SCLT Public Presentation Team Visit Swansea Probus Club


Tuesday 7th November 2017 has seen SCLT enrichment presenter Ash Jones, accepting an invitation to join  the monthly meeting of the Swansea Probus Club at their base in Sketty Hall, Sketty Lane in Swansea for a rendition of the highly regarded ‘Uncle Bill: Britains Forgotten Hero’ enrichment lecture on the notable military commander, Sir William Slim. At the regular fortnightly meetings, the members enjoy the fellowship of the Probus ethos and are entertained by guest speakers on a variety of interesting subjects.


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 life and times of Field Marshal, Viscount William ‘Bill’ Slim, who rose to fame as commander of the infamous 14th ‘Forgotten’ Army of the South East Asia, Burma, Campaign.


At the conclusion of his visit, Ash commented, “I have really enjoyed joining the gentlemen of the Probus Club of Swansea for their regular meeting today. The audience have been very engaged with the subject and asked many probing questions about this great man, who seems to have slipped from the public conciousness”


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.

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