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 12.30 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 (2019-2020) are £10:00 per year, and the monthly lunch costs £12:00 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 20th – club lunch – speaker: Reg Sheppard – topic: “The Journey through Life”

February 17th – club lunch – speaker: Chris Truran – topic: Soham murders/Sarah Payne/Lady in the Lake/Forensics

March 16th – club lunch – speaker: George Clarke – topic: Memories of a “Local Rag” man

April 20th – club lunch – speaker: Joanna Moncrieff – topic: History of Chingford

May 18th – club lunch – speaker: Steve Hookins – topic: “Bits that Don’t Fit” military history

June 15th – club lunch – speaker: Marilyn Hickie – topic: Volunteering in Rwanda

July 20th – club lunch – speaker: David Piggott – topic: Acorn Films “Chingford in the 50s/60s/70s”

August 17th – club lunch – speaker: Maggie Radcliffe – topic: The Spitfire Story

September 21st – club lunch – speaker: Steve Jenkins – topic: Clapton Orient update

October 19th – club lunch – Club AGM – no speaker

November 2nd – Ladies Lunch – speaker: Janet Seward – topic: When Our Buses Went to War

November 16th – club lunch – speaker: Joan Francis – topic: European Gardens

December 21st – Christmas Lunch – no speaker

For more information, please contact the club secretary:

Peter Haines (020 8529 8141)

email: (peterhaines995@btinternet.com)