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  1. Members are reminded about the AGM which is on 12th April.
    Any suggestions for nominations or items of concern need to be raised with our Secretary by 5th April, i.e. at least one week before the AGM (according to our constitution).
  2. The  Agenda for the AGM is here and a copy of the minutes from last year’s AGM is here.
  3. A proposal to be discussed at the AGM for an amendment to our constitution has been prepared and already sent to each individual member.
  4. You are reminded that the annual subscription which is due at the April meeting will revert to £15 (from £10) because we no longer have the benefit of a legacy donated to the club in 2015/16.
    Payment should be by cheque. In exceptional cases cash may be accepted but on the condition that members will be issued with a receipt, copies of which will be kept by the club as evidence of payment.
  5. There is still a booking form for the visit to Bletchley Park on 17th May. Click here for a printable version.


Brian Hinkins.

After a prolonged illness Brian passed away on 17th February shortly after having been admitted to a nursing home in Hatfield Peveral. Brian was well known in the Probus club having been a member since 1997, including being Chairman (2001/02) and later being on the committee where his latest jobs involved organising speakers for our luncheon talks. During this period he persuaded Lord Petre to become our patron and also attracted other notable speakers such as Lady Ruggles-Brise who talked about ‘the Activities of the High Sheriff’.

After a successful career in business Brian spent a lot of his time in retirement taking part in the activities of Dengie Hundred Probus Club as well as a number of other clubs, including woodturning, fishing, sailing and other sports. Being very good at organising and getting things done Brian has left a lasting legacy on most of the clubs he was involved with. In our Probus club we have to thank Brian for getting the screen installed at the Corinthian Yacht Club which all our members have had the pleasure of looking at during our luncheon presentations. It was also Brian who originally encouraged the webmaster to set up the present website and indeed provided some of the original text on the present page.

It is also with pleasure that we think back to the times when Brian and Gill invited the Probus Club to visit his impressive estate at Huxley Grange (as shown here).  Those of us who were lucky enough to know Brian as a friend appreciated his company, humour and encouragement and he will be sadly missed.


Eric Yardley

It is with great sadnes that I report that Eric died yesterday, on 26th July 2015 from a heart attack. As many of you remember, he was our Luncheon secretary for a number of years before he in 2012 moved to Devon with his wife, Brenda. There  are a few details and photos here from Eric’s last meeting in Burnham-on-Crouch on 11th November 2012 shortly before he moved to Devon. From correspondance with Eric since then I know that Eric and Brenda had settled in Seaton in Devon and enjoyed life there. Eric had joined and was active in the local probusclub, www.seatonprobus.co.uk, where he for some time was membership secretary.  I’m sure many of our members will wish to remember Eric and send their condolences to Brenda and family.                                                

                                                                                        John Bardram

29th July 2015

Our Past Chairman, Muir Wasson

This has been a very sad week as Muir passed away this morning, Wednesday 29th July 2015 after having spent only a few days in Farleigh Hospice. Most of us at the Probus Committee had been aware that Muir had been suffering from lung cancer for some time but we had all hoped that he would have been allowed to survive longer. He was chairman in 2014/2015 and had been taking part in most committee meetings since then even after having retired from the post in April this year. He was born 17 July 1935 and joined the Probus Club in January 2003 following his professional life as a health physicist. Muir was from Scotland with a keen sense of humour. He was well liked in the club and we were grateful when he in 2014 agreed to take on the task of club chairman, a job he carried out with integrity and skill even though he was living under the cloud of his lung cancer.

We will all remember Muir as a kind person and share the great sorrow with his wife, Ann and their family. His funeral will take place on Monday August 10th. There will be a family cremation followed by a thanksgiving service at 2pm at Burnham-on-Crouch UR.

Updated 10 November 2016


Updated: 1st September 2016:

Unfortunately the visit to Ingatestone Hall on September 22, has had to be cancelled due to insufficient support.

There is still the slide show from the Boat trip to North Fambridge in August

As well as the video from our visit to Windsor Castle in May which you can see here.

Updated 28 April 2016

There is an update to the program in September when a visit to Ingatestone Hall has been arranged.

Following the AGM the following changes have been made to this website:


It is with sadness we report that one of our newer members, John Torrance has died suddenly from a heart attack.  John passed away on the 19th October at the age of 69 whilst in the company of one of our members and other friends. Our thoughts and condolences go to his wife and family. Although John had only been a member of our club a relatively short time he was well known for several years to many of our members as he was a leading member of the sailing fraternity. He will be missed by all who knew him.

John’s funeral is at Chelmsford Crematorium on Tuesday, 15 November at 10:30. There will be a celebration of John’s life at 12.30 at St. Mary’s, Burnham, and afterwards at Burnham Sailing Club of which John was Vice President.

As you may know Barrington James Phillips passed away on 6th December, last year.

His funeral will take place on 5th January at 2:30 p.m. from the South Chappel at Chelmsford Crematorium.

Any donations are requested to be for Essex Air Ambulance.  Donations can be made via the E of E Coop Funeral Services in Burnham.

The future Programme has been updated to include June 2017

The results from the questionnaire on future visits are shown here.

A reminder from our Christmas Luncheon

Updated 20 January 2017


The Programme has been updated.

A reminder of our very pleasant Christmas Lunch when you hover with the mouse over the picture above

Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year.

 Updated 22 December 2017

Message from the Committee:

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Updated 14.5.18