The Probus Club of Ashtead is the local club for retired or semi-retired professional and business men looking for a good lunch, interesting talks and congenial company. We also arrange ad hoc pub lunches, visits and informal walks. New members are always welcome.
Many local clubs are presently not operating. That’s not the case with Ashtead Probus! Catching up via Zoom during lockdown 1 with members we hadn’t seen for a few months demonstrated that the technology was a viable method of keeping the club going and our programme of talks was reactivated. These have since covered The trial of Penguin Books (for publishing Lady Chatterley’s Lover), the story of The Great Exhibition 1851, the origins and history of gin in the UK, an insight into what lies beneath the streets of London, the life of Ernest Shackleton and what happened on the ill-fated Endurance expedition, rounding off the year with the history and highlights of Kew Gardens.
We were also able to hold our AGM online. With increasing participation from members every month, we look forward to further talks in 2021 - via Zoom for January to March. Subjects cover Alan Turing and the Enigma machine, a review of modern Russia under Putin, and on a lighter note, the life and times of Bob Monkhouse.