Mike Biles was elected unanimously as President of King Alfred Probus Club at the recent Annual General Meeting held on the 19 April 2019. Our new President pledged to consolidate the work of the immediate past-President and move the Club forward in an orderly manner. Reflecting the all embracing vision he spoke of the strengths brought to the club by women and men.
I would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome all visitors to our website and especially to ladies who are visiting for the first time. I would like to encourage you to contact either me or the club Secretary to discuss potential membership or just download an application form and send it to us. We shall be pleased to invite you to one of our meetings.
King Alfred Probus Club was founded in 1988 and represents a vibrant community of retired and semi-retired professionals who meet once a month to share fellowship over a good meal and listen to an interesting talk from an invited speaker.
The Club also has an active programme of events, outings and tours organised by our Social Secretary and has links to other clubs and organisations. You are welcome to explore the information on this site including the detail of the meetings and speakers.
Technology has become an important part of our lives and the Club has embraced it to foster greater outreach to its members and to the community at large. We plan to extend this in the coming months with the introduction of a free email newsletter to promote our activities. You are welcome to subscribe to this free newsletter by following the link below.
Excavations of the medieval leprosy hospital of St Mary Magdalen, Winchester has provided evidence for one of the earliest dated hospitals in Western Europe.
The archaeological evidence has shed new light on a medieval religious community of leprosy sufferers. Analysis of the cemetery indicates skeletal evidence for leprosy in over 85% of excavated examples, a much larger percentage than has previously been recorded in any British material.
At Winchester, the level of personal and communal provision suggests an elevated level of social status, perhaps on par with minor monastic houses, which challenges traditional interpretations regarding the status and wider perceptions of medieval leprosy sufferers and their hospitals.
This work, based on 10 years of research at St Mary Magdalen, will provide a reassessment of the archaeological evidence for the social context of medieval leprosy. Overall it will challenge and address traditional misconceptions of the disease and its status in past society, as well as wider global implications, furthering an understanding of leprosy and the roots of discrimination in the modern world today.
Dr Simon Roffey is Reader in Medieval Archaeology at the University of Winchester.
He is author of numerous books and articles on the archaeology of the medieval period. He is currently researching and writing a book on medieval hermits.
We invite you to look through the pages of our website. If you are interested in learning more about our Club or coming to one of our meetings please contact us using the enquiry form here.
Or alternatively you may wish to apply directly to become a member of the Club.
Examples of trips and outings to local attractions are included in our programme each year. Some highlights are shown here.
Members have a very enjoyable time and in many instances a company will entertain us to lunch during the visit.