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Ashbourne and District Probus Club
Probus - in favour of public transport

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.

If you are interested please contact our secretary, Roy, on 01335 347844

We meet at 10am every second Tuesday 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.

During most of the pandemic we kept going. Every second Tuesday we met over the internet via Zoom. About 25 of us - roughly half our membership - did this with a couple more joining our Zoom sessions every month.

However we resumed at the Golf Club in September 2021!!!!! only to return to Zoom in December. We were back at the Golf Club in March 2022 but our April meeting was on Zoom. However we returned to the Golf Club in May


Notesof Meeting of Ashbourne and District Probus Club held at Ashbourne Golf Club on 8th November 2022 when 19 members were present.

Three members have reached 90 this month & cards were circulated for signing. 1932 had been a productive year for Ashbourne Probus Club with five members reaching that landmark!
The autumn luncheon at Biggin Hall was attended by 53 members & guests and had been well received and also approval was shown at today’s meeting.
Members were reminded about the Annual Quiz to be presented by Chris Duncan on Tuesday 13th December. Dress code would be informal and with a festive theme.

Our guest speaker, Martin Bush, accompanied by his wife, Joy, gave an illustrated talk about the work of ‘Mercy Ships’.
Mercy Ships were started up in 1978 by Don Stephens, a former farm boy, who built a navy based around two ships –one a retired ocean liner – which were converted into floating hospitals.
The statistics of people on the globe who do not have access to basic medicines, fresh water, health care and cures for simple operations such as ‘a cleft palate’ is staggering. The ships have all the equipment, facilities and cleanliness needed for such treatments and a ‘navy’ of staff from cleaners (recruited from the local population) to experienced surgeons, dedicating their time to an amazing vision. Ships would normally dock at a port for 10 months and would attract patients on board to have these procedures done. Joy spoke of ladies ‘Obstetric fistulas’ after childbirth, which is almost seen as a ‘modern day Leprosy equivalent’. They are alienated from their husbands and families as unclean. With a simple operation, they can be reunited and welcomed back into mainstream society.
This inspiring and well presented talk was followed by a range on questions and The President proposed a vote of thanks which was heartily supported.


Next meeting on December 13th will be a quiz, prepared by Chris Duncan, delayed by Covid from last December.


Rogues Gallery

Presentation of the Geoff Lowe trophy to Greg Jackson by last year's winner Terry Hooley
2015 visit to Jodrell Bank


Our Programme



3rd November 12.30 pm for 1 pm  Autumn luncheon – at Biggin Hall Hotel.

8 November  talk on Mercy Ships

13 December  Annual Quiz


Funnies? (well I think so)

You stare at the carton of Orange Juice because it says "Concentrate"

To the person who invented the number zero, "Thanks for nothing"

What did the paper say to the sharpened pencil? You've got a good point.

What did the blanket say to the bed? Don't worry, I've got you covered.

Don't say I'm lazy, it's just my energy saving mode.

Change is inevitable except from a vending machine.

Do you need space?  --  Join NASA