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.
Hattingley Valley is owned by Simon Robinson who is also the Chairman of industry body, Wines of Great Britain, and encourages his staff to build their wine knowledge and education both here and overseas in other wine regions. Our vineyard team manages over 24 hectares (60 acres) of vines across two well-situated sites. We also receive grapes from selected vineyards across Southern England. Our talented wine making team is led by Emma Rice who trained at Plumpton College and awarded UK Winemaker of the Year in both 2014 and 2016. The team prides itself in the quality of its work and outstanding end product.
Since launching its first release in August 2013, Hattingley Valley has developed into one of the most respected producers of English sparkling wines in the country. Our wines have been recognised in competitions across the globe and was awarded the ‘World Champion’ trophy for its 2011 Blanc de Blancs in the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships 2017. This is an exciting addition to the trophy cabinet which includes ‘Best Vintage Rosé’ awarded to the 2011 vintage, Hattingley’s first release of this style, by the same competition in 2014.
Simon Robinson founded Hattingley Valley Wines Limited in 2008. In a very short period of time, the winery became one of the UK’s largest, has won multiple trophies and medals and exports around 1/3 of its wine around the globe. Simon is a well-respected figure in the industry and is the Chairman of WineGB, the trade association for the UK wine industry.
Until 2013, Simon had been a Corporate Partner in the City Law Firm of Slaughter and May for 24 years, during which time he advised a number of leading UK and foreign companies and financial institutions, in relation to mergers and acquisitions, capital issues and joint ventures.
Simon is an avid fan of vintage cars and participates in the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run in his 1902 De Dion Bouton; 2019 will mark his eighth entry into this historic motor rally.
It’s the innovate and passionate team at Hattingley Valley that helps create a truly unique range of English Quality Sparkling Wines. Our traditional method sparkling wines made from grapes grown on chalk soils deliver a quintessentially English countryside vibrancy that is created for your enjoyment. Our subtle use of oak barrels to ferment a small proportion of the wines helps soften the wines before they go into bottle for secondary fermentation.
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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.
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.