Public Presentation Team Visit – Taunton Priory Probus Club

 

Wednesday 3rd July 2019 has seen SCLT enrichment presenter Ash Jones, accepting an invitation to join  the monthly meeting of the Taunton Priory Probus Club at their meeting location at Taunton Racecourse for a rendition of the very popular enrichment lecture on the topic of Field Marshal Lord William Slim.

 

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 life of Bristol-born soldier, Field Marshal, Viscount William 'Bill' Slim. Known affectionately as 'Uncle Bill' by his soldiers. Slim commanded the 14th 'Forgotten' Army in the bitterly fought Burma Campaign of WW2, recovering from the 1000-mile retreat from Burma to India, only to return 2-years later to defeat the Japanese in the steaming jungles of South East Asia. In 2011, a survey conducted by the National Army Museum saw Slim voted  as Britain's greatest general. Now largely forgotten by the British public, this presentation reminds us of his humble beginnings, his early military career and his later life as Governor General of Australia, as well as the high-points of his Second World War successes. This presentation includes video and sound and is aimed at all audiences.

 

At the conclusion of his visit, Ash commented, “I have really enjoyed joining the gentlemen of the Taunton Priory Probus for their regular meeting today. It is a personal pleasure to share the remarkable and inspiring, true-life biography of William Slim which was geatly enjoyed by all members of the audience.”

 

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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Public Presentation Team Visit - Taunton Probus Club

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