Hereford St. Ethelbert PROBUS Club
Past Presidents

1978/79  RAYMOND WEBSTER
1979/80  RAYMOND WEBSTER
1980/81  DICK ANKERSON
1981/82  HARRY CULLISS
1982/83  BILL ASHELBY
1983/84  NORMAN PAGET
1984/85  FRANK HALL
1985/86  TOM STEPHENSON
1986/87  COLIN HUGHES-COUND
1987/88  TOM PAXTON
1988/89  STAN YEATES
1989/90  HERBERT PENHALE
1990/91  HAROLD JAMES
1991/92  GERALD FARNSWORTH
1992/93  REG KENDLE
1993/94  MICHAEL MORRIS
1994/95  TED WRIGHT
1995/96  HARRY SPENCER
1996/97  DAVID MITCHELL
1997/98  RON MORGAN
1998/99  CYRIL REVERS
1999/00  PADDY LOWRY
2000/01  DON HARDING
2001/02  LES HART
2002/03  MACK RUSSELL
2003/04  SYDNEY TRENCHARD MORGAN
2004/05  DON LANE
2005/06  PETER DOOLEY
2006/07  MIKE GAMMAGE
2007/08  SYDNEY TRENCHARD MORGAN
2008/09  DANNY MORGAN
2009/10 JOHN KINROSS
2010/11 ROGER LLOYD
2011/12 TONY WILCE
2012/13 RANDY LANGFORD
2013/14 DOUGLAS LAY
2014/15 ARTHUR ROWE
2015/16 JEFF JONES
2016/17 JOHN PLATTS
2017/18 ROGER LLOYD
Saint Ethelbert Probus Club
Hereford
Our club for retired professional and business men has approximately 40 members and was founded in 1978. We meet each Tuesday morning at the The Cider Museum (http://www.cidermuseum.co.uk) which is in Pomona Place in Hereford. Our meetings start at 10.15 - members arrive earlier for tea or coffee and a chat - and finish at about 11.30. Most weeks we have a speaker - a guest speaker or one of our members. As well as our weekly meetings there is a programme of social events and visits.

If you would like to learn more about us, or if you are a PROBUS member visiting our area, you can contact our Secretary on 01432 279428 or email secretary@stethelbertprobus.uk
Saint Ethelbert is the patron saint of Hereford whose cathedral is ‘The Cathedral Church of St. Mary The Virgin and St Ethelbert the King’. The Anglo Saxon Chronicles state that, in 794, ‘Offa, king of Mercia, commanded Aethelberht’s head to be struck off’. Ethelbert was the young king of East Anglia and his murder took place not far from Hereford. There are several versions of the story of why he came to Herefordshire and what followed.
More about us
Our social programme, in which our better halves are invited to join us, currently includes 3 lunches per year, a skittles evening and a barbecue/summer buffet. On St. Ethelbert's day in May we are fortunate to be able to meet at the home of the Dean of Hereford Cathedral, an honorary member of our club, for coffee, and we then gather around the St. Ethelbert shrine in the cathedral for a short celebration service. One of our meetings near to Christmas gives us the opportunity to socialise with mince pies.

We enjoy occasional outings - past visits have included the Black Country Living Museum, Blenheim Palace, St. Fagans National History Museum, Berrington Hall, Hereford Cathedral, the National Memorial Arboretum, SS Great Britain, a meal at a local Indian restaurant,a local tour discovering ‘Literary Greats in Herefordshire’ and a ride on the Severn Valley Railway. We have also had coach holidays - in recent years to Harrogate, Liverpool and the European Parliaments in Strasbourg and Brussels.

There is an annual subscription which pays for our meeting room, our speakers and other outgoings. Our members also purchase a PROBUS lapel badge and tie to wear at our meetings. We ask for a commitment to attend at least 17 meetings per year.

Our committee meets 4 times a year reporting back to the club at the following weekly meeting, and we have our AGM in March.










The Michael Morris Award
2015/16 RICHARD PRICE
2016/17 RON MORGAN
2017/18 DAVID PARSONS
 Quick links:
   For an ‘easy to print’ version of our programme click here.
   For our members’ handbook (in PDF format) click here.
   For our version of the story of why St. Ethelbert came to
   Herefordshire and what followed click here.
   For directions to our tree at Queenswood click here.
   For our previous years' activities (from 2010) click here.
Our Programme

Our open meeting this year is on 14th August

Tuesday 7th August
Club member - cv (continued)
Tuesday 14th August - open meeting
Guest speaker - Titanic - things you didn't know
Tuesday 21st August
Guest speaker - Windsor Castle fire
Tuesday 28th August
Guest speakers - A. L. Lewis VC Memorial Fund
Tuesday 4th September
Guest speaker - Riding For The Disabled
Tuesday 11th September
Club member - Bermuda
Tuesday 18th September
Club member - Travellers Tales and Tripadvisor (continued)
Wednesday 19th September
Skittles evening
Tuesday 25th September
Club member - 11th Hussars?
Tuesday 2nd October
Guest speaker - Driving instructor and his humour
Tuesday 9th October
Committee meeting
Wednesday 10th October
40th anniversary celebration
Tuesday 16th October
Committee report
Tuesday 23rd October
Call My Bluff
Tuesday 30th October
Guest speaker - History of Harvesting and Traction
Engine Restoration
Tuesday 6th November
Guest speaker - WWI Diary - story of a WWI soldier
Tuesday 13th November
Guest speaker - HPB and the Cider Museum
Tuesday 20th November
Club member - cv and Kilimanjaro or Namibia
Tuesday 27th November
Guest speaker - The Dean's new book

Dates for your diary:
5th December Christmas lunch, 18th December Christmas mince pies.

So Far This Year
In 2018 to date our guest and club member speakers’ topics and other meeting activities have included St. Michael's Hospice, our (2017) Christmas quiz, '90 Years Young', Audiology Department of Hereford Hospital, The River Wye, 2 members' CVs, Magistrates, The History of the British Fire Service, The Hereford and Gloucester Canal 1793 to 1845, Iran Unveiled, 'Travellers Tales and Tripadvisor', The YSS Story, Five Musical Men, 'Glen Miller - What People Don't Know?', 'En Passant/Much Ado About Nothing', Hereford In WW2, Notes from Hereford Big Band - lead trumpet, Desert Island Discs and The River Teme.
The Countess of Wessex's visit to Hereford 25th April
Members of our club meeting the Countess of Wessex during her visit to the Cider Museum
Photo courtesy of George Thomas
See the article on the Hereford Times web site here
Summer event/BBQ 18th July
To see all the photos as a video click here