Probus Clubs form a worldwide network to provide regular gatherings to those retired or semi-retired business or professional people who, in retirement, appreciate and value opportunities to meet others in similar circumstances and with like interests. We are a non-political, non-sectarian all male club whose members enjoy attending a wide variety of talks. During the year, spouses/partners are invited to join in trips and outings. Each Probus Club is autonomous. The Club endeavours to be simple in structure and to provide opportunities for meeting new friends, enjoying conversation and listening to talks on a wide variety of subjects. New members are always welcome; please contact us if you are interested.
Following a Rotarian national awareness initiative in the late 1960’s the Rotary Club of Hazel Grove sponsored the setting up of a local Probus group through publicity and announcements in the local press. The first meeting was held on March 18, 1970 in Bramhall Village Club. Following more publicity a definitive foundation meeting of 20 gentlemen adopted the name and a Constitution on April 28, 1970. Early meetings were held in Cheadle Hulme Club, in Mellor Road, later moving to Bramhall Village Club. Membership numbers were limited to 30, gradually increasing to 50 in response to demand. This led to the formation in 1977 of a second Club, named Jubilee; subsequent Clubs include ‘79 Club (1979), and Celebration Club (1981), all reflecting the rising numbers of eligible members.
Regular meetings continued at Bramhall Village Club until March 2019 when numbers had reached 70. The membership agreed that meetings should move to the Brookdale Club, Bramhall, which provides better facilities. Meetings are held second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, except August and Christmas, when speakers give talks. There is an annual Lunch and a Dinner. The Club also arranges visits and holidays at home and abroad. The size of the membership reflects its popularity and its conviviality. In 2020 the Club celebrated 50 successful years.
Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Meetings start at 10.30am, with refreshments available from 10am. The meetings usually finish by 12 noon.
Brookdale Club and Theatre
Programme for 2021-22
|11 Jan||The Internet of Things||Nigel Linge|
|25 Jan||Legal and financial issues for the Retired||John Mumford|
|8 Feb||Underwater Photography||Nick Robertson-Brown|
|22 Feb||A Tour of the Torrs of New Mills||Peter Webb|
|8 Mar||Lives and Music of Rodgers & Hart||Eric Lupton|
|22nd Mar||The History of Christies||Peter Poppitt|
|12 Apr||Origin of Place Names||Peter Watson (to confirm his availability before 26 March|
|26 Apr||Milestones in Forensic Science||Geoff Keeling|
|10 May||AGM followed by 'Songs and their stories'||Rob Carroll|
|24 May||Legal and financial issues for the retired||John Mumford|
|14 Jun||Writing crime fiction||Barbara Fagan Speake|
|28 Jun||'Manchester's forgotten star', the amazing story of Edward Watkin||Geoff Scargill|
|12 Jul||Tales of a Salford lad||Joe Sambrook|
|26 Jul||Secrets of a Cheshire Parish||Judy A. Popley|
For all enquires please contact the secretary, Bill Kidston.