Events held from May 2014 - October 2015
Holiday 2014, Shropshire. 19-23 May
A total of 39 members, spouses, widows and guests met up in Horley on the morning of 19th May 2014 to board the coach that had been booked to take members on their holiday to Shropshire. Our destination on Day 1 was the Himley Country Hotel, Himley in South Staffs, however en-route a stop was made at Charlecote Park (NT). Day 2 involved a visit to R.A.F. Cosford Museum and then to the Severn Valley Railway, travelling by steam train from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster. On Day 3 a visit was made to Blists Hill Open Air Museum and a stop made at Ironbridge on our way back to the hotel. On Day 4 a visit was made to Shrewsbury where after a leisurely stroll we made our way to the River Severn to board MS Sabrina for an afternoon tea river cruise through the centre of Shrewsbury. Following an unscheduled detour through the countryside we visited Shrewsbury Abbey for a guided tour. On Day 5 everyone boarded the coach for the return jouney to Horley, stopping en-route at the Bicester Retail Village for shopping, coffe and lunch. Everyone appeared to enjoy the holiday despite (or because of) some minor issues with the hotel.
David Powell Skydiver
David Powell, aged 78, a member of the Probus Club of Horley and District, travelled to Memphis with his son Nick Powell to complete this 30,070 ft HALO (high altitude-low opening) Tandem Parachute Jump on 16th June 2014 and became the oldest HALO tandem to date. Setting this world record was a personnel goal and it helped a fund raising effort, which benefits the “British Royal Legion”. David completed his HALO Tandem with halotandem.com Tandem Master Ben Crowell and exited from 30,070ft. David now holds the record for the oldest HALO Tandem Jump.
Events held in 2015
Club walk in Outwood 28th April 2015
A total of eleven walkers comprising seven Probus members and four members' wives met up on a clear sunny day outside the Outwood Post Mill for a leisurely two and a half miles walk, mostly on bridal ways and rolling farmland. The event was organised by Chris Gill with Ian Bowring, who has lived in the area for 40 years, acting as our guide, pointing out various points of interest on the way. The walk proceeded down Gayhouse Lane and then turned into Wilmot's Lane. This lane has a gentle gradient and was used in the past, in preference to the steeper Scott's Hill, for the purpose of delivering materials to and from the Mill. Upon reaching the tarmacked section of the lane, the walkers turned off onto the public footpath running alongside the extensive fields of Rape. The views over the landscape proved to be spectacular, which included the Mormon Temple at Newchapel, Ide Hill, St Mary the Virgin church in Horne, Turners Hill and Crawley. Leaving this vista the walkers entered Hornecourt Wood where the Bluebells were in full bloom providing a most prolific display. Leaving the wood the walkers crossed Gayhouse lane and by means of a public footpath crossed the fields and entered the car park at the rear of The Bell Inn. Time for a well earned drink and a bite to eat. All agreed that the walk had been most enjoyable, helped by the organisation of Chris Gill, the guidance provided by Ian Bowring and the mild weather.
EnviroMENtally friendly signage in Godshill
Holiday on the Isle of Wight May 2015
Osbourne House Gardens
Abseilers descending the Spinnaker tower in Portsmouth
A total of 39 members, spouses, widows and guests met up in Horley on the morning of 18th May 2015 to board the coach that had been booked to take members on their holiday to the Isle of Wight.
Day 1 - At 9.30am everybody boarded the coach and we were away on time, with the first stop at the museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop. Following a tour of the museum and a spot of lunch we again boarded the coach and travelled to Lymington to catch the Wightlink ferry to Yarmouth. Arrived at Warners Norton Grange Coastal Resort after a short coach journey from Yarmouth, with enough time to settle into our chalets and relax before the evening meal. Norton Grange had organised an "Anchors Away - cruise on land" theme for the duration of our stay, which involved "cruising" to four destinations with suitable cuisine and entertainment at each port of call. The port of call on Day 1 was Sydney, Australia with Bondi beach seafood cocktails, BBQ and national cake on the menu. Entertainment was provided by the resident show team of singers and dancers.
Day 2 - At 9.30am the coach was boarded for the journey to Osbourne House. With so much to see apart from Osbourne House, i.e. the Swiss Cottage, the Gazelle house, the beach area, gardens. grounds, tea rooms, shop, etc., it was not until 3.00pm that everyone re-boarded the coach for the return journey to Norton Grange. The port of call on Day 2 was Hong Kong with Dim Sum, Sweet & Sour Chicken and Banana fritters on the menu. The entertainment theme provided by the show team was Hong Kong Chinese and also included a very funny comedian.
Day 3 - At 9.30am the coach was boarded for the journey to Cowes where the Wightline Cruise ship was waiting to take us on a 3 hour cruise up the Solent to Portsmouth Harbour and back again. After a lunch break in Cowes we re-boarded the coach for a scenic tour around the Island visiting Ryde, Sandown, Shanklin, Godshill, Newport and Yarmouth, before returning to Norton Grange. The port of call on Day 3 was Monte Carlo with Roquefort Cheese, Coq Au Vin and Creme Brulee on the menu. Entertainment was provided by an Opera trained Tenor.
Day 4 - At 9.30 am the coach was boarded for the journey to Carisbrooke Castle. After exploring the castle and watching the donkey operating the waterwell we re-boarded the coach and travelled to the pretty village of Godshill. After exploring the village and having a lunch break we again boarded the coach for a scenic tour of Ventnor, Blackgang, and Brighstone, arriving at Calbourne watermill for afternoon tea and an exploration of the watermill, the war museum and the collection of farming machinery. Leaving Calbourne Mill we travelled back to Norton Grange. The port of call on Day 4 was Great Britain with Corned Beef Hash, Fish and Chips, and Rice Pudding on the Menu. Following the evening meal everyone was provided with a union flag and joined in a sing song of traditional British songs. Entertainment provided by the resident show team featured songs and music from various musicals.
Day 5 - At 9.45 am the coach was boarded to take everyone to Fishbourne to catch the ferry to Portsmouth. Unfortunately the coach could not accompany us due to a booking error by Warners, which meant that we had to travel on the ferry as foot passengers, with the coach having to travel back to Yarmouth to catch the ferry to Lymington and then travel by road to Portsmouth to pick us up. Upon disembarking at Portsmouth it was discovered that the fleet of taxis organised to pick us up and take us to the Gunwharf Quays had not turned up. After some phone calls taxis eventually arrived, unfortunately as a result of these delays those people booked for the 12..00am Spinnaker Tower tour arrived too late. The Spinnaker Tower tour was therefore re-organised for 2.00pm giving us time to explore Gunwharf Quay, shop and eat. At 3.15pm we wound our way to the coach parking area and found that our coach had just arrived after its long detour. The journey back to Horley was very slow due to heavy traffic because of the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekend.
Generally the holiday was deemed to be a great success and many thanks must be given to Ray Langridge for organising the holiday and our coach driver, Stuart, for his driving ability, especially down those narrow lanes on the Island.
Brooklands Museum Visit, 14th October 2015
David Brunning, Les Lockett and Bill Chapman with the Vickers Vanguard/Merchantman behind them
Members Banking and Members Bridge
Four members of the Club, Bill Chapman, David Brunning, Les Lockett and David Jones ventured out for a trip to the Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, the day after the Club's regular October meeting. Mercifully there were no school trips and few young children about. There was so much to see that it was not possible to take it all in, although we managed a good overview of the facilities, which included:
The Jackson Shed for the maintenance and tuning of racing cars, a Grand Prix exhibition and Formulae 1 Simulator.
The Wellington Hanger housing the Loch Ness Wellington, a Vickers Vimy, a Hawker Hurricane and much more.
The existing section of the finishing staight takes you up to the Members Banking, (the steepest part of the racing track}, and the Members Bridge
The Vickers Aircraft Park with the Varsity military trainer, Viscount , Vanguard, Viking and VC10 airliners all built at Brooklands after 1945.
Concorde, G-BBDG, the first aircraft to carry 100 passengers at twice the speed of sound. Much of Concorde's design and manufacture took place at Brooklands.
The London Bus Museum housing the largest private-sector collection of buses (1890's - 1970's) in the world.
The Era Shed housing racing cars and motorcycles
Other areas not viewed on this visit include:
The Press Hut for jounalists
The Pratts Petrol Pagoda
Malcolm Campbell Shed
The racing lock ups
Dunlop Mac's Bungalow
Brooklands Interactive Gallery
Test Hill for acceleration and braking tests
Members Hill restaurant
Anti aircraft gun tower
The Avro Shed
The Barnes Wallis Stratosphere Chamber
The Acoustics building, which also includes the Concorde Simulator
The World's first flight ticket office