Thursday, 24 June 2021

Henley Ladies Probus Club

THE 229th meeting was held at Badgemore Park Golf Club on September 10.

THE 229th meeting was held at Badgemore Park Golf Club on September 10.

The acting chairman welcomed members and noted seven apologies for absence mainly due to illness.

Attention was drawn to the fact that the venue had been redecorated, which made a considerable difference to the look of the room with new lighting and more to come.

Members were reminded that the next meeting in October would celebrate the club’s 20th anniversary.

A special meeting was being planned with some members of the men’s Probus Club. The lunch would be three courses, including a birthday cake.

Heather Clark drew members’ attention to a forthcoming visit organised by the men’s Probus club to the Poppy Museum in Richmond, followed by a trip to Kew Gardens to which the ladies were invited. The date is Friday, October 23 and the cost is £48 per person, including lunch.

The chairman then introduced the speaker, Nicholas Brazil, who gave an entertaining and absorbing talk on his recent 4,000km tour of parts of Namibia, away from the usual tourist routes. Travelling alone and independently, he covered the length and breadth of the country.

Through his photographs, Mr Brazil enthusiastically brought to life the varied and spectacular scenery, including the amazing Fish River Canyon, second only in size to the Grand Canyon.

There was also the desolate desert landscapes and the high dunes of Sossusvle, the abandoned diamond mining town of Kolmanskop as well as the unique quiver trees and the community nests of the weaver birds.

Many of the members were able to enjoy a return visit to Namibia as many had been to these places. The vote of thanks was given by Marianne Ingledew.

The next meeting on October 8 will be a celebration of 20 years of Henley Ladies Probus Club. For information about the club, please call Marion Whitaker on (01491) 628629 or email her at

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