The club organises trips to events of all kinds, based on the interests of existing members.
Proposed Event for March 20th 2024: A visit to Reading’s Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) and the Royal Berkshire Hospital Medical Museum. The two museums are about ten minutes’ walk apart. Depending on numbers a minibus/coach may be arranged to take a group from Henley. There is no charge for entry to either museum, but a donation is welcome. Demand for a club visit to the Royal Berkshire Hospital Medical museum followed the recent talk that Richard Havelock gave to the club about the museum. Our members could include friends in the visits. We should be able to sample lunch at the RBH, and so test the rumour that RBH food is excellent, especially since new kitchen facilities were opened in recent years. Contact Robin Rippon for details.
The MERL is part of Reading University and is now located in a former house in Redlands Road built for Alfred Huntley (of Huntley and Palmer fame). It was redeveloped with a lottery funded grant of £11m and has over 25,000 agricultural objects on display dating from 1750s to the present day. Its website suggests it takes two hours to view all it has to offer. It has a small café providing light snacks and drinks. The soup plus a large bread roll was delicious. Entry is free but donations are welcome.
The Royal Berks Hospital medical museum is situated in the old laundry in the base of the old hospital building. Among its collections the museum has an iron lung; an anaesthetic machine (RBH was the first hospital to develop anaesthetics as a specialty after funding from Lord Nuffield);a jar of live leeches (when RBH opened in 1839 it had a supply of thousands of leeches in stock); a dental surgery; a display about war hero Douglas Bader (who had a double leg amputation at RBH in 1931 after a crash at Woodley airfield); plus many displays of old medical instruments, materials, photographs and reports.
Members celebrated the new year by meeting for another Breakfast@Badgemore get together at Badgemore Park.
Christmas & New Year in Style: The Club went to the popular musical ‘High Society’ at the Mill at Sonning on Wednesday 17th January 2024. The Restaurant provided an excellent meal before the performance – a feel good musical is based on the 1956 film which starred Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra. The…
On June 27th 2023 Club members joined Mike Spong for another Breakfast@Badgemore get together at Badgemore Park. … and previously … On the 21st February Club members met to chat over a delicious breakfast at Badgemore Park.
During recent years Henley Probus Club members have also enjoyed visits to:
- Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes, the centre for World War 2 secret code breaking.
- Brooklands Motor Museum near Weybridge, with displays of aviation, motor sport, cars, motorcycles, buses, aircraft.
- An original Concorde plane
- Saville Gardens, Britain’s finest ornamental garden, part of Windsor Great Park which followed a talk from the garden designer at a previous Henley Probus meeting.
- The Bremont watch factory in Henley-on-Thames.
- Kew Gardens, which included lunch prepared from plants grown in the gardens.
- The Royal Horticultural Society gardens in Wisley (near Guildford), which included conducted garden tours specially for our group.
- The SS Great Britain in Bristol Dry Dock, where the ship was originally built.
- The Soldiers of Oxfordshire museum in Woodstock, a few weeks after the museum opened.
- The British Legion Poppy Factory in Richmond, including all group members making poppies for Remembrance Day.
- A narrow boat in Hungerford, for a trip on the Kennet and Avon Canal.
Overseas outings have been to:
- Bruges in Belgium, including visits to WW2 war graves, WW2 trenches and attending a very moving ceremony at the Menin Memorial Gate in Ypres dedicated to the 54 thousand missing soldiers killed in Flanders in WW2.
- Killarney in west Ireland.
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