Coronavirus Update –  April 2021

Realising that the end of government restrictions on gatherings was still along way off, Wokingham Probus committee decided in the autumn of 2020 to try offering talks and member “gatherings“ via Zoom.

This has gone down well with members starting with an informal general meeting in October and a talk from Jenny Mallin on her Anglo-Indian heritage in November.

On December 2nd  2020  we held our Christmas get-together on line, giving opportunities for seasonal greetings face to face, or more accurately, virtual face to virtual face.

Our invited speaker talks on Zoom continued through into 2021.

In January  (Wed 6th) we had Nick Dobson with his Virtual  Underground Tour of Edwardian London.

In February (Wed 3rd)  Brad Ashton, BBC  comedy script writer,  regaled us with  his “Job of a Laughtime”

In March (Wed 3rd) continuing with the BBC theme, Jeff Evans took us behind the TV music show scenes with “Pop on the Box

April 2021 saw our first online AGM and the formal hand over of the Club chairmanship to Geoff Ogston.


The Zoom talks for Spring/ Summer  2021 are as follows:-

Wednesday 5th May – “Birds in your Garden” by Ailsa Claybourn

Wednesday 2nd June –“The Joe Lyons’ story” by Neville Lyons of the eponymous catering family.

Wednesday 7th July – “The Bayeux Tapestry” with Kindra Jones.

In addition, informal Zoom meetings, without a speaker, are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2pm for members to exchange news and views with each other.

We are hoping that our normal lunchtime gatherings for Lunch with Speaker will resume on Wednesday 1st September 2021 at the Coppid Beech Hotel, John Nike Way, Bracknell, RG12 8TF

This will however depend on Government regulations current at the time and the Hotel being able to provide a Covid Safe environment for such events.

Anyone thinking about joining us and wishing to try out our Zoom lectures is invited to contact our Speaker Finder and Zoom host, David Hunter, who will be delighted to send you the Zoom link for the meeting without charge and also answer any questions about membership.

David Hunter- e-mail, telephone 01189 783260