Bakewell and District Probus Club

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.

We meet at the Burlington Room, Chatsworth, near Bakewell at 10 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

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.

Photograph of Bakewell in the mist

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 believes that private education should be abolished’.

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.

View of Bakewell Church and surroundings

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 come along to one of our regular Tuesday morning meetings as our guest to see if you enjoy it?

The current chairman is Tony Byrne. Past chairmen are listed here.

Bakewell and District Probus Club

(Founded September 1984)


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

Sketch of local landmarks
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