Chanctonbury Probus Club
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10th June 2021

 

A good gathering of Probus members, partners and associates enjoyed an outdoor Lamb Spit Roast on a beautiful West Sussex summers evening at Southlands Barn was held on 9th June.

It was a joyous occasion being able to meet up and renew acquaintances in a relaxed and informal setting.

9th June 2021

 

On June 23rd Stuart Carroll will give a talk on Zoom titled "VACCINES; POLICY, POLITICS, PANDEMIC - AN EXPERT VIEW". Details to follow.

 

Day trip to the Brooklands Museum & the Concorde experience

 

Peter Comben is organising a coach trip to Brooklands for Wednesday, 11th August 2021. Members and Associate Members should contact the organiser if interested by 14th June. 

Outdoor Coffee Morning 

 

It is proposed, weather permitting, to hold our second outdoor coffee morning at the Storrington Cricket/Playing Fields next to the Leisure Centre and Car Park on Tuesday 15th June from 1030 until 1200. It is being organised by our Chairman, Ray Gatward and his wife, Valerie.

 

To ensure we abide by Government Covid 19 restrictions that are still in force we will be limited to gathering in a group of up to 30 people socially distanced. 

1st June 2021

 

Yet another virtual wine tasting was organised by the Chanctonbury Wine Club, which includes many Probus members, on Friday 21st May at 7pm. So good to see friends again albeit on a screen. This time a couple of long-standing wine club members volunteered to present their wine choices. The theme was personal grape variety preference as represented by the 4 wines selected. Anne Ditchfield, who is a founder member of the wine club and past Chairman, presented the Albarino from Sainsburys, on offer at £7.50 and the Terre di Fiano Primitivo Organico, Puglia, Waitrose £9.99. Clive Trusler chose the unusual Grendell Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa, Waitrose £11.99 and the Fairview Pinotage, Waitrose £9.99. Clive impressed us all with a fabulous PowerPoint presentation of South African vineyards and scenery. All the wines were excellent, with the Primitivo the overall crowd pleaser. Just shows how knowledgeable our members are after years of practice!! This was the 4th virtual wine tasting we have had since the lockdowns started, keeping us in touch and in good spirits!

27th May 2021

 

Thanks to our own Stuart Arnold for an excellent presentation about his experience of Solar Energy for the Home and Electric Cars. It was most informative and certainly engaged our ' little grey cells'.

27th May 2021

 

In the absence of our regular monthly Club meeting, we wish the following members a very Happy Birthday during the month of June . . .

 

Ian Gibson 12th June

Laki Marangos 14th June

Victor Swanwick 19th June

Ray Gatward 22nd June

 

A grand total of 307 years!!

25th May 2021

 

27 members and associates attended the first coffee morning of the year. The weather was kind and allowed all to enjoy a couple of hours trying to remember who they were talking to! It is hoped that the June coffee morning will return to The Roundabout Hotel venue. Watch the website for updates.

21st May 2012

 

Five Probus golfers and a guest got blown around Singing Hills on Wednesday, competing in the Roy Ward trophy. The first round at Hill Barn was in all together more clement weather and produced a worthy winner in Michael Carroll and runner up in Stuart Arnold. At Singing Hills, we agreed to cut the previous rounds winners handicap by two and runner up by one so as to even up the chances of others winning.

 

17th May 2021

 

A visit to Leonardslee Woodland Gardens was a great success for our opening event after the latest (and hopefully last) lockdown. Organised by Ted Hooker, 31 members,partners and associates were organised into three groups and given an informative guided tour of the grounds. The tours ended, having seen the rock garden, vineyard,wallby enclosure, camellia grove and loderi garden, at the Machine House Cafe by the lakes where everyone was able to enjoy some light refreshment before being left to roam the gardens at their leisure.

15th May 2021

 

Stuart Arnold will present a talk entitled Living the Electric Dream on Thursday, 27th May. 

 

Zoom doors will open at 6:45pm and Stuart's presentation will start at 7pm.

 

12th May 2021

 

Chanctonbury Probus Club Chairman Ray Gatward and his wife Valarie will host an outdoor Coffee Morning at the Storrington Cricket/Playing Fields next to the Leisure Centre and Car Park on Tuesday 25th May from 1030 until 1200. To comply with the Pandemic restriction the event is limited to 30 people, socially distanced.

7th May 2021

 

The offical hand over of the Chairman's Ceremonial Chain has been made between Clive Jones (out going) and Ray Gatward (in coming) 

Chanctonbury Probus Chairmen.

6th May 2021

 

AGM elects new Club Officers for 2021/22

As a result of the election the Management Committee was elected as follows:

Chairman                                                                            Ray Gatward

Vice Chairman                                                                    John Maunder

Secretary                                                                             Graham Moss

Treasurer                                                                             Stuart Arnold

Social Committee Chairman                                            Laki Marangos

 

Minutes of the meeting have been distributed by email to all members.

6th May 2021

 

Chanctonbury Probus Annual Journal 2020-21 now available on website.

1st May 2021

 

In the absence of our regular monthly Club meeting, we wish the following members a very Happy Birthday during the month of May . . .

Roger Millard                     3rd May                                   

Paul Chislett-Trim              13th May           

 

20th April 2021

 

The talk by Jeremy Holmes on the poet John Donne will take place on Zoom starting at 7 pm on 29th April.

 

8th April 2021

 

Pub Style Quiz via Zoom. Our resident Quizmaster, Roger Millard, has organised another quiz to be held on 15th April starting at 8 pm.

 

7th April 2021

 

A Zoom talk by Jeremy Holmes about John Dunn is planned for 29th April, confirmation to follow.

6th April 2021

 

The Old Tollgate Lunch has been provisionally booked for our regular Thursday slot for July 1st  

 

The Roundabout Hotel has also been provisionally booked for a return of coffee mornings on the 20th July. An outdoor coffee morning maybe possible soon after 17th May.

 
 

 

These meetings will only go ahead if Covid-19 Pandemic rules allow.

26th March 2021

 

In the absence of our regular monthly Club meeting, we wish the following members a very Happy Birthday during the month of April . . . 

Michael Carroll                    7 April

Arthur French                      8 April

Keith Hamson                    25 April

Rob Golding                       26 April   

 

..........between them they have 315 years of experience and knowledge!   

22nd March 2021

 

Hampton Court Flower Show - 8 July 2021
 
Simon Powlson is planning a coach trip to the Royal Horticultural Society’s Show at Hampton Court on 8 July subject to prevailing Government rules. We want to know how many members, associates and guests would be interested as we need about 20 people to make coach hire feasible.
 

4th March 2021

 

On 18th March Roger Browne will give a talk on "The History of Jazz Piano". The presentation will be on Zoom and start at 6pm.

 

1st March 2021

 

In the absence of our regular monthly Club meeting, we wish the following members a very Happy Birthday during the month of March . . . 

Steve Denham                            12 March       

Peter Bowen-Davis                      13 March       

1st March 2021

 

Penny Wheat will give a Zoom talk on 25th March at 7pm. The title of her talk is “Well I Never”.

25th February 2021

 

Nick Dobson will be giving a Zoom talk on 25th February at 7pm. His talk is entitled "The Life and Times of Agatha Christie".

 

29th January 2021

 

The West Sussex County Times featured an article reporting on the Club's Zoom talk given by Dr. John Ridley about his life as a Village Headmaster in Yorkshire.

28th January 2021

 

Jonathan Powlson will be giving a Zoom talk on 18th Feburary at 7pm. His talk is entitled “Vaccines and Viruses”. 

 

 

        

27th January 2021

 

A Zoom walk around historic Chichester presented by Roger Millard
 
Part Two - Wednesday 10 February 2021 from 14.30 to 16.00.
 
 

 

        

25th January 2021

 

In the absence of our regular monthly Club meeting, we wish the following members a very Happy Birthday during the month of February . . . 

Derek Hiscoke                     6 February            

Clive Jones                        21 February            

Rick Borrett                       22 February           

Simon Powlson                   27 February   

between them they have 291 years of experience.         

18th January 2021

 

FYI: For the intrepid travellers of the club

 

UK launches Global Health Insurance Card on 11th January 2021 to replace the EHIC

 

New agreement ensures the rights of UK residents to access emergency and medically necessary care when travelling in the EU will continue.

 

Full details are on the following website:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-launches-global-health-insurance-card

13th Janruary 2021

 

Penny Wheat will be giving  a Zoom talk on 25th March at 7pm. Her talk is entitled “Well I Never”. 

7th January 2021

 

A Zoom walk around historic Chichester presented by Roger Millard

       Part One  - Wednesday 27 January 2021 from 14.30 to 16.00

       Part Two  - Date in February to be advised  

 

4th January 2021

 

Zoom Talk on “A Village Headmaster” by Dr John Ridley on Thursday 14th January.

Doors open 1845 for 1900 for approx. 1 hour

Laki will be issuing the Zoom link shortly and has asked you to please let him know if you will be joining in.

1st January 2021

 

In the absence of our regular monthly Club meeting, I thought it would be nice to wish the following members a very Happy Birthday during the month of January . . . 

 

 Ted Hooker                    13 January        

 Mike Brett                     16 January  

23rd December 2020

 

It is with a very heavy heart that we inform you that Bob Minter passed away in Worthing Hospital earlier today after a prolonged illness which he bore with fortitude. We all send Jean and the family our prayers and sincere and heartfelt condolences at this very sad time. 

30th November 2020

 

Our Chairman would like to wish the following member a very Happy Birthday during the month of December. . . .

 

Francis Midmer                             14th December

1st December 2020

 

Dispite the on going Covid 19 restrictions you are reminded  about the following event.

 

CHAIRMAN’S CHRISTMAS ‘LUNCH’ AND QUIZ

All Probus members, Associate members, and partners are

invited to a special Christmas Zoom Lunch

hosted by Chairman Clive Jones

When:   Wednesday 16th December

Time:    12.00 Midday

Where: by Zoom video-conferencing in your own home

Who:    all Members, Associates and partners

Food:   of your choice but maybe something festive

Beverage:  whatever takes your fancy but keep some for the toasts!

Dress:   festive attire optional

Format:  a short introduction by Clive Jones, followed by Roger Millard who will organise the Christmas Quiz. We will finish with a Toast to Probus!

 

27th October 2020

 

Update on famous win by our golfers in Golf section.

18th October 2020

 

Upcoming events:

21st October has a Zoom talk by Jane Lowes entitled  "Above us the stars".

On the 30th October, Laki Marangos has organised a Zoom meeting that will include a talk by Grant Hedley from Laithwaites followed by a tasting of specially selected wines from the Rioja region.

22nd October 2020

 

Our Chairman gives our best wishes (and some dutch courage) to John Keayes for his forthcoming move to the wilds of Warwickshire. We were a bit concerned that John will find life much quieter and less taxing after being secretary and website co-ordinator, roles he has fullfilled so competently, for the last 4 years. Helen assures us that this will not be a problem! 

Bon Voyage.

2nd October 2020

 

It is with a very heavy heart that we have to inform you that Ray Parker passed away yesterday in hospital after a prolonged illness which he fought long and hard to overcome. We all send Betty and the family our prayers and  sincere and heartfelt condolences at this very sad time.

1st October 2020

 

In the absence of our regular monthly Club meeting,  I thought it would be nice to wish the following members a very Happy Birthday during the month of October . . . .

 

Peter Comben               2 October       

Dennis Harris               22 October     

John Maunder              24 October    

Jeff Ward                    25 October                          (total ages add up to 310 years)    

   

Also worthy of note is associate member, David Spain, attains his 90th on 1st November. Congratulations to you all, gentlemen, and hopefully you are able to enjoy your respective birthdays whilst coping with the current lockdown restrictions. 

Keep safe.

Clive

26th September 2020

 

Brief Round Up of events.

1st September saw another sucessful outdoor coffee morning orrganised by Ray and Valerie Gatward. Sadly due the the latest Covid 19 regulations these have to be suspended until further notice.

7th September provided a zoom talk on Electric Cars.

19th September allowed a party, led by Simon Powlson, to experience the manufacture and effects of gin production at the Brighton Gin Distillery.

24th September tested the 'little grey cells' of a number of members at Roger Millard's Quiz Night.

 

11th September 2020

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The Government have published new rules concerning Covid-19 measures which will affect our Club activities. 

 

From this it is clear that our outdoor and indoor coffee mornings will have to be put on hold for the foreseeable future.  The Old Tollgate Restaurant, who have confirmed that they will not be taking group bookings of more than 6 until further notice.

 

Therefore sadly, the mainstays of our Club activities will have to cease until safer times.

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1st September 2020

 

September Birthday Greetings from the Chairman:

 

In the absence of our regular monthly Club meeting which was due to be this Thursday, I thought it would be nice to wish the following members a Very Happy Birthday during the month of September. . . .

 

Tim Hulbert            6 September

John Howard          7 September 

Ted Fisher               8 September

 

Congratulations to you all, gentlemen, and hopefully you are able to enjoy your respective birthdays whilst coping with the current lockdown restrictions. 

Keep safe.

Clive

28th August 2020

 

Coffee Morning on 18th August.

 

Good Social Separation.

 

 

"The third outdoor coffee morning was held on the 18th August 2020 and 30 members, partners and associates attended. Thank you to all those that attended for adhering to the COVID 19 regulations. It was great to meet up again, although the weather did shorten the morning slightly. At least we all managed to disperse before the downpour came! The next outdoor coffee morning is planned, weather permitting, for Tuesday 1st Sep 2020. There are still 12 places available ".

 

Ray Gatward

17th August 2020

 

For those of you who might not be aware, Francis Midmer had a fall some weeks back which required hospital treatment. However, I am pleased to hear from him that he is slowly on the mend. Chanctonbury Probus wishes him a continued recovery and looks forward to seeing him in the not too distant future.

Clive

3rd August 2020

 

Roger Millard has very kindly organised another Zoom quiz on Thursday 20th August  starting at 8.00pm.  We are promised another interesting and enjoyable evening.

1st August 2020

 

August Birthday Greetings from the Chairman:

 

In the absence of our regular monthly Club meeting which was due to be held this week, I thought it would be nice to wish the following members a very Happy Birthday during the month of August . . . .

 

 6th - Paul Hayward                

14th - David Barnard         

22nd - Alan Jeffs                      

31st - Stuart Arnold               

Congratulations to you all, gentlemen, and hopefully you are able to enjoy your respective birthdays whilst coping with the current lockdown restrictions. 

Keep safe.

Clive

22nd July 2020

 

Simon Powlson has announced that the Dark Star brewery has cancelled the tour on the 15th August. He hope to organise another tour there in the New Year. In the meantime he’ll try for a late September tour of the Brighton gin distillery 

 

21st July 2020

 

The club held its first event since the Covid 19 controls were introduced. With the easing of the restrictions, about 30 members, associates and partners gathered, with suitable social seperation, on a large corner of Storrington Cricket pitch and, under the stewardship of Ray and Valerie Gatward, enjoyed a very pleasant hour and a half renewing old friendships and catching up with stories of lockdown.

18th July 2020

 

It is with deep regret that we have to inform you that Ken Guiver passed away. He was admitted to hospital about a week previously with pneumonia but the antibiotics were no longer effective. He passed away peacefully with his daughters, Alison and Jaqui, at his side.

 

Ken was a founder member of the Club and was Chairman in 2000/2001. Ken will be long remembered by those of us who knew him and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this sad time.

16th July 2020

 

It is proposed, weather permitting, to hold an outdoor Probus coffee morning at the Storrington Cricket/Playing Fields next to the Leisure Centre and car park on Tuesday 21st July from 10:30 until 12:00.

 

For those who would like to attend please bring your own chairs/tea/coffee. Biscuits will be provided.

 

To ensure we abide by Government Covid 19 restrictions we will gather in groups of six people all socially distanced.

16th July 2020

 

Roger Millard's Pub Quiz Night starting at 20.00 on Zoom. If you have mislaid the email contact Laki Marangos for the Zoom details.

14th July 2020

 

COFFEE MORNINGS AT THE ROUNDABOUT HOTEL AND CLUB LUNCHES AT THE OLD TOLLGATE HOTEL - YOUR OPINIONS SURVEY.

Please could you respond to our secretary's email by 31st July in order for the management committee to debate the results at the August meeting.

6th July 2020

 

July Birthday Greetings from the Chairman

 

In the absence of our regular monthly Club meeting which was due to be held this week, I thought it would be nice to wish the following members a very Happy Birthday during the month of July . . . .

16th – Peter Welch

17th – John Shaw

25th – Peter Hayes

27th – Jim Heath

Congratulations to you all, gentlemen, and hopefully you are able to enjoy your respective birthdays whilst coping with the current lockdown restrictions. 

Keep safe.

Clive

4th July 2020

 

It is with deep regret that we have to inform you that Muriel Cook, an Associate Member of the Club passed away on Saturday after weeks of ill health. Her husband, Peter, was Chairman in 2002-2003. We understand from Lisa, Muriel’s daughter that there will only be a small family funeral and a memorial service will be held later in the year.

25th June 2020

 

HAIRCUTS        Although not mandatory in the club rules, like the use of neck furniture, one is expected to maintain a tidy apperance which with lockdown has made this awkward. For those that would like to return to the professionally administered operation two local barbers have been seen to be taking appointments.

 

The Barber Shop  opposite the Post Office (07796883408 and details in photo) and Buster Brown in Church Street (www.busterbrown.co.uk).

16th June 2020

 

It is with much sadness that we inform you that Norman Humble sadly passed away yesterday.  Norman celebrated his 100th birthday back in March. Members will be notified of his funeral arrangements.

10th June 2020

 

It is with deep regret that we have to inform you that Beryl Spring, an Associate Member of the Club, passed away yesterday (9th June), following a fall she had at the home where she has been residing. Beryl was the widow of Alec Spring who passed away in 2011.

8th June 2020

 

Latest Social Committee Meeting Minutes are on the Social Committee page.

4th June 2020

 

June Birthday Greetings from the Chairman

 

In the absence of our regular monthly Club meeting which was due to be held today, I thought it would be nice to wish the following members a very Happy Birthday during the month of June . . .

 

12th - Ian Gibson

14th - Laki Marangos

19th - Victor Swanwick

22nd - Ray Gatward

 

Congratulations to you, gentlemen, and hopefully you are able to enjoy your respective birthdays whilst coping with the current lockdown restrictions. Keep safe.

 

Clive

25th May 2020

 

Following the social distancing rules, Graham Moss was able to transfer the Chairman's chain of office to Clive Jones. 
 

Clive has organised a zoom meeting with his new committee for early June and we will keep you appraised of future plans via the website.

22nd May 2020

 

The results of the votes for the 2020 Annual General Meeting are in.

All 24 votes received agreed to the composition of the new Management Committee members and agreed to the proposal on Subscriptions and Joining Fee.

 

The 2020 AGM has agreed:-

 

The Club’s Management Committee Officers for 2020/21 will be:-

 

Chairman - Clive Jones

Vice Chairman - Ray Gatward​

Treasurer - Stuart Arnold

Secretary - Ian Gibson

Social Committee Chairman - Laki Marangos

 

The Annual Subscriptions for 2020/21 will NOT be levied at this stage – however when the Pandemic lock-down situation changes the Annual Subscription should be reviewed by the Club.

The Joining Fee will remain at £25

1 May 2020

 

2020 Annual General Meeting

All Club Members have been sent an email today to confirm the 2020 AGM will be dealt with via email this year due to the Pandemic lock-down. If you have any questions on this, please phone the Secretary.

 

May Birthday Greetings from the Chairman

In the absence of our regular monthly Club meeting which was due to be held on Thursday of next week, I thought it would be nice to wish the following members a very Happy Birthday during the month of May . . .

3rd – Roger Millard

13th – Paul Chislett-Trim

The collective age of this pair of rascals is a mere 155 years!  Congratulations to you, gentlemen, and hopefully you are able to enjoy your respective birthdays whilst coping with the current lockdown restrictions.  Chin!  Chin! and good health to you both!

 

Graham

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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