Chanctonbury Probus Club
Chanctonbury Probus Club

Isolation News

This webpage has been set up temporarily during the Coronavirus Epidemic when the Club has suspended all meetings and social events. This page is for Members and Associates to keep everyone connected with Club related information.

31 March 2020

Happy Birthday Muriel Astley

Graham Moss called Muriel today as it happens to be her birthday! Appparently she is having a "tech-based" interaction with her family this evening when she & they will sitting at their own tables with fine crockery to dinner with a glass of wine to celebrate online - what a lovely thing to do when face-to-face is so difficult!!


National Theatre Free Streaming Service

The National Theatre, since the Epidemic restrictions on life, has set up a "National Theatre at Home" service where we can watch some NT productions free on YouTube. The first free viewing is this week - to read an article on this, click below:-

30 March 2020

Email Scams 

Mike Brett has pointed out very recent scam attempts he has received in emails that purported to come from 'BT' and 'TV Licensing' saying there is trouble with his payment and inviting him to change things - they are SCAMS.

The April 2020 "Money Which?" magazine also points out that £800,000 has been lost in a month to Coronavirus Scams 

So do be vigililant and always ignore these approaches.

29 March 2020 -

Local Paper article about Norman Humble's 100th Birthday

The West Sussex County Times published a nice item about Norman - click below;-


Use of this website hits a record

Analysis of this week's number of visitors to the Club Website showed a record of 62 was achieved on 23 March - it must be boredom!


Isolation around illness is not new

John Gilbert drew attention to a story of Eyam village in Derbyshire - click below;-

28 March 2020

The origin of the word "Quarantine" 

Due the current Coronavirus Pandemic, we have become very familiar with the term Quarantine. It originated from quarantena, meaning "forty days", used in 14th-15th-century Venetian language and designating the period that all ships were required to be isolated before passengers and crew could go ashore during epidemics.

Helen and John Keayes on a visit to Australia had a memorable stay at the historic Quarantine Station at the entrance to Sydney Harbour - to see their website, click below:-

27 March 2020 -

Feedback from other local area Probus Clubs

We have heard from 5 local clubs today about what they are doing to keep in touch with their members - the Chanctonbury Probus Management Committee will determine what we can do to replicate other clubs' good ideas.


Roger Millard's March Quiz

The Club Secretary has struggled with this quiz - maybe it is lack of intellect or memory or both!! 

26 March 2020 - 

Message from Gillie & John Collyer

Dear All,
Many thanks for the quiz.  It will help to pass a bit of time and be of interest. 
Wonder how you are all faring?  We had hoped to come to the 25th Anniversary dinner but hopefully there will be another time.
John and I are well though John has slowed a lot and is very unsteady.  An electric mobility scooter has been a great asset and enables us to go out (once a day!) for a walk along the river.  The village management have closed the clubhouse but have a ’shop’ selling essential items for delivery only and the restaurant are doing basic meals for delivery which is a huge help.
With best wishes to all Probus friends,
Gillie and John from our exile no sorry from Exeter!!

25 March 2020 -

Roger Millard's Monthly Quiz 

All Members and Associates have been emailed the first of Roger's Monthly Quizzes - the prize might be tickets for a cruise ship!!!!

24 March 2020 - Contact with other local area Probus Clubs 

Secretary John Keayes has emailed the other 15 local area Probus Clubs with whom we liaise, to ask what they are doing during the epidemic to keep their members involved. Results will be posted on this page to keep you in the picture & hopefully we can steal other Clubs' good ideas!


23 March 2020 - Social Committee Video Conferencing

Laki Marangos and Ted Hooker both from the Club's Social Committee, set up a trial of the "Zoom" App today to link all the committee's members (Ian Gibson, Alan Jeffs, John Keayes, Simon Powlson and Club Chairman Graham) by video conference to determine the practicalities of meeting online. If successful the impact of the epidemic on planned Club social events can be discussed.  It was not without a technical hitch or two but we agreed this process can be useful & the Social Committee will hold its planned meeting on 6th April using this technology. Minutes will be taken and posted on the "Social Committee" webpage (see above) as usual to keep everyone informed. 

20 March 2020 - Questions and Answers 

During the present epidemic this section is intended to provide a quick and simple point of reference for any questions or concerns.  Simplicity is the key, so please accept that the information below will be brief and not conclusive.

If you have any other Club questions you would like addressed then please contact either John Keayes or Graham Moss.  Some of your questions (along with answers) will be added to this page where appropriate.



Q – With the AGM being suspended, what is being done about the annual subscriptions due in May?

A – In collaboration with the Treasurer, it has been decided that there will be no immediate need to make any individual payments for the 2020/21 annual subscriptions.  The Club has sufficient reserves to settle any anticipated future costs without incurring any unnecessary debts.  The position about when (and how much) the 2020/21 annual subs need to be collected will be reviewed once our Club returns to normal activities.



Q – How will information about future Club activities / breaking news etc. be communicated? 

A – The Club’s website should be the primary source of information, especially the recently created new webpage called “Coronavirus Isolation News”.  We will make every attempt to keep this page up-to-date and relevant.  However, the Club will not be a source of advice or information on Coronavirus-specific information.  From time to time, the Club will use the email system to ALL members and associates with specific and relevant information – we will try to keep such emails to a minimum so as not to overwhelm everyone.



Q – What will happen with cheques sent to the Club to pay for a future Club events – what will happen now that all events and activities have been suspended? 

A – The events planned for 2020 vary from being relatively simple ones, like The Fishbourne Roman Palace visit, to quite complex events, like the Trip to Normandy. In collaboration with the Chairman of the Social Committee it is proposed that the individual event organiser will email everyone who has booked a place on the event to confirm whether the event is simply cancelled or continues for the time being, depending on the state of play with the epidemic

Should an event be re-planned, then new event flyers will be issued in the normal way and any event charges will be made clear in these flyers. 


17 March 2020 - Founder Member NORMAN HUMBLE's 100th Birthday

Clive and Angela Jones had this Birthday Cake made in readiness for Norman's fantasic achievement of reaching 100 years. It was planned to take the cake to The Anchorage Care Home in Pulborough and be shared by the residents sadly however that was scuppered because the Home would not allow any food to be brought in from outside! 


Graham Moss & Barbara Yarrow were among a very select small group who joined Norman and his daughter Barbara Caie for his party today.


A few photos of the happy event are displayed below 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY NORMAN - what an achievement

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