Social Occasions for Probus Club

Spring Lunch

The Probus Club of Basingstoke had two social events within a couple of weeks in May. Their annual Spring Ladies’ Spring lunch was held on Tuesday 14th May at the Test Valley Golf club where as well as their wives and lady friends, the Guest of Honour was Val McKenzie who is the current President of the Ladies’ Probus Club of Basingstoke.

Several wives/lady friends of the men’s club are members of the Ladies’ Probus club which itself is now in its 31st year of continuous operation. Their meetings are held at the BCOT restaurant where they enjoy visiting speakers.

Winchester College

Winchester College crest with motto Manners makyth manA couple of weeks earlier the men’s club had visited Winchester College, the alma mater of Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak. Founded in 1392 by the Bishop of Winchester, William of Wykeham, as a feeder school to New College, Oxford it set vigorous academic standards which are being upheld today. Previous pupils are known as “Old Wykehamists’ and only in 2022 were girls admitted but then only in the sixth form.

In the decade up to the academic year 2022/23 they had impressive results in ‘A’ levels with 33% gaining a place at Oxford or Cambridge. There are over 300 staff with only 740 pupils.

Winchester College - Chamber Court 1384With extensive grounds of over 250 acres there are 94 listed buildings with the first, the Chamber Court being completed in 1384. There are eleven boarding houses each with a housemaster who sometimes set their own entrance examinations. The guided tour included visiting the 14th century Gothic chapel, the College Hall refectory, the Cloisters and the 17th century red brick Schoolroom.

This proved to be another excellent trip by members of the Probus Club of Basingstoke, the social organisation for retired professional and business managers that is soon to have its 44th Annual General meeting. See for more information.


Probus LogoIf you are considering joining see for more information or phone the secretary Stephen Thair on 01256 352909 for an informal chat.