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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


We meet at 10am every second Tuesday 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 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!!!!!


We had a very enjoyable lunch at The Izaak Walton on Thursday 7 October. Thanks to all involved in the organisation. See lower down for a photograph of the presentation of the Geoff Lowe golf trophy to Greg Jackson.


NOTES OF THE  MEETING on Tuesday 12 October 2021

 Our President, Peter,  mentioned that this day, 12th October, was the anniversary of some notable events including Christopher Columbus sighting the New World in 1472, Charles Mackintosh selling his first raincoat in 1823, the first Morris Minor rolling off the production line in 1948, the Brighton Bombing in 1984 and Lloyd Scott completing the Three Peaks Challenge in 2020 wearing a deep sea diving suit.

The 5 Minute Hot Spot was filled by David Holt reflecting on the relevance today of Noel Coward’s 1943 song “Let’s not be beastly to the Germans”.

Peter Snelson introduced our guest speaker, Mark Tyack, a lifelong devotee of railways, in particular the lost railways around Ashbourne. As a boy Mark would persuade engine drivers to let him ride on the footplates of steam locomotives pulling trains on the Uttoxeter to Buxton line and he illustrated his absorbing talk with many fascinating photographs of rolling stock, stations, signal boxes and bridges that no longer exist including the Seven Arches viaduct which is now just the big dip in the Tissington Trail about half a mile north of the Ashbourne tunnel.  


“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.


Next meeting.
Tuesday 9th November when our own Colin Fishwick, a professional woodturner of national repute, will talk about and show us examples of his skill. 10am for 10.30.


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


Our Events


November 9  Monthly meeting Colin Fishwick  Woodturning

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