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Meet the Members

Ray Hooper joined Woodbridge Probus Club in 2015 and was Vice Chairman in 2017 and Chairman fin 2018. He is also Webmaster for the web site. He particularly enjoys the many and varied subjects presented by the guest speakers at Probus lunches and the varied backgrounds of the members. He is a volunteer at Bawdsey Radar Museum . He also helps out at Martlesham Heath Aviation Society. Ray started as an apprentice with PO Telephones in North London and subsequently had a long career in Optical Fibre communications first at BT Adastral Park and then as a consultant.

Jefferey Franklin joined Woodbridge Probus Club in 2002. He has been Chairman, Vice Chairman and is currently a committee member. He feels the combination of the company of other members, many of whom have had successful and interesting working lives, a good meal and a talk from an interesting speaker makes for a special and enjoyable day each month.. His interests include Sailing and Duplicate Bridge. He is a member of Round Table and Rotary International. He was a partner in a large dental practice in Chingford Essex.

Kim Fisher joined Woodbridge Probus Club in 2011.He was vice Chairman in 2015 and Chairman in 2016. He particularly enjoys talking to members with their diverse backgrounds and experiences. He is very much involved in designing and building innovative sailing boats. Kim is currently the Secretary of the Amateur Yacht Research Society and has built and sailed his own radical boats for many years, some of which have been exhibited at the RYA Dinghy Show. Previous to retiring Kim was an industrial designer with Russell Hobbs, Gillette, Philips and then BT.

John S Goode joined Woodbridge Probus Club in 2001. John served on the committee for three years, vice chairman for 1 year and chairman in 2005. He has given several lunch talks. He particularly likes the happy companionship of attending the luncheon meetings and talks, ladies’ social gatherings and club outings. He is interested in Music, most genres, and visual art. Prior to retiring he had a long career in the Gas industry spanning coal gas manufacture to natural gas marketing and worked at British Gas (BG plc) HQ.                                  

 Roger Brown joined Woodbridge Probus Club in 2013. He joined the committee in 2016 and has served as the lunches organiser since 2017. He finds the monthly Probus lunch meetings extremely sociable. He owns a classic car and writes about them for several car club magazines, as well as a monthly article for the Co-Op Coastal newspaper. He reads extensively, and enjoys cinema, jazz, big bands and classical music. After retirement

he moved to Suffolk from West London where he worked as a Sales Manager.

 Jim Colthup joined Woodbridge Probus Club in 2016. He joined the committee in 2016 and became the club’s Publicity Officer in 2017. He particularly enjoys the camaraderie at Woodbridge Probus Club, the food and the excellent speakers. Prior to retirement he had various positions  in sales and marketing, sales promotion and  building exhibition stands. Prior to that his career spanned Thornycrofts, the Southampton shipbuilder, the Merchant Navy as an engineer sailing with Royal Mail line and British Rail channel packets.He worked for eight years on the Apollo programme in the US and for an electronics company.

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