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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 for Ashbourne and District Probus Club
12th July 2022 held at Ashbourne Golf Club when 22 members were present

The guest speaker Jonathan Marvin gave a talk on Amy Johnson.
Jonathan started by briefly detailing his career in the aviation industry that started with flying a Chipmunk, then through various jets both in the airforce and commercial jets in the airline industry, at one stage even starting his own airline ORION.
Jonathon then talked about Amy Johnson. Amy was one of the first ladies to get a pilots licence in 1919. Amy made solo flights across the world including to Australia and Capetown, using just a map and compass. She owned various planes, each named Jason, and was awarded the CBE.

In 1934 Dehavilland built 3 planes from wood for a race from Mildenhall to Australia for Amy and her husband, Jim Mollison. The planes were called Black Magic and were faster than any other plane at that time. Amy and Jim were flying Black Magic 1 and got lost, resulting in them losing the race. This caused tension between them resulting in their marriage breaking up.

Amy tried other careers but ended up back in flying.  During WW2 she was ferrying new planes to customers as they were built and on 5 January 1941 she disappeared during one of these ferry flights, taking off from Blackpool in really bad weather.
It’s thought that Amy was miles off course and ended up in Herne Bay, where a parachute was spotted but a body was never recovered.

Jonathan and a team are trying to rebuild a Black Magic aircraft. The team has all the parts, but are held up by lack of funding to pay for expertise to help assemble the aircraft.


Next meeting will be on

 9 August  Visit to Derby Museum

Next speaker meeting

03 September  when Gerard Price will talk on  “The Woodland Trust”

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


26 July   Visit to the National Stone Centre, Wirksworth

9 August     Visit to Derby Museum Presentation on Joseph Wright. Meet at 11.00 am in
      the entrance to Museum. Booking necessary with Roy Atkinson.

25 August  Summer Supper

13 September Gerald Price  The Woodland Trust

11 October  Colin Petty  Aquabox

some date Oct/Nov - Autumn Luncheon

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 nuber 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