Stoke Poges Men's Group
Time set aside for men to encourage and be encouraged.
A big welcome from the Stoke Poges Men’s Group. If you have not been to one of our events, then please read on to find out what you are missing! During the year we run curry nights, dinners, Saturday morning breakfasts, activity evenings (skittles etc.) and visits to interesting venues. There is something for everyone! We are not an exclusive group but very inclusive and guys from a wide area (not just from Stoke Poges) come along to our events. We are open to everyone – guys of all faiths and none are always given a very warm welcome.
At some of our events we invite a special guest who will give a talk on a specific topic, and during their talk they will usually share something of their Christian faith and how it has guided and influenced them during their lives.
Our group is affiliated to a UK organisation called Christian Vision for Men who run an annual conference for men and support men’s groups throughout the UK.
Men’s Dinner - Friday 19th November 2021
After all the restrictions of the past couple of years, we are really looking forward to our annual Men’s Dinner on Friday 19th November. Our venue is the Oak Room at the South Buckinghamshire Golf Club (in Park Road, Stoke Poges). Our meal, which is buffet style, will begin at 8pm and will cater for a wide range of tastes. Our speaker is Paul Cowley MBE, a guy who has been a thief, prisoner, soldier and priest! He grew up as an only child with parents who were alcoholics, then at the age of 15 he was expelled from school, at 16, he left home, and at 17, entered a life of crime which landed him behind bars. When he came out he found salvation in the Army. In 16 years he rose to Staff Sergeant, did three tours in Northern Ireland, one in the Falklands and fought on the Army boxing team. After leaving he became a fitness trainer and ended up running one of London's top fitness clubs.
A few things began to happen that made him start thinking about God. “I was an atheist. I was very angry at God, but I didn’t know him. I hated Christians, but I didn’t know any. I detested church, but I hadn’t really been to one”. In 1994, he was persuaded to do an Alpha course and his life was turned around. Paul began attending a church in Central London, Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) where he was soon invited to be a volunteer on prison visits. He put forward a proposal to the church leaders to have the Alpha course implemented in the prison system and today it runs in 800 prisons worldwide. In 2002, he was ordained and was appointed pastor of HTB Queen’s Gate. In 2005, he founded Caring for Ex-Offenders, a charity which connects individuals with church communities in the area in which they are settling. Today, he is an ambassador for social transformation at HTB and Alpha International, an advisor to the British government on issues related to prisoners and social justice, and an advisor to the Bishop of London on prison and penal affairs. Last year, he published his autobiography entitled “Thief Prisoner Soldier Priest”. We are delighted that Paul will be able to join us for this Men’s Dinner and following his talk, we will have a question and answer session. The evening should finish at approximately 10:30pm.
Curry Night - Tuesday 25th January
For our following event, we are making a return visit to the Memories of India restaurant in Farnham Common for a Curry Night. Even if you are a little wary of eating curry, you can be assured that the menu will have been carefully chosen so that there is something for everyone. We will commence at 7:30pm with drinks from the bar and start our 2-course buffet at 8pm. Our speaker is David Robinson LVO, who spent 20 years as a Personal Protection officer for senior members of the Royal Family. After leaving school at 15, David worked in the West End for 5 years and then joined the Metropolitan Police where he served as a police officer for 31 years. The last 20 years of his service was spent serving with SO14, the Royal Protection Command in Royalty Protection. In the final 8 years he was the personal protection officer to HM The Queen (from 1992 to 2000) and prior to that was the personal protection officer to HRH The Princess Royal (from 1982 to1984) and before that for the Princess of Wales (from 1981 to 1982). David travelled the world extensively in this capacity and received the Order National De La Legion D’Honneur in 1992 and Lieutenant of the Victorian Order in 2000. When he left this role in year 2000, he moved to the private security sector, becoming a regional security manager and in 2012 he delivered a high profile programme of venue security infrastructure and personnel for both the Olympic and Paralympics Games. We are delighted that David will be our speaker at this Curry Night, sharing with us his insights into the challenges of protecting members of the Royal Family. After his talk there will be a question and answer session and the evening should finish at approximately 10:15pm.
We would be delighted if you could join us at one or both of the above events. If you would like more information or wish to book your place, contact Tony or Nigel:
Tony Shortman: 01844-350014 or email: tony-mavis[at]shortman.eclipse.co.uk
Nigel Lowe: 07973-349721 or email: nigelatsuchlowe[at]gmail.com
Facebook: If you’d like to join us on Facebook here is the link to our group.
Our September 2021 visit to Ascot Brewery: