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Visits Planned for 2021

We had several visits planned for 2020, sadly we can no longer venture afield, but as things ease we hope 2021 will allow us to go ahead with these visits once more.


The two main visits planned were:


Sheffield Assay Office – Sheffield is often associated with the steel industry; however, the cutlery trade had many silversmiths who produced the silver knife handles, forks, and spoons that the ‘well to do’ desired to eat with.


Yorkshire Lavender Park – We often associate Lavender with areas such as Norfolk, Worcestershire, and Kent, but here in Yorkshire there are specialist growers who extract the valuable essential oils.

If we get there will we be called the Lavender Hill Mob?

Previous Visits

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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.

probus @ drax
probus @ duxford

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.

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.

probus @ cosford
probus @ rolls royce

Rolls-Royce Aerospace - a major manufacturer of aero engines for the large commercial aircraft, regional jet and business aviation markets. The business uses its engineering expertise, in-depth knowledge and capabilities to provide through-life support solutions for its customers. Their engines power 35 type of commercial aircraft and they have over 13,000 Engines in service around the world.

Rolls-Royce have research ties with AMRC at Catcliffe near Sheffield

Wedgwood Pottery - Wedgwood is especially associated with the "dry-bodied" (unglazed) stoneware Jasperware in contrasting colours, and in particular that in "Wedgwood blue" and white, always much the most popular colours, though there are several others. Jasperware has been made continuously by the firm since 1775, and also much imitated. In the 18th century, however, it was table china in the refined earthenware creamware that represented most of the sales and profits.

probus @ wedgwood
probus @ pontefract races

A Day At The Races - Pontefract Races – A day out with our ladies with may be a few bets on the side – and no signs of The Marx Brothers. The layman's view of racing is that it is an elitist sport for the wealthy and privileged. The reality could not be further from the truth! Racing is a sport for everyone - for young and old, men and women, rich and poor.

A Day at the Races can be a great day or night out with colleagues from work, an amazing way to catch up with friends, a fantastic way to make friends or a fabulous way to spend time with the family.