Arundel Probus Club

What is Probus and Where is it?

Probus is an English invention. The first club was formed in Caterham, Surrey, in 1965, mainly for retiring Rotarians. It was a great success and now there are over 1,500 clubs in the UK and the idea has been exported to 13 other countries. So as a Probus member you would be welcomed in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and many more countries. Each club is autonomous as there is no central organisation, so very little admin and very few rules.

If you'd like to come along for a visit to see what it's like, contact Tony Reynolds
Tel: 01903 872862 Email:

A very modern dilemma

When PROfessional & BUSiness men retire ...

What do they do?

How do they keep their brains active ?

Retired? ...Why are you ready to let your brain slow down?

How do you avoid wasting all that experience you've built up? do you make new friends ?

There is an answer - It's a social club for retired or semi- retired men

How We Started

In April 1980, the Rotary Club of Arundel decided to look into forming a Probus Club here, and asked two members, local GP Keith Stenson and Norman Bell, to explore the idea.

Succeeding meetings followed at the surgery (where the good doctor prescribed 'Bells' - a great enabler!). The search for a venue followed - The small public room at the Bridge Hotel (now Martlets Court) was chosen at a rent of £1 a meeting.

So the first meeting was held on Thursday 29th May 1980, with Robert Cook as President, and eleven members. The club now has fifty members whose age ranges from the lower 60s to a few who can almost match our Queen for longevity. As the club has developed and grown we now have members from twelve local towns & villages as well as in Arundel itself. The purpose of the Club is to provide regular meetings for Business and Professional men who are retired or about to retire, are resident in Arundel or the surrounding area and who value social contact and other group activities.

To join costs £15; the annual subscription is also modest.

We have SPEAKERS on all topics from Sinking the Tirpitz to Monsters of the Deep

We invite a speaker to address us on the 4th Thursday morning of the month. We usually meet in a hotel in or near Arundel at about 10.30 am for coffee, then a short business session at 11, followed by the speaker. After any questions we go down to the bar, until lunch at 1 o'clock.

PUB Lunches
In between the monthly meetings, on the 2nd Thursday of the month, lunches are arranged at a pub or restaurant, usually well away from Arundel, to which wives and partners are warmly invited.

Tours and Outings

We aim to visit special places with special interest to us and have arranged and visited...


Pub Lunches

We have held a Probus Lunch, with our Ladies, at well know eating places at...

  • Bramber
  • Patching
  • Ford/Yapton
  • Middleton on Sea
  • Littlehampton
  • Angmering Village
  • Slindon
  • Donnington
  • Worthing
  • Burpham
  • Arundel
  • Walberton
  • Chichester

Club Diary

Thursday 8th AugustPub Lunch - Carvery Tollgate Hotel at Bramber
Thursday 22nd AugustSpeaker - 'Life of Ralf Ellis - Local Artist'
Thursday 12th SeptemberPub Lunch - Ship and Anchor
Thursday 26th SeptemberSpeaker - 'New Whisky'
Thursday 10th OctoberLunch
Thursday 24th OctoberSpeaker - 'Managing the Norfolk Estate'
Thursday 4th NovemberPub Lunch - Angmering Manor
Thursday 18th NovemberSpeaker - 'Audio in the Theatre'

All "speaker" events will now be held at the White Swan, Chichester Road, Arundel

Recent Events

Age-Related Macular Degeneration.


An eye condition that can effect so many of us...that can rob people of their independence, leaving them unable to drive, read or recognise their family.

It is an eye condition which affects the central part of your retina called the...Macula.

It causes changes to your central vision which can make everyday tasks difficult.

Macula is the central bit of the retina which is the tissue at the back of the eye.

Whilst only 5mm across it is responsible to our central vision, our colour vision and the fine detail of what we see.

AMD starts with small problems but if untreated can result in total blindness. / visit yourOptician at least once a year

As we get older (over 65) we need more light to see by. Even those with normal sight needs twice as much light as a 21 year old.

The talk covered Laser treatment, Diabetes, Cataracts, Glasses for night time driving and how to deal with other eye problems.

The talk was given by Stella Black who has 15 years experience working with those with sight loss problems.

The charity for whom Stella works is registered with the Charity Commission, so all donations are tax deductable if the right forms are used. Donations from & via your WILL are very tax effective.

Report by Tony Reynolds

Scams and Fraud

There are predators roaming the digital jungle that surrounds us. They are the increasing number of swindlers, fraudsters and conmen that intend to charm us out of our life savings. Their prey are elderly retired people – and that includes most of the membership of the Arundel Probus Club. Whether through naivety or misplaced generosity, we are often only too ready to hand over cash and valuable information.

We can, however, take some comfort in the fact that the Sussex Police Force are sufficiently concerned to mount an information campaign to warn us of the dangers of frauds and scams that surround us and on January 24 they sent a young Police Officer, Jason Lemm, to give us an outline of the task in preventing fraud. Some might have thought he could have been better employed to catch burglars or manning a speed trap on the A27 but as Jason says, very few fraudsters and scammers are caught. Our increased use of computers, mobile phones and ATMs compounds the difficulties of course. As an example, Jason said that in the past seven days there have been 15 telephone scams in the Chichester area and all by the same gang.

One typical ‘phone scam purports to be a call from your online bank that there has been an irregularity and requests you to call your bank to check. DON’T DO IT! At least not on the same telephone, since it will probably remain connected to the scammers and you will have connected them directly to your account. Also, at the meeting it was revealed that at least two of our members had recently received hoax ‘phone calls purporting to be from the Inland Revenue stating that warrants had been issued for their arrest. Enough to give any of us cardiac arrest but a hasty call to the HMRC soon resolved the matter.

Jason brought with him several copies of “The Little Book of BIG scams”. Published by the Sussex Police for distribution at the meeting. It contains a wealth of advice and as Esther Rantzen (promoter of the Silver Line at 0800 4 70 80 90) writes in the introduction,” In this excellent booklet, the police are arming us with the best of weapons to defend ourselves; that is good information and a timely warning.”

We must thank the Sussex Police for this initiative.

Report by Terry Hardeman

A Talk by an Expert

WOW...that was a talk by someone who has proved himself time & time again to be A REAL EXPERT

In the World of Marketing there are a few, very few, who have the experience and proven expertise of David Fearnley. His talk had some excellent “strap lines”

  • Winners never quit.....quitters never win.
  • Winning isn`t`s the only thing.

So what is Marketing ?

David is a FCIM - That`s a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. You can`t get this award by taking exams. You only can be awarded this 'acclaim' by proving your skills ...many times..Over and over again.

David showed on the screen, at our meeting, just a few of his highly effective TV adverts and campaigns.

He explained that Marketing is a umbrella of many skills, Market Research being a vital one. Investigate the market....Deeply . ........not a quick look.. a really close examination is vital. Effective Marketing is a series of questions. What. Why. When. How . Before you can create an effective strategy ..... you most really KNOW the Market.

David started in Advertising in new Zealand and Australia. He created some unique promotional campaigns many of which were a whole new way of spreading a message and creating a brand Image. Not the usual,but very very effective.

Some advertising is just a waste of money. But David`s whole approach was way ahead of his competitors.

This was the best talk that we have had for a very long time.

Report by Tony Reynolds

Visit to Caffyns at Angmering

A family success story… of a very English entrepreneur.

150 years ago an Iron Monger, William Caffyn, saw a strange and very rare thing….a motor car…parked on the road just outside his shop…not that parking anywhere was a problem then.

He was impressed & enthused….by this strange machine. So he bought one….and sold it immediately

Within weeks he had extended his shop and had 16 machines in his new extended showroom.

Thus started the 150 year history…the success story of the Caffyns family car sales empire.

Now with 12 showrooms in Sussex and a branch in Kent …..selling a range of cars…..of many makes….., they have built a big success and …have won awards for quality customer service…a rare thing today.

Last year`s group sales were £214 million……which, as their accounts show their own business….and own their own property…. Making them a very rare thing…a self funding, successful family owned…substantial business.

Seeing this new facility being built…we often drive along the A259, we wanted to see inside it.

So we invited ourselves…….. to visit their this new very large facility at Angmering.

But …………… they had only just opened they were not yet planning any tours.

But…..we still asked, …..if you don’t ask you don’t get. So …thus we were the very first.…

We met a number of times over previous week… with the Top Man , to plan what we wanted to see and how the tour could go…..

We had the best reception. Coffee first …..then sat in the Top Man`s office and there we not only saw their excellent web but also held a question & answer session.

Thus we had a fascinating insight in to a substantial 150 year established Family business,

We , all 8 of us, had full tour of every part of the whole building…even seeing how they wash all their cars,..old & new…but they even clean the washing water before they use it.

There is an official opening of the whole facility being planned for November the 1st…..

To which we are invited…. In effect this tour was the reversal of us inviting a speaker to come to us…

Instead we went to him…and so ….. all at no cost.

Of course some of us then went on to a local Inn for lunch

Report by Tony Reynolds

St Wilfred's Hospice

Report on a very important subject.
Who looks after seriously ill people the last year of their life ?

What is a Hospice and what do they do ?
Hospices provide a service when other organisations ....don't or can't

So what is their aim...?
It is to.... “ provide a tailored end of life care”...both in the community and the Hospice itself.
Supporting the terminally Ill and their family and friends.
They provide this service for those with a predicted life span of a maximum 12 months.

This costs money....but not to the patient or their family.
The cost per week £3000 per patient.
The total Hospice budget is £20 k per day
The NHS provide 16% of the the Hospice has to raise the rest..
Nearly all by public donations...some from their 10 shops..some by donations from Wills. Some by fund raising events.

Area covered...Arundel in the East and up to the county boundary (Emsworth) in the West...with the South Downs as their northern boundary.

Further facts...
The team is 200 strong
They are building a new centre at Donnington..cost £1.5 million ...because more & more the NHS cannot offer what they offer.
Nb..Macmillan nurses do not operate in St Wilfrids area.
They are not set up to help those under 18 years of age.

Report by Tony Reynolds FCIM

The Samaritans

A talk to Arundel Probus by a Volunteer from Worthing Samaritans

The Facts

Founded in 1953 it now has 201 branches in the UK & has 21000 trained Volunteers and is a registered Charity.


This is a 24 hours a day (7 days a week) service to provide “Emotional Support” to anyone who has emotional distress. The vast majority of the help offered is by the telephone...however with the ever changing World 198 of the branches can offer help by E mail.

Their PR image is that everything that they do is..confidential.= very important. Only in rare situations do they go out to meet a client face to face....but their office in Worthing is open to visitors ....and 420 people walked in to it last year.

In 2016 their Worthing office received 29000 phone calls! All calls to it are on a no charge basis.

The volunteers are trained to..listen and listen..calls are not cut off...they just continue to listen....i.e no time limit.

They operate in teams of protect themselves from getting emotional ...they hear so many 'sad cases'.

They visit Hospitals and Surgeries, work with National Rail and Even Gatwick Airport... in effect are a very important service ......akin to Outreach.

Volunteers are not easy to find. ..4 hour shifts listening to other people's problems ..... is a challenge....

Some of the problems are easier to deal with...someone to listen to your problem ....other problems are ...a call of last resort

Their service saves hundreds...maybe even thousands of lives a year.

Report by Tony Reynolds FCIM