‘Lunch club’s solution to waiting list’ was the headline in the Evening Echo on Monday 4th August 1986 which reported the formation of a new Probus Club in Bournemouth.

For ‘the uninitiated’ the reporter described the club as a ‘friendly sort of lunch club for retired and semi retired professional businessmen’.

The idea to form a new club was as a result of a growing waiting list for the already oversubscribed Probus Club of Bournemouth and District which met at the Pavilion, Bournemouth.

The concept of a new club was discussed at their General Committee meeting on 3rd April 1986 and announced to their membership at their monthly meeting five days later.

Bournemouth Probus Two was therefore conceived and was formally formed on 17th June 1986 at a meeting held at Freemason’s Hall, Knole Road, Bournemouth at 10 am.

PROBUS itself is the association of retired and semi-retired men and women who join together in autonomous clubs throughout the UK and the world with the basic purpose of providing regular gatherings of persons who, in retirement, appreciate and value opportunities to meet others in similar circumstances and of a similar level of interest and our club has exactly the same principles of friendship, fellowship and support. Read more about how it all began here.

We meet on the 4th Thursday of each month from September through to June, with our year starting at the September Annual General Meeting.  The exception is December where we have a Christmas Lunch near the beginning of the month.

There are regular social activities too, from coffee mornings with talks or entertainment to days out and a 5 day holiday in the summer. February also sees a popular Valentine’s Lunch.

Our monthly meetings are at the Marsham Court Hotel in Bournemouth and always include a speaker before a very pleasant lunch in the hotel.

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