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.