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Wednesday, 31st July 2024

Steve Bonham


History of the Leicester Aero Club


This presentation showcases the 100-year history of The Leicestershire Aero Club, believed to be the oldest in the United Kingdom and one of the 3 oldest in the world. To get to why the club formed, we start by looking into the rich history of aviation in Leicestershire and the many ground breaking movements it was involved with. The presentation also looks at the former RAF Leicester East, now known as Leicester Airport, the home of the Aero Club. Rich with photos and videos, some rare and recently unearthed footage from the early 1900s is included to make it informative and interesting. 





The benefits of joining Leicester Wyvern Probus


Probus clubs were established to enable men from business and professions to meet socially in a convivial environment to exchange ideas and information on topical matters.  Members include professional and business people in the widest sense; such as academics, teachers, doctors, farmers, lawyers, sportsmen, a range of people from industry, from the armed forces and many others.  Whilst Probus clubs are perhaps traditionally seen as an involvement following retirement, those in work are both encouraged and welcomed.


Wyvern Probus meets at The Leicestershire Golf Club for a social gathering and a three-course lunch followed by an interesting speaker.  The Golf Club has an enviable reputation for good food and has ample car parking within the City boundary.


Speaker topics are varied: some are based on fascinating work-experience or personal interests and some on academic and educational topics.  All are relatively short and designed to be informative, amusing and entertaining.


Wyvern Probus meets monthly (save in December) on the last Wednesday of each month. We mix for half an hour of so of social interaction over a drink in the bar overlooking the golf course, before going into lunch.


Our meetings are an excellent opportunity to expand your circle of friends and to engage in interesting and lively discussion on a variety of business and social topics.  Uniquely amongst Probus clubs we also have a monthly organised walk for those who are more energetic.   Venues across the county are chosen; the walk is in the morning followed by a pub lunch at which non-walkers are welcome.


We hope that once you have visited us as a guest at one of our lunches you may be tempted to join our club.  Membership fees are modest and lunch is excellent value.   We have one mixed lunch at which we entertain our ladies once a year in November. Each year at our November meet we invite our ladies to join us.  We also have a President’s outing each year at which members and their other halves enjoy a day out, tours of St Pancras station and Rockingham Castle have featured amongst such excursions.


So - a couple of hours over lunchtime once a month: a splendid way to enjoy convivial company whilst being educated and entertained by a fascinating range of speakers.


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