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Our friends at Guildford Probus have challenged us, again, to a Bowls Match. Date is August 8th. Please see the BOWLS AND GOLF section of this website for more details.

We are still short of players for our Golf Match against Guildford Probus on April 26th. Do please contact John Coleman asap if you'd like to play. 


Investors Group Update

To all members of the Guildford Probus (1983) Club

The next mtg of the Investors Discussion Group will be on Thursday next week, the 15th March, at the Masonic Centre. 10am for coffee and we aim to finish at 12 noon.

The speaker will be Andrew Withey, a former HSBC fund manager, whose views on the economy and investment market are always interesting and informative. All members of the Club are welcome to attend.


March Lunch

Dr Richard Phillips, our March guest speaker, has a Chemistry PhD and, since retirement, has completed an MA in Classical Studies and is researching for a PhD in Ancient History in the Department of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology of Birkbeck College. Much of his research is focused on the Cyclades, where he and his wife spend several months each year based at their village house on the island of Antiparos. The full title of Richard’s talk was ‘Hard Rock and Soft Power: Parian marble as a source of wealth, prosperity and influence in the ancient Greek world.’ Some might have anticipated a rather dry subject, but all were carried along by Richard’s knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject.

The small Cycladic island of Paros was remarkably prosperous during the Archaic and Classical periods of Ancient Greece. This prosperity was based predominantly on its trade in Parian marble, an exquisite material that was widely sought-after by prominent sculptors throughout antiquity for its use in the highest quality statuary and the most prestigious sanctuaries and public buildings. Many of the most beautiful statues found on the Athenian Acropolis, as well as many of those now housed in the great museums of Europe and the United States, are of Parian marble.

Some of greatest sculptors of the period were from Paros and others were drawn towards the artistic community that developed there in the late Archaic period. Artistic styles reflected the trade that Paros had established throughout the Eastern Mediterranean over many centuries. The famous marble, combined with the excellence and prominence of Parian sculptors, endowed Paros with considerable influence in the ancient Greek world, influence of a kind that we would now call ‘soft power’.



Investors Group Update

The next mtg of our Investors Discussion Group will be next Thursday, 15th February at Weybourne House.  10am for coffee and we aim to finish around 12 noon.  The mtg will be a general discussion which will commence with residential downsizing and equity release.  All members of the Club are welcome to attend.


February Lunch


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Our guest speaker at the February Probus ’83 lunch was John Bryant. John’s career started working on the British Rail ferries operating out of Dover and then latterly as Headteacher at a Primary School.

John’s talk began by introducing us to the Norwegian shipping line Hurtigruten which operates out of Bergen with a daily service up the Norwegian coast into the Arctic circle and round the north coast to the Russian border. The round trip takes 11 days and so a number of ships are required for the service.

The shipping line was established nearly 125 years ago and for nearly 100 of those years it was the primary means of mail communication for the 37 ports of call many of these being remote communities. Nowadays much of the mail service has been given over to airline services but the shipping route still continues to provide an important and significant mail service.

John illustrated many of the ships that have served on the route. In the second World War Norway was occupied by the Germans who made use of the ships to ferry troops consequently these ships became targets for the British Navy and Airforce. Most of the fleet were sunk by the British with considerable loss of civilian lives and this tragic loss of life is commemorated at various places along the route. A new fleet of ships was commissioned after the war to replace those lost and these too have been replaced with modern larger vessels. Nowadays much of the revenue comes from cruise passengers and the modern ships are now more luxurious and have better facilities to cater for this ever expanding trade.

John’s talk was amply illustrated with some excellent photographs, the last part of the talk showing us the principle ports of call and the scenery to be enjoyed en route. Bergen and Trondheim are particularly attractive towns and some time spent in these towns is very worthwhile.

Finally John told us of the book he has written on this whole subject entitled ‘Hurtigruten 120’ and, soon to be published, ‘Hurtigruten 125’ which are available from



January 29th 2018 update: Investment Group programme for 2018 is now available - see the Investment Group page.




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 We've managed to obtain a lovely photo of our December speaker/performer, Margaret Watson.

She enthralled us all so much there there is no doubt she will be asked to entertain us again.

In the Festive spirit, we immediately recommended her to our sister club, Guildford Probus. 





I’m delighted our January lunch was well attended, following the disappointing attendance at our December Ladies lunch.

You will be aware that we have decided to go on the offensive with publicity, to assist you, to assist your Club, in attracting new members.

In the past few weeks we’ve managed to have an article in the Surrey Advertiser – December 15th, The Guildford Magazine, January edition, P7, and under Community Websites in the Guildford Dragon – do take a look there on as it’s a major “plug” for our Club.


January Lunch


The speaker, David Skillan, gave us an excellent illustrated talk on Lincoln at Gettysburg. So much has been written about the subject, and all attendees probably had some knowledge of what occurred, but David managed to weave an incisive series of facts into a wonderfully entertaining 30 minutes. A good sign of appreciation is the number of questions posed – and these came thick and fast.





The next meeting will be at the Masonic Centre, at 10am, for coffee, on January 18th. A short talk will be given by Ian Halket, a financial advisor with HFS Milbourne, whose office is just down the road from the Centre at Artington. It will be followed by questions and a general discussion. All members of the Club are welcome to attend.





As you know, Patrick Lalor launched the revised website in early December. It has been very well received.

Please do take a look – - and encourage friends and neighbours to also view the website. This is an essential element in our marketing and our recruitment endeavours






                                  MESSAGE FROM YOUR CHAIRMAN





For those of you that missed what turned out to be one of the most interesting Ladies Lunches, with Mayor Cllr Nigel Manning and Mayoress Cllr Marsha Moseley in attendance, we were wonderfully entertained by speaker and harpist Margaret Watson.

There was more than a hint of party atmosphere present, and, unusually, a number of attendees, encouraged by what they found on the tables, managed to create just that - a truly relaxed and convivial lunch environment.

Margaret Watson will certainly be requested to come again. She not only played some exquisite pieces, during which no-one fell asleep (probably a first), but gave some truly amazing details about the harp.

The harp has 47 strings, equivalent to white notes on the piano. It has 7 pedals, each with 3 settings - equivalent to the black notes on a piano. The harp rarely stays in tune for long, the atmospheric changes playing havoc. Shostakovich once remarked that a harpist spends 90% of time tuning the harp, and 10% playing the harp out of tune!

Every harp has alternate black and red strings every 4 strings. The red being a "C" and the black an "F."

Having learned just how difficult, thereby, a harp is to both tune and play, no wonder everyone present was mesmerised by what we saw and heard.


We wish all members, and their families, a wonderful Festive Season.