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King Alfred Probus Club Winchester

Sad Announcement

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It is with great sadness that I have to announce the loss of our dear friend and President, Tony Smith. The whole Club feels an enormous loss at his passing. He will be long remembered as a true friend, a gentleman, a professional and a man of true honour. Our thoughts go out to his wife and family at this very difficult time. We know they will wrap themselves in the love they have for Tony. They will find strength in the thoughts of all the good times they have had together over many years. Only time will ease the deep sense of loss they feel at this time.

For the time being I, as Vice-President, will take over as Acting President whilst the Committee considers the way forward.

Mike Biles,
Acting President,
July 2022


Welcome From The Acting President

A warm welcome to all visitors to our website. If you would like to discuss potential membership just download the application form and we will invite to one of our meetings.

The 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 plus links to other clubs and organisations. You are welcome to explore the information on this site including details of meetings and speakers.

Mike Biles
Acting President. 2022-23

Acting President 2022-23

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Next Meeting:

17 August 2022

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"RN Submarines In World War 2"

Chris Munns

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Summary Of Talk

The Submarine Service is known as the Silent Service for good reason. Its story is not well known and submarine warfare is perhaps the least well understood branch of warfare.  Most people have heard of the exploits of U Boats during WW2 and the havoc they wreaked, particularly in the Atlantic. But how may people know what RN submarines got up to?  This talk aims to tell the story of what it was like to serve in RN submarines during WW2.  It is told from the perspective of real submariners who were nothing like the miserable, mendacious, inhospitable characters portrayed in the recent BBC Vigil programme. The men in our story were hospitable, humorous, human, reckless, often very scared and sometimes dishonest. The talk is light on technology and heavy on personal accounts so may not be totally accurate in every detail. But what account of military operations is?  I hope you will enjoy it.

Brief Bio

Chris Munns joined the Royal Navy in 1971 and the Submarine Service in 1975. He served in conventional (diesel powered), nuclear (nuclear powered and conventionally armed) and Polaris (nuclear powered and nuclear armed) submarines during 20 years in the Submarine Service. He commanded the conventional submarine HMS Oracle and the nuclear submarine HMS Courageous and taught the Commanding Officers’ Qualifying Course. Following his operational career in the submarine service, he did a number of staff jobs in the MoD and the Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood, retiring from the RN in 2005. Since retirement he has worked in social care and run two museums. He now runs the SSAFA (the Armed Forces Charity) operation in Southampton as a volunteer.

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.

Or alternatively you may wish to apply directly to become a member of the Club.

  • 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)
  • Lasham Glider Heritage Museum.
  • Lasham Glider Heritage Museum

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.