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.
Curry Night - Tuesday 19th July 2022
Please join us at the Memories of India restaurant in Farnham Common for a men’s 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.
Battle of Britain WW2 Bunker – Saturday 17th September 2022
For our following event, we are visiting a venue in Uxbridge which you may never have heard of – the WW2 Bunker! During the Second World War, this was one of the RAF command centres for Fighter Command, located deep underground where the RAF’s role in the Battle of Britain was coordinated from. In the past few years, the site has been enlarged to include a major new visitor centre, constructed on top of the bunker. It includes a new Air Defence exhibition and is a 2000 sq. metre complex over 2 levels housing a Spitfire, Hurricane, state-of-the-art museum and displays. Our visit will include a private tour of the “bunker” where we will experience an operational day in September 1940 at the height of the Battle of Britain. Our private tour will last between an hour and 90 minutes and will begin at 2:30pm.
We will assemble in St Andrew’s car park and plan to leave Stoke Poges around 11am for our journey to Uxbridge (we hope to have a few volunteer drivers providing us with transport). We will begin our visit by viewing the wide range of exhibits in the Air Defence exhibition and the many displays. We will then meet for lunch in the café (included in the price), and finally our private tour of the underground “bunker” (accessed via 76 steps). There is a limit on the number of places, so if you might be interested in this visit, please register your interest as soon as possible.
We would be delighted if you could join us at one or both of the above events. If you would like more information or to register your interest, 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: