Probus Clubs are a national organisation for retired professional and business men, hence the name. Our local Probus '97 was established in 1997 and, from the outset, caters for retired or working men with free time to spare. Our Club welcomes married, single or widowers from all walks of life. We offer an opportunity to meet socially in a very friendly atmosphere, preferring to dress informally, smart / casual rather than formally wearing ties. Likewise, we address each other using first names rather than formal titles. Our regular lunches and twice yearly formal meals are popular and we also enjoy going on frequent trips, often using a mini bus driven by one of our members. On these occasions members are invited to bring along wives, partners or a friend. Please click on our Events Programme page to view our varied Speaker talks, outings and events.
For the regular Monday morning, informal meetings we arrive around 10 am for tea, coffee and biscuits with the meeting starting at 10.30. There is a brief introduction by the Chairman and a few lighted-hearted (some would say humorous!) stories or jokes from the Secretary, followed by the Treasurer's remarks. Other members offer brief reports on forthcoming activities and the Events Programme. We then enjoy watching presentations and listening to, often involved in debate with, the weekly Speaker. Subjects of the talks range from the local, to national and international topics and can encompass historical events; very enjoyable and usually fascinating - often a realisation that we are never too old to learn something new!
Members share responsibility for the Club functions - as shown opposite. These Club tasks are divided among members for a specific period with elections being held at the AGM.
Please click on our six-monthly 'Events Programme' page to view our varied activities organised by the members of Probus '97.
Chairman: David Platt
Secretary: Len Keen
Treasurer: Derek Nuttall
Pub Meals: Desmond Lawrence
Trips Coordinator: Brad Roberts
Health & Safety: Michael Hodson
Catering: Ivor Gissing
Examiner: John Robertson