Probus is out there to help all those who have retired
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