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
2018/19 PETER DOOLEY
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 761136 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. For our version of the story click here.

Please scroll down for our current programme.
For an ‘easy to print’ version of our programme click here.
For our members’ handbook (in PDF format) click here.
For directions to our tree at Queenswood click here.
For directions to our rose bed at Blackfriars click here.
For previous years' activities (from 2010) click here.
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
2018/19 JOHN PLATTS
Our Programme
Tuesday 26th November
Guest speaker - Half-timbered Herefordshire
Tuesday 3rd December
Club member - Some Videos
Wednesday 4th December
Christmas lunch.
Tuesday 10th December
Christmas Quiz
Tuesday 17th December
Christmas Mince Pies
Tuesday 24th December
NO MEETING
Tuesday 31st December
President's coffee morning

2020
Tuesday 7th January
Committee Meeting
Tuesday 14th January
Committee Report
Tuesday 21st January
Guest speaker - Upstairs and Downstairs
Tuesday 28th January
Guest speaker - Fore and Aft
Tuesday 4th February
Club member - Railways of USA
Tuesday 11th February
Guest speaker - Antarctica
Tuesday 18th February
Guest speaker - Herefordshire Talking News
Tuesday 25th February
Club member - cv
Tuesday 3rd March
Guest speaker - Vale of Berkley Railway
Tuesday 10th March
Guest speaker - Royal Navy Pilot
Tuesday 17th March
Club member - Churches of the Marches Part 2
Tuesday 24th March
AGM
Wednesday 25th March
AGM Lunch
Tuesday 31st March
Club member - The Father of Railways
Tuesday 7th April
Guest speaker - The Life and Landscapes of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown
Tuesday 14th April
Committee Meeting
Tuesday 21st April
Committee Report
Tuesday 28th April
Guest Speaker - Bowling

2020 Dates for your diary:
St. Ethelbert Celebration Service Tuesday 19th May, St. Ethelbert Celebration Lunch Tuesday 26th May, BBQ/Summer Event date to be confirmed, Skittles Evening date to be confirmed, Christmas Lunch Tuesday 8th December, Christmas Mince Pies Tuesday 22nd December.

So Far This Year
In 2019 to date our guest and club member speakers’ topics and other meeting activities have included Rodney Street and History of GWR Camping Coaches, Travellers Tales - UAE, Romania, Rotherwas House and Park, The Best Job in the World, P&O and all that, Alaska Sir Edward Elgar and his birthplace, Bishops Castle Railway, Harvesting & Traction Engine Restoration, Swinging 60s, Lord Carrington, Port to Port - Gloucester/Sharpness Canal, Three Lives in One, A visit to Portsmouth, A Hobbies Exposé 1 and 2, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Introduction to The American Civil War, Thomas Telford, Conversion Course at Scampton, St. Michael's Angels, Top Drawer - discussion, Cambodia, Desert Island Discs,What's My Line, Canada - transcontinental journey, The Hereford Bypass?, Churches of The Marches, The Pitchfork Rebellion and 'Countdown'.

See the Hereford Times item about our open day here