Sunday afternoon 13th June 2021 Probus Picnic (Report by Eddie Stone)
A very enjoyable couple of hours sitting in the shade of the old oak tree in the garden at my Mother's house in Oakwood, on what was a very warm Sunday afternoon. We were nice and cool .. and I did have a gazebo
ready, just in case, but not needed this time.
There were 12 of us, all sitting at suitably socially distanced garden furniture, i.e. 7 Probus members plus
some partners and guests.
The plan was based on the idea of bringing a picnic and meeting up with friends in the park, (except in
this case it was the garden), enjoying chat and banter, as well as a well thought out quiz provided by Chris Truran.
In no time at all it was time to go .. but not before it was thought that this very pleasant format could be
the shape of things to come, (always dependent on good weather of course), if we are unable to return to our normal lunch venue due to continued Covid restrictions. New members would be very welcome .. it's a big garden.
We hope to get more Probus members present for any future Picnic events but we did choose
what was a very difficult day for many of our members! And there was some football going on!
The plan was based on the idea of bringing a picnic and meeting up with friends in the park,
(except in this case it was the garden), enjoying chat and banter, as well as a well thought out
quiz provided by Chris Truran.
In no time at all it was time to go .. but not before it was thought that this very pleasant format
could be the shape of things to come, (always dependent on good weather of course), if we are
unable to return to our normal lunch venue due to continued Covid restrictions. New members
would be very welcome .. it's a big garden.
We hope to get more Probus members present for any future Picnic events but we did choose
what was a very difficult day for many of our members! And there was some football going on!
Unfortunately all our meetings and visits planned from 11th February 2020 until 13th June 2021 have had to be
cancelled or postponed due to the Covid 19 virus. We were invited to view some of the Zoom
meetings of talks given by another local Probus club. Unfortunately not many of our members
had the facilities to take part.
Tuesday 11th February 2020 = Lunch Meeting - Lentil Soup; Chicken Curry with Cauliflower & rice. Followed by
Cheesecake. There were 20 members Present. After the various "officers" reports (for full details
see the minutes which will be sent to all members. The 2020 members directory was issued to
all members present, and the others would be posted to them The after dinner speaker was
Nick Dobson., with the subject "Its a long way to Tipperary". Nick showed many slides and gave
amusing anecdotes to accompany the slides.
Tuesday 14th January 2020 = Lunch meeting, Tomato & Corriander Soup, followed by Roast Chicken, roast
potatoes and vegetables whish were followed by Torte or Fruit Salad.
The speaker was James Higgs, who is a Toast Master, and Master of Ceremonies on amusing
incidents from some of his wedding receptions.
Tuesday 3rd December 2019 - Special Traditional Christmas Lunch of Roast
Turkey and all trimmings followed by Christmas Pudding.
18 members and two guests attended. The after dinner talk
was about interesting and amusing Films and was given by
John Astin of the Potters Bar Film makers
Group.For further details see the Lunch minutes
Sunday 24th November Winter Ladies Lunch
50 members and their partners joined together at Halsley Hall
Masonic Centre for our winter Ladies Lunch. All were welcomed
by Eddie Stone (our President) and a 3 course meal was enjoyed
by all. Chocolates were o the table for each lady and the raffle
was a great success raising money for the
Noahs Ark Childrens Hospice.
Tuesday 8th October 2019 = Lunch 12.30pm - Breaded Mushrooms, Steak & Ale Pie
with veg, followed by Blackberry & Apple Crumble or Fruit Salad with cream or ice cream.
The lunch was attended by 13 members, 1 guest and 2 speakers.
10 people sent their apologies. The speakers gave a slide show of Venice with a commentary.
Full details of the various reports and the speakers comments can be found in the Minutes of the
Tuesday 19th September 2019
We visited the Chelsea Hospital, home of the Chelsea Pensioners.
We had a Chelsea Pensioner as a guide to the hospital.
Much of the hospital was designed by Sir Christopher Wren.
There was some amazing artwork on the walls of the Chapel
and the Dining Hall.
Tuesday 13th August 2019 - Lunch 12.30pm - Chicken Wings & BBQ Sauce; Ploughmans Lunch (very good assortment
and plenty of each) Chocolate cake or Fruit Salad and ice cream. The speaker was was Gay Lilsey who
gave a very detailed talk about Power of Attorney and its implications. A detailed report of her talk can
be found in the minutes of the minutes of our meeting. She is prepared to visit you and discuss the
situation and options over a cup of tea and a chat. Gaye can be contacted on 020 3633 0110 or
Wednesday 10th July 2019. Visit to the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich.
Tuesday 9th July 2019 Lunch 12.20 for 12.30 pm Speaker Ian Kay (member) who will be talking about theRoyal Air Force.
Thursday 6th June 2019 Visit to Theobalds Farm House Garden with afternoon Tea. Applications to the
A full report of the visit can be found in the June edition of the Club News
Sunday 30th June - Our President welcomed over 50 members and their guests attended our annual summer
Ladies Lunch. which was held in the usual venue at Cheshunt. An excellent 3 course lunch
with about choices for each course.
Tuesday 11th June - Luncheon meeting - Lunch consisted of Breaded Mushrooms, followed by Sea Bass, greens
and ew potatoes, This was followed by sticky toffee pudding or Fruit Salad. The Speaker was. Speaker
was Joan Keel who was a High Court Judge and her life and time in Nigeria as a High Court Judge.
A full report of her talk can be found in the minutes of the meeting.
Tuesday 14th May - Committee meeting - main discussion was about Ladies Lunch and reports. Monthly lunch -
20 members present with visiting speaker. The menu was Prawn Cocktail, follwed by sausage
and mash and dessert of Lemon and raspberry coulis. The speaker was Bob Brooker who
gave a very interesting slide and video presentation about the work, training and rescues of the Thames Branch of the RNLI. A retiring collection was made for the Thames Branch RNLI
which aised over £150.
Weekend 11th/12th May - Many members of Probus supported Michael Wilde (Roger Baker - son-in law who
took part in 300km loop cycle ride around London in aid of Cancer Research & Macmillan
Nurses. He raised a total of £1298.75.
Tuesday 9th April - Our usual monthly lunch at the Jolly Farmers was attended by 18 members.
Unfortunately 13 members sent their apologies, mainly because of ill health
he meal was Leek & Potato soup followed by Chicken Pir with vegetables , with Apple Pie & Custard for dessert. The speaker was Roger Baker who spoke
about the various Scout Gang Shows under Ralph Reader and his
own involvement in the shows run by the 3rd Southgate Scout Group.
Saturday 6th April - We were invited by Galleon Scout Fellowship to attend a Fund Raising Quiz Night
in aid of Noah's Ark Children's Hospice in Barnet. 7 members with their partners
and guests attended and enjoyed the evening. An excellent supper was
provided by "Fish Club" at 23, The Broadway, N14 6PH. The Raffle raised nearly £
£170 for the Charity. The winning table was from Grovelands Bowls Club.
Our thanks was given to Chris for being an excellent Quiz organiser.
Tuesday 12th March Our usual lunch meeting at 12.30pm. After the meal Vin Fleming gave a very
interesting talk of his experiences in 1963 when he was asked if he could provide
a team of craftsmen to repair/reinstate an orphanage in a village near Warsaw
and gave us an idea of the problems they had with the Russian authorities
Tuesday 12th February The lunch was scheduled to start at 1pm but finished late and this clashed the
the "turn-out" from 3 local schools, causing congestion on roads and buses. The
committee ask the Jolly Farmers whether re could revert to the previous time, to
which they agreed. The very interesting talk was given by John Rayment
regarding an update of their barges at Maldon on the Essex coast. A full report
can be found in the minutes of the meeting. A retiring collection was made f
Tuesday 8th January Lunch was planned and held at the usual12.30pm. The manager suggested that
we might prefer to start at 1pm. This was put to the vote and agreed starting with
the February meeting
Ladies Christmas Lunch December 2018 Ladies Christmas lunch 2018
Strawberry Tea to celebrate Vin Fleming's 90th Birthday and to raise money for Charity - Noah's Ark
Joint lunch with Southgate Probus Club
Thursday 22nd February
Over 20 members joined the Southgate Probus Club at the Bush Hill Park Golf Club. this superb venue easily hosted our throng. Our members mingled with the members of Southgate reminding me how good it is to share our ideas with another group. The lift from the lobby to the 1st floor was a blessing and helped some of us old crocks to access the 1st floor.
The meal was very enjoyable and delivered with great efficiency. We thank Southgate Probus from hosting this very enjoyable gathering.
Friday, February 16th 2018. Thanks to Enfield Over 50's Forum we have a publicity stall at Enfield County School, Holly Walk, Enfield EN2 6QS from about 11.15am to 2.45pm and we are looking for members who are prepared to give up an hour in an attempt to get more members. Sessions will be worked out at our monthly meeting earlier in the week. In the meantime your ideas will be welcomed.
Tuesday, February 13th 2018 Monthly lunch 12noon for 12.20 sitting. The current planned menu will be Pate with Chutney and Toast, Beef Casserole with mash & vegetables, Creme Brulee, Tea/Coffee. The Speakers secretary tells me that the Speaker this month will be David Gunning and the Subject will be "His interests"
Thursday 1st February. Funeral service for Pam Fleming at St Thomas's Church, Southgate, N14 at 11.30 am. We send Vin and his family our condolences on this sad event. No flowers by request - donations to Noah's Ark Hospice.
Tuesday 12th December - Special Christmas lunch with all trimmings. 29 members and guests sat down to an excellent meal - Soup, Roast Turkey, Pigs in blankets with assorted vegetables, followed by Christmas Pudding with brandy sauce, and finished with Tea/coffee and mince pie. After the lunch we had a recital of Christmas music by 2 musicians and we all joined in on some of the well known carols.
Sunday 26th November Christmas Ladies Lunch
The Christmas Ladies Lunch was held at our usual venue and was attended by 63 members, partners and friends. The Hall look resplendent with a decorated tree and the tables were set out perfectly.
Our President said grace and welcomed all.
We enjoyed a 3 course meal and Lily Frost's special mince pies.
The raffle was a great success raising £350 Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital. The speeches welcoming our ladies was responded to admirably by Shirley Harmer. Her witty speech was well received and I will never look at a grated cheese salad again without thinking of her!!
Needless to say that there is a whole list of people to thank: Peter Frost who soldiered on despite illness to secure the food, drink and the welcome from the staff at Halsey Hall. Lily Frost who made the mince pies (our Lunch would not be the same without them). Pam Fleming who prepared the delightful biscuit favours. Mike Palos who printed the table cards with the names and menu choices that assisted those of us who had forgotten what we had ordered! A big well done to our outgoing President who with Peter Frost guided the proceeding so well.
We have indeed been blessed over many years by holding our Ladies lunches at Halsey Hall. Who knows what 2018 will bring.
Merry Christmas to you all. Chris Truran (President Elect)
Tuesday November 14th - Committee meeting at 11.00, Lunch at 12.20 and the AGM followed.. 25 members attended. The AGM followed the usual format with approval of accounts, summary of activities, appointment of officers for next year.
Tuesday October 24th. 20 members and guests had a magical evenings entertainment at The Magic Circle Building near Euston Station. The first half hour could be spent touring the exhibits in the Museum. Then came the first part of the show which was "Parlour Magic" with a magician baffling a group of about 20 spectators. After periods of about 20/mins the 4 magicians rotated around the 4 groups. During the interval we were given a conducted tour of the main parts of the museum (a bit of a crush!). The second act was a stage show where they
got various members on the stage to help them with their act. A very enjoyable evening was had and is worthy of another visit in a year or two's time.
Tuesday October 17th. A few members from Probus & Galleon Scout Fellowship visited the London Canal Museum, near Kings Cross. The new exhibition showed the lost canals of London. There were dozens of small canals that were used for specific purposes to transport goods from the River Thames to the markets and commercial centres of the capital. The Museum is a short way from Kings Cross Station and is well worth a visit.
Tuesday October 10th. We had 29 members including 2 guests. Today's lunch was spring rolls with a special sweet chilli dip, followed by chicken, vegetable & leek casserole with crusty bread and then a very nice apple crumble and custard. We welcomed back Maggie Radcliffe and her husband who gave us another very interesting slide presentation of famous people and their downfall.
Tuesday September 12th 2017. Prior to the lunch we had our usual bi-monthly committee meeting. This turned out to be a very lively meeting. Items discussed included meals at the Jolly Farmers, the Ladies Christmas Lunch, the outcome of the Chocolates at the Ladies Summer Lunch; bookings and fees for our speakers, Quiz night at Galleon. None of us had time to fall asleep. 28 members sat down to the lunch which consisted of Seafood bites followed by liver & bacon for main and Fresh Fruit Salad for Dessert. Our speaker gave a slide show of Switzerlands transport systems and how efficient they were where scheduled connections waited for both systems to arrive.
Tuesday August 8th 12.20pm lunch which consisted of a assorted light summer items, unfortunately we forget to tell the weather office as it turned out to be cold and wet. Our speakers this month were two female musicians- Claire gave us a talk about the history and development of the Cello with particular reference as to where and how it could be played by ladies. Then Anne gave us a very similar talk with reference to the Guitar. The session concluded with a couple of duets specially composed for the Cello & Guitar. A very interesting and informative talk.
Sunday 16th July
Several members of Probus joined the Galleon Scout Fellowship for an Afternoon Tea.
This was held at the Scout HQ in Green Road, Southgate.
Delicious sandwiches, scones Jam & Cream, Strawberries and cream and finally a plate of cakes rounded off the Tea. All brilliantly prepared by Pam Williamson, Pam Fleming and a group of wonderful helpers.
Brenda Lanstein conducted the raffle which raised £205. the whole afternoon raised £500 for the Thames RNLI Station.
Friday 28th April 2017. Visit to Romford Dog Race Track.
A group 13 intrepid travellers braved the traffic of Ilford and Chadwell Heath to descend upon the Coral Romford Greyhound Stadium. Expertly chauffeured by Eddie Stone, we arrived in good time and were directed to the Pavilion Restaurant and our tables beside the plate glass windows. TV screens showed the races and we had a patio outside to witness the 3 legged dogs that most of us put money on. The lady with the betting machine appeared to take our bets and occasionally hand out a crumb of winnings comfort!
The meal was excellent with very tasty starters, a carvery and deserts to follow. The main stands were very busy with race goers and punters busily throwing money at the Bookies.
The journey back was a dream (many were asleep!) and we decamped at the scout HQ. Thanks to all who came and especially Eddie for driving.
Tuesday April 11th.
Once again an excellent meal, potato & Leek soup, followed by Cottage Pie with assorted vegetables and for dessert we had Blackberry & Apple crumble with either ice cream or custard. As usual this was followed by Tea or Coffee.
Our speaker was Dave Thompson - a Chelsea Pensioner. Dave was very witty and a poet. His sharp wit and observation of life was appreciated by all and struck a chord in many of us. His dislike of jeans and trousers with holes cut into them made us smile.
He described his life in the Chelsea Hospital and the pleasures associated with the Chelsea Flower Show in his back garden and the volunteering for some of the most iconic events in the GB calendar -Rememberence Service, etc.
Well done Vin for booking such an inspiring and interesting speaker. - Chris
Tuesday March 14th (Committee meeting ) The Speaker today was Ian Kaye, who gave a very interesting talk covering some unusual items of insurance cover that he was involved with as an insurance broker.
Friday February 17th. We had a stall at the Over 50s Forum Spring Fair at Enfield Girls School. I am pleased to report that several people showed an interest in joining us. Our thanks go to those who organised the event and also to our members who manned the stall.
Tuesday February 14th 2017. Another excellent lunch with very good timings. It consisted of Pattee with Chutney, toast and butter (if required) with salad. The main course was slow oven cook cod, potatoes and vegetables and this was followed by a large nickerbocker glory and tea or coffee. The after-dinner speaker was Richard Taylor, semi-retired solicitor and under sheriff for the County of Hertfordshire. During his talk he covered the establishment of the Sheriff in byegone ages up to their present duties and ceremonials. A very informative and interesting talk - we look forward to seeing him again.
Tuesday January 10th 2017 (Committee meeting 11am; lunch served at 12.30pm The speaker this month was the Rev Ben Vane with the subject "Is Religion Necessary in 2017"
Wednesday 14th December 2016 Afternoon visit to the Royal Albert Hall, where we were given a conducted tour of the public part of the building, and we were told of its history, including where the money came from to buy all the land for the Hall and all the museums and colleges in the area. We were told how the building is adapted for the various events that are now held in the Hall - tennis tournament; ice shows; prom concerts, boxing contests etc. We sat in one of the boxes and listened to part of the rehearsal for a Christmas Concert, were shown the Royal box and told who is allowed to use it. We were taken up to the gallery and went behind the grand organ, and then had a further break and listened to the orchestra rehearsing Swan Lake. Our excellent Guide said that he thought that the tour of the basement area is even more interesting than the one we went on - perhaps this is another job for Chris who arranged our tour.
Tuesday 6th December - This was our second meeting at the 'Jolly Farmers' and was our special Christmas meal. The food was excellent but the service was very poor, with long waits between courses. This resulted in us having to cancel the special festive "speaker", which was a pity. No doubt the Committee have, or will lodge a complaint with the Jolly Farmers Management.
Sunday 27th November our Annual Christmas Ladies Lunch at the usual Cheshunt venue. Our President welcomed members with their family and friends on this special occasion. Reception was at 12.30pm for lunch at 1.30pm This year there was the usual pre-ordered choices from 3 starters, 3 main courses, & 3 desserts followed by coffee and mince pies. The response to the President was given by Brenda Lanstein on behalf of the ladies and guests. The proceeds of the raffle were for the London Air Ambulance.
Saturday 19th November - Several of our members attended Quiz evening at the 14th Southgate Scout HQ to raise funds for Galleon Scout Fellowship Charities - the evening started with an excellent light meal and was followed by a hilarious quiz session. The evening raised nearly £300 which was shared by two of their charities - London Air Ambulance and for a local Scout Group that had recently suffered arson damage.
Tuesday November 8th - This was our first meeting at the Jolly Farmers. There was a Committee meeting at "The Jolly Farmers" 2, Enfield Road, Enfield, EN2 7QS at 11am followed by lunch at 12.30pm and then our AGM. The lunch was very good and we were pleased to see some of our members who were unable to manage the stairs at our previous venue. At the AGM we are keen to get new members on the committee as some of the present committee think that it is time for the younger members to take a more active part in the Committee. Any further "volunteers" should contact the Secretary as soon as possible please. The new committee will appear shortly on this web.
Tuesday 18th October. This was our final session at the Walker Cricket Ground. The reason for the change was when we originally started using the facilities in April 2013 we were told that a grant had been received to provide easy access to the club-room on the first floor. Unfortunately this has not been provided and it is unlikely to be arranged in the forseeable future. The meal was very good and enjoyed by all, and our thanks were passed on to the caterers for their help meeting our requirements over the past year. The after dinner speaker, Pailine Martindale, a former Prison Warder at Holloway Prison and she gave a very interesting talk of "Life behind closed doors" and some of their regular customers.
Tuesday 20th September. This was our bi-monthly Committee Meeting at 11 am where the main topic of discussion was change of venue and followed at 12.45am with lunch and 2.00pm by a slide show by Maggie Radcliife on the Glorious 50.
Friday 19th August - Visit. On a grey and damp morning a party of Probus members boarded a minibus and set off for Wimbledon (The home of the Tennis Championships) Arriving just before noon we had time to look round the museum, view the trophies and have lunch before our guided tour at 1.30pm.
Our excellent guide, Andy, shepherded us round the complex, all the while relating the history of Wimbledon and giving us an insight into the work involved in putting on the tournament, We were shown the BBC TV studio, players press interview room, a rooftop view of Henman Hill and the adjoining courts including Court 1 where a roof was being installed, and finally on to the Centre Court where we sat in the Press seats taking in the atmosphere.
We then had time for a welcome cuppa & some shopping before boarding the minibus home. An excellent day out and thanks to Chris for organising it and to Eddie our driver. (Brenda L)
Tuesday 16th August -
Tuesday 9th August - Funeral service for Peter Taber (See news section)
Monday 1st August- 6 members of Enfield Probus Club and Galleon (Scout Fellowship) attended Grovelands Bowling Club for a taster session at their Green in Grovelands Park. The afternoon was very enjoyable and some of us even managed to hit the jack, much to our amazement. The session finished with "afternoon tea & cakes" in the clubroom. Our thanks go to the Bowling club for letting us use their equipment and their members who tried to coach us.
Tuesday 19th July - Committee meeting 11am - followed by monthly Luncheon meeting 12.15 for 12.45pm
Tuesday 21st June - Monthly Lunch 12.15 for 12.45pm.
Tuesday 17th May - Committee meeting 11am - followed by monthly Luncheon meeting "My experiences world wide " by Roger Baker
Tuesday 3rd May - Funeral service for Don Chapman was attended by members of Probus Club of Enfield
Wednesday 6th April - Visit to the Police Black museum at the London Museum - two tours booked with 12 people in each - the first one starting at 12.30pm.This wasa very interesting experience - unfortunately the exhibition closed a few days after our visit.
Tuesday 15th March - Committee meeting 11am - followed by monthly Luncheon meeting 12.15 for 12.45pm and then the speaker was Svend Jensen on "Occupation of Denmark"
Tuesday 15th February - Our monthly luncheon at 12.45pm -followed by a talk.
Tuesday 19th January - Committee meeting 11am - followed by monthly Luncheon meeting 12.15 for 12.45pm After lunch speaker was a very interesting talk and power point presentation on the London Sailing Barges by John Rayment
Thurday 15th January 2016 - 8 of our members attended the funeral service of John Drinkwater, one of our former Presidents.
Monday 11th January 2016 - special meeting of Committee to consider aspects of our Lunch meeting. Topics included quality of food; seating; costs; and alternative venue. An e.mail was sent to all members on e.mail asking for views and a summary of the discussion sent after the meeing.
All reports before January 2016 have been redacted
December 2015 - A Special Christmas Luncheon was held Keeping in the Christmas spirit the session was completed with Chris Truran trying to get us to join in singing some Carols.
Sunday 29th November - Annual Christmas Ladies Lunch was held at Cheshunt.We were very pleased to see our President on his first official outing since his illness 6 months ago. The normal speeches by our President thanked the ladies for coming and the response was made by Mrs Shirley Harmer.
Saturday 21st November - We entered a team for the quiz night organised by Galleon Scout Fellowship and I am pleased to report that they came in first place.
17th November - Committee & Luncheon Meeting. After the meal we held our AGM
20th October - luncheon meeting, followed by a talk by Andrew Barnes on staging and producing theatrical shows.
15th September -Committee meeting and Luncheon. The talk was about unusal antiques. Members were asked to bring items to see whether anyone knows or can guess what they are. Some very unusual antiques were produced.
Sunday 13th September. Afternoon visit to Tiptree Museum and to an old Sailing Barge moored at Maldon Essex.
Our first stop was at Tiptree where a splendid high tea had been arranged. We then toured the museum which showed the history of the jam factory since it was founded. There were several pieces of machinery, which certainly would not have met current Health and Safety requirements. We then proceeded to Maldon where we went on board one of the old Thames Sailing Barges and were given a guided tour of the boat which is now used by the Trust as a sail training vessel.
18th August 2015 - Lunch meeting. A slide presentation by Maggie Radcliffe followed which depicted many well known characters who died or went missing in unknown or mysterious circumstances.
Monday 17th August 2015. Visit to Lords Cricket Ground. On arrival we were given an excellent guided tour of the ground including the media centre, a history of the site, origins of the names MCC & MCCC, why it was called "Lords", the Ashes urn, and finished up in the museum. We had lunch at the Lords Taverners and then watched Middlesex beat Glamorgan by 8 wickets with 10 overs to spare. Dawid Malan of Middlesex hit a magnificent 156 not out and this included 4 sixes with all but one going into 3 of the stands - the Warner, Pavillion and the Mound stands.
Tuesday 4th August 2015 - Funeral for Reg Haddon took place.
Wednesday 29th July 2015. Funeral service for Phillip Fawkes was held at New Southgate Crematorium.
21st July 2015. committee & lunch meeting. Our after-lunch speaker was Linden Disney-Hogg who gave a very interesting talk and power-point presentation entitled "Why bother". It included references to national statistics for volunteering and his own volunteering with Enfield School of Life Saving.
16th June 2015. Our monthly lunch meeting meeting was held. The guest speaker, Mrs Maggie Radcliffe gave a slide show on the subject London Explored, some of which have now changed.
Saturday 13th June 2015
A visit to the
Palace of Westminster (ie Houses of Parliament). We arrived at 11.30am were given a guided tour of the building including both Houses of Parliament. Our guide was exceptionally good and kept us well informed of the history of the building, the duties of the various post holders such as the Speaker, Master-at-arms, Black Rod, etc. He also outlined parliamentary proceedures including the State Opening by the Queen. After the tour we had afternoon refreshments on the terrace overlooking the Thames. We were then left to our own devises in the shop and as we left at about 5pm we watched a wedding party arriving for their ceremony in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft.
Sunday 7th June 2015. Our Summer Ladies Lunch was held at our usual venue at Cheshunt. Although our numbers were slightly down on previous years a good time was enjoyed by all. As usual an excellent 3 course meal, each course having a choice of 3 dishes which was accompanied by table wines. The President, Mr Peter Davis, MBE, welcomed all the ladies present and the reply was given by Mrs Muriel Robinson. A raffle was held with the proceeds being donated to the presidents charity, a local childrens hospice.
21st May2015 Committee & lunch meeting, followed by a talk by the owner of Parkview Pharmacy in Bramley Road,
Oakwood, who gave us a very informative and interesting talk entitled "A day in the life of a Pharmacist". It included items that a community Pharmac
ist carries out to relieve the pressure on the local doctors and hospitals.
21st April 2015
- Our regular monthly meeting, Luncheon and Roger Baker talking about
the running of a small private family company which his father started many years and which he continued running. The subjects covered the firms work during the war making small secret but vital parts for "something" ; finances; problems with other companies throughout the world trying to infringe on patents etc.
17th March 2015 - (Committee and Luncheon meeting)
Talk by Mr Colin Walker on "Scouts at war - history" Colin covered the period from the formation of the Scout movement in 1907 up to the end of the war in 1918. A very interesting talk about some of the activities that the Scouts carried out from messenger boys to coastguards. He also showed us a book that he had written on the subject.
17th February 2015 -We were given a talk by Chris Truran, member, about some of the latest police methods of identifying criminals using DNA.
20th January 2015 - talk by David Gunning on "My interest in Railway signalling" and it concluded with a spooky, ghostly story of an incident in a signal box.
9th December 2014 - meeting and Luncheon. Our Caterers provided us with a special Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings.
Sunday 23rd November 2014. This afternoon was our annual Christmas Ladies Luncheon and was held at the Cheshunt Masonic Centre. There was over 50 members,wives and their guests for an excellent meal
Saturday 22nd November 2014. We were invited to send a team to a Quiz Night organised by Galleon Scout Fellowship (SAS). There were 10 tables of 8 people and all proceeds were in aid of the London Air Ambulance. The evening started off with a supper before the quiz. During the interval a raffle was held which raised a further £220 making a total of £689.37 for the Ambulance charity. The winning table were predominately members from Grovelands Park Bowling Club under Chris Porter with 151 points, and the runners up were Val & Shirley table with 139 points
Tuesday, 18th November 2014 monthly Meeting Luncheon This was follwed by the AGM.
Thursday 6th November 2014 Funeral service for Tony Townsend at St Paul's Church, Winchmore Hill.
21st October 2014 - Luncheon - The after-lunch speaker was Alf Salvesen, who gave a very interesting talk of his experiences as a youngster in Norway during ww2 and the restistance during the German occupation and other items of interest.
Sunday 19th October - Visit to Quainton Railway Museum
Sunday 5th October - Visit to Shuttleworth Collection Airshow
Tuesday, 16th September 2014 - Bi-monthly Committee meeting; Luncheon; Unfortunately I was unable to attend event due to knee injury - hence no report.
Sunday 14th September - visit to Pitstone canal cruise. We boarded a canal boat and spent a very pleasant afternoon trip on the Grebe Canal -
19th August 2014 - Luncheon - A very pleasant meal in the pavillion watching a inter-county school cricket match (Warwickshire? v London) and this was followed by a guest speaker.
August 13th - Visit to RHS Wisley - -
Wednesday 23rd July 2014 - Ladies Luncheon - As usual an excellent 3 course meal with coffee etc The President gave his speech and welcomed the ladies to this annual event and the response was given by Mrs Shirley Harmer who was presented with a bouquet. A raffle was held in aid of London Air Ambulance which raised nearly £200
Thursday July 17th 2014 - Visit to the Mosquito Museum
Tuesday 15th July 2014 -
Tuesday, 17th June 2014 - 12.45 Luncheon - Speaker was Steve Ward - Steve is a leader with a local Scout Group who has taken a party of volunteers to Namibia to plant orange groves in some of the poorer parts of the country. Their first visit was in 2011, when they tackled the ineffective watering system and planted the first orange grove and this year they are returning to carry out further work. Many of the original volunteers are returning again this year thus increasing numbers as well as providing more mature volunteers. A retiring collecting was taken in aid of the project and nearly £300 was donated.
Tuesday, 20th May 2014 -Speaker was Peter Shepherd on "Policing"
Wed 16th April 2014 - visit by 18 members to Music Hall in Watford.
Tuesday,15th April 2014 - Luncheon - Speaker was john Astin "A comedy Video" Film Show
Tuesday,18th March 2014 - Speaker was Mrs Melane Fuller (Lifelong - Learning and Teaching) Beadales Public School.
18th February 2014 - Monthly Luncheon meeting. The speaker was Lac Perera who is a partner in the St Jame's
Place company and she specialises in Inheritance Tax.
7th February 2014-Memorial service for Norman Last -
21st January 2014 -Todays lunch This was followed by a talk by Christine Whetstone on voluntary Prison Visitors, their job and Responsibilities. She was based for a long while at Holloway Prison.
10th December 2013 - 11am bimonthly Committee meeting (Note Change of Date) 12.15 for 1pm Special Christmas Luncheon with all the trimmings
28th November 2013 - Thursford Christmas Show -
19th November 2013 - 11am bi-monthly Committee Meeting cancelled - extra meeting held in October12.15 for 1pm Luncheon This was follwed by the AGM
17th November 2013 - 12.15 pm for 1pm - Ladies Christmas Lunch - at Cheshunt (usual venue) Choice of 3 starters, 3 main courses, 3 desserts, tea/coffee and mince pies. Another excellent meal in perfect surroundings.
15th October 2013 - An extra committee meeting and
our Luncheon was held - The after dinner speaker was Colin Barratt from Southgate Civic Trust and his subject was "A Short History of New Southgate". I am sure that all those present learnt further items of local interest.
Thursday 3rd October - Matinee - Theatre Outing - "Top Hat" at Aldwych Theatre -
17th September 2013 -
Committee Meeting Luncheon. Due to the illness of Bill Bosom, this was followed by two short talks by our members.
Monday 19th August 2013 - Luncheon - The after-lunch speaker was Pat Hartigan who gave a very interesting talk on Bankruptcy. At the start of his talk he circulated a list of 17 people who had suffered Bankruptcy and asked the members which people on the list would they like him to talk about. The 5 famous Bankrupts selected by the members were:- Walt Disney; John Stonehouse; Max Wall; Sir Thomas Beecham and George Best. The speaker gave a very informative and amusing talk which covered the reason for each persons bankruptcy and the final outcome.
16th July 2013 - Committee Meeting & Luncheon. The speaker this afternoon was Nick Barnes, who is an international puppetier and has worked with television and films. He gave an extreemly interesting talk and the subject and brought with him, and introduced, several of his puppet "friends". He described how some of them were made. We hope that he will come again to continue his presentation.
18th June 2013 - Luncheon followed by a narrated colour slide display by Maggie Radcliffe, entitled
"The 1950's" This was the first presentation Maggie had given for this talk and it contained events, photographs, adverts and other memorabilia from the 1950's. An excellent talk for our age group.
21st May 2013 - 11am Bi-monthly Committee Meeting Luncheon. This will be followed by Nathan Waller concerning Legal connections. Tax - care & Toy boys.
8th May 2013 - Wed - A full day visit Thames Cruise & Saville Gardens Windsor includes Lunch & Tea. A very enjoyable day from several reports, (No spare seats!) Our thanks go to Vin for organising the event.
16th April 2013 - 12.00 for 12.30 Luncheon, This was the first full meeting at our new venue the Walker Cricket Ground, Waterfall Road, Southgate. A very enjoyable lunch with the bar and restuarant overlooking the cricket pitch with the "village" church in the back ground If was followed by a team of 5 bellringers from Cheshunt who gave a mixed selection of tunes and some of us joined in with the chorus. The recital finished with some of our members being instructed how to play the bells and then giving the rendering of a well known tune.
April 2013 - 17 people visited the Royal Chelsea Hospital by minibus. On arrival we were met by our Chelsea Pensioner guide who was one of the residents and took us on a very interesting tour of the historical part of the Barracks. The gounds cover an area of 56 acres and is large enough to host the annual Chelsea Flower Show. The tour included the magnificent chapel, the dining room with its ornate candelabra, residents bar, museum with a very large collection of medals donated by former inmates, a reasonably priced cafe and souvenier shop. The barracks is currently being moderised to give more space for the residents and en-suite facilities. It now caters for female ex-soldiers.
19th March 2013 - Bi-monthly Committee Meeting Luncheon. This was followed by Phil Brokenshire with a talk entitled "My Life".
19th February 2013 - Luncheon, followed by
a very interesting and humerous talk by Rev. Colin Smith on "Skeletons - Scandals - and Triumphs from the family History Cupboard. He related how easy it had been for him to discover his ancesters, including those in prison.
15th January 2013 - Talk entitled "Aches & Pains and their treatment" with a demonstration by 3 physiotherapists from the Oakwood Physio Clinic in Green Road N14.
11th December 2012 -Monthly lunch for Christmas - This was followed by a song session
Saturday December 8th 2012 -Visit to organ museum at St Albans - 6.30 to 10.15pm
Sunday 25th November - The Annual Ladies Christmas Lunch was held at The Masonic Hall, Waltham Cross. On arrival the 61 members & guests were offered a welcoming drink. Then there was a choice of 3 starters, 3 main meals (+ vegetarian),3 desserts, cheese and biscuits, tea/coffee & mints and to finish the festive meal was a plate of Lily Frost's mince pies.
Tuesday 20th November -l AGM business
Saturday 27th October - 8pm - St Thomas's Church Hall - The evening of Magic - Members of the Merlin Magical Society competed for the Harry Kaye Cup for the best 8 minute act. An excellent magical evening.
Tuesday 16th October 2012 - extra Committee meeting at 11.00am Monthly lunch followed by Jan Oliver, the new development officer, of Enfield's over 50s forum, talking about the work and facilities of the Forum,
Friday 12th October 2012 - 8.30am to 1.30pm -Visit toBritish Legion Poppy factory -at Richmond - 20 people attended
Friday 5th October - Brick Lane Music Hall - Show & Tea -
Wednesday 26th September- all day Visit to Wickstead Park- A very enjoyable experience by one and all. Rain held off for most of the day & travelling was event free.
Tuesday 18th September 2012 - Committee meeting followed by monthly lunch at 12.45pm. The meal was follwed by a very interesting talk, with slides by David Gunning for slate mining in Wales.
Wednesday 5th September 2012 - 3pm matinee - "Singing in the rain"at the Palace Theatre, Shaftsbury Ave for 20 members
Tuesday 21st August 2012 -12.45pm Monthly Luncheon - and Ron Maynard on "Toast Master Experiences"
Tuesday17th July 2012 - The Committee meeting was held . For our Monthly Luncheon 32 members had an excellent meal - Two of our members, Peter Frost and Mike Palos, each gave an interesting short talk on their life and hobbies.
Tuesday 19th June 2012 - 12.45pm Monthly Luncheon, which consisted of Pate; Ham Salad with new patatoes; Lemon Tart with Cream and Coffee and Mints. The lunch was followed by a talk Cross Roads Care "Investors in People"
Tuesday 12th June 2012 - The Annual Ladies Summer Lunch was held at Trent Park Golf Club. The President was very pleased to welcome many wives & guests of our members to a lunch which included a drink on arrival ; a 3 course meal (with 2 choices) with table wines, followed by cheese and biscuits, coffee and mints. The ladies were presented with a small gift. The response to the Presidents speech was given by Mrs Brenda Lanstein.
Tuesday 15th May 2012 - Vin Fleming gave a talk "What is it" Several members brought unusual object to be identified. These included mementoes form the 1st world war; tools, gadgets etc. Most of which were eventually identified but there was one object that mystified us all, including the owner.
Thursday 19th April 2012 - A party of 12 people visited the Nuclear Bunker at Kelveldon Hatch. This was purpose built as a regional Operations Control Centre in the event of a Nuclear War.
Tuesday 17th April 2012 - Talk and slide show entitled "Sailing in the Aegean Sea" by David Toynbee. He gave an amusing itinery of one of his cruises including details of his craft, the ports visited and some of the local history. The slides also showed a canal cut by the French through over 300 ft of solid rock.
Tuesday 13th March 2012 Talk by Maggie Radcliffe on Beautiful Venice"
Friday 9th March 2012 - 7.30pm - Visit to "Friday night is Music Night" at Watford Colloseum to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra "A Viennese Evening".
Tuesday 21st February 2012 - This was followed by a very interesting talk entitled "A murder investigation" with scenes of crimes work and included events that had closed cases since the revolution of DNA that started in 1984.
Friday 10th February 2012 - 7.30pm. A special close range magical show at St Thomas's Church Hall in recognition of Stan Blaney.
Tuesday 17th January 2012 - 33 members in attendance. This was followed by a very interesting talk by Jack Thompson, on the history of The Gideons.
Thursday 29th December 2011- 7.30pm. Visit to the special international Christmas Magic show.
Tuesday 13th December 2011 - Monthly luncheon Christmas Jokes by Norman Last