A THIRST-quenching pint of beer, a tasty meal and a good old chat is what you can expect from membership of the Probus Club of Grantham.
Members of the 40-year-old club clearly enjoy their time together, meeting once a month to catch up, enjoy a meal and be educated by the different speakers who attend.
As I sat down to lunch with a lovely group of gentlemen on Wednesday, after a very warm welcome, they told me why they believe the club is so important to the area.
Simon Carter said: “I do think it’s vital. For a couple of members we have in Ingoldsby it’s a life-line for them. They’re living on their own now. This is somewhere for them to go to get out and see people.
“Plus, as a slightly younger person, I think it’s nice that old-fashioned etiquette such as this is still alive and kicking in this day and age.”
To the other side of me, John Morris said: “There’s a tremendous variety of professions here. On this table alone we have Royal Air Force, teaching and a former councillor.”
This was echoed by current club president Denhys Lambley.
He said: “You meet all types of different people from different walks of life. A real cross-section.
“I joined in 2003 and I enjoy the friendship and fellowship. That’s the object of the club.”
The Probus club launched in 1972 and became so oversubscribed that Probus 88 was born from it.
Aimed at retired and semi-retired men, the club is a great opportunity to socialise and meet new people.
Members meet at Belton Park Golf Club in Grantham on the first Wednesday of each month.
To find out more, call Keith Wilkins on 01476 585749 or Robin Barlow on 01476 579124.