Petersfield & District Probus Club
"It's more than just a supper club"
Regular monthly meetings are on the last Thursday evening of each month at The Half Moon, London Rd., Sheet. A two course supper is served, followed by a speaker, a range of topics are covered, the dining fee is currently £20 (excluding drinks).
New members are always welcome, as an introduction you may attend one of our evening meetings as a guest of the club, or the monthly pub lunch at own expense.
Membership is open to retired professional and business men of 55 or over. The annual subscription (£20) allows members to participate in all the clubs activities, including outings to places of interest, the monthly pub lunch, the annual BBQ & the Christmas luncheon, to all these occasions members bring their partners & invited guests, the regular monthly meetings are for members only.
For details of joining please contact the Club Secretary:
A popular activity with members & partners is our monthly gathering at a local pub for lunch. Locations are varied usually within a 15-mile radius of Petersfield. Held on the second Thursday of the month from January to November, an opportunity for those interested in joining the club to meet members informally - see calendar page for current venues.
Outings to Places of Interest
Previous visits have included Osborne House, Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Brooklands Museum, Beaulieu Motor Museum, The Waitrose Leckford Estate, West Dean Gardens & the Petersfield Museum.
The 2022 programme featured a selection of new & interesting locations, including Arundel Castle Tulip Festival, Milestones Museum at Basingstoke, Exbury Gardens, the Clanfield Observatory, behind the scenes at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
In 2023 the programme will include a return to the Arundel Tulip Festival and the South Downs Planetarium.
HISTORY OF PETERSFIELD PROBUS CLUB
The club celebrated its 45th anniversary in January 2022, making it one of the district's longest established social organisations, many current members have been part of the proceedings for over twenty years.
The inaugural meeting was held at The Red Lion, Petersfield on 27th January 1977 under the acting chairmanship of Bill Morgan, Charles Dyer was appointed secretary and twenty prospective members attended.
Membership grew steadily and within five years had almost doubled.
In line with the growth of membership the club looked to embrace their various activities from a new base and in 1983 moved to The Half Moon at Sheet where meetings have been held continuously to the present day.
In 1994 with a membership of over fifty and a long waiting list, it was decided to pursue the formation of a second Probus club to serve the Petersfield area, this led to the creation of Southdown’s Probus Club which also continues as an active club.
SUPPORT FOR GOOD CAUSES
Each year the incoming club chairman nominates a charity of choice for the club to support during his year of office, for 2023 the charity is Compassion in World Farming.
Over the past ten years the club has raised over £10,000 for local and national charities, including: Help for Heroes, The Rosemary Foundation, The Not Forgotten Association, Fitzroy Organisation, Canine Partners, Dentaid, Petersfield's Kings Arms Project, Prostate Cancer UK, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance etc.
Guest speakers to our meetings are often supporting a specific charity, frequently related to them through family connections, we always take opportunity to acknowledge their situation through a table collection.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF PROBUS WORLDWIDE
Probus is a gathering of retired and semi-retired members joining in autonomous clubs to enjoy social activities. An abbreviation of ‘Professional & Business', formed in 1965 by two Rotarians, over 4000 clubs are in the UK & worldwide, they are gender diversified with mixed or single sex memberships – decided by the rules & means of their constitution.
Our committee is elected annually to ensure the programme of activities, charity support & events follows the aims of the club as set down in the constitution, in line with those originally set by the founders of Probus club's worldwide.
A miscellany of pictures,
Arundel Tulip Festival April 2022
A cheque being presented to the chief executive of Compassion in World Farming - February 2023
A presentation on the work of the Rosemary Foundation
Members gather to mark the club’s fortieth anniversary
Copyright: Petersfield & District Probus Club 2023
Petersfield & District Probus Club has policies in place that have been updated and reviewed to ensure the requirements of GDPR are addressed, including: Information Security, Data Management & Records Management, a copy of the club's policy is available to members on request.
Address for correspondence: c/o 26 Pulens Lane, GU31 4DB