Church Wilne

For further information please contact our Secretary, Michael Thacker

Membership of Church Wilne Probus Club is now open to all retired people, both male and female. Our regular monthly meetings take place at Ockbrook Parish Hall, Church Street, Ockbrook, Derby, DE72 3SL on the third Wednesday morning of each month.  Refreshments are served from 10am and the meeting starts at 10.30 when we will have a talk from a visiting speaker on a topic we hope members will find informative, interesting and entertaining.  The speaker programme for 2024 is listed below. If you would like to join us for any of these meetings please come along on the day or contact our Secretary, Michael Thacker at, so that he can supply you with the details.


17 Jan      Ian Morgan               Pestilence, Intrigue and Murder

21 Feb    Catrin Rutland           Science fiction vs Science fact

20 Mar    Ann Ryan                  Welcoming hedgehogs post hibernations

17 April  Angela Nightingale     It must be true – it’s official  Family history fact

or fiction

15 May   Graham Moorcroft      Developing a guide dog – aid and companion

19 June   Bob Massey              Odd laws – Unrepealed laws you may not

know you’re breaking

17 July     Paul Newman          The Rams in Kenya – Derby County Community Trust

21 Aug    David Skillen            Pilots in petticoats – Women masters of the sky

18 Sept   Harry Bodkin            Heraldry

16 Oct    Dave Moylan            Funny turns – A celebration of the  Entertainment

of Days Gone By

20 Nov    Chris Madge           The restoration of the Derby and Sandiacre Canal

18 Dec    Michael Thacker      We got our kicks on Route 66


We are now starting to think about how we can continue our social activities for 2024.  In 2023, we had a summer lunch at a local hostelry and a Christmas lunch in December.  We joined with members of another local Probus Club for a trip to the Great British Car Journey in Ambergate in November.