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Ashbourne and District Probus Club

Founded in 1985 the club's first president was John Gadsby, a local county councillor and magistrate. We are a club for retired professional and business men. We meet monthly for a talk, conversation and usually lunch.There are also social events and trips. Please scroll down for more information, our programme and photographs.

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We meet at 10am on the second Tuesday of every month, usually at Ashbourne Golf Club. After coffee and a few minutes of housekeeping we sit back and listen to an entertaining speaker. Then many of us  have a light lunch chosen from the Golf Club's menu. We are a men only club and believe our wives appreciate not having us under their feet for that one morning a month.


Notes of Probus Meeting on 12th September 2023

There were 24 members present at the meeting.

Unfortunately the speaker Phil Philo has Covid and was unable to attend the meeting.
Roger Slater stood in for our President, Peter Walker, who was on holiday.
Roger suggested that members give short presentations on subjects of interest, holidays etc.
Peter Lunn started by updating members on Kagando Hydroelectric Project in Uganda, an ongoing project he has presented in the past.
The project is to replace the power supply to the hospital which is supplied from an unreliable government electrical distribution system.
The first step was to replace the hospital electrical generator to a more suitable size and upgrade the electrical distribution system. This has been completed.
The next stage is to provide an independent power supply to the hospital, originally envisaged as hydroelectric, but now solar as technology has improved, including new sodium batteries.
A mini hydroelectric backup may be added.
Other Probus members then gave short presentations:-
John Hurfurt - Travelling to a Romanian Orphanage to deliver medical supplies and food.
Barry Cohen - Tracing ancestors during the recent trip to the Arboretum
Richard Odell - Visit to Ayers Rock and Kangaroo Island in Australia
Peter Oldfield and John Foster - Initial thoughts about Probus
Peter Snelson presented the GRIN for this month.
The next Probus meeting will be held on 10th October 2023 at Ashbourne Golf Club when there will be a comedian - Pat Hall.

Our Programme


October 10th - Soldiers, Sailors and Airmens Families Association (SSAFA). Speaker - unassigned
November 14th - Pat Hall, a comedian
December 12th - Annual Quiz

President Peter presents Arthur Williams with his Honarary Membership badge.

Ashbourne lantern procession