Camberley & District Probus Club

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 seven 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, moving to Windlesham Golf Club in September 2021 and then to Camberley Heath Golf Club from June 2023.

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

Tuesday 18th June 2024
The Pursuit & Sinking of the Bismarck
David Bickerton
Tuesday 21st May 2024
AGM
Tuesday 16th April 2024
PRESIDENT’S DINNER
Tony Strange as Henry VIII
An hysterical performance in full costume. The King’s story in all its glory.  
Tuesday 19th March 2024
History of the Royal Flying Corps
Richard Marks
Tuesday 20th February 2024
Britain’s V-Bombers: The Ultimate Peacekeepers
Andy Richardson
Tuesday 16th January 2024
The War of the Roses
Steve Bird
Tuesday 19th December 2023
Ladies Christmas Lunch
Tuesday 28th November 2023
Lest We Forget
Fabian Ware & Imperial War Graves Commission

David du Croz
Tuesday 17th October 2023
The Battles of Newbury
Chris Scott
Tuesday 19th September 2023
Siege of Basing House
Alan Turton
Tuesday 15th August 2023
Fusion Power…Within Our Grasp?
Robin Allen
Tuesday 18th July 2023
COVID 19 – At the Front Line of Keeping the NHS Safe
& Impact on Prostate Cancer

Alf Turner
Tuesday 20th June 2023
Wednesday 4th May 2023
AGM
Wednesday 5th April 2023
President’s Dinner
After Dinner Speaker
Eliza McClelland
Wednesday 1st March 2023
Medical Detection Dogs
Danielle Mills
Wednesday 1st February 2023
FlyGirl Adventures
Anita Mayes
Wednesday 4th January 2023
Wednesday 2nd November 2022
Last 100 Days of WW1
Barrie Friend
5th October 2022
Fact Finding in Yemen
Charles Garraway
7th September 2022
Turing & Enigma
Simon Ritchie
3rd August 2022
180 Years of the Cunard Line
Alastair Greener
6th July 2022
Business Psychology
Michael Wellin
1st June 2022
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Sue Mead
Wednesday 4 May 2022
AGM
Wednesday 20 April
President’s Dinner
2nd March 2022
The History of Royal Flying
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
Greenland
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

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