Probus 83: January Meeting Cancelled

Les Hayden has just advised Probus ’83 members:

In the light of the present resurgence of Covid and the uncertainty it
has generated, the committee has decided, with considerable reluctance,
that it would be unwise to proceed with the January meeting of Probus 83.

We all hope that by February our lives will have reverted to the ‘new
normal’ and that we can return to our regular monthly schedule.

In the meantime, we wish you all an enjoyable Christmas and offer our
best wishes for the New Year.

November 2021 Family Finances Group Meeting

John Coleman writes:

Dear all,

The last Family Finances Group meeting of this year will be next Thursday, 18 November, at Weybourne House.

On this occasion, we will have internal discussion around the following topics, which will be briefly presented by:

a) Kalyan Das:

– Tips on engaging an IFA and other professional advisers.

b) Gerry Booth:

– Tips to mitigate IHT on the first & second deaths in a marriage.

– Bridging finance when “downsizing”.

If anyone has a topic or issue that they feel may be helpful to raise within the Group, please don’t hesitate to mention it.

(Remember, one of the key purposes of the FFG is to share our knowledge and experience as a self-help group.)

An area that we’re keen to hear more about is anyone’s experience of choosing a Residential Care Home for either friends or family members and the pros and cons of the alternative of care in one’s own home; (possibly as an interim stage).

As usual, we gather on the first floor of Weybourne House from 9.45am with tea, coffee & biscuits and start the meeting at 10.00am.

All Probus ’83 and FFG members are welcome to attend this meeting, which is FREE on this occasion – apart from your time!

On behalf of the FFG Steering Group, we look forward to seeing you

October 2021 Family Finances Group Meeting

A message from John Coleman:

The next meeting of the Family Finances Group (FFG) will be on Thursday, 21 October, at Weybourne House (GU2 4DR).
As usual, we gather from 9.45am for tea, coffee and biscuits, prior to starting the meeting at 10.00am, which normally ends by noon.
The Guest Speaker on this occasion will be Danny Smith of Tilney Financial Planning in Guildford and the theme of his presentation will be “Inter-generational Wealth Management, IHT planning and the impact of the global pandemic on family wealth”.

With the Government desperately needing to strengthen its finances, it seems very unlikely that there will be any significant relaxation of the Inheritance Tax burden in the foreseeable future. Consequently, any family with a reasonably sized house in the Guildford area could potentially be liable to future Inheritance Tax – or, perhaps more accurately, the next generations and any non-charity beneficiaries outside the marriage. Just consider that 40% IHT on only two successive generations could reduce any family wealth above the “Nil Rate Band” to around 36% of what it would be without inheritance tax. (ie you could lose 64% above the NRB to IHT within 2 generations!) Hence, the theme of our next FFG meeting should be of interest to many Probus members.

Probus and FFG members are welcome to bring visitors to our FFG meetings  and any guests will be among friendly like minded people; many of whom are facing the same issues in later life.
Finally, we’re pleased to announce that there will be no charge for attending FFG meetings for the remainder of this year – so why not give it a try?

On behalf of the FFG Steering Group, we hope to see you soon,


The club has just been informed that tomorrow’s lunch meeting (7th October) has had to be cancelled because the Weybourne House chef has been obliged to self isolate and, despite strenuous efforts, no substitute could be found.

Will Probus 83 members who were planning to come, or in contact with others planning to attend, please spread the word to help avoid unnecessary disappointment.

This is disappointing news, but we currently live in unusual times.

September 2021 Family Finances Group Meeting

From John Coleman:

It is now 18 months since we held the last physical meeting of the Family Finances Group (FFG) of Probus ’83, so it is perhaps appropriate to explain the purpose of the group; particularly for any new members or guests.
The first thing to emphasise is that the FFG is not an “Investment Club” but is an informal monthly gathering of retired people who may have an interest in such diverse matters as:
  • Retirement options & strategy
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Wills & Trusts
  • Inheritance Tax mitigation
  • Property market
  • Insurance – whether for holidays, life, private health or property
  • Investment market & strategy
  • Financial Advisers & Investment Platforms
  • Implications of Budget changes
  • Personal Care / Care Homes 
  • Using Internet resources to help manage family finances. 
Our meetings usually have a Guest Speaker, with occasional meetings devoted to internal discussion of a topic of interest. Our next meeting at Weybourne House (GU2 4DR) is on Thursday, 16 September, when Joe Davis, a Senior Investment Director of Investec in Guildford, will talk to us about Investec’s investment outlook and strategy.
Despite the turbulence caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, stock markets around the World are high and the media are reporting that the private investment market is booming – so what could possibly go wrong?  
With ongoing uncertainties caused by the pandemic, risks associated with ending the UK furlough scheme this month, recent events in Afghanistan and talk of “tapering” in the USA, it seems a good time to hear the views of an expert in the investment field and ask any investment related questions that you may have lurking in the back of your mind.  
So why not give it a try?  
We meet at Weybourne House for coffee and biscuits from 9.45am for a 10.00am start of the meeting, which normally ends before noon.  All Probus and FFG members are welcome and if you have any questions about the meeting or venue, please don’t hesitate to contact John Coleman by email or phone.


This month we welcome as our guest speaker  Pete Yeomans, his talk this month is entitled


The model T was produced by the Ford Motor Company from October 1908 to May 1927. It was generally regarded as the first affordable motor car,  at a relatively low price.  It is estimated some 15 million were produced.

Today Pete will talk about the coast to coast trip across America from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean some 3000 miles.  He has owned 2 model T’s.    In 2008 to celebrate its centenary Pete took part in this historic rally, and I am sure this will prove to be an interesting morning.





AUGUST 5th Meeting

For our speaker this month we welcome Nick Brazil.

Nick is an author, documentary Film Maker and photographer. His illustrated talks cover a variety of different subjects which reflect his varied life experiences

His talk this month is entitled  THE BALKAN RAILWAY ADVENTURE  it covers a rail journey from Pangbourne in Berkshire to Split in Croatia and back, which includes many fascinating cities including-

Dubrovnik –  Pearl of the Adriatic . An introduction to this ancient Adriatic  city, which has survived earthquakes, invasions and seige.

Slovenia – The Balkans Beautiful  Northern Secret.

I am sure this will prove to be an interesting  morning and bring back memories for many of us.




After a very difficult period due to Covid,  where we had many months of no meetings and then finally the arrival of Zoom,  which enabled us to keep in contact and enjoy many interesting and varied talks by Zoom, which were reasonably attended.

This month we go live and welcome our speaker Bob Sinfield with his talk entitled COMEDY HOUR   the GREAT UNWATCHED.      Bob is an Actor, Author, Radio Presenter and describes himself as free lance time waster. He is a radio buff of the 50’s 60’s and as you can imagine full of entertaining stories to tell. He has written scripts for  comedy performers for over 4 decades.  

I am sure it will be an interesting morning, catching up with many members we may not had contact with for over 12 months.




June 2021 Family Finances Group Zoom Meeting

John Coleman writes:

Dear All,

It has been said that we’re all on a journey through life with different routes but with the same ultimate destination. Like any journey, it pays to make appropriate preparations if you want things to go smoothly. Consequently, David Bott has invited the local firm of solicitors Moore Barlow to talk to the FFG next Thursday, 17 June, on the preparations one should make to minimise the problems (and potential loss) for one’s family and beneficiaries in the event of your death.

The Zoom presentation will be given by Dan Milano and Libby Wardle, who will be pleased to take questions after their talk. Whilst it’s a grim subject, it is something that shouldn’t be ignored if you wish things to run smoothly after your passing. So please take this opportunity to listen to experts, who have sadly all too often seen the consequences of poor planning.

The precise content of the talk will be at the discretion of Moore Barlow but the following issues are likely to be covered:

  • What are the appropriate preparations for making a “smooth” exit from this life.
  • What if one is responsible as an Executor of a Will and for arranging Probate?
  • Just how complicated is it?
  • What are the common pitfalls to be aware of?

Please join the meeting next Thursday morning by clicking on the link provided by John’s email.