History of Probus Clubs
A BRIEF HISTORY OF PROBUS SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM IN 1965
One of the first clubs was formed by the Rotary Club of Welwyn Garden City, 25 miles from London, with Fred Carnill as the driving force. When he retired he occasionally used to meet a few other retired friends for morning coffee – mostly ex-commuters to London, with professional and business backgrounds with lots of experience behind them.
There were many men in the area with similar backgrounds, again commuters and previously unable to participate in the life of the town. This gave him the idea of starting a luncheon club. He phoned some of his friends and all were agreeable. The Rotary Club President arranged the first meeting and 45 men attended. So the first club was born.
This first club was called The Campus Club, and the name was selected from the fact that the meeting place was facing the centre of town called ‘The Campus’.
[Taken from the UK Probus website, our thanks to them for that information]
The Budleigh Salterton Club was formed 21 May 1985, some 31 years ago.