Retford Men’s Probus Club

by | 3 January 2020 | Probus, Social Group

Retford Men’s Probus Club has been running since 1971. Their meetings take place at the Westhill Community Centre, Ordsall at 10.00am every other Friday. If you would like to come along to a meeting, please see

For those new to the idea of Probus, the name is an acronym for Professional Businessmen (and of course we must not forget women). The original group was formed in Stevenage in 1967, and our Retford Men’s Probus Club was one of the earliest in Nottinghamshire, starting 47 years ago.

The club has met continuously during the autumn, winter and spring for the whole of that time, on a fortnightly basis, from September through to the end of May. During this time, they have had many varied and interesting speakers and this year is no exception. The ‘speaker finder’ Dennis Beevers has excelled himself again this autumn. Last month Ian Mabor talked about life and survival during the 1960s, and Richard Gibbons had the club reliving the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Two old friends of Retford are giving talks during October. Kevin Murphy, a well-known local military historian, will be presenting a talk centred around Headon Camp and the Italian and German POWs who were housed there, and Steve Short is coming once again, this time to talk about the life and career of Norman Wisdom.

Members like to feel that Retford Men’s Probus Club is one of those organisations where good fellowship is of prime importance. The speakers are an important part of the meeting of course, but not as important as the fellowship they show to each other, and the cup of ‘fortified’ coffee and a yarn before the meeting starts. Give the club a try, new members are always welcome. Click onto the Retford Men’s Probus website and look at the programme section. This shows the speaker programme up until the AGM, which will be held next May.

If you are interested in joining the club, please email secretary Dennis Beevers at and he will give you more details