Club contact: John Cannell

We meet at 10.15 on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday in the month in the Masonic Rooms and we have a speaker for one hour; departing normally around 11.45am.

Subscriptions for the year have now been fixed at £35.00, payable in two-parts; per pro if joining part way through the year.

Please come and join us. Contact Hon. Secretary Mr Brian Furness.  07434 703 972



Rochdale  Probus  Club

Retired, semi-retired businessmen and women, meeting together socially to listen to talks and see slide-shows on mutually, interesting subjects; to learn and share opinions of life, past, present and future. Camaraderie and friendliness are the main themes discussed over coffee and biscuits in the pleasant surroundings of The Masonic Rooms. Members meet to make new acquaintances and to ‘know a few more people in the locality of Rochdale’ with whom to form further friendships.

This year the Club celebrates 40 years of existence. Come and join us, we’re sure you’ll enjoy the experience. No age limit is imposed, maximum membership is set at seventy persons and currently 32 members enjoy the facilities and attend.



Inaugurated initially by the Rotary Club of Rochdale in January 1982. A letter was raised as an ‘invitation to membership’ on the 11th January 1982 and sent to various colleagues and aquaintancies of the Rotary Club. This letter was signed by Mr John RG Grice, then Chairman of the Steering Committee, Rotary Club of Rochdale. After acceptance letters arrived, the first meeting was arranged for Wednesday 27th January 1982 at the Masonic Rooms, Richard Street, Rochdale. This meeting was chaired by a Mr William Harding and Mr Frederic Holt acted as secretary.

Founders (19);- John RG Grice (Founding-father); William Harding; Harry Shenton; Harry Bucknell; Jack Whitehead; Keith Page; Felix Milns; Thomas W Taylor; Walter Lee; Ronald Watson; Wilfred Wild; Albert Dewhurst; Max Miller; Kenneth Blackham; Arthur Strong; Arthur Buckley; Robert Pearce; George Kenyon; Arthur Blackham.