Probus club’s milestone luncheon

Haywards Heath & District Probus Club SUS-150424-114131001
Haywards Heath & District Probus Club SUS-150424-114131001

The Haywards Heath & Distrct Probus Club is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in May and to mark the occasion a commemorative luncheon was held at Lindfield Golf Club on 8th April with 70 members, wives and widows of former members present.

The Vice President of the Club, Richard French, presided.

The initial moves to form the Club were made by members of Rotary Club of Haywards Heath early in 1985.

The first luncheon meeting of the Club was held at the Golden Eagle on 1st May 1985 with about 13 members present and regular monthly meetings have been held ever since, which means that members have enjoyed well over 350 meals together.

A former President, Charles Jessup, was present at the first meeting and has been attending regularly ever since. Members were delighted to welcome him to the celebratory luncheon as well as a number of other long serving members..

From this modest start the Club has grown considerably with a current membership of around 50 and has successfully provided friendship and entertainment for its members during its 30 years of existence.

As the Club membership grew it was found that larger premises were needed for the regular meetings and over the years several venues have been used.

In 2000 the decision was made to move to Lindfield Golf Club (then known as Paxhill Park) and they have remained there ever since.

The guest speaker at the celebratory luncheon was Joy Madgwick and her subject was “Stars Who Made the Music Hall” which she illustrated with recordings of the songs and singers from the late 1800’s through to the 1930’s, with her audience “singing along”.

The luncheon concluded with some reminiscences of times past.

A commemorative booklet has been prepared by the Club mark the occasion and to give credit to some of the people who were responsible for its formation and also those who have contributed to its success over the years.

Also highlighted are some of the activities and outings which have been provided for members, a feature of which has always been that wives of members and widows of former members are always most welcome.

The Club is always ready to welcome new members with a professional or business background and who have fully or partially retired. Anybody who is interested in joining is invited to go to our website www.haywardsheath-probus.org.uk which contains information about the Club and its activities as well as details of how to apply for membership.

Report and photo contributed by Alan Carver of Haywards Heath & District Probus Club. Tel 01444 456527.