THE PROBUS CLUB OF HORSHAM FOREST
The Probus Club of Horsham Forest was established in 1989 with a maximum membership of 50. In those days many Probus Clubs operated a waiting list and some people had to for wait up to three years before being invited to join. Members are drawn from the retired Professional and Business community.
Our Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 10:00 am at the Horsham Sports Club. The meeting room overlooks the Horsham cricket pitch which is an attractive venue. The meeting normally consists of the business element which lasts an hour, followed by a coffee break and an invited speaker. We have an eclectic mix of speakers with such subjects as life in a submarine, iron production in the weald area and lexicography. We also have talks from our own members on a wide range of subjects based on their working lives for instance a talk from a “bush pilot” on flying aid into various parts of war torn Africa.
Following the meeting and speaker we usually adjourn to a local hostelry for lunch.
The Club is organised via a committee of members who provide administration, planning and direction of the activities, though the full membership has the ultimate say in what we do.
We have a strong welfare ethos within the club and provide help and assistance to members during times of illness. This applies particularly to our honorary ladies who are on their own.
A series of events is organised throughout the year such as:-
- Coffee mornings
- Organised walks followed by a pub lunch (we are currently not far from reaching walk 400)
- Skittles (a competition runs throughout the year)
- Visits to stately homes, national trust properties etc either by coach or self-drive depending on numbers
- River boat cruises
- Theatre and concert trips (a favourite is the Chichester Festival Theatre)
A holiday is usually organised at some point during the year.
We also have organised lunches such as the Ladies Invitation Lunch and a St Georges Day Lunch
The prime motivation of our Club is to be a friendly organisation that offers fellowship to all our members.