Llantrisant, near Cardiff



This will be a full day out by coach, and will include an Award-winning behind the scenes guided tour of the Royal Mint, entrance to the Exhibition Centre, 10% savings in the gift shop, and a pre-ordered light lunch – see menu selections below**

This will be a joint Event with Selwood Rotary Frome; we will share the cost of the coach, and with higher numbers obtain better pricing overall for the Event.

Frome & District Probus, and Selwood Rotary have each been allocated 25 seats on the coach. Reservations will be on a first come first served basis within each Club. If there are unallocated seats available these can be filled by anyone. If more than 25 members wish to go we will start a reserve list and resolve final numbers 3 weeks prior to departure.

The cost covering the above will be:- £36.00 per person

To reserve your place/s please make a deposit payment of £10.00pp as soon as you wish.

FULL payment must be made no later than Friday 8th March 2024

All payments to be made into the Club’s bank account:- Frome & District Probus Club. Sort code 30-93-40. Account 00499827. Please add a reference – “surname 25Mar” (example:- Edwards 25Mar). Please let Iain know that you’ve paid:- email Iain

IMPORTANT – you must include your lunch option from the menu below in your email to Iain – thank you.


Departure 9.30am:- Frome cricket ground, Rodden Road. Parking at cricket club.

Coach available from 9.15am with departure by 9.30am. DON’T BE LATE.

Arrival at The Royal Mint is planned for 12.00pm/12.30pm traffic dependent.

Light Lunch will be available from about 12.45pm:- In their open seating restaurant.

We will be split in to two groups for the tour starting at 1.30pm/1.45pm:-

Tours last about 1 hour, followed by free time to visit exhibitions, the shop etc.

Return – Please be back at the bus by about 4.15pm for departure no later than 4.30pm. Anticipated arrival in Frome 7.00pm traffic dependent.

NOTE: entrance to the Royal Mint includes security screening; it is accessible to all with restricted mobility or wheelchair users.



OPTION 1 –   SOUP & BAGUETTE – A bowl of seasonal soup and a freshly made half baguette with Welsh Ham & Cheese filling, and chutney.

OPTION 2 – JACKET POTATO – served with Season Salad – a choice of:-

A) Coronation chicken

B) Tuna Mayonnaise

C) Welsh Cheddar 

OPTION 3 – WELSH PLOUGHMAN’S – Selection of Welsh Cheese, Ham, Locally Produced Chutneys, Pickles, Crusty Baguette and Side Salad.

State your Menu Choice as either: – 1; 2A; 2B; 2C; or 3

All the above options include a choice of Tea/Coffee and a Slice of our Cake of the Day









Join us on a guided Thatcher’s Cider Tour, where you’ll learn about how they have been making cider here in Somerset for over 115 years. You’ll see how times have changed and no doubt hear a story or two about the Thatcher family. And of course, you’ll also get the chance to try a few ciders.  The tour starts at 11.00am and finishes about 1.00pm.   This will be followed by lunch at the Railway Inn on site at Myrtle Farm

The cost for the tour will be:- £15.00 per person

NOTE:-  Lunch at The Railway Inn will be at your own cost. Wide variety of meal choices available.

ARRIVE THATCHERS MYRTLE FARM BY 10.30am – parking on site.  Gather outside the Railway Inn, where we will be met by our guide; lunch menus will be available so you can make your meal choice BEFORE going on the tour.  

DIRECTIONS – Myrtle Farm, Sandford, BS25 5RA, is 29 miles from Frome on the A368 midway between the A38 and M5. It’s a 45/60 min drive to Sandford from Frome/the local area. Suggest car sharing where possible.

You can read more about Thatcher’s Cider, the tour and see a sample lunch menu at their web site: https://www.thatcherscider.co.uk/

To reserve your place/s for this tour, please make a payment of £15.00 pp as soon as you wish, but no later than Thursday 31st  August, 2023. 

 All payments to be made into the Club’s bank account:- Frome & District Probus Club.    Sort code 30-93-40. Account  00499827.  Please add a reference – “surname 6Sept” (example:- Edwards 6Septl).  Please let Treasurer Iain know that you’ve paid:- iainmartindale45@gmail.com

NOTE:  Mobility Access: –  Thatcher’s Cider Company, The Railway Inn and Farm Shop at Myrtle Farm are all accessible by wheelchair. Disabled parking and facilities are available at The Railway Inn.   If visiting the site for tours, certain parts of the tour are not wheelchair accessible due to the nature of the Farm.













RNLI College in Poole is the home of RNLI training, where willing lifeboat volunteers from across the UK and Ireland are trained to become able crew members.  RNLI College Discovery Tours take you behind the scenes so you can see our world-class training facilities first-hand, including the Sea Survival Centre and lifeboat simulator.     

This is a full day event, and includes traveling by coach, a buffet lunch in a private room at Riggers Restaurant, followed by the fully guided tour of RNLI College training facilities.

The cost covering all the above will be:- £48.00

Departure 9.45am:- Frome cricket ground, Rodden Road.  Parking at cricket club. Coach available from 9.30am with departure by 9.45am. DON’T BE LATE.   About halfway the coach will make a 15 – 20 minute stop, with facilities, stretch legs, maybe coffee/tea available. 

Arrival at RNLI Poole 12.00pm/12.30pm traffic dependant.

Lunch 12.30pm:- Riggers Restaurant private room No.3 – Chef’s buffet lunch of the day.

RNLI College tour 2.00pm:-  Meet Tour Guide 1.50pm, start tour at 2.00pm ends 3.45pm

Return to Frome 4.00pm:-  Anticipated arrival 5.45pm – 6.00pm traffic dependant.


NOTE:- The tour is limited to 30 participants 

We need to confirm numbers and make full payment not less than 4 weeks in advance.

To reserve your place/s for this event, please make a payment of £48.00 pp as soon as you wish, but no later than Friday 2nd June, 2023.

 All payments to be made into the Club’s bank account:- Frome & District Probus Club.    Sort code 30-93-40. Account  00499827.  Please add a reference – “surname 14Jul” (example:- Edwards 14Jul). Please let Treasurer Iain know that you’ve paid:- mail Treasurer







Gather at REME Museum at 10.30am for morning coffee/tea and biscuits, followed at 11.00am by an enlightening talk and guided tour of the exhibition halls from a retired REME Officer on the history and diverse activity of one of the key support and logistics units of the British Army.

At 1.00pm a buffet lunch of sandwiches/finger food with hot/cold beverage will be served in the Museum’s Conference room (provided by Crown’s Café next door). Following which you are free to wander through the exhibition halls on your own, with volunteers available to answer any questions. Don’t forget to visit the Museum Gift shop in reception where all purchases support REME Museum Charity.



 The exhibition halls are all on one floor, with seating in each hall, flat easy access to all areas, immaculately clean throughout, and ample parking in front of the Museum with automatic doors and flat access.

Please confirm you are coming by making a payment of £23.00 per head into our bank account as below, and email our Treasurer treasurer@fromeprobus.org    (This includes morning coffee/tea/biscuits, talk and guided tour, and lunch)

For guided tours the Museum restrict numbers to 30.

 Payment to be made into the Club’s account: – Frome & District Probus Club.  Sort code 30-93-40. Acct# 00499827. Add a reference – “surname 26 Apr” (example: – daniels 26 Apr).

DIRECTIONS: –   REME Museum, Calne Road, MOD Lyneham, SN15 4PZ (for sat nav).  The entrance is located beside MOD Lyneham main security entrance off of the A3102, Calne to Swindon road. It’s about 3 miles north of Calne and if driving from Frome takes about 45/50 minutes.  Suggest car sharing where possible.




An award-winning Museum celebrating the History of Victorian Radstock

Wednesday 1st March 2023, 2.15pm

Gather at the Museum for an enlightening introductory talk from our hosts on the history and diverse activity of this community. Followed by time on your own to wander through the exhibitions, displays and collections, with volunteers available to answer any questions Visit the Museum shop that specializes in publications covering the heritage of this area.  Enjoy afternoon tea and cake in the café.


The display covers two floors within the listed building that was once

 Radstock Market Hall

 The ground floor tells the story of the coal mines, the mining communities of Radstock, and the local trades and indutries that supported the community.

The Somerset coalfield had 75 coal mines covering an area of 240 sq. miles.

 Please confirm you are coming by making a payment of £6.00 per head and emailing our Treasurer – IAIN

Space is somewhat limited for a large group, and we have been asked to restrict our numbers to 30.

 All payments to be made into the Club’s account:- Frome & District Probus Club.     Please add a reference – “surname 1mar” (example:- daniels 1mar).

Directions:-  Radstock Museum, Waterloo Road, Radstock, BA3 3EP.  In the centre of the town just off the A367 Bath Road.  

Parking in Waterloo Road car park, opposite the Museum, on Waterloo Road itself, Church St car park and other car parks in town.




Visit to Fussels Fine Foods, Rode on the 10th May 2022

The plan is for a guided tour of the farm and rapeseed oil production facilities as well as cookery demonstrations and a light lunch. Also, if we get our timing right, and nature obliges, we should enjoy seeing the fields at their best. The full itinerary is shown below and our visit is expected to last 2.5 hours starting at 10.30.

The number of Members/Guests attending is limited and the cost will be £18 per head on a first come basis.

  • Welcome

  • Light refreshments

  • Short introduction

  • Visit to the field with talk (normally Andy Fussell)

  • Return to see the Rapeseed Oil Press with talk

  • Tour of Production area

  • Short cooking demonstration

  • Bowl of food

  • Full disabled access with ramp if required and also facilities

  • Farm shop open for viewing/purchase of any of their products

In order for the guided tour to start at 10.30am please arrive by 10.15am. 

Fussels is located off the A361, between Beckington and Rode, at the first cross roads on the left,

just before you approach Rode village. There is car parking on the site

If you would like to book a place please send an email to me HERE

I will send an acknowledgement.

Best wishes




Visit to the American Museum and Gardens

We have a visit scheduled to the American Museum and Gardens near Bath, on Thursday 31st March 2022.   I need to finalise numbers no later than Thursday 24th March.    Please get back to me as soon as possible if you want to join us.

“The American Museum takes you on a journey through a period of American history primarily focused on 14th – 20th centuries. With its remarkable collection of folk, decorative arts and cultural objects, the Museum shows the diverse and complex nature of American traditions. This is the only museum of Americana outside of the United States, it was founded to bring American history and cultures to the people of Britain and Europe. The Museum is based in Claverton Manor House, that sits in 125 acres of magnificent woodlands and gardens”

The plan is for a guided tour of the Museum, starting at about 10.30am, followed by an “open” period between 12 noon and 2.00pm where Members/Guests can wander round the gardens, go back into the Museum, and have a snack/lunch at the on-site Café. This will be followed at 2.00pm by a “quilting” workshop –  in a different building in the gardens – that will highlight the large range of American quilts, the finest anywhere outside the USA.  Our formal tour/visit will end at about 3.00pm, but we are welcome to stay in the Museum and gardens until the Museum closes at 4.00pm.  The cost of admission, plus group tour and quilting workshop will be £21.30 per person, that will be paid on entry.  Lunch on your own in the café.  There is plenty of free parking.

The address is:- Museum and Gardens, Claverton Manor, Bath, BA2 7BD and can be reached from either the A36 (well signposted on A36) through the village of Claverton, or from Calverton Down Road near Bath University, where again it is well signposted. 

 In order for the guided tour to start at 10.30am please plan to arrive by 10.15am.  The car park is a 5 minute walk to the Museum entrance where you will pay £21.30 per person for admission, guided tour and quilting workshop.   The café will be open throughout the lunch period for the purchase, coffee/tea and snacks and/or a light lunch.

Although they don’t limit the number of visitors per day, they do limit guided tour group size to ensure it is manageable, so we can may be split up into two groups.  The Museum artifacts are spread over 3 floors of the Museum Building, some level of stair climbing is required, however there is a central lift for those who require assistance, and all the buildings are wheelchair accessible.   Click here for their web page:-   https://americanmuseum.org/     

If you plan to participate please send an email with number of participants to me and I will add you to the reservation list.  If have any questions please get back to me.

 Best wishes


Mob: 07561-409337




Followed by lunch at THE WHEATSHEAF INN – WOODFORD
We are located in Hangar 1 South, Old Sarum Airfield, Old Sarum, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 6DZ.
Just off the A345 – 5 miles south of Amesbury – 2 miles north of Salisbury
DATE:– Thursday 12th March 2020. COST £25 per person
Arrive by 10.00am – Presentation by BDAC staff, with coffee/tea and biscuits, history of museum and current
projects. 10.45am to 12.45pm time in exhibition hall. 1.00pm depart BDAC for the Wheatsheaf Inn, Woodford,
Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 6NQ. Approx. 10 minute drive. Lunch at 1.30pm Return to Frome by about 4.00pm
Reply to Iain Martindale (iainmartindale45@gail.com) asap; PLUS send cheque to Iain Martindale, 14 Fortescue
Street Norton Saint Philip, BA2 7PE –
You MUST include your menu selection for lunch from the following:
1) Honey Roast Ham and a brace of eggs, triple cooked chips and piccalilli
2) Steak and Tangle Foot Pie, mash potato, braised red cabbage and Tangle Foot Gravy
3) Malaysian Aubergine Curry, tamarind, coconut, chilli, coriander, pineapple pickle and Jasmine rice (V)
4) The H&W Burger glazed bun – two British beef patties, Monterey Jack cheese, smoked streaky bacon,
burgee sauce and fries
a) Apple and Blackberry Crumble with custard
b) Sticky Toffee Pudding, caramelised walnuts and ice cream
c) Chocolate Brownie, chocolate sauce with ice cream
d) West Country Cheese Board


Tour of Hinkley Point EDF nuclear power station – Wednesday 11th March 2020 – CANCELLED

Last week EDF advised the Bridgewater Visitor Centre, who organise these tours, that planned changes to their tour timetables as well as the location of the pick-up and drop-off point, would become effective 1st February 2020, not 1st June 2020, as previously advised.  After confirming with the bus company that we would need to leave at 7.30am to reach the new pick-up point on time, and then failing to get an exception from EDF, we have no option but to cancel the trip planned for 11th March. Sorry about the need to cancel.  It may be possible to reschedule a tour later in the year.

REPLACEMENT TRIP:- Thursday 12th March 2020.

An alternative trip to Boscombe Down Aviation Collection at Old Sarum Airfield Museum. http://www.boscombedownaviationcollection.co.uk/

The date – THURSDAY 12th MARCH 2020.  The tour starts at 10.00am with a 30-minute presentation on BDAC and Boscombe Down A&AEE (Aircraft & Armaments Experimental Establishment) also known as the RAF Test Pilots School. That will include tea/coffee/biscuits. We will then have until 1.00pm to spend inside the museum, talk to the staff, and clamber through some of the exhibits. We will leave BDAC at 1.00pm and travel 4 miles to The Wheatsheaf Inn, Lower Woodford for lunch at 1.30pm. There will be a choice of mains and desserts, including vegetarian. We will need to pre-order nearer the time. We leave about 3.00pm to be back in Frome by 4.00pm. 

Depending on the number of members interested in visiting BDAC we will either use our own transport or use a coach. Without a coach the price will be approx. £20 – £23 including lunch; with a coach approx. £30-£33 including lunch


Please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in visiting BDAC. Wives and partners welcome, but we will be limited to 40 in total. I will need to finalise numbers at or soon after our February meeting.


Iain Martindale

President F&D Probus Club



Proposed Club Outing to North Wales  –  details below


LLandudno from the Great Orme cable car


The Great Orme Tram
LLangollen railway