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Social Events

Proposed Programme for 2023 is listed below over 2 pages: It would help greatly if members would volunteer to lead any of these events - particularly if you have background knowledge/interest, as that would enhance the members' understanding and interest.

To book events go to the member's area. Events will only be available to book when details such as price and date are known.Signing up for an event is an obligation to pay and attend. Cancellations to be discussed with the event organiser as payment may still be required.

Longford Castle        26 APRIL

TIME Main Gate: 10.30am         ORGANISER Ken Garrod

PRICE £16.00 per person. Buffet Lunch at Radnor Arms after £16 pp

DETAILS: Prestigious country Mansion with many works of Art by Holbein, Gainsborough, Reynolds and Van Dyck.

"Longford Castle is described as “one of the most magnificent country mansions in England with a world class art collection”. It’s very close but most of us don’t know it’s there. Situated within beautiful gardens on the banks of the River Avon near Salisbury, it has been in the same family - Earls of Radnor - for over 300 years and is still a private home with very limited public opening. The Elizabethan castle houses an exceptional art collection, including paintings by Van Dyck, Hals, Reynolds, Gainsborough and Holbein.


Tickets are limited and normally sold via the National Gallery, but we have a private guided tour offering a rare opportunity to experience this historic castle, the collection, plus, hopefully, a short time in the gardens. We meet at the main entrance to the house at 10:30 and will be finished by about 12:45. You will be on your feet for quite some while and, in the words of the senior guide you should “dress for comfort rather than style”


We have reserved tables at the nearby Radnor Arms for a buffet lunch afterwards.We are limited to a maximum group of 34 people. Details, including directions, will be confirmed nearer the day but please note:

We are allowed in our own vehicles (contrary to what you may read on the website) but we are requested to car share. Entry is via the Bodenham Gate. This is on the A338 between Downton and Salisbury. The gates will remain locked until 10:15 so please don’t arrive early.




Probus Golf Club Tournament                    3 MAY 

TIME 10.00 am         ORGANISER David Podmore

PRICE £40.00 per person

If you wish to attend this event please sign up via the Probus web site or the Red Book.

DETAILS Probus golf competition arranged by Barton Probus Last year was the first time this event was held - and we won! We don't have many golfers anymore in the Club but if you are interested in playing please contact David Podmore. Can now be booked on website.


Spring Visit to Highgrove                             11  MAY

ORGANISER Richard Burt


The Highgrove garden tour is booked for 1300 on Thursday 11 May 2023. It is a guided tour and lasts for 90 minutes, after which we have access to The Orchard Tea Room and the Estate Shop.


A coach has been booked through South Coast Travel with the pick up on Highwood Road.

The approximate itinerary for the day will be:


0930  Coach depart Brockenhurst 

Comfort / coffee break en route (Chieveley services) 

1230 Arrive Highgrove

1300 Garden Tour Starts

1430 Garden Tour ends

1600 Depart Highgrove

Comfort / coffee break en route (Chieveley services)

1830 Arrive Brockenhurst

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