Wadhurst Probus Club Probus


The club meets once a month on the first Wednesday at 10:00 for a 'business' meeting in the Ticehurst Village Social Club.  We then adjourn until 11:00 when a speaker entertains, enlightens or educates us until around noon.  Some members then adjourn to the pub for further socialising and lunch.

The club also organises a monthly walk, usually ending at a convenient inn, and a regular lunch at the Greyhound on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

We have four more formal gatherings a year for lunch or dinner, with our wives, and occasional outings by coach or car to places of interest.

Membership is by invitation - and currently stands at 68

Contact the Hon Secretary John Bush on 01892 782 391 - or e-mail


Forget about the Marathon, the Decathlon, Beach Volleyball, Boxing and Cycling – come and enjoy an afternoon of fun, laughter and alternative games such as Shove Ha’penny, Bagatelle, Marbles, Skittles, Darts, Dominoes etc.  The event will be held at The Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst on Wednesday 16 May 2012 between 1.30 and 4.30pm.

The games will be suitable for all abilities, and should bring back lots of memories of growing up in the middle years of the twentieth century, and possibly even a few early visits to the Pub!

This will be the first of three such events being organised by Wealden Senior Citizens’ Partnership (WSCP), with one being held in Pevensey Bay in July and another in Herstmonceux in September.  The events are open to everyone in the 50+ age group.

Entry is £2 per person to include refreshments.  If it is difficult for you to get there, do let us know and we will do our best to arrange some transport for you.

WSCP is grateful to Wealden District Council and The Sussex Community Foundation for their help in funding our 2012 events.

Further information from Carol Hodge on 01825-762934 or e-mail

The WADHURST PROBUS CLUB started in 1992.

WHAT IS PROBUS? An association of retired and semi-retired men who join together in autonomous clubs throughout the UK and the world. The word PROBUS is an abbreviation of the words PROfessional and BUSiness, which embraces any person who has had some measure of responsibility in the fields of commerce, industry, education etc. The basic purpose of a Probus club is to provide regular gatherings of people, who, in their retirement, appreciate and value opportunities to meet others in similar circumstances and similar levels of interest.

THE EMPHASIS OF PROBUS CLUBS is for a Probus club to be: Simple in structure, Involve members in minimum costs, Free from constraints and obligations, Directed primarily to provide friendship with the opportunity for development and aquaintance, Made up of members who are compatible with each other.

One day, in 1965, the Rotary Club of Welwyn Garden City decided to initiate a project on behalf of the retired and semi-retired folks of their community. They had an idea of a luncheon club as an alternative to the old folks clubs. The first name for such a club was the "Campus Club". In Caterham, a similar club started named Probus. It took two to three years for the initial idea to flourish and take off. Rotary has since then adopted the approach of enabling the organisation to start and then leave it to its own devices.

You can find the International listings here - a direct link to the UK lists is here and click on Probus Clubs REGISTER