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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 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 9 November 2021

Our President Peter opened the meeting by reminding those present  to have their COVID booster vaccinations.
Minutes of the Previous Meeting were approved.
The President had researched Probus and found a Roman Emperor named PROBUS who ruled between 276 and 282 AD. He ruled for 6 years whereas previous and succeeding emperors only ruled for about 2 years.
There is a word “Probity" means fairness and honest

In the 5 Minute Hot Spot 
Roy Atkinson gave a talk on “Researching My Family Tree", illustrated with examples from his own family tree.

Our own member Colin Fishwick gave a talk about Wood Turning

Colin talked about his hobby, which turned into a business.
His son, Derek, started wood turning with Colin sharpening his tools. Colin  wondered how the tools were used and that was the start of his love of wood turning.
Colin explained the difference between hard and soft woods and how they were cut. He gave a slide presentation of some of his projects.
He described how he had set up training courses and how he was a member of the Worshipful Company of Turners of London.
During one of their meetings he met Sarah Faberge and submitted some samples to their London Store.
His business is called “Fishwick Woodcrafts”


Next meeting.
will be on December 14 when Chris Duncan will intoduce a Christmas Extravaganza.


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


Our Programme


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