Probus is out there to help all those who have re­tired

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When I moved to Nor­folk seven years ago it was sug­gested by my daugh­ter that I should con­sider join­ing Probus, to which I re­sponded ‘what on earth is that?’

I have learned con­sid­er­ably more since then about the ori­gins of this ex­cel­lent or­gan­i­sa­tion which is now rep­re­sented by nu­mer­ous clubs all over the UK and be­yond.

Let’s Talk pub­lishes in­ter­est­ing ar­ti­cles about a wide va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties and events tak­ing place in Nor­folk and be­yond and has a com­pre­hen­sive section ded­i­cated to read­ers’ sto­ries in the ‘Postbag’ which of­ten in­clude hol­i­day mem­o­ries, news of club ac­tiv­i­ties and nos­tal­gic pic­tures and I would like to draw read­ers’ at­ten­tions to an­other very ac­tive club, the Cromer and Sher­ing­ham Probus Club.

As many will know, the name ‘Probus’ is an acro­nym for Pro­fes­sional and Busi­ness and the Cromer and Sher­ing­ham club is one of sev­eral lo­cated in dif­fer­ent parts of the county, the or­gan­i­sa­tion be­ing na­tion­wide bring­ing to­gether re­tired pro­fes­sion­als and busi­ness­men once a month in a con­vivial at­mos­phere for a lunch which is fol­lowed by an in­vited speaker talk­ing about his or her par­tic­u­lar sub­ject.

At the Cromer and Sher­ing­ham Probus we have had speak­ers such as Sir Michael Sa­vory, talk­ing on the de­fences at Wey­bourne. Sir Michael owns the Muck­le­burgh Mu­seum and was a past Lord Mayor of Lon­don.

We have also had Let’s Talk colum­nist David Clay­ton, for­mer editor of BBC Nor­folk, David Reeve, ex Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent in charge of Royal Pro­tec­tion and many more amus­ing and in­ter­est­ing speak­ers.

This year we have sub­jects as di­verse as ‘Antarc­tica now and in the fu­ture’ pre­sented by Stephen Scott-Fawcett (fam­ily con­nec­tions with the ex­plorer Scott him­self) and ‘The rise and fall of the TSR2’, an iconic mil­i­tary air­craft from the 1960s.

Mem­bers come from a wide va­ri­ety of back­grounds in­clud­ing engi­neer­ing, med­i­cal, ed­u­ca­tion, the armed ser­vices, fi­nance, law, trans­port, the church, and many oth­ers.

One thing all clubs need is a steady flow of mem­bers and Cromer and Sher­ing­ham Probus is no ex­cep­tion and we can prom­ise a warm wel­come to any gen­tle­men out there who may be feel­ing ‘with­drawal symp­toms’ hav­ing ceased their daily busi­ness rou­tine and com­mit­ment to work.

A Probus Club pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity to talk to and so­cialise with a friendly bunch of like-minded peo­ple once a month and the fur­ther op­por­tu­nity of es­tab­lish­ing new and dif­fer­ent friend­ships with mem­bers from a wide spec­trum of pro­fes­sions and busi­nesses.

Should any gentle­man, re­tired or semi-re­tired, see an op­por­tu­nity to avoid that ‘list of things to be done when you are re­tired’ sit­u­a­tion, at least for once a month, con­tact Dave Vick­ery on 01263 824306.

You don’t have to live in Cromer or Sher­ing­ham to be a mem­ber as our gath­er­ings in­clude mem­bers who live in var­i­ous towns and vil­lages in our lovely Nor­folk.

MICHAEL WEBB Sidestrand Cromer Nor­folk

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