Probus Talk – His Majesty’s Swan Marker

The Chairman bid everyone best wishes for 2024 and then welcomed 3 visitors to the meeting. The Treasurer updated the  members on the Club’s finances at end 2023.This was followed by  updates on the forthcoming Social events and Speakers that are planned for the first half of 2024.Tony Brown, the Chairman elect for the forthcoming Probus year, then summarised the current thinking for the 500th meeting of Henley Probus which will take place in August 2024- members views were sought on the content, structure and venue of this meeting.

The Chairman introduced the guest speaker, David Barber, who is His Majesty’s Swan Marker- prior to his current role he had been the Queens Swan Marker for 30 years. With the assistance of a comprehensive slide presentation, David explained the history of swan marking over a 1000 years and the development over time of swan upping particularly in the River Thames. The topics covered included how the nesting habits had changed, the effects of pollution on swans, the details of Swan Upping today,  the cygnet registration process and the importance attached to the education of young people on the protection  that is being afforded to  swans today. The presentation concluded with a very warm message of appreciation from all members of the club.

The Chairman then closed the formal meeting and the members  gathered for drinks followed by lunch.

Henley Probus meets at Badgemore Park on the second Tuesday of each month; it starts with an informal gathering of its members (plus Visitors) for a discussion and coffee, with the formal meeting commencing at 1130 followed by a lunch.

If anyone is interested in joining the Club, please make themselves known to Roger Griffiths our Membership Secretary (01491575137/email or to any Club member that you may know.

Further details of the club can be found on the Club website which can be accessed on


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