Welcome to Bakewell and District Probus Club

The Bakewell and District Probus Club was founded in 1984 with the aim of providing fellowship and convivial discussions on a wide range of topics of interest to retired or partially retired professional or businessmen in the Bakewell District. The word PROBUS is an abbreviation of the words PROfessional and BUSiness, but membership is not restricted to those two groups. It also embraces former executives of government and other organisations and, in fact, any man who has had some measure of responsibility in any field of endeavour.

 

Under normal circumstances, we meet at the Burlington Room, Chatsworth, near Bakewell, at 10 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, but during the Covid-19 outbreak we meet by means of video conferencing. Morning coffee is followed by a presentation which lasts about 45 minutes before we continue our meeting with drinks and lunch. You can view the list of subjects covered in recent presentations by selecting the ‘Talks’ page from the menu above.

 

Each year we hold a Club debate on a topical subject. Topics have included: ‘The British Empire – a Force for Good?’, ‘Independence would be Good for Scotland – Yes or No?’, ‘This House Believes that the UK should be a Federation’ and ‘Britain and the EU: In or Out? Most recently, the proposition for the debate was ‘This Club supports the banning of field sports’.

 

Apart from fortnightly scheduled meetings, there is an annual Afternoon Tea, Guests’ Luncheon and a Christmas Luncheon. Wives, partners and guests are invited to all of these events. Latterly, the Afternoon Tea has been held at the Hassop Station Café, the Guests’ Luncheon at the Hassop Hall Hotel, and the Christmas Luncheon at the Clubhouse of the Bakewell Golf Club.

 

In recent years there has been an outing during the summer to somewhere of interest to our membership. Visits have included: Bletchley Park, the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, the former naval Dockyard at Chatham, Winston Churchill’s home at Chartwell, Beamish Industrial Museum, Alnwick Gardens, Cragside and in 2015, Lancaster Castle and South Lakeland. In 2017, we had a day trip to Leicester which included a visit to the King Richard III exhibition and tomb. More recently, in 2019, we made a day trip to North Staffordshire where we visited the Wedgwood factory and museum, followed by the National Trust Biddulph Grange garden.
 
We are a thriving, active and friendly club of about 50 members and we are very pleased to encourage new members. If you are interested in joining us, why not contact us to take part in one of our regular Tuesday morning meetings as our guest to see if you enjoy it?

 

The current chairman is Malcolm Cameron.

Bakewell and District Probus Club

(Founded September 1984)

CHAIRMEN

1984-85Tom Dolby
1985-86John Hunt
1986-87Robert Blackburn
1987-88John Lenihan
1988-89Maurice Eaden
1989-90John Clifford
1990-91Michael Goode
1991-92Jim Oxley
1992-93Peter Bentley
1993-94Dennis Sutton
1994-95Don Booker
1995-96Leslie Wright
1996-97Don Briggs
1997-98Peter Hunt
1998-99Harry Weaving
1999-00Doug Griffith
2000-01Charles Maltby
2001-02Barry Pearson
2002-03Ernest Grossman
2003-04Alan Pigott
2004-05Clifford Mansfield
2005-06Ron Neath
2006-07Robert Cumming
2007-08Ken Watson
2008-09John Bolton
2009-10Keith Johnston
2010-11Alan Elsmore
2011-12Roger Truscott
2012-13Brian Barry
2013-14Don Mackenzie
2014-15John Barkley
2015-16Alan Grant
2016-17Ainslie Kelly
2017-18Ray Smith
2018-19Ian Johnston
2019-20Tony Byrne
2020-21Malcolm Cameron