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
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 - to read our version click here.

For an ‘easy to print’ version of our programme click here.

Our members’ handbook (in PDF format) can be viewed by clicking here.
Our Programme 2017
Tuesday 21st November
Club member - Being A Red Coat
Tuesday 28th November
Club member - The Wife of Jack the Ripper?
Tuesday 5th December
Club member - a presidential miscellany
Wednesday 6th December
Christmas lunch
Tuesday 12th December
Club member - annual Christmas quiz
Tuesday 19th December
Christmas mince pies
Tuesday 26th December
No meeting

So Far This Year
In 2017 to date our guest and club member speakers’ topics have included seven club members’ CVs, Hereford Sixth Form College, a talk by the Bishop of Hereford, Beauty of Japan, A Policeman’s Lot, Castles of the Marches, railways, Brian Hatton, Researching Criminal & Police Ancestors in the Victorian Period, Fundraising for St. Michael’s Hospice, The Glider Pilot Regiment, The Bentley Boys - The Playboy Racers, Our Favourite Books, Hereford Street Pastors, Social History of Afternoon Tea, Front Line Duty Project, SS Great Britain from Launch to ‘Re-launch’, L. S. Lowry - Much More Than Just Matchstick Men, All Together on a Desert Island Yet Again, Work is a Four Letter Word, Hereford Blind College, Four weeks in South East Asia, Electric Cars Herefordshire Safeguarding Adult & Children Boards and Local Railways.

See the Hereford Times report on our memorial tree at Queenswood here and on our summer event here.

For previous years (2010 onwards) click here


Our Programme 2018
Tuesday 2nd January
No meeting
Tuesday 9th January
Committee meeting
Tuesday 16th January
Committee report
Tuesday 23rd January
TBD
Tuesday 30th January
TBD
Tuesday 6th February
TBD

Dates for your diary (2018):
13th March AGM, 14th March AGM lunch, ? May St. Ethelbert celebration service, 15th May St. Ethelbert celebration lunch, 5th December Christmas lunch, 18th December Christmas mince pies.
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
40th AGM 14th March 2017
See the Hereford Times report here
AGM lunch 15th March 2017
Visiting our tree at Queenswood 8th June 2017
See the Hereford Times report here