Probus members on occasions take a trip to somewhere interesting in the local area. In the past we have been to the workhouse at Southwell, the air museum at Newark and if we could have found a slot we would have gone to the new incinerator at Lincoln, but instead we went to The Queen’s Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum at Thoresby Hall. The entrance door is insignificantly tucked away in the corner of the old stables courtyard. We men, ignoring the shops, filled the café and then “formed up in threes” military style and marched up the stairs into the long room full of interesting artefacts. We were taken by the Curator and consumed the non stop information about the Regiments from the 1700s to the present day for over an hour and a half. We saw the unusual pistol that was used by the young Winston Churchill, the badly damaged bugle that was used during the Charge of the Light Brigade and one of four plates, one of which is used as a trophy at Wimbledon. There was a trench downstairs which I missed (which will mean I will have an excuse to revisit!). We then went onto the Carpenters Arms at Walesby for an excellent fish and chips lunch.
Our next presenter on the 27th March is Tom Champion who will take us to the Commonwealth War Graves Memorials & Cemeteries of Belgium & France. Please come and join us by going to Google and searching for Retford Mens’ Probus or ring Chris on 01777838421