Probus club in search for new members

By Nigel Slater 20/04 Updated: 20/04 11:35

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THE PROBUS Club of Evesham is looking for new members to join in the run up to its 40th anniversary.

The group, made up of retired professionals and businessman, meet every Thursday between 10am and 12pm in the town's Ecgwins Club and discuss and debate topics including finance, politics, retail, media, education, accountancy, computing, sales and many more.

Following a talk by an invited speaker, members then chat over a coffee and contribute to the discussion with accounts of their own experiences in life.

The club, formed in 1973, has recently elected Tom Hale as its new president after serving in Burma and is well remembered in Evesham for being the manager of the Espley DIY Ltd store.

In the coming weeks the group is looking forward to special talks about being a magistrate and the history of Badsey. Members are also looking forward to a special trip at the Morgan Motor Company in Malvern next month.

The Probus club movement was formed in the UK in 1965 before expanding globally to the likes of USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Holland, India and South Africa. There are an estimated 5,000 clubs worldwide.

Chris Donough, member and press officer for Evesham club, told the Observer: "The backgrounds and interests of current members are fascinating and our meetings can get lively with very good debates taking place about a wide range of topics.

"The age range is mainly 60-90-years-old but anyone who would like to join us and contribute to our discussions is more than welcome."

Anyone interested in joining Evesham Probus Club should contact club secretary Clive Allen on 01386 870003 or by emailing Membership costs £30 a year.

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