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A Lively Life!
Martin Rumbelow
September 2019

Bumping in our coach over the tidal causeway to Lindisfarne Holy Island and then at the Abbey pondering on the life of those early monks living in dread of the Viking ships appearing over the horizon (see photo).  Next day Newcastle and Gateshead and a performance of Les Miserables and the following day back many centuries for Chesters Fort on the wall that Emperor Hadrian ordered to be built to defend Roman Britain.   Not to mention Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle and Seahouses, and Cragside the first house ever to be lit by hydroelectric power.

As you may have guessed we were in Northumberland this September on one of the major trips our Moleside Probus Club run every year.  Usually we go overseas, last three years Provence, Denmark and Berlin and next year two tempting trips in prospect Georgia (the ex-USSR one not USA!) and the Amalfi Coast of Italy.

These major trips are only one of the many varied and stimulating activities on offer.  Last month a day out at two lovely gardens at Bramdean House and Weir House in Hampshire (with a good pub lunch in between) and next in October a concert trip to the Cadogan Hall in London is in prospect.

There are Probus Clubs throughout the country (and overseas) and the name comes from the idea of gathering together locally retired or near-retired professional and business men to make new friends and enjoy being together for agreeable activities.  We are about 70 strong and meet regularly once a month in Cobham for a couple of hours, the core of which is a lecture on a wide variety of topics ranging from recently, “A historian’s view of why Germany is as it is” to building a craft to smash the world water speed record!   We also have a cup of coffee and a chat and catch up with all the various activities and trips on offer and sign up for them.  Although we meet in Cobham many Members come from the nearby villages and towns such as Fetcham, Horsley and of course Oxshott and Stoke d’Abernon.

Although the monthly meetings are for just the men Members, all the trips and clubs and activities include the ladies, so we get to know the wives and partners well.  As well as the trips and expeditions, there is a wide variety of groups from the Hackers at golf to wine tasting and the computer club and regular monthly walks.  Far from wondering what to do, it is sometimes difficult to fit it all in!

If any retired or near retired professional or business men feel they might be interested in joining, there are vacancies from time to time.  Have a look at our web site at and you will see our slogan “Retirement is Only the Beginning”!    And so it is!   You will find there lots of information about our activities with videos and pictures as well as how to go about applying to join if you are tempted.    

Originally published in the Autumn edition of FEDORA, the magazine of the Federation of Oxshott Residents Associations, and reproduced here with kind permission. .