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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, David, on 01335 346409 or

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


Minutes of Meeting for Ashbourne and District Probus Club
10th May 2022 held at Ashbourne Golf Club when 27 members were present

The Outgoing President, Peter Lunn, handed over the Chain of Office and Gavel to the new President, Roger Slater.

Roger Slater presented Peter Lunn with a past Presidents tie and pin.

The guest speaker was Jennie Bins who gave a talk on
“An Outside Take on the Inside Life”.

Jennie has worked in the prison service for 20 years and gave an entertaining review of her life in the Prison Service, starting by listing the security categories of prison and then reviewed her career since graduating from University.

She has worked in 4 male prisons and is now working in Offender Personality Disorder Pathway which deals with the counselling and therapeutic issues of prison life.

Jennie then covered:-
Myths associated with prison life,
Questions she always gets asked and
The “Good, Bad and Ugly” of the prison service.
Roger Slater gave a vote of thanks to Jennie Binns.
The meeting closed at 12.00 pm.

Next meeting will be on

14 June  when  Mike Kelley  willtalk on the Cromford Canal Restoration   

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


14 June        Mike Kelley Cromford Canal Restoration

12 July  Jonathan Marvin   “The Restoration of Amy Johnson’s Plane”

late 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

visits to be arranged

Derby Museum  Joseph Wright exhibition

National Stone Centre


Christmas Cracker Jokes

What do Santa's elves learn at school               The elf abet

What's the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the ordinary alphabet     Noel

What goes Oh Oh Oh?                      Santa walking backwards

Why did Santa get a parking ticket                He left his sleigh in a Snow Parking Zone

Why didn't Mary and Joseph get to Bethlehem           All Virgin flghts were cancelled

Why didn't mary and Josepph join their work conference          There was no Zoom at the Inn

What happens if you eat Christmas decorations          You get tinselitis