Lunches & Speakers

From the beginning, the constitution adopted monthly luncheon meetings at its heart. We have always followed lunch with a speaker. We have two special events to which partners and guests are invited, the President’s Annual Dinner and the Ladies’ Christmas Luncheon.

Historically, the Christmas Luncheon has catered for slightly more in attendance than the Annual Dinner. Throughout the 1980’s, for example, attendances were on average 107 for the Annual Dinner and 130 for the Christmas Luncheon versus averages of 90 and 107 respectively in recent years. There have been changing trends. For the first 25 years the events usually made a small profit. For a 15 year period from the mid 1990’s to 2010, events were often significantly subsidised usually resulting in a loss of a few hundred pounds.

Whilst the programme of outings is a very popular feature of our Probus Club, the ‘Dining Experience’ remains at the heart of the club. The focus has always been on friendship and fellowship. Our aim has been to provide an environment where we can meet regularly and socialise, have a good lunch and enjoy an entertaining speaker.

Over the years, the club meeting has been hosted at six venues, namely the Cambridge Arms in Camberley, Frimley Hall Hotel, Hawley Hotel in Blackwater, Lakeside at Frimley Green, Pine Ridge Golf Club, which hosted us for a quarter century during which time we celebrated our 50th anniversary, before moving on to our current venue at Windlesham Golf Club.

This is your club and your constructive feedback is always welcome. If we don’t always achieve our goals please tell us how things might be improved. Better still, why not look towards joining the committee and make a difference.

Please check the Noticeboard for upcoming speaker titles together with entertainment and other events.

Previous speaker titles

2nd March 2022
The History of Royal Flying
by Graham Laurie
2nd February 2022
Fuel Cells & Hydrogen
Geoff Baier
3rd November 2021
The Railways of Switzerland
Stephen Bishop
6th October 2021
Wycombe’s Contribution to Aviation
Dave Scott
4th August 2021
Bat Boat to Red Arrows [Zoom]
David Hassard
2nd June 2021
Scams and How to Avoid Them [Zoom]
Brad Ashton
12th May 2021
The Job of a Laughtime [Zoom]
Brad Ashton
7th April 2021
The Mind of a Gambler [Zoom]
Paul Isherwood
3rd March 2021
Zeppelin – Ship of Dreams [Zoom]
David Skillen
3rd February 2021
The Work of English Heritage [Zoom]
Sam Stones, EH Property Curator/South
6th January 2021
HIdden Wonders of the Night Sky [Zoom]
Dr Lilian Hobbs
July 2020
Great (British) foods to build you natural resistance [link to GB nutrition guide]
Lucy Williamson
4th March 2020
Who has done more for Health; the Doctor, the Scientist or the Engineer?
Professor David Perrett
5th February 2020
Berlin – The Tale of an Extraordinary City, 1931-89
Alan Grace
8th January 2020
From Moscow to Milk of Magnesia, Her Life in the Foreign Office
Sheila Bevan
6th November 2019
Alan Boyd
2nd October 2019
Apollo 13, Disastrous Mission or Engineering Triumph?
Phil Whitemore
4th September 2019
The Jupiter Icy Missions Explorer
Dr Adam Masters
7th August 2019
The Work of the Government Chemist
Dr Kirstin Gray
3rd July 2019
Clandon Park Restoration
Janet Hughes
5th June 2019
Lasting Power of Attorney Made Simple
Jackie Lucas