust property, on the outskirts of Wrexham. The house was designed by Thomas Webb and built in 1684 - 1687 for Joshua Edisbury. The house was passed down through the Yorke family until March 1973, when it was given to the National Trust. A tour of the house, which starts "below stairs", tells of the Yorke family's unusually high regard for their servants and, through a collection of portraits, photographs and verses (a family tradition started by Simon's son Philip Yorke,1743–1804), provides a record of the people who lived and worked on the estate. A walled garden contained rare fruit trees and is home to an NCCPG National Plant Collection of Hedera (ivy). After the tour we journeyed back to our hotel
Llangolen Heritage Railway
Erddig (National Trust)
On Day 4 we took a trip to the Anderton Boat Lift. Upon arrival we boarded the Edwin Clark trip boat for a cruise down the River Weaver. Returning to the Boat Lift our boat entered the lower of the two caissons. A caisson is essentially a water filled tank and based upon the archimedes principle the boat that we were in displaced water such that the total weight of the caisson, including our boat, (approximately 252 tons) equated to the weight of the water filled caisson at the top of the lock. By increasing the volume of water in the top caisson the extra weight would cause it to descend thus raising our caisson by means of hydraulic rams to the level of the canal approximately 50 feet above, hence providing a vertical link between two navigable waterways: the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal. Built in 1875, the boat lift was in use for over 100 years until it was closed due to corrosion in 1983. Restoration started in 2001 and the boat lift was re-opened in 2002. From there we travelled to the walled city of Chester. The more unusual landmarks in the city are the city walls, and the black-and-white architecture. The walls encircle the bounds of the medieval city and constitute the most complete city walls in Britain, the full circuit measuring nearly 2 miles. Chester cathedral began life as St Werburgh's Abbey and was built in 1092. Its architecture dates back to the Norman era, with many additions and changes made. As a result of the dissolution of the monastories during the reign of Henry VIII, the abbey became a cathedral in 1541. With free time in Chester club members either "walked the walls", visited the cathedral, strolled by the River Dee, or went shopping. After our visit we returned to our hotel for tea/coffee and Bara Brith Bread. After dinner we were entertained by a Welsh Male Voice Choir.
Anderton Boat Lift
On Day 5 we said farewell to the Beaufort Park hotel and set off home, stopping off at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The idea for the Arboretum was conceived by David Childs in 1988. He believed that it would form a living tribute to service men and women for future generations to reflect upon and enjoy. The Arboretum was officially opened on 16 May 2001. It is a registered charity and is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities. The Arboretum includes 300 memorials and 40,000 trees. Club members boarded a land train for a 50 minute tour around the Arboretum. After some free time visiting memorials of specific interest to members we set off for the return journey to Horley arriving at 6.50pm.
Arnmed Forces Memorial at the
National Memorial Arboretum
Womens Land Army and Timber Corps Memorial
National Memorial Arboretum
Our President, David Brunning, gave a vote of thanks to Ray Langridge for organising what had turned out to be a most enjoyable holiday. He also thanked John, our driver, who had ferried us around every day, and ensured that we got to where we needed to be on time and in comfort.
Probus BBQ 7th July 2016
The annual Probus BBQ was again kindly hosted by Ray & Jill Langridge at their home, Orchard House, 40 Limes Avenue, Horley. RH6 9DG as from 12.30pm.
A total of 50 no. members, wives, widows, and helpers attended the BBQ this year. The weather was warm and dry and everyone appeared to enjoy themselves.
A big thank you to Ray and Jill for making their home and garden available for this event. Thank you also to the cooks, the helpers and Frank Clinton for organising the raffle.
Visit to Amberley Chalk Pits Museum Wednesday 20th July 2016
Members of the Probus Club of Horley and District gathered at the entrance to Amberley Chalk Pits Museum on Wednesday 20 July 2016 .
Following light refreshment at the museum restaurant they gathered together in small groups to pursue their particular interests. Train and bus rides were taken within the museum thus walking was no task. Members were fortunate to attend on a Wednesday, for most of the live activities were in place, and questions and explanations were readily on hand.
Following a midday snack and viewing more of the many specialised exhibits the visit closed with all being well pleased.
Past Presidents' Lunch at The Coaching Halt on Tuesday 15th November 2016
Eleven Past Presidents of the Probus Club of Horley and
District met for lunch at the Coaching Halt Restaurant
on Tuesday 15 November 2016.
The current President, David Brunning, also attended as
It is a procedure that the immediate past president organises
a lunch such as this, in the year following his term of office.
This time it was Bill Chapman's turn.
After much discussion putting the world to right Victor Searson
and Bill Chapman announced that their birthdays were only
three days apart in a few days time and that both will have
reached the age of ninety years.
Acknowledging well wishes it was their pleasure to share the drinks bill.