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
2019/20 WALTER BOWLES
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
2019/2020 SIMON SWANCOTT
Our Programme

Suspended due to pandemic restrictions

2020 provisional dates
Tuesday 22nd December
Christmas Mince Pies
2021 provisional dates
Tuesday 5th January
Committee Meeting
Wednesday 6th January
Annual lunch (this is a combined Christmas and AGM lunch)
Tuesday 12th January
Committee Report
Tuesday 23rd March
AGM
Tuesday 13th April
Committee Meeting
Tuesday 20th April
Committee Report
Tuesday 25th May
St Ethelbert's lunch
Tuesday 13th July
Committee Meeting
Wednesday 14th July
Summer Social
Tuesday 20th July
Committee Report
Tuesday 5th October
Committee Meeting
Tuesday 12th October
Committee Report
Tuesday 7th December
Christmas Quiz
Tuesday 21st December
Christmas Social (Mince Pies meeting)

So Far This Year
In 2020 our speakers’ topics have included Upstairs and Downstairs, Fore and Aft, North to Vancouver, Antarctica, The Local Railway Scene, a club member's cv, The City of Hereford Revealed, Dorstone Hill an ancient place of mystery (at a virtual meeting), Prescott Hill Climb - Bugatti Owners' Club/A Report From Fownhope (at a virtual meeting), Old Adverts & Orchids/an update on St. Augustine's School at Dar es Salaam (at a virtual meeting), and A Riverboat Trip on the Mississippi’ (New Orleans to Memphis)/ How to Ram an A Class Submarine/Here in Hereford (at a virtual meeting).











You may like to see our lockdown specials - virtual club meetings on 14th April - here 12th May - here 9th June - here and 7th July here
Hereford Times 23rd April 2020
A belated official handover of the presidency from Wally to Simon on 4th August 2020