Thirty members, wives and partners s of Probus Club of Bournemouth & District set out on the 7th May for a 5 day holiday to Shropshire.

 Destination was the Best Western Valley Hotel in Ironbridge but on the way they stopped off at the RAF Museum at Cosford. After lunch they toured the various exhibits in giant hangars and it was good to see some Second War favourites including of course the Spitfire and The Mosquito which Des Curtis had so  eloquently described in his recent Coffee Morning talk.

 They were all impressed with the wide array of planes from the UK, Germany, Japan and the USA.

They booked into the hotel which was once the home of George May a local Ceramics Magnate and the following day they visited Shrewsbury for a couple of hours sightseeing.

 Attingham House was their destination for the afternoon. This is a Palladian Mansion which over the years suffered neglect until The National Trust took it over in 1947. It has extensive grounds and gardens but unfortunately the weather set in which prevented them from exploration. They had one more visit to make -  a local vineyard  re-established on the site of an original Roman vineyard but  the wine tasting was a not a success!!!

The charming town of Ludlow was on the agenda for Saturday.  The visit coincided with their   Spring Festival held in the grounds of the Castle. A classic car exhibition was featured together with many stands selling beer and food. “Boysie” from' Any fools and Horses ' was seen signing his books and appearing in selfies!!

The next day was spent visiting two of the Ironbridge museums.  First stop was to the Coalport China Museum. Coalport made some of the finest china in the world and  many examples were displayed in the factory buildings They then went on to Blists Hill Victorian Village and this was a wonderful experience seeing all kinds of shops as they were in Victorian times and everyone dressed in clothes of the period. A wedding was even enacted including a church service and reception on the village green.

The last day included a drive to Bridgnorth where members caught the Severn Valley steam train to Kidderminster for a 16 miles scenic trip.  Then onward to the last stop for lunch in the Cotswold village of Broadway.

The holiday was soon over and the members can look back on it with very fond memories. The hotel was very good with lovely friendly staff, the food was excellent and of course the company was convivial as always.



Grateful thanks to Martin and Carol for superb organisation and making the holiday very enjoyable

Tim Nott