Six couples paid a return trip to the South Downs planetarium to learn about the Northern Lights. On arriving they had the opportunity to share a half hour video feed with an astronaut on the Space Station who explained to them how a tour on the station worked down to the nitty gritty details. It was a bonus, that was both fascinating and enlightening in both opening your eyes to the fact that there’s real people up there for months on end and that what they are doing has practical applications down here on earth, besides taking stunning photos.
However, we then went through into the very well organised viewing chamber to see and hear about the Northern Lights. The lights are created by electrified particles from the sun spiralling down into the upper atmosphere where they are visible from the ground as faint glows, coloured arcs or, at their most spectacular, coloured rays and bands of auroral light dancing back and forth across the night sky like a Strictly contestant who is destined to be better remembered for tripping the light fantastic on the boards in Blackpool than they are for their TV career, such as it was
Many thanks to SDP for such an informative afternoon out and for taking on and meeting the challenge of entertaining groups safely in the current pandemic
Three couples from our group toured and tasted Brighton Gin near the seafront in Portslade. The distillery has been going for seven years, having been started by the founder Kathy in her kitchen. We sampled the established product when we first arrived, and it passed the G&T taste test. We then had an interesting and inspiring story about how the distillery had experimented with different processes and botanicals to recently produce a new seaside strength gin .
We followed the production process from still to bottling and whilst sampling the new seaside strength gin with tonic before wax sealing our own miniature to take home and hang on the Christmas tree. A good day out if mother’s ruin is something you happily celebrate and imbibe.
Many thanks to our new found friends at Brighton Gin
12 February 2020
- Gwen Moss organised the Ladies Lunch - some photos are shown above. Gwen coinfirmed:-
“On Wednesday 12th February, 28 guests gathered for the Ladies Post-Christmas Lunch. The Chairman’s wife, Gwen Moss, had great pleasure in organising her second lunch for the ladies of the Club. In previous years, this event would traditionally have been organised as a Christmas lunch, held during the festive period. Gwen took the decision to ring the changes by organising this event AFTER the Christmas period. Judging by the great number of comments made, this would appear to have been a wise and welcome decision!
The lunch was again successfully held at Tottington Manor, where the guests enjoyed some delightful food from an extensive list of options – with not a slice of turkey nor brussels sprout in sight! The event was made even better by the weather on the day, with bright blue skies and glorious sunshine – an added boost to what could typically have been a dull old February day. On reflection, Gwen was very pleased that so many guests were able to make this event and to have enjoyed some great company in a convivial and happy atmosphere which filled the room.”
5th February 2020
- A Curling morning was organised by Simon Powlson was held - Simon reports
‘Fifteen of us went curling at Fenton’s rink near Tunbridge Wells on a cold but clear Tuesday in February. After a very useful introductory video and lesson we split into four teams and set about playing for real. Our efforts were a bit approximate to begin with but as we got familiar with the stones and the speed of the rink we improved both our direction and distance. Two players, Ian and Valerie, were particularly successful in mastering the art of launching 20kg of aisla Craig granite down the 150 foot rink and stopping it in the target area.
Afterwards we all enjoyed a celebratory meal and drink at the Abergavenny Arms, confident in both our ability to negotiate our way around the curling Rink and the road closures’
- Ten Pin Bowling - John Gilbert organised this very popular, now annual winter event. John reported as follows "28 members from Chanctonbury Probus Club and 12 from Storrington & District Probus Club met up for the annual Ten Pin Bowling “friendly challenge” at the “Out of Bounds” complex in Rustington.
A great deal of excitement (or noise) and various bowling techniques were displayed, with a final gathering at the Windmill Inn, close by, for lunch and prize giving.
Having had much discussion on how “I was robbed and the equipment was faulty”, it was disclosed that the top scoring men were, Chanctonbury’s Ray Gatward and Stuart Arnold, respectively. For the ladies, it was Vanessa Edwards of Storrington and Pat Beard of Chanctonbury. The top scoring teams were Storrington Ladies (lane 6) and Mixed Club Men’s (lane 7).
This year the competition was very high, with close scores, between both clubs which only means it will have to be held again next year – when will this rivalry stop?"
17 December - Chairman's Christmas Coffee Morning - all monthly coffee morning gatherings this year have been organised by Clive and Angela Jones. They have reported on this event as follows:-
"It has been a very good year so far for the coffee mornings at The Roundabout Hotel with excellent attendances. It has also been good to see Associate members coming along. Our Chairman’s Coffee Morning yesterday, the 17th December, was an even greater success with 54 attendees.
We were lucky enough to have been allocated a larger room which was just as well, as we had such a large number to accommodate. I would like to thank all those who were able to come and support this informal and friendly gathering"
11 December - Royal Albert Hall Christmas Concert - Alan Jeffs had organised this superb trip to enjoy John Rutter conducting the Royal Philharmaoni Orchestra and massed choirs - 43 members, partners and some associates had a great day out to "Really start Christmas celebrations" - a few photos of the location and some of our party are shown above
21 November - Chichester Planetarium visit - organiser Simon Powlson reports:-
‘31 members, associates and guests went to the Planetarium to see their show. We were a bit worried as we knew the seats were comfortable, leaned back and, lets be honest, could induce dozing, sleeping even snoring among some of us.
No snore was heard. John Mason was an outstanding speaker and presenter. He started with how the stars and planets look this evening in our local night sky and showed us how that would change over time. He was able to pick out features, that many of us would recognise, and explain their behaviour and history. His ability to provide a seamless dialogue to what is a very complicated and at times bizarre process made it both fascinating and understandable. Several of us were saying that we will return for another show/talk before Christmas. The organiser even went out at 4.30 the following morning to see if the shooting stars were visible. It was cold wet and cloudy with nary a star in sight, but it was a small example of how interesting John’s talk had been Over half of us were able to go onto Wagamama’s where we learned even more about exotic and different places like katsu and teriyaki and had a thoroughly good time’
27 August 2019 - Gliding Day- the photos above are from this terrific event that was organised by Rob Golding and he reports:-
"Some intrepid members spent the day taking a winch launch in a glider to experience the pleasure of unpowered flight. Under a cloudless sky with the temperature peaking in the low 30’s centigrade, about 30 intrepid aviators took to skies in 2 seater gliders at Southdown Gliding Club. The day started, after a delay caused by changing wind directions, at about 11am and finished about 6.30pm, with a break for a ploughman’s lunch (with strawberries and cream) enjoyed by the 45 Probus members and guests that gathered for either participating in the flying or just watch and chat. The aviators enjoyed the thrill of a flight in either a modern K21 glider or the traditional T21 with its open cockpit and side by side seating arrangements. Despite further interruptions caused by the heat and changing wind directions some of the flights lasted well beyond the budgeted time (much to the organiser's chagrin as his timetable went into a slow meltdown) much to the pleasure of the pilots who experienced soaring flight. Thanks to all the members of SGC who made this memorable day possible."
23 July 2019 - Greenwich/Cutty Sark visit - the photos above are from this event that was organised by Ian Gibson and he reports:-
"24 members and guests travelled by coach in superb weather to Greenwich on 23rd July to visit the major sites, mainly the Royal Observatory and Cutty Sark. On arrival in Greenwich most people had a coffee break and having been given their Explorer ticket went off independently in every direction to spend the day visiting everything Greenwich has to offer. Having been dropped off the coach near the Royal Observatory, most people started in that area before walking downhill to Cutty Sark and neighbouring museums. Some members commented, that although they had been to Greenwich before, there were many new things to see which did not take anything away from the day’s enjoyment.
11 July 2019 - Members' Ladies Lunch - the photo selection above is from this event & organiser Gwen Moss reports:-
"As Chairman’s wife for this year, I was privileged (!) to be offered the opportunity to organise a lunch event for the wives and partners of the Chanctonbury Probus Club. Despite being full of trepidation from the outset, I took on the challenge with a degree of enthusiastic spirit.
My main concern was to break with tradition in terms of when in the year the event should be held and (just as importantly) finding somewhere other than Angmering Manor for where we should go. I thought that a mid-summer lunch at a venue with far-reaching views might just work and decided to plan this event at Tottington Manor, near Henfield.
The weather on the day turned out to be full of sunshine and warmth, with the venue (and the meal) proving to be very, very agreeable. Guests were able to choose from a selection of four dishes from each of a 2 or 3‑course meal – this allowed for plenty of choice and flexibility according to guests’ appetites!
I was both surprised and very happy that 35 guests were able to join me for the lunch. I was amazed by the number of very appreciative and positive comments received both during and after the event. It seems that everyone had a lovely time and that they all enjoyed themselves. On reflection, I think that my feelings of nervousness and trepidation from the outset were, perhaps, not really justified – but I am thankful that I can now sit back and relax!"
24 to 26 June 2019 St Malo Gourmet Cruise - The photos above give a flavour of a very enjoyable trip to France Organiser John Gilbert reported:-
"35 members of the Chanctonbury Probus Club, travelled to Portsmouth and boarded the Brittany Ferries vessel, Bretagne, to experience a gourmet evening dinner. After an overnight channel crossing, with onboard entertainment, including a cinema, the vessel berthed by the historic walled city of St Malo, Brittany, France.
Initially, a little cloudy, the afternoon was glorious sunshine. At midday everybody was treated to an excellent 3 course lunch in either, the restaurant Cafe de L’Ouest or Le Lion d’Or.
After a day exploring the city and old town, everybody returned to the Bretagne where we were treated to a pleasant musical evening as we made the return Channel crossing to Portsmouth. A great couple of days was had by all."
3 June 2019 - Here are a few photos from the very successful Inter Probus Club Croquet day - our Club organiser Laki Marangos reported:-
20 May 2019 - a selection of photos above were taken when 25 Members and Associate members joined Clive Jones on the coach bound for Brighton for the 'Brighton Old, Brighton New' visit to the Royal Pavilion and the British Airways i360 Observation Tower. The Royal Pavilion has a colourful history stretching back over 200 years and was built as the seaside pleasure palace for King George IV. Since then it has served as a civic building, First World War hospital and is now a true icon of Brighton. The exterior of the unusual Indian styled architecture gave way to the even more amazing decor and architecture of the rooms inside which combines Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. We then had free time to explore Brighton and/or have a bite to eat before arriving at the i360 for our 'flight' in the afternoon.
This tower, which opened in 2006, is a 162 m tall needle structure with an ascending and descending circular viewing platform and is Britain's tallest moving observation tower. Fortunately, despite a forecast of some rain, the weather was kind to us and remained dry, giving everyone the opportunity to study Brighton in a very different way, although on this occasion we were unable to see the Isle of Wight as it was just too misty. Judging by the feedback, an interesting and friendly day was enjoyed by all.
25 April 2019 - these photos above are a selection taken at the Club's 24th Anniversary Dinner that was enjoyed by 61 members, associates and families at the West Sussex Golf Club - a lovely evening that had been organised by Graham Moss
16 April 2019 - The photos above show the very enjoyable afternoon 9 of us spent practicing at the beautiful surrondings at the Rother Valley Croquet Club at Duncton near Petworth under expert coaching and hopsitality of Anne & Alan Sugarman - the event was arranged by Laki Marangos
11 February 2019 - Ten Pin Bowling with Storrington Probus Club -24 club members, and 9 from Storrington & District, took part in a “friendly” game at the Out of Bounds at Rustington. After the initial confusion of lanes having been reversed by O of B, everybody settled down to the usual rivalry, especially between husband and wives! Afterwards everybody retired to the nearby Windmill Inn for lunch, where prizes were awarded to the best two ladies (Pat Beard and Gill Gilbert), best two gentlemen (Clive Jones and Stuart Arnold) and the best overall team (Ted Fisher, Alan Jeffs, Vicky Jeffs and Stuart Arnold). There is concern that some of the newer members are “stealing” some of the prizes! Yet again John Gilbert complained about not getting a prize especially as his wife did! There was a sigh of relief in that this was the first year Storrington failed to steal some of the limelight. A good day was had by all.
21 January 2019 - Pensioners on ice - Simon Powlson arranged for 12 men and 4 women plus some spectators from this Club to try curling for the first time at Fenton's rink near Tunbridge Wells. We split into four teams and after a quick and helpful tutorial collected our shoes brushes and headed onto the ice with our coach Felix. Most of us were unsure but the coach was very helpful and I had a lot of fun. It was a great day out. The two hours we spent on the rink flew by as we tried to master the art of pushing a 20 kilo lump of Ailsa Craig granite 150 feet down the ice to stop on a target circle 12 feet in diameter. It was more than a tad tricky but slowly we improved from hopeless to hopeful and even managed to score a hat trick - three stones in the circle. Lots of shouted advice, excitement, furious sweeping, and delight until the successful stone got knocked out by the opposing team or worse still ones own. A day to remember, we will be back.
16 October 2018 - a few photos are shown above taken at the Chairman's Invitation Lunch held at the Worthing Golf Club
11 September 2018 - This walk from Ferring was arranged by Ted Fisher with 14 walkers and 2 guests for lunch which evryone enjoyed at The Henty Arms. We set off in somewhat chilly, overcast conditions, however, all enjoyed the view from atop Highdown Hill and the gentle uphill climb and easy decent appeared to suit all.
10 August 2018 - a few photographs above show our great day out on the Steam Ship 'Shieldhall' around Southampton Docks to view the Three Queen cruiseships - pity about the weather but one or two of our party enjoyed a wine whilst it rained!
22-24 May 2018 - Visit to Malvern and the Morgan Car Factory - 16 members, partners and an associate made their way independently to the Abbey Hotel in Great Malvern and having booked in, gathered in a quiet private room for an excellent dinner and time to socialise. The following morning we were taken on a fascinating and very interesting comprehensive conducted tour of the Morgan car factory (shown in the photo), where we saw all the assembly processes including the manufacture of timber frames and metal panels right through to the final assembly of the completed car. After lunch, some (fitter) members took to the hills and conquered Worcestershire Beacon. All returned safely! Others used the time to explore the Malverns and surrounding area. After an early dinner, Rob Golding expressed thanks and appreciation to Ted Hooker for organising such a superb and enjoyable event and presented Ted with a Morgan car (Dinky size). The day concluded with an evening at the local Festival Theatre to see a production of “The Final Curtain”.
26 April 2018 - This is just one photograph from many taken by member Ian Gibson from this evening at the West Sussex Golf Club. Those pictured are two members' ladies - Anne Golding (the current Club Chairman's wife) with Anne Hayes (a previous Chairman's wife). This event celebrated the 23rd Anniversary Dinner of Chanctonbury Probus Club where 50 members, associates and guests enjoyed a special evening.
8 August 2017 - Mixed weather was experienced by the 7 walkers - this photo shows us BEFORE a thorough soaking in a thunderstorm that sprang up. This sixth walk of the year around Bramber was therefore highly memorable & the 3 additional friends who joined us for lunch at the Castle Inn Hotel found our damp situation amusing, for some reason!
27 April 2017 - the Club celebrated its Annual Dinner at the excellent West Sussex Golf Club this evening. Chairman Arthur French said a few appropriate words & Vice Chairman Rob Golding presented flowers to Pat French to thank her for the support she had given to the Chairman during his year in charge. The event was organised by Graham Moss that allowed all of us 63 members, associates and wives to enjoy a great evening that had been enhanced by harpist Margaret Watson's delightful music. It had been the best annual dinner yet!
14 March 2017 - First Club walk of the year organised by John Keayes was at West Dean - 13 walkers took part and 20 members and associate members enjoyed excellent hospitality and a tasty lunch at The Partridge at Singleton - as clearly shown in this photo of some of the diners.
All went well on this walk apart from being let down by the Dean Inn at West Dean and not seeing enough wild daffodils!!