Probus Meeting – Royal Air Force

The Chairman introduced a new member to the Club and confirmed that arrangements have now been finalised for the Club’s 500th meeting on 13 August at Henley Business School, Greenlands. The Treasurer updated the members on the Club’s finances providing information of the financial situation to date together with the charity collection status which it is intended will be distributed in June according to the recipients agreed by the Club members at the forthcoming (May) Annual General Meeting. This was followed by updates on the forthcoming social events and Speakers that are planned for 2024 – at the April meeting the speaker will be Professor Dan Remenyi who will talk on ‘Getting Useful Results from AI – Chatbots.”

The Chairman then introduced Tim Woods, a member of Henley Probus Club who gave a talk on his early days in the Royal Air Force. Tim joined the RAF in 1951 with the objective of becoming a pilot; his initial training qualified him to fly Chipmunk aircraft and Tim described his early experiences on this aircraft. He then moved on to fly the English Electric Canberra which gave him worldwide experiences (e.g. US, Egypt, Hawaii, Christmas Island) including witnessing, first hand , the first H Bomb explosion.

The talk concluded with thanks and 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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