The Probus Club of Sandown
Probus clubs were established to provide social engagement with other retired professional and business gentlemen who had worked in towns away from their home and did not know many people in their locality.
Our club has about 60 members not only from Esher but also other areas of Surrey: the Dittons, Molesey, Hinchley Wood, Claygate, Walton, Weybridge, Hersham and Cobham. We meet at the Ember Sports Club pavilion in Esher, Surrey on the first Tuesday each month at 10am. After coffee and a review of Club business, there is a talk on subjects as diverse as ‘The Profumo Affair’, ‘Cycling Around the World’, ‘Catching Smugglers at Heathrow’, and ‘Training Dogs for people with physical disabilities’. Many members then meet together locally for lunch.
As well as the monthly meeting the club organises a number of activities to which wives, partners and the widows of former members are invited.
Formal Lunch/Dinner - A formal lunch in the winter and a formal dinner in the summer,
Outings are usually organised four times a year and typically visit two places to widen the appeal. You just have to turn up at a local pickup point and everything is arranged for you, a comfortable coach, good company, coffee and lunch, fascinating places to explore with guides when necessary at the venues.
Each year we take a four night break, staying in a 4* hotel and enjoy excursions to places of interest. Previous visits have been to Norfolk in 2016, York in 2017, Merseyside in 2017 and Peak District in 2019.
Visits to Theatres, concerts and events are arranged in response to the interests of members and their partners. Transport by coach, from Claygate. or Esher, is provided to the majority of events. This ensures a relaxed and enjoyable occasion with transport and parking costs counter balanced by the venue group booking discount.
We have visited events both in our area including Richmond Theatre, Guildford G-Live and Fairfield Halls and further afield in Eastbourne. This ensures a relaxed and enjoyable occasion and we aim to benefit from the lower costs of block bookings
The Computer Group meets at the Surbiton Golf Club at 9:45am on the second Friday each month. Many Probus members miss the days when the resources of an IT department were always available. We now draw on the combined expertise of members to resolve IT problems and to keep abreast of developments. Talks and demonstrations are a feature of many of our meetings and most members choose to remain for lunch at the club. The club runs its own website, the scope and content of the site are viewed as work in progress and ideas for content, design and technical improvement are always welcome. Input from anyone who has ideas for improvement will be of great interest.
The Money Matters Group meets at Surbiton Golf Club on the third Friday each month at 10:00am. We have informed discussions on issues related to money and compete with each other to select a virtual portfolio of profitable investments and forecast the FTSE 100 index at mid and end year. Discussions frequently veer into the ethos and morality of some of the latest money related issues and insurance and utility prices are frequently discussed. All, with or without experience in finance, are welcome to meetings and to remain to lunch at the club.
Ember Sport Club, the venue for our meetings is off Ember Lane, Esher.
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