Probus Club          of Basingstoke

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 Previous Speakers

To illustrate the wide variety of subject matter covered by our speakers  following is a listing of previous years’ programmes.

2015- 2016

Friends of the National Railway Museum - Dr Ian Harrison

RAF Bomb Disposal in North Wales - Geoff Twine

Getting Your Knees Brown - John Grimwood

And Other Setbacks - Mel Rees

Bletchly Park Code Breaking Sister - John Lidstone

Scriptwriting For TV Comedians - Brad Ashton

RAF Mountain Rescue Service - Chris Perkins MVO

Shipboard Hewlicopter Operations - Mike Sant

History of Magic - John Field


Reminiscences of Papua New Guinea - Stephen Thair

Hampshire Renewable Energy Co-operative - Martin Heath

History of LST Ships - Bryan Nagle

How to have a Healthy/Wealthy Retirement - Roy Wood

Building and Flying your own Microlight - Kim Taylor

North Hants Medical Fund - Judith Charmer

Are You Still Legally Prepared? - Ann Orr

Village Life in the 1940/50s - John Pitman

Training the Train Drivers - Chris Vickers


Further Light Hearted Glimpses of Army Life - Maj Gen ((Rtd) Peter & Valerie Chambers

Climbing for Charity - Stephen Court

Different Worlds Wine Tasting - Helen Malcolm - Laithwaites Wines

Revolution in the Postal Service - Andy Goddard TNT Post

From Primary School Teacher to Headship - Roger Busk

Olympic Impressions - John Kynoch- Bronze Medal Winner 1972

Silchester Field School Latest Dig Report - Amanda Clarke -Reading Uni

Crash Landing of a Flying Pig- Grp Capt (Rtd) Mel Kent

Bishops, Sex and Money - Tony Strafford


Changing a Diamond’s Face - Chris Barton

Basingstoke Canal – Dean Wall

RLNI (Life boats) – Barbara Burfoot

From Cadet to Commodore & Beyond Commodore (rtd) – Ian Gibb

Farnham Town Crier – Jonathan Jones

Helicopters of the Queen’s Flight – Sqd Ldr (rtd) Chris Perkins

Follow the drum (26 house moves in 34 yrs) Maj Gen (rtd) Mrs Peter    Chambers

Crime Stoppers & Most Wanted – Simon Wright – Hants & IoW Constabulary

Aircraft Accident Inspection – Alan Simmons




Wills etc   Helen Hutt Solicitor

Winchester Cathedral – Personal Perspectives   Reg Fletcher

Victorian Magic Lantern   Alan Brindle

Criminal Teeth    John Eade

Destination Disaster (Titanic)   Jill Daniels

Swing Riots   Dick Godfrey

Not Ours, But Ours To Look After   Emily Oliver

Rock Steady (Gibraltar story)   Paul Whittle

El Shaddai   Anita Edgar





Marine Casualties   Andrew Marshall

Chiefly Yourselves (Music Hall History)   Stephen Jordan

Living on a Time Machine   Richie Jarvis

Swimming With Sharks   Neil Stewart

Early Timber Framed Buildings   Bill Fergie

Tristan da Cunha Islands   Richard Grundy

Collectables With A Difference   John Bates

Napoleonic Prisoners of War   Tony Cross

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