Who are the members?
Professional Business men who are retired or nearly-retired from a wide range of occupations, including finance, engineering, the armed services, the law, the church, education, transport, etc.
What is the age range?
Current members range from 60 to 90+ but there are no prescribed limits.
What is the club’s purpose?
Entirely social. It provides an environment for making and meeting friends and hearing informative and entertaining talks, mostly with local themes. We also occasionally arrange outings to places of interest.
When do you meet?
We meet for lunch on the first Tuesday of the month, and a coffee morning on the third Tuesday of the month.
Where do you meet?
The Cumberland Hotel, Eastbourne, BN21 3YT.
Would I have to attend every month?
No. But if you are unable to attend especially on lunch days, you must let us know if you cannot make it. There are also some minimum attendance requirements (see Policies).
What happens at the meetings?
On lunch days we chat in the bar before going through to the lunch have lunch. On coffee morning days we meet up for a coffee and then listen to a speaker. There is usually some club business to deal with but it rarely takes long.
Would anyone talk to me?
Of course. It is important to make yourself known in advance to the Club’s Membership Secretary ( see our contact details) who will ensure that your welcome is as it should be.
How would I remember people’s names?
Everyone has a name badge.
Is it very formal?
For lunches, jacket and tie are worn, though the tie requirement is relaxed for the hot summer months. Dress for coffee sessions is relaxed, the term “smart casual” is a guide. Members always wear their name badges for obvious reasons.
Can I just turn up?
No, not on lunch days, simply because we have to notify the hotel of numbers in advance.
How much does it cost?
£20 joining fee and £25 per year for membership and £20 for a 3 course lunch plus coffee for each meeting you attend. Coffee mornings cost £2 and include coffee or tea and biscuits followed by a talk from a guest speaker or one of our members.
Who runs the club?
A small committee elected from within the membership.
What is the club’s policy in respect of the Data Protection Regulations?
The club’s Data Protection Policy is outlined under the Policy tab on our website.
Is the club part of a wider organisation?
No. There are PROBUS clubs across this country and in others, but each PROBUS club is completely independent and runs itself.
Are all PROBUS clubs the same?
Not exactly, because they set their own rules; however the purpose is generally consistent. Obviously, meeting days vary so that can affect the choice of club.
Does the club do fund-raising activities?
Would I have to join immediately?
No. You are welcome to come along as a visitor until you make your decision.
Can members bring guests?
Absolutely. This is how we get most of our new members.
Are female guests allowed?
We traditionally invite female guests to our December Christmas lunch. Female guests are also welcome to join members on outings.