Wey and Arun Canal (London’s lost link to the Sea) August 2017
On the 8th August a group of members, spouses, partners and friends embarked in beautiful sunshine on a canal boat operated by the Wey and Arun Canal Trust for an afternoon cruise along the Loxwood Link section of the Canal on the Surrey/West Sussex border.
Meeting at the Onslow Arms in Loxwood adjacent to the Canal Centre the boat completed a round trip in quiet waters between banks of flowers, shrubs and trees with glimpses of meadows beyond. The progress was broken as the volunteer crew expertly manoeuvred the boat through a series of locks as the canal water level rose and fell.
During the cruise a delicious cream tea was served by more volunteer crew members which completed a delightful afternoon in good company in convivial surroundings.
Treasure Hunt August 2017
Haskins Roundstone was the venue for the club’s annual brain teaser treasure hunt held on 30 August 2017. Teams of two competed to unravel the fiendish clues to identify objects on display in the garden centre. Keenly fought as usual the teams were closely matched with only one and a half points separating the first three. The winners received a garden centre voucher and the (dubious) honour of organising the 2018 event.
This relaxed event included coffee on arrival and lunch to finish served in the private Roundstone Room. Members who did not wish to compete were able to use the room to socialise and wander around the garden centre at their leisure.
Royal Horticultural Society Garden Wisley Flower Show September 2017
On 7th September a trip to the RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show was enjoyed by members and friends using the club’s group membership.
Home to some of the largest plant collections in the World Wisley contains a blend of historical and experimental planting. Our day was spent meandering around the gardens marvelling at the permanent displays of flowers, shrubs and trees, including a stunning rockery, water features and the huge glasshouse full of exotic plants from around the world.
Attending the Flower show meant we were able to browse the quality nursery and trade stands, the National Dahlia Society Show, the NAFAS floral displays and the Surrey Sculpture Society Trail. Several of our group took advantage of the range of items on sale to buy plants, garden equipment and ornaments and to visit the Society’s shop for cards, books and gifts.
There was not enough time in one day to see everything and our party returned home tired but extremely pleased with a fascinating day out.
The Clink Restaurant Brixton Prison
On 31st October a group of members, spouses, partners and friends travelled to Brixton to have lunch at one of the Clink Charity’s restaurants.
The Clink Restaurant is staffed by prisoners in training during the last 6-18 months of their sentences to obtain accredited qualifications in catering to improve their employability on release. The training programme helps break the cycle of crime by nurturing self-belief, through learning work place skills, support and mentoring. Reoffending by those who have completed the programme has been dramatically reduced.
The day proved to be eventful and quite long, initially getting caught in a queue following a bad road traffic accident on the A27 in Worthing which meant we were running an hour late by the time we arrived in Brixton. Following registration the staff rose to the occasion providing a splendid three course lunch of the highest quality and in ample quantities. Every plate cleared! The meal was followed by a talk about the work of the Charity and the positive affect on those taking part.
The return journey proved as challenging as the outward one as there was a fire in Purley High Street, and our coach was the wrong side of the jam. We eventually arrived at our drop off point much later than expected tired but with memories of a superb meal in the most amazing place.
The Goring Probus Club Xmas Lunch was held at Worthing Golf Club on Monday 11 December. The meal was excellent and all present felt that the event had been a success. Our President certainly enjoyed himself!
Goring Probus President’s Lunch
The lunch was held at St Mary’s Hall on 27th February. A hot meal was served and we were entertained by an excellent singer.
Cruising the Seine
Members pushed the boat out recently, taking a mini cruise to France with Fred Olsen.Boarding the “Boudicca” at Dover we sailed overnight to the old port of Honfleur at the mouth of the Seine, just across the river from Le Havre. Honfleur has a very interesting old harbour, lined with tall merchants’ houses and numerous open air pavement cafes. One of their specialties being local rope grown mussels. Being a Saturday there was also an open air market which delighted the ladies. The following day we visited Joan of Arc’s home town of Rouen, renowned for its magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral. Following a morning cruise back. down the Seine we retraced our steps to Dover. Photos show members enjoying Fred Olsen hospitality, and John Aldred presenting Wendy Armes with a little ‘thank you’ for organizing a most enjoyable trip.