SCLT Public Presentation Team Visit Bristol Cabot Probus Club


Tuesday 18th January 2017, has seen SCLT volunteer Ashley Jones joining the gentlemen of the Bristol Cabot Probus Club for their monthly meeting at the well-appointed BAWA Leisure Centre on Southmead Road in Bristol. The meetings take place each month and take the format of a wonderful 3-course luncheon meal for all members, which are followed by a guest speaker on an interesting subject.


In addition to the regular luncheon meetings, the members also enjoy regular day-trips to interesting locations around the country, such as visits to the RAF Museum in Hendon and the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, which are among a number planned for 2017. The club also support a number of local charities and have raised an impressive sum in support of local good causes.


The word Probus is an abbreviation of the words PROfessional and BUSiness, however membership is not restricted to these two groups. It also embraces former executives of Government and other organisations, in fact anyone who held a position of responsibility during their professional life.


Probus clubs provide an opportunity for retired professionals to attend regular meetings with like-minded people who appreciate similar interests and social standing. Probus is an organisation for active retirees who enjoy the camaraderie that belonging to this organisation brings.


Probus provides a support network for professionals when they retire, these clubs were initially started for men but over the years has seen a steady growth in Ladies and Mixed clubs. Many clubs have extensive networking, social programmes, which include meetings with other Probus clubs, group trips, holidays and involvement in community projects etc.


The concept of Probus was born in the UK and has grown to be a huge success worldwide. One Australian gentleman said to a British member in the late seventies, “Probus is the best export the UK has ever had”.


The presentation explored the remarkable societal advances that have taken place over the last 30-years, which have led to the United Kingdom seeing the average life expectancy of its citizens increasing by 30-years since 1913. As well as the offering advice around the latest senior deceptions doing the rounds and offering tips to stay safer into later life.


At the conclusion of his visit, Ash commented, “The gents of Bristol Cabot Probus Club have been a very interesting group to visit and I really enjoyed sharing a wonderful meal and having the opportunity to chat with such interesting gentlemen. My presentation focused on safeguarding older adults from financial harm which they may encounter via the many frauds we all get subjected to on a daily basis.


The audience were very engaging and participated in the presentation with their own experiences of scams & frauds and I am sure everyone will have learned a little bit more about avoiding frauds today”


Every member of the audience received a personal copy of the award-winning Senior Siren magazine, which is produced by the Senior Citizen Liaison Team and published quarterly online and via a local network of outlets.


SCLT presenter Ash Jones (left) is hosted by the Chair of Bristol Cabot Probus Club