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The Probus Club of East Grinstead & District

What is Probus?

Each Probus Club is an association of retired business people who join together in a non-political, non-sectarian gathering. So named from two words, PROfessional and BUSiness. It provides a regular opportunity for them to meet like-minded persons, make new friends, maintain a social network and listen to speakers on diverse subjects of interest

The worlwide Probus Clubs have no central governing body,  Probus Centres have been established by country to disseminate information and assist clubs. Offices are staffed largely by volunteers. Thes worldwide clubs are primarily  fellowship organisations and not there to serve the community, although members may be active in other local organisations.

Club History

In 1981 the Rotary Club of East Grinstead celebrated its 50th anniversary. One chosen project to celebrate the occasion was to form a Probus Club in the town. The inaugural meeting organised by the Rotary Club was held on the 25th November that year at the Dorset Arms with 29 founder members present and March 1982 the first Annual General Meeting was held with 32 members attending. The Rotarians withdrew leaving the fledgling Probus Club in the words of the minutes “to be the master of its own destiny” with an independence of spirit, thought, and action which continues to this day. Membership numbers are approximatley 60 to 70 currently.


The Probus Club of East Grinstead and District is based in the town of East Grinstead situated in the High Weald of South East of England.

The town is the northern terminus of the steam preservation Bluebell Railway, close by Gatwick Airport and Crawley. The town is noted for its historic High Street including Sackville College with its claim to fame being the home of John Mason Neale where he wrote the carol Good King Wenceslas.