Our club (official title “Probus Club of Locks Heath”) was formed in 1981 and has developed over the years. We now have a membership of fifty which is the maximum we can accommodate at our venue. As such, we do have a short waiting list, but encourage those on it to attend meetings periodically when space permits!
We meet at 12.00pm. on the first Thursday of every month at Sarisbury Green Community Centre when we have a short business meeting and a Ploughman’s Lunch followed by a Speaker and finish around 2.00pm. A pay bar is available.
We arrange group holidays, recent examples include a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords from and back to Southampton with Fred Ölsen Cruises, a visit to Lake Como in Italy and a river cruise in Europe travelling part way by Eurostar, as well as a cruise around Britain.
We also organise outings, for example a visit to Greenwich in 2018 as well as local events such as an annual Summer Event (Hog Roast, Garden Party, etc.,) for members, wives and guests). A Ladies Day formal dinner is held in November.
Probus members visiting Southampton or Fareham (Sarisbury Green is situated roughly half way between them on the A27) are most welcome to attend one of our meetings.
For further information, please contact us by email at email@example.com or contact one of the following:
- Graham Adams, President, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 01489 573773.
- Colin Smith, Secretary, email@example.com, Tel: 01489 582633
Sarisbury Green Community Centre
Probus Club of Locks Heath Origins
The origins of Locks Heath Probus are somewhat unclear but the President’s chain of office records it’s first owner in 1982 when the holder is identified as G R Strauli.
Moving on just over a decade, there were forty members in 1995 when Roy David (to whom we are grateful for his time and patience in providing this background) joined the Club at around the same time as Golly Carless. George King was president at that time. His proposer was Tony Thrower. Tony Lee produced the monthly Newsletter documenting meetings, trips, etc – a tradition which continues up to today.
It was the members themselves who gave the talks based on their own experiences. Every new member was expected to give a talk, not just a two minute intro as we do today – Roy remembers giving his on Model Aircraft. War stories and personal hobbies were the number one topics.
Like today, the venue was the Sarisbury Green Community Centre, with the members themselves having to set up tables and chairs prior to the meeting. Food was limited, often just soup.
Soon after joining Roy became Assistant Secretary organising trips almost every month, much like today this covered a variety of destinations from the Poole Lifeboat to Woolwich Arsenal and Brooklands. There were no coaches, members took their own cars and their wives went along too.
In 1999-2000, the year of the Millennium, Roy became President. The annual Ladies Lunch (a tradition which continues today although at different venues) was held at the War sash Sailing Club although a number of the wives met up regularly on “Probus Thursday” organising a lunch of their own.
Today, we have a club of over fifty members but much of the old “tradition” remains and whilst new members are not expected to give presentations on their favourite topics, if they do have a special interest a talk on that would be most welcome! There are regular trips (including Chichester Festival events), annual holidays as a group and an annual “Garden Party”.
For further information look through the rest of the website and use the contacts provided.
Further information on the history of Probus can be found on the Probus Online website.
There is a general introduction to Probus on Wikipedia.