Arundel Probus Club

What is it?

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The Arundel Probus Club is a local association for retired and semi-retired, professional or business men and women. It was started in 1980 and currently has about 40 members.

Like all the 1,500 or so Probus clubs in the UK, the Arundel club is autonomous and chooses its own rules and programme. It is run by a small Committee of members elected annually.


The Club meets regularly for comradeship as members enjoy the company of like-minded local people with whom they can share their lifetime experiences as well as extend their knowledge and interests.


The club meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, except for December, at the White Swan Hotel, Chichester Road, Arundel and members gather from 10.30 for a 11.00 start. At most monthly meetings there is an invited speaker after which members retire to the bar before having a two-course lunch in a private room at the hotel. But staying for lunch is optional. Sometimes a club quiz may be organised in the place of a speaker.

On the second Thursday each month members and their partners and friends have a Pub Lunch at one of the many excellent hostelries around Arundel. (See 'Lunches')

Tell me more

At the AGM in April the club elects its officers for the following year, typically a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, speaker-secretary and social secretary.

As Christmas approaches a Christmas Lunch party is held, also at the White Swan Hotel.

PROBUS is not a charitable organisation so there are no fund-raising obligations on members. The only source of income for the club is from members’ annual fees which are currently £40 for a full year. (That fee is reduced depending on the time of joining during the year.) There is no joining fee. In addition, a monthly raffle for a bottle of something also adds to the kitty.

Neither is Probus a service organisation other than by providing services to its own members and their partners. The club is run by its members for its members.


Arundel Probus Club welcomes new members and invites men and women interested in what the club has to offer to make contact and to visit for a couple of meetings to find out more about what we do and whether membership is for them.

Loneliness in old age is on the increase as people live longer, sometimes eventually alone, and the days of meeting regularly with workmates or colleagues become a distant memory. For people trapped in this situation joining Arundel Probus Club can provide some relief.

But you don’t have to be lonely, depressed or fed up with your lot to enjoy Probus membership. Many of us joined because we simply wanted to after hearing good reports from existing members!

What Next?

Please contact our Secretary, Richard Brennan for more information.

Phone No. 07974 021045 or email

Club Lunches

Examples of typical lunches at the White Swan. The Probus Two-course Lunch menu costs £20 (Includes £1 staff gratuity)

Main Course
Chicken chasseur, buttered potatoes
Smoked haddock Florentine

Eves pudding
Vanilla ice cream
Cheese and biscuits


Main Course
Irish Stew
Battered local cod and chips, peas, tartare sauce

Banoffee Pie
Vanilla ice cream
Cheese and biscuits

Recent Venues for Pub Lunches

  • The Gribble. Lovely thatched pub in village of Oving with its own brewery.
  • The Ship and Anchor. On the Arun’s riverside in Ford, near Arundel.
  • Angmering Manor. Hotel/Restaurant in the village of Angmeing.
  • The George, Burpham. Lovely pub in this Downland village.
  • The Fox, Patching. Always a warm welcome here.
  • Arun View, Littlehampton. The best fish and chips around.

Club Diary

Handover of Presidency

Barry Hopkins hands over to David Feist the Presidency for the year 2023 - 2024.
Recognition for John Taylor

On 27th April 2023, John Taylor received a belated past president’s tie from Arundel Probus Club. John served as President of the club from 2005 to 2006 and also served as Secretary for several years.The tie was presented by the club’s president, David Feist, who is a resident of Clymping.

John served as a Parish Councillor in Clymping for about six years, and many will undoubtedly remember him locally. He has also been active in the Lions Club.

Remembrance Day 2022

President Barry Hopkins and our Secretary laying wreaths on Remembrance Day.

We will never forget
Beaulieu Day Out

It was a great day out especially the motor museum, which within is an old garage which Richard Brennan's brother designed and put together.

The Secret Army Museum showed the courage of volunteers from all walks of life and many were women unfortunately many died in the line of duty.

We all enjoyed the company of friends from Arundel and also other clubs.

A few topics of talks at regular club meetings

Fore Edge Painting - Martin Frost

Martin is officially the last commercial fore-edge painter in operation, he remembers the art going through something of a renaissance in the Eighties and Nineties. It was then that Martin did most of his work, but the art itself stretches back for centuries. "It goes back about three hundred years." Martin says.

My Experiences as a Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex - John Godfrey

Dr John Godfrey DL MA FSA came to Arundel 47 years ago to take up the role of Assistant County Secretary with West Sussex County Council. He worked with the County Council for nearly 30 years, focusing mainly on the management of protected landscapes, such as the South Downs, Chichester Harbour and the High Weald, aviation, sport and the arts.

The Role of the Royal Navy Around D-Day - Brian Arthur

The role of the Royal Navy around D-Day, the victorious landings in Normandy seventy nine years ago this month, is often overshadowed by the activities of the allied air forces and armies at that time. That role was, in fact, pivotal not only on the day but in the preceding months of planning and preparation and in the post-invasion period when countless supplies of men, armaments, fuel etc had to be carried to the beaches.

Tangmere Aviation Museum - Richard Thomas

Located in a corner of the former Tangmere airfield, famed as an RAF fighter station from 1918 until Fighter Command left in 1958, the Aviation Museum was opened by a group of aviation enthusiasts in 1982 to promote public awareness of the United Kingdom’s military aviation heritage, to educate present and future generations in military aviation and to serve as a memorial to airmen and airwomen who gave their lives in the service of this country. Since that time, it has been managed and run entirely by volunteers. Now one of the UK’s leading aviation museums, in 2017 it was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Tour guide at Twickers - Phil Mead

Being a Tour Guide at Twickenham, the mecca of English rugby, for over twenty one years must be the perfect job in retirement for anyone who loves the game. Rubbing shoulders with many of the greats from England and from abroad has equipped Phil with a wealth of stories which he will share with us.

Our speaker is perfectly equipped to answer all our questions about the game’s history in general and Twickenham Stadium in particular.

Iconic Views of Sussex - Bill Avenell

Bill is a retired Geography teacher and Deputy Head at Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, during thirty years. He is well known on the speaking circuit, particularly amongst Probus clubs, so is an excellent choice to help re-start our regular Speakers’ Programme after an eighteen months’ absence.