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

Founded in 1985 our first president was John Gadsby, local county councillor and magistrate.

We are a club for retired professional and business men. We meet monthly for a talk, conversation and perhaps a

meal. 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


Once upon a time we would meet at 10am every second Tuesday at Ashbourne Golf Club. After coffee and a few minutes of housekeeping we sat back and listened to an entertaining speaker. Then we had a light lunch chosen from the Golf Club's menu.  We are a men only club and our wives appreciated not having us under their feet for that one morning a month. Not any longer! Our regular meetings and our (rather good) programme of events and excursions is suspended. But we look forward to resuming our old ways as soon as all this nasty business is over and done with.

In the meantime, we keep going. Every second Tuesday we meet over the internet via Zoom. About 25 of us - roughly half our membership - do this with a couple more joining our Zoom sessions every month.

We resumed at the Golf Club in September!!!!!


NOTES OF THE (LAST) MEETING on Tuesday 14 September 2021

Our Guest Speaker

was Helen Wathall MBE who spoke about taking over the running of her family business at a very early age and how it had developed during the ensuing 26 years. Walthall Funeral Directors were originally cabinet makers whose sideline in making coffins led to the focus of the business changing. Helen is the 5th generation of the family to run the firm and her two daughters are working with her and are in line to succeed her.
She spoke of her surprise at discovering that Wathalls, who handle about 1000 funerals a year, are the largest privately run funeral directors in the country. Among the innovations she has introduced is a bereavement service which is offered free of charge.
Peter Lunn proposed a sincere and thoughtful vote of thanks.

“My Life Story …So Far”  is the title of 97 year old Gerald Humphries’ autobiography. Gerald, the Father of the House, brought copies of his book to our meeting. Each of us is invited to buy a copy of Gerald’s book for a maximum of £10 which will be divided between two good causes close to his and Val’s hearts, The Stroke Association and Christian Aid.

John Hurfurt appealed for discarded smart phones (& their chargers) to help the many Afghan refugees in the Derby area. A lot of us still have our previous phone which we no longer use and this is a very easy way to help folk who need our support. (Contact John)

Peter Walker told members about the website that illustrates his life-long love of taking photographs:


Next meeting.
Tuesday Tuesday 12 October, 10.00 for 10.30. AT THE GOLF CLUB

Guest speaker Mark Tyack  Local Railways


Our Events


October   7 Autumn Lunch  Izaak Walton

October 12 Monthly meeting Mark Tyavk  Local Railways

November 9  Monthly meeting

December 14  Monthly meeting



More updated dictionary definitions

Abacus            swedish pop group swears

Barbican         tin for a doll

Custard           swearing at Boris

Donut              someone mad about money

Propaganda  a right good look

Unfettered       without Greek cheese