The men’s Probus Club started in Tewkesbury and Bredon Hill in 1975 but the first ever Probus Club was formed in the United Kingdom in 1965. The Probus movement had its beginnings in the Home Counties, created by members of Rotary Club. A member met retired friends for morning coffee. They were mostly ex-commuters to London, with professional and business backgrounds. They started a luncheon club. In 1974, Probus expanded into New Zealand and by 1976 the idea had spread to Australia. Clubs today exist in all parts of the world. These days links between Probus clubs, and with Rotary, are informal, and only occasional, but still provide an opportunity to make new contacts on retirement, when moving home, or on holiday.