On 5th September 2016, Ray Hooper, a Woodbridge Probus member, gave a talk about the Invention That Changed the World - Radar. Much of the early development of radar took place in Suffolk. Firstly Orfordness and then Bawdsey Manor. Martlesham Heath saw the world’s first airborne radar flight in 1937. Ray explained that on 30th September 2016 there would be the inaugural MH100 lecture at UoS on the History of Radar given by Professor Hugh Griffiths of UCL, a world Radar expert.
Lavenham Falconry Talk.
On Monday 4th April 2016,Steve Langley from Lavenham Falconry gave a terrific talk accompanied by a Barn Owl and a Buzzard! He had the audience spell bound and the birds created a tremendous stir as reflected in the numerous questions he got during the hour he was on his feet with no scripting - tremendous.
The Elephant in the Room Talk.
On Monday 4th July, 2016Len Finch gave his maiden talk, ‘The Elephant in the Room’ about his 25 years of being an Inseminator. This graphic talk, spiced with humour, revealed the true mechanics of life on the farm and the commercial drivers that are revolutionising the dairy business. The scope of questions mirrored the audience’s fascination.
On June 5th 2017, James Colthup, a Woodbridge Probus member, gave a fascinating insight into the world of NASA's space program and how he became involved in the mission critical engineering of various moon lander components. Jim's candid recollections brought this whole subject to life and prompted many questions from the members.
Designing and building your own boat
On August 7th 2017, Kim Fisher, a Woodbridge Probus member, gave a talk about an innovative boat that he designed and built over the past few years. Kim showed drawings and a 1 metre test model of the 'crab claw rigged' boat and discussed its novel construction. Videos were shown of its first few outings which are now on YouTube. The final boat can be seen sailing the River Deben.
On the 6th of November 2017 Paul Whiting of the Orwell Astronomical Society gave a talk on the nature of eclipses and some of his experiences as an eclipse chaser. He recounted some of the highlights (and occasional lowlights) of a few of his visits around the world, including such places as Australia, The Libyan desert, Siberia, the Arctic North, Indonesia, a Pacific coral atoll and this year’s trip to America. The next eclipse holiday is already booked to the Atacama Desert.