Probus Club welcomes Mayor


Mayor of Basingstoke & Deane, Cllr Martin Biermann (left) is welcomed by Probus Club of Basingstoke President Gerry Anslow (right) and committee, at the first lunch of the 34th season of the club.

The Mayor of Basingstoke & Deane, Cllr Martin Biermann, was the guest of honour at the first lunch at the start of the 34th season of the Probus Club of Basingstoke. Newly elected President, Gerry Anslow, welcomed the Mayor on behalf of the committee and members and considered that it was a good thing for the senior citizen of the borough to meet members of the club who had been executives in the locality prior to their retirement.

Mr Anslow, who has lived in Kempshott since 1976 and was a Principal Scientific Officer at AWE Aldermaston, says of his appointment “I am following in the footsteps of some illustrious members of Basingstoke professions, commerce and industry who were the movers and shakers of yesteryear in the local business community.”

He went on “ Cllr Biermann would be welcomed as a member should he decide to apply when he retires from business.”

Probus clubs were originally founded in 1965 to provide fellowship for retired members of Rotary but today the criteria for membership has been considerably widened with the result that there are now over 4000 clubs worldwide and in the UK there are in excess of 180,000 members.

Gerry continued “Despite the high levels of involvement throughout the country, here in Basingstoke we still need to recruit members to bring in new thinking and yet provide continuity with our ethos of providing a social outlet for like minded men. With the present trend for retiring at a higher age than in the past we are keen to find a small number of new entrants who are needed to keep the club making progress.”

The Probus Club meets twice in most months for lunch at Sandford Springs golf club near Kingsclere and an evening meeting which is held at Christ Church Chineham at which there is a guest speaker. They also have a social calendar that involves members’ wives, with outside trips, special lunches and a Christmas dinner.

Potential members can contact their secretary Bryan Harvey on 321473 or There is a separate Ladies’ Probus club who can be contacted on 780907.

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