THE PROBUS 87 CLUB OF DROITWICH SPA NEWS 2018

22 March 2018 - Paul Harding
  - THE FORMATION OF THE RAF -

Celebrating 100 years

Uniforms:
Flying Corps - Grey

Royal Air Force - Blue

We Dropped Bombs like these out of the Cockpit

INVESTITURES OF NEW MEMBERS:-

Geoff Briscoe

John Barrett

Brian Turner

12th April - You may Run, but you can’t hide…-

An Exposé of US Air Power - by Michael Garvey


April 19th -
STANLEY BALDWIN
Our Local Man In a Crisis
Speaker: Chris Gait


17th April - Lunch At The Wagon Wheel

3RD MAY - DVD OF THE SHORTS’S SUNDERLAND FLYING BOAT - Eric Davis

St Richard’s Festival  - 5th MAY 2018

St Richard de Wych Blessing the Upwich Brine Pit to make the brine flow.

Organised by PROBUS 87

23rd April

VISIT TO WORCESTER CATHEDRAL - Organised by Keith Garvey

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING  - 10th MAY 2018


THE ADVERTISER NEWSPAPER PICTURE

CHANGE OF CHAIRMAN

Sandy Laird passes the Chairman’s regalia onto Keith Fieldhouse

ANNUAL MASTERMIND QUIZ  - 17th MAY


Keith Garvey promises that PROBUS 87 will have their own signature tune and will create a masterpiece for YOU-TUBE

AND THE WINNER WAS :

‘John Brown’

24th May - Canal Technology - by PROBUS 87 Member Alan Davey  


PROBUS 87 Artist: Ken Harler

7th June LUNCH AT WORCESTER GOLF CLUB  -  By kind permission of member Eric Davis


PROBUS 87 GROUP PHOTOGRAPH

INVESTITURE OF

TONY BIDDLE

14th June: Elon Musk (Engineer Extraordinaire)

By Chris O’Laughlin


21st June: - Member’s DVD/YouTube

The Peter Hawkins show!


28th June: - Britain and the Vikings

By Ron Gallivan

Friday 29th June - VISIT TO COSFORD ROYAL AIR FORCE MUSEUM - Organised by Jan Bryce

Bristol 188, 1957, Titanium Steel alloy for kenetic heating tests at Mach 1.8

Step One Before being awarding Wings –

The ‘News’ presented on this page is done in reverse order, i.e the latest news is listed first, followed by more recent news.
So look at the bottom of this page to see yesterdays action.

This has been done to avoid the time and effort of moving large groups of pictures and data to make room for the latest event.

Member’s Melange

Talks by four members

Eric Davis, Founder Member, Past Chairman and Life Member, recalled the beginnings of PROBUS 87.

Jan Bryce, ex Royal Navy Weapons Director, replayed, utilising members, a typical battle scene in the Ops room.

Geoff Briscoe gave an insight of his experience of being a Chef. Starting with the love of outdoor oven cooking with the Scouts and finishing as chef at the Château Impney

John Careless, Hon Treasurer, talked about his English coin collection. Explaining how they were valued and relating the stories connected with their issue.

Lunch at the Holt Fleet Hotel

19th JULY - Malcolm Gylee
Shared his Experience with the UK/EU organisation and co-operation.

Thursday 26th July

At the lunch:

Investiture of

New Member:

Keith McLachian


   Thursday 9th August

Keith McLachian


To old news

To Introduction

David Bayley’s talk was entitled ‘How records began - the Edison Phonograph.’

AUGUST 2nd: MEMBERS’ POETRY AND PROSE

Organised by Roy Davies

AUGUST 2nd:    -  CALL MY BLUFF -

ORGANISED BY DAVID MORRISON

No one had knowledge of any of the items - too difficult to pronounce even!. The three proposed descriptions of each item was well presented and very convincing.

There was a tie breaker question between tables 3 &4. Table 4 won and each contestant presented with with chocolates.

Sandy came dressed in his clan’s Scottish uniform to illustrate the ‘men only’ aspect of PROBUS and to advertise the Great Debate that will take place on October 11th.

This Happy Event Included the Investiture of John Franklin

Aug 23rd:  Four Years with an electric vehicle - Nissan Leaf. A good experience by Sheila Joynes

Aug 23 rd -Evening Chinese buffet at the Four Seasons.

Aug 20th - Evening at the Gardener’s Arms.

Sept 6th - Lock, stock and barrel a talk by Neil Brazier

Sept 8th  -Droitwich Spa Salt Fest:

Sept 13th - Lunch at the Dew Drop Inn

The Gardener's Arms near Vines Park was the venue with a difference for twenty members and our wives on the 30th August.  After a lovely buffet, Simon Berry the owner had made sure we enjoyed our evening by inviting two gentlemen from the Sadler's Brewery in Stourbridge to educate us about its 'Peaky Blinder' range of Black IPA craft-brewed beers, using five different malts and five different hop varieties.   The Irish Whiskey, dark rum and fancy gin afterwards certainly brought a smile to our chops and spring in our step!   Downright decadent!

The Pub happens to be the birthplace of the award-winning Droitwich sausage which we also sampled.

A veritable haven for all self-indulgent 'sausageolics'!

This most memorable of evenings was finally embellished by a performance of table-magic by a local, and prestigious, member of the 'Inner Magic Circle'.   Magic indeed!  We must go again sometime.


Map of Birmingham Arms Center

Sept 20th
 HUMOROUS POEMS

 AND READINGS

BY Paul Evans

- It was hilarious!! -

OCTOBER  11th  ANNUAL DEBATE

-  THIS HOUSE DENIES THAT MAN MADE EMISSIONS ARE CAUSING GLOBAL WARMING  -

RESULT OF THE VOTE:  WE HUMANS ARE NOT CAUSING GLOBAL WARMING!
Well we would vote this way, wouldn't we!

Organised by Sandy Laird.

September 27th  Talk by Duncan Coombs - Autumn in the Garden

October 4th   Talk by …………….. Treasures found by Metal Detection.

October 18th  Talk by Lynn Hilditch   “A Family History”

OCTOBER 25th  Part Life Story by Our Keith Garvey-‘ to where the sea sweats

November 1st   Lunch at the Crown and Sandys

November 8th    A  talk by Chris O’Laughlin  - ‘Augmented and Virtual Reality

November 15th  Member’s  Melange - 15 minute talks by Allan Roberts, David Morrison, Ken Robinson and Geoff Briscoe

November 22nd  Talk by Howard Robinson - “Edward Lear”

November 12th  a Presentation by David Bayley  - “Magic Lantern Show”

CHRISTMAS LUNCH December 6th at The Fleet Holt Hotel

A terrific event —

December 13th  A talk by Richard Churchley on ‘POPULAR SONGS 1860 to 1960’

December 20th - THE CHAIRMAN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY

HAVE A WONDERFULL CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEAR YEAR

CONKER CHAMPION:

John Barrett

OCTOBER 25th   CONKER CHAMPIONSHIPS

Changing the slides,operation the special effects and telling the storiy - all at once was breath taking!

Jack and the Bean Stalk

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

And the proverbial adverts !

31st January: Gerry Thwaites gave an excellent and inspired talk on “A day in the Life of a Submariner”

7th February:  Max Keen, dressed as a 1879 colour sergeant, gave a rousing act to describe Britain's worst battle when a Zulu army completely destroyed a British force armed with modern weapons (the battle of Isandwana). Spears and shields against the Martin-Henry breach loading rifle!.

 He also described the battle of Rorke’s Drift, where he traced the steps of the film stars.

He attacked false film information:  there was in fact no shortage of ammunition and no Welsh songs. Two of the VC’s were local men.

Our Chairman presents our thanks to the ladies for their work in the kitchen supplying us with coffee, tea and biscuits.

14th February 2019: This morning we had four talks - a Members’ Melange.

Peter Daniels expertly reviled his experience of sailing the English Channel.

 Roy Hodge gave us details of his early life in the Army.

Sandy Laird, suitably kilted, entertained us with his knowledge of Robert Burns.

And Tim Cree gave a lecture on Thomas Newcomen and his atmospheric steam engine.