Sunday, 20 June 2021

Henley Ladies Probus Club

THE 235th meeting of the club was held at Badgemore Park Golf Club in March with a

THE 235th meeting of the club was held at Badgemore Park Golf Club in March with a very good attendance.

Mary Barrett took the chair as acting chairman and welcomed members and visitors.

Members were informed of the death of the husband of Hazel Heyward Jones. A note of condolence has been sent by Mary on behalf of the club.

The minutes of the January meeting were read, approved and signed.

The men’s club had sent details of two outings they have planned to which the ladies have been invited.

One is a visit to Fawley Hill to see the railway museum and have a ride on a steam train with a picnic on May 8.

The other is an overnight visit to Stratford-upon-Avon with a visit to Warwick Castle the next day on September 21 and 22.

The chairman reminded members that the charity we will be supporting this year will be the Ways & Means Trust in Peppard, which provides rehabilitation and training for those recuperating from mental illness or adults who have a learning or physical disability, assisting them to move on to independent living and work experience.

Raffle tickets will be sold at the April and May meetings.

The speaker Tony Hadland gave a very well researched talk on “Famous Belgians and some interesting surprises”.

He pointed out that we were well aware of Belgian superiority in cuisine, chocolate and cake but did we realise how many famous people emanate from Belgium and proceeded to list scientists, musicians, inventors, artists, actors, authors, cartoonists, architects and sports stars?

The talk was accompanied by visual and acoustic aids and was very easy and pleasant to listen to. Mary gave the vote of thanks.

The date of the next meeting is April 14 when Michael James will give a talk about family relationships in a late 18th century East Anglian rectory during the arrival of the next generation.

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