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


Next Meeting:

16 October 2019

President's Celebration Lunch

The Winchester Royal Hotel, St Peter Street, Winchester, SO23 8BS


Invited Speaker: Richard Bridgland

"The Roman Army; Finds, Facts And Fiction"

About Our Speaker:

After a working life in IT, with Archaeology as a hobby (obsession), on retirement Richard Bridgland went to Winchester University to study Ancient & Medieval Archaeology and Art. His interest is firmly in the period of the Roman Empire and in particular Military activity. He is a legionary re-enactor with some years of service in the Ermine Street Guard.

Richard’s BA dissertation rejoiced in the snappy title of "Roman Military Presence in the area of the Late Roman Province of Maxima Caesariensis in Britannia, known broadly nowadays as south east England. He spends much of his time in furthering knowledge about his area of study. Richard has developed a project on the Roman attitude to maritime activity, and the concept of the sea/coast as a frontier. He is also working with the University of Reading’s recently released database entitled 'Rural Settlement of Roman Britain' to deepen an understanding of southern forts in the hinterland of the South Coast Plain.

Richard Bridgland (Publius Pontius Numerianus)


Summary of Talk:
The talk will include details of the Roman Army and its role in Roman Britain.

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.