Probus Club Enjoy Curiosities in the Chilterns

Alan Copeland, a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain (LRPS) was the speaker at the Henley Probus Club this month.

Alan presented ‘Curiosities in the Chilterns Part 1’. The presentation comprised slides together with a little music from time to time.

Part 1 (of 2 Parts) of the presentation was a journey through 25 towns/villages in the Chilterns starting with Reading in the west and moving eastwards finishing in Hazlemere (north east of High Wycombe) – slides were presented for the ‘curiosities’ in each of the 25 locations.

The journey started in Reading where the first curiosity was the Maiwand Lion- this is a 16 ton sculpture and war memorial which commemorates the deaths of 329 men from the 66th(Berkshire) Regiment of Foot during the Afghan War between 1878 and 1880. The journey continued looking at curiosities in Caversham, White Waltham, Maidenhead (a green telephone box) and arriving at the quiet village of Cookham to find a notice on the wall of a cottage advising that ‘All Fighting to be over by 10pm’.

The journey continued through Windsor to Eton where there is a Victorian Post Box containing a vertical letter box (1 of only 4 ever built).

On the journey continued finally arriving at Hazlemere and in particular at a topiary in the front garden of a bungalow depicting Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

After a number of questions/comments the Probus members thanked Alan for his very informative presentation associated with the local area.

Henley Probus Club meets at Badgemore Golf Club on the second Tuesday (morning) of each month.

Roger Roberts