Waltham Forest Probus Club

The Probus Club of Waltham Forest is located on the North East London and Essex borders. We meet at The Royal Forest Hotel, Chingford, from 12.15 to 3.30pm on the third Monday of each month.

The meetings consist of a two course lunch, followed by a guest speaker. The talks cover a range of subjects of general interest.

The ladies are catered for by a Ladies Lunch held each November, and a Christmas Lunch in December, which are open to all members and a guest. In addition, we hold pub lunches and/or excursions during the year at which partners are welcome.

The current membership fees (2021-2022) are £10:00 per year, and the monthly lunch costs £13:00 per head which includes two courses, main and sweet, with tea or coffee.

You are welcome to become a member of the Probus Club if you are a man who is retired or semi-retired from a profession or business. You will be invited to a lunch as a guest to see the club and then decide whether you wish to join.


The club was founded in 1977 and has the aim of offering those no longer in full-time employment to meet in convivial and social surroundings.

2020 Programme of Speakers:

January 17th – club lunch – speaker: Leslie Stowe – topic: Police Experiences Past & Present

February 21st – club lunch – speaker: Co-Op Legal Services – topic: Finacial Management

March 21st – club lunch – speaker: Howard Slater – topic: The Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn & Her War years

April 25th – club lunch – speaker: Mr Leo Chang (Consultant Surgeon) – topic: Mercy Ships

May 16th – club lunch – speaker: Maggie & Tony Radcliffe – topic: The Forties

June 20th – club lunch – speaker: Steve Hookings – topic: The Battle of Hastings

July 18th – club lunch – speaker: Chris Truran – topic: “AFunny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to the Old Bailey”

August 15th – club lunch – speaker: Reg Sheppard – topic: “History of the British Legion”

September 19th – club lunch – speaker: James Higgs – topic: Quiz Participation Experiences

October 19th – club lunch – Club AGM – speaker: Steve Jenkins – Clapton Orient Update

November 7th – Ladies Lunch – speaker: Timothy Emblem-English – topic: Acorn Films of Old Chingford

November 21st – club lunch – speaker: Georgina Green – topic: Epping Forest Through the Ages

December 19th – Christmas Lunch – no speaker

For more information, please contact the club secretary: Peter Haines (020 8529 8141) email: (peterhaines995@btinternet.com) or the treasurer Richard Meredith (020 8524 0463)