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For the Year 2017

The Programme of the current Events for the year including Trips, Hikes, Photography, Theatre Visits, Pub Lunches, etc, is shown below . Contact the Organiser for more information and bookings.

12th October Westminster Abbey Tour

We plan to visit Westminster Abbey, have lunch at a pub in Whitehall and then visit the Churchill Cabinet War Rooms. We meet at 11.30am at main door to Westminster Abbey and for those that wish collect the excellent audio guides included in the individual Concession entry price of £17 each.

We then go to lunch at the Clarence Pub, at the Trafalgar Square end of Whitehall.

We then meet at 2.30pm at the entrance to the Churchill Cabinet War Rooms in Whitehall. The individual Concession entry price is £13.80 each.

Contact either Roger Ranson at eventsorganiser1@ewellprobus.co.uk or John Curtis at theatregroup@ewellprobus.co.uk

Mon 02/10;Thurs 5/10;Mon 9/10;Tues 10/10;Tues 31/10  Wey Navigation and Two Commons

Meet at the car park opposite the "Anchor", Pyrford Lock, at 10:30. Please park to the rear of the car park, which belongs to the pub. The barrier will raise as you approach it. The pub is happy for us to park there so long as we patronise them afterwards. Directions:- From the Ockham round-about on the Esher by-pass, proceed as for the RHS garden. Continue past the garden entrance along Wisley Lane, until you reach the pub at Pyrford. The lane winds, and can be busy. The car-park is on the left. The pub is often busy, so I will book some tables depending on your response. Prices are reasonable.

It is a circular walk of about 4 miles,1 stile, flat terrain. We will follow the canal along a very quiet tow path to the weir upstream of Walsham Lock. From there, we will walk across flat terrain to near Ripley, before crossing the Common towards the rear of the RHS site. We continue along the public footpath that passes through the Garden, when we will have sight of the new glasshouse, and pass alongside the arboretum, before we reach Wisley Common. We continue along the Common edge, before crossing Wisley Lane and skirting round the edge of the golf course. From there it is a short walk back to the pub.

Please let me know your preferences from the selection of dates. Contact Malcolm Davis at walkinggroup@ewellprobus.co.uk

24 November Quiz Evening

The Quiz Evening is to be held at St John's Church Hall, Stoneleigh starting at 18.45. Contact Roger Ranson at eventsorganiser1@ewellprobus.co.uk

TBA Theatre Trips

To be arranged this Autumn or early spring to see Evita and 42nd Street. Contact Roger Ranson at eventsorganiser1@ewellprobus.co.uk

TBA 2018 Visit to the New Postal Museum

Visit includes a ride in the underground delivery trains. Contact Roger Ranson at eventsorganiser1@ewellprobus.co.uk

September Surrey Probus Clubs-Northcote Trophy-Golf knock out 2017/18

The Northcote Trophy golf knock-out competition has been running between Surrey Probus Clubs for the last thirty years. the competition which will run from late September through to the end of May. For those interested your handicap, golf club, plus a cheque for £5 per person (payable to S Basham) is required. Contact either Cliff Douthwaite or Stephen Basham at sbasham@talk21.com by 20th September.

The competition starts with a 'Pool 'round so everyone has the opportunity of playing several games.Top players from each 'Pool' then go onto the knock-out stage. The winner is presented with the Northcote Trophy and there are first and second place prizes.

25th to 29th September Autumn Tour of Lancashire with Surbiton Probus

Cost £345 per person.  £40 supplement for single travellers.  Insurance if required £10 per person (no age limit). Information supplied by Laurie Chandler, Surbiton Probus Club Treasurer

Day 1 - 25th September – leave Tolworth at 8.45 am. Visit Charlecote Park (NT) near Warwick then to Preston Hotel.

 Day 2 – 26th September -  Visits to Chorley (Botany Bay) and Rufford Old Hall (NT) proceeding to Blackpool for evening meal and seeing their lights.

Day 3 – 27th September – Visit to Bowness on Lake Windermere for the day.

Day 4 – 28th September – All day visit to Liverpool taking in 3 museums and Tate plus other attractions including the Beatles Story.

Day 5 – 29th September – Return home via the National memorial Arboretum – lunch there and arriving in Tolworth at 6pm.

Contact Roger Ranson at eventsorganiser1@ewellprobus.co.uk for more details or bookings.

2017 Past Information on Events (for interest only)

22nd February 2017 at 11.00 Visit to the Middle Temple, London

Meet at Middle Temple Main Entrance (located off Fleet Street in London). The guided tour commences at 11a.m, followed by lunch at the Temple Grand Hall at approx. 12.15 a.m., followed by the tour of Temple Church commencing at 2 p.m.. Middle Temple is one of the four Inns of Court. It has stood through the Great Fire of London & two World Wars. It is home to various ' Chambers' of barristers. Cost including 3 course served lunch £41.00. Contact Tony Field at treasurer@ewellprobus.co.uk.

9th March at 12.15 Polesdon Lacey Special Exhibition

A trip has been arranged to visit Polesdon Lacey on 9th March 2017 to visit the Special Exhibition of rarely seen artifacts from a collection of over 7500 items, including fine art, diamond encrusted bookmarks, and a sarcophagus, House and Collections.

Manager Jonathan Marsh has selected 37 items of particular interest for Polesden’s winter exhibition “Beyond the Bequest: treasuring an extraordinary collection”.

After the tour at about 1-1:30 pm we will have lunch ( cost to be advised). If you wish to join the tour please contact Tony Field at treasurer@ewellprobus.co.uk by  Sunday 5th February.

March 28 Norbury Park Walk at 10:30

Meet at Young Street Car Park,(off A246). Access to Car Park:- From the Leatherhead by-pass, descend to Givons Grove roundabout, keep straight on (A246) signposted Bookham, cross the river, Car Park is on the left before you go under the railway bridge.

Walk Route:- via Brockett`s Farm (possible coffee stop), Fetcham Downs, gradual ascent to Norbury Park House, descent to the River Mole, back to car park. Good views on the descent over the Mole Valley. Possible snack/lunch at the "Stepping Stones", West Humble. Contact Malcolm Davis at walkinggroup@ewellprobus.co.uk

26 April Dominion Theatre at 14.00 Tottenham Court Road

Matinee for An American in Paris. Contact Roger Ranson at eventsorganiser1@ewellprobus.co.uk

16 May at 09.30 Hinton Ampner & The Watercress Line

A Booking has been made for this outing together with a coach for 30 people. The coach will leave Tattenham Corner at 9.30 a.m. arriving at Hinton about 10.45. The house opens at 11.00. We shall then leave at 2.00 p.m. & go to Alresford to  catch the train at 3.00. The train goes to Alton & back during which time we shall have a Cream Tea & be entertained with a basket of 'memories'. Then leave about 4.30. Cost for the whole day £35 p.p. A Deposit of £20 p.p.to be made to Tony Field, Treasurer. This is a NT property and is free to members. Hinton Ampner was burnt down in 1960 & rebuilt in the Georgian style and refilled with many fascinating artefacts from the same period.

23 May at 10.30 Walk from Betchworth

Meet at the Church Car Park at 10.30. Directions:- Via Pebblecombe Hill, cross the A25 at the roundabout, straight on, pass garden centre on right,turn left at T-junction, then 1st. right into "The Street", continue past school, then 2nd right into Church St. and CP is at the end. If the landlord of the "Dolphin" can be persuaded to allow us to use his car park instead, you will be informed nearer the time. Contact Malcolm at walkinggroup@ewellprobus.co.uk.

The walk covers a distance of 3.5 miles and is over flat farm land and byways, mainly firm going, and is never far from the River Mole. At Rice Bridge, our furthest point, you might be surprised how small the river has become. At most points along the route, there are good views towards the North Downs. If the weather is good there is an optional extension of a mile. Lunch afterwards in the Dolphin, the village pub which retains its character (post code for sat nav. RH3 7DW).  

7 June at 21.30 Ceremony of the Keys at Tower of London

Contact Roger Ranson at eventsorganiser1@ewellprobus.co.uk

15 June at 10.45 Tower Bridge Tour - Cancelled

Private & Personal Guided Tour. 1.5 hrs. Cost £10 p.p.    A maximum of 16 places are available. A fascinating insight to it's working. Afterwards we can proceed along the south bank to City Hall ( office of Mayor of London) and take lunch in there and then follow the glass covered spiral ramp around the outside of the building to the main chamber. If there is a debate it may be possible to gain entry. The group can then either visit Borough Market to see the wonderful displays of produce (like a farmers market  but quite upmarket); visit the Shard; take tube to Waterloo.Arrive at 1045 hrs outside the visitor entrance at the NORTH WEST TOWER of the bridge.Please wait outside entrance whilst  I collect tickets for the group. Lunch at City Hall  is in the cafeteria with choice of  hot and cold dishes.This is not included in the tour price. Contact Mike Vickars at eventsorganiser2@ewellprobus.co.uk

13 July Edwardian River Trip from Windsor - Cancelled

A Coach from Tattenham Corner to Windsor. Then a 3 hr. cruise on the prettiest stretch of the Thames. A tea is included. Cost £36 p.p. Minimum 36 people needed to make this viable.

27 July Peaslake Walk

Peaslake proposed walk of 3.5-4.0 miles on Thursday 27th July. Contact Malcolm Davis with preferred dates at walkinggroup@ewellprobus.co.uk . Meet at the Ridge Hill car park at the edge of the village, 10:30. (Surrey Street Atlas P 154 Grid C5), Directions:-The recommend route is to Shere, then turn left through the village, following the signage "Peaslake". Cross the railway bridge, immediately turn left again signposted "Peaslake". The village is somewhat straggling, but eventually you arrive at the village shop on the left (it`s hardly a centre), where you turn right past the Hurtwood Hotel, following the lane "Walking Bottom". At the edge of the village, immediately past the speed de-restriction sign, turn left into the large car park. 

Peaslake walk is a circuit through largely open countryside, very quiet area, with good views towards the North Downs. Although there is a bit of a drag leaving the village, the remainder of the route is flat/undulating on well defined paths. Only a couple of stiles. Currently the ground is hard. No traversing of ploughed fields. St.Marks has an interesting interior for those who wish to visit after the walk. Lunch at the Hurtwood Hotel in the village, meals are a somewhat fancy, but my sandwich was good. The management is Italian, I recommend their ice cream. At least one local brew.

14th September at 12.15 Pub Lunch at The Cock Headley

Meet at the The Cock 12.15 for 12.45. If there are about 30 attendees, a private room is available. Contact Roger Ranson at eventsorganiser1@ewellprobus.co.uk

 

2016 Information on Events (for interest only)

28 April 2016  Ramble across Bookham Common organised by Malcolm Davis

Bookham Common and beyond. 3.5-4 miles. Meet at the “Railway Tunnel” Nat.Trust C.P. at 10:30. (members free, otherwise pay via mobile phone), Surrey Street Atlas Page 94, Reference square A 4.

10 May 2016 Visit to Household Cavalry organised by Mike Vickars

Meet at Tattenham Corner Car Park at 09.15 for travel by coach to Windsor. Cost per person £18, the coach is free.

12 July 2016 at 10.30  Ramble across Bookham Common organised by Malcolm Davis

The walk across Bookham Common and beyond is 3.5-4.0 miles. we meet at the “Railway Tunnel” N.T. car park, access on the right, just before you come to the railway station at 10:30. Please note NT members free, otherwise pay by mobile phone. The directions are: From A 24 Givons Grove roundabout, take second exit, A 246 to Great Bookham. After passing the turn-off left for Polesden Lacey, turn right into Bookham High St. then continue over X-roads into Church Rd, a church on right corner, until reaching the Common. Where the road bears left towards Bookham station, turn right into “Commonside” and the NT car park. If you pass the station you `ve gone too far. After, we can go to the “Windsor Castle”, just up the road, for a drink and a snack/lunch.

1 September 2016 at 12.00 Thames River Trip from Kingston to Richmond Return

Leave Kingston 12 noonArrive Richmond 1pm
Lunch booked in Richmond not far from pier (own choice from menu at your cost)
Leave Richmond at 4.15 pm, Arrive Kingston 5.15 pm
Cost of River Trip approx £7 per person
Travel either by Bus to Kingston or Park in John Lewis Car Park

8 September 2016 at 11.00 Visit to Warren House Richmond

The tour meets at the Warren House Car Park, Warren Road, Kingston Hill KT2 7HYat 11.00. Warren House is an award winning Victorian Mansion built in 1860, situated on the Coombe Estate adjacent to Richmond Park and set in 4 acres of landscaped gardens, including the Veitch Heritage Garden. The cost is £12.50 per person including the guided tours of the House and Gardens including light refreshments on arrival. The tour has been arranged by Surbiton Probus and interested Members should contact Peter Richards at the above E-Mail Address.

11 September 2016 from 14.00 to 16.30 Flower Show, Burgh Heath

Fabulous Display of Dahlias and Chrysanthemums at Toyota (GB) Head Offices in Burgh Heath off Reigate Road by the Surrey Chrsanthemeum & Dahlia Society. Entrance Free. Refresherments Available. Everyone Welcome.

22 September 2016 at 15.00 Theatre Matinee

How The Other Half Loves by Alan Ayckbourn at Duke of York Theatre, St Martins Lane Tickets £25 per person. Send confirmation by 28 August to Ken Amess or John Curtis.

13 October 2016 at 12.45 Christ's Hospital School Band

Christ's Hospital School. Band Parade & Tea. Own Transport. £25 pp Limited numbers.Organised by Surbiton Probus.

19 October 2016 Visit to Apsley House and Wellington Arch, near Hyde Park Corner

Guided Tour of Apsley House near Hyde Park Corner and Wellington Arch. Meet on steps of Apsley House at 11am. Suggested lunch  at Paxton's Bar, 100yds into Knightsbridge on left, just along from top of Sloane Street. Lunch at own cost. Followed by Guided Tour of Wellington Arch at 2pm. Cost £15 per person. Cheques payable to Probus Club of Ewell, at next lunch meeting or contact John Curtis at email address theatregroup@ewellprobus.co.uk

27 October 2016 Ramble across Holmwood Common, Dorking

Meet at 10:30, at the N.T. at Scamells Car Park, off of Blackbrook Road. (Surrey Street atlas P 136, E 1, or OS “Explorer” map 146, GR 182463). To get there, take the A 24 to the Dorking roundabout, (the one with the cockerel). Follow the A 24 up the hill, passing Dorking golf club on the left, just over the hill follow the signpost half-left to Blackbrook. You will then be in Chart Lane, then Blackbrook Rd. Pass the “Royal Oak” on the right, ignore the first turning right (Inholms Lane), straight on until you reach the first turning left signposted “Brockham”. Continue straight on with care, the large car park is immediately on the right-look for the NT sign and name “Scamells Car Park”. Car park is free (or was last week-can`t always tell with the NT!).

Holmwood Common is a generally wooded area of about 650 acres, just south of Dorking, and in the care of the N.T. The area is low-lying, but recently the N.T. has constructed a circular trail, so as to maintain a dry firm surface throughout the route. There are a number of open spaces, and a view point looking towards the North Downs (Ranmore Common).  After the walk, to the “Royal Oak” for a drink/snack.

25 November 2016 Quiz Evening at Bourne Hall, Ewell

Bourne Hall has been booked for Friday, 25th November 2016 starting at 7.00 p.m. You are invited to bring friends and family to our Quiz Night, which we hope will be fun and as exciting as last year. Teams of 8 are required for the Quiz, which will include Sets of related questions from: Sport, Politics, Science, General Knowledge, Arts, Music, Cinema, Horticulture, Royal Family, History, Food, Geography and TV Programmes.

A supper of lasagne and salad/ bread basket will be served during the evening. A vegetarian supper alternative of roasted vegetables and brie wellington will be available, if ordered beforehand. The bar will be open for mind enhancing refreshments.

To help the organisers of the event please book your places as soon as you can and preferably with your payment by the latest on the Wednesday lunch meeting on 2 November 2016.

If you cannot make up a team of eight, do not worry, we can place you with others members. Entry Forms with team names are to be registered with John King at secretary@ewellprobus.co.uk by 31st October 2016. Please make cheques payable to “Probus Club of Ewell” or by bank transfer, details are available via Tony Field.