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.

Welcome From The President

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.

Mike Biles
President. 2019-20

President 2019-20

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Next Meeting:

20 November 2019


"The Trans Siberian Experience"

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Summary Of Talk:

The speakers' unconventional 10 day journey from Moscow to Bejing. Through Siberia and Mongolia with locals in their train, doing it the hard way. The people he met on and off the train and his problems with officialdom. What a journey it was !!

Howard Nichols

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About Our Speaker:

As a young man in the 1960s, Howard joined what was to be the NHS Ambulance Service. After much study he qualified as one of the first NHS Paramedics in the UK. He then trained as a service instructor and was seconded to the Ambulance Training College to train Paramedics

In 1980 he was honoured by being given the Frank Digby, Ambulance Personnel of the Year Award, for ambulance vehicle design. In 1985 the College relocated to another part of the UK, but due to family commitments he was unable to follow and sadly his 22 year career had to end.

He was however immediately selected to join SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors and Airman's Families Association) as a Training Officer in their London Headquarters. Over many years had worked as a Branch Officer with the Red Cross and in 1987 he was awarded the Badge of Honour and Life Membership.

During 1989 he was recruited by the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) to design and start up a brand new training course in Advanced First Aid and Care of the Survivor for Lifeboat Crews. Starting in 1990, this was given to selected crew members throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland and ran he ran these courses from an articulated Mobile Training School. He was also involved in fund raising activities which included appearances with BBC television and other TV companies. Operational “call outs” while on station was part of his duties. Reaching the required retirement age, he stood down, but continues as a volunteer presenter for the RNLI's PR and Fund Raising Department.

Howard regularly roams the globe as a transport photographer and has travelled throughout the UK and more than 100 different countries This has allowed him to build a portfolio of nearly 90,000 images which allows him to speak with personal authority and without the fear of copyright infringements.

He now has a busy “After Dinner” circuit with a wide range of subjects available “on line”, ranging from the West Country, along the southern counties and into Kent Since 2009 he has been a regular speaker for many different Cruise Lines. He has travelled the world giving Port/Destination Lectures which are built “bespoke” for each individual cruise, even though it may not be the first time he has visited that area. Enrichment/Enhancement Lectures for the cruise lines come from his portfolio of wide ranging subjects, constructed with their guests in mind, and can be given at any time and without prior warning.

Howard is still looking for fresh ways to entertain new audiences and to give him reason to continue his travels.


Come To One Of Our Meetings

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.

  • Hampshire Police Control Centre
  • Tursten Gardens Summer Visit
  • Tursten Gardens Summer Visit
  • Visit to Nice, France
  • Vist to Nice, France
  • IBM Hursley House Winchester
  • Hampshire Fire and Rescue HQ
  • Photographic Walk (copyright Martin Eke)

Visits And Outings

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.