Visits in planning 2024 onwards
Visits being organised, include:
Jodrell Bank Telescope
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
South Yorkshire Transport Museum
Canal trip at either Swinton or Skipton
Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
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On Tuesday 19 September 32 people, members, partners and friends, went for a guided tour around one of the grandest stately homes in the country. Arriving at about 10am. some of us had a coffee in The Butler's Pantry and then we went in two groups, led by two excellent guides, who certainly knew their stuff, around the House. One of the guides was known to us as she is the widow of David Banham, a past chairman of our Probus Club, which gave it a more personal touch.
We saw the Chapel, the Ballroom, the State Dining Room, the Grand Staircase and further reception rooms.
Co-incidental to our tour was the display of the costumes from several of BBC's drama series. This being the first day of the exhibition, it was being recorded for a feature on Look North later that evening. Ian Fisher's wife Lynne was interviewed by Amy Garcia and if you watched the programme carefully you might have caught sight of some of our group.
After the official tour of the House we had a cold buffet lunch in The Long Gallery and then we were free to explore the Gardens if we so wished.
We were lucky with the weather and it was an altogether delightful day. Ray Sanderson
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
On 27th May 2023 we had a good group of members and guests visit the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet. We started with a welcome and cup of tea in the café and then had an interesting and enjoyable guided visit to the facility and site discussing the history and activity.
I very much enjoyed this as some ## years ago when at Abbeydale school I spent a week in the mud clearing the sluice gates - great fun!
Following the visit, we had a talk and demonstration of sword making (very skilled). Finally, we all retired to the excellent café on site for an enjoyable lunch.
The site is very interesting if anybody wishes to visit. Nick Tovey
After the tour we were treated to an exhilarating ride on the miniature railway run by volunteers on the site. The trip finished with a delicious lunch of hot pork sandwiches and chips served at the Wortley Club. All agreed it was a thoroughly enjoyable visit and thanked Nick for organising.
Wortley Top Forge
At the end of March 2023 a group of 20 Members, with their partners and friends, paid a visit to Wortley Top Forge – the oldest iron forge in England, dating back to the seventeenth century. We were treated to a fascinating tour led by Graham Parkinson, a retired lecturer from Sheffield Hallam University with a wealth of knowledge about the Forge, its processes, and its history.
Sheffield Forgemasters Ltd
Forgemasters is owned by the Ministry of Defence to safeguard its production of components for the UK fleet of nuclear submarines. Consequently visits are very restricted, but Michael Grey was able to use his family connection to arrange a tour for Probus Members.
In April a group of 14 of our fitter Members was given an extensive tour of the site led by senior members of the production team.
The highlight was undoubtedly witnessing a melt and pour in excess of 100 tonnes, which had been delayed slightly so that we could see it. A fascinating experience, and one which brought back memories for those of the group who had made their careers in the steel industry. Many thanks to Michael and his daughter Amy for arranging a memorable visit
Drax Power Station
Note the smiling faces and the absence of ladies for this interesting visit to a modern power station. Drax power station is a large biomass and coal-fired power station in North Yorkshire, England, capable of co-firing petcoke. It has a 2.6 GW capacity for biomass and 1.29 GW capacity for coal. Its name comes from the nearby village of Drax. It is situated on the River Ouse between Selby and Goole.
The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford
Located in Cosford in Shropshire, is a museum dedicated to the history of aviation and the Royal Air Force in particular. The museum is part of the Royal Air Force Museum, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Ministry of Defence and a registered charity. The museum is spread over two sites in England; the other site is at the Royal Air Force Museum London at Colindale (near Hendon) in north London.
Imperial War Museum Duxford
Near Duxford in Cambridgeshire. Based on the historic Duxford Aerodrome, the site was originally operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the First World War. During the Second World War Duxford played a prominent role during the Battle of Britain and was later used by United States Army Air Forces fighter units in support of the daylight bombing of Germany. Duxford remained an active RAF airfield until 1961. After the Ministry of Defence declared the site surplus to requirements in 1969 the Imperial War Museum received permission to use part of the site for storage. The entirety of the site was transferred to the museum in February 1976.
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