Who are the members?
Men who are retired or nearly-retired from a wide range of occupations, including finance, engineering, the armed services, the law, education ……
What is the age range?
Current members range from around 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?
Lunchtime on the first Tuesday of each month, except January (second Tuesday).
Where do you meet?
The Links Hotel at West Runton.
Would I have to attend every month?
No. You just have to let us know if you cannot make it.
What happens at the meetings?
We chat in the bar, have lunch and then listen to a speaker. There is usually some club business to deal with but it rarely takes more than a couple of minutes.
Would anyone talk to me?
You will be given a named contact for when you arrive for the first time. They will introduce you to others and be at your table for lunch.
We also operate a system which ensures that each member will sit with a large number of other members in the course of the year.
How would I remember people’s names?
Everyone has a name badge.
Is it very formal?
No. Dress code is jacket and tie but there are no restrictions on who you sit with for lunch.
Can I just turn up?
No, simply because we have to notify the hotel of numbers in advance.
How much does it cost?
£23 per month by standing order, including the talk and 3-course lunch with coffee. £20 is refunded if you miss a lunch having made a timely apology.
Who runs the club?
A small committee elected from within the membership
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.
The purpose is generally consistent but the meeting format is decided by the individual club.
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 many of our new members.
Are female guests allowed?
Sometimes. We traditionally invite female guests to our May meeting and the December Christmas lunch.