Wings and Gatwick Museums

During June, Anthony Platts organized a very interesting and most enjoyable day with visits to the Wings and Gatwick Air Museums.


The bowls club pavilion at Beech Hurst Gardens provided an ideal venue for a Shrove Tuesday wine and cheese tasting enjoyed by members and wives of HAYWARDS HEATH & DISTRICT PROBUS CLUB and organised by two of the club’s members.

Chris Bennell and Robin Harrison

Five Sussex wines – sparkling, white and red – were pitched against five comparable wines from France, and Sussex came out top in three of the five pairings and in the overall voting.


The wines came variously from South Downs Cellar in Lindfield, The Wine Stand in Burgess Hill and local supermarkets and were introduced by Chris Bennell, who used his experience to guide members through the complex matter of appreciating the finer points of wine tasting.

The favourite wines of the day proved to be Plumpton Estate Bacchus, Stopham Estate Pinot Gris and Bolney Estate Pinot Noir.

The accompanying cheese, bread and butter were all produced in Sussex by small dairies/bakeries and were introduced by Robin

Harrison, who had scoured the county to find them.

President, Graham Cloake, rounded things off by thanking Chris and Robin for arranging such a satisfying, enjoyable and informative event.

Runnymede and Windsor Castle

A group of almost 30 members and wives had a most enjoyable outing to two venues with great historical significance for all of us.  After pick-ups in Lindfield and Cuckfield, our coach took us first to Runnymede for a coffee stop and the chance to view the Magna Carta and Kennedy Memorials and The Jurors artwork installed in 2015 to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta.


We then went on to Windsor where the highlight was a visit to Windsor Castle; sufficient to say that, if you’ve never been, you really should do so – there’s a great deal to see and much that is interesting and inspiring.

The third element of our day out was a riverboat trip from Windsor back to Runnymede, where our coach was waiting to take everyone back to Mid Sussex.  We’d have hoped for rather better weather in late June than the day provided, though we were at least under cover on the boat when the rain really set in.  But our spirits certainly weren’t dampened and the trip was deemed to be a great success.